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Weekend Menu: Campsite Gourmet

From cashew-ginger chicken to fruited scones, tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for the trail and the campsite.

Saturday Breakfast
Fruited Skillet Scones

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cultured buttermilk powder
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • oil for cooking

At home: Place first 8 ingredients in a zip-top bag.

In camp: Add shortening to bag, seal, and knead gently until crumbly. Add water and keep kneading until dough forms a ball. Place the dough on a flat surface and pat into an 8-inch-diameter disk about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 8 wedges. Heat an oiled pan over medium-high heat. Place wedges in a circle in pan, leaving space between pieces. Cook 5 minutes; flip and cook 5 more minutes or until firm to the touch. Serves 2.

Saturday Lunch
Grab-bag Snacks

  • 3 ounces pepperoni
  • 1 cup Goldfish crackers
  • 8 dried pear halves
  • 4 pieces hard candy
  • 8 malted milk balls
  • 6 slices French bread
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 4 tablespoons nut butter
  • Serves 2.

Dinner Dorcas’s Trail Chili

  • 22.5 ounces (1 1/2 15-ounce cans) kidney beans
  • 1 box dehydrated vegetarian chili mix
  • 1 ounce dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 2 ounces dheddar cheese
  • 30 corn chips

At home: Drain and rinse kidney beans, then dry in dehydrator or oven. Package in a zip-top plastic bag with chili mix and tomatoes.

In camp: Pour contents of plastic bag in pot with 7 cups water. Stir well. Let stand 15 minutes to allow ingredients to rehydrate (add water if necessary; ingredients shouldn’t be above waterline). Bring to a boil and simmer about 5 minutes, until ingredients are completely hydrated, stirring continuously to prevent sticking. Mix 1 ounce cheese into each serving and sprinkle with half of the corn chips. Serves 2.

Saturday Dessert
S’mores In A Bag

  • 1/2 cup crumbled graham crackers (about 1 1/2 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

At home: Combine all ingredients and divide evenly into two small oven-roasting bags.

In camp: Squeeze as much air from the bags as possible. Make sure the bags are securely closed and submerge them in hot water until the chocolate has melted. Remove the bags from the water and spoon the contents into your mouth. Serves 2.

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