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Camping Recipes, The Lowdown

THE TOAST OF THE TOWN!

June 22, 2015
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We eat to live, not live to eat. Well.. sometimes here in the marketing department we twist the phrase a bit. Hello, we love our carbs and can’t deny a diet Coke every so often. Plus, who doesn’t REALLY want a donut on a Friday after a busy as a bee week? Come on, don’t deny it. WE ALL DO!

Anyways, back to the meat and potatoes of this notion (yes, a food phrase was needed) we’re excited to share what our tastebuds have been craving and what we are on the verge of drooling for. What does that entail? We’re promoting some recipes that were found either on Pinterst, dusted out of our cupboards, passed down from Grandma, or a savory dish we whipped up from the creative imagination. If you have any dishes that are drool worthy, please send them onto us! We would love to test them out ourselves!

Can you tell we have a sweet tooth? Yep, these cookie dough frosting cupcakes are EXACTLY what we want right now! See here!

We’re all about the savory dishes, too! Good day, carbs! We fancy you !

Sour is right up our alley, too! Come the sizzling Duluth summers, these will be a must-have on a daily rotation!

This will be slurped down plenty of times here at Duluth Pack – can guarantee that. Plus, energy? Booyah!

Even though we are Northerners, we are oh so festive when it comes to Taco Tuesdays! Get in my belly, home-made Crunch Wrap Supreme ! Healthiest? No way, Jose. But, when you’re running around work all day and who cares (that’s how it goes, right?) .

Stomach rumbling now? Ours are! We’re all about, ‘sharing is caring’ here at Duluth Pack. If you have something that needs to be in the limelight, tell us! We’re becoming hungry, hungry hippos over here!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Events, The Lowdown

GRANDMA’S MARATHON!

June 20, 2015
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Here in Duluth, MN we encounter year round whip-lash of seasonal affects and conditions. These include, sleet, rain, sizzling heat, snow and the crisp cool winds in the fall. However, these seasonal changes don’t stop the pitter patter of running steps. How come? GRANDMA’S MARATHON IS WHY! Today is the big day and one of the most hectic (and fun) days in Canal Park!

This year, we have multiple Duluth Pack employees hustling the full and half marathon course. All from each one of our locations such as our retail store in Canal Park, Distribution Center and Headquarters (all within a mile and a half radius from each other) . Not only are Duluthians signed up for this yearly event, but individuals from all over the globe!

Throughout all the crowds, noise and energy, you can rely on one place remaining and always welcoming you in – the Duluth Pack retail store! We’re located at 365 Canal Park Drive or to make it real easy to locate us, we’re right at the Grandma’s Marathon finish line! Talk about front row watching!

We will be having new products hitting the floor, our bathrooms available for public use and free beverages ready to go!

Stop by, shop around and even come give our awesome sales staff a thumbs up!

Good luck to all the Grandma’s Marathon runners!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK X BAILEY ARO PHOTOGRAPHY

June 17, 2015
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We’re all about partnering up with photographers and companies, which fortunately lead into friendships and crazy good magic for you all to see and enjoy after the work is done. What are we talking about exactly? Well, recently here in June, Duluth Pack worked with local photographer, Bailey Hutchence who is the owner of Bailey Aro Photography. [ Check her page out here .] Both companies collaborated on bringing out the essence of each other – the roots of the Northland, the love of nature and bucket loads of laughter. Basically a dynamic duo in a nutshell!

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© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

© Bailey Aro Photography // www.baileyaro.com

The purpose of the shoot was to show that Duluth Pack is more than canvas and leather bags. We’re an experience, your friends and the product that is there for you. We create memories with you. Even if a canvas and leather tote, bag or briefcase isn’t your thing, we still carry apparel pieces, include a footwear selection and can help you be the toast of the town with our can koozies!

After long days of rain, cloudy skies and almost zero sun, we felt the photo shoot may not happen. That all changed on the big day. The weather began to cooperate and it became the most perfect setting. A lake, the cutest married couple, some gear and the brilliant, Bailey. We couldn’t ask for a better afternoon and we’re so happy we gained a new friend out of the deal, too!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown, Trip Planning

TRAVEL GUIDE: DULUTH DO’S

June 11, 2015
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If you’re taking a trip to the Northland coming up, 1) we’re excited for you and 2) you need to know the tricks of the trade when visiting this glorious city! We consider all of you our friends, so we want to share with you the best locations to relax, gobble down bites, lodge at, adventure to see and of course drop a few dollars at (365 Canal Park Drive – wink, wink) .

Here is a lineup of all the must, need, gotta have do’s of Duluth, Minnesota in our opinion.

Your stomach is talking to you and you’re on the verge of drooling because of how hungry you are. Where on Earth should you spend you pretty penny on a meal that will leave you full, happy and craving another visit back? Look no further. Here is our go-to agenda for you.

1) You can’t beat a crunchy and deliciously filled egg roll. You just can’t . Our (basically neighbors) friends at Taste of Saigon in the Dewitt Seitz Building cook a mean lunch menu and trust us, you HAVE to have one (or five – no judgements from us) of their homemade egg rolls. The sound affect from this egg roll alone will make you feel like you’re in a commercial for these. Seriously, I’m now craving one. No exaggeration here.

2) Breakfast time is the best time, or so we believe. A hardy and delicious brunch is just the ticket to starting your day off in Duluth on the right foot. Say hello to (hands down) one of the best brunches and it’s conveniently located in Canal Park, Duluth, MN – Amazing Grace Cafe! This eatery is tucked away in the basement of the DeWitt Seitz building and has an array of bakery and breakfast dishes that are a knock out, plus they make killer good mimosas. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re waddling out of the place, because you had to take at least one bit of everything (and it’s oh so worth it!) .

3) Brew pubs, yes please! Our great friends at Fitger’s Brewhouse on Superior St. crush the competition when it comes to great grub, an awesome atmosphere and the tastiest beer around. Ps: we make growler packs for them! Check out the selection here . Picking “favorites” on their menu is a real head scratcher, because you can’t just pick one! Here is a quick run down of what you need to take a nibble out of. Fish tacos, yes! Maple salad, always! Burgers, yum! Now don’t even get us started not their bevy selection – it’s too hard to choose!

Now that you have filled up on tasty treats, it’s time to burn off some fuel and get your body moving and grooving.

Hello, Duluth Lakewalk! There are so many activate that you can partake in on this gorgeous and scenic area. First off, you can rent one of the many different types of bicycles available. Have a group of 5? Don’t sweat it – there is a bicycle available (ps: you can really motor in these things once you start!) . Maybe biking isn’t your forte and that’s a-okay! The most common of the activities on the Duluth Lakewalk consist of individuals and groups walking, jogging and running around Lake Superior. It’s a phenomenal location to prep for Grandma’s Marathon that is always hosted in the Canal Park region of Duluth, MN. On a side note, have any of you ran Grandma’s Marathon before? If so, kudos from your friends at Duluth Pack! Here I go getting sidetracked, oofta sorry folks! Maybe running, biking and walking isn’t what you crave in the Northland, but if you’re fan of four legged mammals you’re in luck. Say hello to the horses. Horse drawn carriages are available and give a fun and exciting ride during the day and a romantic edge during the nightlife along the water. The last and final idea around the lakewalk involves being a beach bum and if being that way is wrong, well, we don’t want to be right! Throwing the pebbles and laying out on the warm rocks and sand is always a fan favorite during the gorgeous summer days.

SHT. This may look like a bad word missing one letter, but don’t worry it’s the farthest thing from that! SHT stands for the famous Superior Hiking Trail that runs right through our backyard (basically) . It’s the perfect sanctuary that allows one to get away from the city life and become one with nature. Strolling through the pine filled lands is almost like a dream. Fun Fact: Duluth Pack proudly adopted a section of the SHT to clean, tidy and fix up during the year. It’s in great pride that we can step in and do our part with the Superior Hiking Trail!

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Time to lay that noggin of yours down and dream of the following day in Duluth. Location. Location. Location. We hear we, we know it and listen to it. As buddies of yours, we highly recommend for you, your family and friends to enjoy your stay in Canal Park during the summertime. The sounds from Lake Superior crashing on the shores, the convenience of shopping (cough – the Duluth Pack store) , eateries and adventure locations, like Vertical Endeavors is a hoot! A similar vibe-esque as the Duluth Pack retail store is the hotel called, “Canal Park Lodge”. It’s the perfect combination of modern meets rugged and they have breakfast in the a.m. PS: BOOK EARLY These hotels go fast, fast, fast!

Now that you know some of the most lusted after restaurants, lodging, shopping and activities we can’t wait to hear about all of your upcoming travels and memories from the Duluth area!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

BAGS, BOUNDARY WATERS AND BELLY LAUGHS

June 8, 2015

Uh huh, tis the season, it’s happening!

Yep, it’s Boundary Waters season, people! Time to take a few days off, dive into the wilderness, forget your worries and paddle the distance (or to your favorite camping spot is cool, too). Us Northerners are finally thawing out from the frigid winter and multi-personality spring season. We’re finally ready to enjoy the Vitamin D on our flesh, laugh a whole lot on the water and stuff the Duluth Pack bags! Don’t wait to the wire, get focused, outfitted and prepared for the best wilderness adventure that the North can produce!

Repeat after me, permits are your friends. Say it again, permits are your friends! It’s crucial to remember this very key step in your adventure, because you need one to enter the BWCAW. Where do you get one? Hi there, we can help you out. Fun fact of the day: Duluth Pack is the largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the entire world! Yep, you read that right, folks! Thank you to every single one of you. We have been able to hold this title for quite some time, because of you trusting Duluth Pack to outfit you the right and best way possible.

For 133 continuous years, we’ve been proud to say our roots as a brand and company started with being the original Boundary Waters canoe pack. Even though we have expanded our line into lifestyle, hunting, and collaborations, we still keep the outdoors near and dear, especially the Boundary Waters territory.

Whether you’re a seasonal regular or new to the bush, you want to look the part, feel the part and simply be the part of a BWCAW visitor! Duluth Pack can style you out with the most appropriate apparel pieces, bug sprays, food savers and any other camping and canoeing accessories you find crucial for your excursion!

Feel free to give our lovely customer service team a call at: 218-722-1707 for any questions regarding BWCAW, take a stroll into the Duluth Pack store located at 365 Canal Park Drive, or our easy and accessible website at www.duluthpack.com! The featured photo is from our friends at Duluth And Confused.

Happy Camping!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

The Lowdown

BEHIND THE SCENES – STUDIO SHOOT

June 4, 2015
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Behind the scenes – dun dun dun! Yep, we’re spilling the beans on what the in’s and out’s of a Duluth Pack photo shoot really entail. Picture lots of caffeinated beverages, tremendous lighting, canvas everywhere, Erbert and Gerbert’s food and our marketing team DJ’ing – AKA: playing songs from our phones (a good mixture of pop, country, R&B and alternative).

Photo shoots contain a large amount of energy, time and organization. It’s about bringing our products to life. Here is a daily photo shoot schedule:

8:50 a.m. – You drive to the local coffee shop and pick up your go-to java. Add an extra shot of espresso, you may need it! High energy is crucial.

9:00 a.m. – You get to your office, swivel in your chair and open your laptop. Scroll through the layout for the day – What products are needed, setting props and payment prepared. You catch up on emails, since you will be away from your laptop majority of the day and begin cranking out your morning to-do’s. Getting that done ALWAYS feels good!

10:30 a.m. – Steam any apparel pieces (from the Duluth Pack retail store in Canal Park) in preps to make them look their finest. Begin stuffing Duluth Pack bags with paper and packing peanuts. This is a tedious, but necessary step. If a product doesn’t look good, the shoot won’t look good. It’s that simple. This happens to be some-what relaxing.

12:00 p.m. – GO TIME! Your model arrives and it’s time to get the party started. Outfits are hanging in numerical order, the set is prepared and the large fan is turned on.

1:30 p.m. – By this time we are beyond hungry. A quick lunch break is necessary to refuel. A fun chat, plans and re-run of the first photos are discussed. What new products or movements we can incorporate will be mentioned.

4:30 – The shoot has officially wrapped up. All the preparations have been worth every second and sigh of relief happens. Fist pumping is absolutely recommended at this point.

5:00 – Editing! This step takes more than just one day, but uploading the photos is needed right away. This double checks that every aspect of the shoot worked.

6:00 – You have conquered the day and created a wonderful photo shoot! Home is calling you.

We would like to thank our wonderful model, Courtney for a fun recent shoot at the Duluth Pack studio in our headquarters!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

WELCOME THE DREAMERS

May 23, 2015
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Dare to dream and drive to do. Society is to the point of attempting to control us. “Look this way, do that, wear this, eat that”. It’s only exhausting if you give into their temptation. We want you to tear up their standards and crumple them into the garbage and say, “Hasta la vista!”. Duluth Pack praises you for being you, folks. Perfect, enjoyable, unique, anti-ordinary you. If everyone were the same, existence would be so predictably and utterly boring. Every person brings something to the table that makes people think and become inspired. Don’t go changin’, friends! We accept, applaud and are inspired by you.

Dreamers unite. You’re the one who’s push the envelope and reach for what society calls, “the unthinkable, undoable and the extraordinary”. We just call you the go-getters. Whether your interests and passions are in the arts, sciences, sports, technology, style, business, theater, music, etc – go get em’ tiger!

It’s like Duluth Pack as a company. If we changed up our theories, goals, aspirations and what we stick to as a core, we wouldn’t even been in existence today. Our stories are the same, heritage continues, our motto is consistent and the Duluth Pack brand remains. Sure, we could have redone our business plans, aspirations and conformed to what the rest of the population in canvas and leather goods did, but why? We don’t give in. We stick to our guns and don’t budget. We’re feisty (and friendly of course) and in the end, thrived . We are who we are. Duluth Pack gets it, we aren’t for everyone. Our goods are a premium product with a whole lot of punch in the quality, but also come with a Made in America price tag. We understand and it doesn’t bother us one bit. That’s who we are and our DNA. We are a quality Made in America brand that handcrafts products from top to bottom and stays loyal to the Lifetime Guarantee for craftsmanship and hardware. Sure, we may be a touch bias, but that’s quite a bargain for what you pay. Wouldn’t you say? (The rhyme seemed necessary)

In the end, go today and every day as you. Dream on, dreamers. Get thrown to the wolves and come back the leader of the pack.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

CLOSET SHOPPING

May 18, 2015
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Shopping in your man’s closet is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well, maybe not, but it’s pretty darn close in some of our opinions.

The whole “North” fashion fad has become all the rage lately and we’re all about it. Perfectly plaid flannels, baggy slim ex-boyfriend denim, Ray-Ban sunnies, and our beloved Duluth Pack Scout Pack is all you need to complete this street style worthy ensemble. Let’s give a big round of applause to our men! Without having to look far and wide, we’re able to go right to their side of the closet and pick out an outfit that is head turning worthy (on the verge of snapping necks – that good!).

Before you think, “yeah right!” just wait a tick. You may have the thought, “I’m this size and he is that size – not the same or even close” and we say, “don’t sweat it!” Maybe you don’t have to take every single piece of clothing, hoard it away – (ahem, never give it back, because it’s that comfy), or actually use any of his manly cologned pieces, but rather become inspired, enthused, and ultimately create an outfit or outfits that he can relate to and become your somewhat fashion muse.

Here are a few staples that you can find in the majority of men’s closets whether they are trekking in the woods, reading the paper in the city, or laying on the beach. These are clothing essentials that are most common and packed with quality and brand recognition. So, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?

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We’re starting from the top and working our way down. Bring on the beanies! The perfect go-to if the weather isn’t cooperating that day, you ultimately don’t have the time or will to do your hair, or just need the perfect accessory to complete your outfit. Welcome the Duluth Pack beanie ! Available in two hues, black and grey and cheaper than your lunch time meal. Get your hunk one and yourself the other – you’ll be the matching the couple that everyone secretly wants to be.

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Hello, sunglasses! They are crucial on hot, sweltering, sun blinding days, plus they are protective to your eyes. What is a unisex sunglasses that will work for him and for the lady? Boom – the notorious Ray Ban Wayfarer. Sleek black frames with a slight tilt to give an effortlessly cool vibe. You can find these stellar shades here . Johnny Cash will approve these all day long.

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Now we are at the core of the body. The majority of men and women have very different body types, structures and fits. What to do, what to do? Take the ideas from the prints and colors from their clothing. Checked patterns are always going to be in style, whether you’re geographically located near the brush or you’re the farthest location from it, it’s always going to be cool. They are flattering, universal, wearable, and classic. Hard to beat that in apparel! Here is a fantastic cape made by our great friends at Faribault Woolen Mills. They combined the neutral colors of navy and olive green (Found in almost every man’s closet) to construct this exquisite piece that will blow you away, plus it’s comfy cozy and comes with a hood! This is absolutely going into my closet this season and staying forever!

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It’s all in the bag. That saying works perfectly for this posting. What you carry in your tote, hunting gear, purse, backpack, or duffle is valuable, reliable, and means a great immense to you and Duluth Pack gets that. That is why Duluth Pack has strived to make the best products for our customers that will be there for them and their belongings each and every time. We know they are valuable to you, because why else would you be hauling them with you? Duluth Pack has designed over 250 styles of goods, yes, you read that right. A whopping 250 products and did we mention they can be constructed in 15 different canvas colors, 5 leather types, wool layovers, and different series? Just writing that makes my hair blow back and a bit tired. Now you know why we are so busy all the time! More the merrier on options, right?! Check out our homepage with the wide selection here .

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Now we’re getting down to the long stems of our bodies and how your guy inspires this region of the bod. It’s only a click away of course. Yoga pants are beyond comfortable, but skinny jeans are appropriate for the office. Here we have found the perfect combination of both benefits from both option A and option B. You can call us your best friend through a blog! Best pair of pants that you can dress up with heels or with our next option for footwear inspired by a la man.

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Last but not least, it’s time to style up your soles with a pair of shoes that completes your outfit, but stays within the unisex feel. Birkenstock knows what both men and women want and keeps their style, design, colors and authentic appeal the same regardless of who you are. The show stopper and awe-worthy Arizona Birkenstock sandal is available in the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and here .

After all the words and the few images spread on this blog, we hope you are influenced and open to run to your man’s side of the closet and dig through what intrigues his style. Please note, these items may not be in anyone’s closet, but products we recognized are pretty common in dresser drawers and hanging on hangers. There are many pieces that are worthy of being in this post as well, but limit ourselves, so you don’t become too overwhelmed! These elements are what can change up your look and keep things interesting and unpredictable every time you go to put something on.

From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK X REDMOND DIGITAL MEDIA

May 13, 2015
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Fasten your seat belts and be prepared to be blown away with some incredible images and a video produced by our friends at Redmond Digital Media!

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We couldn’t ask for much more – a darling couple, a California sunrise, Duluth Packs and a camera to capture it all. It’s truly a great grouping! We have teamed up with the unbelievably talented duo (out of Santa Barbara, California) who own Redmond Digital Media. On an early Monday morning around 5 a.m., the group trekked out to a field of grass and a cliff that overlooks the sea (hello, paradise!) to snap real life photos of two people in love enjoying the simple matters in life. The Duluth Pack items featured in this shoot include: The Duluth Pack Domer Scoutmaster Deluxe, the Duluth Pack Roll-Top Scout Pack, the Duluth Pack Bison Leather Lakewalk Tote, the famous Duluth Pack Scout Pack, top selling TNT Oars T-Shirt, and last but not least, the Duluth Pack Leather Belt!

All of these products are available both in our flagship store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and on our website at duluthpack.com!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

The Lowdown

KISS THE COOK

May 11, 2015
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Get ready for a stomach growl, because delicious looking grub is coming your way!

Tis the season where barbecuing, summer grilling, and over the bonfire meals are prepared, cooked and then gobbled down. Needless to say, it’s our absolute favorite time of year! Spicy, salty, sweet, sour and a twist of savory are all found in this post. Whether it’s finger linkin’, grab and go, simmer over the fire, or just plain ole’ good looking morsels, we’re all over it! Thanks to the ease and instant accessibility of Pinterest (follow us by hitting THIS link) , anyone can become the new up and coming Betty Crocker. Check out some of our “need to try before we die” meals below.

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We’re starting off with a bang! As in, Dynamite Bang Bang Shrimp, folks! Wow-ee THIS recipe has seriously left my stomach craving and my tastebuds eager to gobble down this dish. If you’re not a fan of seafood or allergic, you can easily substitute chicken into the meal. This recipe knocks it out of the park, no questions asked.

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This photo makes use just think, “Hello there, carbs.”. The most All-American meal (minus hot dogs and burgers of course) but in a close third place is the notorious grilled cheese sandwich. It just takes you back to middle school days, doesn’t it? The ooey gooey filling of melted cheese squashed in-between two perfectly crisp pieces of bread – it’s like heaven on a plate. THIS dish pushes us to step up the grilled cheese game and incorporate a few more ingredients that will make the sandwich go from ‘yum’ to ‘give me now!’ kind of attitude. Now all we need is a cup of tomato soup and we are good to go.

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A food related blog post is nothing without a hint of sweet sugary goodness in the mix. Please note, THESE cupcakes are watermelon inspired. So, we take it that they count as a serving of fruit, too (kidding – kind of) .

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A scrumptious salty solution is here! The combination of Snickers and salty – that was the ticket to convince us to try THIS in a split second. Crunchy goodness is always a yes in our book.

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Veggies are tasty, friends. Especially when they are topped with sour cream and turned into fritters. Wa-la, wa-la! THESE suckers are fool-proof to make are and incredibly delectable. Give your side dishes a zip and try them for your next din. Ps: When you do, please feel free to invite the Duluth Pack clan.

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CHILI. CHEESE. FRIES. FIRE. Did we mention cheese? Yes, THESE babies are such a treat, especially when out in the brush. Some of our team has made these and swears they hit the spot when you’re craving a meal that maybe isn’t oh so healthy, but is darn good cookin’.

You all need some supplies to help with your prepping and food festivities. Check out our entire spread of cooking supplies (available in store and ONLINE ) that helps make your dinner a breeze. Maybe none of these recipes don’t intrigue you. Not a problem! Check out Duluth Pack’s minimal step meals, especially if you’re heading into the woods or on the water – HERE .

Have any of you tried or concocted these recipes before? We’d love to hear your opinions! Also, if you have a recipe that is share worthy, please feel free to email us at: [email protected] We will test them out and write another blog on our findings!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack