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Gado-Gado Spaghetti: A Classic NOLS Recipe

By Katherine Boehrer on 8/5/16 12:18 PM

This classic noodle dish with peanut sauce is a treat at the end of a long day of adventuring! Better yet, it can be eaten hot or cold, so you could even save some for lunch the next day. The credit for this popular NOLS Cookery recipe goes to Donna Orr, a former NOLS employee, and previous Cookery co-author.

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Topics: backcountry cooking, Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry recipe, backpacking recipe

6 Secret Ingredients to Try on Your Next Camping Trip

By Jeff Mogavero on 8/2/16 11:06 AM

In NOLS rations, there is certainly no shortage of ingredients to whip up the most scrumptious of backcountry meals. But some instructors and students like to take backcountry cooking to the next level.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, Backpacking, education, backcountry

How to Make Your Own Instant Backpacking Meals

By Katherine Boehrer on 4/20/16 10:27 AM

Sometimes we love the convenience of those pre-made, just-add-water backpacking meals. At the end of a long day outside, it can be great to skip the dishes and still enjoy a tasty and filling dinner. Not to mention that just-add-water meals are often lighter-weight than traditional bulk rations, and require less fuel for cooking since you only need to boil water.

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Topics: Alumni, Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, adventure, expedition, backcountry

5 Steps to Plan a Camping Menu

By Molly Herber on 3/22/16 12:40 PM

We’re getting into expedition planning season, and one of the critical elements of a great camping trip is good food.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, expedition

How to Make Pizza When You're Camping

By NOLS Blog on 2/5/16 11:14 AM

 

Photo by Nicholas Byrne.
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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry

4 Classic NOLS Desserts

By Katherine Boehrer on 1/22/16 8:00 AM

There’s nothing better than enjoying a well-prepared dessert in the backcountry! Over the years, a few favorites have stood out on NOLS courses. These range in difficulty from mix-and-eat to baking with a twiggy fire. We encourage you try—and enjoy—them all!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry

6 Oatmeal Recipes Worth Getting Out of Your Sleeping Bag For

By Katherine Boehrer on 1/6/16 11:22 AM

Oatmeal is staple breakfast food for many campers looking to start the day off right. Make sure your oatmeal is never boring with these cooking and topping tips!

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, Backpacking, backcountry

Reasons We Love Hot Drinks

By Molly Herber on 12/22/15 9:45 AM

We love a good hot drink at any time of year, but we appreciate them even more when the temperatures drop. Here are a few reasons why:

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, cookery, backcountry

The Backcountry Cookie Recipe You Can Take Anywhere

By Molly Herber on 12/11/15 11:04 AM

 Cookies are delicious, and any time is the perfect time to eat them.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry

3 Delicious Breakfast Spreads [Video]

By Molly Herber on 9/18/15 10:42 AM
He can't wait to get some cinnamon-honey butter on his pancakes. Photo by Rick Bieterman.
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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, video, backcountry

Backcountry Granola Recipe

By NOLS Blog on 8/14/15 8:00 AM
Nuts, oats, and fruit give you both quick and lasting energy to enjoy a full day of activity. Photo by Molly Herber.
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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, backcountry

What You Should Be Eating in the Backcountry

By Molly Herber on 7/2/15 9:00 AM

 How do you know what to eat, and how much of it, when you're on the trail? In The NOLS Cookery, you'll find a comprehensive guide to rationing and nutrition for both short and long expeditions. You'll also find a pile of delicious recipes for cooking gourmet food on the trail (see below for our burrito recipe!). 

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Topics: Expedition Prep, recipe, cooking, video, backcountry

An international menu in your pack

By Casey Adams on 11/29/12 1:02 AM

No matter where your hiking boots take you, you can enjoy the foods of the world over a Whisperlite Stove. This version of the Indian dish saag paneer replaces the paneer with tofu, but a white cheese instead of tofu would be a great option as well. The
Mexican cheese, queso fresco, is a great replacement for paneer.

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Topics: backcountry cooking, NOLS, menu, hiking, cheese, recipe, National Outdoor Leadership School, cooking, India, easy recipe, Backpacking, adventure, Whisperlite, international, Educators Notebook, saag, stove

Kelly’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

By NOLS on 5/3/11 4:34 AM

Emerging from my sleeping bag on a chilly morning I can think of no better breakfast than a piping hot concoction of butter, four, and sugar. There’s just one problem: I don’t like gluten and it doesn’t like me back. Gluten intolerance can be tricky, especially in the backcountry.

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Topics: NOLS, Breakfast, recipe, baking, cooking, Whisperlite, health, cooking in the woods, Educators Notebook, dessert, cooking in the wilderness, "gluten free", y chef, the cooker, "cinnamon rolls", backcountry, backcountry recipe

Emily's Version of NOLS' Rice in Nut Curry Sauce

By William Roth on 4/14/10 4:25 AM
Emily McGalliard, mother of Semester in Baja grad Elena, snagged her daughter’s copy of the NOLS Cookery during a recent camping weekend with friends and made a few changes to some classic NOLS field grub.She took the Rice in Nut Curry Sauce recipe and made it a one-pot meal with a more distinctive Thai taste by using red curry, powdered coconut milk, and instant mashed potatoes as a thickener. The recipe adds up to a tasty and filling dinner with the protein and carbohydrates you need to hike the trail all day. Thanks, Emily!

Emily's Version of NOLS' RICE in Nut Curry Sauce

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Topics: NOLS, rice, curry, recipe, camping, cookery, sauce, Educators Notebook, backcountry, variation