The Unorthodox Epicure — Homemade Smoked Pastrami Sous Vide

Pastrami

Dateline: June 30, 2017. Citi Field; Queens, NY. Mets vs. Phillies. Though the hometown starter whiffed a dozen visiting batters, this wasn’t exactly a game for the ages. But the ballpark fare — hot pastrami — turned out to be a taste of Seventh Heaven. Now, I’ve been to a lot of baseball parks through […]

The RV Chronicles — A 2017 Valentine’s letter to my wife (Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries)

Say 'I love you' with quick, easy and delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Dear Catherine, I wrote you a year ago to tell you how lucky I am to know you … to be your lover. Our jobs kept us apart then, but we are together now and I feel even luckier. We share the smallest of spaces. Ridiculously small. It’s tight. Nerve-wracking. Yet, I feel so comforted […]

The RV Chronicles — Celebrating 22 at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel)

Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Apple Cider Caramel — Gooey fall goodness

Dear Catherine — Who would’ve thought that you’d be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary grading papers? Or watching our baby girl’s very last high school marching band performance? I never would have guessed that all these together years would be celebrated over Dairy Queen soft serve. Neither could I have predicted that, on our 22nd […]

The RV Chronicles — There’s no place like our (tiny) home (Recipe: Grilled Summer Squash)

Grilled Summer Squash —

It’s been about a year since I began chronicling the exploits of my so-called temporary life in a recreational vehicle. If you’re among my faithful 17 readers, you’re aware of pretty much every frustration I’ve experienced here — from showering in a microwave-sized tub to being bored and quite lonely. Those daily doldrums, though, have […]

The RV Chronicles — Coconut Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos

Coconut Braised Beef Short Rib Tacos —

Some time between 2000 and 2002, I was eating at La Mansion del Prado, a restaurant in the now off-limits Mexican border town of Reynosa and ordered — out of habit — the tres leches cake. I’d previously had multiple versions of it. Always delicious, but hardly a dessert worth the history books. Until then. […]

The RV Chronicles — Damn these wayfaring wildcatters (Recipe: Korean Grilled Pork Chops)

Korean Grilled Pork Chops —

Admit it. You’ve experienced that strange feeling of elation when a for sale sign pops up in the neighbor’s yard. Me too. But I’m feeling the opposite this week … Except there was no warning. Or warning sign, as it were. I’ve talked here before about my neighbors. In this park of 50 or so […]

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 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 Unorthodox Epicure — Meyer Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

What does one do when nature gives lemons? Well, quite a bit actually, considering my Meyer Lemon tree tends to produce enough luscious fruit to start a roadside stand. But my first harvest this season resulted in some divinely succulent yard bird. If you can get your hands on Meyer Lemons, do it. Do what […]

The RV Chronicles — Fond memories of campfire fried potatoes

Campfire Fried Potatoes — A simple memory-making side

Cane fishing poles. Cold grape soda. The beckoning aroma of bacon, onions and potatoes cooking beneath a canopy of loblolly pines, sassafras and water oak. The setting played itself out annually between 1977 and about 1982 at Tyler State Park in northeast Texas, about 10 minutes off Interstate 20. Every spring. Just Dad and me. […]