Treat Yourself on the Road

When you’re on the road, you need recipes that are not only easy to make, but are tasty treats like you’re used to getting at home. If your RV is equipped with an oven or convection oven, making your favorite treats is a snap. Even without an oven, if you have a gas grill, you can bake your favorite treats. It helps if your grill has a temperature gauge so you can set the right temperature, however, you can always use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

Before you leave on your trip, stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you may need on your trip, especially things to make cooking easier.

Orange Dreamsicle Dessert

  • 1 small box orange Jello
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 3.4-ounce box vanilla pudding
  • 1 tub whipped topping
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges

Drain the mandarin oranges into a measuring cup, and then set them aside. Add enough water to the orange “juice” to make 1 cup. Heat the water/juice mixture in the microwave for 90 seconds or bring to a simmer on the stove. Dissolve the Jello in the hot water/juice mix. Add ½ cup cold water. Place mixture in fridge for 20 minutes.

Mix in the vanilla pudding. Fold in the whipped topping. Fold in the mandarin oranges leaving a few out for garnish. Let set in fridge for at least 2 hours. Garnish with extra mandarin oranges and mint sprigs.

Easy Fruit Turnovers

  • 2 cans crescent dough
  • 1 can pie filling of your choice
  • 1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 tbs. water or milk
  • Sugar

Separate the crescent triangles. You’ll need eight for the bottom and eight for the top.

Put 2 to 3 tbs. filling in the center of eight of the triangles.

Fit the other eight triangles on top of the prepared triangle. Crimp the edges tightly.

Brush the tops with the egg mixture, and then sprinkle sugar over the top. Bake as directed on the crescent container.

For something different for holidays, color the sugar. Use green and red for Christmas, multiple colors for Easter or “just because.”

When you stop by Jim’s RV Center for service or to pick up any accessories you need before your trip, the trip will be less stressful without worrying about something not working properly – and you’ll enjoy cooking with any accessories you may need to make your “job” easier!

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Try These Healthy, Spring Recipes on the Road

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Something about the warm weather of spring makes us turn to lighter and fresher meals than the cold months of winter. And believe it or not, many fresh springtime meals are easy to cook in a small RV kitchen. Try these delicious recipes, and you’ll have two new go-to meals for your RV travels.

Baby Spinach Salad with Raspberry Dressing

What You’ll Need

  • 6 cups baby spinach (washed)
  • 1 nectarine (cut)
  • 1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • 1/3 grapeseed oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Mix the vinegar, ground pepper and oil together in a small bowl for your salad’s dressing.
  2. In a separate (large) bowl, toss the nectarine pieces, baby spinach and red bell pepper together.
  3. Toss the salad with the vinaigrette and enjoy.

Lemon and Dill Chicken

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and sear them in the skillet until both sides are browned.
  3. Remove the chicken from the heat and wrap it in tin foil.
  4. Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining olive oil to the skillet. Saute the onion and garlic for one minute, then add 1 tablespoon of dill and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the pan. Whisk the mixture for about three minutes.
  5. Unwrap the chicken from the foil and saute it in the pan on low heat until it’s fully cooked.
  6. Add salt and pepper to the sauce remaining in the skillet and spoon it over the chicken when serving. Garnish each piece of chicken with the remaining fresh dill.

Before you hit the road for your springtime travels, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center — your local New York RV dealer. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to enjoy your recreational vehicle in New York and everywhere beyond.

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Easy and Delicious Winter Recipes for the Road

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One of the best parts of living or traveling in an RV is how cozy that small space can be in cooler temperatures. Whether you’re cruising the roads to your holiday destination or are just enjoying some winter camping, cooking a nice warm meal in your RV kitchen can make you feel even more comfortable.

Try one of these simple and delicious recipes in your RV this winter, and you may not want the seasons to change.

Hot Skillet Breakfast

The perfect hot breakfast for cold-weather camping in New York – this meal can easily be cooked on your RV stove or over an open fire.

What you need:

5 eggs

1/3 Pound ground sausage

2 Potatoes

2 Tablespoons oil

1/2 Small onion

1/2 Small green pepper

1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Dice the potatoes, onions and green peppers into small pieces.
  2. Saute the potato, green pepper and onion mixture in a skillet until they’re all nice and soft.
  3. Add sausage to the skillet and cook until brown.
  4. Break all of the eggs into the skillet (go ahead and break the yolks as you stir the entire skillet mixture together).
  5. When the eggs are fully cooked, top the skillet with shredded cheese and serve.

Cowboy Goulash

Need a hearty meal to keep all of your campers cozy? Try this delicious (and easy-to-make) one-pot Cowboy Goulash.

What You’ll Need:

1 Pound ground beef

1 Large can pork and beans

2 Cups cooked rice

1 Onion (chopped)

3 Tablespoons molasses or brown sugar

2 Tablespoons of your favorite barbeque sauce

2 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons relish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan and drain the liquid.
  2. Saute onions with the beef until soft.
  3. Add pork and beans, brown sugar (or molasses), barbecue sauce, mustard and relish.
  4. Let the entire mixture simmer for 15 minutes and stir occasionally.
  5. Serve the goulash over rice.

Jim’s RV Center

Seek shelter from the cold at your New York RV dealer – Jim’s RV Center. Whether you’re looking for a new RV this winter or need some service performed on your trusty camper, fifth wheel or motor home, we’ve got everything you need right here at Jim’s.


There’s S’more End Of Summer Camping Ahead This Labor Day New York!

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The summer camping season is not quite over yet. There is one more holiday weekend to take advantage and hit the trails and fire up some s’mores, before the colder weather comes our way. And in my mind, nothing quite goes together like camping and s’mores.

Labor Day weekend is this Monday, September 3, and according to AAA (Automobile Association of America), 33 million travelers will hit the road going distances of at least 50 miles. Although gas prices have been on the rise, that won’t deter 2.9% more people from last year, vacationing this holiday weekend. Of those travelers, 85% will be going by vehicle. So if you are some of those headed out in your RV for a little camping and s’mores, you will have some traffic to deal with.

Now, you may be wondering what all the references to my favorite camping treat, s’mores are all about. Well, I wanted to share a non-traditional, delicious, s’mores recipe that I love. You can try these on your upcoming Labor Day weekend camping trip.

Pot of S’mores

1 box or 14 ½ ounces graham crackers, crushed
½ cup butter, melted
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups miniature marshmallows

  • Prepare your grill or campfire on low heat using 16-18 charcoal briquettes or large wood chips.
  • Line a Dutch oven with aluminum foil. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter and press onto the bottom of the Dutch oven. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crust and sprinkle with the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Then sprinkle with the marshmallows.
  • Cover the Dutch oven. When your grill or campfire is ready and the briquettes or wood chips are covered in white ash, place the Dutch oven on top of them. Place the remaining briquettes or wood chips on the oven cover.
  • Cook for 15 minutes or until the chocolate and butterscotch chips are melted.

For more delicious s’mores recipes and other Labor Day travel statistics visit and Try this s’mores recipe for your Labor Day weekend camping trip and enjoy the last holiday of the summer season. And for all your RV needs stop by your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV.


Cook in Your RV for Thanksgiving Nichols


Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away, and that means it’s time to start getting your recipes all set for what you’re going to serve this year. If you have ever had a Thanksgiving meal in your RV, then you know that space is at a premium when preparing and cooking food. The biggest culprit of taking up room is the turkey. Whether you are having dinner with loved ones — or simply other campers at your campsite — having a big Thanksgiving meal is always great, so you shouldn’t have to sacrifice due to space constraints.

One of the best ways to keep your oven open for use is to fry your turkey. This may seem like an odd concept if you are not accustom to frying your turkey, but it will allow you to cook faster and easier than cooking it in your oven. In addition to your turkey all you will need is a large deep fryer (which is available in sizes four to seven gallons) and a propane tank. The fryer won’t take up much space when not in use, and you can use your existing propane line to keep the burner lit. It is popular to inject the turkey with spice mixes and then drop it in the hot oil and let the fryer do the work.

Before you heat your oil, place the turkey inside the fryer and then fill it with the oil. If you put the turkey in hot oil and it overflows, you are asking for a large fire hazard. Once the oil, preferably peanut oil, is hot, drop in the turkey and cook for 3 minutes per pound. This is a lot faster, but you will have to keep an eye on the fryer in case you start to experience problems. This will leave your oven open for any other cooking that you need to be done.

Thanksgiving is a great time to get together in your RV, so save some space and time and look at buying a deep fryer to help you this Holiday Season.