Archive for March, 2007

Pudgie Pie (Pie Iron) Dessert Pies Recipe

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Dessert pudgie pies are easy to make and really delicious. They are satisfying ending to any camping meal. And you only need a few ingredients, 4 to be exact.

White bread
softened butter
canned pie filling, apple or cherry (but feel free to substitute any kind you like best)
ground cinnamon (if using apple or cherry pie filling)

For each pie, butter one side of two slices of bread. Place one slice, buttered side down, into the pie iron. Top with a couple tablespoons of your favorite pie filling. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon if using apple or cherry pie filling. Top with the second slice of bread, buttered side up.
Close the pie iron.
Cook over hot coals or glowing campfire wood.
Watch them carefully so the bread doesn’t burn. These only take 1-2 minutes per side in a hot fire.
When the bread is toasted and golden brown, remove the pudgie pie from the fire.
Put it on a plate, cut it in half and enjoy. If you’re feeling generous, give half your sandwich to another camper for them to savor.

The “Leave no Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics”

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

The Leave no Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (visit them at is a worldwide program dedicated to educating people on how to best leave the most minimal impact on areas they camp, bike, hike, run, fish, climb, ski, picnic, snowshoe, etc. (basically any outdoor activity). By leaving as little of an impact on an area as possible, that area is available for others to enjoy as well. For example, who wants to pull into a campsite and find that the previous occupants left it strewn with their trash?

Leave No Trace has seven principles
they encourage people to follow so the great outdoors stays great for everyone. They are:
1) Plan Ahead and Prepare
This means knowing the regulations and policies in the area you’ll be visiting along with being prepared for the weather you’ll encounter and being prepared for any hazards or emergencies.
2) Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
The most important things to remember here are to park your camper or pitch your tent on the designated areas in the campground and to stay on marked trails.
3) Dispose of Waste Properly
That means proper disposal of trash and garbage along with human waste. This waste management for hire is considered the best method of garbage and human waste disposal.
4) Leave What you Find
Yes, those flowers are pretty but don’t pick them; otherwise nobody else will be able to enjoy them. And yes, it seems innocent if you pick up just one interesting looking rock take home, but what if everyone did the same thing?
5) Minimize Campfire Impacts
A campfire is one of the most fun things about camping and is important for cooking and warmth when wilderness camping. But campfires can have a lasting negative impact on the environment so keep fires small; use a fire ring, fire pan, or build a mound fire; and put the campfire out completely when you are done.
6) Respect Wildlife
Don’t follow or try to get close to wildlife. They are wild animals, not pets. And don’t feed them. Whatever you feed them is most likely not good for them.
7) Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Treat other people like you would want to be treated. Be courteous, not loud and obnoxious.

While “Leave No Trace” is not a regulatory agency but rather a group that’s dedicated to teaching people about how to be kind to the environment and to preserve its beauty for generations to come.

For more information or to become a member, visit their website.

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Pudgie Pie Maker (Pie Iron) Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

If you’re hungry for warm, gooey, garlic cheese bread while camping, you don’t have to hike, bike, or walk to the nearest pizza place. You can make it yourself and enjoy it when it’s at its freshest, warmest, and gooiest.

Bread (plain ole white bread is the easiest but you can substitute french bread if you like – just put enough bread on each side of the pudgie pie maker to fill it so the cheese doesn’t leak out and burn)
softened butter
garlic salt
shredded mozzarella cheese

Butter one side of two slices of bread (or however many you need to fill two sides of a pudgie pie maker). Sprinkle the buttered side with garlic salt.
Place the buttered side down into one side of the pie iron.
Top with the shredded cheese.
Top with the other slice(s) of bread.
Close the pie iron.
Cook over hot coals or glowing campfire wood, but keep in a cooler part of the fire so the bread doesn’t burn before hte cheese melts.
When the bread is toasted golden brown on both sides, remove from the pie iron and enjoy it’s cheesy goodness.