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It has been ages since I’ve posted. Life seems to get in the way of blogging. I’ve just signed a contract with a publisher for a third cookbook. I apologize to all of you backpacking enthusiasts because this latest one I’m working on is for an entirely different type of camping.

I thought I’d share a few of my backpacking food related articles and recipes from Seattle Backpackers Magazine in order to give you a few more options to enhance your backpacking menu.

April 2011: Eggs in the Backcountry

May 2011: The No-Cook Trail Lunch

June 2011: Chia—It’s not just a novelty gift

July 2011: Inspiration from the Produce Aisle

August 2011: Bread Getting Squashed in Your Pack? Here are some alternatives…

Sept 2011: It’s Apple Harvest Time

July 2012: Dispelling the Mushroom Myth

And here is one, including a few recipes, that I wrote for Gluten-Free Ontario.

January 2012: Gourmet Gluten-Free Wilderness Camping


P.S. I’ll be signing books and leading a wilderness cooking workshop in Ontario’s beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park during the first full week of August 2012. For details please visit www.aforkinthetrail.com.

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My return to posting on this blog has been a long time coming. I’ve been busy with the challenges of a new baby, finishing the manuscript for my second wilderness cookbook, outdooradventurecanada.com, and life in general. Another Fork in the Trail, is now in the publisher’s hands and I will see the layouts this week. The book should be on shelves by mid-May.

Amidst all of this I have been writing a monthly recipe column for Seattle Backpackers Magazine.

Here are the links to each month’s instalments…

December 2010: Quinoa – A Superfood for the Trail

January 2011: Winter Drinks to Warm You Up

February 2011: Romancing the Trail

March 2011: Soup’s On – Pizza Soup and Ribollita

I hope you enjoy the recipes and articles. I’ll be posting more recipes on the backpacking recipes blog soon.

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I have to apologize for not keeping up with my blog, however, after a very interesting Fall and a Winter that didn’t seem like Winter at all, I have returned to blogging. I spent most of my time off working on the manuscript for Another Fork in the Trail. Our family had a very big surprise in October as well. We found out that we are expecting and that means I’ll be off the trail and the waterways for 2010 as the little one is due to arrive in June. It also means that the release of Another Fork in the Trail has been put off until early 2011.

This spring and summer I will post more recipes and food finds as time permits… so stay tuned.

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This isn’t exactly a recipe but more of a technique. I was going to write about how to make popcorn on the trail but Hiram Cook has made a video on it. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. I’ll post some good popcorn recipes soon, maybe even with photos.

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Makes 1 to 2 servings

When I was writing A Fork in the Trail, Kurt Larson (Kipawa Kurt) sent this to me with a note saying that it is one of his favorite recipes. I was skeptical at first but  after trying it I recommend the dish as a tasty addition to your trail food repertoire. While it is not a super lightweight recipe, it does make a great side dish to a campfire-grilled steak. As a variation, we add a bit of gruyere cheese to the recipe.

1 large white onion
1 single serving pouch or cube beef bouillon
1 to 2 tablespoons butter, to taste

At Home
Pack the onion and beef bouillon in a ziplock bag. Add the butter to any other butter you will take on your trip. Pack enough aluminum foil to double-wrap the onion.

At Camp
Make sure you have some hot campfire coals. Peel the onion and cut it in half. Scoop out a small portion of the center and place the bouillon in the cavity. Put the two halves back together and cover the outside liberally with butter. Wrap the entire onion with two layers of foil. Place the bundle near the hot coals and cook until the onion softens. Open the package, separate the halves and cover with the gruyere cheese. Serve with a slice or two from a mini baguette.

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This is just a quick hello and a note to tell you what my intentions are for this trail cooking blog. While I have another blog dedicated to trail cooking for backpackers and canoeists, it covers a vast range of topics from gear to grocery store finds. I’ve decided that it would be nice to have a blog simply dedicated to my backpacking recipes and those from other backpackers.

About the backpacking recipes…

Face it, we all have a different style when it comes to food for our wilderness adventures. With that in mind, you’ll see me post recipes here that cover a variety of these trail food styles. While many of these will be my own creations, from time to time I will feature the fare and techniques of other wilderness cooks… so if you want to share a recipe please email me via laurie@wildernesscooking.com.

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