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No-Crumble Corn Bread

While crumbly cornbread is still good, it is kind of a love hate thing… you wish it just wouldn’t crumble so much. It gets all over the place you end up with a butter stain on your best t-shirt.

I tried a new cornbread recipe and it didn’t crumble, but was still very good. Almost cake like in texture, this stayed together and would be perfect for camp along side a pot of dutch oven chili. Or, for breakfast… I love cornbread spread with butter and topped with blueberries. Add a cup of coffee and it is one delightful camp breakfast. (While I forgot to photograph the baked cornbread, I did happen to remember to snap this.)

The recipe was from a copycat cookbook that I no longer have by Todd Wilber… and it turns out that after a simple search, he’s still at recreating restaurant favorites at home. Some of our favorite regular recipes came from his first book, so dig in and see what appeals to you.

Back to this cornbread. It is suppose to resemble Marie Callender’s “Famous Golden Cornbread”. I’ve never had Marie Callender’s cornbread, so I can’t tell you if that is true. I actually never knew it as a restaurant, but frozen food items. (I guess it is the same as Perkins… who knew?) For a denser, no-crumble corn bread, try it. While I made this at home in a glass pan, my next try is cast iron. I would probably make this at home first and take to camp, as I have very little luck baking things over a fire.

Marie Callender’s Famous Golden Cornbread with Honey Butter

Cornbread

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cups cornmeal

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup sugar

3/4 cup salt

1 1/4 cups whole milk

1/4 cup shortening

1 egg

Honey Butter

1/2 cup softened butter

1/3 cup honey

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all the dry ingredients in medium bowl. Add the milk, shortening, and egg and mix only until all the ingredients are well combined. Do not overmix. Pour the batter into a greased 8×8-inch pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let cool slightly before slicing. Slice with sharp knife into 9 pieces. Serve warm with honey butter, if desired.

For the honey butter, use a mixer on high speed to whip 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/3 cup honey together until smooth and fluffy.

If there was one good thing that ever came out of a smoking addiction, this is it. Back when we were young and invincible, a smoking habit led to the acquisition of the Marlboro Cookbook. This is one of the many gems in that book. And, although the smoking days ended long ago, we’ve been making it as our special “last night at camp” meal for many years. It is awesome.

You don’t need to reserve this for camp, although I’m convinced that the great outdoors enhances its flavor. It can be broiled or grilled at home too.

Continue reading “Pepper Steak on a Fire”

Texas Beef on Texas Toast

So let’s say you aren’t exactly in Texas and you aren’t quite sure what makes toast Texan either. I’m here to tell you now that it doesn’t matter. This medley makes Iceland feel like Texas and will have you thinking everything (including your belly) is getting bigger with every bite.

It may sound odd, but this combination of deli-sliced beef, thick bread, mustard, green peppers and a few seasonings creates quite good eats.

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Campfire Dutch Oven Beef & Beer Stew

This was adapted from a Marlboro cookbook that I have for campfire cooking. To make it easy, pack portioned spice mixes at home, label them, and bring them all together in one little cup to easily add to the stew without measuring. Worcestershire sauce can be measured and portioned for travel as well.

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Chicken Pot Pie Mountain Pie

This simple, easy to make chicken pot pie was soooo good it demanded seconds from more than one person. We made it using canned refrigerated biscuits. Yum! Continue reading “Chicken Pot Pie Mountain Pie”

Have meat. Will camp.

Camp Marinades Perfect for Travel

When we take longer camping trips, we cook. Nothing is better than a great meal after a day outside. But meat and marinades were made for one another. I mix them at home and put them in Mason jars. They don’t leak and are easy to carry…besides, prefer glass to plastic when the base is acidic. Continue reading “Have meat. Will camp.”

The Classic Pizza Mountain Pie

Camping Basics: Favorite Pizza Mountain Pie

This is where it all started…the classic mountain pie. Pizza. How could you go wrong?

Well, you can’t go wrong with this, but you may tire of it. We finally did after twenty years and launched the Great Mountain Pie Cook-Off to add some new ideas to our late night cooking.

But always keep the ingredients to this one handy. Something tells me someone will get a hankering for it every trip and then everyone else will want one too. There are not quantities listed, as everyone is different… some like it extra cheesy and some extra saucy. Just make it how you like.

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Dinner Entry: Meatball Sandwich Mountain Pie

Meatball Mountain Pie

This is an original. Being on a meatball sandwich kick lately, I just had to try it. It did not disappoint. Easy, delicious and well-recieved in the Mountain Pie Cook-Off. Continue reading “Dinner Entry: Meatball Sandwich Mountain Pie”

Sizzle in the Drizzle Camp Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Sizzle in the Drizzle Camp Chicken Fajitas Recipe

This is another camping favorite. Again, we have done this on the Camp Chef cook stove as well as the fire. Lately, the Camp Chef is preferred because it is so easy and allows us to reserve some firewood for later in the evening. This is really the only chicken recipe we’ve made. When we tent camped, we always had this the first night, given that we weren’t willing to keep chicken in a cooler for long at all. Now that the mini-fridge is in the Aliner, I guess we could keep it longer. I mix the marinade at home beforehand so we don’t have to carry all of the ingredients. The high heat makes this sizzle and brown just right. Continue reading “Sizzle in the Drizzle Camp Chicken Fajitas Recipe”

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