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There are some foods that just stick in your mind, and most have to do with summer: the first bite of a lobster roll on the annual family beach trip; the cherry stains all over the counter; the soft-serve with chocolate sprinkles after weeknight dinners.

Summer camp food has all of that sensory power, plus the added allure of being consumed in close proximity to a lake. Most of it wasn't that great, but the woodsy setting and the communal eating at family-style tables managed to make stars of unlikely suspects. In the thick of July, Choco Tacos went from lame freezer dessert to coveted dining hall currency, and grilled cheeses won cheers that belonged at the Beatles' early concerts. The spirit of summer is still alive and well, and we're bringing it back -- if only for tradition's sake.

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Mable's Texas Sheet Cake by Gibson2011

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Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Genius Recipes

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Ima's Challahby Rivka

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Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup by Genius Recipes

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Peanut Butter Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

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Hot Dog and Hamburger Potato Buns by erinmcdowell

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Almond Joy Candy Bars by Kristen Rosenau

Almond Joy Candy Bars

 

Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese by Genius Recipes

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S'mores by Brette Warshaw

S'mores

 

Choco Tacos by molly yeh

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops by Jestei

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