Friday, May 31, 2019

Homemade Southern Red Beans and Rice Ala Mary

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may recall my commenting often about reducing the amount of food in our freezer and I’m happy to report that I’ve made some significant progress and actually now know what’s in there.  I’ve had a package of andouille in there for a while and decided it needed to be used with the first half going to a shrimp dish.  When I discovered some red beans in the pantry, I decided that I’d make red beans and rice.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pepperoni Rolls

Pepperoni rolls were invented in 1927 by the Country Club Bakery in my home town of Fairmont, WV as a food that coal miners could buy in the morning or previous evening and take in their lunch for a ready to eat meal.  Later on, a beer joint (Colaessano’s), about a half mile from my house, took them to the next level by splitting the baked rolls, adding peppers, pizza sauce, and cheese then re-warming to melt the cheese before serving – they were famous throughout northern WV.  Colaessano’s has long since changed from a beer joint to a carry-out/eat-in restaurant and the family is no longer involved.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Carne Adovada Ala Chef Lea Ann

When we were in Las Cruces, NM this past winter, I tried my first ever Carne Adovada and really enjoyed it, thinking I would make it when we got home but hadn’t gotten around to it.  So while at a Mexican restaurant in Ashville, NC during our recent RV Club rally, I ordered it and what I got looked nothing like what I was expecting.

Now it was time to make it using Chef Lea Ann’s recipe from her Cooking On The Ranch blog – I doubled her recipe to get the one below and after cooking the meat and the sauce I froze half (meat and sauce in separate bags) and cooked half per the directions for this meal.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Days 16-18 – Grove Park Inn, Moose Café & Trip Home

We had visited the Grove Park Inn during a rally a couple of years ago but this time we decided to eat at the Sunset Terrace Restaurant looking out over the mountains.  I could almost see the wealthy southern ladies and gents in their fine clothing in this same setting 100 years ago sipping their beverages and discussing the topics of the day.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Days 13-15 – Oak Plantation And Moving To Asheville, NC, Trolley

Before I discuss our move, a few comments about Oak Plantation Campground on John’s Island, SC (Charleston).  I believe this is just a campground and not up to an RV Park or Resort, but it is a nice campground and we would stay there again.  I base my ratings on their sites being just gravel or grass and gravel although their roads were paved.  We didn’t use any of fixed facilities, but the WiFi was very good, the water pressure was a little low, and everything else was normal.  Check in was friendly and efficient. Depending upon traffic and how many red lights you hit, it’s 15-30 minutes into downtown.  A big negative was the traffic that backs up in front of the entrance due to the nearby traffic light and heavy traffic.  Since it is for sale for $31 million, there seem to be no improvements being made.  

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Days 11& 12 – Downtown Charleston, Harbor Cruise, and Pages

On Thursday, I drove the ladies downtown so they could shop at the HistoricCharleston City Market then I came back to the campground to check on the dogs and when I picked the ladies up later we drove to the Maritime Center for a harbor cruise on the CarolinaBelle.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Days 9 -11 – Onward to Charleston, Gilligan's, Angel Oak, Old Friend

We closed up shop and got on the road about 10:15 for 105 mile run from Savannah up to the Charleston area but first some thoughts on Savannah's Creek Fire Motor Ranch.  They refer to themselves as a resort but they have a way to go to get there but I believe they will.  The place has only been open for about 18 months and they mostly concrete pads with all good utilities except for a terrible WiFi.  Check in was friendly and efficient and they provided a nice packet of information.  The pool area was nice but the hot tub was nearly unusable due to the chlorine amount in the water.  They don’t offer cable TV but some sites have a Direct TV dish that requires using a box provided by them – not an issue since we have our own dish.  It’s about a 25 minute drive into downtown via I-95 and I-16 but there are many stores and restaurants near the resort - if ever again in the area I would stay there.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Day 7&8 – Savannah Historic Area and 8th AF Museum

Warning - Lot's of photos.

Saturday was a pretty laid back day with lunch at the Pirate House being the major event.  The front part of the restaurant was established in 1753 and is in the oldest building in Georgia. A large brick addition was built in the mid 1900’s but the inside was built to match the old original part of the restaurant.  

Monday, May 6, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Day 6 – Savannah - Melody's

Our plan for the first day with our club was to go back to Pauls Deen’s Creekhouse Seafood & Grill then drive on out to Tybee Island but with a couple of events happening on the island, there was lots of traffic clear back to the campground so I knew it would take a long time to get to the restaurant and nearly impossible to get to the island.  So we made a u-turn and headed south to the town of Richmond Hill and Melody’s Coastal Café.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Three Stop RV Rally – Day 5 - Savannah - Tubby's

Our neighbors had to return home on Thursday but since they were not in a big hurry to leave, we decided to head back down to E. River St. for another fish meal at Tubby’sSeafood which we picked due to the big line to get in the other day we were there.  No waiting today so we were escorted upstairs thru the outside dining area and into the dining room. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

On The Road For A Three Stop RV Club Rally – Day 4 - Paula Deen's

On of Cindy’s desires while in Savannah was to eat at a Paula Deen restaurant and we opted for Paula Deen’s Creekhouse Seafood & Grill which was Uncle Bubba’s (owned by Paula and her brother) when we ate there many years ago.  It's located on the way to Tybee so it doesn't get any drop in business and it was pretty empty for this visit.