Archive for November, 2017

Campfire Recipe: Chicken and Biscuits Bake

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Frankly, I do love one pot meals and this is so true when it comes to camping but………….I also like home cooked meals and sometimes these two conditions do not match. In this case they do, and it is delicious. Beyond being a one pot dish, this recipe allows me to use leftovers and/or cook once eat twice concept. While I do not recommend this if you do not have refrigeration or at least a cooler full of ice, it is nice to precook your meat the night before and use leftover vegetables. To make this dish a special treat, consider using a biscuit mix to create drop biscuits instead of using the pop and bake kind.

Campfire Recipe:  Chicken and Biscuits Bake

Ingredients

Spray or liquid oil

10 ounce can of condensed cream of celery soup

10 ounce can of condensed cream of potato soup

1 cup of milk

¼ teaspoon of dried thyme

¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper

4 cups of canned or cut and freshly cooked mixed vegetables

2 to 3 cups of cooked chicken, cut up into bite size pieces

7 ounce package of refrigerator biscuits, variety up to you

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Steps

  1. Build fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Using a 12 inch Dutch oven, lightly grease the pan with liquid or spray oil.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the soups, milk, black pepper, and chicken.
  4. Crush the thyme and add to the bowl in step 3.
  5. If using canned vegetables, drain and rinse the vegetable prior to adding to the bowl in step 3. I using fresh, cook the vegetables until they are slightly soft and still crunchy. Drain any fluid from the cooking process. Add to the bowl in step 3.
  6. Stir the contents of the bowl and pour into 12 inch Dutch oven.
  7. Place lid on Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
  8. Arrange 12 prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  9. Put 12 inch Dutch oven on this circle of coals and cover the lid with prepared coals.
  10. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  11. Once the time has passed, remove the lid carefully and add the biscuits.
  12. Place the lid back on and cook for 12 to 15 minutes. Since there are many factors in the cooking time, remove the lid at the 12 minute mark to check for biscuit doneness. Adjust cooking time as needed.
  13. After the biscuits are done, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the circle of coals.

Serve.

Camp Fire Recipe: Salmon and Corn Chowder

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Homemade soup is not out of the possibility when it comes to camping. In actuality, all it takes is a little planning and organizing meals so that extras like bacon for breakfast can be used up for the evening meal. The best part is that your family and camping guest are going to think you spent hours alongside the camp fire. I won’t tell if you won’t.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Salmon and Corn Chowder

Ingredients

Spray or liquid oil

3 slices of bacon

1 medium onion

2 garlic cloves

2 Tablespoons of flour

2 ½ cup of reduced sodium chicken broth

1 pound of red potatoes

1 medium bell pepper any color

2 cups of frozen corn, thawed

Black pepper

1 pound of salmon fillet

1 cup of low fat milk

Fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried

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Steps

  1. Build a fire to prepare the coals for cooking.
  2. Grease a 10 or 12 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Place a grilling rack over the fire.
  4. Cut the bacon crosswise into thin strips. Put in Dutch oven.
  5. Place Dutch oven on grilling rack. Cook bacon until crisp. This will take about 10 minutes.
  6. While the bacon is cooking, coarsely chop the onion. Set aside.
  7. Mince the 2 cloves of garlic and set aside.
  8. Once the bacon is done, place paper towels on a plate. Put the cooked bacon on the paper towels to drain.
  9. Add the processed onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  10. Add the flour to the Dutch oven. Stir and cook until you no longer see flour.
  11. Place the chicken broth in Dutch oven.
  12. Cut unpeeled red potatoes into ½ inch cubes. Add to Dutch oven.
  13. Remove Dutch oven from grilling rack and place directly into coals.
  14. Put lid on Dutch oven and cover with as many coals as possible.
  15. Cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes have become soft when forked.
  16. While the potatoes are cooking, dice the bell pepper and sit aside.
  17. Once the potatoes are soft, mash half of them with a potato masher to thicken up the sauce.
  18. Add the bell pepper, corn, and black pepper to taste.  Cook 5 more minutes.
  19. Cut the salmon into ½ inch cubes, add to Dutch oven.
  20. Add milk to the Dutch oven. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the salmon begins to flake.
  21. Once this has happened, remove the Dutch oven from the heat; add ¼ cup of fresh dill or 2 teaspoons of dried.

When serving, top with cooked bacon.

Tent Safety Tips

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

When it comes to tent camping, you can never be too careful. What do I mean by that? Well, I have two stories to bring my point to light.

This first story has to do with my grandmother and the fair. You see the fair had several tents and tarps set up for food and shelter for the animals. As my grandmother was walking through the fair, she was not aware of the ropes coming off the tents and into the stakes in the ground. Frankly, this is really puzzling to me since she was an avid camper. Well, as she was walking, she tripped over one of the tent stakes. Or, I should say her body went over the stake but her foot got caught in the ropes and remained on the ground. As a result, she developed a stress fracture in her ankle, and had to wear an ankle brace amazon. All of this could have been prevented using the tip below. If you’re part of a group who enjoy the great outdoors, then you must try camping. If you’re going with a large party, then it makes sense to consider a tent that sleeps up to 12 people, Oemsie is the solution. This means you don’t have to erect lots of smaller tents. You can all be together on the same pitch and enjoy one another’s company whilst on your vacation.

tent.safety.tipsThe easiest way of keeping people from tripping over ropes and stakes is to make them visible. I like to first paint my tent stakes with glow in the dark paint. While this would not have helped my grandmother, it would have made them visible during nighttime activities at the fair. The second thing I like to do is to cover them with something brightly colored. When my grandmother went to the fair, the only choice was to use brightly colored ropes. Today, we can use that technique or simply cut pool noodles lengthwise and slip them over the ropes. This makes them easily seen and provides a cushion for anyone that walks into the ropes.

The second story I like to share from a trip to Yellowstone that my daughter and I took several years ago. In just, my daughter could not remember which tent she was in. You see we went with my son’s Boy Scout troop along with my daughter’s Venture Crew. To keep an eye on everyone, the troop provided a tent. While this was wonderful, the problem was they were all the same. In the past, a boy walking into the wrong tent was no problem but when girls came into the picture, tent identification became very important. To prevent any confusion, I came up with a simple technique that is cheap and easy to achieve. What is it? Well, it is a ribbon and glow stick. Tying a ribbon to the zipper pull made identifying the correct tent easy. The glow stick came into play during the evening when the ribbon would not be visible. My daughter could now go to the bathroom, shower house or anywhere else without mom tagging along. No more hearing the screams of surprise when my daughter walked into the wrong tent.

While these two examples of tent safety are unique, it is always important to keep a safe camp and that includes your tent.