Corning, California: Today is officially
Throw-Back-Thursday as we are again retracing our very common route north on I-5.
(By the way, Interstate 5 is only referred to as I-5 north of Los Angeles. In
Los Angeles, this freeway is "The Five". Today, Dave and I once again began
calling the road I-5.)
Watching every camper pack-up and leave a RV park is a bit freaky. I cannot
recall ever witnessing this phenomenon. It was like we were all being evacuated
from the Napa Valley Expo RV Park this morning... which I guess we were, but only to make
room for the weekend rock concert hullaballoo.
Our route today was so dull. We have passed this way so many times. The road
is so straight. The road is so flat. After less than 200 miles we pulled into
the RV park behind the Rolling
Hills Casino RV Park.
Here We Are
Immediately after setting-up camp, My
Driver left to go play 18 holes on the course at the
Rolling Hills Hotel -
Sevillano Links. I remained behind to whip up a
little dinner and video chat with my darling
grandchildren. Leo keeps asking to see the box of
gross-flavored jelly beans.
If you recall, I bought a bottle of ketchup
a few weeks ago to use in a
First ketchup I have purchased in years. I made the recipe twice and was
wondering what I was going to do with the remaining (1/2 cup) of ketchup. (I
hate to waste food.) I asked DT how his Mom used ketchup and he said MEATLOAF. I
remember ketchup being served with meatloaf in my childhood home as well,
but do not recall if it went into the meat mixture. So I
found a pound of grass fed organic ground beef and mixed it with 2 eggs, 1/2 cup
minced onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 of a green pepper (minced), 1 teaspoon
Kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, minced leaves from a stem of fresh basil,
3 Tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup ketchup and one cup of Panko
(Japanese-style bread crumbs).
The remaining 1/4 cup ketchup was smeared on top of the
meat mixture and baked for 50 minutes at 375 degrees.
Dave and I were pretty happy with the result. Lots of
flavor. Sliced well (after a ten minute rest). Best
thing with using the organic grass fed beef? No greasy
pool in the bottom of the loaf pan.
I also tossed a few fingerling potatoes in olive oil
with garlic cloves, a sliced shallot and the other half
of the green pepper, salt, pepper and
roasted the veggies while the meatloaf baked. Tossed
salad. A lot of food for my Road Warrior.
Ex-Duck/future-Titan quarterback, Mr. Mariota, has made a few endorsement deals. Nike first, then a
headphone brand and now his hometown bank:
Marcus Mariota is the face (and such a pretty face - and who the heck
tames those marvelous
eyebrows?) of First
Hawaiian Bank! Good for him. Stay in school, kids!
Until my next update, I remain, your meaty correspondent.
Hills Casino RV Park - For self-contained rigs only, unless you want to
share the bath house at the nearby truck stop. All sites are long gravel pull-throughs
with full service, 50 amp. Casino, restaurants, hotel, golf. Pretty quiet, yet
still close to freeway. After we paid for our site today, we were told to take
any site we wanted; first come - first serve. All sites $28. No discounts.
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