The RV Chronicles — My own ‘Old Yeller’ story

Emotions are a fickle thing around these parts lately. I’m told such is the norm after going through a catastrophic event like Hurricane Harvey. But my mind is comparing the loss the Jimmy Rockford — a travel trailer — with ‘Old Yeller,’ and that might just take the melodramatic cake. If you’re among my 19 […]

The RV Chronicles — Opening Day ain’t so bad at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Brick Chili)

Brick Chili —

If baseball is America’s pastime, why isn’t Opening Day a national holiday? I mean, our friends in Washington have set aside Columbus Day and Presidents Day as official days off. And then there’s Thanksgiving, which was an on-and-off celebration for the first 100 years of our nation’s history. Before you go thinking that I’m starting […]

The RV Chronicles — No regrets at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: BLT Salad)

BLT Salad — The classic sandwich in a bowl

If you’re among my 20 loyal readers, you’ve seen a lot of back-and-forth from my tiny confines over the past 19 months. I uprooted myself to further my career and help improve our quality of life. I was excited. But it didn’t take long to realize that my nights were lonely. My lover was 200 […]

The RV Chronicles — Hopefully not fake news at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pasta w/ Shrimp & Scallops in Pink Sauce)

Pasta w/ Shrimp & Scallops in Pink Sauce

My first entry in The RV Chronicles came on August 6, 2015. It doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but we’ve discovered almost 1,300 planets since then. If all goes as planned, my final dispatch from the Jimmy Rockford will happen in the coming weeks — hopefully before we see any more 50-point headlines […]

The RV Chronicles — Getting primitive at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler)

Dutch Oven Blackberry Cobbler — A grown-up dessert

I own plenty of kitchen tools that could be considered modern or high-tech. It’s stuff that cuts cleanly, heats evenly and mixes perfectly. Even at the Jimmy Rockford, my temporary RV home, I occasionally employ a pre-programmed pressure cooker or an uber-modern sous vide wand. But lately, I’ve been going more primitive with my cooking […]

The RV Chronicles — Batten down the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ hatches (Recipe: Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp)

GrillShellOnShrimp

It was almost a year ago that I applied for a new job position on a whim. Though I’m one of the few people in this world whose Mondays are (really) my Fridays, I needed a change in locale. So, I moved from the 42nd largest city in Texas to the 4th largest city in […]

The RV Chronicles — Getting curveballs at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Grilled Pita Pizzas)

Grilled Pita Pizzas —

I‘m fast approaching a year’s worth of tight living space, an even tighter bathroom and coin laundry. My journey in the Jimmy Rockford began in early August, 2015. For those 17 of you who have trudged through essays written in the ‘dining room’ of my 32-footer, you know full well that I’ve used this virtual […]

The RV Chronicles — Fond memories of campfire fried potatoes

Campfire Fried Potatoes — A simple memory-making side

Cane fishing poles. Cold grape soda. The beckoning aroma of bacon, onions and potatoes cooking beneath a canopy of loblolly pines, sassafras and water oak. The setting played itself out annually between 1977 and about 1982 at Tyler State Park in northeast Texas, about 10 minutes off Interstate 20. Every spring. Just Dad and me. […]

The RV Chronicles — Taking out the trash and taking in stories

Cheesy Summer Squash Galette — There's plenty of summer in that there pastry.

I walk almost daily with a bag or two of garbage to our RV park dumpster. Most might think of such a task as routine and downright dull. But I see it differently. During my 200 yard roundtrip, I see people’s stories. Some homes are used as they were intended — as temporary dwellings. I […]

The RV Chronicles — Johnny Cash, a teen flautist and Adam’s Little Astrodome (Recipe: Grilled Chuck Steak Salad)

Grilled Chuck Steak Salad — Simple. Healthy. Delicious.

There’s nothing like grilling to the sounds of Willie Nelson, the Foo Fighters and Johnny Cash. Throw in a little Roy Orbison and a 16-year-old flute player practicing Coldplay’s Clocks from the rear bedroom of an RV, and you have yourself a true cooking soundtrack. The flautist (and piccolo player) is my baby girl. Alexandra […]