Vacation Food

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We’re headed out to Gatlinburg tomorrow with my parents and sister. We are actually staying in “Scenic Wear’s Valley,” more toward Pigeon Forge. I am SO looking forward to it. Especially to this:


In case I haven’t mentioned it one or, oh, 100 times, I am a major bath girl. I love my long, hot baths with a good book. And a hot tub is like a good bath PLUS extra goodness. I plan on spending a lot of time in that baby.

The great thing about renting a house, cabin, condo, whatever, is that there is a kitchen so you don’t have to eat out every meal. Mr. V and I are bringing Pop-Tarts (only brown sugar cinnamon, of course–his breakfast of choice for the last 5 years), cereal, and strawberry muffins (assuming I do actually make them tonight). I’m also bringing all of the maple pork chops we made for my share of the Once a Month Cooking. That should be enough for all five of us and great to throw on the grill.


My mom and I have been going back and forth on other easy vacation meals we could make. I love these Aussie Meat Pies from Rachael Ray 365, but wonder if they are too heavy for summer fare. I keep thinking fresh, in season, grilling … hmm. We don’t have a grill at home so that’s not my forte, but it sounds SO good for a vacation in a cabin in the woods.

So. What are your suggestions?

[P.S. For more food linkage, come back tonight/tomorrow for Family Recipe Fridays! I’m sharing an awesome summer cake recipe this week & Mr. Linky is back in business.]

6 thoughts on “Vacation Food

  1. My favorite grill thing is flank steak teriyaki. Get a flank steak big enough for all of you, put it in a gallon ziplock with :
    1/2 cup soy sauce

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1 clove garlic

    2 teaspoons ginger

    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    Let it sit in the frig overnight then grill. Slice thin and YUM!

  2. Flat iron steak is my latest favorite discovery. Marinate, slice, and grill. Try grilling potatoes and onions too. Wrap 'em in foil with some butter, salt, and pepper. Grill about 10 minutes on each side. And find you a local farmer's market to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies: cantaloupe, melons, beans, squash, tomatoes, corn … you get the idea! This is the best time of year for eating!

  3. I usually put together a lasagna and freeze it. Then when you're ready to cook it toss it in the oven. We also grill steaks and hamburgers A LOT. Chicken is also an easy one. If you marinate it teriyaki sauce for at least 30 min, grill it on a med heat(not too high or it will be raw). Use the teriyaki sauce to soak some pineapple rings for a little bit and then grill the rings. Serve with some veggies and rice!! Tasty and easy!! Have fun and enjoy the hot tub!

  4. We did enjoy those pork chops grilled! I served them this week with fresh corn and some sauteed kale with fresh tomatoes on the side.

    Have a wonderful trip!

  5. I love grilling corn on the cob. Soak it in water for a little bit, then just put it on the grill in the husk. Cook for a while (we usually leave it on the whole time our meat is cooking) Then take off and enjoy! It is so much better than boiled!!!

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