Phyllis Hinz

member for over 6 years

Member Since:
Apr 2012

Food and Travel Writer, Creative Writer, Photographer, Blogger and RV Adventurer. Phyllis has a Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. She appreciates the value of words and good writing. What a difference one word can make. Co-author of "The Cooking Ladies" regular column in RV Lifestyle Magazine. (15th year); Contributor to, and recipe contest judge for, Go RVing (Canada) online. Contributor to KOA website and Kompass newsletter Freelance contributor to Family Motor Coaching Magazine (U.S.) Judge at the 2017 Canadian Food Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, and the 2016 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. Co-author of ten cookbooks including: The Cooking Ladies' Recipes from the Road (Ten Speed Press); The Cooking Ladies Best Little Cookbooks series and The Cooking Ladies' Favorite Happy Hour Recipes, It's 5 o'clock somewhere eCookbook. The tenth cookbook, published June 2017, "On The Road with The Cooking Ladies, Let's Get Grilling" is all about grilling and smoking and traveling the roads of North America to find good barbecue. 

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Published Books

On The Road with The Cooking Ladies, Let’s Get Grilling

This cookbook, published by Whitecap Books, is loaded with grilling and smoking recipes, photos, grilling tips and fun to read travel adventures.

The Cooking Ladies’ Recipes from the Road

Recipes from the Road is more than a cookbook, it is a good read. Travel stories and recipes are inspired by people and places across North America.

The Cooking Ladies’ Happy Hour Recipes It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

The Cooking Ladies’ Happy Hour ebook presents the best of The Cooking Ladies’ easy to prepare, entertaining, finger food and snacks.

Published Articles (59)

Boston’s Little Italy

Boston’s North End authentically Italian neighbourhood should be on everyone’s foodie-experience list.

A Day Trip to Santa Cruz Island, California

Unique Channel Islands never fail to provide a California one-of-a-kind outdoor experience.

What You Do Not Want To Miss At 5 California Destinations

Our tips for a California road trip include a little history, food, outdoors and sometimes wine.

World Food Championships

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, host the World Food Championships where chefs of all levels of expertise create culinary magic.

Celebrating Canada 150 With Lights, Plants, And A Rubber Duck

Anytime is a good time to visit Canada, but, Canada’s 150th birthday, 2017, was quite a year! People gathered at festivals and celebrations all across the country.

Edmonton Is A Foodie Friendly Town

Every year, Taste of Edmonton entices foodies downtown to enjoy the spread of food available in the city.

Food Day Canada Is Every Day

Food Day Canada celebrates farmers, fishers, chefs, food researchers and home cooks with food events all across the country.

A Day of Wine, Cider and Food in the Eastern Townships

An autumn day in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, is all about tasting and savouring life one experience at a time.

Our African Safari at Disney World

Not enough time to travel to Africa? Try the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Orlando, Florida. Authentic and dedicated to animal protection.

Four Reasons to Overnight on Pelee Island

A visit to Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada, is like a scavenger hunt. The hidden gems – from seafood, wine, local characters and historic ruins to birds, and butterflies – are […]

Reasons to Visit St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine’s fountain of youth keeps bringing us back to Florida’s historic gulf coast where generations of settlers have created a destination for everyone.

9 Food Stories and Restaurant Dishes to Entice You to the Alabama Gulf Coast

In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, along the Alabama Gulf Coast of the United States, restaurants serve up more than food.

Jefferson City Big House

Jefferson City, Missouri, is big on historical buildings. The decommissioned Missouri State Penitentiary is also big on infamous historical figures.

Food Sport at the World Food Championships

World Food Championships showcase Gulf shrimp on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Judging at the World Food Championships

Food is the star in the eyes of the judges at the World Food Championships in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama.

How to be a Food Sport Competitor and Win $100,000

Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama, is home to the annual, fast-paced, week-long World Food Championships.

Jean-Talon Market in Montreal. Shop Fresh. Cook Fresh. Eat Fresh.

Montrealers and visitors shop at the Jean-Talon Market, the largest outdoor market in North America, that embodies eating fresh and shopping for Quebec produce.

Migrating South as Winter Yumans

The warm weather is not the only reason to head south to Yuma, Arizona, in the winter months.

Prince Edward Island Bounty

Prince Edward Island, Canada, is one of those special places with something for everyone, one of those places that when you visit you wish you could stay forever.

The Unique And The Extraordinary in the Eastern Townships

Wander the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Canada and savour all the area has to offer – lakes, mountains, bike trails, farmers markets, vineyards and cafes.

Then And Now in Old Quebec City

Quebec’s motto, Je me souviens, I remember, encompasses Old Quebec City’s layers of history. At Chateau Laurier, chefs look to the past with the creativity of the present.

Contemporary Cuisine in Old Quebec City

The history and the people are not the only reasons to visit and enjoy Quebec City. The city’s chefs innovatively present the menus of the world with unique French Canadian […]

Shaking It Up Visiting the Earthquake Capitol of the World

Hollister, California, is a town on the move. Not only with earthquake creep but with mobile barbecue.

Chatting With A Prime Minister In Charlottetown Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, PEI, is all about Canadian history, the arts, red soil and ocean scenery and the best potatoes and lobster.

Pier 21 The Gateway to a New Life

Personal stories of immigrants, refugees, war brides, evacuee children, and displaced persons reveal the details of arriving in Canada.

Take A Bite Out Of Halifax Nova Scotia

Combine food tastings and walking and you have the perfect way to appreciate the historic naval past and appetizing future of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix

MIM is a place to immerse yourself in sound. Six thousand instruments.

Eric Klein Creates Memories With Food

Chef Eric Klein collaborates with Chef Matt McPherson in The Looking Glass restaurant kitchen, Bar Harbor, Maine. A dedicated chef sharing his techniques.

We Could Live In These Shops In Boston’s Little Italy

Little Italy in North End Boston is the place to immerse oneself in all things Italian – from pasta, olive oil, bread, and cannoli to the sense of community in […]

Hard To Beet Julian, CA

Good restaurants with talented chefs are found in surprising places. A California bistro in the Cuyamaca Mountains north of San Diego.

The March of the Peabody Ducks

The ducks in the Peabody Hotel are a Memphis, Tennessee, tradition. They march across the lobby every day under the direction of their Duck Master.

San Benito County Goes Viral

This article in BenitoLink describes how travel writers benefit travel destinations.

The San Benito Experience Is Personal

Every business in San Benito County has a story.

Old And New Danish Traditions In Solvang California

Solvang shares all things Danish. The legacy of the town’s forefathers continues.

A Fusion Of Outdoor Adventure & City Living In Oxnard, California

Oxnard, California, has it all. Walk on the beach, spend a day adventuring on offshore islands, dine in a downtown restaurant at sunset.

Alabama Adventures and our Sweet & Sour Shrimp Recipe

The state of Alabama is loaded with things to do. From civil war and civil rights to space rockets and unclaimed baggage.

Northerners Become Winter Yumans

Every winter RVers from the northern states and Canada flock to Yuma for sunshine, fun, food, and fascinating historical sites.

Cuba – From The Straits Of Florida To The Streets Of Havana

The Cooking Ladies learn about Cuba by leaving the luxury hotel on the beach behind and two-day-tripping in Havana.

Peace Among the Grapes

Wineries used to be rare in North Alabama. At Jules J Berta Winery in Albertville, a son follows his father’s vision.

Travelling North Alabama

North Alabama offers unique destinations: The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro.

Jeremy’s On The Hill. Fresh. Simple. Tasting Great.

Jeremy Manley is a young chef with huge talent. In Julian, CAm he works food textures and flavors into memorable experiences.

Belle Chevre “Behind Every Great Cheese There Is A Story”

Tasia Matakasis at Belle Chevre turns around the too-often public reluctance to enjoy goat cheese.

Whetting Your Whistle During Prohibition

Actors tell the story of Windsor, Ontario, and the city’s colorful past. A time when ordinary citizens creatively “worked the whiskey” during Prohibition.

Peace Among The Grapes

A vineyard in Albertville, Alabama, produces not only grapes and wine but peace and passion. Labels like I Love Bubba” tell the story.

“Best Historic City in America” – Montgomery, Alabama

We follow the trail from civil war to civil rights with Montgomery Chamber and Tourism. Montgomery is capital cool.

Hanging Loose in an RV in Hawaii

We rounded out our Tourism Hawaii and Kamehameha Schools adventures by touring Oahu in a Hawaii Campers rental unit, a VW van.

Rustic Salad In An Eat South Greenhouse

Chef Leonardo Maurelli exemplifies the energy in Montgomery, Alabama. He works with Eat South to educate kids and provide healthy food to his community.

Put Passion into the Art of Barbecue

Barbecue is the name of the game in North Alabama with award winning sauces and down home cooking.

Hawaii’s Fungle Jungle

Hamakua Mushrooms on the Big Island of Hawaii exemplify agritourism. Learn about growing mushrooms in a jar and taste them.

Emeril Reacts to Fisher’s Menu in Orange Beach, Alabama

Johnny Fisher of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina is an idea guy who produces good food and unique signature drinks.

Enjoying Shrimp In Gulf State Park, AL

Gulf State Park, Alabama, is the setting for continued outdoor lifestyle adventures, right on the Gulf of Mexico.

Aloha Chef Sam Choy, The Godfather of Poke

Sam Choy offers Hawaiian hospitality with poke shooters and a lesson on aloha.

Windsor-Detroit Funnel: “How Are You Going to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole World’s Dry?”

The Rum Runners Tour in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is a traveling play depicting real Prohibition characters. Whiskey sipping optional.

Geckos Like Chocolate, too – Before it’s Fully Processed

Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, supplies chocolate lovers all over the world.

Coffee At Its Best: “Crackulated Kona Coffee, Big Island, Hawaii

The Ue Shima Coffee Company (UCC) produces quality over quantity.

Farm-To-Table Tomatoes Hawaiian Style

Generations of farmers in Hawaii are combining ancient agricultural methods and common sense with modern technology to produce affordable food for every islander.

Bloodless Bullfight Bravado

Bloodless bullfighting, an art form in three acts. Lupita Lopez is one of the few female matadors in the world.


Louisville Tourism has much more than the Kentucky Derby to brag about.

Happy Feet in Las Vegas

The Palazzo/The Venetian hotels, Las Vegas, offer healthy eating, massages and swirling spas at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club.