Why it is awesome to cook

Apr 21, 2014 by

I haven’t been posting a lot lately, but I have still been cooking quite a bit.  More than every actually because of the new keto diet I’ve been on lately.

A couple things I’ve noticed in cooking a lot more.

  1. I’m really good at cooking eggs now.  It’s funny how you don’t think of cooking as practice, but it is.  The more you do it, the better you become at it.
  2. It is still a lot of fun to sit back and eat something wonderful you have made yourself

All that said, I came across this video and it’s worth a watch.

As I have been cooking a lot, I have many recipes ready to post, now I just need to find the time to post them.

Stay tuned

Ben…

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Dutch oven cobbler over a campfire

Jul 17, 2013 by

Camping food just tastes better.  It’s a fact.

Some of my best and favorite recipes are camping food recipes.  On the heels of our yearly camping adventure where all my friends from all over get together and go camping I am relishing in the great times and awesome food we ate.

We may be getting a little overboard with the food though.  Our camping meals are getting to the beyond epic proportions and we may need to dial it back, but I’ve never dined on such amazing food as this last trip.  We had crepes, we had amazing breakfast sandwiches grilled over the fire, we had amazing street tacos, and chicken and dumplings in the dutch oven.  It got a little nuts for camping, but this year’s camping was a bit more luxurious as we actually camped in an RV as my wife is 8 months pregnant.

We had planned to hike through Zion in Utah, but for some reason my wife didn’t want to hike through 115 degree canyons.  Go figure.  So we went the other way and rented an RV so she would be comfortable and headed back to one of our favorite spots, Pismo Beach.

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In addition to all the aforementioned food I set out to make a cobbler for dessert one night and it was awesome.  And if you’ve read any of this site, or even just the name of the site you know I like to keep it simple and it doesn’t get much more simple than this.

For this recipe, all you’ll need is fruit, sprite, a cake mix and a little butter.

I cooked this in our dutch oven over a fire, but you can do this in the oven at home too if you’d like.

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I threw a couple pats of butter in the crock pot and rubbed it around to get it all good and buttery

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Throw in your fruit of choice.  Peaches and blueberries are in season and were available at the local fruit stand.  You can use any fruit you like.

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For the cobbler part all you need is a cake mix and a sprite.  I made a huge batch so I used the whole cake mix and a 12 fl oz sprite.  You may want to use half of each if you are making a normal amount.  We had 11 hungry campers so I made a big batch.

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Add the sprite to the cake mix.  Stir, stir, stir, and spoon over the fruit.  Add a few pats of butter on top.

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Throw the dutch oven on the fire and put the coals on top of the lid.  Ideally You’d like more coals on top than on bottom at a 2:1 ratio.

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Cook the cobbler in the dutch oven until the top is cooked through and smells awesome.  The time to cook will depend on your fire, but its about 10-15 minutes.  Keep checking it as you go.

As usual I don’t have a good picture of the final product out of the dutch oven as it was devoured by the hungry campers around the fire.

 

 

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But here’s a picture of the gang with the dogs enjoying running around the sand dunes.  And yes my wife kicks ass and hiked the very steep sand dunes at 8 months pregnant.

As always, we had a great time camping and can’t wait to do it again next year with our kid.

If you haven’t planned a camping trip in a while, take a minute and plan one now.  Find a weekend, or even a day and get out and go have fun.

Plus nothing tastes as good as camping food.  Here are some other great camping recipes for you:

Happy camping

Ben…

P.S. if you’ve got a favorite camping recipe, let me know in the comments.  I’m always looking for some good new ones.

 

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Dutch Oven Jamabalaya

Aug 30, 2010 by

IMG_1302I grew up in Washington state but now live in sunny southern California.   A few of my WA friends also live down here now as well.  So each year, those that live south drive north, and all my friends up north drive south and we meet somewhere in the middle and do some great family camping.

This year we met up in the redwoods of northern California in Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park.   I love camping of all kinds, but car camping affords you do some awesome cooking.  We did big family style meals this year and we ate very well.   One thing I’ve wanted for a while now is a dutch oven.  Those are the big cast iron pots that you cook right over the fire with.

I bought a big 8 quart dutch oven at REI and cooked up some awesome meals.  One of the meals I made was a Jambalaya and it was so delicious and easy to make.

Here’s how I did it…

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Whats for dinner: Garlic-lime pan seared shrimp with quinoa, corn on the cob and fresh blackberry cobbler

May 7, 2010 by

One of the reasons I wanted to start this site was to cook more.  I love to cook, but don’t always take the time to do it.  One of the main features of this site will be cooking and sharing recipes.  If you have a great recipe please share.

I love going out to eat, don’t get me wrong, but its expensive, and not always that great for you.  Cooking allows me to be creative, work with my hands, and eat good food.  What’s not to love?  And if you don’t cook, give it a try.  It is easier than you think.  I plan to feature a new recipe or two each week as I chronicle what I’m making and eating each week.

Tonights Dinner: Garlic-lime pan seared shrimp with quinoa, corn on the cob and fresh blackberry cobbler.

It sounds like a lot of work but its actually quite easy.  I made all of it in less than an hour (not counting baking time on the cobbler)

I am not an expert chef.  This is an easy meal anyone could make.  I promise.  Just give it a try.

Here is the recipe and directions

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