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Jun 23, 2008 10:22 AM

Easy meal ideas to cook in a vacation rental

Going to be renting a house in Aug. We'll be driving so I can take food with. So far I have steaks, ham steaks, hamburgers/hot dogs. Pasta salad, mac salad. Sandwhich fixin's. What else can I make/take that doesn't require alot of seasonings or equipment? There will be a grocery store nearby, so shopping won't be a problem.

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  1. I don't know why but we ALWAYS make tacos when we go to Maine and stay in a cottage. lettuce, tomato, cheese, and your basic taco kit. Its just one of those we got in to and do every year.

    1. This is a recipe my kids all took to college apartments with them because it doesn't use seasonings, etc. You need some cooked chicken but everything else is available at any grocery store.

      Cook 8 ozs of pasta or noodles. Meanwhile melt a stick of better in a frying pan. Add one envelope of Ranch dressing mix and stir. Add cooked chicken (about 2 cups maybe?) and some frozen veggies if you want (peas are good, but it's also fine without the veggies) and heat through. Toss with the cooked noodles.

      1. We are doing the same thing in August, and plan on packing much of our meat and fish to bring up, as the markets where we're going have limited meat and fish counters.
        Last year we went a little crazy. We packed a cooler full of new yorks, veal chops, ground beef, chickens, salmon, clams and shrimp. All of this was used according to how perishable things were. We ate the fish first, but the clams lived in our fridge for a few days, so we could have some variety.
        We actually loaded our car with pots, pans, a kitchen aide and our cuisinart. We thought it would be fun to do a lot of cooking that week. It was fun (and I'm still trying to lose the five pounds I gained) but this year we are taking a more relaxed approach.
        We will probably load up with similar proteins, and I think the meat was great to have around, and seriously, nothing spoiled, so we were happy.
        This year I am thinking about bringing pork chops too, to brine and throw on the grill.
        And maybe a couple live lobsters....
        It was pretty easy cooking too. Once we were there, we just had to get the grill going.

        1. So funny, I just submitted a similar question to the Kitchn. I'm renting a house down the shore for a week and want to do lots of grilling (a no-no in my apt. complex). Last year we grilled tuna steaks, portabello mushrooms, & chicken. Sides were fresh tomatoes, corn, bean salads, and zucchini. I also brought flour & sugar & a pan to make fruit cobblers & crumbles. We also make a warm orzo salad with tomatoes, scallions, red pepper, cubes of mozz cheese, peas and cooked chicken. You can easily adapt it to whatever your family likes - add salami, shrimp or whatever...Makes great leftovers, too. And I brought my french press to make cold-brewed coffee. And a pitcher for sangria.

          I'm looking to hearing others suggestions, I'd like to try something a little more ambitious.