Cooking and eating a meal outdoors with your family can be a lot of fun. With the help of your mom, dad, or another older person, you can cook these recipes when you are picnicking, camping, or in your backyard. The “Shish Kebab Salads,” “Fresh Strawberry Lemonade,” or “Ginger-Cookie S’mores,” would also make a fun activity as well as a delicious treat for family home evening.

Hot Dog Tacos

6 hot dogs

6 hard taco shells

1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 can (16 ounces/454 g) baked beans

1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce

  1. Grill the hot dogs (or cook on roasting sticks) over medium hot coals until heated through.

  2. Heat the baked beans in a saucepan over the coals.

  3. Carefully place each hot dog in a taco shell, then top with cheese, baked beans, and lettuce.

Shish Kebab Salads

1 head of lettuce, any kind

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced

12 cherry tomatoes

6 wooden skewers

salad dressing, any flavor

  1. Rinse the lettuce and pat dry. Break off 12–18 lettuce leaves. Tear each lettuce leaf into 2 or 3 pieces.

  2. Thread 2–3 pieces of lettuce onto the skewer, then add a cucumber slice and a cherry tomato. Repeat this sequence, ending with 2–3 pieces of lettuce.

  3. Serve the salads, then have everyone drizzle salad dressing on their salads and eat them like corn-on-the-cob.

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

3 cups cold water

4 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and stems removed

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups cold club soda

  1. Place the water, strawberries, and sugar in a blender. Then cover and blend until smooth. (If you do not have a blender, mash the strawberries with a fork.)

  2. Pour the ingredients into a pitcher, then stir in the lemon juice. Add the club soda just before serving.

Ginger-Cookie S’mores

For each S’more, you will need: 2 ginger cookies, 1 large marshmallow, 6–8 milk chocolate chips, and a roasting stick.

  1. Have each person place a marshmallow on a roasting stick and toast it over the coals until golden.

  2. Place the marshmallow on a cookie, top with chocolate chips, then cover with another cookie.

Illustrated by Brad Teare