The RV Chronicles — Opening Day ain’t so bad at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Brick Chili)

If baseball is America’s pastime, why isn’t Opening Day a national holiday? I mean, our friends in Washington have set aside Columbus Day and Presidents Day as official days off. And then there’s Thanksgiving, which was an on-and-off celebration for the first 100 years of our nation’s history. Before you go thinking that I’m starting […]

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

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 — Stained silk and happy tears (Recipe: Fiery Jalapeno Relish)

Most people would chalk up a chili-stained silk shirt as an unfortunate incident. When said blotch comes two bites prior to a glob of mustard to the pants, it becomes a bad lunch. But not for me. After tweaking my Fiery Jalapeno Relish, I was bound and determined to celebrate the new baseball season in […]

The RV Chronicles — My dinner is better than their dinner

One of the cool things about living in an RV park is you know what everyone is having for dinner. The popular grub around here is spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese and just about anything grilled.  About once a week though, someone fires up a charcoal grill for steak night. Who knows whether it’s […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Behold the Pimento Cheese Dog

When I first wrote to all of you in June 2011, I was most certain of a few things. For starters, this little corner of the World Wide Web was going to be mostly for family and close friends. My original intention was to chronicle our family histories through interviews, memories and food, of course. […]

Food Snob Chronicles — (Recipe): Frito Pie Hot Dogs

If you’re a regular here, you’ve seen recipes for everything from a true Demi-Glace to Lobster w/ Chile Lime Aioli. So, why a hot dog recipe? Just read my profile. I place a good hot dog right up there with Marinated Grilled Flank Steak & Baby Bellas. Blame baseball (just little more than a month […]

Food Snob Chronicles – Hot diggity! Hot dog lore!

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Every other cable network is running some sort of re-run about this or that hot dog restaurant. And our reliable ‘list’ makers are reminding us that we should be eating hot dogs between ‘National Gingersnap Day’ and ‘National Chocolate Pudding Day’. With all due respect to the folks who have waited all […]

Confession No. 97 — How I play when my Cat’s away

I have a duplicitous side. My sneakiness involves neither a secret flame nor a penchant for clandestine gambling parties. I stash no spirits in the least likely of places, and I own no collection of stag flicks. My chosen path of chicanery is something, without hesitation, that I could tell the priest about. But, I […]

Confession No. 31 – Before following any ‘new rules for tipping,’ consider the source

I‘ve been labeled as miserly, gauche, hypercritical, coarse … and the list goes on. But I’ve neither been sneered at by people at my restaurant dinner table, nor have I been chased down by a server or barkeep who felt double-crossed by my gratuity. According to one published report by Zagat.com blogger Kelly Dobkin and […]

Confession No. 6 — Frankly, I think every day should be National Hot Dog Day

I‘ll bet you didn’t know that Saturday, July 23 was a national holiday. Well, sort of. It was the day designated in 2011 to celebrate the hot dog. And maybe eat a few million of them. Had you attended the St. Paul (Minn.) Saints’ Saturday game against the Sioux City Explorers, and were among the […]