Getting Started With Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking - Cook anywhere and anyplace. Indoors, outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven. #castiron #castironcooking

If you can cook in a dutch oven you can cook anywhere and anyplace–literally and figuratively.  Yes, you can cook indoors and outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven, which is all pretty amazing. But there is something about that knowledge that spills into other parts of your culinary life.  Maybe, it’s the nostalgic images of our ancestors cooking over an open flame in a dutch oven that gives you confidence that the way has been paved, perhaps it’s simply the knowledge that if you can’t get it to work the way you want with one method you can find another, or maybe it’s just the attitude of if they’re hungry they’ll eat it as people have done for centuries because what is cooking in the dutch oven is what’s for dinner.

Getting Started with Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch ovens can be made of ceramic, clay, or cast iron. I will be focusing on cast iron dutch ovens in this post as they are the most common and most versatile dutch ovens. [Read more...]

The Easiest Way to Get Worms Out of Broccoli

The Easiest Way to Get Worms Out of Broccoli - use this simple kitchen trick to get rid of unwelcome green beasties in your produce.

Many years ago, when I had my first broccoli harvest from my very own garden, I was talking to my mom about the pesky green cabbage worms hiding in the nooks and crannies.  She told me about the simple kitchen trick that she used that might just be the easiest way to get worms out of broccoli.  Of course, you can eat the worms.  My sister ate one last year on cooked broccoli and said it tasted like broccoli.  :-)  I’m just not that hungry. [Read more...]

The World’s Cheapest Cherry Pitter

The World's Cheapest Cherry Pitter - a simple and amazingly easy way to pit cherries, shown to us by a Door County cherry grower many years ago.

We live in northeast Wisconsin, just minutes away from the Door County peninsula, where you’ll find one of the biggest tart cherry producing areas in the U. S. We usually go picking and fill the freezer every two years. Our favorite cherry picking spot – Cherry Lane Orchard – has a deal where you get the seventh bucket free if you pick six, which is a LOT of cherries. We stocked up last year, but we had family visiting this year who wanted to go picking, so we headed up yesterday. I was talking to my niece about how to pit the cherries, and she had never heard of the method we use. This was passed down to us with much ceremony the first year we went cherry picking, back in the 1990′s. We had my mom and nephew with us, and had picked a whole mess of cherries – two five gallon buckets of them. As we were paying the bill, the orchard owner asked how we were going to pit them. Never having picked before, we had no idea. (Worry about it later, right?) She leaned in close, and told us she would share the secret of the world’s cheapest cherry pitter. [Read more...]

7 Things You Should Never Do To Your Cutting Board – Plus a Chance to Win a Proteak Cutting Board

7 Things You Should Never do to Your Cutting Board

In 2013, I reviewed a gorgeous, sustainably harvested cutting board from Proteak. They’ve recently relaunched their Marine Collection of cutting boards, and asked if I would like to share them with all of you again. Since the last giveaway was so popular, I was glad to do so. You can read the full review of Proteak and the Proteak Cutting Boards to learn about teak, where the wood is grown and the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Since they’ve taken steps to produce a quality produce that lasts, I figured it would be a great idea to share the things you should never do to your cutting board to help it stay beautiful for a lifetime of service.

7 Things You Should Never Do To Your Cutting Board

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How To Restore Cast Iron Cookware

How To Restore Cast Iron Cookware - strip and reseason damaged and rusted cast iron cookware so it looks and cooks the way it should.

I cringe a little every time I see rust this bad on a cast iron pan. Yeah, it’s kind of nasty looking but that’s not what bothers me. When I was first married I had a cast iron pan and my husband, after cooking breakfast for me, left the pan soaking in the sink. Yes, you read that right, he left it soaking. As a young girl who thought men should just “know better” you can imagine the argument that followed. What was worse is that I had no idea how to fix the pan –  there was no internet to speak of at the time, and I wound up throwing it away. So those rusty pots and pans remind me of a time when I made a few more mistakes than I do now. Now, that I know better,  when I see those neglected pots or pans I have an overwhelming desire to take all of them and show them love and affection and help them “look and cook” like they they were intended to.  A little like marriage, it takes a little time and a bit of work to restore cast iron cookware, but it is really worth the time and effort! [Read more...]