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Over a Cup of Coffee: To-go camping recipes

Diane Prather

During the summer, lots of people look forward to camping out. Sleeping in a tent, sitting around a campfire, fishing and cooking outdoors are just some of the highlights. Meals include roasting hot dogs and making yummy graham cracker treats with toasted marshmallows and chocolate. But there are meals that can be cooked in aluminum foil, too.

The first of these recipes, "Hamburgers and Potatoes in Foil," comes from my family. When we were all at home, we took day trips, mostly in the fall when most of the ranch work was over for the season, to places in the county where we could make a fire. Mom usually made the little aluminum foil packets when we stopped for lunch, and then we cooked them over a fire. We may have buried the packets in the coals or else we put them over a fire "grate" that we took along with us. Although some of the potatoes got pretty brown on the bottom, the meal was delicious. Mom sometimes used elk burger instead of beef.

This second recipe needs to be prepared before you take it to a campsite. I have not tried this one.

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Hamburgers and Potatoes in Foil

Ground beef, uncooked

Sliced onion

Raw potatoes, cut into thin slices

Uncooked bacon, about one slice per packet

Salt and pepper, to taste

Note: The amount of ingredients depends on how many you want to feed. Each aluminum foil packet is a meal for a person. For heartier appetites, you might want to use two hamburger patties.

Tear off aluminum foil, one piece for each person. The foil should be large enough to hold the ingredients and have enough foil left over to fold it on top to seal in the juices. Pile the potatoes on the bottom. Salt and pepper the layer. Add a slice of onion. Put the hamburger patty on top of that and season. Lay a slice of bacon on top of the hamburger. Seal up the packet. When you have made all of the packets, put them in the coals or on a grate over the coals. Keep an eye on the packets as they cook and move them around if they get too hot. Cook until the ingredients are done. Cool slightly and enjoy.

Recipe by Judy Osborn

Campfire Chicken Dinner

6 chicken breasts, precooked at home

6 carrots, sliced lengthwise and parboiled

6 small potatoes, sliced lengthwise and parboiled

1 onion, sliced into 6 pieces

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

4 tablespoons butter

Boil the chicken breasts for about 20 minutes at home. Prepare the other vegetables. Mix up the soups. Tear off six squares of heavy-duty foil. Place a chicken breast on each foil piece. Add some potato, carrot, onion, soups and a pat of butter to each foil square. Seal the foil packets tightly. Freeze or keep in the refrigerator until ready to go to the campsite. Put the packets in a cooler to transport. To cook, bury the packets in hot coals and cook for about 30 minutes, until done, turning once or twice.