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Posted to Thread #17621 at 3:27 pm on Feb 6, 2010

quiches? They transport easily, and should be fine if just gently reheated, though the crust may not be as crispy as fresh from a conventional oven. You don't have to serve them hot hot. And they'll likely fit in even smaller microwaves, as a casserole dish you take along may not fit so well if it's a smaller microwave oven.

If more like a casserole is what you are seeking, there's a yummy chicken tetrazzini recipe here in the archives that might work for your situation, but be careful about don't want to get it too hot or the sauce will break down and start to separate.

Chicken tacos or burritos are another thought. You can take along individual containers of toppings: shredded lettuce, grated cheese, chopped onions, guacamole, salsa, etc. and let folks make their own once you reheat your taco or burrito filling. Beans and/or spanish rice would be easy to reheat in microwave if you wish to have additional side dishes.

Depending on what part of the country you'll be in and the weather at hand, how about grilling? Many hotels now have a bbq grill on site. You can then take along any items you might need, like tongs and spatula, and skewers if you want to get fancy with shrimp or do skewers of veggies or chicken.

You could pop into a local grocery and pick up some rotisserie chickens and either buy or make some cold or hot side dishes. We did that last year on a long road trip. We were tired and didn't feel like eating out at a restaurant *again* so I picked up a rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes and bagged salad with was an easy and tasty meal. There was a mini refrigerator in the hotel room to store the leftover chicken for the next day's lunch. You could plan to pick up the hot rotisserie chicken and bring along some homemade side dishes/salads/dessert to make it more special.

And don't forget about pizza delivery, if you want to make it easy on yourself. Many pizza places offer pesto which can be a nice substitute for the non-tomato-lovers.

Valentine heart cookies sound like a nice dessert to bring along. ;o) Enjoy your family retreat, Anna.

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