Also known as "Eating like Kings."
We switched our plans all around at the last minute, heading in a completely different direction, to a completely different state even, because of our love of the camp fire. Not only does a fire keep one warm, and add to the aesthetics of the evening, but it is mighty fine for cooking!
I made a cherry dump cake in the dutch oven that had Lucas asking for "cooked cherries" several times a day for the next week. It was delicious! It's the same recipe I would make at home in the oven using canned pie filling, a yellow cake mix, and butter.
Our friends made cornbread in our dutch oven and it was great, too! They also used the fire to make hobo pies. I've had something similar before that wasn't so great, but our friends really knew what they were doing. They layered cream of mushroom soup, ground beef, thinly sliced potatoes, chopped mushrooms, green onions, and tomatoes in these foil packets. 15-20 minutes later, we were enjoying some warm comfort food.
Of course we used the fire to make S'mores. Several times. And I hope you know this by now, but S'mores are really best when using Reese's Peanut Butter Cups instead of regular bar chocolate.
When not cooking directly on the fire, we used charcoal for cooking. Check out these veggie skewers. Oh. My. We also grilled skewered marinated chicken that evening to go with the veggies.
And sometimes we used our propane stove, which is a valid choice even though we wanted to go somewhere where we could do the majority of our cooking with fire. The propane stove can certainly whip up some delicious things like these beautiful omelets and cooked potatoes with onion.
One of my favorite things about camping is cooking outdoors. It's time consuming. And cleaning up is a bit of a hassle. But there is something thrilling about creating a meal outside and sharing it with friends in a beautiful setting.