Friday, July 20, 2018

Quick Recipes for Camping and RV Cooks

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 Differed folks, different strokes. Tent or RV? We all have to eat.

Camping and RV 
Recipe of the Week

Wild  Rice Burgers for Two
    Pecan meal is inexpensive, full of flavor and it is a versatile and shortcut protein ingredient to add to burgers, batters, desserts, smoothies. 

2 eggs or equivalent in Egg Beaters
1 1/2 cups cooked rice or wild rice or a mixture
1/4 cup each bread crumbs and pecan meal
½ teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 beaten eggs or equivalent in liquid egg substitute
Small can mushroom stems and pieces, well drained

Oil for frying

    In a bowl, whisk eggs. Mix in everything else and form into patties. Fry on both sides in hot oil until crispy brown. Serves 2 as a main dish. 


Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week

Secret Ingredient Creamed Corn
    Bring inexpensive disposable sauce dishes to the potluck and ladle this delectable, affordable side dish into them.

½ stick butter
2 tablespoons flour
Heaping teaspoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 can whole kernel corn with juice
3 cans, 15 ounces each, cream style corn
8-ounce carton whipping cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    In a large saucepan melt butter and stir in flour, sugar and nutmeg. Keep stirring over medium heat while adding juice from the whole kernel corn. When mixture is smooth, stir in  all corn and cream. When it comes to low boil, turn off heat and stir in cheese. Serve hot. Serves 12 to 14. 

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Tips for the Camp Cook

    * Before adding tomato-based food to a plastic storage container, spray it with nonstick pan spray to avoid stains. To remove stains, take containers home to run through the dishwasher or soak in a basin of very hot water with dishwasher detergent. Use rubber gloves when handling this very harsh brew. 

    * To serve chili or stew under a bread blanket, make a batter of 1 cup self-rising flour, two cups milk and two eggs. Heat chili or ste first. Drizzle batter. Bake in the oven or in a covered skillet until batter is firm. 

    * Make a recipe of  Rice Crispy cookies. While they are warm use buttered hands  to form into small bowls. Just before serving, fill bowls with fresh fruit. 

    * Here’s a shortcut topping for any fruit cobbler. Whisk together a can of sweetened condensed milk, a stick of melted butter, 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour and ½ teaspoon lemon extract. Pour batter over a casserole filled with fruit of your choice. Bake until topping browns. 

    *   If hot juices spill, they soak into fabric oven mitts and burn your hands. Silicone oven mitts are leakproof and heatproof to 450 degrees. I like these extra long gloves. with quilted lining. 

    * My dog piddled on the rug and every pet urine cleaner I tried did not work until I tried a Clorox brand pet urine cleaner and deodorizer. I found it at Walmart. When cleaning RV carpeting make sure to dry it well. The underlayment is probably plywood, which is subject to wood rot.

The Only Recipe You’ll Ever Need For
Fried Rice

2 cups finely chopped vegetables (mostly onion plus small amounts of green and red pepper, celery, carrot, parsnip, turnip, jicama, scallion, okra, cabbage, chayote) OR
2 cups frozen sofrito, thawed and drained

1/4 cup (or more to taste) bacon fat, vegetable oil, butter, schmaltz, lard or shortening

3 cups cooked rice (instant, pouch pack, boil-in-the bag, steamed or boiled long grain, short grain,  brown, wild rice

2 cups finely chopped cooked meat or poultry, or cooked or canned seafood, or broken nuts such as cashews or diced firm tofu or chopped cooked eggs

Salt, pepper, soy sauce to taste

Optional toppings: hot sauce, sriracha, shredded cheese, sesame seeds, minced parsley or cilantro, chopped scallions

    In a skillet or wok, sizzle vegetables in hot fat until crisp-tender. Stir in rice and remaining ingredients of choice and serve hot. Serves 4.

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