The RV Chronicles — Cooking under vacuum in the smallest of spaces (Recipe: Crispy Salsa Chicken)

Crispy Salsa Chicken — Roasted crispy outside. Melty inside.

If you happen upon this brief story and you aren’t among my 17 loyal followers, just know that I’ve spent my life in an RV for the past 18 months. My challenge — other than taking a shower, sleeping and finding some ‘me’ space — has been cooking such as I did in my gourmet […]

The RV Chronicles — It’s Burger Month at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Cheese Enchilada Hamburgers)

The Cheese Enchilada Burger — For reals

Feast your eyes on this. Sure, you notice the rich Certified Angus Beef®, bright crisp lettuce and perhaps even the buttery avocado slices. But do you know what that topper is? Oh. Yeah. Cheese Enchiladas. We love our hamburgers in the Lone Star State. But we also dig our Tex-Mex. And the combination is a […]

The RV Chronicles — Beating up on restaurants at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Fish Nachos)

Fish Nachos —

Truth is, much of my cooking and recipe development originates with restaurant let-downs. One of the more recent disappointments reared its head at a fish taco dive in downtown Austin. My wife and I were there for the weekend for her very first 5K, and we’d decided to take in some of the city’s weird […]

The RV Chronicles — We’ll eat Mexican, with or without a far-fetched holiday (Recipe: Bean & Cheese Tostadas)

Bean and Cheese Tostadas — Fresh. Simple. Mexican food.

Quick — and without looking it up — what is the origin of Cinco de Mayo? Nope, it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, as a living breathing school teacher insisted to me not so long ago. (Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16). It also has nothing to do with Santa Anna’s troops taking the Alamo. […]

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 — Ain’t no wall around the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Carne Guisada)

Carne Guisada — This is how beef is stewed in Mexico

My relationship with food always seems to change when I travel. Though my intentions are to branch out, I tend to return home with a strong craving for the basics. It happened again this past week after a few days of honing my (PR) craft in the Texas Hill Country. Long story short, I went […]

The RV Chronicles — Mardi Gras mash-up at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Crawfish Tostadas w/ Cayenne Avocado Cream)

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Some things just work well together. Biscuits and gravy. Chicken and rice. Chips and salsa. And, as Forrest Gump once wrote to his true love: peas and carrots. (That’s only because Forrest wasn’t aware of the successful marriage between Louisiana and Tex-Mex cooking.) Crawfish Tostadas with Cayenne Avocado Cream are textbook Lou-Mex. Right down to […]

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 — Crispy Grilled Chile Lime Wings

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Confession — I adore fried chicken. And wings in particular. The crunch of the exterior followed by a juicy succulent bite. Heaven. But there’s a better way. Fine. Not necessarily better, but similar results with different flavor components and a heck of a lot less guilt. Pretty darn tasty too. Behold my Crispy Grilled Chile […]

Food Snob Chronicles — The Ultimate Tex-Mex Cheeseburger (El Gran Supremo)

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In my best Don LaFontaine voice: In a time when the cheeseburger was set in stone … There was a burger that aspired to be more. Provocative … Inviting … Out of this world. Yes. Seriously. The El Gran Supremo is that cheeseburger. It has every element — the beefy, salty, cheesy, crunchy, buttery and […]