Chef Jennifer Bowen spent nine seasons as a cook for trail crews in Yosemite National Park and other Sierra hot spots. Now she brings her mad skills to us as BACKPACKER's Trail Chef. Got a question for her? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elevate your morning with this surprisingly easy technique. Click here
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"This decadent, creamy dessert was born out of an addiction," says our Trail Chef. "I couldn't bear a backpacking trip without cheesecake." This crowd-pleaser requires no cooking and is super-easy to make. Click here
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This breakfast is so good, you'll forget it's camp food.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desert recipes that are easy and tasty campground meals.
A spicy peanut butter sauce makes this a light spaghetti dish that is excellent either hot or cold.
Boil-in-the-bag rice and beef jerky make this recipe a snap.
Make a double batch of this at home. Have it for dinner with your family then dehydrate half for your next few backpacking trips.
Brown rice becomes a yummy desert with this easy recipe.
Think apple pie and lime cranberry flavors!
Enjoy comfort sweets that complement any autumn campfire meal.
Bring a little Thanksgiving right to the trail with this easy backcountry pie recipe.
Warm your belly with these hearty dishes.
Power up the trail with these healthy energy bombs.
Make hard-boiled eggs without even boiling water. Plus: Why a marshmallow Peep has never climbed Everest
When life hands you a lemon, make lemon bars, then go hiking.
Everyone's favorite breakfast staple doesn't necessarily require a stove.
Lads and lasses, stuff your gobs with these tasty treats.
New research shows spinach makes your muscles work more efficiently, so power up with this savory dish.
Start your morning with the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through camp.
Add pizzazz to your gorp with this addictive mix.
Fortify your immune system (and avoid GI distress) in the backcountry with these tasty powder mixes.
Why pay a mint for fruity snacks when you can make your own?
Switch things up with these twists on the classic treat.
You can bake this yummy treat even at altitude, and you and your mates will be fighting over the last crumbs.
Overall top-scorer: This wallet-saver meal is super easy to make but packs dynamite flavor.
Switch things up with this easy twist on a classic staple.
Just because you're 10 miles into the wilderness doesn't mean you should miss out on holiday drinks.
Fill up with this savory and surprising dish.
Check out these delicious one-pot dishes.
Fuel up with these belly-warming meals.
For your next backcountry lunch, don't just munch on an energy bar. Try one of these tasty options.
A top-ranked dessert in the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off
May 2000 readers' favorite
March 1982 readers' favorite
First-place entrée winner of the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off
Temper our recipe for Earthworm Patty Supremes with a little Drunken Choc-Berry Fondue. Plus, other recipes and cooking skills.
Toasting to the day of your birth in the backcountry isn't complete without a proper dessert. Or three.
And if prepared properly, it'll be quite tasty and good for you, too.
Plus: Pesto Pasta with a Kick recipe
It tastes delish. (Yes, really.)
Add rich, cheesy flair to your backcountry fare.
Wow your campmates with this restaurant-worthy appetizer.
Cheese and beer make this a camp favorite.
A fast, simple way to make silky fondue that's easy to clean
What's more American than apple pie? Apple pie baked over a campfire of course.
...Baked in a soda can!
After a long day on the trail, I am in no mood for gourmet slicing and dicing. Here's a delicious, sweet, and savory dish that lets you leave your cutting boards at home.
Fill up on these protein-rich meals.
We taste-tested a stack of your recipe submissions–everything from pasta to pub food. These four winners emerged as the best of the bunch.
We'll show you how to be the ultimate trail chef in no time with these tips.
Just because you're in the backcountry doesn't mean you don't need cookware. Here, some essentials to make you king of trail kitchen.
From cocktails to coffee, these recipes and tips will keep you quaffed no matter what.
Need to recharge with something tasty? These savory snacks will do just that.
Finish your meal off right with these treats for the trail.
Whip up a four start meal with these trail side recipes.
Start the day right with these out-of-the-ordinary breakfast treats.
These potato cakes are heavy on the carbs–and taste.
Spice up boring potatoes with some summer sausage, brown sugar, and tomatoes in this Italian-inspired dish.
The wasabi adds a kick to instant potatoes, while the salmon is a perfect protein source.
Batter up for these trail-ready pancakes.
From toppings to cleanup, these four tips will enhance the perfect lazy-morning camp breakfast.
This gluten-free variation on the traditional recipe serves up superlight cakes.
Reason #57 to love a good brew: The carbonation in beer makes for extra-fluffy flapjacks.
P&J is for amateurs. This spiced up sandwich is just what your taste buds need on the trail.
Take your ol' ham and cheese up a notch with this concoction.
Take your tuna to the next level with this gourmet sandwich.
Ideal appetizers, perfect wine pairings, desserts, and advanced techniques.
From dumplings to pasta, check out these three recipes for on-the-go goodness.
Wow your friends with this campfire cooking trick.
Craving a slice? Get your fix in the backcountry with these easy stovetop recipes.
Improve the basic pie with cornmeal crust and fresh basil sauce.