Recipe Contest Winner: Now We’re Cookin’!

August 24, 2010
And the winner is…

At KOA, we always knew that our campers had great taste—after all, look at where you choose to spend your vacation. But we had no idea that we had such amazing cooks coming to our campgrounds.

In less than one month, we received nearly 1200 recipes, ranging from amazing entrees, like stuffed French toast, one-skillet meals, and hearty stews and casseroles, to delicious dips and side dishes and of course, fantastic desserts.

After taking a gander at all of those recipes and seeing all of the mouth-watering meals we could make, we were really grateful that we didn’t have to decide a winner based on taste…because it would be impossible. There were just too many wonderful submission to choose from, and we want to thank everyone who sent theirs in.

And now, for the big news. The one recipe, drawn at random from all of the entries received was…

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken, submitted by Margaret Mundy of Walkertown, North Carolina!

Our congratulations go out to Margaret, who will be receiving $500 in Coleman gift cards with which she can purchase her ideal “camping kitchen”.

And what about the rest of those recipes? We’re glad you asked! We’ll be featuring them in upcoming editions of the Kompass, as well as on our Facebook page. And we’ll also be creating an online database with all of these wonderful recipes that all of our campers can access—make sure to look for it.

In the meantime, be sure to try out Margaret’s prize-winning recipe. It’s sure to become one of your family’s new camping favorites!

  • Sandra Angerami

    I would like to pay the KOA in Fillmore, Utah the Best compliment! Their property is so pretty, and both of them are excellent hosts. I believe their names are Jim and Ann. They were so very pleasant, helpful and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, only short, but we will be back. We were in Fillmore on June 14, 2010 on a way home to Las Vegas. Their shower rooms are in excellent condition, so clean and bright and cheerful, and mostly welcoming. Their office and store were also in excellent condition and they offered store items you might need and souveniers. Everything about this KOA park was extremely impectable. And the ice cream social was fun, too!

    Thank you so much Jim and Ann,

    John and Sandra Angerami

    • Mayve & Tony Coffman

      I agree with you about the KOA in Fillmore, Utah. We like to go down there and ride our ATV’s out onto the Paiute Trail. You can ride right from your campsites. Their cabins are clean and set back away from the road and you have a lot of privacy. They are not right on top of each other. The showers and restrooms are always clean. And the hosts are very friendly and helpful.

    • Linda & Kory

      My husband and I have camped there for years and enjoyed the trail system for ATV’S
      The campground hosts are so awesome they make a great pair for KOA for sure! We haven’t been there for a year or so due to other reasons but someday we will be back again. They certainly deserve any award for everything!!

  • Don Gibson

    With all those recipe’s you could put in a cookbook and sell only at KOA camps for a low price. That way we all could share in the great taste and smell of camp-cooking. You could also do this bi yearly and increase the size of it!

    • Sheila

      Great idea Don. A truly camp recipe book complied by members of KOA campers would be a great idea and could be done for very little cost and could be added to everyone’s camp supplies. You never know when it would come in handy.

      • Margaret Mundy

        That is the only reason I entered the contest to begin with–wanted good cookbook with only great, easy ideas for cooking outdoors!! Hope they will make a cookbook soon!!

  • Jeanne Spencer

    We traveled to the KOA in Port Angeles Washington, It was clean and the staff was very helpful. The minature golf area is in need of repair and paint and general overhall..My kids wanted to play but I declined to let them as there were loose boards with nails showing. We had a good time..prices were pretty high for groceries 3.09 for a dozen eggs..paid 1.59 at the next KOA we stayed at. Went to Lincoln City, OR.. KOA..Very nice, quite, nice grounds , clean, good food at the Mels Diner on the premises..wonderful people..we will visit this KOA again for sure!

  • Sheila

    That was a great idea from Don about a recipe book. In fact you could ask again who would like to add a favorite for the book with the knowledge that a recipe book was being complied. Everyone needs another recipe book. – Most of us do not have a special one for easy camp recipes that we carry with us in our camping supplies. I know that I have at least one recipe which would be great to add to this type of book. You know, A camping recipe book could be done with little cost and could be offered at discount to KOA members. again – Great Idea.

  • Bob Boyer

    We visit the KOA in Stoney Ridge OH at every opportunity we get for a weekend getaway. It’s a great little campground with lots of peace and quiet in a wooded area not far from our home. The grounds are clean and well kept and the staff is TERRIFIC! The store is well stocked and reasonably priced. Restroom/shower facilities are well kept and the fellow campers warm and friendly. We’ve been camping for 4 years now and Stoney Ridge was our first KOA because of location, but quickly became a regular spot for us because of all it had to offer. Nice Pool, Miniature golf, Hayrides, social functions, and lots of peace and quiet! Hats off the OUR favorite KOA!

  • Karen Hilton

    I just recently spent two nights at the KOA in Estes Park, CO with my 8 & 10 yr old grandkids. It was very pleasant and clean, everyone was helpful. We enjoyed the ice cream social & also the All-You-Can-Eat breakfast. Visiting the Rocky Mtn. National Park & also downtown Estes was an enjoyable time for the three of us. We would gladly come again.

  • Jan Cadle

    I agree with Bob Boyer. Stony Ridge KOA was the 2nd KOA we’ve been to. The first was Monroe KOA 2 yrs ago and we were very disappointed. I decided to try this yr. in Ohio and Stony Ridge was the closest but still an hr. from our home. It is soooo relaxing and peaceful that I can not say enough about it. Pool nice, Hosts are terrific! Very friendly staff, not far from a city if you need anything the camp store doesn’t offer. We went back twice this summer and will go again next yr. Thanks for the wonderful stays.

  • Rex & Marjie Stratton

    A big thank you to the Deer Lodge, MT KOA. I think the hostess/owner was Debbie and she responded very promptly to our phone call from the road to let us know they could accomodate us and friends we were traveling with. Although we arrived later in the evening and only stayed for one night, she was very gracious and helpful. We even had 2 extra cars with more family follow us in after we got there (this was quite a road trip we had going to a family reunion in WY) and she said, no problem.
    What a great testament to the spirit of KOA camping. When we get back to this area again, and we will, we would definitely consider a longer stay here. Thanks again.

  • Pattie

    San Diego KOA (Metro) is one of the prettiest and most fun KOA’s I have ever been too. It is very, very well taken care of and the staff is always helpful and smiling! They offer hayrides on Fridays for some events. We wish they would offer them on Saturdays as well because sometimes we get in late on Friday and miss the ride but aside from being a bit expensive, the place is FANTASTIC! I think we will look into KOA Fillmore, Utah, based on the comments here.

  • Margie

    We always camp at the KOA at Bay Center, WA. It is very nice and the host family is great. We love being on the water and the clam digging is a good way to pass the time, plus you get fresh seafood for dinner! By the way, does anyone know who the winner the winner of the tear drop trailer contest is?

  • Evelyn Draper

    Although we are no longer able to RV because of age and health, we want to thank you for all your excellent campgrounds from No. MI to Rio Grande Valley, TX. We stayed in many for over 16 years and we’re all made to feel welcome even after fires and storms. As for RV meals we eat much as we do at home having a complete kitchen although small. Stews, soups, pizzas, you name it. I always carried my favorite receipe books. Homemade sandwiches for lunch when we were on the road, but a good breakfast and supper always followed when at the park. Thanks again to your staff at the parks.

  • Cynthia Maxwell

    We spent one night at the Bandon/Port Orford KOA last month, and I must say it was so nice! Beautiful setting, quiet and comfortable. The kabin was nice with soft beds and even a heater for the cool night. Wish we would have stayed there longer; hopefully sometime in the future we can go back.
    We stayed at three different KOA’s in Oregon on our week long vacation, and this was the best! Keep up the good work! Cynthia Maxwell

  • Neil Wagner

    We just spent 5 nights at the KOA in Sister’s Oregon and had a great time . The staff was wonderfull time.The ground were clean the bath room were new and very up scale. They are very pet friendly. on Saturday they barbecued a pig also hot dogs and hamburgers with all the pie you can eat.
    then they toped it off with live music. We were only going to stay for 2 days but canceled some reservation’s and stayed 3 more days.

    Neil & Susan Wagner
    Gresham Oregon

  • Tom & Regina Chesnut

    We returned today from a trip to Colorado. We visited 5 different KOA’s ranging from 1 to 4 four night stays.
    We were very dissappointed at Buena Vista. We were greeted by the manager Sarah with a “Did you need something?” it was pretty clear that we came to camp we had just pulled up with a 32′ fifth wheel.
    We had reservations for four nights. She explained that check in wasn’t until 2:00 so she would have to charge us an extra $5.00. I can see if we were 6-8 hrs early but it was around noon. We were anxious to visit the hot tub after our drive in the mountains , but to our disapointment it was no longer in service . Ms Sarah said that we would have to visit one of the local hot springs.
    We went on and paid her $5.00, but have regretted the whole trip that we didn’t comment on her poor customer service, and that we didn’t cut our stay short.
    We had great service at Limon, Ouray, Durango, and Colorado City. At the other locations we were greeted with very cheerful staff and even offered free popcorn, and cookies.
    Each location was a little different some had pizza, pie and ice cream, games that you could win discounts in their stores.
    I think we arrived before check in at each location but everyone else was very happy to see us and to show us to our site.
    And back to Buena Vista we did visit the Mt Princeton Hot Springs and enjoyed it very much.

  • c. hill

    every summer i always stay four nights at the rochester (marion) MN KOA.

    seems to me that all sites have been upgraded with full amenities and cement picnic slabs. though the on site bathrooms are very adequate and roomy, I can now use my own shower.

    altho conveniently located near a major highway, noise is not an issue.

    plenty of well established shade trees and a new green chain link fence enhance the comfortable and save stay.

    i have stayed at two other competitor sites closer to town but they just don’t compare in site size