Camping with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Summertime means it’s time for camping, hiking, and backpacking trips. Some of the best camping memories involve munching on a crisp apple around the campfire as the rest of the food cooks. Unless you’re camping in an RV, cooler space is limited. If you’re backpacking, you have no cooler. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Some fruits and vegetables will keep for three to five days without any refrigeration, so you can save the ice and cooler space for those foods that demand refrigeration. Fruits and Vegetables for Camping that Don’t Require Refrigeration Here’s a …

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Rhubarb Nut Crisp

Surprise the family with one of these great rhubarb recipes. Strawberry rhubarb is a classic combination, and the flavors pair so well together. Here’s a few recipes to get you into the season. Rhubarb Nut Crisp Recipe I like rhubarb. I have a rhubarb plant in my back yard that has grown into a monster perennial. It takes no care and provides enough stalks for few rhubarb pies and crisps each spring. This makes a great springtime dessert.A crisp can be served hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream. This is another crisp that goes well with lemon …

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Traditional Strawberry Shortcakes with Flavored Whipped Cream

We served traditional strawberry shortcakes in our store on Saturday. That means 400, maybe 500 desserts and 30 pounds of strawberries. How do you make 500 desserts in a hurry? You take every shortcut you can without sacrificing quality. We simplified the shortcakes. We took our just-add-water biscuit mix, added a little sugar, and baked sheets of sweetened biscuits. It worked. Repeatedly we were asked, “Where can I get this recipe?” We used a strawberry slicer for the berries. We had nice, neat slices and probably cut our prep time by two-thirds. We made caramel whipped cream by the quart. …

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Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes

Get a Stuffed Burger Press for just $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZBURG” at checkout. Get the Stuffed Burger Press Now (Reg. Price: $10.99) With summer and backyard barbecues coming around, there’s nothing like a good, juicy burger. I’m talking the drip down your chin, piled high with toppings, and nearly too big to bite kind of burger. But we’re moving burgers to the next level: stuffed burgers. We like to call them cantina burgers. Imagine biting down into a soft, tasty bun on top of crisp lettuce, tomato, and zesty condiments followed by a bite of …

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Troubleshooting Quick Breads

(Updated from May 22, 2014) FREE! The “Best Banana Bread” Ever! Guaranteed! Get this Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix! Free with code “ZBAN” at checkout. Limit 1. Be sure to add it to your cart. It is truly awesome!This is a dessert bread that really surprised me! I wouldn’t have thought to put cinnamon chips in banana bread, but WOW? Definitely worth trying!” Melody Knopf (customer review) Quick breads make for a fast and tasty treat, and they can be really easy to make. But it’s common to run into some issues along the way. The most common causes for these …

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How to Make Fifteen Minute Pizzas

(Updated From May 12, 2014) Get a FREE Pizza Roller! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZA” at checkout! Thin crust pizzas have become a recent favorite here at Prepared Pantry. They aren’t as rich and heavy as their thicker deep-dish counterparts, but they still taste just as great without all the guilt. We’ve also found that thin-crust pizzas are much faster to make. Debbie is the thin crust pizza queen. She’s gotten it down to a science in making three crusts out of just one pizza dough mix and pulling her famous thin crust pizzas out of the …

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How to Make Your Pie Crust Pretty in 3 Easy Steps

Get a FREE Pie Crust Sheild! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIE” at checkout. The pie crust shouldn’t be the most intimidating part of the pie, and it doesn’t need to be when you use these three easy steps and our pie crust mix. The perfect pie has a pretty, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth kind of crust. You can make your pie crusts look and taste just like a pie from a professional bakery, and we’ll tell you how to do it in just three easy steps. The “Key Ingredient” to a Perfect Pie Crust Pie crusts made from scratch …

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Six Great Snacking Cheeses to Serve with Fruit

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Finding a snack that is quick, easy, and not too unhealthy can be hard to do. Sometimes the simple foods are the best . . . and there is nothing better on so many occasions than fresh fruit and cheese. It makes a party better, it makes a great mid-afternoon snack, it’s a wonderful appetizer, and it goes well in a packed lunch. But there are so many cheeses to choose from. We’ll help. Here are our favorite snacking cheeses to serve with fruit—apples, grapes, pears, and more. Snacking Cheeses to Pair with Tart Fruits …

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How to Make a Calzone like a Pizza Shop

The Perfect Make-Ahead Freezer Meal (Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Pizza Crust Mix! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZB” at checkout. If you can make a pizza, you can make a calzone. Calzones are easy meals that you can even make ahead of time, freeze, and then have out of the oven in just fifteen minutes. In this article, we’ll tell you how to make a calzone with methods and tips. Calzones are closely related to pizzas, sort of a folded over pizza. Somehow though, cutting into the crisp, golden crust of a calzone to …

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Cinnamon Dutch Almond Refrigerator Cookies

This is an unusual refrigerator cookie and one of our favorites. We like it so much that several years ago, we determined to make a mix based on this recipe. It was one of those projects that never made it out of the gate but in so doing, we felt like we perfected the cookie. We reverse-engineered the mix to create this recipe. This is a hard, crisp cookie that is served in Europe with a beverage. It’s sort of like having biscotti at the corner café. This is an easy cookie to make. Unlike other recipes, do not underbake …

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How to Make an Easy Dinner with Pigs-in-a-Blanket using Biscuit Dough or Bread Dough

Pigs in a Blanket with cheese in the center

Save up to 60% off on the bread mixes for your pigs in a blanket. I grew up with pigs in a blanket. Loved them. My mother wrapped biscuit dough around sausages or hot dogs. They were quick and easy and her kids were excited about them. She could add a salad and maybe some chips and had an easy meal. A blanket wrapped around a hot dog—or better, a brat—sure beats a store-bought bun. A narrow strip of cheddar down the center of the dog makes them even better.

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Peach Berry Crisp with Cinnamon Spiced Whipped Cream

For the filling • 2 cups fresh or frozen berries • 2 cups fresh peaches, sliced • 2/3 cup granulated sugar • 3 tablespoons flour • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1 teaspoon cassia cinnamon For the topping: • 1 cup brown sugar • 1 cup quick oats • 1 1/5 cups flour • 1 cup cold butter, cut into chunks For the whipped cream: • 1 cup whipping cream • 1/3 cup granulated sugar • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1 1/2 teaspoon cassia cinnamon • 1/2 tablespoon meringue powder, optional Preheat the oven to 375 degrees 1. Mix …

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How to Make a Skillet Breakfast

Plus, how to make crispy hash browns. My oldest son and his family were in town from Minnesota. We stopped at a country diner for breakfast. Half of our party ordered omelets and the rest ordered skillet breakfasts. They were good; made of crispy hash browns with onions and bacon and then topped with scrambled eggs and cheese. Back in the test kitchen, we tried to replicate the diner’s skillet breakfast. We got close. Here’s the recipe. This will feed two or three hungry people. Ingredients 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and grated 1/2 sweet onion such as Walla Walla, …

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The Blondies and the Baking Lessons

What You can Learn from a Blondie? These blondies are really good, so good that a major company commissioned us to make them a blondie mix.  The original Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie Blondies are thick and moist and chewy, loaded with chocolate.  They’re made in a dark, nonstick 9 x 9-inch baking pan. These good folks wanted a blondie that would work in 9 x 9-inch and 8 x 8-inch pans and in both glass and metal pans.  Now that would take some doing. See what you can learn from our journey. Different Size Pans Require Different Baking Times It’s …

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A Baker’s Cookie Guide

Ingredients Cookies are wonderful concoctions of flour, sugar, and a fat—usually butter and eggs. To these basic ingredients, we add fruit, nuts, and flavors. If we start out with compromised ingredients, the cookies from any recipe will be inferior. Sugars Sugars not only sweeten, they add moisture and tenderness to the cookie and help the cookie brown. Always use the type of sugar called for in the recipe. Since superfine sugar melts faster than does granulated, it will create more spread. Brown sugar adds a caramel flavor and more moisture than granulated. Powdered sugar has added cornstarch and makes a …

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Chicken Pot Pie: A Timeless Comfort Food Classic

By: Casey Archibald I remember my grandmother; she always smelled like a perfume called Beautiful. She spent hours trimming her rose bushes on hot summer weekends, she had a big, stinky chocolate lab named Peppi, she collected hundreds of nativity scenes and figurines—and she made the most delicious, creamy, chicken pot pies. They were perfect on rainy Seattle days. Though I wasn’t a huge fan of veggies, when grandma surrounded them a pool of creamy goodness and topped them with a buttery, flakey crust, the peas and carrots were just fine. Chicken pot pies are very versitile. Add celery, potatoes, …

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How to Have Great Picnics in the Fall

Dennis Weaver With the exception of the picture of the Tetons, the landscape images were taken in Eastern Idaho by Debbie Frantzen. This is our favorite time of year for a picnic. It’s not just that snow is coming; we’re savoring the last pleasures of the season. The sky is clear and blue and there’s a fresh crispness to the air. The bugs are gone. The sumac is red and the aspens have turned golden. The birds and wildlife seem restless and no longer hidden in the thickets away from the heat of summer and out of sight. The southerly rays …

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Heavenly Macaroons Recipe

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We really like macaroons.  These egg white-based cookies come in such interesting varieties—vanilla, chocolate, and cherry for starters.  Most of us think of coconut when we think of macaroons but we’ve seen macaroons with no nuts at all and some with almonds, pecans, and even pine nuts.  And they come with textures from crisp to chewy.Here is a recipe for a very light and airy macaroon, almost like a confection. This is a very quick and easy recipe.  The recipe requires only a few ingredients, and a few steps. Ingredients 4 egg whites (you should have a half cup) 1/8 …

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Fall Picnics | Ideas for Great Fall Picnics

This is my favorite time of year, September and early October.  I love the cooler weather, the crisp bite in the mornings.  I love the mountains in the fall, the medley of bright colors in the forests, the deeper blue sky that seems to go forever, the earthy smells of fallen leaves, and the crunch of dry leaves underfoot.  I love the crystal clear waters of gentle streams after the water has dropped in the fall with their quiet babble as they find their way over smooth stones.  It’s my favorite time for hikes and picnics in the woods. We …

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How to Make Fresh Veggie Flatbread Pizzas

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Discovering the Foods of the Twin Cities: Margherita Flatbread I’m writing this from Minnesota. It’s a beautiful day, not too hot, plenty of sun, and a mere rustle of a breeze. I love St. Paul.  It’s a very ethnic town, much more so than across the river in Minneapolis. There is a Hmong neighborhood here, a German there, and an Italian over there. I went to school at The University of Minnesota.  Not far away was a row of ethnic restaurants where you could sample Somalian food or Caribbean. Now when we visit, we hop from bakery to bakery and then …

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