Friday, March 14, 2014

Updates this summer...

Good day to y'all.   I've been inundated with schoolwork and five classes.  However, this summer I am taking off school to update Grillin' the Road and publish another book.  It's a surprise right now, but This summer I plan to roll it out and announce it here.  Be on the lookout!

For those who have read Grillin' the Road, please email me your comments and suggestions so I can make it as great a book as possible.  Email me at and I will consider any submissions.  If you have a favorite recipe or idea to add, let me know. I'd like to add ideas from other people, with proper reference, of course!  You will get full credit for your submissions.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tip for using and freezing in the small glass casserole dishes

Use any of your recipes (or mine!) for baking or roasting in the glass casserole dishes (see where to buy appliances).
  • Bake or roast as you would normally, making sure your food doesn't come up over the top edge (if it does, you'll not be able to use the vinyl lid, but that's not a big problem, but it means it won't stack neatly in the freezer.).  
  • Allow to cool thoroughly.  Place lid snuggly on top.  Then, wrap the casserole in plastic wrap to double seal (this helps prevent freezer burn and keeps the lid on snuggly.).  Use freezer tape or masking tape to label the meal with what it is and the date it was made.  If the meal exceeds the top of the casserole dish, just double wrap with plastic wrap.  The plastic wrap also helps prevent leaks when thawing.
  • Freeze!  
  • When warming up - remove plastic wrap and open lid a bit for a vent, if microwaving.  Remove all plastic and lid completely if warming up in the oven, and cover with foil if you want to keep moisture in.  DO NOT use foil in the microwave!  
  • Microwave warmup: about 3-5 minutes (or more) depending on power of microwave.  Check food (turn or stir if needed) after the first 3 minutes and after each subsequent minute until done. 

Another healthy food site...

Yes! I have some time to post, finally, and today I am featuring a site I found on Facebook.

Lisa Leake shows how to cut out processed food for a healthier life.  She has tons of ideas, plans and meal ideas, many of which are "take-along-able".   I highly recommend this site!


New addition to appliances and where to buy:

A must have for OTR drivers: A microwave oven.

A small (.7 cu foot) microwave with a low wattage (700 w) is perfect for the truck. These usually run under $50.   It's small enough to fit and not take up too much space, yet big enough to heat meals in the small glass casserole dishes.   Make sure your truck is properly wired to handle the wattage load.  Talk to your company's maintenance crew. A "plug in" inverter may be able to handle the load, but you need to make sure your truck's wiring and auxiliary power can handle it.  If you own your own truck, you might be able to do it yourself. Here's a link to how to install an inverter.


On a general note, I've been busy with college so I've not had a lot of time to play with this site. However, I am still in the process of writing my 2nd cookbook, which targets healthier eating and recipes. It will be more "how to cook", with many of the same ideas as Grillin' the Road's portable meals.  Proceeds of paperback book sales will go to the Michael J Fox Parkinson Foundation, with the entire book being available online in its own web page and for download in PDF.  This will be a while coming, so please be patient.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Been busy!

Please note that I have turned off comments due to an influx of anonymous spam comments.  Please email me with your comments.  If you want a link posted to a legitimate site, please email it to me and I will check it out.  If I find it appropriate, I will put it in the links page.  Perpetual spammers will be blocked.  

Please check out the page links to the left!

Grillin' the Road is available online at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and other fine booksellers!  Get yours today!

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Revised edition now on Smashwords

I have the revised edition now on Smashwords!  It took me a while, as I am in the process of going back to school and dealing with all that.  But, you can now get the revised Grillin the Road on Amazon in paperback or Kindle, or on Smashwords!  The new version was put on Kindle/Amazon last November and includes a few more recipes and some of the interesting articles from this website.

Also available at Barnes & Noble online and Books A Million online!

Available through Amazon/Createspace.

Paperback Book
Perfect size to carry in the truck!
Black and white interior, color cover, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 192 pages
only $8.99 !

Click here:
Kindle eBook only  $2.99

  > Download for Amazon Kindle

Get the eBook in just about every format here!
Buy it once, download any and all versions and any revisions!

Regular Price: $2.99

Versions available:
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser)
Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting)
Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page)
Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps) ** AUTHOR RECOMMENDS KINDLE VERSION ON AMAZON!
Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others)
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing)
RTF (readable on most word processors)
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don't support .epub)
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices)

Why these recipes and are they really healthy?

Indeed.  One might question the book I've written as "healthy".  Often, we perceive something by our experience and education.  One of the mindsets I've encountered in my life with people who have gotten locked into the quick and easy, boxed and junk food styles, most anything else, especially made from fresh ingredients and made at home, is generally healthy.  It doesn't have to be brown rice, sweet potatoes and quinoa, or just a diet of vegetables, or a high protein-shun all else diet to be healthy.

My concept of healthy in this premise is what is better than the preservatives, the processed sugars and over processed foods that have removed the wholesome goodness and health, yet what is something that most everyone will eat?  Like working out, one will have to gradually change their habits, one does not jump from one extreme to the other.

My methods and recipes are healthy. Yes, even the cheesecake. Why?  Because it uses fresh, real ingredients, with as little preservatives, additives, processed sugars and such as possible. I use very little, and my recipes can be adapted to use more 'off the shelf' items for those who can tolerate them.  I believe wholeheartedly in balance, in all areas of life.  Eating especially.  I also believe that what is causing the ailments brought on by wrong eating is not necessarily over eating. or eating sweets, though they can contribute to them, but by the processed foods that we have promoted in our society over the past several years.  No truck driver I know is going to suddenly go from candy off the shelf, soda and truck stop buffet to  salads and granola bars cold turkey.  Not going to happen.

This is why I wrote Grillin the Road as I have.  To help drivers, especially, gradually move from unhealthy habits in eating to healthier.  We are all intelligent beings, we can, once pointed in the right direction, find our own paths.  This book provides the basis of a good eating path, and allows one to gradually and easily go from the "quick and easy" but unhealthy to good, home cooked meals that are healthy, if not the body builder's or health-food-connoisseur's dream.

I firmly believe, as I've said before, in the importance of good, healthy food in the body.  The body metabolizes and processes all that enters it - whether it be from the air or ingesting from eating.  The liver and other digestive organs can only handle so much "foreign" substances, as we are finding out now.  Proper eating, along with proper exercise and controlling emotions and thought, and behavior, are key to great health.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Why eat healthy? #2

First, happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Second, make healthy eating part of your holiday traditions. 
 In Grillin the Road, there are great, healthy recipes for a complete holiday meal that is not only healthy, but tasty.  Even desserts and cranberry relish!

So, for the start of this lovely holiday season, I would like to share a couple of links that are extremely important to our health.  They concern Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) foods that we must stop eating in order to be healthy.  I am convinced, by personal experience of both myself and my daughter, that poisoning our bodies with unhealthy foods leads to bad health. It's been proven.   Let us not be ignorant and/or lazy. Let us educate ourselves and advance in intelligence to be healthy.

Much of the increased healthcare needs, costs, and what has lead to President Obama creating a nationwide heathcare initiative greatly stems from the grossly increasing health issues that CAN be prevented and even treated by proper nutrition.  While there are genuine healthcare needs that should be addressed, and genuine poverty issues that cause for intervention for help, there is much that can be helped with just educating ourselves to healthy eating.  Not only are we making ourselves sick and causing/exacerbating diseases within our bodies, we are changing our DNA, our genetic makeup, and passing those altered genes on to our children.

Genetic Roulette
This video, which is long but very informative and to the point, addresses the dangers of GMO foods to the human body.
It shows how the government, and primarily the FDA, is not allowing the public to know the dangers of GMO foods because key politicians and directors, scientists and other figures are controlled and an inherent part of such companies that promote the substance.  Yes, I speak out without fear against such because I know, first hand, the dangers of what they are promoting.  Why do they promote their products? Because, as a big business, they wish to increase their business and make money. That is the bottom line.  They are not concerned with the health of America. They are concerned with capital growth.  Period.

This book backs up the video.

This site shows how to shop for foods that are non-GMO; what to look for. It is no more expensive than buying anything else, as being healthier means less healthcare needs.


To add to this information, I have recently had this brought to my attention:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development considers supporting one of the most criticised and controversial corporations on the planet, Monsanto. Reasons for deciding against it are plenty.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

And this: