Real Maine summer weather, as it’s supposed to be. Sunny, 70’s, low humidity and all-around pleasant. It was a good mood kind of day. In fact, it was a little chilly at the lake, so Peter provided a big thermos of hot chocolate for all.
16U In-House Grand Slam Tennis Tournament started today. Very exciting and lots of fun too.
Ice Skating for Bunks 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced hockey player. It’s especially cool to skate when we have the rink to ourselves.
It felt great to play outside today which such comfortable temps. The courts and fields were hopping with every kind of game. “Hollyrock Entertainment” brought their “Brain Challenge” quiz show for Evening Activity. It’s a combination of trivia and physical challenge, plus an all-camp “Simon Says” game.
Photography class has really taken off during 7th period. It’s become very popular with the guys, thanks to our fantastic photo counselors Morgan, Izzy and Yonne.
In between all this action, we ate, A LOT. It’s an everyday thing here. Eating is something we do very, very well.
The kids say the food’s “great” at Skylemar. That’s all thanks to the amazing kitchen staff you heard about before. It’s actually much harder to cook here than in a restaurant. First of all, it’s three meals per day. Secondly, it all has to come out hot at the same time. Most importantly, our guys have an “experienced” palette. Even if it’s just chicken tenders, their standards are extremely high.
Quantities are staggering. One dinner takes 16 turkeys and 100 pounds of potatoes. Spaghetti takes 60 pounds of pasta and 1,200 meatballs. In fact, before camp starts the chefs make and freeze 7,000 meatballs from scratch. There are 720 eggs to crack for breakfast, and 120 pounds of ground beef for tacos.
Here’s a taco tip: For an easy way to finely crumble the meat with little effort, moisten it with a decent amount of water and bake at 350. Every now and then stir it around. Once it looks cooked, strain out the water and you’re ready to go.
The oven is actually the best way to make rice as well. Boil water and measure out with a standard rice-to-water ratio. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. No sticky, no lumps.
One more: Leftover grilled cheese sandwiches become delicious croutons for your next dinner party. Cut off the crust and then into chunks.
That’s it for now. We can’t share all our secrets. Under lock and key is the recipe for Jr’s Special Sauce.