Sunday, March 22, 2015

Appalachian Trail - Tray Mountain Road to Neel's Gap - 24.6 miles

The other weekend a friend of mine and I took a short trip on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. I helped my buddy with gear selection for his inaugural hiking experience. He did extremely well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

I have published the accompanying video that details the trip.

Happy Trails!!!!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Packit Gourmet - Dotties Chicken and Dumplings Review

I recently purchased a meal to try from Packit Gourmet - Dotties Chicken and Dumplings.  I really didn't know what to expect as this is a relatively new company to me. I can definitely say that I was not disappointed.

The meal comes in a very well thought out package that allows you to cook the meal right in the bag. You will more than likely need to construct a pot cozie (or purchase one from their website) to keep the meal piping hot while it rehydrates.

The ingredients are all high caliber from what I experienced. The chicken base which comes in a viscous form is very flavorful and much better than what I have experienced with boulon based flavorings. What really caught my attention was the little pieces of what I perceived to be real chicken. As I expected the vegetables take a little bit longer to rehydrate, but the longer the meal sat in the water the more tender they became.

The only thing that I would have changed would have been to add slightly less water than what the packaging recommends. This is not to say that the quality is degraded from what is called for, but based on MY personal thoughts of what dumpling texture should be I  would have prefered it to be slightly thicker and more concentrated (but that is solely my opionion and would recommend experimenting to meet you own personal preferences).

I would highly recommend trying this meal if the flavor profile sounds like something you would enjoy. The quality of the product is exellent!! I will definitely be trying more products from this company!

Until next time.....

Happy Trails!!