The RV Chronicles — Minestrone Soup … On a budget and a time crunch

The best recipes have at least one thing in common — a storied history. Some of those stories only go back a generation or two, such as my mamaw’s chicken and dumplings. She made her version from the cheapest most readily available ingredients (sometimes squirrel or some other feathered animal stood in for the chicken). […]

The RV Chronicles — Chinese Beef & Snow Peas

When it comes to eating for the first time in a restaurant, I’m unflinching in my ordering routine. In Tex-Mex joints, the tamales and enchiladas get my first nod.  In a home style or Southern place, I order chicken fried steak. I christen Italian restaurants with a plate of eggplant parmigiana. As a rookie at […]

The RV Chronicles — Beer Battered Shrimp and Chips

Well, I went and did it again. And I honestly don’t even regret it. I deep fried. When I first made the decision to break out the oil, I thought that perhaps I should do it on a day that Baby Girl was away.  After all, she’s been known to have loose lips.  Then I […]

The RV Chronicles — Tailgating at the Jimmy Rockford (Recipe: Brats in a Blanket w/ Caramelized Kraut)

This ain’t no stadium parking lot and the only games being watched are piped through tacky little parabolas mounted atop cinder blocks. But it’s a tailgating atmosphere any time the mosquitoes are buzzing. A stroll to the laundry room, pool or trash dumpster brings an audible cornucopia of soundtracks — everything from Kenny Chesney to […]

The RV Chronicles — Wrapping up a summer by the bay (Recipe: Barbecue Stuffed Baked Potatoes)

If anyone six months ago had told me that I’d spend a good part of my summer picking apart Houston-area Tex-Mex restaurants and showering in a space the size of small closet, I’d have warned them to lay off the sauce. But life sometimes has a funny way of happening.  One minute I’m on the phone […]

The RV Chronicles — Marcella would be proud, I think

Who says one can’t eat like Julius Caesar in an RV? Truth is, I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself for having to go back to all the stuff I learned on my way to earning my Eagle Scout. Sure, one can make a fine dinner or dessert in a Dutch oven or over […]

The RV Chronicles — Living más at lot 27 (Recipe: Crunchy Grilled Burritos)

So, the big news this week is not much. But it is enough to sustain us. We traveled to the Piney Woods and I was able to take a shower in a reasonably sized tub. Also, my doctor didn’t lecture me this time. Baby Girl, on the other hand, landed her left foot in a […]

The RV Chronicles — Back to the days of the Badger Patrol

Convenience is a word best left to describe other cooks, because I’m anything but in the kitchen. Sure, I’ve marinated my fair share of stuff in bottled dressings and I’ve used a few prepared sauces here and there. Plus I flip the Kitchen Aid and VitaMix switches like there’s no tomorrow. But when my family […]

The RV Chronicles — The human race is going to hell in a hand basket, and other observations

I tend to notice the mostly unnoticeable — such as the misspelled words on the Diary Queen marquee or the successive series of signs posted along the highway that start with “Your wife is hot.” and end with “Call Acme A/C service!” about a half-mile later. So should it come as no surprise that I […]

The RV Chronicles — Missing my rock

Though kicking it in the Jimmy Rockford is an adventure like few others in my life, the blues have still emerged from the right side of my queen-sized mattress. If sappy isn’t your style, scroll on down to the recipe. Catherine – Remember that time you were in New Jersey and I was in Texas? […]