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Family Camping – Camping Eastern PA

May 27th, 2012 by ironcooker

Best Spots for Camping Eastern PA

Guest Post By: Steve Mattus

If Pennsylvania is your vacation destination, naturally, you would like to know about the best spots for Camping Eastern PA. Here is some useful information regarding some very good camping spots in Pennsylvania. Camping Eastern PAAppalachia Campsites
Whenever we look for accommodations for us, whatever purpose it may be, we always give top priority to the cleanliness. This is where Appalachia campsites score very high when we compare sites Skillet cookingfor camping in Eastern PA. Other amenities at this camping site are also very good and the courteous staff gives Appalachia campsites an edge over the others. This site offers some abandoned wooden sites as well. Although the roads are not paved, they are very attentively cared for. These camping sites in Eastern PA are very large and spacious, each having a fire ring and picnic table. Because these campsites are near the highway, you may face some noise. However, it is not loud enough to irritate you and be a significant disturbance. It is possible to access the restrooms from all sites. Restrooms are neat and clean with free showers.

Listed here are some of the amenities and activities just to give you an idea how Camping in Eastern PA can be very enjoyable:

  • 1 .   Swimming pool and Pond
  • 2.  Video Games and Pool table
  • 3 . Recreation hall and Live Entertainment
  • 4.  Playground
  • 5.  Television and Movies
  • 6   Laundry services
  • 7.  Kids planned activities
  • 8.  Ice cream and Snack bars
  • 9.  Security gateYou can take your pet with you at these sites. Moreover, you can have some additional fun because the restaurants, amusements and retail stores are situated at nearby places.Eagles Peak Family Camping Resort

    Situated at the top of mountain, these sites for camping Eastern PA are really of very high quality. These sites offer many camping options so you can choose according to the type of camp you need. Almost all the amenities and activities found in other similar campsites are present here too. As an additional feature, this campsite in Eastern PA has two swimming pools. One swimming pool has a beautiful snack bar. The other one is smaller and is designed for the adults only.

    Some Other Campsites and a Few Tips

    Some other options for Camping Eastern PA are Lake-In-Wood, Otter Lake Camp Resort, Starlite Camping Resort and Warwick Woods Campground. No matter which campsite you choose, a little bit of planning will always make it a more memorable experience for you. For example, the majority of food you take with you might be the kind that does not require cooking. This saves time, trouble and space for packing. Be sure to take a mosquito net and suitable bed with you so that you can enjoy a sound sleep.

    With these tips in mind, you’re sure to enjoy camping Eastern PA.


    Author Bio

    Steve Mattus is a travel expert and has experience travelling the world. His website,, is a state of the art travel related website offering travel products, free travel articles, free Travel Adventure Bulletin and much, much more.

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Dutch Oven Recipes – Dutch Oven Au Gratin Potatoes

May 13th, 2012 by ironcooker

Dutch Oven Au Gratin Potatoes With Ham 

Dutch oven potatoes6 largepotatoes, scrubbed & sliced less than 1/4 inch thick
1 cup ham, sliced and diced
6 TBS margarine – you’ll probably need more!
1/2 large onion, minced
garlic salt, to taste
3 TBS flour
2 cups milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
5 TBS Parmesan cheese, grated
3 TBS bread crumbs, fine
diced jalapeno peppers, canned, to taste *optional
34 – 38 charcoal briquettes

Slice potatoes 1/4 inch thick or less. Sprinkle with a small amount of garlic salt (the cheeses will provide a good amount ofDutch Oven Potatoes
salt). Saute onions (and any jalapeno peppers you may want to add) in 4 tablespoons margarine until soft. Blend in flour and
make a light colored roux (add 2 more tablespoons margarine if roux is too thick). When roux is a light golden color add milk,
bring to a light boil, and simmer until somewhat thickened. Rub the inside of the 12 inch Dutch oven with more margarine. Mix
in potatoes and cheeses then then sprinkle bread crumbs over the top. Bake approximately 30-40 minutes using 10-12 coals
under the Dutch Oven and approximately 25 coals on top (approximately 400 F).


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Outdoor Hiking – Montana’s Pyramid Pass

May 13th, 2012 by ironcooker

Montana’s Pyramid Pass & Adventure that was Bear-ly There!

Guest Blog By: Gordon Hollingshead

As common courtesy on Montana trails, folks warn others when there is a bear around, especially heading into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Donny and I had just topped one of the major switchbacks on the trail to Montana's Pyramid Pass Pyramid Pass, and were heading deeper into the backcountry when we received a much appreciated trail update from some outfitters heading out. They mentioned a bear along the trail on up, suggesting we keep our eyes open – but “no major problem”.

No major problem! The outfitters make their living traveling these trails, equipped with rifle, and atop a set of horses. They passed that casual assessment to a couple of guys on foot, totally unarmed and completely unfamiliar with the ways of bearishness, warily working our way into territory widely known for it’s bonafide grizzly bear population. We laughed nervously, speculating about “no major problem” paired with “bear along the trail”.

Donny’s initial response, given that he grew up in Milwaukee, WI, – terminate the trek into the “Bob”. It was time to hastily make our way down the switchbacks to the vehicles and out of harms way. Alas, poor Donny, he was with me. Growing up in the Colorado backcountry, there were no grizzlies, but we had our share of sizeable black bears.

I grew up understanding that the primary response for a bear seeing or hearing a humanoid heading their way, is to vacate the area, distance themselves from intruders. They don’t like human company, and prefer to enjoy the great outdoors by themselves. Of course, if surprised, or they have a meal all laid out, or their babies are lingering nearby those rules do vary. But in my 40 some years in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Montana I had never, ever encountered a bear.

We were headed to Pyramid Pass, the summit marking the Bob Marshall Wilderness boundary, one of the nearer accesses to the “Bob” from Seeley Lake, Montana. An awesome area, with the majestic Pyramid Peak north of the trail. The trail head starts up above Morrell Creek about 10 miles east and north of Seeley Lake. Hiking the trail a couple of times before, I knew we had our work cut out for us. A six mile journey into the backcountry is not bad. The 6 miles back always seemed to get me.

Starting out fairly level, the trail follows the lower ridges for the first mile or so. Heading up some gradual switchbacks it finally covers some steeper, shorter switchbacks. It evens out then for around 3 miles more, leading into the broad canyon above Trail Creek Crossing giant snowslide chutes, wonderful views open up of Pyramid Peak towering above. Mountain meadows also open up, filled with bear grass, flowers, berry bushes – all perfect areas for that dreaded bear to lurk.Montana's Pyramid Lake

We faced our impending doom boldly, picking up sturdy sticks. Granted, we could not fight off a marauding bear with a stick, but would not go down without a fight. Actually, we whacked the sticks on every nearby tree trunk and rock as we continued. If we made enough noise any bear would conclude a couple of obnoxious city boys were coming, disturbing the peace, and move to some other location. Key to preventing bear encounters – avoid surprising them kicking off a reaction response. So we did our part.

The final leg of the trail to the pass leads into tall, closer timber, along the upper reaches of Trail Creek through a marshier area. The close in brush along the trail seemed like a perfect place for a genuine bear encounter, so the anxiety meter jumped as well. Another group of horseback packers coming out confirmed the bear was just up ahead. Our rustling the brush and whacking the trees and rocks intensified as we anxiously worked our way on up the trail.

The trail crosses the creek, tops a slight rise and circles around an area of downed timber as it leads off up the last couple switchbacks to the pass summit. Topping that slight rise to begin the circle to the left we stopped in our tracks, staring in amazement – the bear sat right in the middle of that area of downed timber we were going to have to circle around.

Actually, the bear lay right in the middle of that area, sprawled out on a large downed tree – and about the size of a large black lab at his biggest! No offense to the bear, but we had built up wild images of the mega-bear of lore and song over the past couple hours, banging on every rock and tree trunk for miles – scaring away the monster boogey-bear. Talk about a sense of silly sheepishness – blended with a healthy dose of relief.

We continued along the trail circling around the spot where the bear had taken up it’s afternoon siesta and the bear didn’t budge. It made me wonder if all our racket had been wasted, but it was too funny, and such a monstrous relief to know we weren’t in imminent danger. The rest of the trek to the pass seemed so much lighter and easier as we laughed at our raging paranoias. The trail switched up through the brush, crossed a small open face, and finally broke out onto a small lake right before the wilderness boundary and our goal for the day.

It almost goes without saying – a truly wonderful corner of the world is found back up in there. We savored the awesome views back into the Bob Marshall Wilderness as we ate our lunch, then beat feet back out. Our weary bones rejoiced settling into a warm jacuzzi pool upon returning to our accommodations in Missoula at journey’s end. Many great choices are available throughout the region for resting your tired bodies through the Montana Adventure site at – the perfect complement to your explorations throughout this spectacular part of the world!


Author Bio

As web designer for the Montana Recreation Connection and Wester States Wilderness Tours at
Gordon Hollingshead has provided an online travel directory for the past 10 years for people planning theri vacations and travels throughout the western United States. More information contact Gordon at

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Deer Hunting – Yard Bird

May 13th, 2012 by ironcooker

Guest post from Capt’n Salsa

Capt’n Salsa’s Grill Roasted Yard Bird

Capt’n Salsa’s Grill Roasted Yard Bird

By: Capt’n Salsa

Wow I have a hankering for some really good grill roasted chicken, the melt in your mouth variety with some fresh homemade salsa slathered right on top. Just seems that we never have time during the lazy days of summer to get everything done. You know, you have to mow the grass, weed the garden and if you’re lucky harvest a bounty of fresh produce from your own little truck farm.

Yard BirdNow you expect me to cook supper too? It’s time to tell you my secret and go hunting for my favorite yard bird, Capt’n Salsa’s Grill Roasted Yard Bird, to be exact.


Delicious golden brown moist and tender some of the best melt in your mouth grill roasted chicken you will ever eat. Now, don’t let the hunting phrase concern you. The extent
of hunting chicken for me is looking for a big plump 3.5 to 4 pounder at the local grocery or meat market. I always bag my limit of two because it is just as easy to cook two at the same time to guarantee some leftovers…

“Come on, Capt’n Salsa, quit beating around the bushes and just give us the recipe!”

Oh, Okay.

Capt’n Salsa’s Grill Roasted Yard bird is so easy you will probably laugh. Of course it goes with out saying you need to rinse the chicken in cold water before you cook it. All you are going to need is a generous amount of Lemon Pepper Seasoning. Mix up a solution of 1 part vegetable oil with 4 parts of Apple Cider Vinegar, remember that’s the brown vinegar, together in a squirt bottle, an empty syrup bottle will do just fine.

Now we are going to cook our grilled chicken whole on your favorite charcoal or 2 burner gas grill using the “indirect heat” method. Your grill needs a lid that will close, too. Most of the time now I just use the gas grill, heating the grill with both burners, then turn one of them
totally off, yes, off and the other burner turn it all the way down to low.

I’m getting a little ahead of myself. Preheat your choice of grills. Then rinse and clean the birds. Now hose down the chicken with the mixture of oil and vinegar using the squirt bottle and sprinkle a generous portion of Lemon Pepper Seasoning all over the chicken. Don’t forget the body cavity.

Place the chicken breast side up on the grill away from the heat source, above the burner that is turned off, indirect heat method remember. Squirt a little more oil and vinegar into the cavity of the chicken until it “overflows.” Now close the lid. You want a low to medium low heat level. The objective is to take at least 2 to 2 1/2 hours to cook the chicken, nice and slow. Don’t worry after a couple of times you will have it “down to a science” and know what works best for you.

Once you have your chicken on the grill go mow the grass or work in your garden for the next 2 to 2 1/2 hours without even looking at the birds… well, if you insist on looking after about an hour, you can raise the lid and give the birds a good squirt of the oil and vinegar solution… Now, close that lid and get back to work.

You will know the chicken is done by grabbing the tip of one of the legs with a paper towel, careful it will be hot, and gently twist the leg bone in a circle. If the leg bone easily breaks free at the joint, the chicken is done – a beautiful golden brown, moist and tender every time.

Easy huh?smoking yard bird

Place the chicken on the grill, mow the grass and when you are finished with your yard you have Capt’n Salsa’s Grill Roasted Chicken make that Yard Bird! Serve it up with one of your favorite homemade salsa recipes.

Roasted Corn Salsa or tasty Salsa de Tomatillos Delicious! Wrap it all up in a warm tortilla, complete with your favorite thirst quenching beverage and you will marvel about how great your yard looks.

Imagine. Mowing the grass and cooking supper all at the same time. Enjoy!


Author Bio

Capt’n Salsa provides an outstanding collection of free homemade salsa recipes at his web site, Great Salsa. Submit your favorite salsa recipe for publication at:

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Iron Cooker Updates – Iron Cooker News

May 5th, 2012 by ironcooker


 Iron Cooker News             5 – 5 – 2012

The last couple months have been very busy at Iron Cooker; we have added several new products
to our store.  We have moved some of our cookware into a new storefront location.
You can find some of our products locally at
Midway Outdoor Supply 11965 US 131 Fife Lake Michigan. This store is located 2 miles north of Manistee River.
campfire tripodYou will find outdoor supplies, such as camping, fishing, hunting including mulch & propane.
We have camping tripods, cast iron cookware & Bradley portable propane smoker located at this location too.
We have added a new double burner cast iron propane burning stove, a stovetop kettle smoker & a new cast iron wok with a handle to our online store.
Also we have created a new web store location for many other products other than cast iron cookware & décor.  You can find our store at
don’t forget to like our new Facebook page when you are there.
We are sharing several new recipes & pictures that you may be interested in on Pinterest .
To those of you that have purchased Farmall tractor seat stools from Iron Cooker. Yes all 120 of you that have added one or more of these to your collection, we want to say thank you. We are now sold out of this item & it will be out of stock for a while but we have a new shipment of a different style tractor seat stool that we will be adding real soon.Original Camp Dog Cajun Seasoning 8oz
We have Camp Dog Cajun seasonings & fish fry mix at both our online  & store locations. This has become very popular with our local customers.
Be sure to cast your vote on our surveys we send out &watch our blog  for updates on new events & products.  That is all for now so we will leave you with this recipe we think you will enjoy. Watch for our recipes & blog post that have been posted on cooking planet too!


4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 cup teriyaki sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 cup lemon juice

To Marinate: Place chicken, teriyaki sauce, lemon juice, garlic and sesame oil in a large, resealable plastic bag. Seal bag & shake to coat. Place in refrigerator or cooler for 24 hours, turning every so often. Preheat grill for medium high heat and lightly oil grate. Remove chicken from bag, discarding any remaining marinade, and grill for 6 to 8 minutes each side, or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

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Family Camping – Camping Eastern PA

Sunday May 27th, 2012 in Family Camping | 6 Comments »

Dutch Oven Recipes – Dutch Oven Au Gratin Potatoes

Sunday May 13th, 2012 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 8 Comments »

Outdoor Hiking – Montana’s Pyramid Pass

Sunday May 13th, 2012 in Outdoor Hiking | 1 Comment »

Deer Hunting – Yard Bird

Sunday May 13th, 2012 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 3 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – Iron Cooker News

Saturday May 5th, 2012 in Iron Cooker Updates | No Comments »

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