Striving for good food in the great outdoors- the pioneer way.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dutch Oven Garlic Herb Bread

After a long day at work, we were ready to put this bread together, bake it in the Dutch oven and serve it up with the Venison Chili that had been cooking all day long in the crock-pot.  So, we were sure disappointed when it started raining- a lot.  Too much to make it very easy to cook on the coals.

Luckily, we had recently been given a 10" Lodge Dutch oven without legs.  So, I guess the rain gave us an opportunity to bake Dutch Oven Bread inside.  Anyway, though this site is mostly dedicated to outdoor cooking, we make the rules! :-)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Loaded Baked Potato Dip- 10" D.O.

We had an early Christmas celebration with family last weekend at the family farm in Southern Iowa.  Rather than having a big meal before a small fireworks display (Shhhhh.... don't tell on us!) and present opening, we fixed up a variety of appetizers.  We contributed this dip, cooked in our 10" Dutch oven, for the festivities.

This recipe is based on one found from, but has a few changes to it that met our tastes a little better.  This would be a great appetizer at the campground while you are cooking up a hearty meal in your other Dutch Ovens!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Anadama Bread

We sure hope you all had as lovely of a Thanksgiving as we did.  We are certainly thankful for all that we have been blessed with: great kids, great family & friends, a new home, plenty of food, gainful employment, and the list goes on. 

We hosted Thanksgiving this year- just a small little gathering.  Though small, it still is a lot of work to put together!  Wanting to make at least one dish with a Dutch oven, Matt did a search for a bread recipe wanting something new to us and "fall-like".  He went with Anadama Bread, a sweet yeasted bread made with molasses and cornmeal.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Beef Stroganoff

It was a guys camping and fishing weekend, and Matt was in charge of the food.  After talking up the biscuits and gravy we made a few camping trips ago, Matt's friend Nick requested them for breakfast.  For suppers they made chicken fajitas and beef stroganoff.  

The picture here were taken on Matt's phone- so it doesn't really do the dish justice.  Matt said that the dish was really good even before the sour cream was added.  But, if you leave the sour cream out, it isn't really a stroganoff, right?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Extra Special Banana Cake

We're bananas for bananas!  Cake, cookies, bread, pie, pudding- you name it we like it!  Topped with your favorite chocolate frosting, this cake is sure to please all of your hungry campers!

For this recipe, we lined the 10" Dutch foil just to make camp clean-up easier.  We don't normally do this because if you've got a good season on your pot you shouldn't need too... I just didn't want to even bother wiping it out with a damp cloth.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Italian Night: Focaccia Bread

This is our first attempt at a yeast bread at the campground.  We figure that making a yeast bread completely at the campground (mixing it up and raising there) requires that it is decently warm outside so that the yeast can do its thing.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Italian Night: Baked Penne Pasta

Italian Night!  Saturday night at the campground we served up Baked Penne Pasta and Focaccia (post forth coming).

We really enjoyed this pasta recipe- it was simple, but still seemed a bit elegant at the campground!  It went perfectly with the Focaccia bread that we made that night as well.  Nobody went hungry, that's for sure!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A One Pot Meal- Kielbasa and Vegetables

Fall is Iowa's Best Season

Camping this weekend sure was enjoyable.  The leaves were beautiful, the weather was perfect, and the food was tasty.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Camper's Breakfast Casserole & First Attempt at Coals from the Fire

When we cook in our Dutch ovens, we always use charcoal and count out the number of coals for the top and the bottom to get the right temperature for whatever it is we are making.  We do this because is the easiest and most predictable (most everything turns out good... unless the recipe itself isn't any good).  But those chuck wagon cooks, they really know what they are doing and just use coals from a good hot fire.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dutch Apple Pumpkin Crisp

Another Fall Dessert- seems like we are always doing a pumpkin or apple something.  Well, now we are doing a Pumpkin and Apple something.

This was quite delicious, but if I were making it for a crowd again, I'd make more.  We ate it all up and I think some folks would have had seconds if they were there.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Buttermilk Biscuits- The Big Batch

This is a repeat recipe from one we've featured on this blog before- the only difference is doubling the batch and cooking them in the 14" Dutch oven.  Served up with sausage gravy, this was one excellent camping breakfast dish!  We made 13 big biscuits (we used a mug as a biscuit cutter).  Each person only needed 1 biscuit.  You could use a smaller cutter to make more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Applesauce Drop Donuts

Is it donut or doughnut?  I don't know, but I do know that these are good!

So, I have to admit we didn't make this in our Dutch oven.  That's okay- it could be made in a DO and we did do it at the campground, doesn't that count for something?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Simple Garlic Knots

We served up these little biscuits with the Shepherd's Pie.  They are quick and easy, but look fancy.  To feed everyone, we doubled the recipe.  (Amounts are for the doubled recipe)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shepherd's Pie

Finally, we took a camping trip!  First one for our little Owen! 

We camped with Matt's brother & family and took turns cooking our campsite meals.  The next few posts will feature recipes that we tried over the weekend.

There were 6 adults and 3 kiddos (who eat food anyway).  What could we make that could feed a lot of people?  We thought and thought... finally we settled on Shepherd's Pie.  Though traditionally, Shepherd's Pie is made with ground lamb or beef, we decided on a slight twist on the recipe using a shredded beef roast.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sour Cream Apple Dessert

We didn't disappear, we just haven't been cooking in our D.O.s for a long time.  Winters in Iowa aren't the easiest time to cook in our Dutch ovens- especially with a 2 year old.  Then, on top of that, we've sold our house and are living (temporarily) in a condo while working through a land purchase/house designing/building process.  Then add on top of that the fact that a new little one will be arriving in less than a month (July 7th, hopefully), cooking in our black pots has not been on our radar.

But, last weekend, we took a day trip with some new friends to Ledges State Park (near Boone, IA).  Armed with some steaks and pork chops, we took a couple Dutch ovens and cooked a great feast.  We made a corn casserole (which I've previously blogged about) and a new apple dessert recipe.