Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich

Chicken Cordon BleuHave I mentioned yet that Gordon’s favorite food is chicken cordon bleu? Spending time in the mountains means finding creative, non-oven ways to make this favorite dish. This breaded grilled chicken covered in melted Swiss and sliced ham made for an awesome dinner in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading

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Whole-Roasted Chicken Cordon Bleu

Whole Roasted Chicken Cordon BleuChicken Cordon Bleu has always been Gordon’s favorite dish. And smoking whole chickens is one of his favorite pastimes. So it only made sense that eventually he would smoke a whole chicken stuffed with ham and cheese.

This roasted chicken cordon bleu came out juicy and flavorful with a hint of smokiness. Really, the hardest part of this recipe is de-boning a whole chicken, since it’s not really something you do every day.  Continue reading

Campfire Paella

Paella over fireIf you ever need to feed (and impress) a lot of people in a remote location, consider paella. It sounds like a fancy foreign dish (because it is), but it is also easy to make, delicious, and can feed a crowd.

Our campfire paella happened when Gordon’s cousin gave us a three foot paella pan for Christmas (she thought it was funny, and figured it would be fun at the cabin). As soon as we had a long weekend, we took it up into the wilderness to try it out. Continue reading

Dutch Oven Stand

Dutch Oven Stand mock-upWe wanted an easy project to test out the DIY blacksmith forge Gordon built at the cabin last weekend, and this dutch oven stand seemed perfect. We had seen similar stands at several mountain man rendezvous and really liked the idea. This stand is easily portable and makes cooking with a dutch oven over an open fire easier. It also gives us more control over the heat under the oven because we can adjust the height.  Continue reading

Coal-Roasted Steak

IMG_20150822_201515338We had heard rumors for awhile that you can cook steak directly on top of the coals in your campfire and the juices would keep the steak from getting ashy. So naturally, we had to give it a shot. We figured best case scenario, it would make even more utensils unnecessary on camping trips. Worst case scenario, you scrape off the ashes and the steak is probably still edible. Continue reading