The weather’s turned cold here within the last week; a little early for this region, but appropriate, given that the consumer market starts churning out All Things Pumpkin around this time.
So I guess it’s a little late for a post about camping…
…but in the words of Ruby Rhod: “BUT WHO CARES!!!”
A few weekends ago (when it was NOT too cold), the Hubs & I went camping with my parents near Truman Lake here in Missouri. Truman is normally one of my favorite spots for camping fishing because the fish are always biting…but apparently with the drought, all of the fish have gone elsewhere. We didn’t catch a single keeper all weekend.
When the Hubs & I go “camping”, it involves a tent, an air mattress, and a magnetic fan precariously clipped to the top of the tent, so that I can spend the night praying doesn’t come loose & maim our faces.
“Camping” with my parents involves an RV, air conditioning, and antenna TV. Really, the only thing you can complain about is whether or not the pillows are too firm. It’s ROUGH I tell ya. :)
Our pup prefers the RV as well, particularly since the one time we left him in his crate outside our tent and some coyotes wandered into the area. Hearing a coyote howl nearby as your poor pug whimpers just outside your tent? *shivers* We threw open the tent flap and dragged the crate inside our tent, and then prayed the coyotes wouldn’t take that as an invitation to sniff around any closer.
ANYWAY. Another benefit of camping with the ‘rents: awesome food.
BBQ pork steak = DRROOOOOOOOOOL.
My dad doesn’t cook much, but he is the Grill Master when it comes to camping, while Mom handles the sides.
And while it sounds ridiculously simple, my favorite side dish from my mom is buttered potatoes.
Peeled potatoes, boiled ‘til tender, then tossed with
probably way too much melted butter, salt & pepper. Nothing else. Simple and DELICIOUS.
For the ultimate in outdoor culinary elegance, must be served on a plastic tablecloth with Corelle place settings:
And only the most opulent of outdoor lighting schemes will suffice:
These are some of my favorite meals, y’all. I have so many wonderful memories wrapped up in the taste buds of my brain. As a kid, we camped a LOT. Probably at least once or twice a month when I was a kiddo. So the smell of a fire or citronella, or the sight of a set of Corelle plates always takes my brain back to those times.
So much so that the week after we got back, we tried to replicate the exact same meal at home: pork steak & butter potatoes.
Butter Potatoes: (makes four servings)
4-5 russet potatoes, peeled & quartered
1/2-1 stick of light butter (to taste)
salt & pepper (to taste)
Boil potatoes + 1 tsp salt for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Drain water, then add butter to pan and mix lightly to coat. The exterior of the potatoes should be creamy, but don’t mash the pieces. They’ll probably break up some as you stir—that’s okay. Then add salt & pepper to taste.
Serve as a side with your favorite grilled foods.
Total Fat 7.8 g
Saturated Fat 2.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Potassium 1,560.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 64.8 g
Dietary Fiber 8.3 g
Sugars 2.9 g
Protein 7.5 g