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Old 04-19-2007, 11:21 AM   #11
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Thank you for your kind reply. What kind of cooking do you do in your dutch oven? I've not started yet. I use mine for frying chicken on the stove (just to say I'm using it. And where do you get your recipes?
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Sorry I’m slow getting back to you. You asked what kind of cooking I do. The answer is I’ve done pretty much a little bit of everything in my Dutch ovens (including making ice cream!). That’s the beauty of the Dutch oven (DO), you can make pretty much anything in one that you can make at home. If you have favorite recipes you use now, they’re perfectly usable at camp in a DO. The most challenging part is learning how to control the heat. That’s one reason why a lot of beginners like to start with so-called “Dutch oven recipes,” i.e., recipes whose instructions have been written to include the proper number of briquettes and oven size, because it removes the guesswork. On the other hand, some people like to start out using recipes they’re already familiar with making. The advantage of that is you already know what the food is supposed to do and what it’ll look like when done, etc. It saves a lot of wondering if it’s cooking as it should, because you already know how things should progress. That’s a big help when you’re learning a new technique. Then when they master getting the heat right, they move on to new recipes. Just go with whichever approach you’re most comfortable. As far as where to get recipes, there are a number of sites online dedicated to DO cooking as well as a number of cookbooks on the market. A Google search should turn up quite a few for you. Byron’s site that Greg mentioned is a good one. If you go to The MacScouter -- Scouting Resources Online, they have a couple of whole cookbooks you can download. I really enjoy collecting and trying out new recipes, so the ones I use come from every imaginable source (cooking forums, cooking mags, cookbooks, online sites such as allrecipes.com, etc.).

You might want to consider experimenting with your DO outside at home before you take it to camp. At home, you have other options if something flops, while at camp you might have limited food supplies. If nothing else, start out with a cornbread mix or tube biscuits, they’re inexpensive ways to help you get a feel for temperature control.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:09 PM   #12
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Starting the DO

Thanks for your reply. I forgot to check my email for quite a long time, (unusual for me) So I didn't realize that you and Gerry had responded. I'm hoping to do my first attempt tomorrow. I was hoping for today but it started raining, fortunately I hadn't started anything yet.

I'm hoping to start with cornbread because I love it so much. I have a really good biscuit recipe but this one is strictly for a controlled oven an requires changing recipes but it's goood! So maybe I'll do a "tube" biscuit first and then I'll do one of the DO recommended ones.

Thanks again.

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Old 04-28-2007, 11:17 PM   #13
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Thanks again

As I told Duchess, I've not yet done any DO but am planning to break in with cornbread. Safe and tasty. I do indeed appreciate your help and advise, especially with the winter cooking. Although it's not an issue now I still was curious.

I'll give you an update as soon as I burn, er cook my cornbread. Buscuits are next.
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Old 05-11-2007, 07:29 PM   #14
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Just bought the 38" Cooking Table from Camp Chef, today. Mighty good looking table. Hopefully this will save my back and allow me more room for other dishes.
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:04 AM   #15
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Hi,

This sounds great! Who makes this and how high is it? Is the 36" in height or width?

I made a makeshift one, out of a file drawer, but realized that it doesn't really give me a chance to move the DO from one side to another along with having coals burning in another area for replentishing.

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Just bought the 38" Cooking Table from Camp Chef, today. Mighty good looking table. Hopefully this will save my back and allow me more room for other dishes.
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:51 PM   #16
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Camp Chef The Way to Cook Outdoors! - Camp Table With Legs 38"
Here's the website for the cooking table I bought yesterday. I haven't used it because it's still in my living room. Hopefully tomorrow I will break it in.
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Old 05-13-2007, 10:02 AM   #17
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You're gonna love Camp Chef's table. It took me forever to convince my DH we needed one, and now he wouldn't part with it. We just recently added the side shelves so we have even more work space. This table is well worth the money.
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Old 05-13-2007, 11:02 AM   #18
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I saw the shelves on the website. They may have to be purchased at a later time. For now I just want to enjoy this table. Thanks.
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Cool D/O table

I bought one of these on eBay last week. It's probably the coolest Dutch oven table I've seen yet
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:01 PM   #20
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That's a sweet setup Jim... I keep telling myself that I dont need anymore iron....not one more piece... but I dont have one of the DO's that you can put coal on top.

You have the table too oh man... sweet
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