These last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of heavy cooking. By “heavy cooking” I mean, “a lot of dishes being prepared and cooked all at once, that need to all turn out really really well”. High-pressure stuff.
Two weeks ago, some good folks from Cedar Fort came out to take some pictures for the cover of the first book. I had to prepare some wonderful dishes for them to take pictures of, dishes drawn directly from the recipes in the first book.
The night before, I toasted up a sweet pumpkin and made some puree. That morning, I started the day out mixing and kneading the dough for some butter rolls. Then, I did a couple of chicken roasts, side-by-side in my 14”-er, using the basic herbal poultry recipe and the spicy paste turkey rub. While that was cooking, I made the pumpkin pie and got that on to bake. Brendon came to my aid and made his world-renowned Dutch oven baked ziti, and my old standard chicken and potatoes rounded out the collection.
They were wonderful folks, and after quite a while of primping and photographing the food, we all sat down and feasted.
A few days later, I got to see a preliminary layout of the cover, and I’m very excited. Since it’s not a final, they won’t let me post it here, yet, but as soon as they do, it’ll be on the blog!
Then, this last weekend, our family went up to Bear Lake to spend some time with other families with children with special medical needs. The group we went up with is called Hope Kids, and they sponsor family activities, mostly donated. Once a year, at the very end of the season, they get a bunch of cabins at the Bear Lake KOA campground for a weekend. It’s amazing fun. Even Brendon had a blast being able to connect with other siblings of special needs kids in a completely non-contrived way.
Well, I brought up my two 14” deep dutch ovens, at the request of the organizer. Those were added to a larger collection of Dutch ovens in various sizes, and Brendon and I helped them cook up Mountain Man Breakfast for the entire gathering. We had them all stacked as many as three high, cooking along.
After resting a while, I cooked up the Nouveau Mexican Cafe pulled pork with beans and rice and we had a few of the neighboring families over for a bit more feasting.
When it was all done, I collapsed into a heap. I slept really, really well that night.
Next Sunday, I’m going to do my Apples and Oranges challenge dish, and NOTHING ELSE! Just a simple dish and call it good.
I mean, it feels good to cook all that food for all those people, and it feels really good to hear them enjoying it and telling me how great it tastes. And after it’s all done, it’s time to simplify...
Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his MoBoy blog.