5 tips for perfectly grilled campfire grub

Nothing beats the rich, smoky flavour of campfire cooking. Grills are simple to use and allow you to cook a variety of food at once, including faves like steak, burgers, and corn on the cob.

But too often we hear tales of campfire woe, from the classic charred veggies/cold meat conundrum to the tear-inducing “my steak fell into the fire” tragedy.

Fear not, would-be grillmasters: these 5 tips will have you whipping up the perfect fire-grilled meal in no time.

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Some like it hot: cooking the perfect winter chili

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares her favourite campfire chili recipes.

Chili is perfect winter camping fare.

Cook it low ’n slow in a cast iron Dutch oven set over smoldering embers, or on a gas barbecue over indirect heat with the lid down. Or — if you’re on a serviced site — in a slow cooker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Today’s recipes use everyday pantry ingredients that are easily sourced and, for the most part, require no refrigeration.

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10 hot chocolate hacks

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares her favourite hot chocolate recipe along with 10 BEST ways to kick it up a notch!

What’s more welcoming than a hot mug of cocoa after a day’s hiking or an autumnal nature walk through the forest?

In addition to our recipe for a rich tasting, velvety smooth hot chocolate mix, we’ve given you 10 fun and creative ways to make your hot chocolate experience the best one ever.

Happy autumn indeed!

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Autumnal campfire fare

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares recipes for two hardy seasonal soups that are quick to make and eat like a meal.

After a day of paddling, exploring trails, or hiking through forests awash in fall colours, who wouldn’t relish bowlfuls of goodness that warm mind, body and soul?

Here are a couple of hardy soups that do just that!

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Cool summer salads…cooked over the campfire?!

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares the recipes for two really quick, really delicious, really healthy salads that eat like a meal.

Anyone camping for more than a few days knows space is always a concern, especially when it comes to packing the cooler. But with a little creativity and know-how, you can plan meals everyone will love while making the most of the ingredients you have to work with.

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Campfire safety: If you love Ontario Parks, don’t burn them!

Today’s post comes from Marketing and Communications summer student Mitch Jackson. His campfire talents include cooking stuffed peppers, grilling barbecue chicken, and always managing to forget to pack a lighter. 

For many campers, a fire is a must. Gathering ’round the flames, sharing stories with friends and family, making s’mores, and burning marshmallows are all part of the quintessential camping experience.

While you may have the perfect campfire recipes, or the perfect campfire building technique, you should also be aware of how to keep your campfire perfectly safe.

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5 must-have items for your picnic basket

Ontario’s provincial parks all offer FREE day-use on July 15, 2016, and our parks have all sorts of events planned, from treasure hunts to zumba to campfire singalongs!

And all that fun is sure to make you hungry.

Whether a romantic tête–à–tête by the river or a family reunion on the beach, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day is a picnic-perfect event.

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5 ways to level up your camp coffee

You’ve got big plans. Today’s the day you conquer a stretch of whitewater, take the trail to the waterfall, or join that guided wildlife hike.

But the morning feels chilly. And your muscles are tight from yesterday’s portage. And your inner-naysayer has almost got you convinced to snuggle back in your sleeping bag and let the day go by.

But then the wind shifts.

And you smell the one thing that never fails to rev up your inner adventurer.
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