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Friday, October 21, 2016

Pocket Snack Recipes for Ashore, Aloft and Afloat

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What’s in your pantry when the power goes off? New cookbook is for preppers, boaters, campers and emergencies at home. Familiar supermarket supplies are used to make delicious meals without fresh foods.  

Poco Mocha   Gorp
    This is a sweet dessert gorp. Package it in portions of ½ cup or less for the lunch box or hike. 

2 tablespoons French vanilla powdered coffee creamer
1 tablespoon instant espresso
4 cups frosted bite-size shredded wheat
4 cups chocolate cereal such as chocolate Cheerios
4 cups chocolate-covered raisins
2 cups chocolate-coated coffee beans

    Mix powdered creamer and instant espresso. Put cereal in a large bag or bowl, sprinkle with coffee mixture and mix gently. Add chocolate-covered raisins and coated coffee beans. Mix gently and package in half-cup portions.  Makes about 28 servings of ½ cup each.

Janet Groene lived full-time on the go for 10 years, wintering under sail in the tropics and camping ashore in summer. See her easy recipes for camping, boating or any small galley at BoatCook and CampandRVCook.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Homemade Trail Mix to Eat Anywhere

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Poocorn is just corn and shredded wheat is just wheat. (Read labels to be sure.) 

Simply Wheat and Corn Gorp
    Plain popcorn is pure corn. Shredded wheat cereal is pure wheat. Make a more healthful gorp  with them instead of sweetened, heavily salted, chemical-filled cereals. Add a piece of fresh fruit and a bottle of water and this gorp makes a meal.

4 cups bite-size shredded wheat, not frosted
4 teaspoons mixed Italian herbs
1/4 cup canola or corn oil
1/2 cup grated hard cheese such as Parmesan
8 cups plain popcorn
2 cups whole roasted cashews
2 cups walnut or pecan halves

    Spread shredded wheat on a large baking pan. In this order: sprinkle with herbs, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 225 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes for 45 minutes or until cereal is lightly browned. Cool completely.
    In a large bag mix popcorn, nuts and cooled cereal. Shake gently to mix well. Package by the cupful. Makes 16 one-cup portions. Keep cool and dry for up to a week.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Pocket Snack Recipes to Eat Anywhere

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Crispy Cheese Gorp
    Most gorp recipes seen here require no cooking but here’s one that bakes into a hunka-chunka lunchtime love. It’s worth the work. Complete the menu with a crisp apple and a bottle of water. 

2 sticks butter, softened at room temperature
8-ounce package of grated Cheddar cheese
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 cups crisp rice cereal

    Grease a 9 X 13-inch baking pan and set the oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, gradually stirring in cheese, flour and garlic salt. If necessary, add a tablespoon of cream, water or milk.
    When everything is well combined, fold in rice cereal. Smooth dough into an even layer in the pan, pressing with the back of a wet spoon. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until it’s lightly brown. Let cool, then cut and wrap. Makes 12 to 16  portions. 

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Be prepared every day with the Survival Food Handbook. It’s a guide to shopping the supermarket for stow-able foods for the emergency shelf, summer cabin, ski lodge, camping and boating. Delicious recipes are made 100% with shelf-stable foods you’ll enjoy and replace often. No costly survival rations are needed. These are foods you use every day, not pile up in the garage until Doomsday.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Homemade Trail Mix; Eat Anywhere

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Strawberry Gorp
    Moist and chewy, “fig newtons”  now come in many fruit flavors including strawberry.  Put them on a cutting board and use a sharp chef’s knife to cut each one into 8 pieces. Serve this gorp for breakfast on the go, a snack or a walking dessert.
5 cups diced strawberry “newton” cookies
1 package dry strawberry gelatin dessert mix, regular or sugar free
2 cups yogurt-covered jumbo raisins
2 cups whole roasted pecans
1 cup whole roasted almonds
2 cups bite-size strawberry cereal such as strawberry frosted Mini-Wheats

    Dice cookies and put in a large plastic bag with the gelatin. Toss gently.  Add remaining ingredients and carefully toss again.  Measure by the cup or half cup and package in zip-top bags. . Makes 12 cups. 

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Janet Groene's newest book is Survival Food Handbook,  a guide to provisioning your home, camper or boat with emergency rations you can buy at the supermarket. No high-priced survival foods needed.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Homemade Snacks for Fall Hikers, Bikers, Campers, Boaters

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 Fall hiking calls for high-energy pocket fuel.

When making trail mix, gorp and pocket meals it's important to keep proportions the same for a good balance of carbs, fats, protein and taste.

Bulk Rate Gorp
    When you put these familiar ingredients together yourself, it’s cheaper AND you can fine-tune ingredients to, say, eliminate gluten, reduce salt, go sugar-free or substitute soy nuts for tree nuts. This recipe makes enough to last all week.

9 cups mixed square cereals
1 cup unsalted, roasted, whole pecans
2 cups goldfish-type crackers
2 cups small, round pretzels
2 cups unsalted jumbo peanuts
2 cups jumbo raisins
2 cups peanut M&Ms
2 cups regular M&Ms
    Mix well. Makes 22 one-cup packages or 44 packets of ½ cup each. 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Snacks that Travel

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Animal Crackers Gorp
    A big, two-pound bag of animal crackers at Walmart is less than $3.  They’re a terrific bargain for snacks and they’re also low in fat and sugar compared to many treats. This gorp has enough carb energy to turbo-charge a hike and it’s sweet enough to eat as a walking dessert.

32-ounce bag of animal crackers
2 cups Teddy Grahams
2 cups goldfish crackers
2 cups fish-shaped gummi candy
2 tablespoons powdered French vanilla coffee creamer
2 cups miniature marshmallows
4 cups mixed nuts, preferably unsalted

    Put crackers and gummi candy in a large bag with the creamer and jostle  gently. Add remaining ingredients, mix gently again and package by the cup or half cup. Package by the cup for adults or half cup for kids. Makes about 18 servings of one cup each.

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net Groene’s quick and easy recipes for camping, RV travel, tailgating and picnics at