Last Spring, while staying at a guest ranch on the western rim of the Grand Canyon, we found ourselves gathering around a campfire to toast marshmallows and make S'mores with an honest-to-goodness singing cowboy and a diverse group of fellow campers hailing from around the world.
Fun, friendly and curious, the folks from Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia had no idea how to make a S'more -but they were willing to learn.
First how to prounounce the name, (as in, saying "some more" with your mouth full) -or indeed, what it is: a staple of the classic American camp out consisting of gooey, toasted marshmallows and chocolate bars sandwiched between a couple of graham crackers.
They caught on quick.
I think it's the little discoveries that make traveling fun. Traveling half way around the world to see the Grand Canyon, these tourist found yet another American treasure and perhaps a handy souvenir recipe: S'Mores!
The preferred way to make S'mores is by toasting marshmallows (until lightly browned and crispy) over a campfire in the great outdoors, then sandwiching the gooey goodness immediately between two graham crackers and a piece of chocolate.
However, if you find yourself lacking an open flame and camping gear, they can be prepared just as easily in the microwave.
Put one marshmallow in the microwave for 10 seconds on high. Then, place it immediately inside the S'more sandwich. Voila! Instant summer classic.
You might want to eat it outside under the stars, or in the shade to enjoy the full summer experience (and keep the stickiness out of the house!).