I am always begging to go on a good camping trip, but the older I get, and less vacation time I take the more grateful I am to show up to some sort of "glamping" situation. Now this doesn't mean I don't hit up a couple REI stores on the way, but I can't quite explain the need for the cute silver food containers and the pop up bowls.

This past weekend we took a trip up the coast to El Captain, any one who has been knows it is the perfect spot for a good mixture of adventure and kitchy comport. We rented a cabin that had the bare essentials, a king sized bed, a small sink, a shower, and a fireplace, everything else we got to bring.... See still camping.  Although everything we made you can cook over a fire, one of the best purchases we made was a two burner portable gas stove. It made it easy to be creative and to wake up without having to start a fire. Below are a couple things we made during our trip:

Breakfast: Sausage Saute Tacos

  • 1 tbs Olive oil
  • 2 Italian sausages sliced
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 purple onion chopped
  • 1/2 Jalapeno chopped
  • Tortillas
  • 1 can black beans

Over burner, heat oil in pan over medium heat, saute until peppers are soft. In a separate pot combine the beans with jalapeno head and warm over medium heat. If you  cooking over a fire simply wrap oil, sausage, peppers and onion in aluminum foil head heat until ready.

Breakfast burritos:

  • Bacon
  • potato
  • Eggs
  • Tortilla
  • Cheese

For fun I folded the bacon like a spring and poked a stick through the center to roast over the fire. It was perfectly cooked with a smoked taste to it. If you are camping without a stove top this is something you can make at home and warm by the fire.

Dinner: Slow cooked ribs

  • Rack of Ribs
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • BBQ sauce of choice

Mix paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder to create a dry rub. Generously marinate ribs with the mixture, let sit over night. Set oven to 250 and slow cook ribs for 6 hours (we did this the morning we left as we were packing). Grill over camp fire for crisp. You can save them for about two nights so we grilled them the second night we arrived there and boy were we stars :)

So these are just a couple things that we made that made the eating part of our trip beyond memorable. We also traveled with a couple that makes creative cooking looks so easy, they make barley soup with grilled cheese one night, everything warm and cozy that I could ever ask for. I learned this time how useful tortillas can be on a camping trip. All of the meals we made could be great leftovers for the next days meal.