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George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Calling Sarah for the world's best recipe on 06/10/2010 18:37:47 MDT Print View

I'm planning our food for a upcoming trip. Sure would be nice to create a fantastic, surprise meal. I have a dehydrator.

Sarah,

what's the latest, hottest, best recipe idea your trail chef mind can conjure?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Calling Sarah for the world's best recipe on 06/10/2010 18:42:27 MDT Print View

George, you have to give her a hint. There's only about a million great recipes out there, and she only knows half of them.

--B.G.--

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Calling Sarah for the world's best recipe on 06/10/2010 19:20:36 MDT Print View

Tell me what you love and what you hate ;-)

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Calling Sarah for the world's best recipe on 06/10/2010 21:07:22 MDT Print View

When I plan backpacking menus, they're sorted into 2 categories: nacho taters and everything else.

If you do a search for "nacho taters" and "curried chicken cranberry couscous" on this site you'll find 2 great recipes. Plus both threads have other terrific offerings.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Calling Sarah for the world's best recipe on 06/10/2010 21:38:09 MDT Print View

http://www.trailcooking.com/recipes/curried-chicken-cranberry-couscous

I love that recipe - it is very simple.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Calling Sarah for the world's best recipe on 06/11/2010 19:51:46 MDT Print View

I like Sarah's Cranberry Chicken Rice (Freezer Bag Cooking, p.44). One of my favorites.

Her curried-chicken-cranberry-couscous or the rice will definitely be one of the meals. (http://www.trailcooking.com/recipes/curried-chicken-cranberry-couscous)

Now back to the meal I want to create for my better half. Here is a Rachael Ray recipe that she really likes. I'd like to make a trail version of it...

INGREDIENTS
Salt
1 pound bucatini [change to Barilla farfalle pasta]
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling, plus 1 tablespoon
8 slices smoky bacon, chopped
3-4 spring Vidalia onions with a few inches of green tops intact, very thinly sliced or 2 leeks, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, then washed and dried
4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
1 red chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped or 1 jalapeño or red Fresno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 pints ripe cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine
Black pepper
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley (a couple of handfuls), chopped
A handful of basil leaves, torn or shredded
A generous handful of grated Pecorino cheese, plus some to pass at table

PREPARATION
Heat a large pot of water to a boil for [farfalle], season water with salt then cook pasta to al dente.

In a deep skillet or Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp; remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve on a paper towel-lined plate. Drain off some fat if the pan has more than a couple of tablespoons of drippings. Add the sliced spring Vidalia onions or leeks, garlic and hot pepper and sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the tomatoes and stir to combine; cover the pan.

Shake the pan occasionally and cook until the tomatoes begin to burst, 6-8 minutes. Uncover the pot and mash up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, add the wine and stir for 1-2 minutes. Season the sauce with some salt and black pepper, to taste, then reduce the heat to low.

When the pasta is ready, add a ladle of the starchy cooking water to the sauce along with the parsley, bacon and bucatini and toss for 1-2 minutes with an extra tablespoon of EVOO. Turn off the heat and toss in the basil and cheese; serve immediately.

http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=3321

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: George on 06/11/2010 23:09:22 MDT Print View

Dang,

I want that for dinner tomorrow!

And yes...that could be translated to a one pot meal using a quick cooking pasta like the mini Barilla pastas that cook in 7 minutes. You have me thinking!

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Dang on 06/14/2010 19:24:11 MDT Print View

How was it?

Keep that thinking going. : )

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Dang on 06/14/2010 20:22:26 MDT Print View

I am working on it :-) I got busy this weekend coming up with new recipes for my REI presentations this week....then back to the drawing board!

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Dry baby dry on 06/23/2010 19:28:20 MDT Print View

This weekend is going will be dehydrator mania for me. Dry baby dry!

I'm finalizing my food for an upcoming five trip.

Will share my results.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Dry baby dry on 06/23/2010 21:24:41 MDT Print View

Cool! Do share :-)

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: cry baby cry - confession on 06/28/2010 19:32:26 MDT Print View

For I am weak.

Was really going to work hard all weekend drying and putting recipes together. Had the trail cookbooks ready. Was pumped. Ready to work.

Then my son and I decide to hike Saturday. That's all it took. Yes, I am weak.

So by Sunday night. I thought:; yikes!

So I bought some tasty sounding meals (mostly Mary J). Filled up some bags with nuts. Oatmeal. Trader Joe Honey Roasted Sesame Sticks, good looking breakfast pastries. Raisins. Healthy snack bars. Plenty of food.

Maybe next trip I can gather the strength to put the necessary effort into my trail food. Don't give up on me.

How this for sharing : )

Respectfully,

Sir Slacker-alot

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: cry baby cry - confession on 06/28/2010 22:12:17 MDT Print View

Lol....the Food Industry of America thanks you ;-)