Camping season has come to an end for most of us in Western Washington. Props to you die-hard campers that will be continuing on. I shall not be joining you, but admire your lack of concern for the rain and cold. My family was fortunate enough to find a new camping spot this year, up by Bellingham, called Larrabee State Park. We stayed three nights over Labor Day weekend. It was a beautiful weekend with mild weather, and only a few hours of rain during the daylight hours. We went on a gorgeous hike up to Fragrance Lake, although if you ask my daughter, it was awful and far too long. I think she's just plotting to destroy everything I love and enjoy. The one thing that we can all agree on as a family is that fires are Nature's television, and making meals while camping is a joy. One of our favorites is Hobo Pie.
I do not like the name of this food, but I do love the food. We make ours with whichever ground meat we have on hand, and whichever veggies need to be used up. This last trip we made our pies with ground turkey, red onions, green pepper, carrots, and potato. The term hobo bothers me some so I decided to do some research, and learned that these tasty treats can also be called: mountain pies, campfire pies, toasties, jaffles, and pie shams. I also learned that many people make mountain pies with bread, and they're often a dessert, not savory at all! My favorite camping dessert is the s'more, or a nice baked apple. I don't think I need another recipe for a sweet, but I was excited by some of your favorite recipes: quiche-in-a-bread-bowl, pancakes, egg-in-a-bag, roasted corncakes, trout, and dutch oven lasagna. Some of you are mighty ambitious camping cooks, and I would like to be invited on your next camping trip, or at least bring you along on mine.
I can count on one hand the foods I dislike, and I'll typically even eat those. Typically frugal, but I'll pay top dollar for an amazing/unique dining experience. Never passed up a free meal, which has led me to become the #36 ranked eater in Major League Eating. July 4th, 2020 will be my third time competing in the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest at Coney Island. I've been on ESPN. That's right people, I'm an athlete.