Pasta at the End of the Portage
I read your columns regularly. A few weeks ago you featured an article entitled "One‑Pot Pasta."
We ignored your advice about practicing the recipe at home and went for broke. We packed the basic ingredients and made pasta a critical part of our meal planning on our Eleven‑Carries Route through the St Regis Canoe Area last week. It was the keystone meal in the evening after the 1.4 mile portage into Fish Pond. We did our own sauce using a tube of tomato paste and included dried vegetable soup mix to add a lot of veggies. It was delish! We declared it a keeper and will come back to it in future trips.
Wonderful concept. Great recipe. Thanks for the idea.
PS. You might want to check out our winter camping website. We enjoy winter camping and like to promote the activity to any three‑season campers interested in making the leap to four seasons.
I also read through several months' worth of articles at Tamia's Outside, and I especially enjoyed your NEOS overshoe reviews. I wear a pair of felt‑lined pacs and use the NEOS Explorer as a winter boot for camping and snowshoeing. In camp I merely swap my felt pacs for a clean, dry pair.
It's great to know that your "field test" of One‑Pot Pasta was such a success, Jim, though I'd be a little leery of depending on any recipe that I hadn't tried at home first, especially for a "keystone" meal. Still, it worked out for you, and that's what counts. I make one‑pot pasta meals regularly. Just the other day I made a quick lunch by breaking angel hair pasta into a one‑quart pot, covering the pasta with water, and added an eight‑ounce container of V8 juice. Inside of ten minutes I was eating spaghetti, and it was pretty darned good.
NEOS Trekkers and Explorers are wonderfully versatile boots, aren't they? Mine are in their second year now, and they've proven to be durable, comfortable, and easy to pack. In fact, I'll be updating my evaluations of them soon, so stay tuned.
Great website, by the way. There's a lot at WinterCampers.com for both first‑timers and experienced winter explorers.