West African Lamb & Butternut Squash Stew

This is my RV-easy rendition of mafe – a traditional lamb and peanut stew from Senegal. I used meat from lamb chops, but shoulder would also work well. Butternut squash is readily available these days already peeled and chopped – very easy! Serve over basmati, brown basmati or white rice. Olive Oil 1 pound lamb […]

Thai Beef Salad

Take a quick trip to Bangkok with this main-course salad – perfect for a hot summer evening. I do not remove the seeds from the chili – Thai food is spicy hot! There is no additional salt in this recipe, as fish sauce and soy sauce are very salty. Don’t forget to reserve 1/3 cup […]

Spaghetti & Meatballs

What could be better than a platter of spaghetti, topped with red sauce and savory beef meatballs? What if the dish was simple to prepare and there was no messy frying step, making a family favorite RV-friendly? Now we’re talking. If you don’t have panko, use plain dry bread crumbs. This recipe makes about 18 […]

Skirt Steak Tacos

The spice blend would also be great on (boneless skinless) chicken breasts or thighs, if you would like chicken tacos – or on tofu if you prefer veggie tacos. 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin Half of a jalapeno pepper, seeds […]

Russian Meatballs (Tefteli)

Tefteli seem to come in two versions throughout Russia – chicken or veal in a cream sauce, or beef in a tomato sauce. Both incorporate dill and I present here a RV-friendly – no messing frying step – version of Beef Tefteli in a tomato sauce. My mom called them Porcupine Meatballs… maybe yours did […]

Rosemary Lamb Loin Chops

Lamb loin chops with saffron risotto These lamb chops are seared on the stove, then finished in the oven – but grilling would also be an excellent choice. The frozen Dorot garlic cubes from Trader Joe’s work well to make a smooth paste in this recipe. Most people can easily eat two lamb loin chops, […]

Rose Bowl Chili with Black Eyed Peas

It is tradition in this family to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day (this is a Southern custom, and DT’s Dad was a Texan) for good luck. The Rose Bowl is usually on New Year’s Day – thus the name of this dish. This chili recipe is very adaptable. After making the sauce, […]

The Perfect Steak

Perfect Steak – marinating before grilling There are three common ways to marinate or spice a steak before grilling – a saucy marinade, a dry spice rub or a wet rub. A wet rub, or a paste, is similar to a dry rub, but a little liquid is added to make a paste – in […]

Oaxacan Tacos

Oaxaca (wah-haw-ka) is a state in southern Mexico, known for ancient ruins, the indigenous Zapotec people and seven fabulous mole sauces. The sauces (pronounced MO-lay) are simmered for hours to develop the flavor combination of spices, chiles and, often, chocolate. Yep. Chocolate. Oaxaca grows cacao. This quick RV-friendly recipe is not authentic in any way. […]

Mexican Lasagna

This recipe uses corn tortillas in place of noodles. It smells delicious and is very filling. A red pepper or green pepper will work, but if your family doesn’t care for peppers, use a cup of corn kernels. The casserole is fairly spicy – but you could heat it up even more by adding a […]

Mediterranean Meatloaf Stuffed Squash

My local butcher makes a wonderful Mediterranean Lamb meatloaf. DT and I really enjoy this blend, but we are not always at home, so I have learned to make my own. This recipe can use beef or lamb (or a combo). There is no added salt in the meatloaf. Use your own judgment – but […]

Lamb Shanks with Arugula & Cannellini Beans

The lamb shanks need four hours roasting time, but you are rewarded with flavorful meat that falls off the bone. Don’t worry too much about the size of the chopped veggies needed in the stewpot – they will be discarded before serving. If you can’t find lamb shanks, veal shanks would work as well. This […]

Italian Short Ribs

This dish is best made the day before, so it is perfect for a party. Do not skip the flour-dredging step – this will make the sauce nice and thick. And don’t be afraid of the spices – the sauce is rich and savory, not sweet. Olive oil Flour for dredging 3 pounds beef short […]

Greek Meatballs | Keftedes

My Greek Meatball recipe is easy enough to prepare in a RV kitchen. I bake the meatballs, but they can also be fried. Serve with Tzatziki* sauce and pita triangles. One pound ground lamb (or beef) 1/2 cup pureed (or grated) yellow onion (about half of a medium onion) 1 egg, beaten 3 cloves garlic, […]

Flank Steak with Kalamata Olive Salsa

Flank steak ready for the grill Dry Rub for the flank steak: 2 cloves garlic, crushed (I used Dorot from Trader Joe’s) 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 2 teaspoons finely ground black pepper 2 teaspoons dried oregano 2½ lb. beef flank steak Combine the spices in a small bowl and rub evenly over both sides of […]

Crockpot BBQ Slider Burgers (or Meat Balls)

Another easy tailgate-perfect recipe. Though this recipe suggests forming the meat mixture into patties, this works just as well for meatballs that can be served with party picks. 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 pound ground beef (I use 10% fat) 1/2 cup […]


Chimichurri is a sauce originating in Argentina – best described as a “South American pesto”, and is perfect to serve over grilled meats (flank steak! chicken! fish!). I really enjoy this sauce served over roasted vegetables (cauliflower!) as well. Usually made by hand, the ingredients can also be whirled a few seconds in a food […]

RV Chili

Nothing could be easier than this delicious chili. Sauté the beef, open a few cans and there is only one pan to wash! The chili isn’t too spicy, but you may want to start with one teaspoon chili powder and add more as desired. Serve with corn bread muffins. Olive oil or vegetable oil 1 […]

Chile Colorado

Though so delicious, I cannot recommend this recipe for the RV kitchen. Too many pots required. The sauce freezes well and can be brought along for moments when you would like to wow a crowd. 4 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 large onion, chopped 4-6 cloves garlic, minced 1.25 oz dried Ancho chile peppers […]

Chianti Beef

This is exactly the type of recipe I love because it is best made the day before and requires just a little time assembling the ingredients in a pot – and then the pot goes in the oven for four hours. My Chianti Beef is based on a classic Italian recipe, usually requiring beef chuck […]

Beef with Broccoli

This is another easy one-pan Chinese recipe, quick enough to become a week-night staple. You can use a lot of broccoli (Broccoli with Beef?), and add a little red bell pepper or carrot for color if desired. I prefer flank steak in this dish. Have the ingredients prepped before you start cooking, this comes together […]

My Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket, with latkes This is one of my favorite recipes and a great one for entertaining. So easy! The brisket is cooked (four hours!) the day before, so all you have to do is heat and serve the next day. The meat is so tender – and the sauce is divine over My Other […]

RV Beef Barbacoa Tacos (Crockpot)

I’m putting this out front: in no way is this recipe authentic. Barbacoa is a dish requiring an entire critter to be roasted in an underground pit. Depending upon the region of Mexico, the critter could be a cow, a goat, a sheep or even a pig. This dish, translated by a RV cook, requires […]

BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwich (Crockpot)

Three ingredients, RV easy! Granted one of the ingredients is a jar of BBQ sauce, so choose a good one and not a bottle containing junky high fructose corn syrup. These sandwiches are great with coleslaw and even better with coleslaw in the sandwich. 2 cups minced yellow onion (about half a large onion) 2.5 […]

Balsamic Lamb Loin Chops with Parsley-Mint Pistou

Balsamic Lamb Loin Chops with Parsley-Mint Pistou Balsamic Lamb Loin Chops with Parsley-Mint Pistou 4 lamb loin chops (about 1 to 1¼ pounds) Marinade: 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoons red wine 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Mix marinade ingredients […]