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The Idle Ramblings of a Teenage Cook

Aug. 17, 2012 6:49 am 
Updated: Aug. 23, 2012 12:32 pm

Since sadly camp is over and I’m back in the world of instant gratification via ever-present technology (talk about culture shock), I thought that I ought to write a blog about my culinary experiences at camp. Now, when most people here the phrase “camp food” nearly everyone thinks of stuff deep fried, greasy and just oozing heart attack with ice cream on top. At my camp at least, that is not the case.


Every day for the last three and a half weeks, the bell that signals the best part of the day clangs into action at 6:30 pm and my friends and I would charge up the mountain to our dining hall, known to us as “the Cobb,” to await our dinner. We’d crash into the dining room, hurry to our seats, rush through Grace, and plop down at our seats, staring at the kitchen with hungry eyes bigger than a bear after winter. When the food hits the table, the rioting begins.

It’s less of a mad rush at breakfast, but still, it’s a mad rush. Last week, I sat down to a breakfast of waffles, eggs, some exotic melon I can’t remember and bacon. You heard me right. BACON. Later that day, I mad dashed up to lunch to find we were having crispitos, the most amazing American Mexican creation EVER! It’s like a burrito except thinner and longer with refried beans, cheese, and chicken in it. I’m proud to say, thanks to the fact that my cabin while being at the end of the line and soooooo far from everything is the closest to the Cobb, I got there early and successfully downed four. And a honey sandwich. And a Klondike bar.

Dinner was most definitely the best part of the day for us girls. We expect good food and most of the time, the kitchen staff delivers. An example of dinner one night was chicken chunks in orangey mango pepper chutney with steamed rice and beans, and maple glazed carrots on the side. If you’re a vegetarian, they had zucchini with a tomato and olive sauce. Dessert was a moist white cake with a fudgy frosting.

Not your average chicken fingers, huh?

I didn’t think so.

I’m going to go on here and name a few of my favorite dishes: exploding chicken, pepper corn pork, Chinese stir fry, and most of all: Banquet food.

Banquet is the second to last night of camp. The kitchen staff goes all out for Banquet and makes us Thanksgiving dinner. I’m talking juicy turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, yummy stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans and warm rolls. I’m sitting here four days later drooling on my keyboard just remembering it. Next to my dad’s Monster Bird he makes every November, it’s the best turkey I’ve had. To finish the evening, there’s tiramisu for dessert. As a great lover of that fine dessert, it was heaven on earth for the thirty seconds it took me to inhale it.

So, I’m not sure if I have to reiterate my opening statement or not but, camp food is good food. Many people believe otherwise, but now you have my first-hand experience telling you they’re wrong. And I know, because sometimes I bother to read the New York Times (the Post rules!), that it’s not just my camp. Lots of other camps in Maine and beyond have been creating and serving more gourmet and healthy meals to their campers. It’s better for us and it’s better for them. It also helps expand other kids’ culinary palates. They branch out, we’re hungry enough that we eat it, we enjoy it. I now have a love of Moroccan chicken and Santa Claus melon (separately of course). And I’m sure other girls at my camp do too. Though I won’t miss it, my dad would be thoroughly offended if I did, I still enjoy it and always look forward to meal times when I’m in Maine.

Camp food = good food.

Aug. 17, 2012 8:34 am
Wonderful blog! How old are you? You express yourself so well that I could envision you eating (inhaling?) all that deliciousness. It's great to hear that a camp somewhere serves food other than chicken nuggets and grilled cheese sandwiches to young people!
Aug. 17, 2012 9:25 am
Enjoyed your blog, Caty24. Sounds like you would be a delight to cook for.
Aug. 17, 2012 9:48 am
Great blog! How wonderful that you have such good things to say about your camp experience! I bet your dad would love it if you and he tried to figure out how to make one of your favorites!
Aug. 17, 2012 10:01 am
Thanks Paula! I'm 14 and yeah, it is nice that camps serve good food. I have good food at home, so it's nice also having it at camp.
Aug. 17, 2012 10:03 am
Thanks Patches! I did tell my mother "I don't care what you put on the table, I'll eat it"
Aug. 17, 2012 10:04 am
Thanks Bibi! My dad and I have made exploding chicken once and let me tell you, it was good! I'm definitely going to take your idea and try to make camp food at home! Thanks for reading!
Aug. 17, 2012 10:24 am
Hi Caty24, I have two teens who would be so envious of your amazing camp food. You describe your experiences so clearly I'm inspired to try making some "exploding chicken" and most certainly I am interested in the sounds of the white cake and fudgy frosting. Glad you had a fun time and good food.
Aug. 17, 2012 2:37 pm
Sounds like Camp Food has come a long way! You describe it so well that I can just about taste that Turkey dinner. :) Thanks for sharing your summer fun & food with us.
Aug. 17, 2012 5:10 pm
Yes, camp food has come a long way! My daughter comes home from camp excited about some new variety of this or that or a new dish, and I try to recreate it at home. I only wish she was as much into cooking something as eating it ;0 Your true 'foodie' colors show through your writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm in this post!
Aug. 19, 2012 7:24 am
You are so spoiled. B-) When I was at camp if we could even tell what kind of meat it was it was a bonus. As bad as it was however, no food ever went uneaten. We will have to see if we can recreate some of your favorites at home.
Aug. 20, 2012 4:26 am
my buddy's step-aunt earned $14861 the previous month. she is making money on the internet and bought a $355300 house. All she did was get fortunate and put to use the instructions made clear on this site
Aug. 23, 2012 6:20 am
Caty24, you seem to have inherited your Dad's writing talents. You made the food sound so good, and now I'm hungry! Glad you enjoyed, and thanks for sharing with us.
J. Dub 
Aug. 23, 2012 6:56 am
I'm very impressed with your writing! The whole blog was interesting, colorful, and focused. Keep the great blogs coming! PS - Doug, you must be proud! It must be great to have a daughter that shares your love of food and cooking.
Aug. 23, 2012 8:40 am
I am so glad you enjoyed camp and that you are served well. My boys went to camp for years, they had an awesome cook, he was told that he cooks nearly as well as their mom. Tee hee, made my day. I also attended the same camp (for a bunch of crazy outdoorsy women) and this guy knew how to cook. He served us veggies and fruits and fresh rolls. No soupy, stretch it, gumbo stuff that one would normally think of as camp food. Enjoy back to school and I am sure you are enjoying some modern technology already:)
Aug. 23, 2012 12:32 pm
Hi kid! I sent your mom and dad some bacon salt. I hope to see a review soon:)
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