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Outdoor Hiking – Trekking Poles

June 27th, 2010 by ironcooker

Trekking poles can be worth their weight in gold

3118339724_2786d895a7Trekking poles are designed to be use on trails and uneven terrain. A single walking stick,staff, or pole can give you extra stability, especially on loose terrain or in crossing small streams. A staff can also give you a measure of security – attackers are more likely not to go annoy somebody who does have a stick.

A very good place to look when picking out a walking stick or trekking poles is this site I often visit.
Choosing the right trekking pole

Trekking poles are great for including the entire body in the process of walking. Because of Trekking pole users claim that there are fewer incidences of straining a knee or overworking their back. The simple act of using trekking poles will allow the user to cover more ground quickly and efficiently and with less trauma to their body.  People consider Hiking with Trekking polestrekking poles to be an essential component of outdoor gear.

It has been made very easy to take the poles along, allowing them to be handy for even short walks in the woods and other sites. Trekking sticks or poles can be bought in telescopic models, which allows the user to adjust the length of the poles to suit the height of the user.

Other things to consider when choosing your walking stick

Trekking poles are similar to  ski poles, but they have some major differences. When you hike with a set of trekking poles you are balancing the weight and shock over four limbs, instead of two. People will who discover an almost immediate benefit to their knees, especially on long downhill treks.

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Iron Cookware Recipes – Skillet Steak

June 20th, 2010 by ironcooker

Skillet Steak alla Pizziaola

pan fried skillet steak

Steak and peppers is a tradition as a sandwich. Steak and potatoes his always been known as traditional  comfort food. Combine the two, toss in Italian flavors, and you have a tremendous Skillet Steak alla Pizziaola. You will need a very large cast-iron skillet to hold this dish, a 12” Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron pan works wonders. Serve the meal right from the skillet.


4 (6oz) sirloin strip steaksSlow Cooked Skillet Steak
1 tablespoon Montreal Steak seasoning
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 Red Bliss potatoes (about ½ lbs diced in ½” cubes)
1 green bell pepper cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1 can (14oz) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons capers
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes with basil
2 teaspoons fresh chopped oregano,or 1 teaspoon dried
3 sprigs fresh lemon thyme, optional
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper

Preparation Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Season the steaks evenly with Montreal Steak Seasoning, set aside.

3. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large 12” Lodge cast iron skillet. When hot, add the steaks to the pan and brown for 5 minutes per side.

4. Transfer steaks to a plate; add the remaining two tablespoons olive oil to the skillet, and heat. When hot, add the onion, potato, green pepper, mushrooms, chopped artichoke hearts, garlic, and capers; sauté for 7 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

5. Add the diced tomato, oregano, thyme, and red pepper, and stir to combine, cooking an additional 2 minutes. Place the steaks on top of the tomato mixture and transfer to the middle rack of the hot oven. Bake for 20 minutes, remove, and serve hot.

Be sure to try this Skillet Steak recipe.
Its one we are very fond of and are sure you will enjoy too.

Excerpted From Cast Iron Cooking By Dwayne Ridgeway – Quarry Books

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Family Camping – Camping Tents

June 13th, 2010 by ironcooker

A camping tent is one of the most important investments you can make for your outdoor adventures.

Family  Camping TentThere are several options available, in all shapes and sizes. Things to consider when choosing your tent are the number of people
using the tent, in what seasons the tent will be primarily used and the amount of equipment you will have in your tent.
Always try to get a tent that is rated one to two person larger that you think you will need. You will be
glad you did. The correct size tent is a must have item for bringing family harmony back to the family.

Camping tents are usually made of some sort of weatherproof fabric that two camping tentsis held in place by pounding stakes in the ground or by tying
it to adjacent trees or other items of support.

IF this is your first time purchasing a tent, you might wish to visit yard sales or resale shops for used tents that can be purchased at lower
rates. Camping tents can be very expensive, so before investing heavily, it’s a good idea to start small and experiment. Try camping close to home for a night
or two and see if the outdoor experience is the right fit for you.

I am a camper and have tried many different styles.  from one man tent to the  big family tents.  its something that everyone should experience.

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Outdoor Hiking – Trekking Poles

Sunday June 27th, 2010 in Outdoor Hiking | 36 Comments »

Iron Cookware Recipes – Skillet Steak

Sunday June 20th, 2010 in Iron Cookware Recipes | 152 Comments »

Family Camping – Camping Tents

Sunday June 13th, 2010 in Family Camping | 47 Comments »

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