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Apr 29, 2010

Retro Camp Kitchen

"Camp Cooking." Part of a collection of postcard images of Culver Academy copyrighted 1913, generously loaned the library by Martha Payson Ryman.

In the 1940's, cooking was very different than how it is today. People would often eat such foods as baked plums, frozen corn, carrots, pigeons, and bananas. The most common way to cook your food was by frying in grease and then freezing it overnight.
From WikiAnswers

Camp Cooking 100 Years $9.95
Jam-packed with over 100 years of history and cooking, this cook book is ideal for both the rustic retreat and camp

Coleman Stainless-Steel Cooler $220
Originally introduced in 1954

American Retro Classic Flying A Picnic Cooler $150
Replicas of the 1940's through 1950's all steel "six pack"
Limited edition

The Cozy Cruiser Classic Deluxe takes teardrop camp trailers to a new level

TIP: Basket for Table

TO END OUR MONTH OF FOOD AND CAMPING - May will be Camping and Children
I am re-posting this camping tip:

ast year I got tiered of digging in the bear box every time I wanted to eat, drink or just grab a napkin.
I tried this, I used a basket with a handle at loaded it with:
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins/Paper towel roll (used size so it's smaller)
  • Paper cups
  • Dixy cups for kids or little sip of something
  • Unscented wet wipes
  • Small plastic bin with eating utensils next to basket
  • Use a dishtowel to cover top when not in use
  • Don't forget to bring a table cloth
OMGoodness this was the best idea ever. Now it's ready to go, doesn't need to be in bear box. (unscented wet wipes opt.) and one less thing to dig for. I found mine at the thrift shore. Make sure it has a handle and is open on top to allow for the plates to stand up. I listed a few baskets below to show you the types that I think work. Of course if your using real plates then find a basket to hold the size of your ware.

Oh yes and the basket looks super cute too. Glamps things up a bit you know. Heck pick some greens, flowers or just pickup a few pine cones or rocks and add them to the table and your lookin' smart!


Apr 27, 2010

TIP - Half & Half For My Coffee

When you drink coffee w/ half & half no substitute will do, not even whole milk. On the other hand seeing your milk leak into the cooler water is icky and just a bad start to a morning with so much potential. I have tried pouring small amounts of half & half into a plastic container and so far it has leaked every time. This little pint size container with the screw lid is the best way to go as far as I'm concerned.

They don't leak ! They do cost a bit more though.

About a month prior to my camping extravaganza I will start looking for them when I do my shopping. Many times they are on sale and the expiration date is far enough out that it is safe to buy in advance.

Happy Coffee Campers!

Apr 24, 2010


Campfire Cake In An Orange Shell

I actually don't care for cake. I have to say though that this is one of the best cakes I've eaten. It is incredibly moist. You can really make this recipe your own. Add nuts, chocolate chips, rum, any cake mix really. Because it cooks in an orange it turns out very moist and creamy.
Do give this a try and have the kids help it's fun to make.

One 8 oz. box of Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix
(or Use 1/2 recipe good for 3 oranges made from scratch)
6 Large Oranges
Water per box instructions
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Wax Paper Optional
Ziploc Storage Bag
Knife and spoon

Mix dry ingredients into a plastic bag prior to packing for camp trip

Store in a cool place


Add water

If making from scratch then add egg & oil to bag

Do this just before cooking at campsite

Mix with your fingers right inside bag

Cut top off of oranges and scoop center out and eat

Nip tip off of baggie tip and empty into orange shell leaving room at top

Wrap in wax paper and foil with orange put back together

Cook in hot coals or grill for 20 minutes turning a few times
Or cook at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes

Apr 20, 2010

FUN FIND - Milk Frother

This is an older post re-posted but it's just so fab. that I wanted to remind you of how wonderful this simple little diddy is for camping.

My girlfriend Gena just gave me one of these for the fun of it. Immediately I thought how great it would be for Camping In Style Coffee.

It's a mini battery operated milk frother. I used it this morning and by golly it worked GREAT!

They start at $3 at Ikea and go up to $25. They take two batteries and whip the milk into a frothy cloud of camp-a-chino goodness.

Note To Self: Pack securely so the stem doesn't bend.


Happy Hour @ The Campground

In my 20's the drink de jour was any beer someone brought or a Bacardi and coke

In my 30's it was a Belvedere Martini, two olives, dry, up

In my 40's drinking it's a glass of wine with an occasional cocktail or micro brew

When I plan group camp trips I often make the first night "Happy Hour" at our site and ask my fellow campers to bring an appetizer. This is a great way to break in the weekend as well as an easy dinner for everyone who just set up camp and doesn't feel like cooking a full meal.


Waiter Bottle Opener
This type of opener is great and compact. It can cut the cap off of a wine bottle as well as open it and opens bottled beer and other beverages as well. These range from $5 up. From your local grocery store to Williams Sanoma these are easy to find.


Unbreakable Glasses
Plastic or stainless steel sets cost about $26 and seems to be the best choices here. Check out these favorites.

Travel Bar and Flasks

These are totally fun. They run about $ 40 - $100. Keep in mind most of these sets have real glasses. You can use real or replace with plastic. I've used both, but now with a child I keep it unbreakable. Shop picnic sites like the ones listed below. The one shown above is from Picnic World for $45.

Guide Gear® Camp Bar Cupboard

OK just go for the gusto with this piece and make it official "The Bar Is Open" Keep in mind though that in most campsites you wont be able to leave food in it overnight. I could see using this bar in a variety ways. It says it has a built in cooler. If you want one of these your going to have to keep checking as they seem to be sold out everywhere and cost $70. Check these locations to buy.

The Sportsman's Guide



1/4 fresh lime
1 Tbsp of frozen lime aide
2 Tbsp of water
1 Tbsp of cointreau or triple sec
Shot of tequila
Large handful ice
Kosher salt for rim optional

Run lime along rim of glass and dip in salt
Mix ingredients in glass
Add ice to glass if having over the rocks
Blend in blender with ice if having a blended margarita


Splash dry vermouth
1/4 cup top shelf vodka or gin
Large green olive or lemon rind to flavor

Fill a mixing glass with ice
Add vodka or gin
Add vermouth
Strain into drinking glass
Add garnish

non alcoholic beer is an option

1 part ginger ale or ginger beer
1 par beer

Pour equal amounts of ginger ale and beer over ice in a tall glass

Apr 18, 2010

FUN FIND - Collapsible Food Prep Tools

You may have seen these around lately. I found a bunch of collapsible bowls at Grocery Outlet a few weeks ago. I wasn't interested in buying the bowls mostly because I have a collection of stainless steel bowls I have collected from thrift store runs. Check these out for other handy space savers. After doing some poking around I found quite a few handy tools. Mostly at Sur La Table and Simply Smart Living or Amazon.


Prepara® Collapsible Potato Masher $20

Over The Sink Dish Drainer $20

Collapsible Salad Spinner $30
Fozzils Duet Collapsible Cookware $25

Rosle Red Collapsible Colander $35

Progressive International 5-Piece Set of Collapsible Measuring Cups


Joseph Joseph Folding Colander comes in a rainbow of colors including pink $20

Fold Flat Grater by Joseph Joseph $20

Apr 15, 2010

Campfire Cafe For Outdoor Cooking

Campfire Cafe is a TV program that shows how to cook gourmet over the open fire. From their website you can watch their shows, find recipes and lots of cooking ideas including how to set up cowboy cookware etc...

This is something you can do in your backyard or simplify it for a campsite. They even show you how to build a fire ring.

Most of the recipes are just like cooking at home but using the open fire for your heat source.

I found this site to be great for teaching me how to use and care for cast iron and how to get the temperature just right from an open fire. Also how to make cakes and other tricks to cooking over the open fire.

Campfire Cafe Home
Cowboy Cookware And Set Up
Campfire Cafe Articles
Camping In Style Recipes

A few of the posts to fallow for our month long Camping Food Posts:
  • Camp Cocktails
  • Make Cake
  • Camp Cooking With Kids
  • Fun Finds

Naked BBQ

How is this for inspiring BBQ tools. The photo is from an unknown source.

Apr 10, 2010

Setting Up A Camp Kitchen

How Much Stuff Do I need?

Use what you have at home already, buy new or better yet shop at the thrift store. It depends on how much camping you plan on doing. Taking a bin and throwing in what you have from your home kitchen is a great idea. When you get home it all ends up in the dishwasher to sanitize anyhow? am I right? Again we want Camping In Style - without the extra work or breaking the bank.
Your car camping for goodness sakes, it's not like you have to backpack it in or anything so stop using rinky dink cooking gear go for the real stuff. Bringing an extra table or a kitchen set up like the picture above is optional. For many years I just used the end of the pic nic table and bear box to set up my kitchen. Now I have an extra table and am thinking about using a piece of camp furniture made to set up a kitchen.
What are your thoughts and questions about weather to use a kitchen set up or not?

  • A two burner camp stove and fuel
  • Cooler
  • Large clear plastic bin for cooking gear
  • Small clear plastic bin for utensils
  • Plates and eating utensils
  • Fryer
  • Boiling pan
  • Sauce pa
  • Lids
  • Dutch oven optional and a whole topic unto itself
  • A few good kitchen knifes
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cutting board etc.... SEE CAMP CHECKLIST for details 
PAPER PLATES vs. Eco Friendly Real Plates
OK this is one thing I've been stubborn about and finally my husband has won this debate. I love the earth and like being kind to it. Yes I use heavy duty paper plates. I toss the dirty ones into our wood pile to start our camp fire (FYI campfire is not environmentally friendly either). Allot has changed for me now that I have a child and husband camping with me. Either way your really have to think "What will make camping more enjoyable" I like to hold the image of a decadent Victorian pic nic. The paper plates have won for now.
Next you will need to find a place to prep/cut your food, cook, serve and store food all within close range. NEVER NEVER! NEAR WHERE YOU SLEEP! Having this area close to the "bear (box) pantry" will help make life easier.


  • Use what you have from home
  • Shop at a thrift store or Craigslist before buying new
  • Designate your camp gear in a bins and store in garage for repeat trips
  • See Camp Checklist for detail list of things to pack
  • Paper plates or real you decide
  • Plastic or silver ware is up to you as well
  • Use a wicker magazine basket to hold your eating supplies on table SEE TIP
  • Use a small plastic container to hold silver ware
  • A two burner camp stove
  • Two containers of propane always have an extra or fuel
  • Your food and cook area should be at least 30' from tent
  • Set up prep area near bear box
  • Have your food organized in clear plastic bins
  • Eat dinner well before dark so you can see

Apr 9, 2010

FUN FIND - Instant Hot Water

Hot Water on Demand Portable Water Heater

I couldn't believe my eyes, INSTANT HOT WATER! OK I'm saving up for this one. If you shop around you can find this for as cheap as $200 on Amazon or about $250 through Colman and other sites. Don't forget shipping charges.

Heats cold water to over 100o F in less than five seconds WOW !

Can be used to wash dishes, make tea or take a shower

Apr 8, 2010

Morning Joe

Honestly I could buy a new and more clever way to make coffee every year. I love my Morning Joe and it's so fun to see all the gadgets they have to make camping coffee great! Here are a few that I found entertaining, stylish and unique-ish. Click on the product information to right to go to link.


This unique gadget is a Presso comes from Australia and can be purchased from PressoUSA for $150