The RV Chronicles — Cooking under vacuum in the smallest of spaces (Recipe: Crispy Salsa Chicken)

Crispy Salsa Chicken — Roasted crispy outside. Melty inside.

If you happen upon this brief story and you aren’t among my 17 loyal followers, just know that I’ve spent my life in an RV for the past 18 months. My challenge — other than taking a shower, sleeping and finding some ‘me’ space — has been cooking such as I did in my gourmet […]

The RV Chronicles — Beating up on restaurants at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Fish Nachos)

Fish Nachos —

Truth is, much of my cooking and recipe development originates with restaurant let-downs. One of the more recent disappointments reared its head at a fish taco dive in downtown Austin. My wife and I were there for the weekend for her very first 5K, and we’d decided to take in some of the city’s weird […]

The RV Chronicles — We’ll eat Mexican, with or without a far-fetched holiday (Recipe: Bean & Cheese Tostadas)

Bean and Cheese Tostadas — Fresh. Simple. Mexican food.

Quick — and without looking it up — what is the origin of Cinco de Mayo? Nope, it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, as a living breathing school teacher insisted to me not so long ago. (Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16). It also has nothing to do with Santa Anna’s troops taking the Alamo. […]

The RV Chronicles — Carnitas Tacos w/ Chile de Arbol Salsa

Carnitas Tacos w/ Chile de Arbol Salsa

Redux. In the culinary world, it’s a fancy word for leftovers. And there’s a lot of redux going on at the Jimmy Rockford because of our limited space. The beauty of carnitas and chile de arbol salsa (or any other salsa, really) is they taste so much better the second time around. Sort of like […]

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 — Yes. You can eat these tacos on Friday. And you’ll be glad you did! (Recipe: Avocado Tacos w/ Chipotle Cilantro Cream)

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I’m quite fortunate in my new locale when it comes to homemade tamales. It seems that everyone’s mother, cousin and abuela makes them. I’ve not had a bad one. I guess I’m also fortunate (or maybe not) that I don’t observe the no-Friday-meat rule during Lent. But plenty of others do. This past Friday during […]

The RV Chronicles — Chile de Arbol Salsa and going worldwide

Chile de Arbol Salsa —

The most important observance of this budding year is upon us.  It’s a celebration worthy of pomp, fanfare and a slew of culinary fireworks. Figuratively and literally. This Saturday, Jan. 16, is International Hot & Spicy Foods Day. Yes, international as in worldwide. Global.  If you’re neither a hot nor spicy food person, you might […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — A new New Year’s tradition? (Recipe: Mexican-style Beef w/ Cabbage)

Mexican-style Beef w/ Cabbage — Good for New Year's Day ... and the rest of the year.

There are a few New Year’s traditions that I’ve just never been able to stomach: watching a ball being lowered, resolutions and black eyed peas. In fact, I’ve long despised black-eyed peas about as much as I do fruitcake or sweet tea … That is, until my friend Shea Goldstein came up with this little […]

The RV Chronicles — Mexican Shrimp Fried Rice

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What happens when huge Gulf shrimp go on sale and I’ve just received a telephone lecture from my long lost bride about spending $300 weekly on groceries? This… Before you go thinking I’m being a smarty pants, you need to know that these jumbo shrimp were cheaper than a pound of ground round. Everything else […]

The RV Chronicles — Home cooking … on wheels (Recipe: Skillet Fideos w/ Smoked Sausage)

Fideos con Smoked Sausage — Delicious weeknight comfort food

To me, it conjures images of chicken & dumplings, fried chicken and porcupine meatballs. My wife, on the other hand, thinks of spaghetti and meatballs and stuffed cabbage. Home cooked comfort food. This past week I was listening to a couple of folks in the office compare their fideos (vermicelli) recipes. I’m quite familiar with […]