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A few years ago, I had a real problem. My husband and I had taken our two youngest up north for a weekend of camping. When we opened up the chuck box, we realized that for some reason all of our cooking equipment hadn't been put away and the only cooking utensil I had to cook with was one wide blade chef's knife, kind of like this one. Let me tell you, I got really good with that knife. I was kind of like the 13 year old kid in the book by Gary Paulsen, Hatchet, who was able to survive in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash, with the use of his small hatchet. I could do everything, from chopping up whatever we needed, to flipping pancakes and eggs with that knife. The challenge of having to do everything with only a knife made the trip a challenge, and when I could handle it, it was so much fun and so rewarding! (That was also the trip when a young elk came down the path toward us and stared at us and stomped his foot at us. It was awesome!)
For me, cooking on the campfire has always been one of the highlights of camping. For one reason, food always tastes so good when you are out in the wilderness. I love a camp morning breakfast! The challenge of cooking in different ways is always a blast. One year, we found a really smooth flat rock. My husband cleaned it off really well and built the fire right by/semi-under it and it got nice and hot and we cooked our eggs and bacon right on that rock. The kids thought that was really cool!
Well, guess what! Today is National Campfire Day! So, in honor of that day I have chosen this as our Friday Fave question:
What do you love to cook on your campfire?
As soon as the question was asked, Lindsey said, "I call Peach Cobbler!" She continued, " Growing up the only time I remember having peach cobbler was when we went camping. (If you made it any other time, Mom, I guess I wasn't paying attention.) But, you always made it when we went camping. It was tradition and I looked forward to it every time. Peach cobbler was like family time to me and whenever I have it now, it is comforting. I didn't know people made cobbler when they weren't camping until I was in college!" Ha Ha! I know I made it other times when we weren't camping, but it is cool that she has those good memories of the camping times.
One thing that I used to make to take up with us camping is a recipe called Bierocks! I would actually make those in advance to take up. They are bread dough filled with shredded beef, onions and cabbage and whatever other veggies you would like to add to them. Madalynn says she loves them because they are so customizable and filling! You could grab them out of the ice chest and eat them cold, or wrap them in foil, throw them on the coals and warm them up. Bierocks are versatile like that! They are great for picnics and hikes. (That is another recipe I will have to share!)
Alicia says that she likes s'mores because they are classic and delicious. I know that she lived in a house with a fire pit when she was in college and while she was dating her husband, they would often make s'mores together. Consequently, at their wedding reception, there was a S'mores Bar.
Alicia said that she also loves banana boats because you can load whatever you want in them and they are also super delicious.
I asked my son, Jacob, what he liked to cook over the campfire and he said hamburgers and hot dogs! The old classics are great. And, there is something awesome about staring into the fire as you roast a hot dog on a stick, or a marshmallow, or don't forget the stuff 'm sticks! But, for me, I guess I have to pick anything we make in the Dutch Oven!
I have given you some recipes that we love in the past. Here is a Dutch Oven Breakfast Casserole! And, this Blueberry Cobbler can also be done with cherries or peaches or apples in the Dutch oven! They are all so good, and like I said, cooking them in the Dutch Oven in the outdoors makes them taste even better!
So, let us know what you like to cook on your campfire! What do you put in your foil dinners? We always like to try something new, even in our backyard fire pit! Oh! And don't forget the roasting sticks!
Here are some of the things we talked about:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!