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 — Taking out the trash and taking in stories

Cheesy Summer Squash Galette — There's plenty of summer in that there pastry.

I walk almost daily with a bag or two of garbage to our RV park dumpster. Most might think of such a task as routine and downright dull. But I see it differently. During my 200 yard roundtrip, I see people’s stories. Some homes are used as they were intended — as temporary dwellings. I […]

Food Snob Chronicles — Fried Padrón Peppers (or Shishitos)

Fried Padrón Peppers — Tastes like a cross between eggplant, peppers and okra. Phenomenal.

Have you ever tasted anything and thought ‘Where have you been all my life?’  Sure you have. I experienced that early on with mushrooms, a little later with (real) pimento cheese and most recently with Padrón peppers. The Padrón gets its name from the village in Galacia (northwestern Spain) that made the pepper famous. But […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Creamed Summer Squash

Creamed Summer Squash — It's ripe for add-ins but this velvety dish is outstanding on its own.

Though creamed squash is deep-rooted in Southern cooking, it’s relatively new to me. Green beans were my family’s vegetable of choice when I was a child. We’d occasionally have sweet peas or asparagus, but rarely (if ever) did we have summer squash. As it went, my father never really cared for the stuff. I did […]

Food Snob Chronicles — A five-minute botany lesson

It's a family favorite weeknight meal from a most unlikely source.

Not many people know that peaches and roses attend family reunions together. Or that the one weed that wreaks most havoc during spring is closely related to a widely accepted cure for those same sniffles. It’s also true that produce and spice marketers throw the word ‘pepper’ around like a politician tosses about promises in […]

Confession No. 58 — Confidential to my parents: Your curse is in full swing … and then some

Easy and delicious. Clockwise from top left: Classic 'Hobo' Dinner; Squash, 'Shrooms & Onions; 'Upscale Hobo' Dinner; Bubble & Squeak; and Thai Coconut Shrimp.

It’s happened. Again. For the fourth time. That curse placed upon me that I would have children much like myself? It’s alive and well. My parents had to hear about such incidents as the time(s) I was chastised at daycare for using profanity. The director, after once hearing me call someone a ‘shit damn,’ called […]

Confession No. 3 – Food feedback can be risky business

This Thai Grilled Shrimp was delicious with diced avocados and homemade avocado dressing over a bed of butter, red leaf and romaine lettuces — garnished with mandarins and almonds.

I see feedback as a gift, and I give it regularly. If companies I’ve patronized over the years keep records in their customer service offices, there are hundreds of “Holland, Adam J.” file folders spread about the Western hemisphere. Although many of my files are flagged with the red ‘crazy high maintenance’ tab, I should […]