Archive for April, 2019

Campfire Recipe: Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad with Cheese

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

My husband and I have a culinary agreement when we go camping and that is that we will have at least one salad a day. While this changes somewhat when we are camping out in the backcountry, there is no deviation when it comes to camping at a campground. This is especially true in the summer when fresh vegetables are plentiful, both on the road and in my own backyard.

The other reason I like this dish is the fact that it is simple to get kids involved in the preparation, which makes them want to eat it. If they are too young to cut the vegetables, they can easily be involved in preparing the dressing for the salad. I really like it to pair with organic cottage cheese and it is delicious.

Keep in mind though, if this dressing is not something your taste buds enjoy, by all means create your own and enjoy. Just keep in mind fire safety, never leave your “stove” unattended while there are still hot coals under it, the time somebody did this their tent caught on fire and they needed to call fire damage restoration services for their help.

Campfire Recipe:  Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad with Cheese


Spray or liquid oil

4 Tablespoons olive oil

1 pound of red and/orange bell peppers

1 red onion

1 pound eggplant

½ zucchini

3 cloves of garlic

¾ teaspoon of ground cumin

¾ teaspoon of smoked paprika

½ teaspoon of salt

¼ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

3 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 romaine lettuce head

4 ounces of soft cheese like goat



  1. Start a fire to prepare the coals for cooking.
  2. Oil the inside of a 10 inch Dutch oven.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the Dutch oven.
  4. Prepare the vegetables first by washing and then slicing. Peppers will need to be seeded and then cut into 1 inch pieces. Slice the red onion and cut the eggplant into 1 inch pieces. Place these vegetable into the prepared Dutch oven.
  5. Cut the zucchini into 1 inch pieces. Add to Dutch oven.
  6. Mince garlic and add to Dutch oven. Top the ingredients in the Dutch oven with cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir and top with lid.
  7. Move the filled Dutch oven to a heat resistant location.
  8. Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle and top with Dutch oven.
  9. Cover the lid with 24 prepared coals and cook for 35 minutes.
  10. Once the time has passed, gently remove the lid and check the doneness of vegetables.
  11. Drizzle the roasted vegetables with 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.
  12. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining olive oil and vinegar.
  13. To this bowl, add the leaves of the romaine and stir to coat.
  14. Divide this lettuce mixture between 4 plates.
  15. Top the lettuce leaves with roasted vegetables.

Divide and crumble the soft cheese between the 4 plates. Serve.

Camp Fire Recipe: Dutch Oven Baked Lemon-Garlic Artichokes

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Growing up, I was introduced to artichokes through a can. I knew where they came from in real-life but never really had them in their natural state because my mother did not know how to fix them and my dad was truly not that thrilled with their neither appearance nor taste. So my artichoke journey continued either packed in water or oil, nothing else until I moved out on my own. Nothing beats a meal cooked over the campfire, but you'll need the right cookware. Techie Camper has reviewed the best dutch ovens for camping, perfect for making everything from breakfast skillets to searing steaks over a hot fire in the woods.

My husband had worked in many different types of restaurants and one he worked at was a “true” Italian establishment. The owner had invited us over for dinner and behold what was on the table but fresh artichokes. No cans, oil or water packed, simply Mother Nature grown, harvested, and prepared with the freshest ingredients. I was in artichoke heaven and felt I had won the culinary lottery.

After dinner, I inquired how he fixed them. Well, a man of few words would rather show than tell you so off to the kitchen to fix another round of artichokes, which I was not complaining about. While that has been many years ago, I never forgot and took his technique and made it my own with a few alterations, It's surprising how people often overlook these lightweight hiking backpack supplies that can be extremely useful when trekking for miles. Below is my camp fire version of this delectable dish, which by the way has my mouth watering. Oh, I cannot wait until artichoke season.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Dutch Oven Baked Lemon-Garlic Artichokes


Liquid or spray oil

3 to 4 fresh artichokes with stems attached

3 to 4 lemons

6 to 8 cloves of garlic

Bottle of extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

Aluminum foil



  1. Prepare the coals by first building a fire.
  2. Prepare the 10 inch Dutch oven by coating the inside with liquid or spray oil. Please note:  this Dutch oven size is for average sized artichokes.
  3. Depending on the number of artichokes, pull out large squares of foil for each artichoke double. Example, if you have three artichokes you will need six squares of foil. Set aside.
  4. Cut ½ inch off the top of each artichoke and slice in half down the length of the vegetable.
  5. Remove the purple leaves in the middle along with hairy fibers.
  6. Peel garlic cloves and slice lemons in half.
  7. Taking one square of foil, place one half of an artichoke on foil and squeeze a half a lemon on the outside and inside of the artichoke. Place one clove of garlic in the center of the artichoke.
  8. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Wrap foil around prepared artichoke half, place in Dutch oven and repeat.
  10. Add the lid and move the filled Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  11. Arrange 10 prepared coals on this surface and top with the 10 inch Dutch oven.
  12. Completely cover the lid with prepared coals.

Cook for 50 minutes. At that time, check for doneness. If tender, serve. If you still feel a bit of resistance, cook for another 10 minutes. Enjoy.