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!

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 – Alone and lonely

Smoked Sausage w/ Parmesan Pink Sauce — No one needs to know this took 20 minutes.

I am awakened each morning by an alarm clock and a 1960s sitcom. My hand, by habit, extends to my right and finds nothing except mattress. I’m alone. When I cook, it’s mainly for one person. And only one towel hangs in my tiny bathroom. There is no dog sneaking beneath my bed. Nor is […]

The RV Chronicles — Lucky Me

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I‘m fortunate. Extremely. As I’m gallivanting around the nation’s fourth largest city and relaxing most evenings in some fairly comfortable digs, my wife remains on Chestnut Lane trying to ready our home for sale. There’s still school, soccer games and doctor appointments for the boy, but only one of us is there to commandeer. There […]

The RV Chronicles — Thank goodness we’re not total kindred spirits (Recipe: Ancho Braised Short Rib Sandwich)

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I’m a smarty pants. Always have been. Don’t know why. So is Baby Girl. Thankfully though, she didn’t inherit my ‘go down with my middle fingers in the air’ temperament. In all fairness, I graduated from that approach some years ago. But at 17, my daughter’s age, I was a young man with an inexplicable […]

The RV Chronicles — Tailgating at the Jimmy Rockford (Recipe: Brats in a Blanket w/ Caramelized Kraut)

Brats in a Blanket w/ Caramelized Kraut — Ultimate football food

This ain’t no stadium parking lot and the only games being watched are piped through tacky little parabolas mounted atop cinder blocks. But it’s a tailgating atmosphere any time the mosquitoes are buzzing. A stroll to the laundry room, pool or trash dumpster brings an audible cornucopia of soundtracks — everything from Kenny Chesney to […]

The RV Chronicles — Wrapping up a summer by the bay (Recipe: Barbecue Stuffed Baked Potatoes)

Barbecue Stuffed Baked Potatoes — It's all in there.

If anyone six months ago had told me that I’d spend a good part of my summer picking apart Houston-area Tex-Mex restaurants and showering in a space the size of small closet, I’d have warned them to lay off the sauce. But life sometimes has a funny way of happening.  One minute I’m on the phone […]

The RV Chronicles — So, I needed some comfort

Chili Mac in a Dutch Oven — Kid friendly Taste bud-flexible. Delicious.

If you’re one of my loyal 15 followers, you might remember that I created last week’s dish after abusing myself over making campout food for the past few weeks. Truth is, I really enjoyed the calamari and pasta and such … but I also have a fondness for food that is cooked non-traditionally, at least […]

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 […]