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Meals That Travel Well

October 23, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Meals That Travel Well

There are many meals that travel well on the road.  Plus you can create balanced meals and avoid eating out too frequently.  My motto is to grocery shop more often and purchase smaller sized packages that store easily in smaller cabinets.  Plan meals ahead and try to use ingredients that can create more than one meal or carry over from one recipe to the next.  Freezing also allows for variety in your meals and ease of preparation on the days fun activities are planned. Breakfast is the meal where egg dishes shine from simple poached or scrambled eggs to elaborate baked egg casseroles that freeze well for a quick warm-up in the microwave.  Fully cooked bacon slices are an easy option – just reheat.  Fresh fruit is the star in our coach with an orange, apple, peach or banana cut up every morning.  Preserved “as they come” and sitting handily in a bowl, these travel easily. Cereals and oatmeal store well in airtight, plastic containers you can pickup at Camping World.  Prepare... [Read more...]

How to Make Chili, Texas Style!

October 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

How to Make Chili, Texas Style!

I hear a lot of different ways to make chili. People try white chili, chicken chili, they add pasta, they add beans. But as a pure bred Texan, I like to think I know a little bit about how to make good chili. After all, we start feeding chili to our kids in baby bottles. I grew up on the stuff. It’s spicy, delicious, and just about the easiest meal to make on the road. And I know without a shadow of a doubt, no person in their right mind would ruin chili by adding beans! That ain’t Texas, and that ain’t happening in my RV. Actually, I know a lot of people love adding beans in their chili. It’s perfectly normal, we just aren’t bean people. If you’re a fellow RVer, probably not a bad idea to skimp on beans anyhow since you’re in a confined space. To make our family recipe, all you need is a crockpot and you’re golden. It’s definitely a fall meal, and if your RV is hooked up to electric it’s the perfect meal to have cooking while you’re out and about. Plus when you come... [Read more...]

The Truth About “Glamping”

September 5, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Truth About “Glamping”

The Truth About Glamping is…why not make yourself as comfortable as possible while camping?? Especially considering the rising nightly rates, outlandish gas prices, and the booked and sometimes overcrowded campgrounds? Quite honestly “Glamping” is the way to go! To look more into the phenomenon of “glamping,” we must first look at the definition and meaning behind the term itself.  According to the Urban Dictionary at http://www.urbandictionary.com, “Glamping” is defined as “Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping.” So although it may have a bad connotation, it is actually just camping with a luxurious spin on it. Whether it means your RV is decked out like these unique ones or you simply wouldn’t consider camping in anything other than an RV, there is absolutely nothing wrong with “Glamping” despite the negative connotations surrounding this term. It is common for women, especially, to be known for glamping,... [Read more...]

Ingredients for a Great Campfire

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ingredients for a Great Campfire

There is nothing that makes a night of camping more ideal than the perfect campfire. But there are requirements to creating the perfect campfire and the ideal fire environment. First of all, you must have the appropriate area. In most campgrounds or RV parks, there are campfire rings in which you build your fire. If you are in a natural area, be sure you have a cleared area, ideally bare ground, on which to build your creation. The other essentials are simple: 1)     Firewood, preferably dry—It is possible to get wet or damp firewood to burn with the right combination of kindling, matches, newspaper and luck, but it can be difficult. A perfect campfire requires dry firewood. In much of the country, our best campfires were made from dry maple or oak. In the southwest, the best campfires are made with dry fir and ponderosa pine, with a fine bit of pinon pine to add the perfect campfire (or fireplace or woodstove) smell. Delicious! When building your fire, you will form a teepee with... [Read more...]

S’mores Galore!

May 14, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

S’mores Galore!

S’mores – the yummy combination of marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers that make up the camping favorite! For some, camping is synonymous with making and eating s’mores. In fact, many families won’t go camping without first ensuring they have all the ingredients to make this deliciously sticky dessert. While it is one of the messiest things you can make and eat while camping, it is a must for most campers, especially kids. Making s’mores is typically how we end the day while camping with our kids. We start the camp fire as it gets dark and pull out the extendable marshmallow roasting sticks. Then we let the kids go to work.  Some of us like our marshmallows lightly roasted while others allow their marshmallows to catch fire. Ideally, I like mine a bit crunchy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside.  Once the marshmallow is ready, we sandwich it between two pieces of graham cracker, complete with our favorite chocolate bar melted... [Read more...]

Easy RV Cooking

May 4, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Easy RV Cooking

One important consideration in planning any camping trip is the food and cooking supplies you take with you. This is especially important when camping with kids. One way to master RV cooking is to minimize your grocery items and you can do that by limiting the number of ingredients in the meals you cook to no more than four. If you are like me, your camper is stocked with a number of staples. We always carry several packages of pasta, cans of diced tomatoes and chicken broth, olive oil, onions and garlic as well as basic spices that we use regularly such as salt and pepper, basil and oregano. By combining these already stocked ingredients with a few items you have packed for the trip, you’ll eliminate any wasted space with unnecessary items. Furthermore, if you’re ever in need of a quick meal, these staples alone can be combined into a delicious meal. To do this, combine the pasta, tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil in a large stockpot (another staple I never travel without): 12... [Read more...]

Food Lover Trips of a Lifetime

April 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Food Lover Trips of a Lifetime

Make your next RV journey a moveable feast. The following RV Trips of a Lifetime for Food Lovers will truly make you appreciate the culinary diversity of North America. From succulent Maine lobster to great steaks on Oklahoma’s Chisholm Trail, the dishes found on these trips will make you want to turn around and go back for seconds. For more Trips of a Lifetime, check out our Explore Tab. Arkansas What’s better than good, down-home barbecue cooking in the Natural State? Take a trip to the best barbecue in the region. Read more… Florida Kick your heels up on the Florida panhandle and enjoy shellfish under azure skies. Read more…                                        Illinois Deep-dish pizza, Polish hot dogs, apple pie, Italian beef sandwiches and more are served with gusto in the Prairie State. Read more… Iowa The Hawkeye State serves up hearty, filling Midwestern food influenced by the German and French cultures that settled here. Read... [Read more...]

Top RV Parks for Food Lovers

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Top RV Parks for Food Lovers

Don’t go RVing on an empty stomach. Check out the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s list of Top RV Parks for Food Lovers for 2014 to make sure you satisfy your hearty appetite. The RV parks on this list are located in regions known for distinctive local cuisine or in areas that host popular food festivals, so you’ll never be far from a virtual smorgasbord of culinary styles and tastes. Bon Appetite + For some RV parks, providing excellent culinary service is part of the customer experience. At Michigan’s Thunder Bay Resort, guests can partake in Elk Viewing Dinner Ride Package, in which gourmet dinner is cooked on two antique wood cook stoves and served in a rustic setting. + Some resorts cultivate their own food. Nevada’s Wine Ridge RV Resort for example, serves vintages produced from the vineyard and winery located on the property. In addition, the resort’s Symphony Restaurant has earned five-star ratings in a number of food guides. +... [Read more...]

Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

A New Take on an Old Favorite: the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich

For a delicious hot meal for hungry campers, try a new twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. Each family member can personalize the ingredients as they desire and they can be made either on a stove top in a sauté pan, or in a counter top griddle, such as the George Foreman Grill, which can be a wonderful appliance to bring camping for quick and easy meals. I have used both the brand name grill and a generic model with equal success. Either the grill or the sauté pan on stove top will do the trick.   Butter the bread, then add mayo, spinach, onion as desired Ingredients: Two slices of bread per sandwich (we like to use whole wheat) Butter, mayonnaise, mustard as desired (I like to add a mayo with a bit of horseradish thrown in for a bit of a bite but Terry is not crazy about that) Spinach or lettuce for a bit of greenery Thin sliced meat: turkey, beef, salami, etc. (we like to combine beef and turkey) Sliced cheese (our favorite is provolone) Sliced tomatoes and pickles... [Read more...]

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