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So you pedal through a small town in the middle of America and walk into the Conoco or whatever the local flavor is, looking for a few items to combine into a healthy and happy supper in camp.  
Anybody have shopping/cooking stories about experiences eating well when the nearest food coop is a century or two away and canned ravioli wasn't where you wanted to be?

dombrosk, Nobody else has stepped up to the plate yet on this so I will. Hmmmmmm.......that's a tough question. In this very common situation I would probably buy the canned ravioli and enjoy every bite! If they also have an onion, green pepper, and a bottle of red wine at the Conoco, buy that too and make the meal more glamorous!

Yep ... Pedalled over the Great Dividing Range from Halls Gap to Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia ... it was a very hot day and was quite tired when I got to the campsite [basic but satisfactory] ... the local store was equally as basic, so bought a carton of milk, a bag of mashed potatoes and a tin of peas ... over the gas stove I mixed up a huge pot [litre] of mashed potatoes and added the tinned peas just as it was about ready ... ate this with half a loaf of bread, two bottles of powerade and a cup of coffee ... not exactly cordon bleu, but very tasty and nutritious [I think?]  :quest:
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Second- Gas station food is always a rough road to follow BUT there can (no pun intended!) be light at the end of the culinary tunnel.

Buy some Apples & a jar O' Peanut Butter... together in mouth they not only taste amazing BUT it's some powerful GO PEDAL food.

Go ahead and buy that can of Ravioli but also buy some Pita bread or at minimum a loaf of bread or better yet ask the clerk for a bun, roll or whatever they have for subs and the like (if they have a deli-counter).  Buy some shredded cheese or again get some from the counter...

back at camp take a little of Mr. Boyardee's best and mash a small layer onto your bread, sprinkle w/cheese cover her with another bread layer... insert into pan and brown on both sides.  It ain't the Four Seasons-not even Pizza Hut BUT, it's better than what was in that can by itself.

Think in layers, combinations...  for instance go into a Wendy's and stock up on A lot (I'm talking A LOT!) of their hot sauce packets(for their chili).  Buy yourself a fresh onion, bell pepper... chop both and saute for a few minutes with some oil back at camp.  Add H2O just covering the veggies and then squeeze about 10-15 packets of the packets in.... bring to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes.  With some bread you've made a good soup that's picante and full of flavor.  You have some beas to add in... all the better!

Last one for now... if you ever go to the trouble to have chicken at camp.  When cooking it in a pan add a can of Coke... delicious, when that stuff reduces down it loses a lot of its sugar and what's left is a thick, caramelized, just slightly sweet glaze that Southern Moms would die for.

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