I love my family and I love it when they can visit for an extended time period. A few years ago, my family and my brother's family started getting together at the beach in North Carolina for seven days. We rent a condo, and just enjoy the place. It has been such a great time! I am the one who loves cooking (and eating), so that is where I have a tendency to focus my efforts. In recent times, I have discovered the fundamental thing is to plan ahead so that I am in a position to spend time with them, and not merely focus on food - although that is one of my favorite matters in life!
So, here are some tips that have worked well for us, and made the trip a little more prepared and stress-free. You have all the usual things you have to take on the beach, like wine, soda, water, toiletries, tissues, paper towels, foil, napkins, etc., so simply make a master list of those things, and determine which you are prepared to purchase at home and take, and those that you want to purchase at the beach grocery stores.
But, let us focus on the meal.
First, I make a listing of the menus that would be enjoyed by the group for the nights we'll be cooking, and fasting at a eating place. And, since the sun takes so much out of you, do bear in mind the appetizers and the dessert! Breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Let us start with breakfasts.</p>
<p>I usually take a couple of breakfast casserole and coffee cake or muffin recipes along that can be made there. Also, think about cereals, juices and bagels. It all relies on the preferences of the group. Oh, and do bear in mind the coffee!
Lunches are ordinarily sub sandwiches, tacos, pasta salad, nachos, and peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwiches for the little ones. Most lunch ingredients are purchased at the beach, but we can make the beef for tacos and pasta salad ahead. The beef can be frozen.</p>
<p>Now on to dinners. We're discussing appetizers, main courses, sides, and desserts. We go out about half of the nights to a restaurant, so 3 to 4 will be spent having dinner at the apartment, which we will have to prepare - although we have ordered pizza shipping regularly for a meal.</p>
Because this is always a beach vacation for us, we trust in buying and preparing at any rate one seafood meal. I usually purchase shrimp and scallops and deep fry them with the local breading. Next, pasta and meatballs is invariably a hit for those huge appetites we build from a long day on the beach. We can prepare meatballs and pasta sauce ahead and freeze them. I also bake a few baguettes and freeze as well. Another idea is to make grilled teriyaki chicken breasts. If there is a fourth dinner, we usually decide to have seafood while we can get it fresh. Our group favorite is shrimp. For this meal, I would normally make some steamed shrimp as well as fried. The local fish markets usually have some great cocktail sauce as well, unless you make some of your own that you would opt.
So, out of 7 days at the beach, here's what sample dinner menus may look like:
Assorted cheeses, crackers, and artichoke cheese dip with crackers and broccoli, cauliflower and red bell peppers
Pasta with sauce and meatballs
No bake strawberry cheesecake
Warm chili con queso dip and salsa with chips
Deep fried shrimp and scallops with cocktail sauce
Milk chocolate pie
Warm Mustard Dill Gouda in pastry with crackers, salsa and chips
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Breasts
Saute with Mixed Vegetables
Leftover desserts from the prior meals
Leftover appetizers from previous dinners
Steamed and Fried Shrimp with cocktail sauce
Steamed Green Beans
Ice Cream with hot fudge sauce
The chief thing is to be well prepared and prepare about what you will make. Then, it is easy to work out what you can achieve ahead and what you will need to prepare while there. The more you can have completed prior to the trip means more time to just relax, and less headaches when you are on holiday.
It is also critical to make sure that you take those items that you are aware of you or your loved ones will need to have during the trip, and may not be around at the beach. For instance, your favorite coffee or cheeses. Dependent on your menu, you may commit to take some of your personal cookware, cutlery, etc. You never know what the apartment or rental property will have stocked in the kitchen.
I hope these tips will help you in planning your trip. I will add a few recipes in future articles that I have mentioned here, nevertheless, there are many versions available. Take into consideration that you are searching for quick, easy and yummy recipes to cut down the time in the kitchen.</p>
<p>We have planned ahead like this for earlier times two years, and it only leaves determining where and which nights you are going to dinner to consider. But you can agonize over those decisions while you are hanging out on the beach or in the pool!