Mountain Mama: Step-up Your Backcountry Cooking With These Recipes

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’m taking my girlfriend on her first overnight backpacking trip and want to do everything possible to ensure she enjoys it. Normally, I don’t put much thought into food. I’m easy – my only request is no tofu. But my girlfriend is a foodie and I want to impress her.Do you know of any good one-pot recipes for dinner and breakfast?Thanks,BackpackerDear Backpacker,Aww, that’s so sweet that you’re putting so much thought into the small details. I’m a woman after all and it’s in my DNA to gush a little. If I’m vicariously thrilled by your effort, just imagine how pleased your lucky lady will be.After a long day of hiking, this Gnocchi with Bacon recipe dishes up warm, comfort food. At home, combine ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of dried sage, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder and store in a zip-loc bag. Boil shelf stable gnocchi (sold at Trader Joe’s) until the gnocchi floats to the top, drain and add cheese mixture. Add shelf stable bacon as desired.Breakfast burritos are a yummy way to fuel up in the morning. To minimize the pot scrubbing, put the eggs into a plastic bag (you can use the leftover zip-loc bags from dinner) and then boil into the eggs don’t run. Add avocado and shelf stable bacon, season with salt and pepper, and roll up using the flavored tortilla wrap of your choice.Backpacker, just keep in that your girlfriend will expect good food on future backpacking trips, so don’t make the food too elaborate. And remember that so much of how food tastes depends on the dining experience. Set the mood by creating soft lighting.  Wrap your headlamp around a colored Nalgene bottle (length-wise), make sure the light shines through the plastic, and, ta-da, your water bottle is now a soft glowing lantern.Bon Appetite!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Fair’s double-double leads Syracuse past Minnesota in Maui Invitational quarterfinal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As blood squirted from C.J. Fair’s right cheek, the forward came alive. Fair darted to the rim from the left elbow with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half. Austin Hollins swung his arm to contest the inevitable posterization. His arm found Fair’s right cheek. The ball found the bottom of the net on a thunderous tomahawk slam.To that point, Fair had just two points, but the finish lit a fire.“I cut down the lane and I went up for the dunk, and I felt like I hit my face,” Fair said during the postgame press conference. “Then as I came down I seen blood on my hand, and then from there I knew it was something bad.”Fair went to the bench, but didn’t sit long. He received treatment during nearly every timeout the rest of the way and The Post-Standard reported that he would get stitches after the game. When he was on the floor, though, Fair and Syracuse (5-0) surged out in front of Minnesota (5-1) and to a 75-67 win in the quarterfinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. Fair had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting, plus three turnovers before the dunk, but finished with 16 and 10 to keep the No. 8 Orange unbeaten. Trevor Cooney chipped in 15 points — all on 3-pointers — to hand the Golden Gophers their first loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will face California (5-0) in the tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.“I think they’re much better than they were last year, a much better team,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Golden Bears during the postgame press conference. “I really was very impressed with how they played. It will be a tremendous challenge for us.”In both frames, Cooney drilled a 3-pointer on the Orange’s first possession. He started SU with a 3 to open the game — one of four he hit during the first half as Syracuse’s most consistent offensive threat — and just 10 seconds into the second half, another long-range jumper that gave the Orange a six-point lead. “They’re big momentum shifts,” Fair said.Then it was Fair’s turn. With a bloody patch struggling to keep his cheek closed, the senior sparked SU’s best stretch of the game.He traded jumpers with Minnesota guard DeAndre Mathieu and then attacked the rim to draw a foul and a pair of points at the line. A DaJuan Coleman miss on the next possession led to a tip-in opportunity for the senior forward and a 10-point lead. Fellow forward Rakeem Christmas threw down a reverse dunk off a pair of missed free throws by Coleman two possessions later to give Syracuse a 12-point lead, its largest of the game.“When you get dunks like that,” Cooney said during the postgame press conference, “it just pumps you up on defense and gets you motivation to get that next stop and keep going.”But the Golden Gophers hung around. Malik Smith hit back-to-back 3s midway through the half to cut the Orange’s lead to 56-52. Four straight free throws by Austin and Andre Hollins sliced it to 67-65 with 2:14 remaining. That was as close as Minnesota got. Tyler Ennis bailed Fair out after a near turnover at mid-court. Then Smith bailed out an Ennis miss with an overthrow in transition.And then Fair hit a mid-range jumper with 1:45 remaining to stretch the lead back to four. A pair of Jerami Grant free throws sealed the victory for the Orange in one of its best offensive performances of the season.Said Boeheim: “This was probably as good a win as we’ve had in a tournament.” Comments Published on November 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more