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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Popcorn Balls Make the Perfect Christmas Bells

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Jingle Bells Cornballs
    You’ll need a large bowl to mix this big batch of popcorn, or just use a clean dishpan. If you spray the bowl and spatula with nonstick spray, mixing and cleanup with be easier.   If you use microwave popcorn, get the lightest possible (preferably with no salt or oil at all).
16 cups plain popcorn
2 cups dried cranberries (Craisins)
1 teaspoon sea salt (optional)

2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups small green jelly beans    
    Cool popcorn and remove any un-popped kernels. Put popcorn and dried cranberries in a large bowl or pan and toss gently to mix.  Sprinkle with salt. Bring sugar, water and corn syrup to a boil and keep boiling until it reaches 255 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar and vanilla. Drizzle hot syrup over popcorn mixture, tossing constantly with a sprayed spatula to mix well. When syrup is completely mixed in, stir in green candy bits.
    When popcorn mixture is still warm but is cool enough to handle, use buttered hands to
form baseball-size balls. Cool completely and wrap individually in plastic. Makes 20 popcorn balls. On the trail, serve as a snack or dessert.

See Janet Groene’s recipes for camping and RV here and her recipes for the boat galley here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Homemade Snack Recipes for Camping, Tailgating, Potlucks, Boating, Lunchbox

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 Make your own gorp and always keep some in a pocket when you're adventuring. 

 Apple Pie ‘n Cheese Gorp
    This nut-free gorp is an anytime snack or pepper-upper and it’s also a satisfying dessert
around the campfire.

4 cups small white cheddar cheese square crackers
4 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
8 cups unsalted popcorn
2 cups cut up dried apple rings
2 cups apple snack chips
Optional: 2 cups of one of the apple flavors of Jelly Bellies (there are several)

    Toss everything together lightly and package by the cupful in zip-top snack bags. Makes
20 to 22 servings of one cup each. 

  Cook's note: air-popped popcorn is healthiest but If you can make only microwave popcorn, buy the "lite". Each packet makes about 4 cups. 

See Janet Groene's simple recipes for camping and RV travel at her weekly blog.

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Janet's Pantry Recipe of the Week, requiring no fresh foods, is found at Boat Cook
Gift idea:   Look at past posts here and adopt your own designer gorp. Then package it for gifts and party  favors. A big bowl of homemade gorp is also a welcome contribution to a potluck party.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Healthy Snacks are Homemade Snacks

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Snacks to make at home and carry in a pocket for good times, boating, camping, hiking, sightseeing. Save money, eat healthier.

Pepita Popcorn Gorp
   Make air-popped popcorn without oil or salt, or buy the most "lite" microwave popcorn you can find.

4 cups plain popcorn
2 cups bite-size shredded wheat
2 cups round oat cereal
2 cups sunflower nuts
2 cups shelled pepitas
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon each garlic salt, ground cumin, onion salt and celery salt
    Put popcorn, cereal and pepitas in a large, sprayed clean container (such as a stockpot or dishpan). Melt butter and stir in herbs and spices. Drizzle a little over the popcorn mixture. Mix, drizzle again. Repeat until popcorn mixture is well coated. Package by the cupful and keep in a cool, dry place for up to one week. Makes 12 cups.

See Janet Groene’s chic, shortcut recipes for camping  and boating.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Homemade Snack Recipes Save Money

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Take baby for a walk in the park and bring  snacks for Mom and Dad.

Thumb Drive Gorp
    This gorp makes a hearty dessert.  Brazil nuts, big as a thumb drive, are something you can get your teeth into.

1 packet orange flavored gelatin dessert, regular or sugar-free
I pound whole pitted dates
1 pound whole unsalted almonds
1 pound shelled, whole Brazil nuts
1 bag of marshmallows
    Put the gelatin mix in a  large, clean bag. Stuff each pitted date with a whole almond.
Place in the bag.Shake gently to coat dates with orange mixture. Add Brazil nuts and marshmallows and shake again. Package in snack bags  by the cupful and keep
cool and dry.

To add carbs and fiber to make it a complete trail meal, add 4 to 6 cups of unsweetened, bite size shredded wheat.

See Janet Groene's easy recipes for camping and RV travel at Camp And RV Cook.  Her recipes for the small boat galley are found at Boat Cook.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Snacks for The Trail, The Seashore, the Fishing Trip

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Just add water. Make homemade snacks to take to the lake or seashore. You'll eat healthier, cheaper.

Butterfinger Gorp
    Think of it as a no-cook dessert you can eat while taking a brisk, fresh-air walk after dinner. 

8 cups miniature rice cakes, caramel flavor
4 cups popcorn (no oil, no salt, or the “lightest” available)
1/3 cup coarse brown sugar such as Sugar in the Raw
2 cups butterscotch-flavor chips
2 cups chopped Butterfinger bars
    Put rice cakes, cereals and brown sugar in a large, clean bag and shake gently to mix. Add remaining ingredients and gently mix. Package by the cupful in snack bags. Makes 16 cups.

See Janet Groene’s recipes for camping and RV travel at CampAndRVCook

Janet Groene lived 10 years on the go, boating the tropics in winter and camping the U.S. in summer. See her recipes for the boat galley at Boat Cook
A tip for gorp lovers: measure and package gorp into snack bags and add a wrapped hand wipe.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Harvest Time is Healthier Snack Time

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Whether you ride the subway, bus, airlines or a camel, it's always healthier to bring your own snacks

 Serve this gorp by the bowlful for autumn parties or pack it individually for treats, hiking, commuting, party favors. 
Autumn Corn Maze  Gorp

 Rich in healthful carbs and nut protein, this gorp and a bottle of water make a substantial lunch on the trail or at the wheel. Add a crisp apple and it's a complete meal.
4 cups round apple flavor cereal
8 cups plain or “lite” popcorn
1 packet orange gelatin dessert mix (regular or sugar free)
2 cups whole walnuts
2 cups whole pecans
2 cups whole almonds
2 cups miniature peanut butter cups
2 cups peanut butter filled pretzels

    Put cereal, popcorn, dry gelatin mix and nuts in a large bag and shake to coat everything with the dessert mix. Add candy and pretzels. Shake gently to mix.. To package for the trail, measure by the cupful into snack bags. Makes 22 cups. 

For ten years, Janet Groene lived fulltime on the go, sailing the tropics in winter and camping the U.S. in summer. See her recipes for camping at Camp and RV Cook and her boat galley recipes at Boat Cook.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Homemade Snacks for Camping, Boating, Biking, Hiking

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Healthy snacks make for better beach combing.

 Maple Macadamia Gorp
    If you love old-time candies, the Maple Nut Goodies in this gorp will make your day. This is a low-fat, high fiber dessert gorp to take on a twilight walk after dinner.

12  cups plain round oat cereal OR
12 cups bite-size unfrosted shredded wheat
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
1 stick butter
1/2 cup each maple syrup and brown sugar
2 cups Brach’s Maple Nut Goodies candy

    Set the oven to 325 degrees. Put cereal, macadamias and peanuts in  large baking pans.
Melt butter with maple syrup and brown sugar and drizzle over cereal mixture. Bake 10 minutes,stir and bake 5-10 minutes more. Cool completely and add maple nut candies. Package by the cupful for a dessert gorp. Makes 16 portions of one cupful each.
    Variation: omit candy and substitute maple bacon jerky. Serve as a trail lunch or breakfast. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water.

See more of Janet Groene's recipes for camping and boating at Camp and RV Cook and Boat Cook

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