Confession No. 140 — Waste not … and never want again (Recipe: Stove Top Rice Pudding)

Stove Top Rice Pudding —

Have you ever swigged from a glass of water only to realize that it’s lemon lime soda? No matter how much you might enjoy the latter, such a surprise makes for a bad experience. Such was the case with my first turnip. ‘Mmmm, a pot of greens,’ I said to my childhood friend as we […]

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

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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 — Celebrating 22 at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel)

Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel — Gooey fall goodness

Dear Catherine — Who would’ve thought that you’d be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary grading papers? Or watching our baby girl’s very last high school marching band performance? I never would have guessed that all these together years would be celebrated over Dairy Queen soft serve. Neither could I have predicted that, on our 22nd […]

The RV Chronicles — Wanna buy a house? (Recipe: Classic Fried Shrimp)

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Our Chestnut Lane home has been on the market for almost a year. Maybe longer. I’ve lost track of time here in the Jimmy Rockford. With the lack of interest in this totally updated 2,400-square-foot beauty, I’m beginning to think it’s haunted. Nope. We’ve experienced nary a nibble from would-be home buyers. Perhaps the kitchen […]

The RV Chronicles — Goodbye, Mrs. Chips (Recipe: Broiled Ham & Cheese Tomatoes)

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There’s a scene in Mr. Holland’s Opus in which a retiring band director is surprised by the return of his former students. Similarly, the 1939 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips is centered around a once-surly teacher who ultimately leaves footprints of great depth and breadth with his young learners. My ‘Mr. Chips’ was Sylvia Trussell. I […]

The RV Chronicles — And then there were six (Recipe: Pimento Cheese Squash Casserole)

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It’s been said that a decent cat photo can propel an otherwise quiet living person to virtual fame. For my money, boxer puppy photos win the Internet, but still I present this foggy out-of-focus snapshot for your viewing pleasure… It only took about six months in the Jimmy Rockford for the neighborhood (feral) cat to […]

The RV Chronicles — Rarefied fare at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’

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For every 20 recipe attempts, I might accidentally create something worthy of repeating.  To realize a dish worthy of shouting from the rooftops is a one-in-a-thousand thing. The odds are even more remote while cooking in an RV. But lightning has to strike somewhere. And when it did, I ended up with a hearty … […]

The Unorthodox Epicure: Unplugged

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Want to know the one thing about me that I’ve never discussed in these pages over nearly five years here? Grab your headphones and head over to Food Blog Radio, where I had a sit-down with Gary House and Sara DeLeeuw. While you’re there, why not subscribe to future broadcasts? It’s truly a delicious show. Getting there is easy. Just […]

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 – No Le Creuset? No worries!

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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 […]