Monthly Archives: October 2015

Broccoli, Ham and Cheese Frittata

Broccoli-Ham-Cheese_Frittata-IMG_1209-690pxIt was late October and it was cold. We were teaching outdoor cooking to a group of scouting adults and youth at Camp River Ranch. The Dutch ovens were immensely successful. The sticks and pie irons, not so much, but we were cooking gluten free and pie irons just beg for some kind of dough whether its pizza dough, pie dough, or bread dough. Besides, we’d decided we need more practice with sticks and pie irons.

For lunch on Saturday, we were feeding 20 and we made 2 batches of the Taco Cobbler in 2 12-inch Dutch ovens. In the 10-inch Dutch oven, we made a half batch that was vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free and it actually turned out really well.

For dinner Saturday night, we were feeding 16 and we made 2 broccoli, cheddar, and ham frittatas in 2 12-inch Dutch ovens and they were amazing.

A frittata is simply a quiche with no crust or an omelet that you bake. It makes a great main dish for breakfast or dinner. It was hot. The eggs were fluffy. The broccoli, ham, and cheese were yummy.

This is a fast and easy dish to make in camp because a lot of the prep can be done at home. All the dicing, shredding and mincing can be done at home, and then, in camp, it’s only some assembly required.


12-inch Dutch oven, mixing bowl, whisk, cutting board, knife.

2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup green onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head broccoli (fresh or frozen), diced
2 cups ham, diced
1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
8 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
salt and pepper to taste

At home or in camp, mince the garlic; dice the green onion, broccoli, and ham; and shred the cheese.

In camp, line a 12-inch Dutch oven with foil and apply a light coating of non-stick spray or oil. Start 25 coals in your chimney.

In the Dutch oven, melt the butter and add the ham, broccoli, garlic, and green onion.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until well mixed. Add the milk, and cheese and stir once more. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture into the ham mixture and lightly stir to make sure that the egg mixture is evenly distributed.

Bake at 350°F, using 17 coals on the lid and 8 underneath, for 30-35 minutes or until the egg is cooked and the top is golden brown.

Makes about 8 servings


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Best Ways to Purchase Camp Cooking Gear

cabelas-690pxOnline shopping? In-store Experience? Craigslist? What’s the best?

Outdoor and Kitchen Store– Shopping in stores is great because it gives you a chance to see and handle the product. If you have questions about the product, there are knowledgeable employees walking the aisles who can help you. Other customers are great sources of advice if they have used the product and can give you an impromptu review or recommend something. Another bonus is return/exchange policies! Downside? You’ll pay top dollar at these places unless you catch a killer sale.

Sample Sale/ Used Gear Sale– Some retailers have used gear sales where all goods that have been returned or exchanged are on sale for extremely low prices (we’re talking 40% to 80% off). Some of them have outlet stores with lower prices. Downside? These tend to be crowded and if you’re looking for a specific item, it can be a bit of a crap shoot, but if you are lucky enough to find it, you’ll score!

Direct Online Store– Shop from home in your pajamas! Online shopping is now one of the most frequent ways to shop. Direct online shopping from a preferred manufacturer gives you a chance to score brand new goods first to market. Plus if you can’t make it into the store, it gives you a chance to show your support for your favorite brands. Downside? Depending on what you’re buying, shipping can be expensive.

Amazon– Amazon is amazing because of its low prices and economical shipping! You can’t find a better deal out there and their return/exchange policy is good! Downside? You don’t get to try or see anything in person before you buy. Plus, people tend to only review products when they’re not satisfied so it’s hard to find good, consistent reviews.

Craigslist– I liken Craigslist to an online garage sale. You see something you like, call up the owner, go check it out, and negotiate (usually) a price. Downside? Craigslist is not for everybody. It could get you a great deal, get scammed, or leave you a little creeped out. Never allow someone to deliver to your home. If you can, always agree to meet in a public place and always have a buddy or two with you. Buyer beware.

Garage/Yard/Estate Sales– I would almost prefer a garage sale over Craigslist because you can find cool stuff and the fact that you can buy and receive instantly is totally worth it! This is a great place to find used and/or vintage cast iron because people either don’t realize what they have or they think it’s too much of a hassle to care for or they think it’s damaged beyond repair and they are just trying to unload it. Whatever the reason, their loss is your gain! Downside? You don’t know what you’re going to find. You could spend all day at it and come home empty handed.

Goodwill/Salvation Army/Value Village– Just like garage sales, these are great places to find used equipment on the cheap. You can often find gear that is in good condition and still has a lot of life in it. Downside? Just like garage sales, you never know what you are going to find.

Friends/Family– People are always upgrading their equipment and what they are replacing may still have a lot of life in it. In addition, these are the people who can give you an honest opinion of the product. They can talk about longevity and quality and also give you a fair price! Downside? Most equipment tends to be worn but at least you know who owned it.


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