Last year I told you about my love of camping as a kid but now I like to have all of the comforts of home – think comfy beds, my own bathroom and even a kitchen for me to whip up some campfire favorites for my family and friends.
One of my friends invited my family to a campground in Pennsylvania to experience camping in a Park Model RV (though I think she really just wanted me to come and cook!). I’ve been camping in a tent and an RV and loved it so I was anxious to learn more about this style of camping. According to GoRVing.com “Park Model RVs are unique units that provide temporary accommodations for recreation, camping or seasonal use. Park Model RVs are designed to look like a home, but they need to be hooked up to site electricity, sewer and water like any RV.” My wife and kids thought it sounded like fun, so now we needed to get ready to go. This particular Park Model came equipped with sheets, towels, pots, pans and dishes so I didn’t need to bring any of those items – though I had to bring my own knives – most chefs do when they travel! Most campgrounds are dog friendly (this one even had a special dog park with an agility course) so my schnoodle name Koivu got to come along, too!
We’d be arriving in time for lunch, but lucky for me; my friend had that covered so I needed to think about what to make for dinner. I thought about bringing something all prepared in a cooler, but decided against that. Instead I thought about everyone participating in making their own dinner – that’s one of the great things about camping – getting your friends and family together all involved in the same activity.
Here’s my bright idea for dinner; lay out lots of fresh ingredients including protein (chicken & shrimp cut into bite sized pieces), veggies (tomatoes, zucchini, onion, broccoli or whatever looks good at the Farmers Market – also cut into bite sized pieces), some seasonings and some fresh herbs. Now, it’s time for some fun! Get everyone together and give them a sheet of tin foil and let them put together whatever they like. Before they crimp the edges, I’ll make suggestions on what else they should add for seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, herbs, a splash or wine and some butter) to make sure that it will delicious and properly seasoned! Grilling in foil is perfect for a camping trip and you can use almost any heat source. A charcoal or gas grill is preferred by most but even a campfire with a grate over the top will do. Cook the packets for 10 minutes (maybe more depending on what’s inside) turning once and cook for another 10 minutes and dinner is ready. Don’t forget the S’mores for dessert – graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows are all you need. You can change it up a bit by adding dark chocolate, sub in peanut butter cups for the milk chocolate or add some sliced strawberries.
My kids normally like to hang out with me, but at the campground they took off and joined other kids in the pool, on the jumping pillow, playing mini-golf and even volleyball in the rain. They were having so much fun they didn’t even miss their smartphones and video games!
I’ll be sharing some of my favorite “tin foil dinner” combinations on Pazoo.com and would love to hear what you create for your family & friends!
Need more ideas? Head back over to GoRVing.com for more on what to make, what to bring, and great tips to stock your RV so you’ll have everything you need to prepare delicious meals for your family and friends.
Fire it up!