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Recipe of the Month: Soft Baked Pretzels

We love making these in the cob oven with guests and campers! It’s a great excuse to get a little messy and creative, shaping pretzels, and dipping them in the sauce of your choice. This recipe comes from Home Baking by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. Yield: 8 small-medium sized pretzels Ingredients 1 cup milk, scalded and … Continue reading

Recipe of the Month: Kale Salad

One of our favorite ways to eat all the kale coming in from the farm!  Kale Salad, from The Esalen Cookbook Serves 4-6 1/3 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or tamari soy sauce 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup flax seed oil or extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 medium red onion 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup … Continue reading

Welcome home, Laurie!

Camp Stevens is thrilled to welcome Laurie Wesp as our new Food Service Director and Chef! Laurie discovered her passion for cooking at Camp Stevens 10 years ago, and is excited to return to the kitchen where she found her footing. Originally from Wisconsin, she has worked at camps and conference centers in Washington state … Continue reading

I Know What You Did Last Summer: Camp Stevens Edition

Once the final bus pulls away, the lost and found has been sorted, and the last toilet has been plunged, it’s time to reflect. We look at our final attendee numbers and registration trends. We analyze where campers came from, and how they heard about Camp Stevens. And, most importantly, we ask campers and parents … Continue reading

August Wrap-Up: So much more than summer.

It’s been just about a month since our final session of the summer camp season ended. But that doesn’t mean it’s been quiet around here! We transition quickly from summer camp into our year-round season, which includes hosting retreat groups, leading outdoor education programs, and running the ropes course (Of course, there’s also a good amount … Continue reading

Recipe of the Month: Chocolate Chip Cookies

While these are, of course, best served still warm from the oven, our chef Sarah says the secret is to refrigerate the dough for a few minutes after portioning out the cookies. Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Makes: 36 cookies Ingredients: 1-1/2 cups butter, softened 1-1/2 cups sugar 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, … Continue reading

Shout it from the Mountaintop: June 15, 2015

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” -John Ruskin

Shout it from the Mountaintop: June 12, 2015

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Shout it from the Mountaintop: June 11, 2015

“What would I discover about the cottonwoods if when I walked to the mailbox I listened to the instead of looked at them? What would I find out about the rain if I didnt run inside? And is it possible that a sunrise would refresh me more than sleep? It’s this simple, if i never … Continue reading

Shout it to the Mountaintop: June 10, 2015

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” -Charles Spurgeon