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Old 04-17-2016, 09:33 AM   #91
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We always get a camp site on the river. My wife loves fresh cat fish. As soon as we get one shes preping the pan.

Foil baking pan with a little olive oil, Onion, taters, green peppers, salt and pepper.

Put in the catfish and in half hour or so we got snacks.

The first catch of the day is usually out of the river and on the fire in 10 minutes or less. If don't get any fresher than that.
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:37 PM   #92
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Jon, do you have a lot of farm hands and if so do you feed them?
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:03 AM   #93
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There are only 3 of us. The boss, my brother and I. Summertime one of my boys and my nephew works for us. Everyone either goes home or the boss takes us to town for dinner.

I do have 6 kids. When they are all here is a chore to feed them. I keep thinking just wait until they all are married and have kids of their own.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:05 AM   #94
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There are only 3 of us. The boss, my brother and I. Summertime one of my boys and my nephew works for us. Everyone either goes home or the boss takes us to town for dinner.

I do have 6 kids. When they are all here is a chore to feed them. I keep thinking just wait until they all are married and have kids of their own.


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Old 04-18-2016, 09:30 AM   #95
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I remember a show from when I was young, "The Real McCoys". Three generations lived in the same farmhouse. The working adults ran the farm, while raising their children, teaching them moral responsibility, and respect, and helping them stay out of trouble. The grandpa helped as he could, but oftentimes felt as a burden to those he once raised and supported. The dynamics were realistic between the three generations, and provided a glimpse of good examples in how families should work together to help each other through the generations.

Sadley, the Family farm rarely exists anymore, and current jobs spread families accross the continent, and even to other countries. Often, we can only keep in touch by phone, Skype, or Facebook. That is a sad substitution for working and playing together, enjoying the love and support that close proximity allows. And the two percent who choreograph our lives tell us that this is progress. I say that we at the hands of powers that seek to destroy the nuclear family, and who manipulate the great waves of people so as to excercise their own power, and obtain untold wealth.

I am not an anarchist, or trouble maker. I served my country for ten years in the U.S. Navy, and have had a job since I was about 11 years of age. I followed the American plan. I am simply wiser now, and not as naive as I once was.

I still believe in the American dream, where a person is honorable, works hard, and reaps the benefits of their efforts. I just wish that the scenario were real. I've struggled all my life, living from pay day to payday. I don't make a bad wage. But with a B.S. E.E.T. Degree, and giving an honest day's work for thrity-pluss years, I should be earning more, and should be allowed some play-time, and more quality time than two to four weeks a year with my children and grandchildren.

But then again, we are told not to lay up for ourselves treasures in this life, but rather treasures in the next. I'm trying to do that and hoping for the best.

For any who read this, DC is a good place to visit every now and again, a place where we can be freinds, and share good recipes, good cooking techniques, and good ideas about anything. It's an uplifting place, if you take pride out of it. We can all be who we really are, and lend a helping hand, or recieve a helping hand.

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Chief, all through their years of growing up I have always emphasized that "FAMILY" is everything. They got the message early in life. When one child was being picked on by an outsider, the rest of the kids always ran to their defense.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:50 AM   #97
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First night backpacking food

So on a backpacking trip, usually we are talking dehydrated stuff, bisquick, etc... I try to make up one really good meal, and freeze it in ziplocks, for that first night dinner. Can't last the trip, but the first day (and I try to schedule the first day for a long bit of hard hiking) a really good fuel heavy meal is fantastic.

So here is the recipe for one of my favorites

First day on the trail Ravioli!

I make up my own ravioli for this, but you can substitute store bought. Just make sure they are meaty and awesome, I mean, you are backpacking! No need to scrimp or count calories.

For the dough:

3 cups flour (should be the all purpose variety, I use whole wheat and bread flour interchangeably with this, and the recipe doesn't notice)
4 eggs if you really want to up the protein use five
1tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
some water

So the idea here is to add the eggs bit by bit until you have a reasonable dough. At that point roll it out and make little rounds, those are the ravioli, and need stuffing so where we go next is:

Stuffing

OK for this get Medieval. Forget that 99% lean organic free range beef from whole foods. You want ground beef that comes in a tube, should be like 20% fat. Fat is important here. Yeah it might have some horse meat in it, deal.

1 lb questionable ground beef
1tsp cloves
1tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 finely chopped onion
1tbsp chopped fresh parsley
as much garlic as you can bear
if you want to firm this up with some bread crumbs, or spice it different, I won't complain.

so for obvious this gets cooked in a pan, If you add bread crumbs do it at the end AFTER you drain the fat. One thing is that this, if you took my advice and bought the cheapest fattiest ground beef you can find, will end up with a lot of fat, drain that off and save it.

So congratulations, you now have a rudimentary pasta and a filler for it. Fill little packages of pasta with filler in the usual fashion. Put them in a gallon ziplock and freeze.

So you should end up with a frozen ziplock bag of awesome. That is the ravioli component, we also like sauce with that, right?

Sauce:

So remember that fat we drained off our cheap ground beef? I hope you didn't throw it out! If you did, it is cool, just throw a half a stick of butter in it. (remember we are backpacking, not counting calories, need them)

two cans of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and chili. And go for the real Ro-Tel, you cheap cheap b'tards You think you are saving by getting the 0.69 off brand version, pay the extra seventy cents worth it. I skimp on my protein, I never compromise on my Ro-tel.

the fat, add in

Basil, fresh, or another herb, can't emphasize enough the importance of this. You are about to eat freeze dried crap for a bit, get some fresh.

a bout a cup of tomato sauce

2 tbsp of lemon juice

So all this mess can go into a bag, the easiest way to deal with it I've found is to keep the sauce and ravioli separate in two bags, combine them in your cookpot at camp. If you spice this right, it will keep for several days on the trail, the idea is to make it acid as all heck so the bugs are unhappy about it. Borrow some ph testing strips from your crazy uncle that does pool maintenance, if it shows up pink or red, you are good.

Happy trails, campers!
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