camp food- part 1

Let me give you a little vocabulary lesson.

i made this. it used be attached to a hat. that i wore. long story.

If you are not from Syracuse, you probably think of “camp” as being a week or two long getaway during the summer with annoyingly enthusiastic counselors, mandatory fun activities, and excessive amounts of bug spray and sunscreen. If you are from Syracuse you understand that the word “camp” also has a secret, cooler definition that means “a house, cottage, trailer, shack etc. located on a lake owned by your family that you go in the summer to do any and all of the warm weather/water activities you desire.” You also know that if you were to invite someone out to your “lakehouse” you would be pretentious and snobby.

I unfortunately did not know going into college that the rest of the country was unaware of our vernacular, and for the first three months of school my roommate thought that a day camp for kids was our family business. It probably didn’t help that I talked about tubing and waterskiing, Scrabble, bonfires, and picking blackberries as normal daily activities that took place at said camp.

pretty mediocre place for yoga. not relaxing at all.

Anyway, other than the water sports and word games, one unspoken requirement of going to camp is that you eat until you want to explode. And then you put on a bathing suit and don’t even care about your food-gut because you’re among family. At our camp, we have five full meals. Breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner, dessert. The first camp staple I’ll share with you falls appropriately into the category of my favorite of those meals: happy hour.

Black bean salsa is one of those fantastic recipes that my mom picked up somewhere in her seven different bunco groups. It happens to be healthy, which doesn’t always fly out at camp but it’s delicious. And easy- no cooking required. Plus, the longer it sits the better it tastes, which bodes well for us because we often have way too much food and can’t bring ourselves to break out the chicken wing dip AND the bruschetta AND the bean dip all for one happy hour for only 6 people beginning at 2:00 5:00.

You will be an instant hit if you bring this to any party. Or if you tell me you like it, because I would love to receive compliments from any mystery followers of this here blog.

taste the rainbow

More camp food recipes and anecdotes to come- I heavily photographed all of the food made and consumed in the past two days, much to the discomfort of my extended family. In the mean time, I’m off to a doctor’s appointment where I plan to politely ask them to not announce the number on the scale.

Black Bean Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can shoepeg corn

2 peppers (preferably different colors for aesthetic purposes) chopped

2-3 tomatoes, choppped

1/2 red onion, chopped

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2-2 Tbs salt (taste as you go)

1 tsp pepper

Prepare several hours before serving and refrigerate. Serve with chips- preferably scoops. They’re the bomb.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. j-dog says:

    salsa recipe was the bomb!

  2. Lisa Dayton says:

    I am going camping. I am using your recipe. I will let you know what a hit this will be. We are salsa lovers, so I am dying to try this. Thanks for the recipe. I will be in touch 🙂

  3. Munkee's Mom says:

    Lol! So true! Camp has a completely different meaning to us downstaters. Recipe sounds yummy, it will be my contribution when I next visit my mom up at “camp” 😉

    1. Made it this weekend (again), such a great one!

  4. Lisa Dayton says:

    I used this for Memorial day weekend and my son’s birthday. Huge hit! Thanks!

    1. so glad you liked it!

  5. kelly davis says:

    The amount of salt in this.can’t be right it ruined it

    1. Hi Kelly, did you try the recipe? The seasonings are more of a guideline than anything. I usually add this amount of salt if I’m using all fresh vegetables, but depending on the canned beans and corn you buy (and the balsamic), you can really reduce the amount of salt you need. I make this salsa often and find that sometimes I use less than a teaspoon! I’ve over-salted it before and ended up adding more peppers and cucumber to tone it down. I hope you’ll give it another try 🙂

      1. Kelly Davis says:

        I tried it again but omitted the salt and pepper all together. its very fresh alone was just confused by the amount of salt.

  6. Kbolish says:

    I have made this before and love it! The only thing I do different is that I use a few Tbs Italian dressing and a couple tsp red hot instead of the balsamic and salt & pepper 🙂

  7. Barb says:

    AlSo put in 1/4 c . extra virgin olive oil and feta cheese at end balsamic and cilantro goes in after also sorta the same recipe

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