Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cooking Outdoors

Country Boy and I love to camp!  There's something about the fresh air and the relaxed atmosphere and, of course, camping food! Fortunately, we're able to do some 'camping' in our own backyard and yet sleep in our own bed come nightfall!  The weather has been really nice here, so we've been doing some cooking outdoors.

The other night we decided to cook steak, keilbasa (for me, since I don't eat steak!) and baked potatoes over the campfire.

Waiting for the 'right temperature...

Starting the baked potatoes...

The above shot was taken before the taters were buried in the coals.

Time for some meat...
... taters are still buried.

Looks like it's ready so grab a plate...

because dinner is served!  MMMmmm!

For us, cooking outdoors has many benefits.  We enjoy the teamwork involved in prepping and cooking outdoors.  We enjoy taking some time to relax around the campfire while the food is cooking.  It's also aiding in our conservation efforts by not firing up the electric range.  There's also less clean up in the kitchen and it tastes good!

One day, we would love to have a wood-burning stove in the house to do all my cooking on.  Cha-ching$$$$$  That's going to take a LONG time of saving pennies though because there are other projects that require money that need to be completed first!

Speaking of projects and food (and doesn't involve money *smile*)... today's project is sorting through mountains of recipes that I have collected over the years (because they looked and sounded good!) and deciding whether to keep it or toss it.


My sorting method... if it calls for ingredients that I don't normally have stocked in my pantry, it's tossed.  The rest will be categorized by various meats, side dishes, salads, beverages, desserts, etc. and put in a notebook.  If I ever run out of projects (hahahaha!) I would like to enter them into the computer and then eventually print it out.  The reason for the hard copy in this day of electronics?   There are a couple of reasons, one, something could happen to my computer and all my recipes would be gone.  Two, if the power is out for any length of time and my laptop battery is dead... oops, I can't get to my recipes!  Thus, a hard copy is handy to have on hand.

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Enough procrastinating on tackling today's project...

Till next time,


9 comments:

Lauri said...

Now that is my idea of camping - cooking out of doors and sleeping in my own bed! Great shots.

deb duty said...

That looks so delicious! And what a perfect way to camp. I love everything about camping except the part about sleeping in tents.

Country Gal said...

Papa and I also love camping thats why we also have a camp fire in our back yard we used to cook on it not very much any more we use our BBQ alot now lol But eating food out side I find makes it taste better dont know if its cause of the fresh air or just the surroundings lol. Great post and photos. Its chilly here today so I am off to collect wood for our woodstove fire place. Have a wonderful day !

TexWisGirl said...

your dinner looks great.

Tamar SB said...

Oh my - sweet potatoes on an open fire - yumm-o!

Debi@7Gates said...

Theres nothing like the smell of a campfire. Dinner looks great and maybe a few marshmellows later? You should make you own recipe book of all your favorites.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

That's such a nice thing to do and I'm sure it tastes delicious.

DeanO said...

My kind of eats...yummy

Kristin said...

Steak!!!
Your man would love eating with my men!
The potatoes....yum.
A girl could live on potatoes alone!
xo

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