From my RV kitchen
While I knew it was going to be pretty in Lake Tahoe I was unprepared for the sheer breathtaking beauty that surrounds this area. The tall pines scent the air, the history is rich, and the lake invites you to be as active (or relaxed) as you wish. Begin your visit to South Lake Tahoe at the Visitor's Center on Highway 50. They can provide you with everything you need to know about what's happening, what to do, maps, brochures, discount booklets, and more.
In this episode of the RV Cooking Show I talk about the Tallac (named after Mt. Tallac) Historic Site, the Taylor Creek Visitor Center (this is a US Forest Service visitor center), Emerald Bay, and Tahoe City but if I had more time, I'd share some other thoughts with you, too.
Right across from the Taylor Creek Visitor Center is the road leading to Fallen Leaf Lake where you can walk around this beautiful little sister lake to Tahoe, see a waterfall - and even have a bite in their eatery - it's really good!
Take what they call the "Most Beautiful Drive in America" - a 72 mile drive around the lake. I found the Nevada side to be much less developed with its own unique beauty.
Visit Old Town Truckee just northwest of the lake on your way to the Donner Memorial State Park. Have an excellent lunch at Dragonfly and a fantastic cup of coffee at The Book & Bean.
The Donner Memorial State Park is where the ill-fated Donner party was forced to "camp" over the harsh winter of 1846/47. It's eerie, quiet, again, beautiful, and a place for introspection.
On the way around the lake I stopped at the farmers market and picked up whatever fruit was fresh that day. In this case it was O'Henry freestone peaches, Kelsey plums, Kadota figs, and strawberries. Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills and prepare to embark upon a fresh grilled fruit odyssey compliments of your RV Cooking Show friends.
1/4 c honey*
2 T dark balsamic vinegar
1 T packed brown sugar
1 t real vanilla extract
1/8 c water
2 freestone peaches - halved, pit removed
2 ripe, sweet plums - halved, pits removed
10 strawberries - washed and skewered (2 skewers - 5 on each)
4 or 5 figs - ends cut off and halved
goat cheese (for figs)
foil or grilling tray for figs - sprayed with canola oil spray to preven sticking
Preheat grill on high.
Combine all Honey-Balsamic Glaze ingredients in a small bowl and mix together well.
Using a basting brush, coat all fruit with the glaze.
Reduce grill heat to medium and place fruit, flesh side down, on grill. Baste the top of the fruit with glaze.
Grill for 3-4 minutes (strawberries are delicate - check them in 1-2 minutes) and turn. Baste the fruit once again. Grill for another 3 or so minutes until a paring knife goes through fruit with ease. Remove from grill. Check the strawberries visually and when they look soft and grill-marked they are done - 1 or 2 more minutes after turning - remove from grill and set aside.
Place fig halves on foil (that has been sprayed with canola oil spray), baste with glaze, and top with a small spoonful of goat cheese. Transfer foil to grill and grill until the figs look caramelized and the goat cheese has browned on the tips a bit - 3-5 minutes. Remove and be prepared to rave!
Serve this luscious grilled fruit warm or at room-temperature over whipped cream, vanilla yogurt, or by itself as a delicious breakfast treat or meal side-dish.
*Spray your honey measuring cup with canola oil spray and the honey will slip out of the cup and into the bowl.
Choose fruit that is about one day away from being perfectly ripe. Too soft and it'll mush on the grill grate. Too hard and it's just not sweet enough.
Try grilling any type of fruit you enjoy. When grilling meat for a Mexican dish I always throw a couple of halved limes flesh side down on the grill for a few minutes. They get sweet, smoky, juicy and delish!
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