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Family Camping – Traveling Adventures

October 30th, 2010 by ironcooker

Our many Traveling Adventures !

This is one of my favorite to write about.

Almost everyone has memories of their favorite traveling adventures.
Mine has always been a continuation of new and exciting moments from year
to year.

A trip to the mountains and hiking miles back into a beautiful waterfall,
wile quietly slipping up to the edge we seen a mother deer with her fawn drinking
from the rivers edge.

One that stands out in my mind is  when the power went out in our campground,
the store was closed, nothing was available.  no lights  or anything.   4 days we
camped and used the fire to cook with our old dutch oven cookware. boiled water
on the fire to wash and clean dishes.
now that was an adventure.
I could go on and on in detail about the many Traveling Adventures we have
taken into the backwoods across the states, but we will save them stories for a later

But I want to leave this open to everyone to tell their stories.
<Leave your comments >

You tell your  Traveling Adventures and I will post them here !

Posted in Family Camping | 15 Comments »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Deep Dish Chicken Pie

October 24th, 2010 by ironcooker

The smell of Deep dish chicken pie in the Dutch oven !

Oh My goodness can you smell it now

As we rounded the corner of the campground we could smell the dutch oven cooking,
and what a wonderful smell after hours out on the lake. That deep dish chicken pie was
making our mouths water just thinking about what was in that pot.

There is some really good sources for dutch ovens. of course my favorite is my own store.

And wile at the campfire eating that deep dish chicken pie you will want some good old
campground stories to go with it.

Chicken and Country Ham Deep Dish Pie

2 2-1/2 to 3 pound broiler- fryers
1 tb Salt
1 ts Pepper
1 ts Ground thyme
1 ts Rubbed sage
Pastry (see below)
1/4 c Butter or margarine; divided
2 tb All-purpose flour
1 sl Country ham; cut into 1-inch pieces

3 c All-purpose flour
1 ts Salt
1 c Shortening
5 tb To 6 tb ice water

Pie Filling:
Place chicken, salt, pepper, thyme, and sage in a large Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 1 hour or until tender. Remove chicken, reserving 1 cup broth; cool chicken. Remove chicken from bone, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Line a 2-quart baking dish with 2/3 of pastry. Place chicken in pastry shell.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in broth; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Pour sauce evenly over chicken.
Place ham pieces over chicken mixture, and dot with remaining butter. Top with remaining pastry. Trim edges of pastry; seal and crimp edges. Cut slits to allow steam to escape. Decorate with pastry cutouts, if desired. Bake at 400F for 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Pastry Directions: Combine flour and salt in a bowl; cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle cold water evenly over surface; stir with a fork until all dry ingredients are moistened. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Yield: pastry for one 2-quart casserole.

Posted in Dutch Oven Recipes | 11 Comments »

Deer Hunting – Taxidermy

October 18th, 2010 by ironcooker

Art as a sportsman sees it !

This writer has had an eye opening experience I would like to share.

All of us have had our experiences in the woods, waiting for that 40 point buck
we all have had the sleepless nights wondering what morning will bring.

I remember as a kid laying there in the middle of the night, thinking and hopping for
the chance to see that big buck in the morning light.

Now that I am older– wont say how much ,  LOL
I think about it just as much , and the taxidermy on the wall

I have looked at many places to get my prize possessions taken care of to hang on the wall
& many are good but some are better than others>

One I have found stands out alone above the rest as far as taxidermy and personality
If you are ever in Norther Michigan in the area of Grayling  there is a place
called  Critters Anonymous LLC That shines above anywhere I have visited.

Customer service, public relations and just sportsman kind of guy.
Something you just have to experience for yourself.
don’t take my word but go and see.  its worth the drive from where ever you are.

Go see or just call and talk to the man,  you will see what I’m talking about.

And his work stands out because he puts his heart in what he loves.

That’s  Critters Anonymous LLC
give Chad a call today @    (989)  348 -5574

mention that you seen this article here

Yeah I know you was looking for a video .   So here is a little clip as one taxidermist sees a sketch  before
doing his work.

Posted in Hunting & Fishing Life | 28 Comments »

Campfire Cooking – Camp Cooking Recipes

October 17th, 2010 by ironcooker

All around the campfire

There is all sorts of old and new camp cooking recipes,
from the ones your grandparents showed you , some you learned
from your parents or just experimented on your own with marshmallow
and a stick.  There is so may and so many versions of camp cooking recipes that one hardly knows where to start.

campfire cooking recipes. gram crackers

First of all you need a good fire pit to start your cooking , with all the campground regulations now days most campgrounds have pre made pits already at the campsites.  not only a good looking fire ring but safe to use too.  now your going to need some good cookware for that fire.

A camping recipe

This  recipe produces a wonderful great grilled meat flavor, so you will want to take more meat than you usually plan on. The skewers are sharp and difficult to pack out, so burn them in the fire or charcoal grill after you are done cooking. This recipe works well with stew meat, other inexpensive beef, or wild game meat.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

1 teaspoon Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Paste
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup Italian dressing
1 1/2 pounds stew meat

Cut your meat into nice sized chunks and then marinate for at least one hour in  mixture of the yogurt and salad dressing. Add the Jerk Seasoning, That’s if you like it spicy.

slide the meat onto bamboo skewers that have been previously soaked in water. Place your meat skewers on a charcoal fire or campfire. Turn to ensure that all sides have been exposed to the heat. Grill them to your taste, and eat while hot.

Editor’s note: some people like to alternate chunks of onion, bell pepper and tomato between the meat chunks.

4 servings

Posted in Campfire Cooking | 20 Comments »

Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Gear

October 10th, 2010 by ironcooker

Hiking in the outdoors can be a wonderful adventure

This article is focused on outdoor gear for the hiker

Hiking with outdoor gear If your young or old there is hiking trailes to fit your needs all over the country.
A few I have wrote about included trekking poles and a trip down mountain passes.

With fall in the air and winter on the way our needs in the outdoors change, This in mind
I have found a good outdoor gear store with items on sale for fall.
Check this outdoor outfitter for your hiking needs

One very nice hiking park  is Deer Creek Canyon Park.
In the beautiful state of Colorado.

It had its beginning as a campground for wandering bands of Ute & Arapaho Indians. two boys with hiking gear

The 1,881 acre park was first homesteaded in 1872,  by John Williamson.
At that time, Deer Creek’s rolling hills & fertile fields had attracted both farmers and miners.
John Williamson’s famed Couch and Clark Homesteads , as well as Glen Plym Ranch all sat within current park boundaries.

Deer Creek Canyon Park has many well maintained trail options to choose from.  All trails are very well marked

Posted in Outdoor Hiking | 21 Comments »

Iron Cookware Recipes – Baked Rabbit

October 3rd, 2010 by ironcooker

Baked Rabbit made With Sour Cream

Baked RabbitIts Hunting season in the norther woods, so we are bringing you this rabbit story and recipe for this time of year.

Rabbit hunting is a great way  to get experience learning to move though the woods quietly. Things to avoid stepping on include piles of dry leaves and exposed sticks on uneven, hard ground.

Practice and experience will teach you the fine balance between watching where you step and looking for deer and other game animals. In the end we are all looking to get home and have some of that Oven Baked Rabbitbaked rabbit .

Don’t forget that there is no better taste or smell than that rabbit baking in the oven like your grandmother did in that old cast iron roasting pan.

Rabbit is fried first  then baked with sour cream & onion for a mouth watering experience.


  • 1 medium rabbit, cut in pieces
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 cup minced onions
  • 2 cups sour cream


In a food storage bag combine one cup flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt  &  1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Add your rabbit pieces and shake them together  to coat with flour mixture.

Heat your oven to 325 degrees.

Heat margarine in a cast iron skillet &  sauté rabbit until browned on all sides. Pour off excess fat.

Add your onions &  sour cream, cover,   bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

enjoy your baked rabbit !

Posted in Iron Cookware Recipes | 47 Comments »

Family Camping – Traveling Adventures

Saturday October 30th, 2010 in Family Camping | 15 Comments »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Deep Dish Chicken Pie

Sunday October 24th, 2010 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 11 Comments »

Deer Hunting – Taxidermy

Monday October 18th, 2010 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 28 Comments »

Campfire Cooking – Camp Cooking Recipes

Sunday October 17th, 2010 in Campfire Cooking | 20 Comments »

Outdoor Hiking – Outdoor Gear

Sunday October 10th, 2010 in Outdoor Hiking | 21 Comments »

Iron Cookware Recipes – Baked Rabbit

Sunday October 3rd, 2010 in Iron Cookware Recipes | 47 Comments »

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