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Kurt's Bachelor Cooking
#41
Curious, what is your favorite "home-made road snack"?

Let's say it is a long road trip travelling from one state to another. Let's call it a 12 hour trip. Sure, we stop at fast food resturants and maybe even truck stops for the main meals. What about any in-between snacks?

There are different scenerios such as what I call the "Lone Ranger Road Snack" wherein you are all alone and its a long trip. Then there is the family road trip with a car load of kids and the wifey I call the "Riad Trip to Hell and Back Road Snacks".

You know, 'not' the usual potato chips, m&ms, whatever.

Mine is home-made peanut brittle.
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(05-31-2020, 02:45 AM)Jeffery Wrote: Curious, what is your favorite "home-made road snack"?

Let's say it is a long road trip travelling from one state to another. Let's call it a 12 hour trip. Sure, we stop at fast food resturants and maybe even truck stops for the main meals. What about any in-between snacks?

There are different scenerios such as what I call the "Lone Ranger Road Snack" wherein you are all alone and its a long trip. Then there is the family road trip with a car load of kids and the wifey I call the "Riad Trip to Hell and Back Road Snacks".

You know, 'not' the usual potato chips, m&ms, whatever.

Mine is home-made peanut brittle.


When I was a kid whenever we took a road trip my mom had to stop at Stuckey's and get a box of peanut brittle. Wink

If I want to make good time I'll get some bottles of something like Ensure. It's the only time I drink them but they're easy. For other trips pizza, burritos and/or subs.
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#43
(05-31-2020, 04:10 AM)Kurt Wrote: For other trips pizza, burritos and/or subs.

Pizza and subs seems kinda messy unless you stop at a rest area.

I like mixed nuts, jerky, and trail mix (nuts and dried berries) myself.
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#44
(05-31-2020, 12:40 PM)JoeSpirit Wrote:
(05-31-2020, 04:10 AM)Kurt Wrote: For other trips pizza, burritos and/or subs.


Pizza and subs seems kinda messy unless you stop at a rest area.

I like mixed nuts, jerky, and trail mix (nuts and dried berries) myself.

Pizza isn't messy. In cold weather just wrap slices in foil and toss them on the defrost to keep them warm. And subs/sandwhiches are good in hot weather. Freeze them the night before and they'll defrost just in time to be cool and fresh at lunch. Wink
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#45
I'm a sucker for kitchen appliances. I got an air fryer 6 onths ago or so and like it a lot. It's really cut down on how much I use the microwave.
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#46
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What is your most used appliance and what is your favorite appliance?

Mine are the coffee machine and the microwave.

Back in the day I used to work at Kwajalein Missile Range and the antennas use microwave guides. One day I was in one of the antenna rooms and the guys put sausages on the microwave guides (wave guides). It works and was yummy. Idea

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#47
At home I use the NuWave Oven a lot. Out in the RV I use mostly the NuWave Oven and Stovetop.
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#48
Air fryer and immersion blender...
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#49
Kurt's Rules of Taco Making:

When making tacos you never put the cheese on top of the lettuce.* Instead, the proper place for cheese is on top of the meat and below the lettuce.

1. I don't care if lettuce falls off the top.

2. Cheese is the perfect buffer between the hot meat and the cold lettuce and it can be fully melted if it's on the meat. After putting the meat and cheese in the shells I like putting them in the air fryer for a couple of minutes. It browns the cheese and makes the shells really crispy.

*Exception: You can put cheese on top ONLY if you also include cheese directly on the meat too.
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#50
Root beer makes a really good sweetener for BBQ sauce.
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#51
What food are you really picky about? For me it's eggs. I don't eat a lot of eggs and only really like them scrambled and omelettes. The eggs can't be at all runny but they can't be browning either.

Bachelor recipe: I love putting little chunks of cream cheese in scrambled eggs and directly in the beaten eggs for omelettes.
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#52
Soggy lettus, slimy bananas/ anything okra and squash. My hillbilly grandma used to barter for brown apples at a general store - something that a store won't sale today. She made apple pies and apple fritters that she sold back to the general store and road side. She would laugh at her own joke: A fritter a day keeps the police man away.
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#53
I love red beans and rice and only have made it from a box from the store. So I decided to give it a try.

When it was time to add the cajun spice I found I didn't have enough. So I added some chili powder with the cajun spice. Then it was time to add the red beans. I thought I had some kidney beans but didn't. So I added pinto beans instead.

I let it simmer for a while and was worried that it wouldn't be very good. And it wasn't. It was the worst red beans I have ever tasted.

Then I took another bit and thought that although this doesn't taste like red beans it isn't bad. So I kept eating it and it started tasting really good. And it dawned on my that it wasn't red beans, it was chile!

Once my mind understood it was really good chili and not really bad red beans it was great. Something about the half cajun / half chili seasoning and extra onions, garlic and peppers made it really good. It's funny how expectations affect opinions. Wink
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#54
BTW have you ever "shocked your taste buds"? It's when you pick up a glass without paying much attention and take a sip expecting ice tea and it turns out to be V8 and it short circuits your brain for a second?
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#55
Ha, reminds of seeing a soldier wake up 'drunk' in a tree stand over a pond and take a swig from a beer bottle. He shouted, staggered and fell into the pond.

His buddies replaced the beer with old coffee. Rolleyes
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#56
Why Most of America Is Terrible at Making Biscuits
The Atlantic Amanda Mull

There’s a scientific reason no one outside the South can nail them.

Excerpts:

Biscuits.. “you want a flour made from a soft wheat,”

Bread.. "If you want to make bread, you want a hard wheat. Northern biscuits suck because they are made with bread flour."
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#57
(06-04-2020, 07:26 PM)JoeSpirit Wrote: At home I use the NuWave Oven a lot. Out in the RV I use mostly the NuWave Oven and Stovetop.
The NuWave is like an air fyer (convection oven) plus infrared right? I really like the air fryer. It's faster than the oven and it browns unlike the microwave. You do need an oil sprayer with an air fryer to get the best results.
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#58
(06-22-2020, 09:25 PM)Kurt Wrote:
(06-04-2020, 07:26 PM)JoeSpirit Wrote: At home I use the NuWave Oven a lot. Out in the RV I use mostly the NuWave Oven and Stovetop.

The NuWave is like an air fyer (convection oven) plus infrared right? I really like the air fryer. It's faster than the oven and it browns unlike the microwave. You do need an oil sprayer with an air fryer to get the best results.

The NuWave is infrared. My Mother used to like it for baking a whole turkey. I recently used it for a whole chicken and it turned out well.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJLYlNHOxsc
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