Dutch Oven Love

Dutch Oven

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My recent rejoining of the BSA as a Cub Scout leader has reignited my love of dutch oven cooking like never before.  I had a taste of dutch oven cobbler at training over the weekend and it was like tasting memories of my childhood.  For anyone looking to venture into dutch oven cooking, or wanting to delve back in, the first and most important lesson is always how to take care of your dutch oven and cast iron in general.  I found a great link on Pinterest to a Cast Iron 101 post.  Check it out.  Seriously.  It will save you some headaches and it never hurts to refresh your memory.  After proper seasoning, one of the most important pieces is how to clean cast iron.  Here’s the quick and dirty (heh) on that task:

What do I do after I cook something in it?

  1. Rinse the skillet with water while it’s still warm. DO NOT use soap.
  2. If there are any food bits, repeat step #1 above, using coarse salt to scour the bits away. This also helps to remove any flavors or odors that may be left from your delicious dinner you just cooked in the pan.
  3. Dry the skillet using paper towels. Cast irons pans WILL stain towels. I learned this the hard way and ruined a flour sack towel my grandmother had given me years ago. Boo.
  4. Rub a few drops of vegetable oil on the inside of the skillet with a paper towel to restore its sheen.
  5. Store in a dry spot.

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So, where to go from here?  Cooking in it, of course! And, more importantly, eating food out of it.  I will be posting some experiments over the coming weeks while we prepare for our fall Pack campout.

Automated Darkness – My first novel.

Novel CoverI have finally dusted off my first couple chapters in this novel and began to work on it again.  I have high hopes to keep pushing until this one is finished.  I have a couple other projects on deck also that I look forward to sharing once they are more mature.

Here’s my early concept blurb:

Life is difficult for V and her Family of families. They scrape out a living always on the dodge from the crushers and the collaborators.

Then a stranger arrives who will shake the very core of their life. They will have to face their own flaws to stand any chance against the perfection that wants to destroy them all.

V must decide between standing by tradition or risking it all to save her people, humanity, and maybe her planet.

I’ll hopefully be adding more info as I get it ready.  Until then, stay tuned to our Facebook page and here for more news.