The RV Chronicles — No regrets at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: BLT Salad)

If you’re among my 20 loyal readers, you’ve seen a lot of back-and-forth from my tiny confines over the past 19 months.

I uprooted myself to further my career and help improve our quality of life. I was excited. But it didn’t take long to realize that my nights were lonely. My lover was 200 miles away, and making friends at an RV park is a very short-term investment.

The food’s been exceptional here. I’ve eaten more shrimp off the boat since August 2015 than most people do in a lifetime, quaffed beers that were brewed on the premises, and dined at numerous restaurants that are Michelin-rated, or at least mentioned in the James Beard archives.

But most of my meals are eaten from a cast iron skillet or flimsy paper plate. My flatware and other dishes came directly from my storage building — our ‘camping’ stash.

It took more than a year, but my bride finally wrapped up her contract and came down to share the smallish digs. She brought Maggie, our 10-year-old rescue pup. She also brought the boy, who’s been a ton of fun. (Domino, Pinky Tuscadero and Honky Cat are Galveston County natives who adopted us since we’ve been here.)

I’ve spent many nights here trying to become the next great guitar player to no avail. There have also been plenty of evenings under the stars … just me, the mosquitoes and the journal I maintain on my iPad.  Most of those entries could pass as blues lyrics.

But this has been one hell of an adventure. Despite the regular feeling of being part of a lunatic fringe, I have no regrets.


I’m almost ashamed to bring this to you as a recipe. I mean, bacon lettuce and tomato have been around since the dawn of time. It’s probably the same for the BLT Salad. Either way, this is what we’re eating at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ these days.

To be completely honest, Bacon Burnt Ends are just better than any bacon you can buy in a store. But if you don’t have the time or desire, the crispy thick-cut stuff works just fine.

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BLT Salad

BLT Salad — The classic sandwich in a bowl

BLT Salad — The classic sandwich in a bowl

5.0 from 2 reviews
BLT Salad
BLT Salad — The classic sandwich in a bowl
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 cup – Prepared Bacon Burnt Ends (pictured) -or- 1 lb thick cut bacon, sliced in thirds and cooked to a crisp (per package directions)
  • 2 – Small heads, butter lettuce, chopped
  • 1 pint – Small tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup – Croutons
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Serve with your favorite dressing.*
*- We prefer a Balsamic vinaigrette, but this is also delicious with a creamy garlic dressing.



  1. Living with my husband who manages a military rec area and has to be on site more times than not, I can totally relate to your adventures in the Jimmy Rockford! Love your posts Adam, and this is a salad Curt would eat, so I’m sharing it!!

    • adamjholland says:

      You are very kind, Mary. Thank you. I suppose if the salad doesn’t go over well, one could always toast a couple of bread slices and have at it. 🙂

  2. This totally works for me, especially those huge chunks o’ bacon ends!

  3. I didn’t know you had a rescue pup. What did the stray kitties think of that?? Love your salad Adam. Am I just blind? I’ve never seen bacon burnt ends for sale. Some times I feel so “meat cut” dumb.

    • adamjholland says:

      The pup is the cat whisperer. They all like her. Honky Cat, in fact, thinks she’s one of her babies (though she hasn’t had babies — but was apparently pregnant when she was spayed). ~ I’ve seen bacon burnt ends at a very small handful of barbecue joints, but I posted my own recipe recently. The link is in the recipe.

  4. Earlene Moon says:

    I think you are awesome. I love the salad. Any salad is better when you do not use iceberg lettuce. I love avocados with it as well.

    • adamjholland says:

      Thank you, Earlene. True that on the iceberg lettuce. I feel unpatriotic for not being a huge fan, but that’s just the way it is.

  5. Shoot, the lunatic fringe sounds good to me. Imagine the stories you’ll have for the old folk’s home someday. 😀 The days lived in the ho hum will fade into oblivion, so cheers to living life on your own terms!!! In the same way, what could be a ho hum meal, you’ve turned into something extraordinary.

    • adamjholland says:

      You are very kind, Tammy. This meal was more for my bride. (Though it’s darn good. I could eat the Pork Belly Burnt Ends with a spoon.) — As for my adventures, I manage to find them wherever I am. Just you wait a few weeks. 😉

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