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Inspire your inner camp chef with recipes for camping trips.  It doesn’t matter if it’s shared around a campfire, cooked in your RV's gourmet kitchen, or take-out from the local deli, food just tastes better on a camping vacation!
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Camping Recipes | Throw a Pirate Party

Pirate Party Recipes

Grilled Salmon

Great grilled salmon starts with the piece of salmon. The best salmon is fresh. My favorite type of salmon is sockeye, I find that it is fresh, flavorful and stays moist when grilled. Different types of grills create different flavors and have different benefits and drawbacks. You can also find some alder chips or planks to cook with the salmon to give it some extra smokey flavor.

Cooking salmon can seem kind of tricky, since it can be disastrous to over cook a piece of salmon. Here are a few tips about grilling salmon. To increase flavor, you can add water soaked alder chips to the coals, which will infuse an alder smoke flavor into the salmon. When you cook the fish, you will need to grill a filet for about 15-20 minutes depending on how thick it is. You can tell salmon is done when it is firm to the touch rather than squishy. You can also tell it is done when the fat starts to rise to the surface, it looks like a kind of white paste. The color of the fish changes when it is done as well, it should be a pale pink rather than bright pink or red. Always cook salmon skin side down and never over cook salmon.

You can also try using a marinade on the salmon to add flavor. Marinade ideas include sauteed onions and celery or an apple cider and soy sauce marinade. Serve your grilled salmon immediately with wild rice on the side.


Pirate Party Spread

Simple, tasty seafood spread makes a great appetizer while you wait for the Salmon to cook.

1 c. celery, chopped
1 med. onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 (6 1/2 oz.) can shrimp, drained & rinsed
1 (6 1/2 oz.) can crabmeat, drained & rinsed
1 c. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 c. cracker crumbs

Combine all ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with crackers. Serves 12.


Fry Bread

Fry Bread is a delicious and simple treat, which can be served as a side, or used as a savory or sweet meal.

You will need:
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Oil for frying

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Next add warm water until the dough is elastic, approximately 1 1/2 cups. Knead the dough until it is soft, then allow the dough to rise for 10 to 20 minutes.

Before beginning to cook the fry bread heat up the cooking oil until sizzling hot for frying. To cook the fry bread, tear off a small piece of the dough and flatten until the dough is thin, and poke a hole through the middle. Place the piece of dough into the hot oil, being careful not to splatter or touch the oil. Cook the fry bread until brown on both sides. remove the bread from the oil, once brown, and thoroughly drain off the fry bread on paper towels. Serve while warm with savory or sweet toppings.


Key West Pirate Cake

2 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 oz. semisweet chocolate
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks sweet butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 c. toasted pecans, chopped

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Melt chocolates, either in top of double boiler or in microwave. In large bowl beat butter until soft. Beat in extracts and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Gradually add sifted ingredients. Remove 1 cup of batter and place in a small bowl. Add baking soda and chocolates. Grease a tube pan and dust with bread crumbs. Use a teaspoon to place the chocolate batter in the pan. With the bottom of the spoon spread it to make a rather smooth layer. Mix the pecans with the remaining batter and place it evenly over the chocolate layer. Smooth the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. While the cake is baking, make the syrup. Stir 1/2 cup water with 2/3 cup sugar in saucepan over moderate heat until it comes to a boil. Let boil without stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until almost completely cool. Then stir in 3/4 cup rum, 2 tablespoons lime juice, and grated rind of 1 lime.
When cake is done, do not remove from pan. Let stand 15 minutes. Spoon or brush the syrup over the cake until it is absorbed. Then, turn out onto a cake plate.


Pirate Grog

Until 1740, each man in the Royal Navy was issued 1/2-pint of rum neat twice daily.  True Grog is Pusser's (purser’s) Rum and water with lime juice and sugar!
In a mug, add:


1 (oz) of Rum
 +

Juice of half a lime


1 or 2 teaspoons of cane sugar 


Add water to fill mug


Back-To-School BBQ

Back-To-School BBQ Night Menu

Take advantage of the last days before the start of school to have a great BBQ dinner. Everyone has a favorite BBQ menu, but the classic American BBQ includes hamburgers, potato salad and maybe S'Mores cooked over the campfire.

Hamburger or Cheeseburger
No other food is as classic or as classically diner food than the cheeseburger. The hamburger is also a delicious, yet delightfully easy dinner to prepare after a long day of camping.

1/4 - 1/2lb lean or extra-lean hamburger per person
1 slice cheese per person (optional)
1 bun per person

Divide the hamburger into equal portions and shape into rounds. Place on a hot grate and cook until the meat is barely pink in the middle and the juices run clear. While the hamburger is cooking, butter the buns and place on the grate to warm before serving if you like toasted buns. Turn the hamburgers over halfway through the cooking process, and place the cheese on top of the burger. When the meat is cooked and the buns are warm, remove from heat, place on the buns and serve hot with the desired condiments and sides.

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Classic Potato Salad
2 lbs potatoes, either russet or other white potato, peeled and cut into quarters or smaller depending on the size of the potato
1 medium onion, chopped fine
3-4 hard boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup yellow mustard, or to taste
pickles diced (optional)

After peeling and cutting the potatoes boil them until they are just tender, be careful not to overcook the potatoes or you will have mushy potato salad. Once the potatoes are boiled and cooled, chop the onions and hard boiled eggs. Next add as much mayonnaise and mustard as you see fit. The secret to making great potato salad is to experiment until you find the perfect proportions for your personal taste.

S'Mores
The S'More is a classic campfire recipe. Although, not a BBQ recipe, having a campfire and finishing an evening off by making S'Mores is a great way to bring summer to a close.

Graham Crackers (1 per S'More)
Chocolate Bar (Preferably Hershey's Chocolate)
Marshmallows

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Using a sharpened marshmallow roasting stick, or marshmallow roasting fork, stick a marshmallow on the end of the stick. Roast the marshmallow until golden brown. Slide the roasted marshmallow off the stick onto one half of a graham cracker, place a square of chocolate on top and finish by using the second half of the graham cracker to make a sandwich. Squish together and enjoy.

If you don't enjoy the hard chocolate combined with the melted marshmallow you can insert the square of chocolate into the marshmallow on the roasting stick before your roast the marshmallow. This will allow the chocolate and the marshmallow to melt together making a more gooey S'More.

You can also be very adventurous about making S'Mores by using different types of chocolate or even going so far as to use completely different ingredients to create a whole new type of S'More. One example is a caramel apple S'More which you make by using apple slices instead of graham crackers and melting caramel with your marshmallow instead of chocolate.

Camping Recipes | St. Paddy's Day Menu

Recipes for a St. Patrick's Day Celebration

irish-stew
St. Paddy's Day is a great holiday to celebrate Irish traditions and cuisine. What could be better than a nice hearty stew made with Guinness. Serve with traditional Irish Soda Bread and you have a delicious St. Paddy's Day dinner to impress your friends and family.

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