Dutch oven cooking!!

We love using our new Lodge dutch oven. Every thing we’ve made has been great. Well, the cornbread was a little dry but that’s because we should have taken it out sooner as th oven is very hot for a long while.

Last night we did stuffed peppers with brown rice, mushrooms, onions, grated carrots and cheese and a tomato sauce( from the garden). It was great.

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Yummy Stuffed peppers

Then we had the pizza camping…IMG_0132

Pretty delicious.

Then here’s a couple of pictures of how I make the tomato sauce. Very easy and I freeze the bags flat.IMG_0142 (1)

IMG_0145IMG_0143So then I add some salt red pepper flakes,basil and cook for 2-4 hours till nice and thick!!!

 

Almost ready…

We are almost fully loaded and ready to go. I’ve been working on menus and you tubing dutch oven recipes for when the kids arrive.  Since our daughter still needs to work she’ll be coming up on Thursday and my son on Thursday too, probably with girlfriend, in tow. I know her from my library and homeschool days. Nice young lady.

Since check in isn’t till later we will try and get there around 12;30. Usually, they have the sites ready. We’ve ben there so many times now , we kinda know the routine.  I’m planning on at least 3 dutch oven meals, mac and cheese, lasagne, and maybe the chili with corn bread. I’d like to do a chicken meal too.

Our weather has turned a little cooler. Mid 90’s. We do have a house sitter coming to help with the chores as my daughter is gone 11 hours a day.  The young person ( only 23)is transgender and a very nice person. His family lives in Washington but he lives in our area with my sons’ best friend. That will take pressure off my daughter trying to come home and do everything. Our elderly neighbor is going away for 2 weeks and asked us to feed his cat, so that adds to the list of daily stuff…

Well, off to go lounge in the pool for a while with a cold drink.

 

 

Dutch oven camp cooking

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So after reading the cute Frannie Shoemaker series,where they camp in an RV and cook with a dutch oven, I’ve gotten it in my head to cook with a dutch oven when we go to Tahoe in August. So I ordered one on sale from William Sonoma. It’s quite heavy and I have lots of recipes to try. I still need to get the lid lifter, tongs for the charcoal, and gloves.  I want to try some at home first and test it out. It looks like a lot of fun. Plus, I like to have my dinner prep done by 4pm or so and this way I can get stuff in the dutch oven and let it cook. Most of the recipes are for meat but I will try and shift some to vegetarian. I think like, enchiladas, rice veggie casserole, maybe cheesy potatoes.  I will do chicken and beef too but will need a veggie dish as well. Breakfast can be hash brown casserole and then I can do bacon on the side.

I went back to Costco yesterday for a few more things, organic beef, lettuce, OXO, and ?? spent too much overall, but I won’t need to go back for a while. I love  getting the coupon stuff as it makes the price even cheaper than the already less price. Sor some people buying the larger quantity is not worth it but I love not having to think about toothpaste for 6 months or knowing I have 6 cans of black olives. It just makes my life simpler.  As I’ve mentioned before, as far back as 1975 we were buying in bulk from the local co-op and a store named Mother Truckers in North San Juan, CA. It still exists today and is still going strong. We even use to buy are shampoo in bulk. I don’t do that anymore but I do buy the large shampoo and rinse at Costco especially when it’s on coupon. So all in all same concept.

I’m reading a historical fiction about Anton Chekhov called‘The Summer Guest’by Alison Anderson.    So far , interesting.

Dinner is ??? I’ll either get the dutch oven set up if I can get the lid lifter today or put something in the crock pot. I have a chicken I can cook plus a salad. I may go to our local CSA farm as I saw they had tomatoes. I look forward to our tomatoes but theyre not quite ready.