This ones straight from the RRL (reader request line?)!
I’ve gotten comments before wondering what Adam and I eat when go camping (and we’ve gone camping, like, twice…) and then yesterday I got an email asking the same thing. So, I figured it was time to write a post about it!
And, well, I hate to say it after Angela’s beautiful post this morning but…my favorite camping dinner is totally a hot dog drenched in chili and cheese.
Yep, I said it. I totally love hot dogs.
But I have stipulations! They have to be organic and nitrate free and they have to be eaten with chili while camping. If you’ve never tried a hot dog roasted over an open campfire then…well…you haven’t truly lived, my friends. There’s just something so raw and rugged about roasting meat over an open flame that even a pedicure-loving-extension-wearing-yogi can appreciate.
In all seriousness though, the one time Adam and I have tent camped (and by tent camped I clearly mean tent cabin camped), we had a bit of a unique experience on the foodie front. We were going down to Big Basin, about an hour south of Palo Alto to camp for the weekend in the Santa Cruz mountains over Easter. Sound awesome? It totally was. Cold…but awesome.
We figured there would be a little place to grab some food when we got there but it turned out, the only “little place” was a HIGHLY expensive health food store in the Deliverance-style town. Not really conducive for camp food. One hundred dollars later and we had organic beef hot dogs, vegetarian chili, the most expensive marshmallows ever and a whole slew of things that were about ten times the cost in any normal grocery store.
We learned our lesson.
Naturally, we (I) also grabbed hiking-worthy snacks like larabars and oranges. And definitely a couple vegan chocolate chip cookies…just in case. Some other tasty portable items include:
- double banana chocolate chip breakfast bars
- yogi trail mix bars
- soft baked fig cereal bars (adam’s favorite!)
- loaded oatmeal cookies
Whenever we camp, I can also plan on us doing a day hike as well and I’m always sure to bring a hefty snack bag filled with some of the above treats! My worst fear is getting lost on the trail without a cookie.
Now for the classic chili dog sandwich we loved so much, I have to admit it’s more Adam’s recipe than my own. I was a little hesitant at first about the bread/mustard/hot dog/chili mix but…it totally works.
Step 1: Squeeze yellow mustard on a slice of whole wheat bread.
Step 2: Roast hot dog over campfire until black and roasty.
Step 3: Heat up chili over fire while hot dog is roasting.
Step 4: Once hot dog is done, sandwich it on the bread.
Step 5: Cover bread/hot dog with chili and top with grated cheddar cheese.
Step 6: Stuff your face.
Oh I forgot! Adam says you need mayonnaise on the bread, too. But that’s his own doing.