The RV Chronicles — Batten down the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ hatches (Recipe: Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp)

It was almost a year ago that I applied for a new job position on a whim.

Though I’m one of the few people in this world whose Mondays are (really) my Fridays, I needed a change in locale. So, I moved from the 42nd largest city in Texas to the 4th largest city in the U.S.

Size isn’t everything. After all, I’m living in a 32-foot RV, compared to my previous home, which was more than 2,000-square-feet situated on a half-acre lot. But I’m also nearby to two international airports, an ocean and more Asian and Latino restaurants than one can shake a stick at. And if that weren’t enough, my little tin trailer sits just a mile from the Texas coast — an ideal path for tropical storms and hurricanes.

The real storm though could very well center itself right here.

My dream of moving back into a brick and mortar home, as it turns out, is starting to resemble one of those wedding engagements with a years-long timeframe.  It’s way too far into the future to do any real planning and sufficiently extended so that no one really takes it that seriously.

Yep. My beautiful wife pulled the trigger. We plan to be living in the Jimmy Rockford as (mostly) one family as early as next week. The (tentative) move to a real home? Some time in late 2017.

We’ll definitely be cramped, and will likely own some crabbiness. But we’ll be together again.

The adventure continues…

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Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp


Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp — Sweet. Succulent. Way better than the boiled version.

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Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp
Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp — Sweet. Succulent. Way better than the boiled version.
Recipe type: Appetizer/Main
Cuisine: Seafood
Serves: 4-5
  • 2 lbs - Jumbo (15-20 count) shell-on shrimp*
  • 2 TB - Neutral oil (vegetable, grapes eyed, etc.)
  • 1 TB - Old Bay seasoning
  1. Preheat the grill to high. (If using charcoal, burn the briquettes until they are grey and no flames remain.)
  2. Rinse the shrimp in cool water'; drain.
  3. Toss shrimp in Old Bay, then in oil.
  4. Grill until pink, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove from grill onto a platter.
  6. Serve with your choice of dipping sauces and plenty of napkins.
*- Shell-on shrimp that's already been split and deveined is ideal. Most fish mongers and supermarkets sell this as ez-peel.



  1. Kathryn @ anotherfoodieblogger says:

    Yep, that’s the way to do some yummy shrimp! Hey, 2017 isn’t that far off and my daughter will be heading off to college next year, and it feels it is coming way to quick!

    • adamjholland says:

      You’re right. My wonderful mother in-law has always advised us to quit wishing our lives away. We all need to buckle up and enjoy the ride. 🙂

  2. Pass that plate of shrimp please! And congratulations on that reunion.

  3. Looks great Adam! perfect for summer – grilling and eating outside! love these!

  4. Now for some reason I thought you’d be posting a crab recipe but shrimp is close. Once everyone moves in then maybe you could post a sardine recipe. Sorry Adam, you’re the one who mentioned crabbiness.
    The shrimp looks terrific and Old Bay is the best! 2017… Not so far away at all.

    • adamjholland says:

      I love crab and scallops, but in the summer I tend to go local. There is no shrimp like Gulf shrimp. (Gulf Red Snapper is divine as well.) — As for the sardine recipe? I like that! I’ve also adopted a cat here … Maybe I’ll just start feeding her inside. 😉 Hope all is well with you and yours, Diane.

  5. Oh YUM!! I want some shrimp now………..I bet I can talk the son-in-law into doing that this weekend for a great 4th of July meal!

    Living in cramped quarters is something I know a little about. Almost 2 years ago my daughter, SIL and Grandson moved into our house because of a flood at their apartment – they stayed because it made sense day care wise and with the killer student loans my daughter has………then we started a business – and the kids want to buy a house at some point, it will because Jerry and I are doddering fools but whatever the reason, when you need room – go find it a nd banish everyone out – the rest of the time you’ll wonder how you ever lived any other way! 🙂 I can’t wait to see where you put your Christmas tree! hahaha!

    • adamjholland says:

      Truth is, Kelli, I’ll probably need to add to my daily meds over the next year. Especially since Catherine’s ‘influence’ is likely to put a big dent in my beer consumption. But seriously, I’m looking at the bright side: Our family is (mostly) together, and I’ll have a boatload of material for these pages in the coming months. 😉

  6. Can’t wait to hear about the upcoming antics in the RV. Hopefully, not too much crabbiness. 2017—-ah, that is the date I can retire from public schools……We will see what comes to fruition next June. (Read: We’ll see how crappy the year is….) On a much more positive note, the shrimp looks divine. The Hubs is on the cooking “crew” at his company where they go out and cook for customers. A shrimp boil is one of the options. They do a mean one with an awesome rice!!!!

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