Dessert Edition! Plus #Scatico Blog!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hey all!  It’s been so much fun interacting with these kids this year.  Last year I didn’t know what to expect.  This year my expectations (set by my over-achieving self!) were high.  It’s been so much fun having a whole new crop of kids this year, plus enjoying my minor upgrades, like the awning over the cooking cabin and the hydroponic tower garden, which continues to be a hit.  (We recently made lettuce wraps to go with the sushi the kids are now expert at making.)  But I wanted to include some photos of our fabulous desserts for this post.  In total, we’ve made chocolate chip cookies, S’more brownie bites, chocolate chip banana bread, mini red velvet cupcakes, and a lot of smoothies.  (Do you think those count as dessert?  I would qualify them as a healthy treat.  Dessert doesn’t have to be bad for you!)

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

And while I apologize for my relative silence on the blogosphere, I urge you to check out Camp Scatico’s excellent blog about the activities at camp!  You will find updates about the infamous Scatico Color Wars, the CIT trip, Tribes and many other #Scatico traditions.  (Unfortunately, no pictures of desserts are featured.)

An annual favorite: the S'mores brownie bites!

An annual favorite: the S’mores brownie bites!

A Very Special Celebration

'Ramune,' Japansese "marble sodas" for the kids' bar.  Adults enjoyed them too!  (How could we not?"

‘Ramune,’ Japansese “marble sodas” for the kids’ bar. Adults enjoyed them too! (How could we not?”

This past weekend Herbnpeach got to cater my first post-camp event with Camp Scatico campers.  The Newman family hired me to cater their daughter Miko’s bat mitzvah.  It was a very special celebration, as bat mitzvahs often are.  I am so grateful to the Newmans for bringing Chef Ally on board before they had a chance to get to know me!  (Dr. Jessica, you should consider moonlighting as an event planner!)

On another note, it was amazing to see the campers all spiffed up and out of green and white uniform.  Only two months has gone by and already they seem so grown up!  Oy vey, I sound like a Grandma.  Enough of that!

Everyone enjoyed mini-matzo ball shooters, pigs in blankets, and a mac-and-cheese station with mini -chicken parmesan and meatballs. Sushi rolls were made to order!

Everyone enjoyed mini-matzo ball shooters, pigs in blankets, and a mac-and-cheese station with mini -chicken parmesan and meatballs. Sushi rolls were made to order!

Another #Scatico staffer, Cory Schwartz, was hired to photograph the event.  I look forward to posting some of his professional shots, but for now I will just share mine…

A grand entrance at the Helen Mills Theatre for Miko and her guests!

A grand entrance at the Helen Mills Theatre for Miko and her guests!

The Kitchen Name Revealed!!

This pizza is not Sal's, but it is the best pizza IN camp!

This pizza is not Sal’s, but it is the best pizza IN camp!

Drum roll, please….

 

So many good suggestions that we just couldn’t decide!  In the end we picked two: one for the inside of the cabin and one for the porch.

The actual cooking cabin is called The Cook Shack.  It was selected by an 11-year-old boy.  An 11-year-old girl chose the name of the porch, Scaticafe.  Don’t you love it?  It just so happens the two who gave the names were the same age. 🙂

I still need to reward them! I think they both want pizza from Sal’s, the best pizza near camp!

Carnival at Camp Scatico!

Pie Eating Contest at Carnival!

Pie Eating Contest at Carnival!

Forgive my delay in blogging about carnival.  Such a fun day!!

My Nephew in the Dunk Tank!

Carnival is an afternoon of co-ed activities where every group runs a “traditional” carnival booth.  This year we had a dunk booth, a kissing booth, a marriage booth, and a whole bunch of killer games.  There are prizes for winners, of course.  This year there was an ice cream truck!  These kids don’t know how good they have it… I mean, in my day… JK. 😉

My nephew in the dunk tank from another angle.  You can bet I got a lot of pictures of this!

My nephew in the dunk tank from another angle. You can bet I got a lot of pictures of this!

I helped decorate.  There was a World Cup theme.

I helped decorate. There was a World Cup theme.

Camp Scatico Highlights!

Oh my gosh where do I begin?  It’s been super, super, SUPER busy at #CampScatico, which is how it should be!  July is FLYING by, and so much happens so quickly it’s hard to document it all.  Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of my favorite camp moments.

1.  The first tribal campfire!  What a day that was.  It brought back so many memories of when I was a camper.  (In many ways it felt like I had never left!)  The campfire kicks off a 3-week competition of four teams:  Flying Eagle (green), Blazing Arrow (red), Racing Wine (yellow) and Thunderbolt (blue).  FYI:  In my day it was a 4-week competition, but camp is a week shorter now.  😦

2.  The Girls’ NAT tournament!  There are tournaments for many sports, but the basketball tournament has always been a big deal.  My friend Patti’s daughter won MVP, which made it extra special.  #nextgeneration

3.  Camp visiting day.  Okay, so this day was really stressful for me, but so memorable and worth it.  David asked me to prepare samples of what the kids had been making.  Needless to say, this involved a lot of prep and a lot of cleanup, but it did allow me to show off a bit!  It was cool to meet the campers’ family, too– the ones I didn’t already know!  #nextgenerationagain

4.  The 4th of July BBQ, talent show and fireworks.  Feel free to disagree with me here, but 4th of July in New York City is no fun.  Even if you make it to a really awesome party, say, at Top of the Garden right in midtown, the crowds make this holiday totally overwhelming.  Getting anywhere is a nightmare.  The streets are full of drunk people, it’s way too hot, there’s no place to picnic… ugh.  This year the 4th was fun again.  I loved being surrounded by campers, reveling in old memories and creating new ones.  My Bed

5.  My cabin, or more specifically, my bed.  Every night.  ‘Nuff said.

 

Camp Motto: Be Prepared!

Strawberry, mint and lemon-infused water!

Strawberry, mint and lemon-infused water!

Anyone who’s spent any time at a summer camp will tell you that one of the lessons you learn is to be prepared.  A day’s mean sunburn will teach you to wear sunscreen.  A leg covered in bug bites will teach you to pack Off.  And seven weeks of cooking for hundreds of children means you have to prep, prep, prep!  I tested over 40 new recipes before I even got to camp!

Luckily, I had the help of Chef Derek, who caters part time with Herbnpeach.  Over five three-hour sessions, we tackled 42 different recipes (some multiple times) before coming up with a menu/syllabus for Camp Scatico.  I’ve shared pictures of some of our projects below.  Check back to see how all our hard work went over with the campers!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.  99.9% sure the kids'll love these!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. 99.9% sure the kids’ll love these!

Mini S'more Brownie Bites:  the ultimate camper treat

S’mores Brownie Bites: the ultimate camper treat

Flourless chocolate cookies.  #yum

Flourless chocolate cookies. #yum

Homemade Pasta-- thanks Chef Derek!

Homemade Pasta– thanks Chef Derek!

Kale chips, pita chips and tzatziki

Kale chips, pita chips and tzatziki