June 29, 2009
Welcoming in Summer
While staying in a wilderness log cabin near Vail, Colorado during a recent family vacation, I grew a greater appreciation for all the conveniences we have cooking in our modern kitchens. Now don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of pumping and boiling water from the well, as well as using a two burner propane stove for cooking. Not to mention heating the cabin with an old wood burning stove, or using very dim lighting fueled by solar energy. No T.V., radio, newspapers, computers, cell phones or refrigeration. And yet all of this just added to the "experience".
There was plenty of hiking, mountain biking, animal watching, chopping of fire wood, all putting me a little more in touch with nature. One of the more memorable highlights of the trip occurred in the evening when we lit the campfire. Drums were beaten, campfire stories were told, and contests were held to determine who could make the most delicious s'more. When it comes to the perfect s'more, it's all about the positioning of the marshmallow on a properly whittled stick, and slow cooking it to a melting, toasty brown. Equally important are quality chocolate and crisp graham crackers. By the end of our time there, we came to the conclusion that a s'more will always rouse memories of summertime fun and the great outdoors.
At Wildfire, we serve Rachel's S'mores Pie as a popular special. It was created by Rachel, one of our very talented office managers. Made of chocolate ice cream, graham cracker crust and marshmallow cream, this is a recipe that you are sure to love!
Enjoy the pie and enjoy your summer!
From the woodburning oven,