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Supper Insurance: No Name Salmon, Biscuits and Beans


The tapering buzz of the Cicadas fill the St Croix River Valley, of which the stately pines and hardwoods stand, their needles and leaves like whisper chimes to a soft, summer breeze. And the sun dallies aloft, warm and sure; bronzing, burning or beckoning to those who tarry below. The river slips with a gentle current there, and the ducks and egrets play whilst puffy white clouds idle silently in a thin-blue sky. It’s summer time in Minnesota. And I’ll tell you what, we may have half-a-year of snow and cold around here, and a few additional months more of poor sledding, but when it is a nice day in Minnesota, let it be said, there is no finer place to be in all the world than this.

Call of the Wild

SAMSUNG CSCNaturally, we went camping. It is half our joy in life it seems, to spend lots of money so that we can go play hobo in the woods. To understand this oddity in depth would take another blog, so let us instead just tell you what we made for supper here, along the beautiful banks of St Croix.

Now I’d like to fancy myself a very fine fisherman, able and capable of procuring a rainbow from the natural environs from whence it swam. With steely eyes and a flick of of a fly rod, reading the river, and knowing my opponent with the sureness of a chess grand-master, I could single highhandedly, if I so choose, seduce and woo any submersed aquatic adversary with child-like ease, and have it served next to a side of beans on my dinner plate in about a one-half hour’s time. Yup. Well that’s the dream anyways. But reality in the woods is often times not like we dream. Especially when you leave your fly rod at home. And I may have exaggerated a wee bit on my fishing skills, too. Maybe.

Okay I did. But we didn’t go hungry!

No Name Supper Insurance

Not to worry, for tucked in the cooler, I had the foresight to stash a supper insurance plan. Salmon! No Name Salmon, to be exact. And let me say, putting fish on the plate could hardly be easier or more tasty. I had never had No Name Salmon before, and I’ve come to learn I’ve been missing out.


No Name Salmon fillets cooked up over the camp stove

On the box, it said you could cook the salmon on the grill, or in the oven, neither of which was an option in my primitive encampment. But I had a camp stove and a frying pan and a wee bit of olive oil. So that would have to do. Hungry men ain’t picky.

Preheat the pan with a little oil, and saute yourself a few onions to go with it. Hey, just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t be fancy! So we softened up some onions a bit before laying the fully thawed fillets in. Just a few seconds after they hit the pan and sizzled there, the aroma of the juices and marinade it was packed with fairly filled the campsite with the smells of a gourmet restaurant, the likes of which I am sure every black bear within a 10-mile radius tipped a nose to. Mercy it smelled good! And the frying pan method worked just fine, off-hand and by the way. Even got a bit of crust on the fish, which I always enjoy. Just flip the fillets from time to time for even cooking. And like most fish, when they flake easily, they’re done.


We also made up a little camp biscuit/fry bread called bannock. Very simple yet tasty stuff, comprised of water and Bisquick.Ā  We’ll tell you about that in another blog.


Supper is served. Put your face in this, people! Who needs a stinking fishing rod!


No Name Salmon, Biscuits and Beans, cooked camp style on the tranquil shores of the St Croix. I don’t know how they do it, but these things were delicious! And goes to show that you don’t need to catch fish to eat fish in the great out-of-doors. We dined henceforth in great style, thankful for the food, this campsite, and the cicada serenade that which buzzed amid the forest canopy, dappled in sunlight, and cast from above. Amen.

For more information on No Name Salmon and other succulent meats, check out their website at nonamesteaks.Ā 

10 responses

  1. Okay, so, I’ve never heard nor seen a fish that came with a pop-up timer. Interesting.

    August 23, 2018 at 11:57 am

    • Yeah, not sure why they think they need to do it, I just ignored it! Good is good tho!

      August 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      • LOL šŸ˜€ Yeah, I probably would too, just like the ones in a Turkey…

        August 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

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  3. Salmon or trout in the pan makes one feel rich…nothing better (cept catching it yourself lol)
    The onions are a great touch…making me hungry!

    August 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    • You said it. Give me a freshly caught shore lunch any day. Man, now I’m fish hungry again. Thanks Gary!

      August 23, 2018 at 10:56 pm

  4. Interesting. I am reluctant to cook pre-seasoned foods as it feels like cheating, but, as you say, good is good. I love your description of Minnesota life. I have a lot to learn from you about descriptive writing. Thanks for your words. Cheers!

    August 26, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    • Thanks Todd. Well there comes a time in one’s wandering afield where he’s either too lazy, or too tired to go full tilt on his camp-side cooking. I may have cheated, but at least it tasted good.

      I have a lot to learn from you about writing anything! I am but the mildew in your shower, old boy. The flapping tread on your old running shoes…

      Take care

      September 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm

  5. Alas, you are correct my Smoky Brother ā€¦ the cold weather indeed cometh. But, for now we are enjoying the last days of Summer. I too arrived home yesterday from a week camping in the great Ontario wilderness ā€¦ AND ā€¦ I also cooked some very fine Rainbow trout that I caught, with my bare hands, all by myself ā€¦ at the grocery store. The fishy never had a chance. šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚
    Be well Friend, cheers.

    August 28, 2018 at 11:57 am

    • Ha! You are as fine a fishermen as me! Long as you had fun and made some good memories, that’s what it’s all about!

      Be well likewise. Cheers.

      September 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm

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