The Unorthodox Epicure — Recipe: Beef Barbacoa

This ain’t the barbacoa you’ve had at Chipotle. Nope. This is legit. If you’ve ever patronized a real Mexican restaurant on Saturday morning, you’ve probably had something close to this. But not quite. The meat in this recipe melts in your mouth quicker than the ice at Sonic. And it has more flavor than the […]

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

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 Unorthodox Epicure — Tacos de Camarónes Frescos (Fresh Shrimp Tacos)

Fresh. Zesty. Light. Nope, these aren’t the tacos we grew up on. For one, there’s nothing guilty about this pleasure — no frying; no amber-colored grease dripping down your forearm; and no need to postpone your annual physical after eating a plateful.  Plus, they’re quick, easy and absolutely a ten in the flavor department. Want […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — (Recipe): Tex-Mex Breakfast Tacos

I remember my first breakfast taco like it was yesterday. The year was 1982 … maybe? (Hey, the year doesn’t matter. I was young!) My church youth group was on a spring break trip in Corpus Christi and a few of us guys ended up sleeping at the home of a military doctor. Their house […]

Confession No. 68 — The stuff I’m truly thankful for

Around countless Thanksgiving tables this week, people will take turns giving examples of why they feel blessed. Most of them will make mention of God, family and country. Some will reference their jobs, while others will note their health. No person over the age of 10, however, will go into detail. Except me. Family Indeed, […]

Confession No. 63 — When a patient deserves no patience

Ferris Bueller I’m not. I’m incapable of fluttering eyelashes pathetically at my caregivers. Neither am I able to feign sympathy for those people who stop everything to nurse me back to health. Hell, I’m not even good at showing gratitude in such situations. My name is Adam J. Holland and I might just be the […]