Chef Jason’s World Famous Grilled Winter Squash

It’s time, my friends. With only 3 weeks of Winter left I thought we’d do a nice Winter recipe to send off the season nicely. I know many are braving Winter conditions for far longer than that so March 20th means very little. But find the time for this one, it’ll warm what ails ya…

sliced winter squash

We’re going to be grilling. If it’s too cold and wintery outside for you this can also be done in the oven. They key here is using fresh herbs to brighten up the sometimes-bland flavor profile of whatever local squashes happen to be available in your area. Dried herbs… we don’t need ‘em…


Major players:

  • Squash – 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or… fill in the blank. What’s available is what’s best. Butternut, Acorn, even Pumpkin. (No spaghetti squash for this one, however…)
  • Fresh herbs thinly chopped. Sage, oregano, parsley, tarragon, mint, thyme, etc… A combination of 2 or three of any of those is what we want here.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Amounts to follow
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parmesan Reggiano (cheese) – 1 cup. (Or Pecorino Romano)

Game Time

Heat your grill to medium high heat. (Or your oven to 375℉) Slice down your squash of choice, after removing the rind. This is pretty easy but feel free to look up videos on how to do that. (Email me and I’ll direct you my personal favorites.) Then slice your squash into half inch slices. (See accompanying picture.)

Toss slices with Olive Oil to coat and healthy pinches of both salt and pepper. Lay over direct heat and grill 3 to 4 minutes per side with the lid closed. Check to make sure the slices are fork-tender, but not mushy. We’re not making mashed potatoes here so we still want the slices to retain their rigidity and some firmness.

Remove from heat and drizzle with Olive Oil and top with shredded cheese immediately. (Same thing if you’re doing this in the oven. Roast for about 18-20 minutes.)

Drizzle with Olive Oil and sprinkle with cheese immediately upon exiting the heat. Sprinkle your fresh herbs over the squash at this time, also. The herbs do not need to be cooked but the heat from the squash will bring them to fruition just nicely…

Game Changer

Slice squash into 1 inch bite sized pieces and toss with sweet Italian sausages that have been cooked and also sliced into 1 inch segments. Toss with Olive Oil, cheese, and fresh herbs just as above. We’re now a mere 7 months until the Holiday Season. Just a friendly reminder. We’ll be switching to Spring delights next time…

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Four of our favorite camping books.

Spring is still 5 weeks away, and much of the country is still covered in snow. So you may not be camping right now. But if you are like us, the next best think to camping and enjoying the outdoors is reading about camping  and the outdoors.   So here are a few of our favorite books about being outside.   Some of them are easy, fun reads, and some are more serious.  But any of these books can be enjoyed by the fireplace inside, or by the campfire on your next adventure.   Do you have a favorite book you would like to share?   Email us: or contact us on Facebook or Instagram.

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson  has been described as ” Choke on your coffee funny”   It is really a hiking book more than a camping one, but Bryson does plenty of tent camping  as he and his incredibly unfit friend set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.

awalk in the woods


Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer was a best seller, and the film base on the book made it even more famous.   This one is definitely on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Bryson book, as it tells the story of the troubled but intelligent Chris McCandless.  The young man from El Segunda CA walks into the Alaskan wilderness, and never walks out.  Mccandless’ cause of death is still debated 25 years later, and we will likely never know what lead to his demise.   Even if you’ve already seen the movie, you should grab a copy of this book in paperback.  It’s a real page turner, as is anything by Krakauer.

into the wild

Hey Ranger

Hey Ranger is a light hearted book written by a veteran park Ranger.   Jim Burnett collected many stories  the misadventures of campers and other park goers in his 30+ years at the NPS.   Park users get themselves into all sorts of ridiculous situations, but  Hey Ranger is an easy read, and great book  for relaxing in a hammock.

ranger hey

Coyote America

Coyote America  by Dan Flores is a look into the lives of  the ubiquitous Canis latrans.  The book can roughly be summarized as: When we are long gone, the coyotes will still be here.  If you don’t have a great respect for the coyote before you read the book, you will after you are done. Flores will convince you that the  often maligned  coyote is an incredibly intelligent, adaptable animal deserving of our respect.  Attempts by previous generations to eradicate the animal proved impossible, as the coyote always outsmarts and outlives any attempts to beat it, and the species will outlive us all.

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Cookie Jason’s Grilled Sausage and Green Beans

Happy New Year, campers! Welcome to our first recipe of the year. You all hereby resolve to enjoy fantastic food throughout the year…

This is a great one for chilly nights around an open fire, or at home the around dinner table, or curled up on the couch in a toasty living room in front of a good movie. Because, as always, this is just as easily done around the campsite as it as at home. Play along…

This is a two-step process. First, we grill, then we pouch.

Major players:

  • 1lb bratwurst, Italian sausage, or your favorite
  • 1lb Green Beans, trimmed and cut into 1 to 1 and a half inch sections
  • 1 Medium onion, sliced
  • 6 to 7 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter


First, grill the sausage until completely cooked through and set aside to cool. Also, grill the green beans.
Yes, we’re going to grill the green beans. You read that correctly. But we’re not worried about cooking them all the way here. Let’s just get some nice grill marks on those and develop that flavor a bit. They will continue cooking in the next step. Once the sausage has cooled enough to handle, slice it into 1-inch segments.

Now it’s time to pouch; which is my favorite method of campsite cooking. It’s easier to use a disposable aluminum baking pan here. But if you’re using foil just make sure you’re using heavy duty foil and make it double-layered on the bottom. Now simply add the sausage, green beans, and all remaining ingredients except the butter into your pouch and toss to coat everything with the EVOO. Add the butter on top of the mix and close it up. Leave a vent hole or two. If you’re using an aluminum baking pan just cover it with foil and poke a couple holes into it. Let that go on medium-high heat for about 20 to 25 minutes.

(If you’re doing this at home and it’s too cold for the grill outside, sauté the sausage and green beans and then do the rest as above in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, covered with foil in your favorite baking /roasting pan.)

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A little something extra? Sprinkle the shredded cheese of your choice right on top just before serving.


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A little tip from Cookie Jason:

Get yourself a coffee/spice grinder for about $15-20 on Amazon and grind your own pepper. You can get whole peppercorns in the spice aisle. I like the multi-colored ones (which are just the peppercorns picked from the plant at varying maturity). I get mine by the ounce at Sprouts. I also add a bit of whole cumin seeds to mine, as you can see here. (I highly recommend this. You won’t be able to taste cumin in there, but it does slightly alter the flavor profile of the pepper. Give it a try.) Freshly ground pepper makes a world of difference. Pour it into a spice jar and use it on everything you like pepper on. An empty spice jar works great here, like one that garlic powder came in, for example.
~You’re welcome



It was a massacre

Last fall, a few of us were at a mountain bike festival  called Grinduro in the small  logging town of Quincy California.  The town of less than 2,000 welcomes the event which benefits the Sierra Butte Trail Stewardship.  The SBTS is a 501c3 non-profit that builds trails in  in the Sierra Butte portion of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These guys build trails for  just about every form of trail fun including, motorized OHV trails, hike, bike, horse, and  multi-use trails.   But we aren’t here to talk about Grinduro, Qunicy, or the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  We are here to show you how important it is to properly set up your tent.

At PahaQue Wilderness, our tents are made to hold strong in adverse conditions.   I’m sure you’ve noticed the guys lines coming out from each corner, and that the tent will actually stand on it’s own without them.  It can be tempting to get lazy, and simply not bother with the guy lines, but the fact is that those lines are what really keep your tent up through the rough stuff.  We saw a great illustration of this that weekend in Quincy.

The whole Grinduro festival revolves around one long, 65 mile mountain bike ride.   Needles to say, this ride takes a long time and riders are gone for over half the day.   Now when everyone left camp for the ride 8 AM, it was chilly but sunny, and the winds were calm.   As the riders rode away, the temperature rose by over 10 degrees in the next hour.   What also picked up was the wind, and by 10am there were winds gusts well over 30 MPH.   We knew that our Pamo Valley 6 person tent and our PahaQue Rendevouz 4 man tent would hold up just fine.  The tents are made for this sort of thing, and we had properly set up and staked our tents. But we weren’t prepared  for the mess that waited for us when we arrived back at camp.

There were tents every where.  Some of them had blown completely down, some had tipped over but  were held in place by heavy items inside.  Several had blown 100+ feet away to be stopped at a fence, and many tents had bent or broken poles.   ut of course our tents were in perfect condition, standing tall.  Any unlike many others, we were able sit and relax after a hard ride, rather than pack up a broken tent and wonder where  could sleep that night.


There are a couple of important lessons here.  The first one is to chose a good, high quality tent to start with.   The second lesson is to make sure you properly set up  your tent, including stakes and guy lines.  A PahaQue tent is made to withstand the strong wind and other elements, and each part of the tent is engineered to do a job, to help keep you and your stuff protected from the elements.

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Chef Jason’s World Famous Apple Pork Stew

It’s time, my friends. The holidays are upon us and we can’t hold back any longer. Baking season, pumpkin season, and… stew season (with lots of seasoning…).


Got 3 hours to kill? Find ‘em. This is worth it. At home or at the campsite, you’ll be a hero. Stews come in all shapes and sizes. But pork loves apples and we love both. It’s a match made in camping euphoria. Follow along…


Major players:


  • 1 4-5lb pork roast, cut into 1in cubes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 red onions, peeled and chopped
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large green apples, peeled/cored cut into large slices
  • 3 large carrots, chopped into 1/2in pieces
  • 12-16oz large mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced thick
  • 4 sprigs each of rosemary, sage and thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock (homemade is always best)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (no margarine)
  • Dash of chopped chives per serving



Heat your favorite Dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Brown pork roast cubes on all sides, about a minute or two per side. Toss in the onions and apples about half way through. We want them to brown, too. But the time it takes to brown all sides of the pork is too long for the onions and apples, so that’s why the delay in adding them. Then add the stock, salt and pepper, butter, and herbs. Lower heat. (If cooking over a fire, move it to the side so it’s not over direct heat but still hot enough to simmer.) Cover and simmer for 2 and a half hours.

(*Take it up a notch: add 1 and a half cups red wine and 1 Tbsp of ground cumin)


Remove lid and add mushrooms, garlic, carrots, and celery. (Add a couple of diced potatoes at this point if you’d like the resultant product to be a little thicker.) Recover with lid and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve hot. The herb sprigs are easy enough to fish out with tongs. Sprinkle each serving with chopped chives.

That’s how we do it, folks. Happy Thanksgiving!


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How to care for your PahaQue Tent

PahaQue gear is made to last. We take pride in the fact that many of our customers are still using their tents over a decade after they bought them. Of course proper care of your tent  is an important factor in getting a long life out of your tent, so here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of yours.

Protect the floor of your tent from rips and tears:  Even the strongest material can be damaged  by debris.  So find a nice spot that is free of sticks, rocks, and other debris that could damage the floor of your tent. Most campsites have a tent pad that is specifically designed for tent setup. The pad will likely be free of rocks, but pointed sticks, discarded bottle tops, and other sharp items can damage the floor of the tent, as well as keep you up at night. So take a minute to clear the pad of this type of debris. Once you’ve checked for anything that could poke a hole in the floor of your tent, you should put down a footprint to protect the floor of your tent.

PahaQue  makes footprints designed to perfectly fit our tents. 


 Ensure Proper Setup: The next step is equally important.  Our tents are made to withstand everything mother nature throws at them. But proper tent setup is essential. If you want to make sure your tent lasts through potential wind and rain, be sure follow all directions, and properly set up all guy lines. Do that and you’ll be a happy camper.

Proper setup is key!

Protect your PahaQue tent from the sun: UV rays are bad for your tent. PahaQue tents are UV resistant, but those rays of sunshine will degrade any fabric over time. That’s why we recommend you treat your tent with Gear Aid Revivex UV Protectant at the start of each season. A bottle of the stuff is under 10 bucks, and provides that extra protection to keep your tent from becoming brittle, tearing, and fading. It’s easy to apply, just spray it on and let it dry.  

Get more life out of your tent with additional rain proofing: Even with UV protectant, those rays shining straight down and going to work on your rainfly. So if your tent is over 5 years old, it’s a good idea to add a little extra waterproofing with Gear Aid Revivex Durable Water Repellent. After 5 years, you should give your tent another treatment every 2 seasons.

Keep your tent from getting funky: Never put your tent away dirty, or wet. Always try to clean out your tent before you pack it up, and always make sure the tent is dry. We say always, but we know this isn’t always feasible. Sometimes it’s a rain storm, or it could be simply the morning dew, but you’ll occasionally have to break camp before your gear can dry. When this happens, be sure to unpack and set up your tent as soon as possible. Give it 24 hours or more to dry out. This is also a great opportunity to get in there with a vacuum and get any extra dust and dirt out of your tent. It may also be a good time to give your tent a good washing.

All you really need to wash your tent is a laundry detergent made for delicate clothing or mild hand soap, along with a sponge and a bucket. Never use harsh chemical cleaners or machine wash your tent, that’s a recipe for disaster. Just dilute the soap or mild detergent in some water, and then hand wipe the tent clean with the sponge. Then of course make sure the tent is completely dry before packing it away.

tide free
Tide Free and Gentle is a possible choice for a mild laundry detergent.  It doesn’t take much!


Some additional quick tips:

Use a TentRug, to keep the inside if your tent clean.

Take off your shoes before you enter the tent to keep it even cleaner.

Be gentle with your zippers, and consider using Gear Aid Zipper Clear and Lubricant.

Use your rain fly on the tent even when it’s not raining. It protects the rest of your tent from UV rays, and costs less than an entire tent if you have to replace it. Setting up in the shade also protects your tent from the UV rays.

Wipe off the poles and wash the entire tent after any camping trip near sand or salt water.

These tips will help you get the most life out of your PahaQue tent. Where are you camping? Let us know, and send us some photos via email:, on Facebook, or tag us @PahaQue on Instagram.


New Website Launch and Fall Sale

Websites age quickly, and not long ago, we decided that needed a reboot. We’ve streamlined the ordering system, and made the site easier to navigate.  We put quite a bit of time and effort into the site, and we hope you like it. If you haven’t seen the new PahaQue site, you should check it out.

We are really proud of the new site, and want to give you a little extra motivation to visit it. So along with the new site, we are having a massive storewide sale on everything on the entire PahaQue site. You can buy one item, or you can fill your garage with all  the latest PahaQue gear. Just use the coupon code FALL18 to get 25% off all in stock items at  We realize you may be busy working, camping, and spending quality time with your family and friends, so this sale will run well into October.

Not only will you get some cool gear, you’ll save some hard earned cash.   In fact the onlt thing better than getting new gear, saving money when you do. Think of all the things you could do with the money you save.

Of Course you can do whatever you want with the money you save by using the coupon code FALL2018 at  You can buy a tank of gas to get to your favorite camp site, you can buy a pack of adult beverages to share with your friends, you can buy an inflatable raft and float in the lake, or you can buy some premium steaks to make yourself a delicious campsite meal. The possibilities are literally endless.    What will you do with the 25% that you save at     You can tell us by emailing us at,   letting us know on our Facebook Page, or messaging us on Instagram.





3 Fun Campsite Games you probably haven’t tried.

We enjoy lounging around the campsite, sometimes doing nothing, relaxing in our camping hammock, and often enjoying an adult beverage. But we like to be active and have fun with the family as well. Here are a few of our favorite games to play at the campsite.

Glow in the dark bocce ball: This is definitely a modern twist on an old classic. This game is traditionally played during the day,and on dirt or asphalt courts. The game starts by tossing a small ball or “jack” out onto the court. Then each opponent “bowls” their ball in attempt to be the closest one to the jack. Bocce traditionalists would probably cringe at our campsite style of play, but the mixed surface and terrain of a campsite, the orbs glowing at night, and potential obstacles such as tree trunks and fire pits add a to the excitement.    LED Bocce sets are available online for around 50 bucks, and can provide hours of entertainment for both kids and adults.


Giant Jenga: Jenga is usually an indoor game played on a small table out countertop.   The game is often exciting and filled with tension as the tower grows, and become increasingly unstable.   But you know what really adds to the tension and the fun? Making it giant! Giant Jenga is a hit at almost any campsite.   You an buy Giant Jenga online for around $30 or if you are the handy type, you can get some extra satisfaction from building your own.



Potato Sack Races: Remember these from when you were a kid? You basically hop to the finish line with your entire body in sack. The obvious question is? Where do i find a potato sack? Well it might not be a bag that actually carried potatoes, but the internet can deliver a set of “racing” bags to your door for under $20, and it will be money well spent. You’ll get some good laughs, and you’ll get your blood pumping. Be careful, or the kids will definitely out hop you on this one.


What are your favorite camping games?   Cornhole?  Horeshoes?  Let us know what you like to play at the campsite.


We love you guys: A Customer Testimonial

We love our customers, and we love the products we sell them.   We take special care designing and building each and every one of our products, be it a 6 person family camping tent from the PahaQue  line, or a trailer tent for  an R-pod or T@B trailer from  the PahaQue custom line.   We love camping and the outdoors in general, and we like to think that our products help you enjoy the outdoors as well.    We especially love it when you  show us some love back, and tell us how much you appreciate the stuff we make.

About a year ago Kevin and Amy where preparing  for the road trip of a lifetime with their new Aliner Scout.  They found the PahaQue Custom A Frame Visor on our website, and knew that the shade would make their trip more enjoyable.   Since each one of our PahaQue Custom tents is made to order, delivery often takes 4-6 weeks.  But Kevin and Amy would already be on their trip  by then.  So after a phone call we were able to deliver their   Pahaque Custom Visor before the start of the trip. They took their Aliner Scout and their  Visor on an epic trip, covering over 25,000 miles and  then checked back in to let us know how much they enjoyed the product.

” PahaQue customer service was excellent.   They rushed us our new visor for our A-Liner Scout  so we could enjoy the shade on our upcoming trip.  1 year,  25, 000 miles and countless set up and tear downs later,  the Visor is still going strong and PahaQue Custom has gained a loyal customer”- Kevin D

We are glad we  played a small part in helping Kevin and Amy enjoy their road trip.  We knew the Visor would withstand the rigors of the heavy use, but it’s always nice when our customers let is know they appreciate it.    Do you have a story or a testimonial you would like to share with us?   We can’t wait to hear from you.   Just email us:

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Kevin and  Amy’s Visor in orange to match their Subaru



Tips to stay cool at the campsite this summer

Summer was officially here a few weeks ago, and many campsites are seeing record high temperatures.  The heat can certainly  make a camping trip less fun than it could be.  But we have a few tips to keep you cool.

  1. This first one seems obvious,  but campers sometimes forget to look for a good shady spot.   It’s especially easy to forget this if you  take off work on Friday night, and arrive at your favorite campsite as the sun sets.   But setting up  your tent in a nice shady spot, will help keep you cool throughout the day.   Pay special attention to where the sun and shade will be in the middle  of the day in the afternoon.  If you have to be in direct sun for part of the day.  Make it the morning, when it is typically cooler.

    The Pahaque Rendezvous 4 person tent is  getting some great shade under the pine trees.
  2. Camp near water if you can.   You can not only hop into the water to cool off, but the evaporation of  that lake or river actually cools the area around, and it can be a few degrees cooler  near the water.

3. Get up off the ground.   Ventilation underneath you can help keep you cool for an afternoon nap, or even through the full night.   The Pahaque Hammock  is easy to setup, comes with a unique spreader bar to keep you comfy, and you can get a rainfly to keep the morning dew off your face.  it even comes in one person models, as well as 2 person models for all the snugglers out there. DSC_2316

4. Ventilate your tent.  Remove that rain fly, open the windows and let the breeze come through.  You want as much airflow through there as possible.  This  is where a roomy  tent with nice big windows comes in handy.   The goal is to let as much heat escape as possible, and to let  as much breeze come through as possible. If there is a prevailing wind, set up your tent so that the wind comes right through.

The BaseCamp Quick Pitch  tent is easy to set up, has plenty of room, and will let the cool breeze come on through.

5)   Dress properly.   Light colored clothes will  reflect rather than absorb the sun’s rays, as well as protect you from getting burned.   Your morning may start off with  long pants, but be prepared to change into shorts as the day goes on, and a hat the keeps the sun  off your face is also key.   It can keep you cool and  keep you looking young!



These are just a few of the tips we have for keeping cool  during your summer camping trip.  We hope you find a few of them useful.  And we would love to hear about your favorite way to keep cool.  Just email us: and tell us  how you beat the heat!