I worked with a man for years who, every time he ate a salad, upon finding frisee, would utter, "There's too much salad in my salad!" and promptly pluck the offending piece of green out of his salad.
Well, that sentiment explains camping for me. Human nature, nature-nature - you get the drift. The trees, the water, the tantrums, the human nature of it all. Packing, unpacking, repacking, sleeping, not sleeping, raccoons, peeing outside, tent giggles...you get the drift.
During this camping trip, the topic of the next camping trip arose. I cringed, until I realized that trip falls on my birthday, which falls on the last day of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Darn it. I can't do both, so I won't. I'll stick with champagne, cake, and the city. I don't think I'll be all that missed at the camp site. Again, darn it.
The one great thing that made its way out of the camping trip is a recipe for corn chowder of sort. With two full fledged culinarians (like aliens but not quite) on the trip, too much corn, squash, and tomatoes out came a recipe:
3/4 white onion, diced
6 ears of corn, with the kernels sliced off
1/2 jalapeno, minced
2 gloves garlic, minced
5 small tomatoes, diced
6 zucchini & yellow crook neck squash, grilled and then cubed
2 cups cream
lots of butter
salt & pepper
Saute the onion in some olive oil until soft, then toss in the garlic until just soft. Add the corn and squash - toss together. Add the tomatoes and jalapeno.Add the cream and butter, cook for a bit until it all starts to come together. Let all of this simmer a bit - not sure how long, as I'd been the prep and not the cook. It should look like a yummy, creamy, soup-esque type item.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Seriously, best part of camping.