Cooking a Thanksgiving feast for two in an RV

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Cooking a multi-course meal in a 2′ x 4′ kitchen can be a bit daunting, but this year our meal was a success.  With only two of us and a tiny oven, I wanted to make just the right serving sizes to have for our dinner and few leftovers.

My first plan was for the turkey.  I decided on crockpot cooking and a 3# Butterball turkey breast.  The breast comes in a plastic bag with the turkey wrapped in a string net along with a bag of gravy starter.

I started by taking the turkey out of the string net.  There were two large pieces and a few small chunks.  After cleaning the pieces, I set them aside and cut a red onion into 8 chunks and readied two garlic gloves.  I layered the ingredients in the crock pot as such: 1/3 stick butter, 1/2 of the onion chunks, 1 diced garlic clove,  1/2 the turkey, spices, 1/3 stick butter, 1/2 bag baby carrots, the second 1/2 of the onion, second clove of garlic, all topped with the second 1/2 of turkey, skin side up.  At the very top I added the last 1/3 stick butter and spices and 1/2 cup water.  I cooked this overnight (about 8 hours) on low, then changed the crockpot to the “warm” setting from morning until time to serve.

Next I went about making the side dishes.  With only two saucepans, I had to cook, clean, and cook and clean again.  I first made the cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries (the only way to have it!)  Easy to make for two in a small pan with 1/2 bag fresh cranberries and 1 cup sugar boiled with 1/2 cup water until the berries open and the sauce thickens just a bit.  I then put the sauce in a bowl in the refrigerator to cool and thicken, washed the pan and started on the gravy.

At first I tried the gravy that came with the turkey but my son and I both agreed that the gravy just did not meet up to our standards.  I then tasted the au jus and it was perfect as-is so we decided on using it.  The last two dishes to be made were the stuffing and mashed potatoes just before ready to serve.

And although in a tiny space, we had a delicious homestyle Thanksgiving dinner made just for two!

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traveling tUUsome 2013 schedule

January 1: Leave from UUCEP

January 6: Albuquerque, New Mexico

January 13: Dallas, Texas

January 20: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

January 27: Oxford, Mississippi

February 3: Birmingham, Alabama

February 10: Lawrenceville, Georgia

February 17: Sarasota, Florida

February 24: Greenville, South Carolina

March 3: Fayetteville, North Carolina

March 10: Williamsburg, Virginia

March 17: Washington, D.C.

March 24: Frederick, Maryland

March 31: Wilmington, Delaware

April 7: Devon, Pennsylvania

April 14: Cherry Hill, New Jersey

April 21: New York, New York

April 28: West Hartford, Connecticut

May 5: Providence, Rhode Island

May 12: Concord, Massachusetts

*Insert visit to CLF and UUA this week!

May 19: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

May 26: Portland, Maine

June 2: Burlington, Vermont

June 9: Ottawa, Canada

June 16: Ann Arbor, Michigan

June 23: Columbus, Ohio

June 30: Charleston, West Virginia

July 7: Lexington, Kentucky

July 14: Knoxville, Tennessee

July 21: Little Rock, Arkansas

July 28: Tulsa, Oklahoma

August 4: Overland Park, Kansas

August 11: Kirkwood, Missouri

August 18: Bloomington, Indiana

August 25: Oak Park, Illinois

September 1: Madison, Wisconsin

September 8: Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 15: Des Moines, Iowa

September 22: Lincoln, Nebraska

September 29: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

October 6: Bismarck, North Dakota

October 13: Laramie, Wyoming

October 20: Golden, Colorado

October 27: Salt Lake City, Utah

November 3: Bozeman, Montana

November 10: Moscow, Idaho

November 17: Seattle, Washington

November 24: Anchorage, Alaska (by air!)

December 1: Portland, Oregon

December 8: Reno, Nevada

December 15: Berkley, California

December 22: Honolulu, Hawaii (flying again!)

December 29: Paradise Valley, Arizona

December 31: Back home to El Paso!

2013 Schedule

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Austin and I spent the afternoon Wednesday mapping and tweaking our route for next year.  After getting a few spots on the map we could see some better patterns and it changed all of our dates for the year!  It was very exciting to see the locations in a concrete form, knowing we’ll be starting out in just one more month.  Amazing to have this opportunity!

Dates are set!

This map will stay at the UU Community of El Paso (UUCEP) in the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) department.  UUCEP is our starting point on January 1st and our ending point on December 31st.

I’ll be posting the entire year’s schedule this weekend.  Hope to see many of you as we reach your locale!

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Thank you for visiting our site!  We are now in preparation for our January 1st launch on a year long journey to every state, Washington D.C. and Ottawa, Canada, in search for the true identity of modern Unitarian Universalism.

We hope to see you in our travels!