Happy Thanksgiving 2011 from our home on the road


This time last year (2010) we were camped next to Lake Seminole on the border between Georgia and Florida camping in Corps of Engineers’ Eastbank Campground where the designated cook, Jimmy Smith, spent most of the day roasting a hen in his treasured Dutch oven.

In 2009 we camped within a stone’s throw of Mexico in Big Bend National Park, and shared a Thanksgiving Dinner with a couple from Maine. Jimmy made his signature ‘beer can’ chicken over the BBQ.

This year we attended the SKP Park of the Sierra’s traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in the community hall. For only $3/each we got turkey, stuffing, rolls and gravy. Dinner ‘guests’ brought a side-dish, salad or dessert (enough for eight). More than two hundred people attended, it was one grand pot luck dinner.

Chef Jimmy baked his version of the ‘Sweet Potatoes with Ancho-Maple Glaze‘ recipe found in the November 2011 edition of ‘Country Living.’

Dinner was set to begin at 4 p.m., we showed up at 3:45 and almost all the tables were full. Being on time for dinner here, means arriving at least 30 minutes early.  It was fun.

Image: Julianne G Crane and Jimmy Smith in their 2001 Citation 5th wheel.

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  • From CountryLiving.com, November 2011

    Sweet Potatoes with Ancho-Maple Glaze

    4 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    1/2 stick unsalted butter
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
    2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
    1 teaspoon salt (recipe calls or 2 teaspoons)
    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

    Shortened directions:
    Steam potatoes until firm-tender.
    In a large skillet heat maple syrup, butter, lime juice, chili powder and salt.
    Add potatoes. Cook turning frequently until potatoes are cooked through and sauce is thickened. Garnish.

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