Botched Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Everything tastes better when cooked over an open fire. Even a botched upside-down cake. Everyone in the group declared it the best cake for miles around -- not hard to accomplish on a sandbar in the Wisconsin River. Here's how to do it right: 1) At home cut 2 pieces of HEAVY-DUTY aluminum foil big … Continue reading Botched Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Baking in Ashes

It feels wrong not to know basic survival skills our ancestors knew. We’ve let too many fade from our collective knowledge. I try to do my part by learning outdoor skills the pioneers used, so I was thrilled to receive an antique book, Camping and Woodcraft, as a gift. Horace Kephart wrote the first edition … Continue reading Baking in Ashes

Wild Food – Ramps. What’s a Ramp?

In early April the woods behind my house look dead and hopeless. I wait for the day when a patch of brave lime-green leaves poke through the damp forest floor to signal life amid the ugliness. I thought perhaps they were a non-flowering variety of lily-of-the-valley until a fellow hiker on Manitou Island pointed out … Continue reading Wild Food – Ramps. What’s a Ramp?