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Another Great Texas RV Park Recipe!

What goes along with summer fun while vacationing with family at a Texas RV Park? Great food of course!  If you’ve done much camping at Texas RV parks maybe you’re already a pro at dutch oven cooking, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at it, but have been a bit too intimidated to get started.

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Roger L Beattie of the Backwoods Home Magazine describes dutch ovens: “squatting heavily in dank basements, drafty attics, and dusty, cluttered garages, these three-legged hulks from a bygone era wait impatiently to release their treasures.  Until then, they are pitted by time and tarnished by neglect.  For those who will uncover the mystery, their gaping caverns can once again be brimming with magic.

“From the birth of our nation, Dutch ovens have been an integral and versatile part of Americana.  Sadly today’s high-tech hustle-and-bustle lifestyle has all but forgotten the art of “leather-glove cuisine.”  The coal-black cast iron ovens appear outdated, unfriendly, and forbidding.  Interestingly however, with seven simple secrets revealed, the beginning camp cook and the consummate backyard chef can utilize these forgotten friends to produce a marvelous and unforgettable variety of succulent delicacies.”

Here is a helpful link for beginners and expert dutch oven cooks alike with Roger’s seven secrets of dutch oven cooking.

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dutch oven cooking is dump cake, think again!  Virtually anything you can cook in the oven, on the stove top, or in the microwave can be cooked in a dutch oven.  Dutch ovens are one of the most versatile pans you can own!  For those that are new to the art, here is a link to some handy tips from WikiHow on how to use a dutch oven.  

And for those of you who are ready for your next trip, take advantage of the RV specials  here at our beautiful RV resort, a top rated Good Sam Park for 2012 and who many call the best East Texas RV Park.  And while you’re doing your meal planning to decide what delicious food you’ll enjoy while you’re here, here’s a great dutch oven recipe for you to put on your menu list, Campfire Jambalaya, the grand-prize winning recipe from Scouting magazine’s national contest.  Complements of Kevin Young and Jim Brown, Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 44, in Heyburn, Idaho:

 

SEAFOOD JAMBALAYA

1 pound boneless chicken breast, cubed

1 pound mild Italian sausage, chunked

1 pound mixed seafood (shrimp, crab, crawfish)

1/3 cup oil

1 large onion, sliced and chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 small red or green peppers, quartered and sliced

2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 14-oz. can chicken broth

3 cups okra, sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon gumbo filé (powdered sassafras leaves)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2 to 3 cups long-grained white rice 

* Option: Replace cayenne with crushed and dried hot red peppers.

Cook in a deep, 14-inch Dutch oven. Heat chicken and Italian sausage until cooked through, but not browned. In a separate pot, steam seafood mixture until done (shrimp will turn pink).

In the Dutch-oven lid or another pan, sauté onions, celery, and red or green peppers until tender. Add the sautéed mixture, along with the tomatoes, broth, okra, and mushrooms to the chicken and sausage. Mix thoroughly.

Add dry peppers, gumbo filé, and rice. Mix thoroughly.

Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add Worcestershire sauce and orange juice. Add water as necessary to cook rice. Add steamed seafood mixture. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

 Serves 8 to 10.

Texas RV Park
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

 

 

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Stay at one of our RV Sites or Vacation Cabins in Texas for The Salt Festival

vacation cabins in texasThe 39th Annual Grand Saline Salt Festival is happening this weekend! Come out for a stay in one of our beautiful Texas cabins or bring the RV, and enjoy all the festivities of the Salt Festival!

The Salt Festival celebrates the heritage of Grand Saline as the home of Morton Salt. Festivities are mainly focused on the Morton Salt mines and will also include car shows, family activities and of course plenty of local musical talent. Be sure to come out to support “The Creek” regular and local favorite, Matt Bradshaw, on Saturday night!

If you are into shopping, there will be vendors galore displaying their wares! We heard there will be some Duck Dynasty items for sale as well.

Here are the calendar of events for the weekend:

Friday, June 7th

Luncheon: Chicken Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert – (11am-1pm, All noon lunches $6 )- Sponsored by Country Trails Nursing Center

Entertainment during lunch

Concert and Street Dance- Featuring “The Wesley Pruitt Band”- 9pm-12am- Admission $15, Children 12 and under $5

Saturday, June 8th

Arts & Crafts Vendors Downtown 8am-5pm

Pet Show Downtown at the stage 9am

Classic & Antique Car Show on the grass behind Citizen’s Bank 300 W Frank 9am-2pm

Kiddie Kapers Downtown at the stage 10am

Horseshoe games for adults (set up next to the car show) 9am

Luncheon: Hamburgers and all the fixings and dessert – (11am-1pm, All noon lunches $6) – Sponsored by Azalea Trails Nursing Home

Star Search Contest on Stage 7 pm-8:30 pm – Winner received CASH PRIZE

Concert & Street Dance Downtown – Entertainment begins at 9:00 with Matt Bradshaw opening up for Deryl Dodd live on stage

Admission Tickets in advance $15 in advance $20 at the gate, Children 12 and under $5

If you are need more information on the The Salt Festival, check out the event website at saltfest.net.

We hope you will enjoy the weekend festivities while staying in one of our vacation cabins or camped out in one of our 5 star RV sites. Contact us today to make reservations for one of our beautiful vacation cabins in Texas at 877-927-3439 or book online!

vacation cabins in Texas
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439

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Characteristics of a Great RV Park – part 2 | RV Camping Sites

Our last blog post discussed three of the top 7 things to look for in a good RV park.  Today we will be talking about the other four things to be aware of when finding that perfect rv camping site.

Utilities – We know that when choosing an RV camping site you want to make sure there are proper utilities to accommodate your RV.  At Mill Creek Ranch Resort our RV camping sites offer  level concrete pads with full hookups for water, sewer and electricity at 20, 30 and 50 amp service.  We also provide daily trash pickup at your RV camping site.

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Park Location – Nothing is worse than pulling into an RV park expecting some peace and quiet and then to be inundated with road noise.  At Mill Creek our RV resort is set back from the main road, and has trees to buffer any noise that may intrude on your peace.  We pride ourselves in offering our RV camping site guests a resort experience, and that includes allowing them the quiet and peace of the East Texas piney woods.

Restrooms – When you are on the road, you expect your rv camping site to have a shower and restroom that is clean and well maintained.  We provide extra clean restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.  We want you to be comfortable no matter where you are in our rv park.  Again, only the best for our rv resort guests at Mill Creek Ranch Resort!

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Internet Access – More and more rv camping site parks are upgrading their services to accommodate tech-savvy guests.  Mill Creek is no different!  We offer wi-fi and cable access to all of our rv camping sites.  Our friendly staff will help give you all the information you need to jump onto that information superhighway!

Please contact us next time you are looking for an RV camping site in Canton, TX at 903-567-6020 or make your reservation online today!

RV camping sites – Canton, TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
877-927-3439

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Characteristics of a Great RV Park | RV Travel Tips Canton TX

According to a popular RV blog there are 7 things to look for in a great RV park. Mill Creek Ranch Resort meets and exceeds all seven with our Canton, TX RV park resort. Today we will be looking at 3 of those points.

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First Impressions – A friendly staff will greet you when you come to our RV park in Canton, TX. We pride ourselves on making sure that we are there for our RV guests from the minute they enter the park until they roll on to their next adventure. We offer complimentary concierge for our park guests. We also offer complimentary shuttle service to Canton’s First Monday Trade Days. Our friendly staff always has a nice hot cup of coffee brewing in our Grand Lodge & RV Lodge with large screen TVs and space for the RV Rally Groups. Each RV site has a fire ring where your first night’s firewood is provided courtesy of Mill Creek. We want our RV guests to come in to our RV resort, forget the world, relax and enjoy the hospitality that Mill Creek Ranch Resort has to offer.

RV Park Canton TX RV Site SpacingSite Spacing is also an important point to consider when choosing an RV park. Mill Creek offers a variety of RV sites. We have premium sites that are lakeside or nestled in the trees with stand up grills, patio table and chairs, and a lighted pedestal for your outdoor pleasure. We have pull through sites that have plenty of room for slides. We also have back-in sites that are lined with trees allowing you to enjoy the piney woods of East Texas experience in its fullness.

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Site Landscaping: Our grounds are meticulously manicured and maintained. We have many beautiful water features for your enjoyment. We maintain walking trails for a safe and pleasant nature walk for our RV park guests. Click here for a photo tour of our beautiful RV park resort.

Our next blog will talk about 4 more things to look for in a great RV park. We hope that you come stay with us soon and experience all that Mill Creek Ranch Resort has to offer our RV park guests.

Contact us for more information about our luxury rv park in Canton, TX, 903-567-6020 or book your reservation online.

RV Park Canton TX
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103
United States
877-927-3439