Where’s my dinner?

Eleanor and I are trying a new experiment.  No, it’s not one of those experiments to “liven up the marriage,” but just something that we’ve wanted to do for a while.  As we travel, we’d like to periodically produce a simple, low production-value, video blog about food.  So we took a stab at a first episode today, and you can see it here.

eleanor-video.jpgWe have no particular aspirations for this, and we don’t expect it to be a major hit.  It’s just one of those things we do for ourselves.  Eleanor has a lot of good ideas and a lot of experience at cooking (not to mention a degree in Culinary Arts).  It has been more than a decade since she last worked as a chef, and so the video blog is simply an outlet.  It’s a chance to explain what we eat when we are in the Airstream and how she prepares it. Hopefully it will be helpful to someone else who likes to travel and cook, too.

Right now the video blog has no name, and no home.  If we keep doing them, we’ll set up a website for them.  (Don’t expect anything as professional as The Long Long Honeymoon, however.  Those two are pros — we’re just hacks at this video blog game.) For now, it’s just for fun.  We’re thinking about calling it, “Where’s My Dinner?”

Our drive today was only about 70 miles, from Colorado Springs to Aurora (a suburb of Denver).  We’ll settle in here for a few days to get some work done.  I have plenty to do.  Although most of the work for Alumapalooza was completed weeks ago, we still have lots of small tasks, and as the event date approaches the phone seems to be ringing more.  We have 118 trailers signed up and we expect over 125 in the final count.  About 260 people are signed up to attend so far.  An amazing number of people are flying in, too — I think the Hampton Inn in Sidney OH (our official hotel) is going to be Party Central for all those folks without trailers.  So Brett and I have been very busy trying to make sure everything comes off just right.

The only thing that keeps me awake at night is the possibility of rain in the days before the event.  Everyone hates mud.  Since this is an El Nino year and it seems like it has been wetter than average almost everywhere, we’ve got a tractor on standby just in case things get sticky in the field.  Pray for dry weather on May 29-31 …  but probably it will all be fine.  I’m obsessing a little because I want everyone to have a terrific time.

On the maintenance front, I did get around to lubing the squeaky ball on the Hensley hitch, but I didn’t shoot a video of it.  It would have been a horrible video, because everything went wrong.  I forgot to do the job before unhitching the car, and it’s really difficult to do once unhitched, because the darned thing is so heavy.  I use the car’s receiver connection to support the hitch head (which is what I was going to demonstrate on the video) and of course I didn’t remember until the trailer was completely set up.

So everything had to be done twice, and there were plenty of glitches like the cordless drill battery going dead, and me accidentally smearing the back of my hand with grease.  It wasn’t a pretty scene.  But eventually it all got done and now we are squeak-free again.

This may seem like a small thing, but it’s actually very important.  I like the hitch to run as close to silent as possible.  That way, if something cracks, loosens, or otherwise fails to operate normally, I will hear it and know to investigate.  This turned out to be quite important two years ago when a hitch bolt came loose on our Nissan Armada.  The squeaking of the hitch ball was driving me insane today because it kept setting off my “danger” radar.

One other thing I forgot to mention:  we are traveling with a four-foot long fiberglass greyhound.  It used to hang in the Greyhound Bus station in Phoenix.  I call it “Glassie.”  As pets go, it is pretty good.  No “walkies,” no scooping, no barking, no shedding. I could get used to this but the dog belongs to a friend in the Chicago area for whom we are transporting it.  An Airstream is a better and safer method of shipping a dog than UPS, as it turns out, except that the dog keeps falling asleep on our bed during towing, and I have to evict it to another part of the trailer at night.


  1. Carol B. says

    I love the cooking video blog!! Great job Eleanor! This is gourmet, impromptu, Airstream, all rolled into one inspirational blog. Not only do I want to get out with the Airstream but now I can’t wait to create wonderful dishes while I am in the Airstream! Leave it to a pro to make it look easy. Thanks for the inspiration. And please keep the videos coming and offer them on disc when content permits. Teach me Eleanor. Julie and Julia has nothing on this traveling chef series. :)

  2. says

    Hopefully Glassie’s poor manners won’t rub off on her live greyhound siblings. It has never occurred to them to jump on our bed, and I certainly don’t want them getting any bright ideas.

  3. Zach Woods says

    When our dogs fall asleep on our bed they often leave us fleas to enjoy – I am guessing Glassie is Flea Frea!

  4. Alice Wymer says

    Yeah we want pictures! Roxy would love to meet Glassie. But guessing Glassie will be home in Chicago by Alumapalooza time. Our one advantage to having a handicapped/crippled dog is she doesn’t jump on our bed. Love the video Eleanor . . . oh and Mr. Cameraman. This gives me some ideas before I begin to pack. Not enough room for three weeks of frozen food. My style is freezing a few favorite homemade dishes ahead of time to take on our trips. I guess I will be slightly changing that plan for this trip. T-Minus four days to departure. That means leaving one day early!!! Plan D is now in place. LOL

  5. John Irwin says

    I hope you don’t get rain at JC. I attended the first Homecoming at the plant and the field was a mess on arrival. I managed to park without incident, but there was a big farm tractor that was needed to help a good number of attendees park. The field is grassy, and once parked, it was not a mess.

    I hate to miss this year, but it falls at the worst time in light of our other plans.

  6. says

    I would post a picture of Glassie but she is wrapped up like a mummy right now, for protection during travel. (What, you don’t do that for your dogs??)

    Perhaps when she is unwrapped upon arrival her new owner will post a picture. She’s a real work of commercial art.

  7. Mike T says

    I really enjoyed the cooking video. Please do more. Although I am a big fan of wilted lettuce it never occurred to me that I could cook lettuce like any other green.

  8. says

    I like the video especially when its Eleanor showing us her tricks of the trade! I remember chatting about videos with you during our visit at the park in Tucson. I think it is a good addition to the blog. It’s just a lot of work!

  9. Judy says

    Yay, Eleanor! I so admire those who can open the fridge door and come up with a great meal. I was born without that gene.

    Have fun and bon appetit!

  10. Caryl says

    Eleanor, great job. I loved it. Do more, please. I follow two food blogs that I think are great–the Tasty Kitchen and The Pioneer Women. Somehow the Pioneer Women has made herself into an industry. I can see you doing the same thing. I look forward to your cookbook :)


  11. Marie Luhr says

    Does that woman (Eleanor) know how to clean a refrigerator or what!?

    I’m with Judy–no cooking gene. Can’t wait to get her in MY kitchen!!!

  12. Mitchell says

    Eleanor, I agree with Caryl. We need an Airstream cookbook! Rich, could you queue that up in your list of publishing opportunities?