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 Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Fried Scallop Squash

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For a squash variety that’s been around so long, the creamy white scallop variety sure is elusive these days. Widely grown by native Americans for centuries, and even documented by Europeans in the late 16th century, it seems the only places to find it now is at farmers markets and you-pick-it farms. I harvested these […]

The RV Chronicles — We’re mad as hell and we’re not gonna take this any more! (Recipe: Cheesy Italian Baked Beans)

Cheesy Italian Baked Beans — Delicious. Healthy. Filling. Works as a side or main.

It’s been a year and a half. I don’t regret confining myself to a home just barely larger than a prison cell. Neither do I lament trading a range that cost as much as some cars for an aged camp stove. I’ve gotten used to shaving within reach of my ‘pantry.’ I’ve even accepted that […]

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 — 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 […]

The RV Chronicles — Maybe it’s the beer talking, but I’m no longer ashamed

Creamy Mushroom Pasta — Earthy. Rich. Luscious.

Fine, I’m not ashamed … Just a little embarrassed.  Still, sometimes the best therapy is to just lay it all out there and move on.  Thanks perhaps to the beer tastings today at a regional grocer, I’m ready to confess. I have been a quitter for the past 25 years, or so. No, I didn’t […]

The RV Chronicles — Raindrops are falling on my head (and ruining my music)

'Tis the season for Roasted Hatch Chile Salsa. It's delicious on everything. Truly.

Have you ever camped in a tent? Or been in a metal building when a gully washer pops up and starts hammering down? On one hand, it’s peaceful. On the other, it’s as scary as all get-out. The Jimmy Rockford is something between a tent and a metal building, and tonight I experienced my first […]

The Unorthodox Epicure — Southern Stewed Okra & Tomatoes

Southern Stewed Okra & Tomatoes — A delicious bowl of summer

The March 29, 1976 issue of The New Yorker magazine featured one of the most poignant covers ever. It was a drawing that showed a New Yorker’s view of the world. Except, beyond the Hudson River, there really wasn’t anything except the Pacific Ocean. Why am I telling you this? Because this was my view […]