Bacon and Eggs

Cabin Cooking and Eating

I love cooking and eating while at the cabin. We call it cabin cooking.

Egg on toast

I recently took a trip to the cabin with a buddy and we did some of that cabin cooking. And I have to say, we had some damn good eats while there.

As you’ve probably been told, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We started with a piece of Cobs sourdough bread (too hot recently to be baking my own bread). When you get Cobs bread, ask them to slice it thick – that’s the perfect way to have it for breakfast.

Toast the bread, add a couple slices of cheese, a pinch salad greens, and then slide an egg, cooked to soft over-easy, on top of the greens and serve.

Delicious.

Brisket Sandwich

Lunch – a lovely brisket sandwich served on Cobs sourdough rolls. I had previously smoked the brisket on my Traeger. After smoking a brisket I portion it into meal size portions and place it in Ziploc bags to freeze. Then when I want to go away for a cabin retreat, I put a bag of frozen brisket in my cooler. The frozen brisket acts like an extra icepack in my cooler bag and by the time I am ready to serve it, the brisket is thawed.

Brisket Sandwich

To warm the brisket before serving I placed it in a cast iron pan, splashed it with a little beer (any liquid will do – a little beef broth is really good) and moved it around in the pan for a couple of a minutes.

Once it was warm enough, I placed it on the sourdough roll. Added a bit of greens, a slice of cheddar, or brie, or jalapeno cheddar, or whatever cheese was available and lunch was ready.

Sardines

When we needed a snack between lunch and dinner we went to what we call our “King’s Diet”. Tiny sardines, each placed perfectly on a cracker with a swirl of dijon mustard on it. On top of each sardine we added a splash of hot sauce. Easy cabin cooking.

And then the big meal of the day – dinner.

Ribeye Steak

My travel companion was kind enough to bring along and prepare these magnificent ribeye steaks for us.

He did a reverse sear on the steaks. To do this he pre-heated the oven to 250 degrees while heating a cast iron pan on the stove top. He added some oil to the bottom of the pan and then placed the steaks in the pan, in the oven.

I wasn’t paying attention as well as I should have been but I do remember he got the steaks to an internal temperature of 110 degrees (that’s my recollection – I may be wrong).

Once he had the internal temperature where he wanted it, he pulled both steaks (one for him and one for me) out of the oven and let them rest while he prepped the pan for the stove top sear.

To do this he got the pan hot, added a dollop of butter, and then placed the steaks, one at at time, in the pan. Flip, repeat.

Add another dollop of butter on top of the steak while it rests for a second time, throw the chopped mushrooms into the hot pan to brown them up, then to the plate and then the table.

And we were both in meat comas for a few hours after we each finished eating our 16 ounce ribeye steaks!

That’s a day of eating at the cabin. Well actually, that was two days of cabin cooking and eating. The breakfasts were so filling we skipped lunch so the reality is that the brisket sandwiches were actually a dinner. But you know, it sounds more exciting to say this was one day of cabin cooking.