I’ve mentioned that cooking in a camper can be, ahem, challenging. The burners are small, even though I have three of them. They sit in a triangle shape with the front burner being so close to the edge that not only does it only get part of the bottom of my pan but I have to make sure I don’t catch myself on fire! But of course, the burners are too far apart to try and sit a pot squarely in the middle of them or just between two of them. Clearly people who design camper stoves are not real cooks. Just an observation.
I will say our new (to us) camper has a slightly taller oven. By maybe 4 inches. Don’t knock it. Camper ovens are like men’s pensises – every inch counts.
Although I love cooking with gas over electric there are still these small hurdles to get over. I’ve decided to forego the 5-star meals and just concentrate on getting food on the table. And since I don’t have a lot of space to store a bunch of exoctic ingredients like I’m used to the double upside to this arrangement is relatively inexpensive recipes!
So, what’s important for me in a food blog?
- Pictures. I prefer them but they are a must when asking Mike to pick something. He is not capable of listening to a list of ingredients and letting me know if it interests him or not. Which I suspect is true for a lot of people – they can’t comprehend ingredients. Just a finished image. Hey, whatever works for you!
- Simple ingredients and preparation. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to really cook and get in there and try and do chef-y things. But right now I have found that I cannot do that in a camper. (My paella pan and dutch oven do not fit into the oven. That’s a problem.) And I only have so much room to store ingredients so I’d better use them pretty regularly.
- Healthy food. This is last on the list because, well, it just is. This used to be at the top of my list before I met Mike…. But I have found there was a constant struggle between the two of us revolving around “what tastes good” and “what’s healthy”. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy. With a side of gravy. I’m not. So we try and agree to meet somewhere in the middle. We’re getting there….
I’ve always been a fan of Let’s Dish. Full disclosure – I know Danelle personally. I went to grad school with her hubby eons ago. Danelle and Glen have three boys. THREE! She cooks for FOUR men! Ok, so the youngest isn’t a man yet and the middle one is in pre-man stage. But aren’t growing boys notorious for eating a family into debt? But don’t take my word for the awesomeness of her recipes and her easy-to-use blog. She’s a professional food blogger. And photographer. She shows images of each dish. LOVE IT! Her food is “uptown foodie meets real life,” which is a perfect description. I made Mike the Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin (which is sooo simple) for his birthday when we first started dating. I’m pretty sure it’s what sealed the deal to our long-term relationship. *wink*wink*
The newest blog I’ve found is Budget Bytes. Honestly, I can’t remember where I came across Beth’s blog. But I love it. Her focus is providing great recipes on a budget. (Duh) She too posts an image of each recipe. I love how you can search a type of food and you get thumbnails to browse through. This is a great feature for Mike!! I’m especially in love with her Spinach Rice Breakfast Bowls! She’s right, they look weird but are fantastic! They are SO filling!!!
I’ve been leaning on these two blogs mostly but have also grabbed a recipe or two from Erin at Well Plated. I need more time to go through her healthy offerings. But I can say her Cranberry St. Germain Cocktail went over fabulously at Thanksgiving!
I will add more as I find them but these are the top of the list!!!