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Happy #Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Featured, United States | 0 comments

Happy #Thanksgiving

RoadTripFlavors Headquarters U.S.A. RTF Thanksgiving Part 5 of 5: Happy Thanksgiving!   Our fifth and final chapter of the RoadTripFlavors-Style Thanksgiving Feast breaks a long-standing tradition in American kitchens. Green Bean Casserole has been a staple on Thanksgiving tables since it was created by home economists at The Campbell Soup Company in the 1950s. With ease and speed as the mission statement, the company chefs relied on pantry staples in those days: cream of mushroom soup and canned green beans.  Add a can of French Fried...

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Thanksgiving Started with Corn

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in USA: Massachusetts - Plymouth | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Started with Corn

Plymouth, Massachusetts RTF Thanksgiving Part 4 of 5: Corn was a mainstay of the Pilgrim lifestyle and survival in their new land. They grew it in good weather and milled it for use during harsh winters.  The Grist Mill in Plymouth is a true monument to the importance of corn. Our RoadTripFlavors-style feast features Cornbread Muffins in honor of the first Thanksgiving.     Mapping the Day At Plymouth Rock, another grade school history lesson came to life.  We gazed down at the monument rock and out to the vast seas.  Imagine...

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Thanksgiving Twist: Smoked Turkey with BBQ Sauce

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Twist: Smoked Turkey with BBQ Sauce

Mission Viejo, California RTF Thanksgiving Part 3 of 5 If you are in the mood to break tradition this Thanksgiving, ditch the gravy and slather your smoked turkey with homemade BBQ sauce.  The sweetness of the sauce pairs perfectly with the smoky and salty flavors of the smoked bird.  Go ahead, go rogue this Thanksgiving!   Here’s the RTF Thanksgiving Menu Smoked Turkey with Homemade BBQ Sauce (recipe below) Roasted Vegetables Sweet-Hot-Kissed Roasted Carrots Roasted Brussels Sprouts Roasted Beets with Vinaigrette and Toasted...

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Thanksgiving Turkey: RoadTripFlavors-Style

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Thanksgiving Turkey: RoadTripFlavors-Style

Mission Viejo, California RTF Thanksgiving Part 2 of 5: Yes, we know that much of the United States is covered in snow and temperatures are bitterly cold. It is not our intention to rub it in, but here in California it is sunny and still in the 70s during the day. That’s why grilling for Thanksgiving is part of the RoadTripFlavors style. There is nothing like an outdoor barbecue in November to give turkey a delicious boost of flavor.   Mapping the Day There is a distinct aroma that wafts through the air near a smokehouse. Whether in...

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Thanksgiving: RoadTripFlavors-Style, Part 1

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in USA: Massachusetts - Boston | 0 comments

Thanksgiving: RoadTripFlavors-Style, Part 1

Boston, Massachusetts RTF Thanksgiving Part 1 of 5: Our travels over the past year inspired an eclectic Thanksgiving feast that truly defines RoadTripFlavors style.  Take culinary notes from food in Boston, Plymouth, Fort Worth, Route 66 and Las Vegas, give it all a California-girl penchant for homemade freshness and “voilà”: a RoadTripFlavors-Style Thanksgiving. Mapping the Day Certain places bring history alive.  One would certainly say that about Rome, Paris, Athens and Jerusalem.  The United States is very young...

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Vortex

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in USA: Arizona - Sedona | 0 comments

Vortex

Sedona, AZ Sedona is a place of great beauty, spiritual calm and amazing food. We took it all in and came back with inspiration for blending common ingredients for memorable dishes. Our original recipe for Corn & Poblano Soup is a vortex of flavors.   Mapping the Day In June 2012, K.O., daughter Marie and I took off on a 2000-mile RoadTrip to Arizona and New Mexico. We packed the Yukon XL to the brim with all of our travel necessities, three dogs and all of their gear. Our overnight destinations were Sedona, Albuquerque, Santa Fe,...

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Staycation, Eeekkkk!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Staycation, Eeekkkk!

Southern California Our “staycation” day trips in Southern California this summer have sparked our creativity for cooking at home. Chefs here do a great job sourcing fresh, in-season ingredients for daily specials.  A vine-ripened, seedless watermelon was on sale at the grocery store, so we decided to try an unusual pairing: Watermelon, Tomato & Cream Cheese Salad with Balsamic Reduction.   Mapping the Day The word “staycation” sounds trite and overdone. It is perhaps as irritating as fingernails on a...

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Farmers Market Day Trip

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in USA: California - Los Angeles | 0 comments

Farmers Market Day Trip

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District, Los Angeles, California The renowned Farmers Market in the Miracle Mile/Fairfax District has long been a favorite day trip destination. It is a Los Angeles historic landmark since the 1930s.  On our recent visit, it afforded us lots of top quality ingredients for an easy grilling meal.   Mapping the Day Los Angeles was a great place to live in the late 70s. I worked and lived in the Miracle Mile District then. I was a receptionist and then an account representative for a company on Wilshire...

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Day Trip to San Juan Capistrano Inspires Carnitas Recipe

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in USA: California - San Juan Cap | 0 comments

Day Trip to San Juan Capistrano Inspires Carnitas Recipe

San Juan Capistrano, California The RoadTripFlavors Carnitas recipe below is inspired by a recent day trip to San Juan Capistrano. In the railroad depot town, a long heritage of Spanish and Mexican influences delivers a delightful day trip. It is full of history, charm and great dining all within walking distance of the train station.   Mapping the Day Take a day trip to Downtown San Juan Capistrano by train. It is easily linked throughout Southern California by Metrolink from Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire and Amtrak’s...

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Julia Child Sparks the French Chef in Us

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

Julia Child Sparks the French Chef in Us

Paris, France In honor of Julia Child’s birthday on August 15, we are taking inspiration from her life in France. The volumes of cookbooks by Child stacked in our bookcase spark the French Chef in us. We recently walked the streets of Paris and quickly understood why she was so passionate about her experiences there. And then, there’s the food.  Bon appétit!     Mapping the Day My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme, has more meaning the second time. Our recent trip to Paris makes all her references to places,...

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