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#Camping Eats: Top 5 Food Bowl Cookbooks

Food bowls are PERFECT for camping culture…and frankly, our everyday, nonstop, go-go-go lifestyles. The idea of throwing everything into one bowl is tempting to those of us wanting to simplify dinner and get all of our nutrients in one go. Try out any of these fantastic “bowl” cookbooks for a new spin on cooking:

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.40.43 PMBowl, Vegetarian recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals: Put down that ramen package and pick up this book!  Lukas Volger helps up master our own broths, handmade noodles, sauces, and garnishes. From simple miso ramen to a perfectly timed summer ramen with corn broth, tomatoes, and basil. His grain bowls range from ratatouille polenta to a black rice burrito with avocado. 

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.41.28 PMVegan Bowl Attack! More than 100 One-Dish Meals Packed with Plant-Based Power: My 4 year old loves this book, as he associates it with superheroes and emergency vehicles. Vegans, vegetarians, and even meat-eaters will love this cookbook with over 100 recipes by author Jackie Sobon. Perfect for a camping trip, top fireside recipes include Peanut Butter Pretzel Oatmeal, Smoky Corn Chowder Bread Bowl, Mean Green Ramen, and S’mores Pudding Bowl.


Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.40.57 PMWhole Bowls, Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day: With over 50 recipes, author Allison Day hits a home run with health-conscious eaters. She is also know for her award-winning food blog Yummy Beet. For a vegetarian breakfast bowl, look for her Oat risotto bowls with soft-boiled eggs, avocado, and hazelnut dukkah. Great lunch and dinner options include a curried falafel and kale salad bowl and a
black bean bowl with butternut squash, black rice, and chimichurri.


Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.41.14 PMGreat Bowls of Food Grain Bowls, Buddha Bowls, Broth Bowls, and More: This one is for every eater, including omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, so a good choice for mixed households or mixed camping groups. Robin Asbell shares with us 75 of her best bowl food recipes, and  a chart that allows anyone to to mix and match ingredients to create the their own unique bowl. Some of her favorites include: Paleo Cauliflower Tabouli Bowl with Lemon Mint Dressing; Sweet Potato, BBQ Chicken, Corn, and Chips Bowl; Rice, Tofu, and Green Bowl with Kimchi and Spicy Spinach; and Miso Poached Vegetable and Shrimp Noodle Bowl.

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.41.56 PMThe Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon, Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share: Many of you may already know Sara Forte from her successful first book, The Sprouted Kitchen. Bowl and Spoon makes delicious combinations like a Golden Quinoa and Butternut Breakfast Bowl and Spring Noodles with Artichokes, Pecorino, and Charred Lemons. Fans of hers should definitely check out this next  installment of recipes.

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#Climbing Movie of the Week: Beyond the Edge

“I think it’s really all a matter of challenge, not so much challenge only with the mountain, but challenge with oneself. Seeing if you can force yourself to overcome your fears and hopefully, ultimately get to the top.” -Edmund Hillary

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 8.12.24 PMWith the recent news of Melissa Arnot’s summit (and surviving descent) of Everest without supplemental oxygen and the deaths of more climbers to add to the mountain’s death toll, Everest is once again in the headlines.

For those of you who want a deeper look into the quest (besides the Hollywood produced “Everest”), this 2013 film is worth a evening on the couch.

Using both archival footage and modern recreations, the film both retraces and recreates Edmund Hilliary’s arrival in Kathmandu to Everest base camp. The goal was to summit on May 15. Enter Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa climbing Everest since 1935, who had been up the mountain 6 times already.

Here are a few factoids:

In 1953 there was a race to summit the yet-to-be conquered Everest. At that point 10 attempts had been made. By range of comparison, over 7k people have now attempted Everest to date, according to Outside Magazine. The British Everest Expedition led that year included beekeeper, Edmund Hillary, age 33. But he had also been a climber for 10 years, and already had several trips to the Himalaya.

There were 13 members of the expedition, 30 full time sherpas, and 600 porters. There had already been 7 British attempts already. The Swiss had almost done it in 1952, so there was incredible pressure to succeed.

Remember folks, the knowledge of altitude at this time was limited. As noted in the film, “It was like sending someone into space. No one knew wherther or not it could be done.” 13 deaths had already occurred and zero summits.

Throughout the film, there is rolling commentary from Edmund’s and Tenzings sons along with Jim Whittaker, the 1st American to summit Everest in 1963. As he notes, “Put a pillow over your mouth and try and breath through it as you’re running…you’re trying to get enough air, and the oxygen debt builds up until you just can’t go.”

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Tension mounts as the men struggle to get up the Lhotse Face and reach the South Col, and a monsoon is building in the Bay of Bengal. The expedition seemed to be unraveling. By this time it is the 21st of May and Hillary and Norgay are forced to lead 13 Sherpas who only had tea for breakfast into a 13 hour climbing day without oxygen. (cue jaw drop)

(Imagine…no top of the line North face clothing, no Black Diamond ice axes, no Scarpa boots… from the looks of the film, they wore flannel shirts, wool sweaters, parachute pants, and whatever the best technology had to offer at the time, and according to the movie, even leaving camps with bare hands.)

As poignantly noted by Whitaker, “There’s just certain human beings able to put one foot in front of the other, you know, relentlessly, psychologically able to do it, whereas other people would fail.”

The result: On May 29, 1953 at 11:30 am Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summited Mount Everest at 29,035 feet.

Definitely a worthy watch for all those interested in the outdoors, alpine climbing, and of course, the mystery and history of Mount Everest.