Unbeatable Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

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Entrees and sides get a lot of praise at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but, to many, dessert is the best part. These two mouthwatering (and easy) desserts are guaranteed to be the stars of the show this Thanksgiving.

Festive Cranberry Cobbler

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar (divided)
  • 1 1/4 cups cranberries (partially thawed)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
  3. Stir the cranberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar together.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking powder, 3/4 cup sugar and salt together in a large bowl.
  5. In a separate small bowl, whisk the milk and egg together, then whisk in the butter.
  6. Whisk the milk mixture into the flour mixture.
  7. Pour the batter into the skillet and sprinkle the cranberries on top.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 9-inch basic pie crust (in a pie plate)
  • 1 cup pecans

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place rack in the lowest position.
  2. Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to melt the chocolate. Stir occasionally until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Stir the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt together in a medium bowl. Slowly stir in the melted chocolate.
  4. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Lay the pecans evenly on top of the filling.
  6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the pie has set. Let cool on a wire rack for 4 hours before serving.

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Trail Mix Recipes to Try this Summer

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Trail mix has become a staple travel food for many campers and RV enthusiasts. Try these delicious trail mixes on your summer travels.

Ultimate Trail Mix

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried apple slices
  • 1 cup dried pineapple
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups puppy chow
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup small marshmallows
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Simply mix all of the above ingredients together in a large bowl, then pack into snack-sized Ziploc bags for easy access when traveling.

Kashi Trail Mix

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Kashi crunch cereal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup yogurt raisins
  • 1 cup Craisins
  • 1 cup chocolate covered soy nuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (without shells)
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, then split the trail mix into snack-sized portions in Ziploc bags.

After School Trail Mix

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups pretzel rings
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups sesame sticks
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup yogurt-covered raisins
  • 1/2 cup banana chips

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the above ingredients into a large bowl. Stir the ingredients until they’re thoroughly mixed and split into Ziploc bags for easy access.

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Get Stir-Fried in Your RV!

You don’t have to have a gourmet kitchen or culinary schooling under your belt to cook mouthwatering meals on the road. In fact, your quaint RV kitchen can be the setting for creating some very impressive dishes. This easy and delicious Chicken Lo Mein recipe allows you to enjoy the Chinese food you love without unnecessary, unhealthy ingredients often included at take-out restaurants.

Chicken Lo Mein

What you’ll need:

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (minceD)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the vegetables:

  • 2 cups shitake mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots (julienned)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup Chinese cabbage (shredded)

Other:

  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 16 ounces Asian style noodles (ramen or udon)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  3. In a separate medium-size bowl, toss the chicken with the soy sauce, garlic and ginger.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large wok. Make sure the wok is hot before adding the chicken. Cook the chicken for roughly 5 minutes, until it starts to brown. Set the chicken aside.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the wok, then add the vegetables. Cook for 1 minute, tossing often.
  6. Place the chicken back in the wok. Stir in the cooked noodles and the prepared sauce. Toss everything until thoroughly coated with sauce.
  7. Garnish the lo mein with green chopped green onions before serving.

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Get Fancy and Cook Shrimp Scampi in Your RV

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Preparing a restaurant-style dish like shrimp scampi in your RV may seem impossible. After all, you have limited counter space, a compact stove and limited storage space. Fortunately, cooking shrimp scampi is easier than most assume, and the delicious meal can be prepped and cooked in roughly 30 minutes.

Celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day this April 29, with this mouthwatering, garlicky shrimp scampi recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (shelled and deveined)
  • Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons flat-leaf parsley leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Cooking instructions:

  1. Place the shrimp on a paper plate and pat them with a paper towel until completely dry.
  2. Arrange the shrimp to lay flat and space them evenly. Season them with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter to the skillet and heat until the foaming subsides. Raise the heat and pour the shrimp into the skillet all at the same time.
  4. Cook the shrimp without stirring for 1 minute. 
  5. Add the garlic and cook the shrimp for an additional minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp and place them in a bowl.
  6. Pour the vermouth and lemon juice into the skillet. Boil until the combination has thickened (30 seconds). 
  7. Scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, then stir in the lemon zest and parsley. 
  8. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, then season the entire combination with salt and pepper. 
  9. Divide the shrimp evenly and serve with lemon wedges and linguine if desired.

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Christmas Desserts You Can Prepare in Your RV

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Sweets go hand-in-hand with the Christmas holiday, and traveling in your RV this season doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite treats. These two delectable Christmas dessert recipes are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit and impress all of your friends at the campsite.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Gingerbread

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup hot water

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV’s oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl. Beat the egg into the mixture and mix in the molasses.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the baking soda, flour, salt, ginger, cloves and cinnamon together. Blend the dry mixture into the creamed mixture. Stir hot water into the mixture and pour it into the prepared plan.
  4. Bake the gingerbread for 1 hour in the preheated oven. Let the gingerbread cool in the pan before slicing and serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/4 cup margarine (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 54 mini-muffin paper cups

Preparation instructions:

  1. Use an electric mixer to beat the peanut butter, sugar and margarine together on medium speed. Continue beating until thoroughly combined.
  2. Mix the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal into the bowl.
  3. Split the mixture into portions using a rounded teaspoon. Shape the portions into small balls.
  4. Place the balls into the paper cups and refrigerate them.
  5. Melt the chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly.
  6. Spoon the melted chocolate over each peanut butter ball.
  7. Refrigerate again until firm.

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Sides

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Many Americans strive to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey every year. However, it’s often the sides that guests remember most. These two amazing side dishes are guaranteed to wow your friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Caramelized Carrots

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound carrots
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic

Cooking instructions:

  1. Peel and dice the carrots. Chop the onion and grate one large garlic clove.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onions to the butter mixture, then stir in the garlic.
  4. Add 1/4 teaspoon curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin and a teaspoon of dried thyme.
  5. Add the carrots into the mixture and stir until the carrots are coated with the spices and onions.
  6. Pour the chicken broth into the pan with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  7. Bring the entire mixture to a boil and cook it over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the broth is gone. Stir the carrots a few times while cooking.
  8. Remove carrots from the heat once they’re caramelized and serve warm.

Orange Sage Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (cut)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (crushed)
  • 4 slices cooked bacon (crumbled)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Drop the sweet potatoes into a 5-quart slow cooker.
  2. Stir the orange juice concentrate, salt, brown sugar, sage and thyme together in a small bowl. Pour over the potatoes.
  3. Toss to coat, then drop the butter chips into the cooker.
  4. Cover and cook on low for about 5 to 6 hours.
  5. Toss the bacon crumbles into the slow cooker and stir again before serving.

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Easter Dishes You Can Cook in Your RV

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Holiday weekends are best spent in your RV. But cooking an elaborate Easter dinner in your RV may same like a difficult feat. These Easter recipes are easy to make in your compact RV kitchen, but they’re guaranteed to make everyone ask for seconds.

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 russet potatoes (sliced)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
  3. Place half of the potatoes at the bottom of the casserole dish, then layer the onion slices on top.
  4. Place the remaining potatoes on top and season them with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Stir the flour and salt into the saucepan and whisk for one minute. Stir in the milk and cook until the mixture thickens.
  7. Stir in the cheese until it is fully melted.
  8. Pour the cheese mixture over your potatoes, and cover the casserole dish with tin foil.
  9. Bake for 1.5 hours, and enjoy.

Sweet and Savory Ham

What you need:

  • 2 cups honey
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 ready-to-eat ham (5 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Score the ham and insert the whole cloves into the cuts.
  3. Place the ham in a tin foil lined baking pan.
  4. Use a double boiler to heat the honey, syrup and butter into a glaze.
  5. Brush the glaze onto the ham, then bake the ham for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  6. Keep the remainder of the glaze warm and baste your ham with it every 15 minutes.
  7. Turn on the broiler to carmelize the glaze for the final 5 minutes of cooking.

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Tailgate Recipe

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Sassy Wings

Ingredients needed include 4 lbs. of whole chicken wings, kosher salt and ground black pepper.

  • Do prep ahead of time by splitting the wings at the joints. Leave the wing tips to make soup stock another day.
  • Rinse the wings thoroughly and place in plastic bins with secure lids and refrigerate until ready to grill.
  • Once you’re set up, prep the grill grate with oil and get the charcoal or gas grill lit and ready to go.
  • When the grill is hot, bring out the wings and season to taste using black pepper and kosher salt.
  • Place on grill for approximately 20 minutes or until they’re crispy and browned evenly. Cook uncovered on charcoal and covered on gas.
  • Keep the temperature even and if the wings start to burn, reduce the heat and move the wings to an area on the grill that isn’t as hot. Serves 4 to 12

Jalapeno-Scallion Salsa

Add zip to the wings with this tasty salsa served on the side. Prepare ahead of time as it needs to sit for 30 minutes to 2 hours for the full flavorful effect.

  • Trim and thinly slice 8 to 10 fresh scallions using both white and green sections.
  • Dice 1/2 of a fresh jalapeno pepper that has been cored and seeded.
  • In a bowl, add 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, a dash of kosher salt and black pepper, the jalapeno and the scallions.
  • Mix thoroughly. Taste and add any extra ingredients, if necessary. The flavor should be zesty but not overpowering.
  • Serve in separate dishes along side with grilled wings. Serves enough for 2 lbs of wings.

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