Favorite RV Recipes Contest Winners Announced

Go RVing Canada announces the winners of its Favorite RV Recipes Contest.

0001header2The contest was launched in early November and encouraged all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes.

Before finalizing the three prize winners, a ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes was chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as ‘The Cooking Ladies’.

Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs. They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The grand prize for the best overall recipe and winner of an RV Weekend Getaway was awarded to Valerie Gervais of Ottawa, Ontario for her healthy and unique Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad.

The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

The second prize of a $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online was awarded to Terri Gilson of Calgary, Alberta for her quirky Perogy Potato Salad.

The third prize of a six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives was awarded to Gail McBride of Edmonton, Alberta for her tangy Pickled Shrimp.

In order to choose the top twenty recipes, the Cooking Ladies equally weighed each entry for RV-friendliness, ease of preparation, relevance to the five categories, originality and creativity, as well as proper completion of submission form, taste, and visual appeal.

“We want to thank everyone across Canada who entered the contest and submitted their favorite RV recipe,” said Go RVing Canada Executive Director Chris Mahony.

“We received several delicious and unique entries and selecting the winners was not an easy task. Go RVing Canada will be sharing all of the top twenty recipes with Canadians so that they may enjoy them on their RV travels this year.”

Each one of the top twenty recipes will be revealed over the next twenty days on the Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page (see link below).

The grand prize for the best overall recipe, Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad, follows:

Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad with Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

This healthy, colorful salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. We use fresh raspberries that we pick-up at the many fruit and veggie stands we come across on our journeys. Using pre-washed baby spinach and jarred feta minimizes preparation.

(Makes 4 servings)

6 cups (1.5L) pre-washed baby spinach

3/4 cup (175 ml) fresh raspberries

2 tablespoons (30 ml) sliced almonds

1stPrizePhoto1 small green onion, chopped

1 150g jar of cubed feta cheese in oil with herbs and spices

2 tablespoons (30 ml)  balsamic vinegar

  1. Layer spinach, raspberries, sliced almonds, and chopped green onions in a large salad bowl.
  2. Scoop half of the feta cubes out of the jar and onto the salad mixture.
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil from the feta with the balsamic vinegar and pour the mixture over the salad.
  4. Gently toss, serve, and enjoy!

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Go-RVing-Canada

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Go RVing Canada Launches Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Go RVing Canada is launching its Favorite RV Recipes contest on the coalition’s new website.

The contest will run until December 24, 2012 and Go RVing Canada is encouraging all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes, according to a news release.

A ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes will be chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as The Cooking Ladies. Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs.

They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The winning recipes will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • RV-friendly
  • Ease of preparation
  • Relevance to the 5 categories
  • Originality and creativity
  • Visual appeal and taste
  • Proper submission format

There are three prizes available to be won in all:

  • Grand Prize for Best Overall Recipe: An RV Weekend Getaway, including a Class C RV rental, gas card valued at $150 and a grocery card valued at $150 (Total value $1,050)
  • Second Prize: $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online
  • Third Prize: A six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives (Valued at $170)

The total approximate retail value of all three prizes is $1470.

Recipes can be submitted in one of five categories:

  • Savory appetizers
  • Soups and salads
  • Main course dishes
  • Mouth-watering desserts
  • Kid-friendly snacks

RV Stats

  • There are over 1 million RVs on the road in Canada
  • Starting at $6,000, there is an RV for every budget
  • The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3 billion
  • 90 percent of owners say that their number one priority is seeing the country
  • Studies show that it is up to 78 percent cheaper to vacation with an RV versus a regular vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say that it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 40 percent of RV families have children

Details Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Start Date: Tuesday, November 6

Entry Deadline:  Monday, December 24, 12:00 a.m. EST

Winners Announced:  Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00 p.m. EST, Ottawa, ON

Click here to read the full contest rules.

Details

The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.

The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 29 Haslett Avenue, Toronto ON M4L 3R1

Website: gorving.ca

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25 days of Holiday Entertaining RV Recipes

Go RVing Canada and The Cooking Ladies launched their collaborative ‘25 Days of Holiday Entertaining RV Recipes’ on Go RVing Canada’s new Facebook Page Thursday (December 1) according to a Go RVing Canada news release. Every day, one holiday-themed recipe will be posted for all RV enthusiasts’ enjoyment.

Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, also known as The Cooking Ladies, are two Canadian RV enthusiasts. They have been active in the RV world for several years and popular among RVers looking for fun and easy recipes to prepare while RVing. They have written nine cookbooks, are regular columnists for local newspapers and RV Lifestyle Magazine for the past 14 years, and were featured on the popular cooking segment on RVTV for two seasons.

“Go RVing Canada is thrilled to be collaborating with The Cooking Ladies on this special holiday project,” said Go RVing Canada spokesperson Angèle Lapointe. “These ladies are very skilled and are loved by RV enthusiasts across Canada. We are so fortunate to have them share their RV cooking tips and travel experiences with others on our Facebook Page.”

Go RVing Canada encourages RVers to join in on the conversation and share their RV experiences, tips, and travel suggestions with others on Facebook. “This is only the beginning of our partnership with The Cooking Ladies,” continued Lapointe. “We encourage all fans of RVing to ‘Like’ us on Facebook to access the latest news on all of our fun and innovative projects.”

Go RVing Canada has a special holiday treat: one holiday recipe per day for the next 23 days! (Credit: gorving.ca)

Go RVing Canada has recently released RV sales figures for 2011’s third quarter, which  demonstrate  strong sales and revenue performance in July and August helped bring the total RV retail industry revenues close to 2010 levels. This data reinforces that RVing remains a popular travel option for Canadian families, who are discovering the fun, flexibility, and affordability that the RV lifestyle provides.

A cost-comparison study conducted by PKF Consulting demonstrates that, depending on the RV model, a typical family RV vacation can be up to 75% less expensive per day than other forms of vacation travel. An RV trip is shown to be more economical when compared to a traditional week’s vacation for a family of four, when the costs of flights, car rental, hotels, and eating out at restaurants are considered.

Details

Go RVing Canada

Address: 2175 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 310, Toronto, ON   M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

The Cooking Ladies’ Holiday Entertaining RV Recipes

The Cooking Ladies’ feature recipe today is Artichoke Hummus. (Credit: thecookingladies.com)

Website: facebook.com/pages/Go-RVing-Canada

The Cooking Ladies

The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are Canadian RVers who have twenty years experience as restaurant owners and managers. They are the authors of nine cookbooks, and write a regular column in RV Lifestyle Magazine.

Website: thecookingladies.com

Worth Pondering…
I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.

—Erma Bombeck

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