New program: Vermont State Parks Cooks!

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MONTPELIER — Vermont State Parks has announced a new program geared towards helping campers and would-be campers enjoy cooking over a campfire at Vermont's 55 state parks. All summer, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation will be sharing creative recipes that can be prepared with minimal equipment, and which make use of the bounty of ingredients made and grown by the state's farmers and food producers.

Each week, the department will release a set of themed recipes and photographs of dishes created in Vermont State Park campgrounds. Personnel will also be creating cooking videos, blogs, printed cooking pamphlets, and online resources. Cooking classes will be offered at some of the most popular parks.

Get answers to all of your "burning" camp cooking questions; just email vtstateparks.cooks@gmail.com. At the end of the season, the department will compile the recipes developed and field tested into a Vermont State Parks Campfire Cookbook.

Partner in the effort and campfire cook in residence, Suzanne Podhaizer is a chef, journalist, cooking educator, and erstwhile goose farmer. She was the first food editor of Seven Days newspaper, owned Salt Caf — a farm-to-table restaurant in Montpelier — and is a founder of Sel de la Terre, a multifaceted food education, multimedia, and consulting business that offers public and private cooking classes, recipe development, and pop-up dinners.

Said Director of State Parks Craig Whipple, "Everyone knows that cooking and eating in the outdoors is one of the best parts of camping. And, with Vermont's robust local food culture, we're delighted for Suzanne's help pioneering Vermont's farm-to-picnic-table movement."

The Vermont State Parks Cooks Homepage is https://vtstateparks.com/vtstateparkscooks.html

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