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101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven Spiral-bound – March 20, 2006
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Bring the outdoors inwith incredible recipes for breads and rolls, soups and stews,main dishes and sides, as well as delicious desserts.
Mountain Man Breakfast
Jalapeno Cheese Bread
Stuffed Flank Steak
Caramel Apple Cobbler
About the Author
VernonWinterton has been cooking in Dutch ovens for thirty years. He is one of the founding members of the GreaterWasatch Dutch Oven Society and served two years as its assistant director.
Vernon has competed in Dutch oven cook-offs for ten years, qualifying three times to go to the world championships. He and his wife, Barbara, also enjoy entering cook-offs on a local level as well.
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My main quarrel with the book is that many of the recipes are not for the kind of camp cooking that I do. About 1/4 of the recipes are for yeast breads/rolls. If this is the way you want to use your dutch oven, there are some great sounding recipes here! However, this isn't the way I cook when I am camping. A few other recipes call for a special "Camp Chef Ultimate" dutch oven. Then there are the recipes calling for cornish game hens, mutton, orange zest, asiago cheese, almond extract, red wine, white chocolate, or toasted pine nuts. Again, if this is the kind of cooking you want to do with your dutch oven, I'm sure the recipes are great, but it isn't my style.
Of the remaining recipes, several are the traditional camp fare - breakfast casserole, hamburger casserole, stew, and 'dump' cobbler. Others have added a nice variety to my menu (teriyaki barbecue chicken, Catalina chicken, manicotti, etc.). I was just disappointed to find that so few of the recipes are ones that fit my camp cooking style.
The main meat dishes look the healthiest of the four categories (breads, main, side, dessert). Outside of a couple traditional bean recipes, there are exactly zero whole grain recipes, and in the entire book only a couple with green vegetables. (I have to smile, 'cause my family got a good laugh out of how stereotypically "male" that is!) A large portion of the recipes call for instant, pre-packaged foods, like instant potatoes, boxed cake mixes, pop-n-fresh type doughs, canned soups, etc.
Will I use any of the recipes? Yes. Again, some of the main meat dishes look appealing for every day type cooking. And I love that for each recipe there are specifics on number of coals on top and bottom to reach specific cooking temperatures. I figure I will be able to modify a handful of the recipes, and at least get enough of a feel for dutch oven cooking that I can begin compiling my own recipe collection.
Update 11-13-12: Although not for outdoor cooking, I did find a healthy Dutch oven cook book titled, "Glorious One-Pot Meals," by Elizabeth Yarnell. I am still learning by trial and error how to get the heat right for open fire Dutch oven cooking, but at least I am learning using whole foods.
Some of my favorites are Jalapeño Cheese Bread, Teriyaki Chicken made with lemon lime soda, a pie made with lemon heads candy and Smacos (s'mores tacos!) My meat eating uncles would love Mountain Man Breakfast with sausage, hash browns, sour cream, eggs and cheese. My older sister would love waking up from camping to an oven filled with warm Sticky Buns!
This is the first camping cookbook with recipes I would like to cook at home. Thankfully, Vernon provides tips on how to make these in your oven! The wide variety recipes all have easily gathered ingredients, clear directions and helpful hints. It takes the mystique out of Dutch Ovens!
This book will be a great reference for my own outdoor cooking adventures. I can find recipes for both myself (a vegetarian) and my kiddos. I recommend this book to rafting guides, car campers and people running a fish camp. My little sister already is planning her menus from this book so she will be the envy of the campers around her at Burning Man!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
waste of money! can't understand what it's trying to say most of the timePublished 12 days ago by Richard G. Macmurphy
its a small book.. I hope to try some of these recipes soon. Wish it had pictures.Published 14 days ago by shopper7
Another excellent companion for my Lodge Dutch Oven ! Recipés are great, too !Published 1 month ago by Sue C. Dees
Terrible binding and graphics , No pictures of any food, I eat with my eyes first, that being said , I would go hungry looking thru this book, This book could be much betterPublished 1 month ago by justin
I own a number of dutch oven cook books and this is by far my favorite. I actually met the author and have a lot of respect for his skill with a dutch oven. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sallred