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 […]

The RV Chronicles — Tighter than an elephant in a suitcase

Dutch Oven Chicken & Rice Verde — One pot. A handful of ingredients. Hatch bliss.

A 32-foot RV sounds good to someone who has spent many nights in a two-pound tent. But hanging my hat here for the foreseeable future will undoubtedly test my claustrophobic tendencies. My bedroom is a queen-sized bed … and that’s it. Seriously, there are about 10 inches between the mattress and the wall. The bathroom […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Cast Iron: The original (and still the best) non-stick all-purpose cookware (Recipe: Dutch Oven Lasagna)

Lasagna

So much for a mystery. Since you know where I’m going with this, I’ll get right to the bullet points. Cast Iron Cookware does: have better thermal capacity than most other cookware metals, including copper, aluminum and stainless steel; conduct heat 5 times better than stainless steel; have non-stick properties to that of the leading […]