It’s time for summer vacation! Whether that means a road trip from Texas to Tennessee, or trip across the river to grandma’s house, there is no need to depend on fast food to feed your brood. Here are a few tricks to start your voyage off right!
Pack a Cooler
The first thing to invest in when planning a trip is a good cooler! Make sure you have enough room for essentials, but don’t try to turn your back seat into a concession stand.
Worried about ice thawing and sloshing around on your leather? Instead of packing your cooler with ice, freeze water bottles and juice boxes. They keep your snacks cold, and when they thaw, you have ice cold beverages.
Notes from the kitchen:
1) Always use plastic bottles, not glass.
2) Open your water bottles and pour a little out of the top, then make sure the lid is securely back on. This will keep the bottle from deforming and exploding due to the expansion in freezing. Juice boxes are fine as is.
3) Stay away from carbonated beverages; they tend to expand even more than water in your freezer, might cause the bottle to explode.
Some Assembly Required
Once you have your cooler set up, it’s time to decide what to pack! A lot of great foods for travel are ones that you can build at the last minute. The standby is the trusty sandwich, but don’t forget about staples like potato salads and pasta salads! These two: Red Potato Salad, or Paula’s Italian Pasta Salad are great examples of elements that travel well on their own, and are easy to prep ahead of time and toss in a zip-top bag for easy storage. Keeping your elements separate not only insures that your salad will be fresh, but also that your meal will be safe and bacteria-free! Another option for quick safe ingredients is saving individual packets of things like mayonnaise and mustard from the grocery or take-out. Just use what you need without worrying about keeping it cool! Once you have all your ingredients packed, make sure you bring a bowl (or a large zip-top bag) for tossing your salad when the time comes.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Cold
The easiest tip of all? Don’t be afraid to serve hot dishes cold! Dishes like Oven Fried Chicken or Roasted Chicken may not pop into your mind when you think of foods best served cold, but they are just as tasty and much easier to pack up cold! Make your dish the night before and refrigerate it. Transfer it to the cooler to stay nice and chilled. Take it out when you are ready to dine. No heat required!
My Recipe Box | Log in to view
Join Paula, Bobby and Jamie for a book signing at the Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah from 2 to 4 pm. Only 350 tickets will be given out starting 1 hour before the book signing. No cameras permitted; a professional photographer will be on site to take your photo.
Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea to the Eastern Caribbean (San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten - roundtrip from Miami) aboard the Celebrity Reflection presented by Alice Travel. Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel. We are running out of space, so book as soon as possible!
Paula Deen is coming to Buffalo, NY to perform a live cooking show and let VIP ticket holders enjoy a delicious Southern feast with a menu created by Paula herself! Both events will be held at Samuel’s Grand Manner in Williamsville, NY which offers a refined elegance in a classically modern setting. The VIP lunch will be held at 12:00pm on February 8th and will go until approximately 2:00pm (doors will open at 11:30am). The lunch will include a hearty helping of Southern style cuisine which is personally selected by Paula, a Southern Cooking Bible cookbook, a photo op with Paula where she will also be signing autographs, a gift package, and preferred seating at that evenings cooking show! The cooking show will begin at 3:00pm on February 8th and run about 60 minutes long (doors will open at 2:15pm). Paula will be cooking up some of her favorite meals live for you at Samuel’s Grand Manor! Seating is unreserved and is “first come, first served”.
Click here for tickets.
Join Paula and family for a Party at Sea aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas to Labadee, Jamaica, and Cozumel (roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale) presented by Alice Travel. We will be having special, separate events for kids on this one with Jack Deen hosting the kids program! Click here for more information, and please note that the Paula Deen cruise is only available by booking directly with Alice Travel Book now before the prices start going up on the cruise and air!