Category: Food Week 2010
It’s ugly…real ugly..but boy, is this chocolate crockpot dessert good! It’s perfect for the holidays; that special time of year some of us pretend we like having people over. Ok, Ok, I do like company (on occasion), but for the most part, I’m just a family kind of gal. However, come Christmas time, even I like to put on the jolly good show. My last blog presented a “Guaranteed-to-draw-folks-to-your-awning” recipe: Crockpot Cranberry-Hot Apple Cider . I love having a bubbling crock pot of hot apple cider sitting under the awning with a stack of paper cups, and pretending I’m friendly. Actually, I am friendly; it might be that I love reading my Nook a little too much. Now, let’s set our sites on that holiday dessert crowd. I’ve found, ‘lo these many lazy years, that serving dessert is way easier than having people over for dinner, yet you get almost as much credit for it. Here’s a ” Come on over; where ya from?” crockpot dessert to have... [Read more...]
Chile, Food of the Gods A mural in Santa Fe's historic La Fonda on the Plaza depicting Pueblo life. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Renowned New Mexico artist Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.” Millions of folks from all over the world have come to know exactly what she meant. The people, the culture, the landscape, the climate, and the cuisine—New Mexico just gets under your skin and takes hold. The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is known for its colors: turquoise skies, earthy browns, orange mesas, and purple sage. This time of year, though, the colors on everyone’s mind are red and green. Or maybe it should be red or green. Chile is a term which usually refers to any of hundreds of chile peppers used in cuisines across the world to flavor and spice food. In New Mexico, however, chile means much more than that. Chiles are the soul of New Mexican cooking, which blends Native American and Hispanic influences... [Read more...]
When we found our perfect toy hauler, it came with a standing table and chairs. That didn’t work for our family, so we had the sellers replace it with a hide-a-bed couch, and we just did without a dining table or dinette. It really wasn’t a big deal while we were somewhere where the weather was nice – we mostly ate outside at the picnic table anyway. But as the weather cooled and we were inside more and eating in the fifth wheel more, and as the kids’ school load increased, the need for some sort of a multi-use table increased. Being married to an incredibly handy man, who is used to my honey-do projects, I asked him if there was some way that we could incorporate a table into the living room layout. He decided that the best place to put one would be the small slide on the kitchen side of the toy hauler. The guys removed the small hide-a-bed that was in that area, and set to work to build some benches. The benches were very easy to build, just... [Read more...]
I don’t remember exactly when or why we adopted the system we currently follow, but when we are out in the RV the kitchen is mine. I do all the meal planning, shopping and food preparation. Nancy gets to sit back and, hopefully, enjoy my role as chief cook and bottle washer – well, chief cook and occasional bottle washer. Nancy does usually step in and wash up the dishes. If you have been following my blogs for the past year, you know that I am a tool and gadget guy. My self-proclaimed goal is to own at least one of every tool made before my life ends. The kitchen in the RV is no exception to this manic ambition. It is well equipped with dicers, slicers and mixers of every style and size. Mr. Ronco would be proud of me. I always try to come up with something for our campsite meals that is both delicious and simple. It is often something that we never cook at home. Perhaps this is because food prepared camp-side always tastes much better than it does at home. ... [Read more...]
Just like the gift exchange at work, fruitcakes are a part of the holiday season whether you like them or not. But how far would you travel for a fruitcake if it was one of the most famous Christmas cakes in the world? Would you travel over 2,950 miles? We did! Several days ago we visited this gleaming white Southern-plantation-style building that houses the newest Collin Street Bakery location in Waco. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana has a reputation for great sweet treats and holiday gifts that travel well beyond their home in Texas. The attention to quality has created a loyal customer base. This company, one of America’s foremost mail-order food companies, ships over a million of their DeLuxe Fruitcakes around the world each year. It’s the answer to the family-who-has-everything holiday gift dilemma. And set aside your preconceived notions about fruitcake. This confection is incredible. Each cake is 80 percent fruit and nuts with no artificial... [Read more...]
In this day of increasing health consciousness and focus on cost cutting, our family is always in search of recipes that will accomplish those ends, while delighting our taste buds at the same time. Ease in cooking is always a plus because we often like to take our favorites “on the road” when we travel and don’t want to spend a lot of time fussing with complicated recipes. Recently I stumbled upon two recipe modifications that our family has come to embrace, that also travel well. Cooking the Rice The first of these is a new version of the hamburger. It is relatively quick to make and substitutes brown rice for about half of the ground beef. With the addition of feta cheese and spices, it really is delicious. We surround it with a whole wheat bun for another healthy choice. We have taken to substituting whole wheat dinner rolls for hamburger buns as they are typically softer, tastier and a bit smaller. Top it off with a slice of lettuce and a splash of catsup to really bring out... [Read more...]
Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie; or “Ya Better Watch Out ” or You’ll Have the Whole Park Under Your Awning for the Holidays!
Get ready for visitors, like 'em or not! You don’t have to drink alcohol to have a good time. Yeah, yeah, for those of you rolling your eyes (and you know who you are), bear with me; I’ve factored you in near the end of this blog. On one thing we can agree: RVer’s tend to be a sociable lot, with the holidays bringing out the social butterflies in even the Scooge-iest of us. You combine the holidays and free-wheelin’ RVer’s and you got something going! Here’s an alcohol-free crockpot recipe for a truly memorable hot apple cider-cranberry drink. And you imbibers, just hang on; I told you I’ll get to you in a bit: This is a recipe I’ve made during several seasons of life (the details of which shall remain unknown except to those present at the time): Hot Apple Cider-Cranberry Crockpot Crowd Pleaser 3 parts apple cider 1 part cranberry juice or juice cocktail 1/4 cup of brown sugar or honey (to taste) cinnamon sticks whole cloves *optional but great: put a small pat... [Read more...]
‘Tis the season… for eating and being merry, right? Well at Woodall’s, we agree, which is part of the reason we’ve created “Food Week” on the blog. Starting Sunday the 5th of December, we’re hosting an entire week of food! That means tons of recipes, cooking tips, kitchen mods, camp-cooking ideas, holiday tips, personal RV cooking dramas, and more! Make sure you check back all week during Food Week 2010! We’re going to have a scrumptious time. Food Week 2010 will run from December 5 through December 11.