The Unorthodox Epicure — Sous Vide Chicken Piccata

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Leave it to the French to render an Italian recipe better than the original. And we Americans also contributed, surprisingly enough. I’m talking about sous vide, a simple but relatively recent method of cooking under pressure in water — at a constant pre-set temperature. It was a cooperative development of French and American engineers, and […]

The RV Chronicles — Cooking under vacuum in the smallest of spaces (Recipe: Crispy Salsa Chicken)

Crispy Salsa Chicken — Roasted crispy outside. Melty inside.

If you happen upon this brief story and you aren’t among my 17 loyal followers, just know that I’ve spent my life in an RV for the past 18 months. My challenge — other than taking a shower, sleeping and finding some ‘me’ space — has been cooking such as I did in my gourmet […]

The RV Chronicles — Pleasing the doctor and my taste buds (Recipe: Thai Turmeric Lime Wings)

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Of my 17 loyal followers, my physician isn’t among them. Thank goodness … most of the time. Yes, I’ve had plenty of non-doctor-prescribed meals here at the Jimmy Rockford — fried this and pork belly-laden that. But once in a while, I whip up something that might even be Club Med approved. These Thai Turmeric […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Nashville Hot Chicken Meatballs

Nashville Hot Chicken Meatballs — All the flavor. None of the bad stuff.

Fine, so I didn’t make this batch as hot as I would’ve preferred. But such is necessary during a brief trip back to my brick and mortar home on Chestnut Lane. I was summoned from the Jimmy Rockford about a week ago to take care of things while Catherine and Alexandra ventured with the school […]

The RV Chronicles — More than 800 miles I roamed…

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It’s over. For the past couple of weeks I slept within the warm roomy confines of a brick and mortar structure. I cooked on a professional-grade range surrounded by granite and graced with a travertine back-splash.  I even showered in a new space that rivals the interior room of most minivans. Christmas on Chestnut Lane […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Meyer Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

What does one do when nature gives lemons? Well, quite a bit actually, considering my Meyer Lemon tree tends to produce enough luscious fruit to start a roadside stand. But my first harvest this season resulted in some divinely succulent yard bird. If you can get your hands on Meyer Lemons, do it. Do what […]

The RV Chronicles — Lightning fast chicken & dumplings … just like Mamaw’s

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I’ve always figured that my daughter was my true kindred spirit. But when I mentioned that I had chicken gizzards in the freezer, I was shocked to hear that she wanted a mess o’ dumplings — chicken and dumplings, that is … with gizzards as the main. Truth is, one can add anything to dumplings. […]

The RV Chronicles — There’s some Seoul happening in the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Crispy Korean-style Chicken Wings)

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Let’s face it. Despite that multiple flights  leave here weekly, the closest I’ll likely ever get to Seoul (as in South Korea) is by watching M*A*S*H.  But thanks to the information age, I can eat similarly to our 7,000 mile-away friends. Write this down: Gochujang.  Now, say it out loud three times:  guh – chew […]

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 […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Pan Fried Chicken and a visit with Mr. D

Cast Iron Fried Chicken — Crispy-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside. Yardbird nirvana.

I’ve had more favorite fried chicken versions than Henry VIII had wives. For most of my years, my father’s Sunday Fried Chicken was the best. But along the way, I favored Kentucky Fried Chicken (only for a few days in 1976), the drumsticks served by the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, the Peg Legs once offered […]