The RV Chronicles — Eating takeout from my tiny kitchen (Recipe: Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice)

Chinese Shrimp Fried Rice — Better than takeout? You bet your fortune cookies!

Let’s one thing straight. Those recipes scattered across the Internet that claim to be ‘better than Chinese takeout?’ Well, they’re mostly full of it. There are a few key factors when it comes to Chinese takeout technique, and most home cooks have no clue. Oh, sure. You can beat those guys at their own wok […]

The RV Chronicles — Roasted Broccolini w/ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Roasted Broccolini w/ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

No. That’s not bacon in the photo. Sorry. Sure, bacon would be an excellent addition to roasted broccolini, but my version is as clean (and vegan) as the wind-driven snow. Besides, bacon gets its share of moments in the sun. Truth be told, I’m one of those folks who saves bacon fat (for when I […]

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 — Still eating our veggies at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’

Roasted asparagus in cast iron skillet

In the interest of full disclosure, I love asparagus. You can serve them to me from a freezer bag, can or jar and I’m yours. I’ll slurp a cream of asparagus soup until the cows come home. And pickled? Oh, my. I’ve grown some asparagus beds in my time (no small feat) and I’ve shopped […]

The RV Chronicles — A mushroom-Swiss burger for the ages

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Fine. So, the burger doesn’t deserve the credit here. But it is a damn good burger. And that’s because I broke the rules. Your typical mushroom-Swiss burger is built with the cheese beneath the meat and bottom bun, then dressed with sauced mushrooms and a bun topper. These are usually good, but damn if the […]

The RV Chronicles — Ain’t no wall around the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Carne Guisada)

Carne Guisada — This is how beef is stewed in Mexico

My relationship with food always seems to change when I travel. Though my intentions are to branch out, I tend to return home with a strong craving for the basics. It happened again this past week after a few days of honing my (PR) craft in the Texas Hill Country. Long story short, I went […]

The RV Chronicles — Serving up some sunshine

Grapefruit Brûlée — Luscious. Sunshine.

It’s been more than four years since I first sang the praises in these pages of school cafeteria employees.  I was reminded earlier this week why I’m such a fan. Did you know that school food service workers are often the first and last line of defense in identifying and seeking help for malnourished and […]

The RV Chronicles — Happy as a clam at high water

Steamed Clams w/ Drawn Butter —

It’s been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder and my heart is living proof. This past weekend was my favorite yet at the Jimmy Rockford, because my beautiful bride was able to make the trek to my little home by the bay. Funny thing though, we didn’t really do much. Unlike the droves […]

The RV Chronicles — Valentine’s Day 2016: The ‘Jimmy Rockford’ year (Recipe: Avocado Crab Salad)

Avocado Crab Salad — A healthy delicious aphrodisiac.

If you are one of my 16 loyal readers, you know that I’ve been living in an RV (named the ‘Jimmy Rockford’) near the Galveston Bay since August, 2015. I came here for a job while the love of my life hung back in our hometown to sell the house and wrap up our affairs. […]

The RV Chronicles — Cooking like there’s a blizzard

Southern Style Butter Beans with Ham— It'll warm your soul

Over the past week or so, I’ve seen enough images of snow-covered roads, streets and houses to last a lifetime. Fortunately, I was able to view them from the 60-something degree comfort here in the Bayou City. I’ve actually lived through a blizzard. Back in those days, weather aficionados didn’t name such storms — other […]