Saturday, May 5, 2018

Brainerd, Minnesota Fishing Report: May 4, 2018


By this weekend, many small lakes and some bays on the bigger lakes should be completely ice-free. As of Tuesday morning, open water was quite evident throughout the area, with Gull Lake being one exception where main-lake ice was still quite prevalent. There should be plenty of water to fish during next weekend’s fishing opener.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

Monday, April 30, 2018

More on eating in the truck: Trucking with Papa Joe

Good information on how to feed yourself while trucking or taking road trips.  Lots of great advice and tips on how to save money on cross country road trips or working in the trucking profession via Simple Living with Papa Joe

Here are some of the items he references for good road food:

Most of the food list doesn't need refrigeration, and can be eaten cold or warmed up

-Hormel Sandwich Makers(no refrigeration needed) w/ crackers (I use Ritz)
-Homemade or store bought pulled pork(frozen in bags or in refrigerator)
-Pork and Beans, assorted beans like chile, black beans, or grilling types
-Tamales in a can
-Peaches and fruits with pop tops
-Carry a can opener on the truck
-Chef Boy R Dee spaghetti, etc.
-Corned Beef Hash
-Mustard and other condiments
-Sausage Gravy from Libby's ( I bought at Walmart)
-Sausage Gravy and roast potatoes meals, and they also have scrambled eggs and no refrigeration required
-Sweet Sue Chicken and Dumplings in a can
-Campbell's Chunky Soup Varieties
-Beef or chicken chunks in the can
-Bread or tortillas
-Chunky Mixed Fruit

Papa Joe also recommends getting a crockpot for the truck and for cooking ham and beans and other good warm foods.  He uses burton stove for cornbread, and the recipe is for just adding water.  He also has three burton stove for cooking beans, corn bread and potatoes.

Meals for the road:Papa Joe cooking for the truck recipes

Papa Joe cooking different recipes to take trucking

Old COE: Trucking with Papa Joe

Video of an old cabover International down south by Simple Living with Papa Joe.  Good trucking channel !

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Big Truck Cooking Link

Burton Lunchbox Cooker Recipes for the Road


Ham Stew

1 can french cut green beans (undrained)
1 can diced potatoes (drained)
1 small can mushrooms pieces and stems (drained)
1 small can Hormel ham (undrained and chopped up)

Combine ingredients (do not drain beans) in a small oven bag
Tie shut bag, place in aluminum pan and place in lunchbox stove
Cook 35-45 minutes, remove and open carefully, there could be steam.
If you don't like mushrooms, feel free to leave them out, they are not required.

Calories are around 600 for entire bag.

recipe by Missourian



Creamy turkey alfredo

Put 1/2 water in the bottom of the lunchbox cooker, use an aluminum pan and put your ingredients into a baking bag, like they use for baking chickens and turkeys.

Creamy turkey alfredo

1 jar alfredo sauce
1 can mushrooms drained
2 cups rotini pasta
1 cup smoked chicken or turkey cut up in chunks

Mix all ingredients in baking bag
put into aluminum pan
put 4 small slits in top of baking bag
bake in cooker for 2 to 3 hours until pasta is done

Check once or twice to make sure there is still water in the bottom of the cooker. Be careful because the steam can burn you. You can substitute the alfredo sauce with marinera sauce.

Submitted by PureLady
12 volt Lunchbox Stove Recipes
Cajun Rice

1 box of spanish rice
1/4 pound of scallops
1/4 pound of shrimp
1/4 pound of hot It. sausage
Use the amount of water it says to on the box of rice.
takes about and hour to cook..

Recipe..Men welcome too

Easy Vegetable Dip
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayo
1 package Italian season dressing mix
1 package (bag or box) frozen spinach/thawed and squeezed.
mix it all together.............

Goulash via

1/4 of a polish sausage sliced up

1/4 small head of cabbage cut up

2 potatoes quartered

1/2 onion cut up

about 1/2 cup baby carrots

one small can of tomatoes about 4 oz

Equipment - Road Pro crockpot

Put everything except the polish sausage in the crockpot along with about 1/2 cup of water and let cook on low for about 4 hours then add the sausage and cook another 4 hours. I prepare everything at home (Knoxville, TN) and put them in Ziploc bags and put bags in the truck frig.

Recipes for the Road: Burton Stove Lunchbox Oven

I found some very good lunchbox cooker recipes and included them below, in this well written article by a Dawn Rodriguez:


Written by Dawn Rodriguez

My husband dislikes most truck stop food. There are a couple of exceptions here and there across the country, but as a general rule, he stays out of the truck stop restaurants. I don't blame him. Most of the food is fried and laden with calories and cholesterol. It seems the food that is good for you, such as baked or broiled items, is cooked beyond measure and has a texture resembling that of beef jerky. The salad bars are usually the best way to go when looking for a fresh meal in a truck stop restaurant, but if you have a tendency to eat your meals at odd hours, you run the risk of finding brown salad greens and sour mayonnaise items. What can a driver do to find a good, healthy and tasty meal while out on the road?

The answer is simple. Cook your own meals in your truck. Since there's a good chance that you have your own lunchbox oven or 12–volt pan collecting dust underneath your bunk, I challenge you to take it out and try at least one of the simple recipes below. I think you'll be pleased to know how easy they are to use, how tasty the meals can be and how easy clean–up can be when used with aluminum pans. Recipe books designed specifically for your Burton stove can also be found in various truck stops. Good luck and happy cooking!

(Please note that lunchbox oven recipes work best with aluminum baking pans, which can be found at most grocery stores and truck stops for under $3.00 for a set of three. Also remember that when using canned goods, it is always best to choose sodium–free items for a healthier lifestyle.)

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Corn Beef Hash
Approx. time: 1.5 hours
Peel two fresh potatoes and cut into bite size pieces
Add 1 cup of water
Boil until potatoes are tender
Drain water
Stir in one can of Hormel corned beef until mixed well with potatoes
Heat for 10 minutes
Add salt & pepper to taste
Lemon Pepper Chicken & Rice
Approx. time: 1.5 hours
Using 2 small, fresh chicken breasts, add lemon & pepper seasoning
Spread 1/4 cup of instant rice in bottom of aluminum pan
Place uncooked, seasoned chicken on top of uncooked rice
Add 1 cup of water
Cook for 1 hour
Using 12–volt pot, bring your favorite fresh or canned vegetable to boil
Serve while hot. Use leftover chicken breast for chicken sandwich for tomorrow's lunch
Homemade Vegetable Soup
Approx. time: 2.5 hours
Brown 1/8 pound of ground beef in 12–volt pan
Remove from pan and place into aluminum pan for oven
Add one 4.5 oz. can of diced or stewed tomatoes
Add one can of 4 oz. mixed vegetables
Add salt, pepper & garlic to taste
Cook for 2 hours to let flavors blend
Serve with crackers
The only limitation in using your lunchbox oven to prepare meals is the time you wish to invest in eating healthier. The opportunities and recipes are endless.

Additionally, most 300–watt inverters will run a crock–pot as long as the truck is turned on and idling. My husband uses a crock–pot quite often and the opportunities for fresh, healthy meals are endless and leftover are always a benefit. I will share my favorite crock–pot recipe with you, but I highly recommend using the recipe book supplied with your crock–pot for more choices.

Homemade Beef Stew
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1/2 pound of beef stew meat
1 sweet onion, sliced (you may substitute onion powder or onion flakes)
3 carrots, sliced (or 1 6–ounce can of carrots)
1 can of peas
2 fresh potatoes diced
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 Tbs of flour
4 cups of water
1 tsp each of garlic, pepper & salt
Add meat to crock–pot. Add remainder of ingredients, leaving out flour. Cook for approximately 5–6 hours or until meat tears with fork. Mix flour with 4 Tbs. of water in small bowl or cup. Mix until thin flour paste forms. Add to stew, stirring until mixed well. Cook for additional 30 minutes. Serve with instant rice cooked in 12–volt pan.

Written by: Dawn Rodriguez

My 12 Volt Store: Awesome Online 12 volt Store!

I just returned from a two week road trip to the Southwest.  I learned about my limitations of eating well and staying comfortable while living out of my truck.  I have recently learned about a great place to pick up 12 volt accessories for making traveling more comfortable, and for cooking healthy meals on the road.

Check out:

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