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Old 01-04-2014, 12:16 PM   #57
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Like some have already written, I have found a ton of decorative/functional stuff at thrift stores.

I try to find things that can be utilized in different ways. One of my favourite thrift-store finds was this $5 aquarium......

I can turn it into a salad bowl.......

Or a punch bowl.......

Or a lamp!......

One of my favourite non-thrift store finds (bought these at Canadian Tire) are these stainless bowls because they come with air-tight lids (not shown). They can be nested inside one another, so they do not take up a lot of cupboard space. They are functional enough to be used for mixing and storage of left-over food, and attractive enough to be used as a serving bowl too. I also use them as food chillers - put something like a potato salad in a smaller bowl nested into a bigger bowl filled with ice. They have even been used as ice buckets, Jello-salad molds, and flower bowls!

I'm afraid the dog has taken over the smaller one. The snug lid makes it an idea on-the-road water bowl.


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Old 01-07-2014, 10:02 PM   #58
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We have nesting pots and pans, A few melamine plates, bowls, glasses and a French press. Those r the things that stay there year round. Use mostly paper plates as we like to dry camp. Uses less water, too.

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Old 01-08-2014, 09:28 AM   #59
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I picked up a nice set of nesting pots and pans at West Marine. They are working out quite well. Saves a lot of space.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:49 AM   #60
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[QUOTE=AirsDream;1296843]I tend to do a lot of my "travel" cooking at home ... making Alfredo sauce, Marinara sauce, Beef stew, etc. and then freezing it in vacuum bags which keep for a long time once frozen. Then just pop 'em into the AS freezer when loading to leave. 'Heat em' and eat em' - that's my motto. Boil a little water with some pasta in it and put together a salad and dinner's done.


I love cooking and feasting outside when the weather is nice. Ambiance is important, as food always seems to taste better. We enjoy a table cloth covered table protected with a table cloth protector (heavy clear vinyl from Jo Ann Fabrics), secured from the wind with bungee cords, and place settings with an arrangement of fresh/silk flowers.

Wine is served in Rock glasses as stemware is too light, fragile, and tipsy on uneven picnic tables. Rock glasses are also used for serving/molding side dishes. For easy clean up, we use paper food trays and paper bowls. Disposable chopsticks and unused plastic flatware accumulated from fast food orders are used and tossed with metal flatware utilized for denser entrees.

In the truck bed, there are containers of additional cookware. E.g., a #10 cast iron skillet to braise pot stickers, skillet-bake pizza, and a wok for stir-frying. Vegetables, i.e., Napa, bok choy, and cabbage are stored in a cooler containing blocks of ice as ice chips melt too quickly.

Food is reheated in the Microwave oven or in a small, multi-tiered Asian steamer. All frying is done outside on our Volcano (30K BTU gas burner/charcoal grill).

My favorite, i.e., Mexican, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, and Cajun entrees are cooked at home. Shandong noodles, mung bean noodles, ramen packets, and jap chae noodles (sweet yam) are staples as they cook quickly, store easily, and make for quick entree modifications to accommodate unexpected circumstances.

A whistling teapot is for boiling water. French roast coffee is ground at home and placed into 1 pot serving, re-useable zip lock bags. It is brewed in a #6 Melita plastic filter cone into a thermal coffee carafe. Long Chop sticks are ideal for quickly stirring foods reheating in the microwave oven.

A long slot toaster is used for browning artisan breads, folded flour tortillas, pita bread halves. There is nothing like freshly toasted ciabatta bread with coffee with breakfast.

There is always a pitcher of Crystal Lite Lemonade made and refilled on arrival.

Happy feasting to all,
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:05 PM   #61
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Alclad tall saucepan
Lodge Combo Cooker 10.2"
Ceramic 8 & 10" Skillets
Cookie Sheet (steel)
Cake tins (steel)
Micro bacon cooker
stainless stacker mixing set
collapsible silicone colander and dishpan
2 Corelle serving bowls
4 Corelle dinner plates
4 Corelle cereal bowls
4- tervis tumblers
3- ceramic coffee mugs
Flatware for 4
4 steak knives and various other knives, serving and cooking utensils
4 melamine dinner plates
picnic set - table cloth and clips, paper plates, napkins
mixing utensils
1- 10C drip coffeemaker
1- wide slot toaster
1- French Press
1- Megahome distiller
1 -Baratza grinder
1- Via Venezia and Aeropress
1- cutting board
1- set outdoor cooking utensils (for coleman grill)
1-5 pc Oxo container set
1- set Kinetic Go Nano Silver containers (leftovers, etc.)
1-very heavy Dometic ice maker (not used yet - was free with fridge)

and food. I actually have room to spare. There are towels and kitchen cloths too. The Lodge combo cooker is neat. It is a dutch oven, frying pan and baking dish all in one. The fryer acts as a lid. I have tried to "multi-task" the cookware as much as possible. The weirdness to me is the number of coffeemakers and that dang giant ice maker.

If I full time, I will add a portable electric skillet with lid for outdoor use.

@fly at night - Geez, I have to camp by you someday! Neat!
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:38 AM   #62
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I love to cook, hubbie is great on the barbeque. We both love good food, fine wine. We use glass for our wineglasses, correlle for dishware, same cookware on the airstream as used at home, ex: caphalon for pots/pans. And most important, rancilio espresso maker and coffee grinder for the all important first cup of cappuccino in the morning. Bottomline, we cook/eat whatever we want, not limited by a smaller kitchen.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:02 PM   #63
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How do you stock your AS kitchen besides a wine/beer opener??

After trying out a variety of dishes, we settled on NordicWare. Sturdy, not easily breakable, microwaveable, dishwasher safe, and freezer proof.

Nordic Ware Microwave Soup and Cereal Bowl Set

Nordic Ware White Microwave Salad Plate, Set of 2

We also got the tervis tumblers which can handle hot or cold beverages.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:25 PM   #64
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Re-awakening this thread long enough to note the addition of custom hand-painted glass to our AS kitchen for wine and coffee.

Campy, cute, and fun to look at and use. We got them from Leslie's Hand Painted Glass, based in Portland, OR.

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Old 08-02-2015, 12:41 PM   #65
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Good god! What do you think all that weighs?
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:11 PM   #66
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Very cute!

If they make you smile, a couple of pounds doesn't really matter.....that's what I think.

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Old 08-02-2015, 02:22 PM   #67
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Every year we change plates and many other accessories. How much money does it take to redecorate 200 sq ft? Have fun!
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Old 08-02-2015, 02:57 PM   #68
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Any opinions on a toaster oven? It would seem to me that a small one would be helpful not only to make toast, but to bake using shore power rather than propane for the oven. Thoughts?
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Old 08-02-2015, 08:34 PM   #69
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I carry a small toaster oven. Usually set it up outside under the awning.
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:27 PM   #70
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Etched Corvette wine glasses ...

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