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Pizza Pot Pie

Oh My Goodness!  When I saw this…. I had to share.  It’s from the Food Network.  Love the description: Not a pot pie, not a deep-dish pizza, this dish is its own tasty entity. Enjoy!

Lady E Cooper

IT’S RALLY TIME!

March 2016 – Our month started strong with the Professor & I putting on a ‘New Hat’ as Rally Coordinators ….over the first-ever Redwood / CrossRoads RV Regional Rally. In the beautiful Mill Creek Ranch RV Resort in Canton, TX with 10 rigs in attendance…just happened to be all Redwood 5th wheels which was a beautiful sight. A shout out to all those who came to make history. We thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts.

Texas Regional Rally Attendeess March 2016We had folks come as far away as Kansas ….and as close as 30 miles down the road at Lake Fork, TX. Everyone’s enthusiasm was amazing….even with the major rains that fell early ….but we finished with sunshiny skies and gentle winds. Here are a few photos from our event.

Redwood Line Up More Redwood 5th Wheels3 days before the Rally, the attendees who chose to come early to do a 3 Day RV Maintenance class called “Mastering Your RV” taught by the one and only Professor Terry Cooper, the Texas RV Professor. It’s important to learn what we call the foundation subjects like ….the 3 RV Electrical Systems, Propane System and the RV Water Systems. We also touched on RV refrigerators, RV water heaters, RV air conditioning and RV furnace. It would not be complete without RV exteriors.

Outside hands-on learning about RV Batteries and other parts of the RV.

Classroom theory training.

Words from Deborah & Larry H. who attended the RV maintenance class with their thoughts.

Friday we were out on the town at Dairy Palace for those World Famous Hamburgers! What a treat along with Blue Bell ice cream!

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Dairy Palace – Home of the World Famous Hamburgers!

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A lot of happy RVers for sure!!!

20160311_124616While we were not eating…. we were being educated by Ron Russell from Trailer Performance Braking and Tires. With more from Terry Cooper on the Amazing RV Refrigerator.

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Seminar – Amazing RV Refrigerator

Food, food and lots of it!!

and….Food, Food and Lots of it!!

Proud wearers of the Rally T-Shirts provided by Redwood / CrossRoads RV

We want to thank CrossRoads RV & Redwood RV for sponsoring this event and providing a delicious meal on Saturday noon catered by Baker’s Ribs Cafe in Canton, TX. Everyone agrees that the most scrumptious Fried Pies provided by The Original Fried Pie Shop were a real treat.

The orginial fried pie shop in Canton, TXThis event was the first of 6 Regional Rallies that the Professor & I will be at during the coming months of 2016. Next stop….. Tucson, AZ.

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Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers

Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers are the easiest appetizer around. Salty Feta compliments sweet watermelon for an appetizer that will please folks of all ages.

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  • 4 oz feta cheese, in a block
  • 1/4 of a large watermelon, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • mint leaves
  • skewers
  • balsamic for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Cube the watermelon into bite sized pieces.
  2. Cube the block of feta.
  3. To assemble, stack the feta and watermelon with a mint leaf in between. Using a skewer or toothpick, skewer the stack.
  4. For added flavor, I used a reduced balsamic vinegar drizzle. This is entirely optional but also entirely delicious so that’s your call. To make the drizzle, add ½ cup balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and reduce for 3-5 minutes until thickened. Drizzle over the skewers.

From: Bitesofbri.com

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Sheila’s Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

Recipe from The RV Centennial Cookbook – Celebrating 100 Years RVing, Page 55

 

Submitted by – Sheila Boggess of Prairie Hill, Texas – In her youth, Sheila camped with neighbors who owned a pop-up RV.  She recalls even now…. her memories of RVing are still her favorites, after all these years.  

Sheila’s Cheesy Potato Soup

Ingredients:

-6 or 7 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
-water to cover potatoes while cooking
-1 pint sour cream (note: using fat-free sour cream does not make the soup as smooth, but it tastes the same and is healthier)
-1 lb. Mexican Velveeta, cubed; regular Velveeta can be used, if preferred
-real bacon bits or crumble several slices of cooked bacon
-green onions (chopped)

Instructions:
Cover peeled, cubed potatoes with water in a large pot or Dutch oven. (Use more water for thinner soup.) When potatoes are tender, add sour cream and cubes of Velveeta. Heat over low heat, stirring nonstop. When cheese is melted, soup is ready. Add green onions and bacon bits just before serving.

 

Note from Lady E Cooper: I personally have made this potato soup many times. Not only does it taste delicious….it is easy for the RV kitchen – only 20 minutes cooking time. Plus, it’s one of my favorites for the cooler months. I hope it will become one of your favorite RV recipes, as well.  My personal tip is to serve this soup up in to your favorite bread bowl… then sit around the campfire to enjoy!

 

The RV Centennial Cookbook is available for purchase on Amazon.com

RV Kitchen Appliances

RV Kitchen Appliances

Must Have List vs. Wish List

Equates to: 30 Amps vs. 50 Amps

How much electrical power is needed for those small appliances planned for your RV kitchen?

  1. Make two lists – Label one ‘Must Have’ and the other ‘Wish’ list.  Coffee pot, crockpot, electric skillet, hand mixer, toaster – you’ll find these lists will add up quickly.
  2. Things to know – There are two measurements of power for RVs.

–          30 amps delivers 3600 watts of power

–          50 amps delivers 12,000 watts of power

3. Located on the back of each appliance is an electrical data plate. This information is telling us of the amount of power (electricity) required.

4. To measure the complete electrical requirement need’s for an RV – we will allocate watts for one air conditioner (2400 watts on startup) and the water heater element (1500 watts).  Both of these appliances will cycle on and off which means the demand on the watts are not constant.  Watts total – 3900.

When adding the watts needed from our lists, the 3600 watts of power given by a 30 amp power cord is depleted, even before getting started.

Ask yourself – What is my lifestyle?  A minimalist will require less and the 30 amps could be sufficient. Are the ‘must have’ and ‘wish’ lists vital to you? 50 amps power is probably the way to go.

Your perfect RV kitchen should be able to handle the electrical power needs of your small appliance ‘must haves’ and ‘wish’ lists, so shop wise.

 


Food Safety

Evada_Terry Cooper_Cookbook2There is nothing like RV tailgating – whether it’s football, car races or a weekend at county fair – outdoor cooking and entertaining is at its best. Take the time to be educated on food safety to insure your RV tailgating experience is a real winner.  Keep your hungry crew safe by following these food preparation safety tips.

  • Bring plenty of water along if none is available on site. Soap, paper towels, wet disposables and sanitizers for cleaning hands and other surfaces.
  • If a cooler is being used to store raw meats (like beef, poultry, etc.), wrap each type individually securely in separate wrappers to prevent cross contamination. Use multi layers of ice to maintain a constant temperature of 40 degrees F. or lower.
  • Avoiding over and under cooked meats by using a food thermometer. Keeping everyone safe from harmful bacteria is the key objective.
  • Never partially cook meats to finish cooking at a later time. Cooking to an unsafe temperature allows harmful bacteria to survive and multiply. Remedy this issue by cooking to at least 160 degrees F. and holding for at least 3 minutes. Choose higher temperatures for more desired doneness.
  • In hot weather (90 degrees F or higher), never let foods sit unrefrigerated for more than one hour. In cooler weather, no more than two hours is acceptable.  Toss any leftovers should these time guidelines be broken.  It is better to be safe and not sorry.

 

Whether choosing make-a-head recipes served out of the refrigerator or a feast straight off the grill…. kick off your tailgate party with pizzazz.

NOTE: This blog is among many that I have written for AmeriGO RV Club.  Please go check them out.  They provide valuable information for the all of us RV enthusiast.

 

Jalapeno Corn Dip

I have served this recipe many times in my restaurant days. Now, it is served for just a few… gathered around the campfire …to a large potluck group – this recipe will always be…. a real crowd pleaser.

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  •     1/2 cup sour cream
  •     1/2 cup mayonnaise (the real stuff)
  •     1/2 cup salsa (or picante)
  •     1/4 tsp black pepper
  •     1/2 tsp garlic powder
  •     2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  •     14.5oz can sweet kernel corn, drained
  •     2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  •     Tortilla chips

 

Instructions:

Jalapeno Corn Dip

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for several hours to let flavors combine. Like a little less spice? Take out the jalapeno. Like a little more? Add more jalapeno and a spicier salsa! Serve with tortilla chips.

This recipe comes from: ShugarySweets.com

Waffle Cinnamon Rolls

Waffle Cinnamonrolls

Some pictures just need no words of description.  I found this on Facebook.  Enjoy!

RV Refrigerator Facts

We just finishing up the CrossRoads RV Rally in Shipshewana, Indiana, we had a great time giving educational seminars and just hRV Refrigeratoranging out with a great group of folks. 

As I reflect on all the questions that we were asked during our seminars – the Absorption RV Refrigerator is still the number one topic of all.  So, I thought I would provide more information on how to help this appliance work more efficiently with providing some great facts that you may not be aware of.

  • ·         Compressor vs. Absorption type refrigerators – there is a big different. The compressor (residential-type) is an electric motor with a refrigerant pump, whereas, absorption (RV) is done through chemicals and heat.

 

  • ·         Recovery time is vastly different from our residential units. For every minute the door is left open – it will take one hour to recover the cold air lost.

 

  • ·         RV refrigerators cool better when there are a fair amount of items being stored. However, over packing is a bad thing – temps will go up because of lack of airflow. Try to keep your refrigerator stocked well without over packing.

 

  • ·         For cooling properly these 3 things are needed:  Is it level? Is there proper ventilation? Do you have a heat source ( i.e. propane or electric)?

 

  • ·         It is not critical to have the refrigerator level while traveling. The rolling and pitching movement of the RV helps the refrigerator operate efficiently.

 

  • ·         To check for proper temperature, place a cup of water with a thermometer inside the cup. Wait 2 to 3 hours to check if the unit is already cooled down. If hot (unplugged), turn on and wait to check after 8 to 24 hours.

 

  • ·         Most refrigerators will have at least one auxiliary fan on the back side, check to make sure it is working properly.  If more air flow is needed – add an additional fan(s).

 

  • ·         If the odor of ammonia is present with a yellow film coating on the back side of the refrigerator, the cooling coil seal is broken.  This means the coils will need to be replaced.

 

  • ·         8 cubic foot and larger units should be at least 43 degrees F. or less at 110 degrees F.

 

  • ·         Proper temperature for the freezer is 0 degrees F. and inside the main cooling box is 37 – 42 degrees F.

 

  • ·         Place ice cream at the coldest part of the freezer which is the lower left side.  

I do hope you now have a better understanding of the Absorption RV Refrigerator.  Happy RVing!