Camping food is best when it's kept simple, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. The CHOW Test Kitchen has developed a few recipes that'll give your camp food some flair but are still really easy—start them at home and finish them over the campfire. There's a versatile blue cheese butter you can throw on grilled steaks and coal-roasted potatoes, a riff on s'mores using homemade chocolate graham crackers, and a mix-ahead cornmeal pancake batter that you can toss in the cooler and use in the morning to pour over sausages in a cast-iron pan for a take on "toad in the hole." And just for fun, we've thrown in a canteen-sized cocktail that uses pine liqueur to really incorporate a taste of the outdoors.
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