Dark Mornings and Culinary Stuff…

While the afternoons grow longer, mornings are still very dark and chilly, up here on the mountain. First strains of light begin to appear around 6:30. By that time, I’m already working. Not complaining, though. The job is helping me do the needed things.

For those who have wondered about my culinary habits, I’ll let you in on a few secrets. First, I cheat. Where I work, there is a full size refrigerator, where I store some of my food, and there’s a microwave. For my current living situation, these are both handy. Food prep can be handled during the day, on breaks, saving me time in the evening.

Second, I use a RoadPro Portable Stove frequently. It’s compact, easy to use, and excellent for reheating leftovers, burritos, pizza, and such.

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You just put the food in, plug it into the Auxiliary Power Outlet (cigarette lighter), and check it from time to time. Last night, I did Ravioli Lasagna, which was delicious. Last week, I did a Southwest Style Chicken and Jalapeño Stack. Next week, I’m thinking about a meatloaf.  When you use this thing, though, it’s important to remember that there is no temperature control or timer. Because you’re making heat, it sucks energy, so cook while you drive, or idle a lot. The dishes I mentioned here each took about two hours to cook.

Another thing that I have to confess is that I use a lot of prepared foods, but I check labels. During the week, I just dont have time to make my own sauces, or boil pasta. Instead, I use canned or bottled sauces as a base and add fresh ingredients. This will change, as the evenings get longer and I can cook outdoors.

So, that’s my bit for today. Thanks for sharing, Liking, and commenting.

~Enjoy the Life you’re living.

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