Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Carpe Diem: Eat, Drink, be Merry and Let the Planning Begin

Now that the day has been seized and the spontaneous trip is planned, we say let the meal planning begin.  For this article, we wanted to highlight a four day, three night camping trip menu (links will be loaded soon to all the recipes - we only had one day to plan and shop the market).  Not only is the trip spur of the moment, but four families, including all their brood will be joining on the adventure.  This means 14 hungry, outdoor mouths to feed.  There are no burgers and brats on this trip; we always feed the entire crew with a level of campsite Grasshaven gourmet.

First, we start with a detailed plan.  This means planning breakfast and dinner dishes.  You might think we forgot lunch.  Lunch time can be variable for a group trip.  With some people hiking, canoeing or just lounging, getting everyone wrangled for an organized affair can be a challenge.  So we just let everyone forage during lunch.  There are always plenty of left overs and sandwich fixings to make sure no on goes hungry. But just in case you're looking for suggestions we have shared some lunch ideas using some of the menu fixings outlined
below.  We will also post the entire shopping list as a part of this spontaneous camping series.  So for now, take a look at the menu items.  We hope your mouths are already watering.  We know that when you see the pictures your eyes will appreciate the candy.

Carpe Diem 4 day Gourmet Camping Menu

Spaghetti alla Marinara
Thursday PM: Very intaliano and easy for camp arrival
Grilled Meatballs
Garlic Fry Bread
Traditional Caesar Salad

Dessert: S'Mores of course

Friday AM: Kids campside favorites

Strawberry Pancakes
Homemade Strawberry Pancakes
Scrambled Eggs
Open-fire Bacon

Apple Smoked Pork Chops
Friday PM: Old school barbecue, with flare
Apple Smoked Pork Chops
Campsite Baked Potatoes
Almond Green Beans with Bacon
Homemade Cooler Dill Pickles

Dessert: Orange Chocolate Cakes

Saturday AM: International adventure
Blueberry Stuffed French Toast
Pecan Scones
Grilled Sausage

Salted Caramel Monkey S'Mores
Saturday PM: Herby delight
Tarragon Beer Can Chicken
Maxwell English Potatoes
Grilled Corn with Rosemary Butter

Dessert: Salted Carmel Monkey S'Mores

Chuck Wagon Breakfast Skillet
Sunday AM: Throwin' it together to finish the trip
Chuck Waggon Breakfast Skillet
Campfire Biscuits and Gravy
Open-fire Bacon

Lavender Mint Lemonade
Sweet Mint Iced Tea
Arnold Palmer
Iced Tea

Lunch options:
Meatball Sandwiches
Pork and Corn Quesadillas
BATLOCS (Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, Lettuce, Onion, Cheese, Sprouts)
Chicken Salad with Blueberries