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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.

Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness by Genius Recipes

Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness


Mable's Texas Sheet Cake by Gibson2011

Mable's Texas Sheet Cake


Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Genius Recipes

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Ima's Challahby Rivka

Ima's Challah


Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup by Genius Recipes

Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup


Peanut Butter Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

Peanut Butter Cookies


Hot Dog and Hamburger Potato Buns by erinmcdowell

Hot Dog and Hamburger Potato Buns


Almond Joy Candy Bars by Kristen Rosenau

Almond Joy Candy Bars


Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese by Genius Recipes

Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese


S'mores by Brette Warshaw



Choco Tacos by molly yeh

Choco Tacos


Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops by Jestei

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Pops

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about 1 year ago Posie Harwood

this is the best, makes me crave a hot Vermont day, grilled cheese for lunch, and drippy ice cream cones from tiny corner stores


about 1 year ago Johnna Carreno Green

If you want a great Paleo/Gluten free waffle recipe click on this link - http://www.inallofhersplendor...


about 1 year ago molly yeh

many friday nights in my childhood were spent in the dining hall, ripping out the doughy innards of loaves upon loaves of challah and building up mountains of crust in the center of our table. oh how i wish that were socially acceptable these days...