The RV Chronicles — Cooking like there’s a blizzard

Over the past week or so, I’ve seen enough images of snow-covered roads, streets and houses to last a lifetime. Fortunately, I was able to view them from the 60-something degree comfort here in the Bayou City. I’ve actually lived through a blizzard. Back in those days, weather aficionados didn’t name such storms — other […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Chicken & Bamboo Shoot Noodle Soup (Bun Mang Ga)

For the next couple of weeks, the Jimmy Rockford and I are getting a well-deserved separation from one another.  I will instead be celebrating Christmas on Chestnut Lane — and cooking in a real kitchen with real pots and pans — assuming I’m able to complete the to-do list my bride handed me when I […]

The RV Chronicles — Lightning fast chicken & dumplings … just like Mamaw’s

I’ve always figured that my daughter was my true kindred spirit. But when I mentioned that I had chicken gizzards in the freezer, I was shocked to hear that she wanted a mess o’ dumplings — chicken and dumplings, that is … with gizzards as the main. Truth is, one can add anything to dumplings. […]

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 — My own Walden … Sort of (Recipe: Chuck Wagon Stew)

If Henry David Thoreau made solitude seem attractive, the Jimmy Rockford makes it downright delicious. I no doubt miss conversations with my bride, and even the occasional dog bark or bickering match between children. But my oft loneliness these days rewards me with unexpected replays of long forgotten memories. One of those recollections came on […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Crab & Corn Bisque

Bisque evokes thoughts of a cream-based soup in which crab is the star. And sometimes lobster. For average guys like me, it also means that I’m going to pay top dollar for a few spoonfuls of creamy warm shellfish bliss. While that might be the case nowadays, bisque has a somewhat humble beginning. As the […]

Food Snob Chronicles — A Cauliflower Soup for the (Cauliflower) Haters

Confession: I’ve always enjoyed munching on a cauliflower floret, or two on a vegetable tray. Raw cauliflower.  Then, I met the love of my life, who happens to prefer the steamed version. No, she’s not a 90-year-old who cannot stomach anything that must be chewed. Neither is she someone without taste buds. She just believes […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Cabbage 101, and a nifty soup recipe

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup. — H. L. Mencken, American journalist, satirist Ah, cabbage. On one hand, it’s an Orwellian example of living within the confines of Big Brother. On the other, it’s the label on a very […]

Food Snob Chronicles — (Recipe): Manhattan Clam Chowder

What makes a good clam chowder? Well, despite that I was a celebrity judge at the 1996 Chowderfest on Long Beach Island, NJ — I really can’t tell you. You see, that festival (at least back then) was a New England-style chowder contest. Since everything is bathed in cream, they all tasted good to me. Enter […]

Confession No. 61 — Men are from Mars … And so are most women (Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Soup)

At least 24,000 English language books have been written on the differences between men and women. Don’t waste your money. I’m not an expert on women, but I can guarantee you that I’m no more of a waffle than my wife is a plate of spaghetti — and that most of us were born on […]