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Family Camping – Winter Camping Adventures

December 26th, 2010 by ironcooker

Taking camping to a new adventure

We all have done camping in the summer when its warm outside, with the sun shining high in the sky or the rain coming down upon us.
Tent for our winter camping adventure
We know how to pack and what to bring for most any condition in the summer,
but have you considered going out on those long trails & pitching a tent in the winter ?

If you’re into adventure try  camping in winter by tent
for an adventure  you wont forget.

There is so much we don’t see in the summer on our trips to the woods.
But on our winter camping adventures into the wilderness we find animals in a different environments.
Birds looking for food in different places, deer & other animals staying together for warmthRabbits on our winter camping adventures

Many winter camping adventures have taken me to places
that would never be seen the same way in the summer, with snow covered landscapes, Ice covered rivers &
a different piece of nature that you would never imagine could change so much with the season changing.

you will want to research different things you want to take to stay warm.  Lightweight but warm clothes.  A good sleeping bag.  And for goodness sakes don’t forget the camera.

Make sure you choose a good tent & one that is made for these winter camping adventures.  There are many good resources for this. One article I like tells about the
investments of different types of camping tents.

If you do decide to go out in the winter, the best advice I have is watch the weather forecast, pack warm & read up on the things you may encounter in your area first.

In my opinion its one of the nicest quietest time of year. where you can actually hear and see
what the animals in nature are doing to survive.  We can learn a lot from them if we listen and watch.

Be prepared for the worst things & enjoy the outdoors.

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Ironcooker Updates – Dec 26 Updates

December 26th, 2010 by ironcooker

Merry Christmas

To all our customers and newsletter subscribers.

Its the 26th of December all ready,  seems like this year flew past

We have a few days left before the new year and we have been rushing
around getting an after Christmas sale ready.

What we have done is added a list of non stick bakeware and they are all
below any other prices around.

pizza pans, muffin and cupcake pans, loaf pans lasagna pans,cookie sheets 3 sizes.
Round, squair and a covered cake pan too.

We are starting to add in cooking utensils such as whisk,spatulas,& utensil sets

They are all marked down and your the first to know they are even there.

This weeks recipe

Bacardi Rum Cake

This tried-and-true recipe makes the moistest cake you’ll ever eat

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 to 16 servings


  • —Cake—
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 1 18-1/2 ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 1-3/4 ounce (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold milk*
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum
  • —Glaze—
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum

Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts on bottom of pan. Combine all cake ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes on high with electric mixer. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool in pan. Invert on serving plate. Prick top with fork. Drizzle glaze over top of Bacardi Rum Cake. Use brush or spoon to put extra dripping back on cake.Glaze: Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Note: The rum will cause steam. Be careful not to burn yourself.

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Dutch Oven Recipes – Winter Cooking Recipes

December 18th, 2010 by ironcooker

There is nothing better when its cold outside than  good winter cooking recipes, such as a big pot of chili simmering away in that old cast iron dutch oven.

Winter cooking a pot of chili
An article I have come across by Dutch Oven Madness from Stockton, Utah has just the right Idea on this subject with a Great Chili Recipe that is fitting for the most hungry crew.

Its a basic recipe made simple with most everything coming out of cans making it simple to make.

But don’t let that fool you into thinking its not something special because it is great !

Just imagine the smell of chili when you walk in the back door of your cabin or house after being out in the cold.

This is just one of the many great winter cooking recipes found at this blog.

Another one of many great winter cooking recipes

Is there anyone that doesn’t like a great meat loaf ?Meat Loaf for wintertime cooking

Your in luck because these we found a great one on this site too !

This meat loaf recipe made in dutch oven is the perfect
winter cooking recipe to follow up your pot of chili.
You can make this meat loaf up to 9 pounds for those big crews coming in out of the winter cold.

If that’s not enough for the hungry crew.

Here is a cobbler fit for a king.
wintertime cooking a cobblerwith cherry & blueberry filling , cool whip all over the top, Made in a cast iron dutch oven.

You can just imagine the smells in the air right now,
its one of them things that add a little joy to winter
with all these winter cooking recipes.

Your going to be a hit when all the gang comes walking in this cold winter day !

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Iron Cooker Updates – December 16 Newsletter

December 16th, 2010 by ironcooker

Happy Holidays  From  Iron Cooker

Pizza PanOnce again I want to give a welcome to  the new people that have signed up on our web site, there has been many of you in the past few weeks and we want to be sure to thank all of you.

Most we have called but if we have missed you on the phone we did e mail .

No matter who you talked to we really enjoy hearing from each and every one of you, So never be shy we are always here to return your call if we are not in.  (616)  929-5066

There has been some new things going on again.

As always One thing most important is the new products.

We are in the process of adding several new things  so keep checking in often to see the new products.

Well Christmas is here and before you know it we will all be sitting down for that New Years Day game.

Yeah you know the one.

And what is a new years game or party without pizza.

We have just the ticket this year.

A brand new Pre Seasoned Cast iron Pizza Pan

We cut corners and knocked down the price to 17 dollars

for the holidays we dropped the price farther to 15.50

with a special deal  buy  2 for $24.00

Pizza Pans

This cast iron pizza pan is handy as well as one our nicest pieces.

So dig out the snacks , fire up the oven & lets make some best darn pizza we ever had for that new years party

Now we will give you a recipe for an easy to make pizza

Use the best tomatoes you can find for this seasonal pizza. To avoid a soggy crust, we recommend salting and draining the tomatoes to get rid of some of their juice.

Yield: 4


  • 4  tomatoes (about 2 pounds), seeded and chopped
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  small red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 10  ounce  fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 6  tablespoons  chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4  teaspoon  fresh-ground black pepper
  • 2 12-  inch store-bought pizza shells, such as Boboli
  • 1/2  cup  grated Parmesan
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil


1. Heat the oven to 450°. Put the tomatoes in a strainer set over a medium bowl. Toss with the salt and let drain for 15 minutes.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the drained tomatoes with the onion, mozzarella, basil, and pepper. Top each pizza shell with half of the tomato mixture.
3. Sprinkle the pizzas with the Parmesan and drizzle with the oil. Bake directly on the oven rack until the cheese just melts, about 8 minutes.
Grilled Pizza: The summer ingredients on this pizza make it a perfect candidate for grilling. Brush a tablespoon of oil on the top of the pizza shells and set them, oiled-side down, on the grill. Cook until warm, about three minutes. Brush with another tablespoon of oil, flip the shells, and top with the remaining ingredients. Cook until the cheese just melts, about ten minutes.
Wine Recommendation: Bardolino and Valpolicella are made for fresh tomatoey pizza and warm summer days. Among the world’s most popular wines, these sprightly reds from Italy’s Veneto are based on the corvina grape. Valpolicella is the richer of the two; Bardolino is almost rosé-like in its delicacy.
Yeah you can go for the wine if you want.   its all football and beer here !

Once again, Thank you everyone  , check us out at  wilderness outdoors
or go to  our web store at


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Deer hunting – Deer Classic & Outdoor Expo

December 6th, 2010 by ironcooker

26th Anniversary Northern Wisconsin’s

Deer Classic& Outdoor Expo.

January 28 – 30, 2011

The sportsman’s event of the year.

Trophy Awards

Everything a true sportsman & hunters would want to see.

A perspective on the woman’s point of view

Something for everyone  young & old at the deer classic & outdoor expo

with speakers from the beaver creek reserve & several others.

Door Prizes to be given to the first 300 families. (One Prize per Family)  BONUS !

That made my day,  I was thinking about going but now the car is packed.

Bring your stories to share,  whether its  the good old camp stories or your input on food plots for deer management.
I for one would like to here your input at the deer classic & outdoor expo

we all are sports oriented or we wouldn’t be here.  so we all want to hear you too.

There is Loads of information – Its an event you will be sure to want to attend !

Now make your way to the Outdoor Expo

located at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center  Eau Claire, WI

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Iron Cooker Updates – Previous Newsletter

December 5th, 2010 by ironcooker

Welcome to our Newsletter

We have been researching new products here at Iron Cooker, and have came up with several brands.

Some good and some not so good.   We are being selective on what is being loaded on our pages and checking them out as we go.

With our new line of Porcelain enameled cast iron, we are adding several new things.

An assortment of colors and sizes of  skillets, dutch ovens & baking dishes or pans.

There is going to be woks added in the next few weeks also.

Come to our site and look around , and check often to see what we are doing there.

As far as the enamel cookware ,

What is the safety difference between Teflon and Cast Iron, or Enamel Coated Material?

A. Porcelain Enamel is a glass coating, not lead paint, and is used for a variety of food related purposes, including cookware, bakeware and grills.

Porcelain Enamel has proven to be a safe and attractive coating for cookware. New study indicates that Teflon can flake off into food and be ingested, the small amount of fluoride leached maybe linked to cancer.

However, Cast iron is strong, durable, inexpensive, and is an even conductor of heat useful for cooking. Nutritionists suggest that iron is essential to produce red blood cells. Large amounts can be poisonous, but in North America, we are more likely to lack iron than have too much. Iron cookware provides less than 20 percent of total daily iron intake – well within safe levels.

Besides, enamel coated outside of cast iron not only gives the cookware a luxury gloss, but also an unharmful material to human body, and it’s well within safe limits.

Porcelain enamel Cast Iron Cookware is suitable for use on all types of stove top cooking surfaces and in the oven. When using Cast Iron on glass or ceramic cooking surface, do not slide the cookware on the surface—always lift to move.

Now for a new recipe for you.   Kind of a different twist but I think you will enjoy the desert recipe


. Filling: 6 cups green apples (peeled/sliced)

3/4 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup hot water

1-1/2 tablespoon butter

Topping: 1 cup flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 egg

In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients (except butter), gently in a toss-like motion. Pour this mixture into a pie dish, or square baking dish that is lightly buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray. Now, place butter on top of filling in the center. Prepare topping by mixing all topping ingredients in a separate medium bowl. Mix with a spoon until batter is smooth. Drop batter on top of the filling with a spoon, as evenly as possible. The batter will spread while being cooked. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping. Serves 6.

Thanks to everyone that has been a part of this newsletter and your comments are always welcome.

from all of us at Iron Cooker.

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Family Camping – Winter Camping Adventures

Sunday December 26th, 2010 in Family Camping | 7 Comments »

Ironcooker Updates – Dec 26 Updates

Sunday December 26th, 2010 in Iron Cooker Updates | 4 Comments »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Winter Cooking Recipes

Saturday December 18th, 2010 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 15 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – December 16 Newsletter

Thursday December 16th, 2010 in Iron Cooker Updates | 5 Comments »

Deer hunting – Deer Classic & Outdoor Expo

Monday December 6th, 2010 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 19 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – Previous Newsletter

Sunday December 5th, 2010 in Iron Cooker Updates | 2 Comments »

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