Campfire Clam Bak

There is already a crispness in the air. Fall is right around the corner, which means winter is right around the corner, which means I'm going to make extra-sure we sit outside and enjoy the backyard. Campfire time.

Take a look at our swanky setup: a stone fire ring, two cinder blocks, some metal rods and the grate from the grill balanced on top. Yes, we were improvising a bit, but that's half the fun.

The kids helped fill aluminum foil packets with the following:

15 shellfish (we used clams and mussels)

1/2 ear of corn

a few canned potatoes

1 pat butter

a drizzle of olive oil

salt, pepper and oregano

Then we placed the packets over the wood fire for about 15 minutes, until the shellfish opened. The smoke from the fire gave this a wonderful flavor. Even the broth left over in the bottom of the packets was amazing and we ended up dunking pieces of sourdough bread in it. So good.

Of course, no campfire is complete without s'mores. We did that too.