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Camp and RV Recipe of the Week
Fruity Chicken Kebabs with Peanut Sauce
12 dried plums or dried apricot halves
1 cup hot spicy tea such as Constant Comment
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken (white or dark)
Garlic flavored nonstick spray
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup water
½ teaspoon powdered chicken bouillon
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Cut dried fruit in half. Pour hot tea over dried fruit and let stand until tea is cool. Drain well. Cut chicken in 16 chunks and thread on four skewers alternately with pieces of the fruit. Spray with oil and grill or broil until chicken tests done (170 degrees F.) In a small pan, stir peanut butter with water, bouillon and soy sauce until smooth and warm. Place kebabs on plates and serve sauce in dipping cups such as small plastic cups. Serves 4.
Serving idea: Cut two oranges in half and remove fruit, leaving skins intact. Cut up the fruit to make fruit salad for dessert. Use the four empty orange skins to serve the dipping sauce.
Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week
Egg ‘n Bacon Spaghetti
When it’s your turn to bring a main course, try this popular dish. Bring a spaghetti claw for easy serving. It's easily made ahead, then nuked to re-warm at serving time. Time saver: make hard-cooked eggs by the dozen and keep them on hand for so many many uses.
6 slices bacon, cut up
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 hard-boiled eggs, cut up
1 pound spaghetti, cooked and drained
3 to 4 meaty plum tomatoes, diced and drained
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet fry out bacon, gradually adding garlic. (Careful! Garlic burns easily.) When bacon is crisp, pour off all but about 4 or 5 tablespoons bacon fat. When draining spaghetti, save some of the water. Mix cooked spaghetti, bacon and eggs. Heat through and mix well. Fold in tomatoes, Parmesan and then add hot pasta water to taste. Serves 8 to 10.
Tips for the Camp Cook
What is easier to prepare in camp and eat with your fingers than a crunchy chunk of celery, endive or green pepper stuffed with something yummy? Here’s how to have a new stuffing each day:
* 8-ounce brick of cream cheese mixed with a 4-ounce tub of crumbled blue cheese
* A mashed banana mixed with extra-crunchy peanut butter
* Grated cheddar cheese moistened with mayonnaise. Add a small jar of drained, diced pimentos.
* For the kids, marshmallow fluff studded with raisins
* Egg salad or ham salad from the deli
* Homemade or store-bought hummus
* Cream cheese mixed with finely chopped smoked salmon and a few capers
* Well-drained crushed pineapple mixed with shredded coconut and cream cheese
* Blue cheese moistened with mayonnaise and mixed with chopped walnuts
* Mash packaged grated carrots into a softened brick of cream cheese and season sparingly with ground ginger
* Moisten softened cream cheese with a little ketchup, spread in celery and top each with a strip of anchovy
* Nutella mixed with chopped hazelnuts
* CheezWiz mixed with drained, chopped, stuffed olives and just a hint of curry powder
* Stuff with softened cream cheese and run a knife down the center to make a tiny ditch. Fill it with hot sauce.
What’s your favorite celery stuffing? Share by leaving a comment.
Emergency Recipe of the Week
This recipe using pantry foods is from Janet Groene’s book Cooking Aboard Your RV, Second Edition. To order the book for yourself or a gift go here. http://amzn.to/1lXwfvr
Creamy Seafood Soup
1 can low sodium condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can low sodium condensed cream of tomato soup
1 soup can water
12-ounce can evaporated milk
6-ounce can tuna, shrimp or crab, drained and picked over
Sherry wine (about 1 teaspoon per serving)
Combine soups, water and milk in a saucepan over medium flame, stirring with a spoon or whisk until well heated. Add seafood and continue heating.. Ladle into soup bowls and top with sherry. Serves 4.
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