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 […]

The RV Chronicles — He’s just like his mama… (Recipe: Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash)

Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash — Delicious. Healthy. Tex-Mex.

It doesn’t take long to get to know — really know — someone when you live together in an RV. I recently learned from my daughter, for example, that Kendra Scott earrings are her life and that I shouldn’t just allow the kitten to play with them. I’ve also realized that my wife’s eyes might […]

The RV Chronicles — There’s no place like our (tiny) home (Recipe: Grilled Summer Squash)

Grilled Summer Squash —

It’s been about a year since I began chronicling the exploits of my so-called temporary life in a recreational vehicle. If you’re among my faithful 17 readers, you’re aware of pretty much every frustration I’ve experienced here — from showering in a microwave-sized tub to being bored and quite lonely. Those daily doldrums, though, have […]

The RV Chronicles — Channeling the Mountain State at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: West Virginia Hot Dogs)

The West Virginia Hot Dog — Take me home, country road.

It all began over lunch in the communications suite. One of my co-workers mentioned something about her father digging on West Virginia Hot Dogs. ‘What’s that?’ I asked. ‘It’s just a hot dog with chili and slaw,’ she replied. My interest, already piqued at the mere mention of a new (to me) style of hot […]

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 — Sweet Black Pepper Sauced Scallops w/ Bacon

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My family is odd. First, I have a child who’ll eat canned tuna day and night but won’t touch fresh Gulf shrimp with a ten-foot pole.  Then, there’s the offspring who noshes on sushi rolled in spiders’ legs but complains about a single mushroom on a pizza. And my bride will eat just about anything […]

The RV Chronicles – No Le Creuset? No worries!

Meyer Lemon Rice Florentine - Yep. Takes fewer than 10 minutes.

To say that I’ve changed the way I cook since I’ve been batching it in the Jimmy Rockford (my RV) would be an understatement. For starters, there’s no Calphalon saucepan here. Neither was I allowed to bring either of the All-Clad copper core skillets. And when I lobbied to transfer the Vitamix from our kitchen […]

The RV Chronicles — Marcella would be proud, I think

Creamy fra Diavlo w/ Calamari Croutons —

Who says one can’t eat like Julius Caesar in an RV? Truth is, I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself for having to go back to all the stuff I learned on my way to earning my Eagle Scout. Sure, one can make a fine dinner or dessert in a Dutch oven or over […]

The RV Chronicles — Back to the days of the Badger Patrol

Dutch Oven Spaghetti & Meatballs — No boil. Molto delizioso!

Convenience is a word best left to describe other cooks, because I’m anything but in the kitchen. Sure, I’ve marinated my fair share of stuff in bottled dressings and I’ve used a few prepared sauces here and there. Plus I flip the Kitchen Aid and VitaMix switches like there’s no tomorrow. But when my family […]