The Unorthodox Epicure — Serrano Ham-Wrapped Asparagus

asparagus wrapped with Serrano ham

If there’s one thing you should know about Serrano ham, it’s this: Grandma didn’t serve this stuff at Easter during your childhood. Nope. Well, unless you lived in Spain as a child. Whereas the ham we (North Americans) are used to is a smoky juicy delicacy in itself, our friends in Spain serve up this […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Barbecued Spiced Fish

Barbecued Spiced Fish —

Store-bought barbecue rubs are a lot like the jars of salsa that sit across the aisle. They’re a dime a dozen. Sure, most of them deliver on their promise, but there are very few varieties out there that are truly special. Lucky me, I found one. It’s from a very small company called Rubbin’ Right. […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Sous Vide Chicken Piccata

SousVidePicatta

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 Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Fried Scallop Squash

FriedPattyPan

For a squash variety that’s been around so long, the creamy white scallop variety sure is elusive these days. Widely grown by native Americans for centuries, and even documented by Europeans in the late 16th century, it seems the only places to find it now is at farmers markets and you-pick-it farms. I harvested these […]

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 — Back and forth at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Asian Sticky Honey Shrimp)

Sticky Honey Shrimp — Perfectly plump. Tangy sticky sweet.

While many friends, over this 2017 Spring Break, are hanging out with Mickey and Minnie or digging their toes into the sands of some far away beach, we’ve become intimately familiar with the potholes of U.S. 59 in east Texas. Fortunately, the good — eating convenience store chicharrones and listening to three straight hours of […]

Confession No. 138 — When the dentist has stinky breath, just walk away (Recipe: Sous Vide Char Siu)

Sous Vide Char Siu —

Her halitosis should’ve been a dead giveaway. So too should I have been curious as she continued to brag about her skills while aimlessly poking away. My dentist was a bona fide dilettante. ‘Yep, just as I thought,’ she said, still exhaling her noxious breath in my oxygen space. ‘You have six cavities.’ ‘Six? Seriously?’ […]

The RV Chronicles — Sort of celebrating Thanksgiving (Recipe: Amish Potato Filling)

Amish Potato Filling —

It’s no secret among the folks in my tight circle that I’m not a huge Thanksgiving fan. Sure, I’m thankful for all that is good. And I enjoy being in the company of (some) family. But … turkey? Yeah… You’re more than welcome to eat my portion. And green bean casserole? Oh, my. Leave it […]