The Unorthodox Epicure — Easy Peasy Chickpea Salad

chickpea salad in bowl

There have been plenty of times that I’ve mocked delicious restaurant fare, but it was always planned. Take Schlotzsky’s, for example. I ate their funky sandwiches for 20-some-odd years before finally making a copycat worthy of sharing with my 19 loyal readers. Same thing with Pizza Hut’s Supreme Sandwich. I grew up on it and […]

The RV Chronicles — More peas please! (Recipe: Asian Spring Pea Medley)

Asian Spring Pea Medley —

No matter how much time passes — and it’s been a while — I see green peas and am transported to my childhood. ‘You have to eat at least a spoonful,’ my parents would tell my sister about the canned English peas they occasionally served as a side. ‘I’ll take them,’ I usually said. ‘No, […]

The RV Chronicles — Roasted Broccolini w/ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Roasted Broccolini w/ Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

No. That’s not bacon in the photo. Sorry. Sure, bacon would be an excellent addition to roasted broccolini, but my version is as clean (and vegan) as the wind-driven snow. Besides, bacon gets its share of moments in the sun. Truth be told, I’m one of those folks who saves bacon fat (for when I […]

The RV Chronicles — Still eating our veggies at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’

Roasted asparagus in cast iron skillet

In the interest of full disclosure, I love asparagus. You can serve them to me from a freezer bag, can or jar and I’m yours. I’ll slurp a cream of asparagus soup until the cows come home. And pickled? Oh, my. I’ve grown some asparagus beds in my time (no small feat) and I’ve shopped […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Soup in summer? You bet your squash blossoms!

Soup in summer? You bet! Summer Squash Soup is just what you've been missing.

We don’t much think of soup during the dog days of summer. Why? Who the hell knows? We manage to eat other hot foods from the grill and — let’s face it — from the stove and oven during July and August. Truth is, some summer fruits and vegetables don’t receive worthy attention when it […]