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I know I'm with the right sort of group for an authentic backcountry Tennessee camping trip when one fellow eyes my mason jars and asks "that homemade 'shine?" No, I'm not making moonshine, I'm making sangria!

I have been wanting a Dutch oven for quite a while now. Pretty much all of my cooking on the road has been on a cast iron skillet. But a cast iron Dutch oven stands to greatly expand our cooking options. So, when asked what I wanted for Christmas, the answer was easy: a Dutch oven.

Sometimes, I look in my cooler and think I have a good idea. "Hey, there's some ham to finish off." "I've got a few eggs." "We didn't finish all the crescent pastry when we made hotdogs." "When did I make this pico de gallo?" That's when I come up with a recipe with the sole aim of consuming as many leftovers as possible. Such an approach is the origin of many a classic recipe over the centuries. So, I thought I would try an experiment which I call the Southwest Baked Egg Breakfast Pastry because it really is just a bunch of stuff I threw together.

Hot dogs have always been our fallback when we want to cook over the campfire but aren't up to a big production. But what if we want to cook over the campfire and have a mini production? This recipe for the Spit Fire Hotdog Wrapped In Pastry can be as simple or as complicated as your heart desires. Add cheese, role in herbs, dip in aloe, it's all good and makes for a great camping activity for both kids and adults. Kids can stick with their boring dogs while you can hunt down the hickory smoked sausage with gourmet catsup.