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Published: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:44:24 -0400


Camping Recipes: Chicken Stew

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:37:09 GMT

There were whole chickens on sale at 99 cents a pound when we were camping last week.  I thought why not try a recipe I had laying around that used a whole chicken on the grill. After all, if worse comes to worse we'll open those packets and place the chicken directly on the grill if it doesn't pan out.  I knew I was up for a task because we were just plain tired of hamburgers.  I was pleasantly surprised on how quickly this came together and cooked thoroughly.  Ah! A home-co [...]

Camping Recipes: Campfire Taco Salad

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:29:19 GMT

We are often camping on the road for two weeks.  There is just so many hamburger and hot dog meals you can consume. My youngest son is always calling for a taco meal.We came across this recipe from some fellow campers.  It seemed so effortless and seamless we decided to give it a try.  It was a snap to make, and the taste was amazing!6 packages (1 ounce each) corn chips1 can (15 ounces) chili without beans3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese3/4 cup sour cream1 jar (8 ounces) [...]

Camping Recipe: The Heavenly Tomato Sandwich

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:23:20 GMT

I was recently camping and stumbled upon some wonderful, fragrant locally grown tomatoes. It immediately surfaced past memories of childhood. My father, who loved tomato sandwiches, would pick the largest, juiciest first of the season tomato and tantalize us with a fresh tomato sandwich. Usually these homepickens' were extracted from a "you pick'em" farm in New Jersey. All six of us would huddle into an old Desoto en route to basket pickin' heaven. While there, each of us wou [...]

Camping Recipes: Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:20:19 GMT

​I found this unique recipe while we were camping a couple of years ago.  I had chicken breasts lying on the bottom of my cooler that had to last one more day.  They weren't going bad, but I knew another 24 hours in the ice was going to taint them.  So I reached into my spice chest and came up with the following recipe.  I had few ingredients to work with, and placed the following in a Ziploc bag.  What we found was just short of amazing. When we grilled thes [...]

Camping Recipes: Campfire Pancakes

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:17:23 GMT

I do hope, despite the strings of a limited budget, that you'll take some time this summer for a bit of a vacation for your family. Camping is versatile, thrifty, and tons of fun!The key to making sure you enjoy the vacation too is to ensure you have everything prepacked and organized so that you'll be ensured some down time too.  I love hot pancakes in the morning when camping, but I have found they taste even better when the work is done for me.  Before I leave I whip up a recipe of [...]

Camping Recipes: Banana Boats

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:11:47 GMT

Been camping in the back woods for the last couple of weeks and came across a delicious treat that is a must share.  This delectable recipe is quick and easy with very little mess.  Ingredients are a camper's staple and can be found around the tent or cabin.  Give this a try on your next camping adventure when you tire of the usual S'mores. Ingredients:BananasChocolate chipsMini marshmallowsPreparation:1. Slice one side of an unpeeled banana end to end.2. Fill the slit with c [...]

Hotel Room Cooking: The Perfect Chicken Breast in an Electric Skillet

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:14:46 GMT

​Electric skillets cook boneless chicken breasts much the same as a conventional skillet on the stove top, but the electric frying pan can better regulate the desired temperature and prevent overcooking. On the stove top, the skillet might be at the correct temperature when you add the chicken, but the pan can continue to heat up, which can burn the outside of the chicken breast before the inside cooks through. Rather than guessing at the temperature with vague settings such as "medium" or "me [...]

Hotel Room Cooking: The Perfect Steak in an Electric Skillet

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:46:13 GMT

Even if you’re not booked into a room with a fully equipped kitchenette, hotel room meals can be a satisfying, healthy and economical alternative to eating out, but they come with their own set of difficulties. Careful planning helps hotel-room chefs avoid relying on frozen microwave meals and delivery services.When on vacation, steak sales can be had anywhere. The key is to find the right one, and then the right cooking technique so everyone can enjoy a healthy meal.  ​1-2 pds. of your [...]

Hotel Room Cooking: Sides in a Hot Pot

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:00:57 GMT

One of the best investments I ever made in traveling was purchasing an electric hot pot.  You can pick one up for approximately $13.  I've had mine for 15 years.  ​This is my favorite small appliance, hands down, to use when traveling. It’s a workhorse! Best of all it doesn't need much room and will fit in a corner under the seat of the car.  This is my go-to side cooker.  I can't imagine completing a hotel meal without it.  It has cooked hot cereal, vegeta [...]

Hotel Room Cooking: Hot Dogs with Rice Cooker

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:18:21 GMT

Cooking hot dogs in a rice cooker is very easy, and if you're on vacation trying to save a few pennies, you can't go wrong.  You can either steam cook them with the basket, or boil them directly in water.  Both are equally good. Not only are hot dogs thrifty when traveling, but  you can spruce them up a bit and make quite a display for those in your hotel room to feast on.If you like your hot dogs boiled, nothing could be simpler.  Literally, you throw your hot dogs in t [...]