Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday: The Heartland and The South!

We started this morning by helping Chef out by doing some inventory.  We went through our units to make sure all of our equipment, dishes, and utensils were in their proper places.  Following that, we were able to relax a little bit and enjoy our Apple Cheddar Bread from yesterday (it was delicious!) and listen to some riveting presentations from our counselors about the regions of the day.

The Road Trip continued as we swept through the Heartland of America, through fields of sunflowers and corn in Iowa to the towering skyscrapers of Chicago perched on Lake Michigan. Tara filled us in on the Southwest, Paige enlightened us with some views and fun facts of the Heartland, and Maddy taught us all about the southern states.  The flavors of the region depend on simple ingredients.  Representative dishes included Macaroni and Cheese, Fried Potatoes, Cinnamon Crunch Muffins and fragrant Sassafras Tea. The Buckeye production involved many hands and proved to be a 2 day effort--we'll finish them tomorrow!

Heading down South we toured the the Mississippi Delta region, listening to zydeco music by Clifton Chenier while we cooked Grits, Collard Greens, Blackeyed Peas for Hoppin John, Sesame "Fried' Chicken, Hush Puppies, Cajun Catfish and "Fries" and Sweet Potato Pie. The campers were busy all morning  Keep a lookout as we round the next bend and head to the cool ocean waters of the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic on our Road Trip!

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