Camp Towanda Culinary Favorites: Sushi Night!

CULINARYLOGO1This summer at camp, our Towanda Chefs were on a roll in the kitchen, making their very own sushi!  Making sushi is a really fun, creative and cooking project for the whole family! Make it Sushi Night in your family and send us your pictures!!!

 

 

 

SPRING ROLLS

  1. 1 package of spring roll wrappers
  2. 1 package of rice noodles
  3. I head napa cabbage chopped
  4. 1 bunch of scallions chopped
  5. 2 carrots shredded
  6. 3/4ths of a cup Teriyaki sauce…store bought
  7. Grape seed oil to fry
  • Cook rice noodles ( boil)
  • Sautéed napa cabbage, carrots and scallions together and at the last 3 minutes add the Teryaki sauce….let cool and drain excess liquid
  • Lay out spring roll wrappers and roll like burrito the kids know how.
  • Fry in 1/2 inch oil oil and eat..yum

BUCKWHEAT PASTA WITH BOK CHOY & VEGGIES

  1. 1 package of buckwheat noodles
  2. 1 head of boy Choy chopped
  3. 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
  4. 2 teaspoons of grapeseed oil
  5. 3 teaspoons of sesame seeds
  6. 2 carrots shredded
  7. 1 bunch scallions chopped
  8. 1 bag of frozen edamame shelled
  9. 3/4 th cup of Teryaki sauce
  • Boil buckwheat noodles
  • In a frying pan heat oils add veggies and sautéed till still crispy…add noodles and Teryaki sauce stature more till all favors incorporated
  • Finish with sesame seeds and scallions and serve

SUSHI

This is a list of items needed…a trip to an Asian market is always fun!!!

  1. Rice cooker you can get at kohls they are great to have and will cook any rice perfect any time
  2. Nori paper…Asian market or health food store
  3. Bamboo rollers
  4. Sushi rice….can be found at Asian market
  5. Wasabi powder can be purchased at any Asian market
  6. Carrots cut in to long matchsticks
  7. Asparagus
  8. Sweet potato roasted in match stick strips
  9. Red, green or yellow peppers cut into strips
  10. Sealegs or fake crabmeat can be found at any Asian market
  11. Cucumber cut in matchstick strips
  12. Or anything you would like…fish, chicken and beef can be rolled it to a sushi roll
  13. Soy sauce
  14. Sesame seeds
  • Cook rice…rice cooker
  • Lay bamboo roller out and place one sheet of nori paper
  • Remember to wet your hand before you grab the rice…it’s very sticky and only on half of the nori paper
  • Lay items in you would like in middle remember…do put too many items or it will be hard to roll
  • Kids know how to roll
  • Slice into 8 pieces

Want s’more recipes? Check out our the Culinary Cooking Class section of our blog.

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Things are heating up at Camp Towanda!

So, the weeks leading up to camp were damp, chilly, cold and raw up here in the rolling countryside of NorthEastern Pennsylvania…and we dreamed of hot summer days…there is no doubt that the summer has started off…..hitting 90 everyday so far!

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The spirit, friendships and smiles represent a feeling that we all have been here for a long time while it has really been only 4 full days so far! If you were a fly on the wall, you would not believe it!

From the Dorm Girls dressing up for Maniac Monday to the Club Boys dressing up for “Half Christmas” on Tuesday (a celebration they concocted). They even played Christmas music all day, which psychologically cooled us off.

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The younger campers look up to these groups as if they were larger than life…and everyone else supports and gets into that!

We extended lunch hour on Tuesday for make our own banana splits  (D-LISH)…the perfect way to chill out on a hot day!

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We’ve squeezed in General Swims whenever we can. Casper, the camp dog,  lifeguarded at the Tarzan Swing (making sure every single camper that dropped into the lake was safe).

Tuesday night, Steve Max returned to camp for his entertaining Simon Sez Show that got the whole camp involved!

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On Wednesday, Stephanie and I hung out with the Debs & Dillies and the Jets…they are sooo cute and lovin life at camp!

The Culinary Classes at the Farm made sushi, spring rolls, brownies, and banana cake .  Really, impressive!  Recipes coming soon!

We also had a heavy duty downpour at lunch on Wednesday so we extended mess hall time with a classic rock tunes dance party!  Playlist coming soon!

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Lower camp groups experienced real down to earth nature classes today with our resident guru, Nathaniel!

Last night, I reffed an intense GHOST game between the Middie and Junior boys…wow! Fun, excitement and intense play!

We had to use the GOAT ALERT ALARM system this evening as our “goats”, you know, our 2 miniature horses named Horsey and Donkey…escaped. What a scene with Casper and The Campers trying to round them up. Hey! Hay!

Afterwards, the LITs had a pizza party in the canteen. The CITs, who are excellent (also) ; enjoyed the sushi leftovers.

And The Dorm Girls were off campus at their Canoe trip.

zumbaCamp is moving; the kids are grooving, the counselors have begun days off and we are enjoying every minute with the kids; Camp Towanda is truly a very special family.

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Pretzel Chicken Fingers Recipe

We were inspired when we recently heard about the American Camp Association’s recent partnership with Kids Cook Monday.  The Kids Cook Monday initiative encourages families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together as a family.  Because we think this is such a great idea, we will continue to share our camper-approved, healthy recipes, straight from our Culinary Cooking program here at Camp Towanda as inspiration for your family dinners. Enjoy!

What could be better? Pretzels and Chicken Fingers coming together in perfect harmony! When our campers made these at The Culinary Cookin’ Class at The Farm this past summer they said “I can totally make these at home!”  The most fun part…put the pretzels in a ziploc bag and stomp them into crumbs.  A work out, stress reliever and delicacy, rolled into one delicious lunch or dinner! P.S. they still taste great the day after when thrown into a lunchbox!

Send us your own favorite camp-inspired recipes to be featured on our blog (and you can even send us a pic of you and your creation!)–send all recipes and photos to lauren@camptowanda.com.

PRETZEL CHICKEN FINGERS

2 LBS CKICKEN BREAST…CUT IN CUBES OR STRIPS

1 BAG WAFFLE CUT PRETZEL

8 EGGS

1 1/2 CUPS FLOUR…for dreading

Salt

Pepper to taste

GRAPE SEED OIL FOR FRYING…great for frying

1) CHICKEN BREAST INTO STRIPS ORCUBES 2INPIECES SEASON WITH SALT AND PEPPER

2)TAKE PRETEZLS AND EITHER IN A CUISINART OR AS YOU CHILDREN DID PUT IN A DOUBLED ZIPLOCK BAG AND STAMP ON THEM WITH SHOES ON TILL CRUMBS

3)DREAD IN FLOUR….coating the chicken

4)DIP IN THE EGG….

5)COAT WITH CRUSHED PRETZELS

6)FRY IN THE GRAPESEED OIL ON MEDUIM HEAT

VERY EASY AND FAST…..

SERVE WITH KETCHUP, HONEYMUSTARD OR HORSERADDISH SAUCE

YOU CAN ALSO USE HONEY MUSTARD PRETZELS FOR A DIFFERENT TASTE….

Camp Towanda Farm Blueberry Cake Muffins Recipe

Here at Camp Towanda, it has been a tradition for 90 years and counting to go blueberry picking on our beautiful farm grounds.  This summer, we took our blueberry picking one step further at our Culinary Cooking Class at The Farm (where there are blueberry bushes a plenty!). Even if you don’t have a blueberry bush in your backyard, you can still make these delicious morning treats (and think fondly of Camp Towanda blueberries).

Blueberry Cake Muffins from The Farm

1 ½ sticks of unsalted butter

1 ½ cups of sugar

3 extra large eggs

1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup of sour cream or greek yougurt (chobani the best)

¼ cup of milk

2 ½ cups of all purpose flour

2 teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of kosher salt

1 pint of fresh blueberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pleace 16 paper liners in the muffin pan

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment

Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy about 1 minute

With mixer on low speed add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and the salt. On a low speed add the flour mixture to the batter until just mixed…do not over mix

Fold in the blueberries..

Fill the baking cups till half full

Bake for 25 mins until the muffins are lightly browned

Enjoy!!!!

Corn Flake Chicken Recipe

Our campers love cereal for breakfast.  So you can imagine their excitement when we said we were making Corn Flake Chicken at our culinary cooking class with Chef Paulette!  Try this delicious, fun and healthy twist on chicken.  Winner, winner, yummy chicken dinner!

Send us your own favorite camp-inspired recipes to be featured on our blog (and you can even send us a pic of you and your creation!)–send all recipes and photos to lauren@camptowanda.com.

CORN FLAKE CHICKEN

1 WHOLE CHICKEN CUT UP TO 8THS (RECOMMEND CUTTING BREASTS IN HALF

8 EGGS ….FOR DIPPING

CORNFLAKE CRUMBS…(KELLOG OR BUY REGULAR CORNFLAKES AND GRINF\D FINE IN CUISINART)

SPRAY PAM

SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE

1) CUT CHICKEN IN TO 1/8THS

2) DIP IN EGG

3) DREDGE IN CORN FLAKE CRUMBS

4) PLACE ON SHEET PAN COATED WITH PAM ( OF\R ANY SPRAY OIL

5) BAKE AT 400 FOR 25 MINS

6) ENJOY

Vanishing Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Remember these delicious cookies that we whipped up this summer at our Culinary Cookin’ Class at The Farm with Chef Paulette?  They disappeared so fast, we couldn’t get enough of them!  See if your family gobbles them up as fast as our campers! Give them a try at home and let us know how fast they disappear.  And don’t forget to send us your own favorite camp-inspired recipes to be featured on our blog (and you can even send us a pic of you and your creation!)–send all recipes and photos to lauren@camptowanda.com.  Bon Appetite!

VANISHING OATMEAL COOKIES

1 stick of butter

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

3 cups quick or old fashioned oats

1 cup chocolate chips or raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy

Add eggs and vanilla and beat well

Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt mix well

Portion dough rounded teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets…you can use parchment paper

Bake 8-10 minuted or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet

Makes 4 dozen cookies