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Outdoor Article Written by Lipstick 'n Boots

Part of the camping experience that makes a memorable impression is the foods prepared around the campfire. Tom and I have shared a few of our favorite original recipes below that tend to be on the simple side of campfire cooking. We feel that campfire cookery should be delicious and easy, allowing more time for exploration of nature.


Camping Recipe for Nightowl Cocoa

There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy a comforting cup of cocoa while camping. Here are just a few ideas:

Take along chocolate milk, heat and add either marshmallows or marshmallow cream and a splash of vanilla extract;

Take along packaged cocoa mix, add boiling water, marshmallows, marshmallow cream plush a splash of vanilla extract. Try adding powdered creamer - just a teaspoon or two for richer cocoa.

Take along Hershey's powdered cocoa, adding 1/4th cup of sugar to 1/4th cup of powdered cocoa. Add a Tablespoon of water and stir until mixture is smooth. Add hot milk - and of course, don't forget the marshmallows OR the whipped cream AND the vanilla extract.

Camping Recipe for Graham Crackers & Icing

Being young and extremely poor, these fancy crackers were fabulous for fitting the bill where a sweet tooth was concerned. Economical, easy and satisfying. You will need:

graham crackers

prepared cream cheese icing OR white icing

We were so poor that we couldn't afford the fancy icing, so we made ours from powdered sugar. Powdered sugar icing from scratch has a unique taste all of its own and it's easy to prepare. Simply add a stick of soft margarine to a small box of powdered sugar, then add a bit of milk at a time as you beat the icing. Finish off with a bit of vanilla extract.

Camping Recipe for Saddlesoap Beans

Easy, easy, easy!! This camping recipe is not only easy, it's filling and heart warming for those cold camping days. You will need:

1 can of your favorite beans, drained and rinsed

1 Tablespoon of chili powder

1/4 cup of chopped raw onion

crushed corn chips

To prepare our Saddlesoap Beans, heat the beans - adding just a bit of water to prevent sticking. Next, add the chili powder and remove from heat. Serve with the onion, the crushed chips and grated cheese if desired.

Will kindly feed about 2 really hungry campers.

Camping Recipe for Firefly Dumplings

Comfort food around the campfire - it doesn't get much better than this. And so easy, too! You will need:

1 can of your favorite biscuits

4 small cans or 2 large containers of your favorite chicken broth

Salt & Pepper

All purpose flour

To make Firefly Dumplings, roll or pat biscuits until they are flat using the flour so they won't stick. Cut into strips or triangles when you are finished with the rolling and drop into the boiling broth. Dumplings need about 10 minutes to cook. A bit of butter or oil can be added to the pot to discourage sticking. Or cook for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and cover with a tightly sealed lid to allow dumplings to finish cooking. Add salt and pepper as desired. Add a bit of milk if desired.

Will kindly feed about 4 really hungry campers.

Camping Recipe for Indian Fry Bread

This is an ancient recipe from the personal cookbook of my great, great grandmother and it has always been a family favorite. What we love about this recipe is that it's easily transportable for camp cooks, takes only minutes to prepare and it's so delicious. We recommend mixing the dry ingredients before hitting the camp trail. Pour into a zipper-lock bag. Once you reach camp and are ready to prepare the Indian Fry Bread, simply add water to the bag. Add just enough water to create a loose dough, then carefully drop into hot oil using a large spoon.

To make Indian Fry Pancakes, add less water and knead the dough for about 3 to 5 minutes. Flatten by hand or use a rolling pin. These can be cooked on the campfire in a skillet using a bit of oil. A can of drained Mexicorn plus a Tablespoon of ground chili powder can also be used to create Indian Fry Bread with a kick.

With using any of the above recipes, cook the Indian Fry Bread until it is golden brown and crisp on the outside. Honey and butter make excellent camp buddies for our Indian Fry Bread.

Dry Ingredients for Basic Indian Fry Bread

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 - 2 teaspoons of salt (depending upon how salty you enjoy your bread)

1 tablespoon of baking powder

Will kindly feed about 6 - 8 really, really hungry campers.

Camping Recipe for Meadowlark Flapjacks

This campfire recipe is ultra easy. Set aside your Manly Man Camping Armor and don your Sissy Suit for this camping recipe. Grab a package of pancake mix and follow the directions. Then add the following before cooking over an open campfire:

fresh blueberries

chopped nuts (we like pecans and walnuts with ours)

Will kindly feed about 2 - 3 campers.

Camping Recipe for Field of Dandelions Salad

This campfire recipe for our Field of Dandelions Salad is so good, you may just have to fight off the wild bunnies. Simply mix the following:

dandelion greens

dried cranberries

raspberry-walnut salad dressing

Will kindly feed as many campers as desired as long as you keep adding the dandelion greens, the dried cranberries and the raspberry-walnut dressing.

Camping Recipe for Soup of the Woodlands

This campfire recipe for our Soup of the Woodlands might make the laziest of campers suddenly long for an all-day hike. Warm, rich - full of the following:

2-3 cans of your favorite chicken stock/broth (depending on how thick you like your soup)

1 small package of fully-cooked cubed chicken (use seasoned chicken if you like)

1 small can of diced tomatoes

1 large can of Veg-All, drained

Simply heat the all the ingredients in a thick pot over the campfire and devour with a big spoon.

Will kindly feed 6 to 8 ravenous campers and one small kid.

Camping Recipe for Chocolate Canoes

This campfire recipe for our Chocolate Canoes is like taking a trip to Paradise:

Wrap the following in foil: 1 banana halved; 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder mixed with sugar (or Splenda) to which 1 Tablespoon of water has been added.  Seal foil and cook on campfire until banana is warm. Remove and top with 4 large marshmallows.  

Will kindly feed 1 ravenous camper.

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