Archive for February, 2018

Camp Fire Recipe: The Very, Very Easiest Fruit Cobbler

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Believe it or not, this is one of the first recipes that my grandmother taught me how to cook in a Dutch oven. While it is very basic, the taste is not. The simple approach to this dessert came from the fact that my grandmother lived through the depression. Anything and everything was used. If you had stale bread, you did not throw it out. Instead, you made dressing, bread pudding or this dish. Since my grandmother loved sweets, you can imagine which she picked most of the time.

While the bread noted in this recipe is sliced white bread, you really can use what you have around the camp kitchen. This includes the ends of loaves, leftover hamburger or hot dog buns, and/or even sweet breads like raisin or cinnamon. Do not worry if you do not have enough of one kind. Mixing different types of bread creates a wonderful, one of a kind dessert that your camping friends and family will ask for time and time again. The best part is you made a delicious dish while saving money and cleaning out the camp pantry.

Camp Fire Recipe:  The Very, Very Easiest Fruit Cobbler

Ingredients

Liquid or spray oil

2 29-ounces cans of fruit, your choice, drained

6 to 7 slices of white bread

1 ½ cup of granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 egg

1 stick of butter or margarine

Ground cinnamon

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Steps

  1. Prepare your coals by building a fire.
  2. Using a 10 inch Dutch oven, lightly grease it with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Take the white bread slices and cut away the crust.
  4. Cut prepared white bread slices into 4 inch strips.
  5. Pour the 2 cans of fruit into the 10 inch Dutch oven.
  6. Place the 4 inch strips on top of the fruit.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the granulated sugar, and all-purpose flour.
  8. Beat egg and put in small bowl with sugar and flour.
  9. Soften the butter and add to small bowl. Mix with fork.
  10. Pour over bread slices.
  11. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  12. Put lid on Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
  13. Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface. Place the 10 inch Dutch oven on this ring.
  14. Cover the lid with 20 prepared coals.
  15. Cook for 50 minutes.
  16. About 15 minutes before the cobbler is to be done, replenish 6 to 7 of the coals on top with fresh ones.
  17. Once the time period has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the ring of coals.

Serve.

Campfire Recipe: The Duke’s Soufflé

Monday, February 19th, 2018

There are many stories as to whether the “Duke” gave this recipe out but regardless it is a delicious addition to your camping cookbook that is perfect for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. But…..as you know me, I have to change it up a bit. Before I get to this though, let me tell you a brief story.

You see, my husband had requested this dish on a camp outing that we were planning. As luck would have it, I thought I had green chilies in the camp supplies. I also thought I had picked up plain Monterey Jack cheese. Boy was I wrong on both accounts. We I got to camp, I did not have any green chilies but I had fresh green peppers. When I pulled out the cheese, to my surprise, I had pepper jack. Since I did not want to go to the store nor did I want to delay the dish, I decided to use what I had. The hotness of the pepper jack was just enough and I really did not miss the green chilies. On the other hand, the thinly sliced green peppers added a sweetness that the original recipe seemed to lack. All in all, both approaches to this recipe produce a hardy and delicious dish that your camping family will ask for again and again.

Campfire Recipe:  The Duke’s Soufflé

Ingredients

Spray or liquid oil

1 pound of Monterey Jack cheese

1 pound of Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese

2 4 ounce cans of green chilies

4 eggs

1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

2/3 cup of evaporated milk

½ teaspoon of salt

1/8 teaspoon of black pepper

2 fresh tomatoes

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Steps

  1. Build a fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Lightly grease a 12 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Grate the Monterey Jack cheese and set aside. Repeat with the extra sharp cheddar cheese.
  4. Drain the green chilies. Remove the seeds and dice.
  5. Add the grated Monterey Jack cheese first to the 12 inch Dutch oven.
  6. Top the grated Monterey Jack cheese with the extra sharp cheddar cheese.
  7. On top of the extra sharp cheddar cheese add green chilies.
  8. In two separate bowls, separate the yolks from the whites of the four eggs.
  9. Slightly beat the egg yolks. Add the flour, evaporated milk, salt and black pepper. Mix completely.
  10. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and then lightly mix into the egg yolks.
  11. Gently pour the egg mixture over the cheese layers in the Dutch oven.
  12. Thinly slice the tomatoes and lay them down around the edge of the Dutch oven. Make sure that they overlap some along with the edges pushed down into the batter.
  13. Place the lid on the Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
  14. Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle. Put the Dutch oven on the circle of coals.
  15. Put 16 to 18 coals on the lid.
  16. In 40 minutes, gently knock off the coals from the lid. Move the 12 inch Dutch oven off the circle of coals.

Remove lid and serve.

Light My Fire – How to Extend the Life of a Lit Match

Monday, February 12th, 2018

In the past, I have written about how to make your own waterproof matches, how to create a fire kit and other fire related blogs but………..I have never wrote one on how to extend the life of the match. Well, it really is not extending the life of the match instead it is more like extending the life of the flame. Below are simple instructions for making this camping staple. Ok, I know now you are going, why do I need to extend the life of the flame. Well, let me tell you a story.

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Consider this situation, you are in the woods primitive camping and it has been misting rain and snow all day. You know that fine mist that slowly gets everything wet but not dripping wet just damp. Well, you have gathered your tinder from your bag or the ground. Fluffed everything up and you strike a match. You see, you have been out for a month and have a limited amount of matches. You did pack other means by which to light a fire but a spark from a flint and steal is not going to get it. What you really need is a concentrated flame on your tinder. This is where the extended flame match comes into play.

Having a match that will hold a flame a bit longer than a few seconds can mean the difference between a warm night’s sleep or a shivering ball of misery. These matches are so easy to make, it is a good idea to carry several with you. No, you do not need to use these every time you go to light a fire but for those damp, hard to light campfires having a match with an extended flame life is invaluable. Below are the simple instructions to make your own extended flame life matches.

When it comes to the list of supplies you will need there are very few. First, you will need a box of matches not a book of matches. The stem on the matches in a book are not strong enough to hold the next item on the supply list and that is dental floss. Yes, I said dental floss. Why dental floss? Well, first the fact is that dental floss is string. Second, if you get the waxed covered then you have essentially a wick and a very small candle. The last item is optional since your dental floss has a cutting edge but if yours is broke then pick up a pair of scissors.

Now that you have all your supplies together, simply pull off a long string of the dental floss and wrap it around the match below the match head. Do not worry about whether or not it will catch. If you have every struck a match, you know that this is not a problem.

Once you have several matches done, you can simply put them back in the box or in a waterproof container of your choice. With this simple project, you have now created a match that will stay lit so that your tinder has a chance to light even in trying times.