The RV Chronicles — A touch and go week by the bay (Recipe: Grilled Chuck Eye Steak w/ Roasted Salsa)

It’s been little more than five years since I began sharing my stories here. And it’s really funny how this has grown from a virtual space in which I could self-impose writing deadlines, to a crowd of 17 loyal followers.

If you’re among those 17, you know that I live to eat — and to chronicle my life for the folks who’ll come after me. I’ve always tried to infuse my (true) tales with a bit of humor and kitchen knowledge.

But this isn’t one of those weeks.

My mother in-law — one of my favorite people ever — seems to be at a stage in life where she fights one minute and is ready to leave us the next. At 91, she’s been in severe pain and has undergone multiple surgeries over the past week, or so.

I’ve prayed not only for her peace, comfort and healing (whatever that might be), but also that peace and comfort be bestowed upon her four children — all of whom have traveled from far and wide to be with her.

Lillian could sure use at least 17 more prayers, a du’a, something from a siddur or handful of mantras. No matter how you slice it, she needs blessings. And so do her children, as they watch over their beloved mom.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


This is not the first time I’ve had to segue from a sad subject to something that — I hope — will whet your appetite. But we have to eat, and I feel obliged to share with you how we’re eating at the Jimmy Rockford these days.

Write this down: chuck eye. It is the most underrated steak from the beef cow. Period. Sure, hanger steaks once owned that designation, but some moron wrote an article and … well, good luck finding hanger steaks these days.

Before I embark any further, just take a look at this gorgeous cut.

SalsaSteak2 Forget the salsa quemada for a moment, although the smoky tang will send your taste buds to food Heaven. Ignore the grilled yellow straightneck squash, despite its wonderfully sweet charred taste.

Study, if you will, the marbling of the beef. The strands of goodness that — in any language — invite you to celebrate all things worth eating with a knife and fork.

Here’s the skinny on chuck eye: It sits right next to the to the rib eye. The flavor, consistency and marbling — not identical but damn near it.

The main difference? About $6-7 per pound.

Make this recipe any way you like. Most cuts work well here — NY strip, top sirloin and even flank (skirt for you Southerners).  As for me? I’ll stick with the chuck eye.

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Grilled Chuck Eye Steak w/ Roasted Salsa

Grilled Chuck Eye Steak w/ Roasted Salsa — Spice up your barbecue

Grilled Chuck Eye Steak w/ Roasted Salsa — Spice up your barbecue

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Grilled Chuck Eye Steak w/ Roasted Salsa
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Grilled Steak w/ Roasted Salsa — Spice up your barbecue
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican/Tex-Mex
Serves: 4
  • 4 - Chuck Eye steaks, about 2 lbs total
  • 1 recipe - Salsa Quemada (or 2 cups of your favorite roasted salsa)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  1. Season steaks liberally on all sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Place steaks in a gallon zip-close bag.
  3. Add 1 cup of the salsa and squeeze to distribute on all sides of the meat.
  4. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  5. When ready to cook, remove the steaks from the bag; discard the marinade; and preheat the grill to high. (If using charcoal, burn the briquettes until they are grey and no flames remain.)
  6. For medium doneness, grill steaks over the hottest part of the grill for about 4-5 minutes per side, rotating as necessary.
  7. Remove steaks from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Top each steak with ¼ cup reserved salsa and, if desired, chopped fresh cilantro.
Steak 101 (Information for steak grilling rookies)






  1. Kris Swank says:

    Always up for a good hunk of beef!

    Been praying for your family since I saw your post on FB. Hope and pray for God’s mercy! You all take care!

  2. Joan in VA` says:

    I’m sending my prayers for your mother-in-law … and your entire famiily.

    I’ve enjoyed your column immensely. And the tales from the Jimmy Rockford are special.

  3. Love this summery recipe! Will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers… Hoping for the best for all of you!

  4. Just to let you know I took the siddur out and am sending good thoughts your way. Be strong and stay well. At least I know you eat well!

  5. Adam, I, just this minute, came into the house to have a “Why oh why cannot I catch a break for more than a day or two!” moment. Tears, frustration, why do you continue to allow this to happen to me Lord?
    Waaaaaa Waaaaaaa.
    And then I opened my email and read your request.
    I will leave my whiny self behind and pray for your mother in law and the family.
    I too loved my mother in law as much as I loved my birth mother. I would not have been able to choose between the two women.
    So different and yet two of the most prized people in my life.
    I will be praying and I am grateful for the opportunity. More than you can know.

  6. ConnieC says:

    Prayers for your Mother-Ina-law and your family. I lost my Mom 7 months ago and it’s still hard.

  7. I’ll be praying for your MIL and all the kids – I am an only child and I honestly think it’s better when decision making time comes. Bless your wife’s heart – I know this is very taxing on her.

  8. Adam, I’m one of the seventeen and damn proud of it!

    I don’t have a siddur but will light some incense at the local temple and send you and yours soothing thoughts.

    • adamjholland says:

      Eda — I’m damn proud that you’re damn proud. I really appreciate you. A lot more than you probably realize.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother in law Adam and will include her in my prayers. It is never easy for the person or the relatives. My sister finally passed away on Father’s Day and I truly believe that she is in a better place.

    As for that steak – it is a beauty! I love how you encouraged everyone to take a very close look to appreciate and admire its beauty.

    • adamjholland says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your sister’s passing Diane. My prayer is that she passed knowing that she was loved. — Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  10. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Hey Adam I saw your Facebook post the other day but only just now getting to your blog. I’ve sent multiple prayers for your MIL. Aside, damn fine looking steak!

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