Dutch Oven Time

Camping food is a part of summer time fun. Mormons like to cook food in a Dutch oven. In fact, it is not at all uncommon to have a request for a Dutch oven as a wedding gift by a Mormon. We were too mobile (They are heavy!) for a long time so we didn’t get our 1st Dutch oven for several years, but of course our families both have them. Since we roasted hot dogs when we were camping the other day, we had to soon make up for it by cooking over fire in our suburban yard. A true authentic flavor requires cooking multiple meals in the same pot and you DON’T clean it. (The way you would think, anyway.) We have invited our friend from Lebanon over to enjoy our feasts and she was such a fan that she went and bought her own Dutch oven.  She came again this time too and we had fun together welcoming in summer 2015. We made friends with her when she made a feast of multiple dishes a few years ago of her favorite Lebanese food and invited our family over. It was a spread of so many dishes that it puts my Thanksgiving day slaving to shame, let alone my general culinary skills. Dutch oven cooking is fun to do if you like cooking over hot coals. My husband thinks it is his job, but whenever he turns his back I get involved.

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This is what wikipedia says about the Dutch oven among other things: Westward bound settlers took Dutch ovens with them. A Dutch oven was among the gear Lewis and Clark carried when they explored the great American Northwest in 1804–1806. Mormon pioneers who settled theAmerican West also took along their Dutch ovens. In fact, a statue raised to honor the Mormon handcart companies who entered Utah’s Salt Lake Valley in the 1850s proudly displays a Dutch oven hanging from the front of the handcart. The Dutch oven is also the official state cooking pot of Texas,[4] Utah and Arkansas.[5][6]

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