Recipes and Favorite foods


Remember that at altitude, water boils at a lower temperature. So you have to cook things a little longer than the package might say. Plan extra fuel accordingly. Also, carry some spices to add to individual servings as desired: garlic salt, hot sauce, tamari, Tabasco, Spike.

I'll get the actual brand names added next time I go to the store- promise!


Cold Cereal Deluxe

Rib sticking version of cold cereal. You can also use hot water to add to the luxury.

  • "Alpen" cereal (muesli)
  • "Milkman" powdered milk
  • "Adams" peanut butter
  • Tahini
  • Honey
  • Trail mix (or its parts)
    • Dried fruit
    • Nuts

    Mix and match to taste. Stir together dry in bowl. Add water.


Crackers and Cheese, and Beyond

Easy, on the trail snack that can also supplement a bottle of wine on a camping table cloth. If you have a need for geometric shapes, put your crackers into a plastic container to prevent crushing. Then use the back of the lid as a cutting board.

  • Salami- dried Italian, or summer sausage
  • Cheese- cheddar works, or try jalapeno, gouda, etc.
  • Crackers- "Ak Mak, "Triscuits," "Carr's Table Crackers," etc.
  • Olives
  • Salsa
  • Garlic humus

    If you need instructions here, perhaps you'd better stay home.

The Extraordinary bagel sandwhich

For a complete meal-in-a-baggie, the bagel sandwich excells. Unlike wimpy bread, bagels can also stand up to the contents inside a backpack and still be recognizable as food.

  • Lunch meat against one side, Cheese against the other
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet onions
  • Lettuce
  • Pickles (sometimes I prefer them on the side)
  • "Santa Barbara Tangy Apple" salsa
  • Very large baggy, or Tom likes to use foil

    In this case, assembly is key- - careful construction 'waterproofs' the bagel and prevents excessive sogginess (but some moisture is good).


Tomato tortellini



  • 1 pkg dried tortellini
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 pkg. "McCormick" Italian-style spaghetti sauce (dry)

Bring the water to a boil and put the tortellini in, boiling for a minute. When the tortellini is about 1/2 done, add the tomatoes. Garlic salt recommended.

'Nawlins black beans


Takes a while to cook, but it's worth it because this is "man-food"

  • 1 pkg. "Vigo" Black Beans & Rice
  • 1 lb. "Emeril's" Kicked up a Notch smoked sausage

Bring water to boil. Dump in the whole package of beans and rice. Despite what the package says, you don't need any oil- the sausage will add some grease. The package says to boil for 1 minute, then simmer for 20. At about 15 minutes, put in the sausage. Then keep cooking until the rice is soft- usually a little more than the package says due to altitude.

Note: the grease left by the sausage is a little problem to clean up.

Asian noodles w/clams


Slightly exotic. Might need some tamari.

  • 1 box "Taste of Thai" rice noodles
  • 2 foil packs of clams
  • 1 pkg. "Sunbird" Phad Thai sauce (dry)

This one's easy. Just boil the noodles as normal, then add the clams and sauce with about a minute to go. The foil packs are near the tuna fish at the grocery store. They're lighter than a can, and easier to pack out the waste.

Salmon noodles w/pesto


Not everyone likes fish. Leave them at home.

  • 1 lb. noodles, any type (big, thick noodles take longer to cook)
  • 1 foil pack salmon
  • 1 pkg. "Knorr" pesto sauce

Another easy one. The foil packs are near the tuna fish at the grocery store. They're lighter than a can, and easier to pack out the waste.