It was four years ago that my Dutch Oven adventure started. I even have a hard time remembering the scene, now. I seem to remember that it was June of 2006, father's day. We were living in the basement of my in-law's home at the time, waiting the many months for the completion of construction on our home. My wife bought me a Lodge 12" dutch oven and gave it to me. I don't remember how I seasoned it, but I got it done and started wondering what I was going to cook in it.
From there, I started cooking pretty much every sunday, and with few exceptions that has continued through today. It was nearly 8 months later that I began blogging my recipes. I don't see any of that changing in the near future, either. It's been wonderful. I've met a lot of new friends, and learned a lot of new skills. It's been a great ride.
So, yesterday, I cooked up a feast. My wife was surprised. Why should I want to cook on Father's Day? See, she looks at cooking like a chore. I look at it like a break from my crazy week.
southwestern spicy rub that I really liked. I thought, however, that this time I'd brine it first. So, the night before, I cleaned out one of our coolers, opened up the turkey, and put it in. Then I covered it up with cool water, and mixed in the salt and sugar. Actually, I mixed the salt and sugar in a separate bowl first, to make sure it dissolved right. I left that overnight to soak and to thaw.
I thought I would do another no-knead bread, too, so I got the dough ready and set it out to ferment through the day.
I did change up the bread in a couple of ways, however. Just after I put the dough into the hot dutch oven, I sprinkled the top with parmesan cheese. Lightly, mind, nothing too oppressive.
Once those were cooking, I was just relaxing and keeping the coals on it. It was a kind of windy day, so I had to keep on top of the coals and keep adding more to the pile in order to keep heat on. But it wasn't a stressful cook at all. The bread took about an hour, and the turkey about three.
The Bread, by the way, turned out phenomenal. I finally got a soft crust, with big bubble holes in the crumb! I was so thrilled with myself.
corn a few weeks ago, and put in a few cups of water. That went out on the coals.
When they were done, about 45 minutes later, I poured some italian dressing over them and sprinkled on some more parmesan cheese. They were delicious and elegant.
At that point, I knew this was more than just a dinner, but a real treat, so I got out our nice dishes and we all sat down. Turkey, veggies, and bread. What a feast! A great way to celebrate Father's Day, and a special Dutch Ovening Anniversary!
Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his MoBoy blog.
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