THE pepper EXPRESS: Happy Glampers

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Glampers

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Preparing for a glamping trip takes a lot of time to plan and organize all of the unnecessary equipment that is required to relax while you enjoy the great outdoors. The whole point of glamping is to be over zealous in the amount of luxury items you take with you. When we planned our trip to Lake Tahoe we new it was going to be cold. Instead of camping we rented a time share that allowed us to reap the benefits of camping while we still had the luxury of working bathrooms, an oven and a comfortable king size bed. We gathered some of our favorite friends and drove all the way up to the frozen lake to enjoy some pizza and s'mores. On our way up there we stopped at Walmart to grab all of our necessary equipment. Our time share came with the amenity of a BBQ area and we were excited to be able to barbecue some Freschetta® pizza. We also bought the supplies to make s'mores in a cast iron pan. We used Honey Maid graham crackers, marshmallows and milk chocolate morsels. All of these items were prepared upstairs in our two bedroom apartment:
We used the luggage cart to to take our glamping equipment downstairs to the BBQ area:
We prepared hot cocoa and tomato soup on the stove top. Then we brought them downstairs in thermos'
While my husband warmed up the items on the BBQ we set the table using the enamel dinnerware we found at Walmart:
We set out some appetizers and the guys helped us put the lanterns together. (Honestly, I tried to get the lantern to work but I ended up splitting my finger open. I really had no idea what I was doing. So I was going to let the guys do the hard work. )
After preparing the S'mores in a pan recipe upstairs we used a chef's torch to scorch the marshmallows on top.
We use the Honey Maid Graham Crackers to individually dip into the dessert. 
It's not a glamping party unless you celebrate by using fine crystal glasses. We chilled some sparkling water and served each glass with our lunch:
The Tomato Soup is a recipe that I like to create when the weather is gloomy and cold. On this specific day the weather was perfect but the wind was crisp from the snow. Watching the steam rise from each bowl made my mouth water. One year I made Tomato Soup using a can of crushed tomatoes and thats how I have made it ever since.
Here is my homemade Tomato Soup Recipe:
2 cups vegetable stock
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Basil leaves
I combine the vegetable stock and the can of crushed tomatoes in a boiling pot. Once both of those ingredients come to a boil I slowly stir in the heavy cream. I then sprinkle a little salt and pepper to taste. I turn the burners off and let the soup cool down. Once the soup is cool enough to handle I use a hand blender to whip all of the ingredients together. Then I serve the basil on top as a garnish. 
When glamping it is best to take the recipe with you in a thermos:
The weather created such a beautiful atmosphere for the luncheon. We really couldn't have asked for better weather. Later on that night the storm hit us hard and we actually had to put chains on our tires.
The snow was very entertaining for Solin. This was her very first snow experience. She actually didn't want to leave when the time came near:
The skillet s'mores were prepared upstairs on the stove and we warmed then pan up outside on the BBQ pit and used a chef's torch to brown the top.
Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Large Marshmallows cut in half about 2 cups worth
1 cup of Milk Chocolate Morsels
1/4 cup of Salted Butter
You will also need a Small Cast Iron Skillet 
After melting the butter in your skillet you will want to pour all of the chocolate morsels on the bottom of the pan:
I then assembled each halved marshmallow around the skillet. And using a chef's torch we char-coaled the top of each marshmallow:
We made a total of three pizzas during this trip. The FRESCHETTA® Naturally Rising Canadian Style Bacon & Pineapple Pizza was my favorite.
This is how we cooked the pizzas:
Grilling Instructions

For food safety and quality, cook to an internal temperature of 160ºF
Keep pizza frozen prior to grilling or baking
Do not eat pizza without grilling or cooking
Remove pizza from box, overwrap and cardboard
Pizza is done when cheese is melted and crust bottom is golden brown
Refrigerate or discard any unused portion
Due to appliance and grill variance, cooking times may require adjustment
Weather conditions such as wind or cold air temperature may affect cook times on grill

Preheat grill on high for a least 5 minutes
Remove pizza from carton, clear overwrap film and cardboard disk
Place pizza on double layered aluminum foil in center of grill
Turn grill to low and cook for 10 to 14 minutes. Let pizza stand 2 minutes before serving.

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