“Kitchen Confidence 101”
By Sandra Reames,
Are you Ready to Get out of Town!
Its the good ole summer time and I am ready to hit the road. You don't have to have children to want to find the ocean, lake, go hiking, camping or just sit under a shade tree some where else in the country.
This article is particular good for those that are going to take a several hour drive.
Depending on where you are driving and who is going with you like: children or old folks or if you could be so lucky just the two of you.
Food on the road can be quite challenging. Especially if you haven' made this drive before and you are not sure what is available.
The first thing that I pack on vacation , is my favorite something for stomach upsets, headaches and motion sickness. After that I am ready to start the fun stuff.
Then come the ice chest, bottled water, favorite soda, ice tea and even some hot herbal tea bags for the evening, just before bed.
When we get to our room after the first day of driving, no matter how much fun we had, it feels like I have been in a boat all days and it is still rocking. The w2arm tea even on a hot day, seems to get me ready for sleep.
Food on the road can be rather iffy maybe good or bad or what can seem like most of the time, just nothing particularly great.
Your taste buds can be suffering. By the first night you have hit every fast food place on the 500 mile drive. But that has been the best that you can find.
Don't get me wrong fast food is good, but not for 3 meals a day and on the new super highways, restaurants are not at the point in the road where you or the kids are hungry.
Remember the ice chest that we put in the car? Now is the time to add more than drinks. I even take two, one for food one for drinks.
I know you already put the chips in the car and a few sacks of cookies. But what I want you to add is plastic knives, forks and spoons, plus a good sharp knife. Add something like non perfumed baby wipes, rather you have a baby or not, gallon plastic zip lock bags, along with paper towels and plates. If you don't take them on the road you end up buying a bag or box with 50 pcs in each.
What is my first food to pick up along the way, well meat wise it is fried chicken. Many of those small confidence stores that you pass will have some of the best fried chicken that you have ever had, but not place to sit and eat. So if you can resist it for a while stop along the road to some of the road side parks and make a picnic of it. You also know that it looked so good, that you bought to much of it so put it in a bag in the ice chest for latter. What is better than hot chicken is cold fried chicken.
On the way during the summer is usually some very small fruit and vegetable markets. Some will have the best in peaches, watermelon, beautiful tomatoes, figs, blackberries, strawberries and cherries, just all the best of the summer. and you don't have to miss out on it. Because you are prepared for good food.
Then when you find a restaurant that looks & sounds good, try it.
Have a great vacation!
Listen to Sandra and Scott MC Caulley on the radio every Tuesday Morning on KRZK FM 106.3 9:06. We hope that you will listen and call in to help others and to share your experiences, good and bad!
Sandra has been a professional cook and caterer for 15 years.
Scott is a radio professional for over 23 years.
Both in the Branson, MO area.
The articles and show are to help you find confidence in the kitchen where you can provided good tasting and "better for you" meals to your family and friends even if you are an accomplished cook or a beginner, we all share those moments when we need help! We both show how we need to laugh at our selves.
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