Oatmeal: 1 Camping Breakfast 2 Delicious Ways

It’s finally starting to cool off! And with that I feel two really strong, semi-related feelings: I want to be campingall the time, and I want to eat a hot breakfast. I’m working on fulfilling at least one of those primal urges this weekend so I thought it’d be appropriate to share a super-tasty, super-easy hot breakfast that’s perfect for your next camping adventure: Oatmeal. Simple? yes. Tasty? Always, if you do it right.


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Oatmeal: 1 Camping Breakfast 2 Delicious Ways


It’s finally starting to cool off! And with that I feel two really strong, semi-related feelings: I want to be campingall the time, and I want to eat a hot breakfast. I’m working on fulfilling at least one of those primal urges this weekend so I thought it’d be appropriate to share a super-tasty, super-easy hot breakfast that’s perfect for your next camping adventure: Oatmeal. Simple? yes. Tasty? Always, if you do it right.


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When Avery Beer Meets Easy Tiger Cooking
Wednesday Yesterday, out of the blue, I won a contest on Twitter, and made an impromptu night of celebrating two of my favorite things, good food and good beer! Easy Tiger, the best bakery and sausage joint in Austin, hosted and excellent evening of Avery Brewing Company beer paired with a special chef’s six-course dinner. Ryan and I booked it downtown just in time to enjoy Joe’s Premium American Pilsner and settle in for a fantastic night surrounded by great people.

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When Avery Beer Meets Easy Tiger Cooking

Wednesday Yesterday, out of the blue, I won a contest on Twitter, and made an impromptu night of celebrating two of my favorite things, good food and good beer! Easy Tiger, the best bakery and sausage joint in Austin, hosted and excellent evening of Avery Brewing Company beer paired with a special chef’s six-course dinner. Ryan and I booked it downtown just in time to enjoy Joe’s Premium American Pilsner and settle in for a fantastic night surrounded by great people.


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Camp Cooking: A Well-Balanced Dinner

I’m about to give you the formula for the best camping dinner ever. It’s so tasty I even cook it at home. And it’s so easy, it’s possible to make even after a seriously long (ike, 17+ miles long) hike, with only your camp kitchen gear. And a bonus: It’s fast too. 

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Camp Cooking: A Well-Balanced Dinner

I’m about to give you the formula for the best camping dinner ever. It’s so tasty I even cook it at home. And it’s so easy, it’s possible to make even after a seriously long (ike, 17+ miles long) hike, with only your camp kitchen gear. And a bonus: It’s fast too


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Strawberry-Blueberry-Cherry Pie

When I was a kid I hated pie. I thought, why would I want to eat sour cooked fruit for dessert when I can have cake!? Fast forward a few years and I realized that, given enough planning, I could have <em>pie</em> and cake. And ice cream, and cookies, and chocolate. But in practice I’ve found that I only make pie on a whim. I don’t ever plan to bake, and I don’t crave pie. But then once or twice a year the stars align and I rush out for ingredients, necessarily forgetting at least one key part, and I rush home full of excitement and improvise my way through a traditional recipe. This was one of those nights. I recalled this board game I keep hearing about, <a href=”http://www.catan.com/” target=”_blank”>Settlers of Catan</a>, and we jumped in the car to go find it, and I had visions of a pie and game night. 

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Strawberry-Blueberry-Cherry Pie

When I was a kid I hated pie. I thought, why would I want to eat sour cooked fruit for dessert when I can have cake!? Fast forward a few years and I realized that, given enough planning, I could have <em>pie</em> and cake. And ice cream, and cookies, and chocolate. But in practice I’ve found that I only make pie on a whim. I don’t ever plan to bake, and I don’t crave pie. But then once or twice a year the stars align and I rush out for ingredients, necessarily forgetting at least one key part, and I rush home full of excitement and improvise my way through a traditional recipe. This was one of those nights. I recalled this board game I keep hearing about, <a href=”http://www.catan.com/” target=”_blank”>Settlers of Catan</a>, and we jumped in the car to go find it, and I had visions of a pie and game night. 

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Camp Cooking: Breakfast Hash

What do you do when you wake up outside and it’s still dark and everything is wet and you’re a hundred miles from the nearest town (you think, but you’re not sure because there’s no cell service) and you forgot to pack salt and pepper in your camp kitchen? You make hash for breakfast, of course.

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Camp Cooking: Breakfast Hash


What do you do when you wake up outside and it’s still dark and everything is wet and you’re a hundred miles from the nearest town (you think, but you’re not sure because there’s no cell service) and you forgot to pack salt and pepper in your camp kitchen? You make hash for breakfast, of course.


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Canning in the Old Fashioned Style

I’m craving pickles right now. And since I can’t get any pickles, sharing my great grandmother’s recipe for Spicy and Dilly Pickled Beans is the next best thing. When my mom was in town a few months back we got into the box of old recipes she gave me and made a few things for fun, including this oldie-goodie from her Grandma Brown and Aunt Betty&#8230;

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Canning in the Old Fashioned Style


I’m craving pickles right now. And since I can’t get any pickles, sharing my great grandmother’s recipe for Spicy and Dilly Pickled Beans is the next best thing. When my mom was in town a few months back we got into the box of old recipes she gave me and made a few things for fun, including this oldie-goodie from her Grandma Brown and Aunt Betty…


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Cooking Dinner With the Sun: A Solar Oven Story

Everybody knows the summers in Austin get hot – last week we had a record of 110°! When it’s such an oven outside it only makes sense to gather the heat of the sun and concentrate it into an aparatus that can cook your dinner for you – keep that heat out of the kitchen! That’s what my mom said when she gifted me this funky little Solar Oven and a book on slow cooking. A couple weeks ago she came to Austin for a visit and gave me a 101 on how to cook almost anything in the solar oven: beans, rice, potatoes, veggies, whole chickens, chili, stews and soups, even whole roasts of meat.

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Cooking Dinner With the Sun: A Solar Oven Story


Everybody knows the summers in Austin get hot – last week we had a record of 110°! When it’s such an oven outside it only makes sense to gather the heat of the sun and concentrate it into an aparatus that can cook your dinner for you – keep that heat out of the kitchen! That’s what my mom said when she gifted me this funky little Solar Oven and a book on slow cooking. A couple weeks ago she came to Austin for a visit and gave me a 101 on how to cook almost anything in the solar oven: beans, rice, potatoes, veggies, whole chickens, chili, stews and soups, even whole roasts of meat.


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Platos Typicos
I just returned from 8 days in the beautiful rain forests and beaches of Costa Rica! Ever wonder what a typical meal – platos typicos – in Costa Rica is like? Keep reading to find out what we ate, where we explored and what we saw!

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Platos Typicos

I just returned from 8 days in the beautiful rain forests and beaches of Costa Rica! Ever wonder what a typical meal – platos typicos – in Costa Rica is like? Keep reading to find out what we ate, where we explored and what we saw!

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Hibiscus Sun Tea &amp; A Royal Tea Cocktail
My mom was always making sun tea in the summer when I was a kid. I never made my own until she gifted me a bag of organic dried hibiscus flowers from her adventures in Mexico. So on the first hot day of the summer I taught myself how to make sun tea out of the flowers, a black tea that I&#8217;ve always liked, and some of the mint that was swiftly taking over a corner of my garden. Even as a first try the tea came out &lt;em&gt;perfect&lt;/em&gt;. Not too sour or acidic, not too minty, this tea comes out a beautiful pink-beet color and is incredibly refreshing. So refreshing that Ryan and I created a cocktail out of it! A little award-winning local vodka, a little lemon and honey, and this tea is transformed into a bright and totally sip-able Royal Tea Cocktail!
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Hibiscus Sun Tea & A Royal Tea Cocktail

My mom was always making sun tea in the summer when I was a kid. I never made my own until she gifted me a bag of organic dried hibiscus flowers from her adventures in Mexico. So on the first hot day of the summer I taught myself how to make sun tea out of the flowers, a black tea that I’ve always liked, and some of the mint that was swiftly taking over a corner of my garden. Even as a first try the tea came out <em>perfect</em>. Not too sour or acidic, not too minty, this tea comes out a beautiful pink-beet color and is incredibly refreshing. So refreshing that Ryan and I created a cocktail out of it! A little award-winning local vodka, a little lemon and honey, and this tea is transformed into a bright and totally sip-able Royal Tea Cocktail!

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The Perfect Picnic
Picnics are one of the best things about a new summer! Gathering at the park with friends and seeing fellow picnickers with their romping dogs and kids, shaking out a blanket, searching for the perfect spot, pouring the first drink, unpacking the basket of goodies, unwinding and finding comfort on the lumpy ground…These are my favorite parts of a good picnic. Add to that a delicious spread and fair entertainment and I’m the happiest girl around. Read along to discover what to bring to make your own picnic magical!

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The Perfect Picnic

Picnics are one of the best things about a new summer! Gathering at the park with friends and seeing fellow picnickers with their romping dogs and kids, shaking out a blanket, searching for the perfect spot, pouring the first drink, unpacking the basket of goodies, unwinding and finding comfort on the lumpy ground…These are my favorite parts of a good picnic. Add to that a delicious spread and fair entertainment and I’m the happiest girl around. Read along to discover what to bring to make your own picnic magical!


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PS…We’re on Twitter! Follow us @thefoodculturalist