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Sweet Potato Pancakes

I just stumbled on this recipe and think this would be a tasty camping treat. It’s fairly simple as long as you have a grater with you.

These babies are loaded with vitamins A and C and are great served with a simple salad, applesauce or sour cream and some bacon and/or eggs.  Instead of olive oil, fry up some bacon and cook them in some of the leftover bacon fat. Talk about a taste sensation!

Now that it’s getting to be that time of year again, season up that cast iron skillet, fire up the stove and get cooking!

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Tortellini Soup Post-Climbing Carb Boost

A lot of climbers want a high carb meal following a strenuous day of climbing.

Why? Carbohydrates fuel your muscles and brain and are used to provide energy during exercise. Excess carbohydrate in the system is stored in the liver as glycogen for use when fuel for exercise is needed later on. So, after a long, hard day of exercise with little food or carbohydrate intake, the body will need to replenish its stores of carbohydrate. Nothing like a big old bowl of pasta to take care of that!

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Delicious & Easy Blueberry Coconut Almond Energy Bars

I was helping my husband out yesterday at a workshop he was running at the local climbing gym. This was a 4 hour workshop that ran until 7 pm. Being the foodie I am, I thought that the attendees might get hungry during that time. So, I bought some fruit, power bars,  and decided to make some energy bars to try out on them. As it turned out, everyone in attendance tried the homemade bars and absolutely raved about them.  Even gym staff came over looking to try them.

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Cold Brew Coffee Hits the Spot

coffeeThere has been some talk about the health benefits of coffee, some of which are protection against diabetes, liver damage, and Alzheimer’s disease. Some researchers have also found that coffee makes the mind more alert and thus, can help the body react faster and become more alert to react in situations that cause excitement, such as climbing. Well, I am not here, however, to debate all the differing theories on the cons and pros of coffee. I am a coffee lover and thought I would add few positive qualities of this robust and delicious beverage to support my recipe for a cold brewed coffee concentrate.

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Fast & Easy Soba Salad

With hot weather arriving in many places (except for Colorado, it seems), it’s nice to have a simple, cool dinner or lunch. To prepare for the weekend, I made this soba noodle salad, which is very easy to make, is filling, and tastes so good. This recipe is a good lunch size for two, but I would double it if you want larger portions. It’s also really easy to make at camp, requiring very little cleanup.

soba salad

Apparently the edamame I added had sunk to the bottom of the bowl for this photo op!


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Garlic, A Love-Hate Relationship

garlicAhhh, garlic….aromatic, tasty, heady…..sticky, stinky, and a real pain to work with. I don’t know about you, but I love it and hate it for these reasons, especially when I am camping. Just because I’ve worked hard at climbing all day and I’m camping, doesn’t mean I have to deprive myself of fresh garlic and have a stinky, sticky mess. Yuck.

Aside from making everything taste good, garlic is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins and is a rich source of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium. It contains anti-oxidants like carotene beta, and vitamins like vitamin-C and also has been shown to decrease risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, and stomach cancer.

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