Monday, July 31, 2006

Camp Stove Cooking - Part One: Every year one of the rituals of summer includes a camping trip to the Hudson River Valley where some twenty friends and family members convene for a weekend of outdoor activity and of course, food. Once again, as we have done for nine seasons, we descended on our favorite campground in Plattkill, New York, just south of New Paltz starting on Friday, July 28th. There were trips to local wineries, golf outings, water sports and visits to historic homes perched high atop the Hudson River.

Get a large group together, enhale some fresh air and appetites are quickly on overdrive. Breakfast is typically a communal orgy of protein, carbohydrates and cured meats. Garret, John and Ken serve as breakfast chefs frying up massive amounts of French Toast, pancakes, bacon and sausage. This year, Lauren, a high school senior, added her own creative touch to the breakfast menu, inventing pancakes studded with M&M candies. It was inspiration at the breakfast table, and the chocolate truly did melt in your mouth, not in your hands! Thanks to Lauren for adding a splash of color and sweetness to the morning ritual!

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