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

The West Virginia Hot Dog — Take me home, country road.

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 — A touch and go week by the bay (Recipe: Grilled Chuck Eye Steak w/ Roasted Salsa)

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It’s been little more than five years since I began sharing my stories here. And it’s really funny how this has grown from a virtual space in which I could self-impose writing deadlines, to a crowd of 17 loyal followers. If you’re among those 17, you know that I live to eat — and to […]

The RV Chronicles — Getting curveballs at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Grilled Pita Pizzas)

Grilled Pita Pizzas —

I‘m fast approaching a year’s worth of tight living space, an even tighter bathroom and coin laundry. My journey in the Jimmy Rockford began in early August, 2015. For those 17 of you who have trudged through essays written in the ‘dining room’ of my 32-footer, you know full well that I’ve used this virtual […]

The RV Chronicles — Pleasing the doctor and my taste buds (Recipe: Thai Turmeric Lime Wings)

Thai Turmeric Lime Wings —

Of my 17 loyal followers, my physician isn’t among them. Thank goodness … most of the time. Yes, I’ve had plenty of non-doctor-prescribed meals here at the Jimmy Rockford — fried this and pork belly-laden that. But once in a while, I whip up something that might even be Club Med approved. These Thai Turmeric […]

The RV Chronicles — Cooking new school old school at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Texas Sloppy Joes)

Texas Sloppy Joe — Serve with plenty of napkins

My barbecue aficionado friends will accuse me of being sacrelige. Perhaps even treasonous. But still… Chopped barbecued beef sandwiches — just like they’re served here in Texas — require nothing but a slow cooker and a few key ingredients. There. I said it. Look, I’m a barbecue purist as much as the next guy. But […]

The RV Chronicles — It’s Burger Month at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Cheese Enchilada Hamburgers)

The Cheese Enchilada Burger — For reals

Feast your eyes on this. Sure, you notice the rich Certified Angus Beef®, bright crisp lettuce and perhaps even the buttery avocado slices. But do you know what that topper is? Oh. Yeah. Cheese Enchiladas. We love our hamburgers in the Lone Star State. But we also dig our Tex-Mex. And the combination is a […]

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 — Bloody Mary Monday (Recipe: Lone Star Bloody Mary)

The Lone Star Bloody Mary —

It’s a Bloody Mary morning,  Baby left me without warning  Sometime in the night  So I’m flyin’ down to Houston  Forgetting her’s the nature of my flight             — Willie Nelson Yes, my baby left me. But she was only down for the weekend and it was hardly without warning. In just weeks, she and […]

The RV Chronicles — More peas please! (Recipe: Asian Spring Pea Medley)

Asian Spring Pea Medley —

No matter how much time passes — and it’s been a while — I see green peas and am transported to my childhood. ‘You have to eat at least a spoonful,’ my parents would tell my sister about the canned English peas they occasionally served as a side. ‘I’ll take them,’ I usually said. ‘No, […]

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

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 […]