The Unorthodox Epicure — Presenting The MegaWatt (aka ‘The J.J. Watt Dog’)

Bratwurst on bun

It’s nice to know people. No, I don’t know J.J. Watt. Ashamedly, I’d never really heard of him before moving to the Houston area a couple years ago. But trust me when I say that the mere mention of his name in these parts makes men stand up and salute, and women shudder with delight. […]

The RV Chronicles — Baby Girl isn’t a baby any more (Recipe: Brats en Brochette)

Brats en Brochette — Cheese-stuffed. Bacon-wrapped. Excellent tailgating fare.

I knew it would happen. I wished for it, in fact. But now that it has arrived, I’m a bit melancholy. Baby Girl has grown up. Long gone are the days of father-daughter outings to Applebee’s for mac & cheese. She’s a calamari connoisseur these days. Baby Girl has traded Sailor Moon for Sephora. It […]

The RV Chronicles — There’s some Seoul happening in the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Crispy Korean-style Chicken Wings)

KoreanWings

Let’s face it. Despite that multiple flights  leave here weekly, the closest I’ll likely ever get to Seoul (as in South Korea) is by watching M*A*S*H.  But thanks to the information age, I can eat similarly to our 7,000 mile-away friends. Write this down: Gochujang.  Now, say it out loud three times:  guh – chew […]

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

Brats in a Blanket w/ Caramelized Kraut — Ultimate football food

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 — Rambling on: A September letter home

Smoked Polish Sausage & Sauerkraut — Simple heartiness

September 3, 2015 Catherine – Seeing you and the boy this past weekend was a shot in the arm for my spirits. I’ve really enjoyed my time with Alexandra here in the Jimmy Rockford, but I think both of us needed a dose of you. It’s been life as usual since you left. I come […]

Confession No. 12 — I have effluvious memories of every game I’ve attended.

The Sriracha sauce used in this recipe might sound exotic, but it is made in California, from red jalapeno peppers. It has a kick to it, but is also somewhat sweet, like ketchup. The original Thai Sriracha is hotter and thicker.

Every spectator sports crowd has at least one among them — the concession stand special-orderer … the person who will eat only during a particular quarter or inning … the guy who refuses to use a cup holder if it’s installed on the back of the seat in front of him. The inconvenient oddball. Someone like […]