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8 Great Tips for Vacation Cooking

1. Everybody helps. Period! Be conspicuous with helping out. If you see a dish, clean it. Never put a dirty dish down...clean it!
2. Cleaning up starts while the food is cooking. A smart cook reuses dishes and pans as they cook.
3. Avoid anything that requires a recipe. Recipes are a lot of work and they take forever.
4. Avoid elaborate preparations and focus on simple fresh stuff.
5. Go to farmers markets to get really fresh ingredients and to turn shopping into a fun activity
6. Be flexible. Select meals based on what is fresh and available
7. Bake on foil. Red potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower are great for baking and don't create extra dishes to clean
8. Serve it family style straight from the pan, rather than using serving dishes.

Here is thin sliced flank steak, served on sweet potato hash (also used the next morning), and sautéed mushrooms.

Shucking Oysters

This is really easy. Here is a short video to get you started.

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Vacation Cooking in the COVID Era

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Scramble Toppings

Elevate scrambled eggs with cheese to epic levels with toppings. No recipe really needed. Use leftovers or whatever you have available. If you are making dinner, reserve some ingredients for the scramble.


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Scramble Time

Breakfast for 6 can run close to $100, which is just plain silly, and frequently it isn't all that great. With some good ingredients you can turn out a phenomenal breakfast in a few minutes.

First of all, avoid the hassle of frying eggs. Scrambled are faster, and ready in less than 5 min.. Properly done, they are great. This is the base of your breakfast. Add a topping using whatever you have available (see other posts). Use a non-stick skillet to save a lot of cleanup time.

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