Camp Cooking

Three large black walnut trees stand in a perfect line, parallel to the side of a home in Wenham, Mass. An old rope swing dangles from a lofty branch. The owner says her kids sometimes bounce on the swing to dislodge walnuts from high above. Hundreds of the nuts litter the lawn. Russ Cohen kicks…

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Russ Cohen has been foraging in the Northeast for four decades. Shagbark hickory nuts, Cohen’s favorite foraged food, can be used in numerous cookie and pie recipes. Here’s his recipe for a wafer cookie. Ingredients 1 cup dark brown sugar (or maple sugar) 6 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs,…

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The only interesting fact that I recall from high school physics is that black bears can run up to 30 mph. My teacher, an avid outdoorsman, included this detail in one of many stories told to engage a senior class focused on nothing but graduation. I’ve since learned that the American black bear, which averages…

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