Greetings everyone! You know how we love to cook at home. We try to use the best ingredients and as much organically grown as possible. I’m a firm believer in quality and quantity. I never want anyone leaving hungry or thirsty! I start all my recipes with three of the most important ingredients: Fun, Passion, and Pride! …and it makes a huge difference in the taste, appearance and the enjoyment of each meal!
Well, everyone always asks us where we go when we go out to eat. I am picky, to say the least, and I don’t think anything about driving a few hours to enjoy superior food at a great restaurant. We expect food to be as good, if not better than what we make at home. I also expect to pay a reasonable price for a healthy serving of quality food. A one-inch piece of fancy-cut cheese with a few herbs and three drops of sauce that resembles the planetary movement after a solar storm for $125.00 doesn’t do anything for me. Those are the restaurants that I avoid like the plague. That’s for the people that have more money than taste buds!
We’ve been RVing for almost 6 years and we have traveled to almost every state. We’ve decided we want to share our experiences with you and take you along with us with Cooking with the Count sharing America!
We’ll travel around the United States visiting RV parks, National Parks, restaurants and many points-of-interest that hopefully, you’ll want to seek out and enjoy with your family and friends. We love our RV and I hope we can get you as excited about recreational vehicle travel as we are. When I first talked about getting an RV my wife said, “I’m too young to be stuck in an RV.” The first trip sold her. Now she loves to travel around the country as much, if not more than I do. Our daughter, Gabriella has grown up traveling around the country and has a first-hand look at some of America’s most amazing points of interest. We’ve witnessed Old Faithful erupt and blow up to 8400 gallons of water 185 feet into the air.
We’ve sat on the outer crust of the Grand Canyon and sat in awe as the colors of the canyon changed with every passing second. That picture is real, it’s not a backdrop in a photo studio!
We’ve eaten in the little Ma and Pa restaurants that only the town folks know to dine at because it’s down-home cooking at its best. You’ll get to know them and they’ll share stories with you that will bring a smile to your face. I know you’re going to enjoy this!
We’ll be searching out permaculture and hydroponic farms for delicious organic Non-GMO fruits and vegetables. What is a GMO? Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature (do you really want to eat this stuff?).
We’ll learn the secrets to healthy and nutritional foods that aren’t laden with pesticides. Many consumers don’t realize that the FDA does not require genetically modified food to be labeled. That’s because the FDA has decided that you don’t care if the tomato you are eating has been cross-bred with frog genes to render the tomato more resistant to cold weather. Some consumers may not be concerned with eating “Frankenstein Food”, but for those who are, here is how to determine if the fruits and vegetables you’re buying are (GM) genetically modified. For conventionally grown fruit (grown with chemicals inputs), the PLU code on the sticker consists of four numbers. The organically grown fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 9. Genetically engineered (GM) fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 8. Example: A conventionally grown banana would be 4011. An organically grown banana would be 94011. A genetically engineered banana would be 84011.
In our home, we use only heirloom tomatoes. There are several different varieties. We’ll share with you the difference between a radiated-GMO created perfect little red tomato you find in your grocery stores, to an open-pollinated, Non-GMO and untreated tomato that comes from (pre-world war II) heirloom seed stock. It won’t much resemble the perfectly shaped GMO red tomato. Heirloom tomatoes come in a variety of colors from purple, black, green, red, yellow, striped and, shapes and sizes as crazy as you can imagine. However, the flavor and fruit heartiness of an heirloom tomato is unmatched by any GMO tomato on the market. Heirloom Tomatoes actually taste like a tomato did when I was growing up. They can cost as much as double what you pay for a GMO tomato. An heirloom tomato won’t last as long on the shelf, but the taste alone is worth the price in every bite!
We’ll travel to RV parks and share with you all the amenities they have to offer. You’ll be surprised how many amenities an RV park can have that you would never expect, from private fishing lakes to pristine beaches. RV parks are amazing. We will introduce you to some awesome people who are traveling around the country. Some are full-time RVer’s and some are on vacation. Some drop by for a simple meet-and-greet, while others sit around the campfire and share what everyone is cooking over their firepits. Some meals will be pretty elaborate, while others are pretty simple. We’ll be sharing some amazing recipes too. You know the food is going to be out-of-this-world DELICIOUS!
We may stop by some of our sponsors and give you a first-hand look at their operations and how they make the superior-quality products that you want in your home. Tried and true, Cooking with the Count will only take sponsorship of quality sponsors. Money has never been our God, there is only one God that we take a knee to and that’s all we need. He always provides our needs and gives the best!
So come and join us as we venture across the beautiful United States of America, meeting awesome people, finding magnificent restaurants, and great RV parks. Then we’ll bring the day to a close watching a peaceful sunset and giving thanks to our Lord for another great day… we’re going to have FUN! Cooking with the Count sharing America!