Guinness Cakes

(submitted by Joe Panfalone)

The addition of the Guinness Stout gives pancakes a sourdough-like flavor. Don’t worry about the alcohol content. It will cook away.

Serves 4 Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 8 minutes


  • Just-Add-Water Pancake Mix
  • Guinness Stout


1.     1.  Heat a pancake grill on an RV or camping stove or over a campfire.

2.     2.  Pour the pancake mix in a large bowl. Substitute the amount of water prescribed in the instructions with the same amount of Guinness Stout.

3.     3.  Mix well and allow it to stand for a few minutes to allow the beer to work into the batter.

4.     4.  Lightly grease the griddle with oil or butter. Pour a tablespoonful of the batter into the griddle, giving a bit of space so that they won’t stick to each other.

5.     5.  Flip the pancakes when bubbles start to appear on the edges of the mixture.

6.     6.  Serve with fruits or maple syrup.

Bonfire Out:

(submitted by Amy Panfalone)

Avid campers all know how frustrating it can be to remove the bonfire smell from your hair and clothes.  Below are some helpful tips and recipes to lessen or remove the distinctive scent.


Mix 2T apple cider vinegar with 2T of your shampoo.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  If possible let your hair air dry while sitting in the sun.  Lemon juice and vodka can also be used with similar results.

Prevention: Minimize the amount of smoke that comes in contact with your hair by wearing a hat or hood, or by putting long hair in a pony tail.


Wash clothes in hot water.  In the first wash cycle use 1/2 c white vinegar and no detergent.  Allow to run through the rinse cycle, then reset to the beginning and wash with your regular detergent.  If possible air dry your clothes in the sun.

For really stubborn smells try putting the clothing in a trash bag with 1 cup of borax.  Tie the bag shut and shake to distribute the borax throughout the clothing.  Allow to sit for a week.  Shake the borax from the clothes and wash normally.

Fluffer Nutter Pies

  • peanut butter
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 2 slices bread per serving

Spread peanut butter on one slice of bread , arrange banana slices and several mini marshmallows over the peanut butter. Cover with another piece of bread and place in a greased pie iron. Cook over a campfire until crispy and golden brown.  Yum!

Smores…how do I love thee:

…let me count the ways!

Take all of the ingredients in a s’more individually and if you ask me they aren’t anything spectacular.  Graham crackers – eh, they are OK.  Marshmallows – sweet and chalky, then mushy, and finally sticky.  Chocolate – well, OK chocolate is great but I am not sure the standard Hershey’s chocolate bar would be my first choice if I’m going to splurge on calories.  But you put all those ingredients together and something magical happens!  I am pretty sure it has something to do with the amount of effort it takes to toast the marshmallow just to your liking and the science that goes in to how the warm marshmallow melts the chocolate not too much but JUST right.  Anyone who has ever tried an “indoor s’more” in the microwave knows what I am talking about here-you just can’t duplicate the toasty goodness of a campfire s’more.


While I am sure there are many of you that are s’more purists, I thought I would share some tasty variations on the s’more that you might enjoy:

Almond Joy:

Use Kraft Jet-Puffed Toasted Coconut marshmallows and Hershey’s with Almonds, Graham Crackers


Same marshmallows and grahams with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate


Chocolate Grahams, regular marshmallow, York peppermint patty.

Strawberry Shortcake:

Honey graham crackers, strawberry jam, regular marshmallow, Hershey’s white chocolate.

The Lazy Man:

Moonpie roasted on a stick. (As good as it is easy!)

Elfin Magic:

Toasted marshmallow between two fudge-stripe cookies.

S’more Shooter:

1/2 ounce Chocolate syrup

1/2 ounce cream or half and half

1/4 ounce Bailey’s

1/2 ounce Marshmallow Vodka

mini marshmallows

Pour syrup in bottom of glass, mix remaining liquids in a shaker with ice and pour. Top with mini marshmallows.  If you really want to get fancy you can rim the glass with chocolate syrup dipped in crushed graham crackers.

And submitted by Joe Panfalone:

Ice Creme Cone Smores

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, or more to taste 12 ice cream cones 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows, or more to taste 12 12×12-inch squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil


Place about 1 teaspoon chocolate chips into an ice cream cone, followed by a layer of mini marshmallows. Continue layering chips and marshmallows into the cone until full. Repeat with remaining chips, marshmallows, and cones. Wrap each cone tightly in aluminum foil.

Heat the foil-wrapped cones in a campfire until chocolate and marshmallows are melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

That’s all I have for now.  What is your favorite way to make a s’more?

Tofu Scramble

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When most people think “camping,” they don’t necessarily think “crockpot.” Fair enough, but if you’re planning to spend a few nights at a campsite with readily-available electricity, it makes for some pretty easy rice and bean dishes.

We broke out the crock pot and evaluated our ingredients.

  • Tofurkey Italian Sausages and Field Roast smoked apple sage.
  • A can of tomato soup and a jar of salsa.
  • A bag of Daiya fake cheddar.
  • A can of pinto beans, black beans, and another can of Northern beans.
  • The biggest container of garlic powder I’ve ever seen.
  • Jars of oregano, “salad sprinkle,” and cilantro.
  • A box of Minute brown rice.
  • A small bottle of canola oil.
  • An onion.
  • A tomato.

We ended up cooking half the rice in the crock pot while cutting up the Field Roast sausage and frying it a little on the camp stove with part of the onion. We then added that to the rice along with the can of pinto beans, some of the garlic powder, and a bit of the salsa. Left it on low while we sat around the campfire drinking wine and talking. It was actually quite tasty and filling enough for four people.

Thanks for letting us share your recipe, Neliza!

Happy Camper

Serve in a large mug.

1 oz. cognac or brandy

1 oz. coffee liqueur

Fill with strong coffee. Top with whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Really Happy Camper

4 mugs worth of apple cider

1 mug  Smirnoff Caramel Vodka

1 T cinnamon

1/4 c brown sugar

Heat cider, cinnamon, and brown sugar.  Remove from heat, allow to cool and stir in vodka.

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Mozzarella Rings aka Bacon Donuts

RECIPE (serves 4 – two rings each)


16-24 slices of bacon
1 can of sliced pineapple rings (we need 8 rings)
8 mozzarella string cheese sticks
2-3 large sweet yellow onion, cut into 1/3 inch rings
SYD meat rub

1.Peel and cut the large onion into 1/2 inch slices.
2.Open the can of pineapple slices, drain the juice and set aside 8 slices.
3.Match the onion rings to the size of the pineapple slices—choose rings that have more of a bowl shape to help hold the string cheese in place
4.Tear the mozzarella string cheese in half.
5.Place one half of the mozzarella in the onion ring and cut the other half to fill in the remaining gap. Place the cut piece filling in the gap.
6.Stack the mozzarella lined onion ring on the pineapple and start wrapping with bacon slices. Use two to three slices of bacon per ring. Just take it slow and keep it all in place and it will eventually wrap—sometimes it takes some repositioning or restuffing of string cheese into ring
7.Once all wrapped, sprinkle on some meat rub to your liking
8.Start up the Weber kettle (or your grill of choice) and cook indirect at 400F for 30 minutes.
9.Optionally glaze with your favorite sauce.
10.Let cool down for a few minutes before serving.
11.Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, such as marinara.

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