Campfire fare that stands the test of time

For seasoned and novice campers alike, Ontario’s provincial parks hold cherished memories for generations of visitors.

And while modern-day camping features feather-light freestanding tents, fuel efficient radiant burner cookstoves that boil water in 90 seconds, and electronic gadgets that take campground games like Hide and Go Seek (a.k.a. geocaching) to New Ager heights, basic camp kitchen equipment has stood the test of time.

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Campfire Breakfast Oats with Baked Apple

In 2017, we joined forces with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and Butternut Productions to create some “tasty” new videos with some Feast On chefs (Feast On recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown/made food and drink).

Breakfast will never be the same again.

We woke up early for our Presqu’ile Provincial Park breakfast date with Lisa and Cassandra of Earth+City. And was it ever worth it!

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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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Why not cook Thanksgiving Dinner in the park this year?

Imagine turkey seasoned with fresh herbs, hot off the grill. Add a nice hot cup of coffee, maybe a s’more or two for dessert, and you’re ready for a relaxing Thanksgiving under the stars.

This year, why not head to your favourite park for a weekend away and hold your Thanksgiving dinner amid the fall colours?

Move over Martha Stewart, this is Thanksgiving…Canadian style!

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Summer on hold

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two made-in-minutes warm dinner salads that are perfect fare for autumn around the campfire.

Can it really be September?

Here are two warm dinner salads to gently (and deliciously!) guide you into shorter days and cooler evenings around the campfire, keeping summer on hold for as long as you can.

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The 30-minute campfire gourmet

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two impressive campfire recipes sure to capture the oohs and aahs of fellow campers.

Kefta, kofta, brochette, kebab: the aroma of these subtly spiced ground lamb skewers grilling over slow-burning embers will have everyone near your campsite pining for a dinner invitation.

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Have loaf; will travel

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two of her favourite on-the-go sandwich recipes. 

Summer means longer days and warmer nights. And that means fun times spent outdoors birding, hiking, and canoeing.

It also means packing a hearty lunch that will really go the distance.

Here are a couple of sandwich loaf recipes to enjoy on your next trekking adventure.

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Brunch-o-licious campground fare

In today’s post, Chef Deb Rankine, a.k.a. The Fridge Whisperer, shares two decadent brunch recipes loved by RVers and tenters alike.

Laid back mornings at the campsite deserve the finest brunch-o-licious fare.

Created in minutes in an RV kitchen, these recipes are also easily adaptable to those tenting on full service sites.

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“Not your ordinary” free sample from French’s

Thanks to our friends at French’s, seven of our parks are giving away 35,000+ free sample cans of French’s non-alcoholic Caesar Mix.

Read on for a list of parks offering the sample cans of French’s Caesar Mix, and some yummy recipes you can use them to create!

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