Friday, October 24, 2014

Camp Cooks Score Big with Small Stoves

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* Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week
* Camp cook tip of the week
* Camp and RV Recipe of the Week

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 Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week

Stuffing Stuffed Shells
    This easy, economical casserole is easily made ahead of time to nuke later for tghe potluck table.

16 jumbo pasta shells, cooked al dente and drained
2 cups stuffing mix
Water or broth*
2 cans chunk chicken, shredded
2 cups frozen peas
½ stick butter
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup low fat sour cream
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
    Set the cooked pasta shells aside. Add water or broth to the stuffing mix until it sticks
together. Mix in chicken and peas. Melt butter in the casserole and spread it around it to coat the bottom. Stuff the shells and arrange them in a greased casserole. At this point you can cover the casserole and keep it cold.
    To proceed, set the oven to 350 degrees and let the casserole warm at room temperature for 30 minutes if chilled. Whisk the soup, sour cream and parsley flakes and drizzle over shells. Bake only until heated through, about 20 minutes. Makes 16 potluck servings.
*Include juice from the canned chicken
See more of Janet Groene’s easy recipes, including a pantry recipe for emergencies,  at Boat Cook.

 
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Camp Cook idea of the week: make mac and cheese with smoked gouda for a change. Tastes meater, more outdoorsy.

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Camp and RV Recipe of the Week 
Skillet Coffee Cake
1 stick butter, divided
½ cup chopped nuts
½ cup butter brick baking bits (such as Heath)
1 vanilla cake mix, divided
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped nuts

    Start with a cold, heavy, 12-inch skillet, preferably cast aluminum. Melt half the butter in the skillet and swirl it around with the sugar and nuts. Set aside to cool.
            Reserve a cup of cake mix and whisk the rest with 3 eggs, ½ cup vegetable oil and ½ cup water. Pour half the batter into the pan. Mix reserved cake mix with brown sugar and nuts and sprinkle over the batter.  Top with remaining batter.
    Cover tightly and place over low/medium heat, using a flame tamer if necessary. (Foods with high sugar content burn easily.) After 15 minutes, quickly check on the cake. Then check every 5 minutes until it’s springy to the touch and pulling slightly away from edges of the pan.
    Let cool 5 minutes. Turn out the cake and cut in wedges.Serves 8 to 10.
    Cook’s note: stove-top baking takes practice. Get to know your stove and your pans. The goal is to envelop the cake in even heat without burning it on the bottom. This recipe can be made in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven if you have a large heat surface such as a bed of coals. However, cast iron doesn’t spread head as well over a small camp stove burner.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Camping Meals Can Be Swift but Sensational

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 Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week

Pork ‘n Penne One Dish
    Make and serve this in a stove-to-table skillet or put it in a micro-ware dish to re-warm  at the last minute.

2 pounds learn ground pork
Salt, and pepper
Medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon mixed Italian seasoning
28- to 32-ounce can diced tomatoes
16--ounce can tomato sauce
1 ½ cups water
3 cups penne pasta
½ cup grated Parmesan or other hard cheese

    Fry out the pork in a large skillet, sprinkling meat lightly with salt and pepper. Break pork into crumbles and stir in onion to soften them. Spoon off any excess fat. Add Italian seasoning, tomatoes, tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil and stir in penne. Reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring after 5 minutes. Continue cooking until penne is done to taste. Fold in cheese and serve hot. Serves 10 to 12.

See Janet Groene’s snack recipes to make in big batches for a party or  to package in snack bags for the pocket or backpack. Homemade is healthier. You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own trail mixes. Go to Create A Gorp.

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Camp and RV Recipe of the Week
Desperation Dinner:

Curried Beef
 
    We’ve all been there. By the time you get to the campground and hook up, you’re just too tired to cook. Tuck these ingredients away in their own bag or box so they’ll be ready. Curry is a peasant meal made royal by the addition of accompaniments. 



    Did you know that curry accompaniments are called “boys”? That’s because  rijsttafel feasts in Indonesia were served by young men, each with a platter of a different condiment. A proper evening came with as many as a dozen or more “boys” to serve over the basic curry dish.  


Beef Curry Can-Can
   
2 cans, 10-to-12 ounces each, roast beef in gravy
2 tablespoons curry powder (more or less to taste)
1 or 2 cans, 15 ounces each, sliced or diced potatoes, drained
15- or 8-ounce can diced or sliced carrots, drained
1  tablespoon cornstarch


    Drain beef and save juices. Using clean scissors, cut up beef in the can. Stir beef and
curry powder in a saucepan or skillet  to coat well. Add vegetables over low heat. Stir cornstarch into ½ cup cold water and stir over medium heat until everything is bubbling. If sauce is too thick, add a little more water, broth or red wine. Serve with accompaniments of your choice. Serves 6 to 8.

Curry Accompaniments (Choose one or more. This list is just a start.)
Mango chutney       Crushed or dried pineappleShredded coconut         Chopped cashews
Sliced scallions         Shredded radish
Raisins                  Chopped, pitted dates
Chopped peanuts          Diced fresh melon

    

Friday, October 10, 2014

RVolutionary Recipes for Camping, Motorhome, Tenting

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Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week

Peachy Party Poppers

    If you make your own meatballs keep them small, no more than a tablespoon each. They should he bite size for easier eating. When party goers ask for the recipe, tell them you saw it at CampAndRVCook.blogspot.com. 

2 packages, 12 to 16 ounces each, small meatballs, thawed
16-ounce can tomato sauce (2 cups)

1 cup water
1/2 cup white or brown sugar

1 packet peach flavor gelatin dessert mix
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
10-ounce jar peach jam 
    Empty meatballs into a slow cooker or micro-ware casserole dish. In a small saucepan
whisk tomato sauce, water, sugar, cloves, vinegar, gelatin dessert mix and peach jam over low heat until sugar and gelatin dissolve. Pour over meatballs and heat through. Provide skewers for spearing. Serve as an appetizer at the potluck. Serves 20.

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This week’s Pantry Recipe of the Week, made entirely with ingredients on the shelf, is found at Boat Cook.

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Camp and RV Recipe of the Week


Your Own Italian Sausage
For a small family you might make one master batch of this sausage and prepare it a different way each time for two or three days running. 

2 pounds ground turkey
1 tablespoon each fennel seed and dried, crumbled rosemary
1 teaspoon each dried thyme, garlic granules, crumbled dried sage
Salt, pepper

    In a large skillet, fry out the turkey, breaking it up as you go. Keep frying as you stir in
fennel, rosemary, thyme, garlic and sage. Cover and simmer until flavors blend and turkey is done. When it’s thoroughly cooked add salt and pepper to taste.
What’s next?
*Add tomato sauce and serve over pasta OR
* Stir in drained, rinsed chickpeas and a can of diced tomatoes. Heat through and serve in soup plates OR
* Add chopped zucchini and a can of diced tomatoes and simmer until zucchini is crisp-tender. Serve over rice OR
*  Make sausage gravy. Stir 4 tablespoons cornstarch into two cups cold water and heat with sausage until thickened. Spoon over cornbread, baked potatoes or grilled polenta.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Camp and RV Recipes Eat Big, Cook Easy

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Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week
Icebox Bread Pudding
    This unusual bread pudding ‘bakes” in your refrigerator.  If you wish, use sugar-free pancake syrup, sugar free pudding and skim milk. Hearty peasant breads are good or you might try cinnamon swirl or raisin bread. Try it too with whole wheat bread and chocolate pudding. 

 
8 to 10 slices stale bread
2  cups pancake syrup
2 packets 4 servings each, French vanilla instant pudding, made with 3 cups milk
About 1 cup grated coconut
About 1 cup pecan meal or other fine-ground nuts

Swirl some of the syrup in a deep 9 X 13-inch casserole to spread it around.

Cover the bottom with a solid layer of bread, cutting to fit if necessary.  Drizzle with syrup and spread with a layer of vanilla pudding. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts. Top with another layer of bread and more syrup, pudding,  coconut and nuts. Top with a third layer of bread. Drizzle with remaining syrup and spread with remaining pudding. Top with coconut and nuts. Cover with plastic wrap and  refrigerate overnight.  Serve with a spoon. Makes 10 to 12 potluck servings. 

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Control ingredients, control portions. Make your own trail mix and package by the cup or half cup. See recipes at Create A Gorp.

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Camp and RV Recipe of the Week

Creamy Sloppy Joe Florentine

When your family tires of the same ‘ol tomato-based sauces, whip up this creamy beef dish. It can be served in buns or spooned over mashed potato, baked potato, rice, noodles, etc.

10-ounce package chopped spinach
20-ounce package lean ground beef
Medium onion, diced
8-ounce brick cream cheese, cut up
½ cup whipping cream
½ teaspoon each salt, white pepper, nutmeg

Thaw spinach completely and press it dry with paper towels. Brown beef, gradually stirring in onion and spinach.  Cover and cook over low heat 5 minutes. Spoon off any excess juice or fat. Continue stirring over low heat while adding the cream cheese, cream and seasonings. Stir until creamy but don’t boil.  Spoon into toasted buns. Serves 6 to 8. 

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