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Trail Recipe: Spaghetti with Meatish Sauce

You’d be amazed how many calories you burn when wheeling.  Yes, you are sitting down quite a bit.  However, you are constantly climbing in and out of your Jeep to scout obstacles, running ahead for that photo, scrambling up hills with winch lines, etc etc.

So it is important to eat well.

On the Rubicon trail earlier this month, I decided to use some Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles and Field Roast Italian sausages to whip up a sauce so meaty, it would make Ted Nugent blush (disclaimer: He’s an a$$h*#! and I can’t stand him).

Beauty shot of fake meat awesomeness. Photo (c) Jason Martin.

Anyway, even though this is a simple recipe, it bears writing as it is super easy, delicious, and will be the envy of your camp.  Trust me.

1. Start with prepping the spaghetti as usual.

2. Slice and pan fry 2-3 sliced Field Roast Italian sausages (I used olive oil).

Pardon the messy kitchen, my table was propped on a granite boulder. Photo (c) Jason Martin.

3. Add sauce to a pan, heat on medium.  Once the sauce is hot, pour in 3/4 of a bag of Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles.  Feel free to use feisty if you want.

Add Beyond Meat liberally. Photo (c) Jason Martin.

4. Once the sausages are hot, add them to the sauce.

Me, cooking in the woods. Photo (c) Jason Martin

5. Drain the spaghetti, and pour the meaty deliciousness on top of it.

6. Add Parma, nootch, or anything else you want on top!

Mangia! Mangia!

7. Enjoy.

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Trail Review: Gold Lake 4×4 [California]

On our way to the Rubicon trail this past August, I was looking for a camping spot where we could break up the drive a bit, and also enjoy some camping.

After a bit of Googling, I found out about the Gold Lake OHV trail in Plumas National Forest, in California.  I plotted the coordinates into my GPS, and our small group of rag tag Jeepers soon departed from Oregon.

The trail is well signed.

The trail was easy to find, after a long climb into the mountains.  After following the signs, we met the trail head.  We all decided to air down (even though it is a short trail) however the number of people that were passing us combined with the fact the campground can fill up quickly led us to abandon the air down and get to the campground.

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A Day In The Life Of Something I Know Nothing About: Vegans

scottmcnamara:

I was recently interviewed for a POV on veganism for the BDC blog!

Originally posted on The Big Dick Chronicles:

Let’s talk about meat. No, not that. You guys think all I write about is sex, but that’s not true. Those are just the only articles you read. Don’t argue with me; I read the stats.

I’m talking about food meat.

Moo.
Hi.

Our mantra here at the Big Dick Chronicles is “live life like you are in charge” and sometimes that means making decisions that don’t necessarily conform to the norms of society and culture.

For our fourth installment of the “Things I Know Nothing About” series, I decided to stretch my comfort zone a bit and explore something that I might fundamentally disagree with.

So I thought about some of the things I am passionate about. I’m passionate about sex and I am passionate about meat. (NO! Not that meat. Really you guys, stop it)

So, in my efforts to expand my horizons and open my mind to…

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Product Review: Victoria Vegan’s Arugula Alfredo Sauce

Hold the flippin’ phone.

That was my first thought when I both tasted this sauce AND read the nutritional facts.  I never liked dairy-based Alfredo.  Honestly, the 400 grams of fat (#exaggeration) per milliliter was gross.

So when I saw only 5g of fat per serving for Victoria Vegan’s alfredo, I jumped on it.

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Product Review: Factor 55 Flatlink

If you Jeep anywhere worth Jeeping, you know the feeling:  You’re stuck, and grab the hook on the end of your winch line, running it out to whatever anchor point you need to use.  And you have a hook.

What the heck are you supposed to do with a hook!?

Enter the product line of winching accessories from Factor 55.

I was interested in their Prolink “thimble” that acted as a quick attachment point for the end of the winch line.  After the install, I noticed it protruded out quite a bit, and I worried about that first careless person that nosed into the parking spot a little too far.

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Trail Recipe: “Ruburritos” for Breakfast

When jeeping for a long period of time, nothing is more important than a hearty breakfast.  On our recent trip along the Rubicon Trail, we woke to a chilly Sierra morning and I decided to warm up with some breakfast burritos.

Said chilly morning at Rubicon Springs.

These are a twist of my friend Andy’s amazing breakfast burritos from Moab.

So what do you get when you merge the Rubicon with burritos?  Ruburritos (thanks Jesse!)

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Trail Review: Golden Spike [UTAH]

Golden Spike trail is part of the trifecta of trails in Moab which consists of Gold Bar Rim, Golden Spike, and most of Poison Spider.

On our recent mantrip to Moab, Andy and I actually ran all three of these trails (alone) and (almost)without incident.  There were many cases where we took the easier option as we had no other rigs with us.

The trail officially “begins” on the Poison Spider side, but we ran it in reverse from Gold Bar Rim. The area is very well signed.  I am actually glad we traversed it in this order, as some of the descents we made off ledges seemed pretty difficult if we were climbing them.  The “point of no return factor, however was a bit daunting.

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Product Install: Anzo USA LED Tail lights for JK

My Jeep has been visited by a really annoying gremlin – the failed right rear blinker.  It is a pretty common problem across the forums, yet there doesn’t seem to be a single fix.

Essentially, the blinker will work once the Jeep is started, then about 5-10 seconds later it fails, going to a rapid flash and throwing an error in the EVIC.

The bulb filament is fine, and the bulb actually works in the driver side tail light.  So it was something else.

Rather than mess around with bulbs and electrical stuff, I opted to just replace the tail lights with an LED option.  Based on what Northridge 4×4 had to offer, I chose the Anzo USA Black tail lights.

They arrived in a non descript box, after an extended drop ship time.  The box included two lights and nothing else.

The packaging wa odd, but everything arrived just fine.

Installation was straight forward and easy.  But since there were no instructions, I figured I’d do a little write up.

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Trail Report: Weekend at Manastash Ridge

Last Saturday, our small convoy of Jeeps left a Starbucks in Vancouver, for the 4 hour drive to Manastash. Leaving at 7:00AM, we made great time on the way North.

We decided to fill up on last minute supplies and top off the tanks at Whistlin’ Jack’s in Cliffdell.

Stop for fuel and firewood.

We took the second right after Kaner Flats campground (off FS 19), airing down just off the road before Kaner Flats trailhead (trail 676).

The following images are a collection from that trail.

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Product Review: ARB 50QT. Fridge/Freezer (aka ‘The Vegan Savior’)

There are many cases today that the adage “you get what you pay for” really applies.  However, it seems the only time that logic applies is when you are contemplating a pretty expensive purchase.  Hence this review of the ARB 50 quart Fridge Freezer.

As a Jeeper, I must say that having an actual refrigerator (or freezer) has been “offroad life changing.”  I am no longer running out to get extra ice, or dealing with soggy food, or having water sloshing in the back of the Jeep.

As a vegan, however, my actual life has in fact been really changed by this amazing fridge.

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