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    Tortellini Tomato Soup

    Number 8 on my birthday list of things to happen this year was to see the sun rise and set on the same day in Yellowstone N.P. Check that off the list: Don’t be deceived. The only reason I am in the car and awake for a sunrise (before 6:30) while on vacation is because the temperature is a balmy 29° F.  Too cold to stand outside the tent and make breakfast.  Just get dressed, get in the car and drive through the park.  Stop for breakfast when I have feeling in my toes again. Hike and sight-see all day.  End the day with this: Seeing gorgeous sunsets over the…

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    Camp stove Pizza

    Wait? I actually have time for a few hours to sit down and write this afternoon? Whose life is this, and what did you do with my crazy/chaotic/stressful week back to work? Ah…The afternoon to myself. Glorious. Enough time to finish editing the photos from the trip and plaster them in a Shutterfly book. Can I just say, I really want to go back here: The kitchen partner took that one. Pretty soon he and I are going to each need our own cameras on vacation. Bummer that at 8000 feet, there’s no one to whine: “But he just won’t SHARE it with me…He NEVER lets me have a turn…It’s just not…

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    Our Camping Thanksgiving Dinner

    The kitchen partner and I have more geeky traditions than you can count when we’re out on road trip adventures. Here are a few notable ones: I make an incredibly delicious (and totally NON-local) butterscotch brownie that is usually gone in the first day. We buy two of every postcard, one for ourselves and one to exchange on Postcrossing. We have a Christmas ornament from all of our stops that we put on a special “travel” tree each Christmas.  It documents our journey and means I get to have 2 trees in the house! For our first evening meal when we reach our destination,  we always have our camping version…

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    ELC Day #18- Whole Grain Milling Pancakes

    Today I’m going to cheat a bit and post less of a recipe, and more of a strong, on-my-soap-box suggestion for a local product. It has hands-down preserved my caffeine-free sanity this month. Starting my breakfast with Whole Grain Milling pancakes is so spectacular, I don’t even think about the lack of green tea in my cup holder.  I love these nutty, full-bodied pancakes, topped with strawberry freezer jam or Sippl’s Sugarbush maple syrup. Last Thursday morning, I made heart-shaped pancakes for the kitchen partner on our first morning in the campground. Nothing beats a hot breakfast before heading out on the trail. The mix is available more than 25…

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    ELC Day #10- Campground Pasta Sauce

    The kitchen partner and I are packing up today for a well-needed vacation. We planned this trip when there was still snow on the ground; hard to believe it’s August already. The anticipation of busting out the tent and the cooler Lake Superior weather. I can hardly contain myself. Seriously. This gal hasn’t had her hiking boots on in weeks. Camping during the Eat Local, America challenge shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. We do our best to pack as much fresh, local food that will last without refrigeration. After the first day or so, the non-perishables take over. Minnesota has good options in the dehydrated camping food area…

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    Camp Stove Ravioli in White Sauce

    The last load of laundry is finally folded and the bags are unpacked from our first camping trip of 2011. A few showers weren’t enough to dampen a fantastic weekend. Monday morning was a bit rougher than usual though. All day I’ve had sore arms and legs from hiking Frontenac State Park and a rosy red nose from forgetting sunscreen. The best kind of troubles to have. I managed to put a local meal on the picnic table Friday night, believing that food should be local on and off the trail. Backpacker magazine is my favorite place for camping recipes. I’ve adapted recipe instructions in the format they use, which…