Road-trippers can glamp their way from Spokane to Alaska with a new outfitter named Northern Adventure Tours.
Packages include gourmet meals prepared by a private chef, luxury canvas tents with queen-sized beds and private rental vehicles, which allow glampers to check out roadside attractions at their own pace.
Find the full story - plus a few recipes - in Wednesday's Food section. Meantime, here's one of Alaska chef Joe Hardenbrook's recipes - with instructions for home or camp as well as on the road or trail.
Yukon Quest Fruit & Veggie Smoothies
From Joe Hardenbrook of Northern Adventure Tours
Packed with vitamins and minerals, this smoothie makes for a breakfast or snack. The sweetness of the fruit contrasts with the celery’s salty tang. Spinach adds texture and boosts nutrition.
1 banana, sliced
1 apple, chopped
1 cup frozen Alaskan blueberries
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup spinach leaves
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup orange juice concentrate
Combine all ingredients in blender or pitcher (if using immersion blender). Add water to just below top level of fruit and veggies. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Pour into glasses and enjoy.
On the Road: Joe Hardenbrook and his wife prepare food for mushers competing in the Iditarod and Yukon Quest, Alaska’s two 1,000-mile sled dog races. On the trail, mushers need a lot of fat and carbs to keep their energy up, and these smoothies have proven to be a favorite.
Process all ingredients together and pour into silicone mini-loaf pans. Freeze, then push frozen blocks of smoothie mixture out of the pans and vacuum seal. On the trail, mushers will put the vacuum-sealed bag in their parka pocket to thaw, then snip off the corner of the bag and enjoy.
Yield: 2 large smoothies or 6 trail servings