Maystar Family Cookbook
Kids' and Camping Recipes
EGG IN A PAPER SACK
RAGGEDY ANN PUDDING
Kids' and Camping
BREAKFAST - JUDY BELL
This is handy, because you can make it from canned foods stored in your trailer
2 large cans canned potatoes
Fry diced bologna in butter and aside while you open and drain potatoes and cut into slices. In a separate pan fry potatoes with salsa (the salsa removes the "canned" taste and is magnificent added to fried potatoes.)
Now you are ready to scramble the eggs with the bologna. Just add 5 hungry kids, rolls and juice.
Take a brown paper sack---lunch size. Place strip of bacon or two in the bottom of the paper bag. Break an egg over the bacon. Twist top of sack and hold over - NOT IN - campfire on a long stick until egg is done. (This works, trust us.)
Make squares of foil - double thickness. Peel and cube potatoes and carrots. Dice onions. Crumble up hamburger. Place on foil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with water and wrap up tightly in foil. Place bundles in hot coals until done. We don't know how long it takes to cook them, but it is always too long, because you are starving to death. If coals don't cover bundles completely, you might have to turn them over now and again.
Strip husks and silk from corn. Rub with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and roast on a rack over hot coals for 20 to 30 minutes. Don't forget to turn them occasionally.
Steak, cubed (and marinated if you like) tomato chunks
Grill about 3 inches from coals. Brush meat frequently with melted butter or olive oil. Turn to brown evenly. Takes about 8 to 12 minutes.
We use this designation with an apology. Our children can and do cook anything the adults can. Our five year olds have baked bread with only a little assistance and only a little older have done it alone. They cook and bake everything from omelets to mousse. Many of the teenagers are the family cook for moms and dads who work all day. You will find many of their recipes in the other chapters. This section, therefore, 'fun' things to make for even preschoolers.
PLAYDOUGH - KAY STARK
1 Cup flour
Mix ingredients together in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often until it forms a ball. Pour out and knead it well. Keep in a covered plastic container.
1 - 1 lb. pkg. baking soda
Mix together in saucepan and heat to boiling; stirring constantly. Remove from heat as soon as mixture reaches a dough-like consistency. When cool enough to handle, knead slightly.
BUBBLES - KAY STARK
1 cup water
Mix all ingredients together. Can make great bubble blowers from pop can rings.
1 cup wallpaper paste
Shake paste into water. Beat out lumps. Let stand 15 minutes before stirring in oil of cloves and color.
4 Tbsp. laundry bluing
Wet charcoal briquettes or broken chunks of porous rocks or bits of sponge or coal. Mix together bluing, ammonia and water and pour over briquettes or etc. Sprinkle table salt on briquettes and wait a few hours for crystals to form. If you want a reddish hue add red food coloring or mercurochrome. Other food colors may be used too, but do not substitute for the bluing---it is essential. Do not use a metal bowl. Do not let crystals get on furniture
SUGAR CRYSTALS - HAVEN SCHRECK
Make a sugar and water syrup. Stir sugar until it dissolves. Turn off stove. Pour into heat-safe bowl. Take a pencil. Tie a piece of foot-long string in middle of pencil. Hang pencil over bowl so that it does not fall in. Leave several days until crystals form on string.
HELPING MOM RECIPES
When mom or grandma is making bread give each child some dough of their own to make small loaves or rolls or their own invention.
The following are from Lynn Hanks, who was in charge of a pre-school and planned the meals so that the children could help with part of each one.
Place 1/2 pear (bunny body) on a lettuce leaf. A mini marshmallow on a toothpick becomes the tail, or just place it in the right spot against the body. A red hot is used for eyes, coconut for whiskers and carrot curls for ears and your bunny is ready to gobble.
Make vanilla pudding for the children. They can use crushed vanilla wafers for the hair, banana slices or raisins for eyes and cherry slivers for the mouth.