This week's C is one of our family's favorite activities--sitting around the campfire. When we first looked at this house we noticed a bare spot in the lawn surrounded by rocks where the previous owners used it to burn their garbage. We've literally taken it from trash to a real treasure. Three seasons of the year you'll find us carrying out lawn chairs, a portable table, and cooking gear and spending an evening away from TV's and Internet.
It's one of our favorite ways to entertain. Last year, we had a gorgeous fall day for Schnickelfritz's birthday and invited over several families to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. The kids played in the leaf piles (it got really out of hand when the Toolman cranked up the leaf blower, but I digress....). Other times we'll keep the gathering smaller and I can cook supper in the dutch oven over the coals. When we have other kids over I always pick up a pack of glow in the dark bracelets--the chemical kinds you have to snap and shake to activate. The kids will play at the just outside the limits of the fire's glow but we can keep track of them by their bracelets. Sometimes they'll catch fireflies or play hide and seek (the smart ones figure out they need to cover their bracelets). If we bring out the recliners, we can lay back and watch the bats acrobatics while they catch dinner--well I guess it's really breakfast to a bat. Then we'll watch the stars pop out one by one.
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
2 pounds cooked, chopped chicken
1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 C thinly sliced green onions
2 C sour cream
1 C plain yogurt
2 T flour
1/2 t cumin
salt to taste
1/2 C milk
8 o diced green chili peppers (drained)
12-24 flour tortillas (soft taco size)
8 oz grated Monterrey jack cheese
diced tomatoes (optional)
sliced black olives (optional)
Combine chicken with spinach and onions, set aside. In a separate bowl combine sour cream, yogurt, flour, cumin and salt. Stir in milk and chili peppers. Divide sauce in half. Combine chicken mix with half the sauce. Divide filling among tortillas and roll up. Place in Dutch oven in layers. Spoon remaining sauce over enchiladas. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and let stand for 5 minutes. Garnish and serve.
Want more recipes? Try googling "Dutch oven gathering" to see what other enthusiasts have created. If you have RFDTV you can catch the Campfire Cafe or Cowboy Kitchen for step by step instructions.
If a Dutch oven intimidates you, you might want to look into Pie Irons. The typical recipe will call for two slices of buttered bread next to the outer surfaces of the iron. Then you can complete your sandwich with sandwich with savory or sweet fillings: pizza fixings, taco meat and cheese, peach pie filling, chocolate pudding and marshmallows. The Rome company makes round and square irons, even a double iron and you can find prize winning recipes at their website. You can often find pie irons at Walmart, but these don't have a good fit and loose irons can mean scorched food. I'd go to a real outdoor/sporting goods store to get a quality set.
If you're planning a "stay-cation" this summer, or if you'd just like a little more quality family time, a campfire is the way to go. Curious what everyone else came up with for the letter "C"? Check out the links here.