3 Camping Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day

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May your pockets be heavy, your heart be light, and your stomach be full on this St. Patrick’s Day! While the traditional Irish dishes are delicious and a must-have on this holiday, it’s hard to fully celebrate when your resources are limited by traveling in an RV. You probably have the green shirt and decorated RV down, but how can you have an entire Irish feast when you’re camping out?

Luckily, we have 3 RV-friendly Irish recipes that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Stew

Irish stew, made with lamb, stout, potatoes, carrots and herbs.

With a dish that has meat, vegetables and warm, delicious broth, you can’t go wrong with this satisfying and easy meal. Camping Roadtrip says all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 large onions
  • 5 large carrots
  • 1 1/2 pound steak
  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper

First you heat the oil in a large skillet. Cut the onions in wedges and saute them. Cut the carrots in thick slices and cook for a few minutes. Then you cut the steak into 1/4 inch cubes and add it to the vegetables. Wash, peel and slice the potatoes and throw them with the meat and vegetables. Pour in the water and sprinkle salt and pepper and wait for the stew to boil. Simmer the stew over low heat until everything is tender,

Irish Campfire Potatoes

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This dish, thanks to Daily Leisure, is the ultimate go-to for St. Patrick’s Day. This mean can be cooked on a grill, over a fire, or in an oven if your rig has one. All you need is:

  • 1 1/2 lb of red potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Worcester Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • salt and pepper

The first thing you do is slice the potatoes and onion up into 1/4 slices. Place the slices on aluminum foil large enough to fold over and roll the edges up. Make sure you top the potatoes and onion generously with butter, garlic, cayenne and Worcester sauce. Fold the foil and leave on the grill or over the campfire for 30 minutes. If using an oven, cook the potatoes at 350 for 40 minutes.

Corned Beef Hash

Southern breakfast of corned beef hash and sunny side up eggs

This meal is a traditional Irish dish and luckily can be easily made in an RV. According to Valerie’s Kitchen, all you need is:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 gold or red potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 c cooked and chopped corned beef
  • 4 eggs, fried or poached
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper

First, you heat the olive oil on medium in a large skillet. Dice the onion and bell pepper and add to skillet for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic for another minute. Throw in the potatoes and start seasoning with thyme, salt and pepper. Let the mixture cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the corned beef and heat until it has warmed up. Flatten the hash with a spatula and serve an egg over each portion.

Don’t allow travelling in your RV to take away your Luck O’ the Irish! If you’re looking for an RV with an oven to let you go all out for holidays, visit Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland, VA. We also have a fully-stocked parts and accessories store where you can purchase all your RV and camping essentials.

Thanksgiving Recipes to Make Around the Campfire

Dutch oven over a campfireIf you’re like us, you start looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner weeks in advance. While some of you may be traveling to your parents’ house, in-laws, or hosting Thanksgiving in your home, many people will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday at a campground. Many campgrounds host Thanksgiving meals or potlucks for campers, but it’s always good to have your own food to feast on. Cooking a gourmet Thanksgiving meal in your RV may seem like a challenge, but these recipes from www.campingroadtrip.com are easy and delicious! Continue reading

April Fool’s Day Recipe – Bucket of Mud

April Fool’s Day is all about trickery. This easy and delicious dessert is just as fun to make as it is to eat!

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Recipe provided by AllRecipes.com.

Bucket of Mud

Ingredients

  • 1 18-ounce package of Oreo cookies
  • 3.5 cups milk (skim, low-fat, or whole all work)
  • 2 3.5-ounce packages of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1.5 8-ounce packages cream cheese – softened to room temp
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter – softened to room temp
  • 1 8-ounce container of your favorite frozen-whipped topping (Like Cool Whip) – thawed
  • CLEAN and empty buckets
  • 1 package of candy bugs (such as gummy worms)

Directions

  • Using a blender or Vitamix, pulse the cookies until finely ground. Set aside in a separate bowl.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk and vanilla pudding mix, whisking until no lumps remain.
  • Using an electric or hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese and margarine (or butter) together until smooth. Stir in the pudding mixture until just combined.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in the cookie crumbs and whipped topping until blended.
  • Spoon the entire mixture into a bucket, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Decorate the bucket with your favorite gummy worms or candy bugs!

Try This Delicious Recipe for National Soup Month

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Nothing eases the winter blues like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. January is National Soup Month, which means there’s no better time to cook a steaming pot of soup for your fellow campers. This hearty corn chowder recipe is easy to prepare in a small RV kitchen and is guaranteed to help you stay warm this January.

Sweet Corn Chowder

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 pound boiling potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 scallions (bulbs and green tops chopped and separated)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • Sour cream for serving

Cooking instructions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir in the celery, bell pepper and scallion bulbs. Stir the vegetables until they begin to soften (roughly 10 minutes).
  3. Stir in the 2 cups of corn, chopped potatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf and salt.
  4. Bring the entire mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and let your soup simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Place your remaining two cups of corn in a food processor (or blender), and puree them with the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Stir your corn puree into the saucepan with your soup, then stir in the black pepper.
  8. Allow the soup to simmer for roughly 5 to 10 minutes or until it has slightly thickened.
  9. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the scallion greens.
  10. This recipe yields four servings, so separate the soup evenly into four bowls, and serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Stop and See Us This January

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Holiday Desserts in Your RV

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Sweets and desserts are some of the most anticipated parts of the holiday season. Cookies, cakes, candy and even sweet drinks are enjoyed all across the country this time of year, and you don’t have to miss out because you’re spending the holidays in your RV. These simple dessert recipes are easy to make right in the comfort of your holiday home on wheels.

Big and Soft Gingerbread Cookies

What you’ll need:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup margarine (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons additional white sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt together, then set the mixture aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the softened margarine and 1 cup of sugar together until it is a light, fluffy consistency.
  4. Beat the egg into the margarine mixture, then stir in the molasses and water.
  5. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the molasses mixture, then shape the dough into small balls.
  6. Roll the dough balls through the remaining sugar, and set them on an un-greased baking sheet. Flatten the dough balls slightly.
  7. Bake the cookies for roughly eight minutes, then allow them to cool for five minutes on the cookie sheet.

Chocolate Brittle Surprise

What you’ll need:

  • 35 unsalted soda crackers
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then cover a baking sheet with foil and grease it lightly.
  2. Place the crackers on the cookie sheet.
  3. Microwave the butter for two minutes, then stir in the brown sugar.
  4. Microwave the mixture for two more minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the butter mixture over the crackers and bake for 17-20 minutes.
  6. Place chocolate chips on top of the hot crackers, then spread once they’ve melted.
  7. Sprinkle the nuts on top, and refrigerate your brittle for one hour.

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Thanksgiving Recipes for the Road

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Living life on the road doesn’t mean you have to cancel your favorite holiday traditions. And cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner inside your RV is probably easier than you may think. Try these simple and easy Thanksgiving recipes to bring some holiday cheer to your RV park this November.

Yellow Squash Casserole

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups yellow squash (sliced)
  • 35 buttery round crackers (crushed)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat the onion and squash in a skillet over medium heat, then pour in a small amount of water. Cover the mixture and let it cook until the squash is soft (roughly 5 minutes).
  3. Drain the onion and squash mixture, then place it in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the crackers and cheese.
  5. Stir half of your cracker mixture into the onion and squash mixture.
  6. In a separate small bowl, mix the milk and eggs together, then stir in the squash mixture. Add 1/4 cup melted butter, then season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Spread your mixture into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and sprinkle the leftover cracker mixture on top.
  8. Dot with two tablespoons of butter and bake your casserole for 25 minutes, then serve.

No Cook Cranberry Salad

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 can whole cranberry sauce (14.5 ounces)
  • 6 seedless green grapes (halved)
  • 1/4 can mandarin oranges (drained and sliced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 red apple (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Mix the cranberry sauce, mandarin oranges, grapes, coconut, apple, walnuts and vanilla together in a large bowl.
  2. Let the salad sit for about 30 minutes, then toss and serve.

Stop By Reines Before You Hit the Road

Before you hit the road this holiday season, don’t forget to stop by Reines RV Center in Manassas for all of your holiday RV needs. Whether you need a little maintenance performed before another RV season or just a few camping supplies for snowbirding, stop in and see us six days a week.

Homemade Halloween Candy

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Trick-or-treating is one of the best Halloween traditions. And whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s no doubt you eat a few sweets on the spooky holiday. Instead of dishing out store-bought bags of treats this year, these homemade Halloween-themed candies will spice up all of your holiday festivities.

Peanut Butter Pumpkins

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 package confectioners’ sugar (16 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • yellow food coloring
  • red food coloring
  • green decorators’ icing

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter in a bowl, then add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. It should turn to an orange (or pumpkin) color.
  2. Stir the peanut butter and sugar into the bowl until the mixture is dough-like.
  3. Roll the dough into bite-size, pumpkin-shaped balls, then use a toothpick to make ridges in them.
  4. Add a drop of green icing to the top of your pumpkins to imitate a stem.
  5. Refrigerate your pumpkins until firm.

Halloween Caramel Corn

What You’ll Need:

  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 cups miniature pretzels
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 M&Ms

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. In a large roasting pan, mix the popcorn and pretzels together, then set aside.
  3. Combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan.
  4. Cook the syrup mixture over medium heat until it is fully boiling, then continue cooking for roughly 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
  6. Pour the syrup over your popcorn and pretzels, then sprinkle the peanuts on top. Stir until all of your popcorn is coated, then bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Stir the mixture again, and mix in the candy corn and M&Ms.
  8. Bake for 5 more minutes, then spread the caramel corn onto wax paper and let it cool.

Stop By Reines This Halloween

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Seafood Recipes for National Seafood Month

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October is National Seafood Month, and that means it’s time to start cooking up some tasty seafood dishes in your RV. Many RV enthusiasts think that seafood dishes can be too difficult to cook within the confines of a small RV kitchen, but these quick and easy meals will make you think otherwise.

Grilled Seafood Skewers

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 pound large sea scallops
  • 1/2 pound fresh salmon
  • 1/2 pound fresh prawns (deveined)
  • Oil
  • Metal skewers

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Chop the salmon into bit-size pieces (about the same size as a scallop).
  2. Preheat the grill.
  3. Put the same type of seafood on each skewer to ensure each piece of seafood is properly cooked. Leave enough room on each end of the skewers to use as handles.
  4. Brush the pieces of seafood with oil once they are on the grill.
  5. Cook the shrimp and scallop skewers for roughly 2 minutes on each side or until they are thoroughly cooked.
  6. Cook the salmon skewers for roughly 1 minute on each side or to your preferred temperature.
  7. Serve with your favorite seafood dipping sauce and enjoy.

Foil Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 medium tomatoes (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 4 teaspoons basil pesto
  • Aluminum foil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. Tear two pieces of aluminum foil large enough to wrap your salmon filets.
  3. Place one piece of foil on top of the other and brush 2 teaspoons of oil on the top piece.
  4. Lay the salmon on the foil.
  5. Brush each salmon piece with 2 teaspoons of basil pesto, then place the tomato slices on top.
  6. Wrap the salmon in the foil and place the packet on the grill.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove the packet and let it sit for roughly 3 minutes before eating.

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An Apple Dumpling Recipe for National Apple Dumpling Day

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It may not be the most famous holiday on the calendar, but National Apple Dumpling Day is probably the tastiest. Use these easy and unique apple dumpling recipes to celebrate the upcoming holiday on September 17.

Unforgettable Apple Dumplings

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cans crescent roll dough
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples (peeled and cored)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 can Mountain Dew
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
  3. Cut the apples into eight wedges and set them aside.
  4. Unpackage the crescent rolls and separate them into triangles.
  5. Roll an apple wedge into one of the triangles and pinch the edges to seal it tight.
  6. Continue the same process with all of the remaining wedges and crescent triangles.
  7. Use a small saucepan to melt the butter, cinnamon and sugar together.
  8. Pour the butter mixture over the dumplings, then evenly pour the Mountain Dew on top.
  9. Bake the dumplings for roughly 45 minutes.

Apple Dumpling Pie

What You’ll Need:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Filling:

  • 8 cups tart baking apples (sliced and peeled)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, milk, oil and salt together to create your pie crust, then press it into an 8-inch pie pan.
  3. Toss the apples in flour and sugar, then place them in the pie crust and dot with butter.
  4. For your topping, mix the flour and sugar together and stir in the butter until the mixture is coarse.
  5. Spread the topping over the apples, then lightly cover the pie with foil.
  6. Bake the pie covered for roughly 25 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 15 more minutes.

There’s no better place to get all of your fall RV supplies than at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re open six days a week, so stop in and see us or shop our online parts store when our doors are closed.