12 Recipes That Will Transport You to Summer Camp

It's Labor Day Weekend, and we're clinging to every culinary vestige of summer. Our friends at Food 52, a brilliant site that combines crowdsourced recipes, expert food content, and a curated shop, helps us do just that with these 12 summer camp-worthy recipes, from grilled cheese sandwiches to strawberry shortcake ice cream pops.

There are some foods that just stick in your mind, and most have to do with summer: the first bite of a lobster roll on the annual family beach trip; the cherry stains all over the counter; the soft-serve with chocolate sprinkles after weeknight dinners.

Summer camp food has all of that sensory power, plus the added allure of being consumed in close proximity to a lake. Most of it wasn't that great, but the woodsy setting and the communal eating at family-style tables managed to make stars of unlikely suspects. In the thick of July, Choco Tacos went from lame freezer dessert to coveted dining hall currency, and grilled cheeses won cheers that belonged at the Beatles' early concerts. The spirit of summer is still alive and well, and we're bringing it back—if only for tradition's sake.

waffles

Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness by Genius Recipes

sheet cake

Mable's Texas Sheet Cake by Gibson2011

grilled cheese

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Genius Recipes

challah

Ima's Challah by Rivka

tomato soup

Barbara Lynch's Spicy Tomato Soup by Genius Recipes

peanut butter cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

hot dogs

Hot Dog and Hamburger Potato Buns by erinmcdowell

almond joy

Almond Joy Candy Bars by Kristen Rosenau

mac n cheese

Martha Stewart's Macaroni and Cheese by Genius Recipes

smores

S'mores by Brette Warshaw

chocotaco

Choco Tacos by molly yeh

strawberry

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops by Jestei

Photos: Food52

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