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Camping Recipes, Classy Yet Easy

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Janet Groene progressed from tent camper to pop-up camper to full-time RV-er and sailor. See her bio at 


Camping and RV Recipe of the Week
Dutch Style Sausage and Kale


This easy, penny-wise campfire dish makes use of one of nature’s best greens. Greens are available now in packages, all trimmed, chopped, washed and ready for the pot. Other greens such as turnip, chard, spinach or collards could also be used.  The sausage can be economical turkey Kielbasa, homemade venison sausage or the finest Wisconsin Landjager or German Krainerwurst. 

3 cups water
3 chicken bouillon cubes
4 to 6 medium potatoes, scrubbed and diced
1 pound kale, washed, trimmed and chopped
1 pound of your favorite smoked sausage cut in small bites
½ stick butter
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    Bring water to a boil in a large pot and stir in bouillon. When it dissolves, add potatoes, kale and sausage.  Cover and simmer over medium heat until potatoes are very tender. Stir in butter and nutmeg. Serve in shallow soup places. Serves 6.
Optional: add milk, cream or sour cream 



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    Cook now, bake later. You’ll have a supply of homemade cookie dough to bake as needed, even if your camper toaster oven or convection oven has room for only 6 or a dozen cookies at a time. 

1 cup  butter
1 cup  molasses
1 cup  brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg, well beaten
4 cup  flour
1 teaspoon  salt
1 teaspoon  soda
2 ½ teaspoons apple pie or pumpkin pie spices

Combine butter,  molasses and brown sugar in a large pot. Bring to a boil over low heat and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.  Add beaten  egg and stir well.  Sift together flour, salt, soda and spices. Add to molasses mixture and blend well. Be sure no dry spots remain. Dough will be thick.

 Press tightly into an 8″ x 8″ greased pan lined with waxed paper. Chill until firm. Turn out of the pan and use a long knife to cut in three loaves. If you’ll be baking in very small batches, cut each loaf in half. Wrap separately refrigerate or freeze. To bake, set the oven to 350 degrees. Slice cold dough thinly. Place on  greased or lined baking sheets. Bake 10-15 minutes or until set. Time depends on thickness. Serve plain or add frosting.

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Campground Potluck Recipe of the Week


Mung Beans and Rice


    Most of us are familiar with mung bean sprouts. Now discover the beans as beans.
A filling and satisfying side dish, this recipe is also a conversation starter. Can’t find whole mung beans? Order a bagful at

1 cup whole mung beans, rinsed and picked over
½ stick butter
Medium onion, chopped
2 1/4 cups long-grain rice
½ teaspoon each ground ginger, ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 1/2 cups water


     For faster cooking, cover mung beans with water, bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside for an hour.  Drain beans.  Melt butter over medium heat and stir in onion until it softens. Stir in rice, seasonings and drained mung beans to coat with butter mixture. Add water.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and cook 25-30 minutes until rice and beans are tender. Serves 8.


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Bonus Recipe
Gluten-Free Fruit Fluff

    Simply made with Cream of Wheat (use Cream of Rice if you are gluten-intolerant), this pudding is healthful as all heaven. Depending on the sweetness of the juice, you can sweeten it or not using honey, sugar, brown sugar, maple or agave syrup, stevia or whatever floats your boat. Make it more colorful with a red juice such as cranberry or pomegranate. 



3 cups fruit  juice
½ cup regular Cream of Wheat, farina or Cream of Rice (not instant)
Sweetener of choice

Bring juice to a boil in a large pan. Stirring constantly, add ½ cup cereal. Cook, stirring often for about 6 minutes or until it’s thickened. Add sweetener ad lib. Pour into pudding dishes and cool or chill. Serve plain or with whipped cream. Makes 6 portions.

Option 1: Add 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or a few drops flavoring such as vanilla extract . Some cooks find that stirring a little butter into it helps keep a skin from forming on top.
Option 2: When it cools to lukewarm, fold in whipped cream or whipped topping.
Option 3: Put in buttered, oven-proof custard cups. When it’s cool, top with meringue and broil quickly in the oven or with a kitchen torch just until meringue turns golden.



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