July 9, 2019 (74 Days Old)
9 Ingredients to Put on Your Campfire Pizza Masterpiece
Grill up some flat bread in your hot pan then add your toppings, cast iron pizza is a fast, fun addition to your camping, culinary adventure.
You won't be able to cook these fast enough! Now about those toppings:
Cheese
Shredded or chunked.
Obvious.
Gooey.
Melty.
A perfect indicator of done-ness as the cheese heats and browns.
You can’t make a pizza without cheese, to be honest, but you’ll get a thrill over watching it sizzle in the heat of fire.
Capicola
Sliced.
Smokey and rich.
Adds a fancy flare to your pie and pulls away from the simple tang of basic ham.
Spinach
Chopped or whole leaf.
Colourful.
Simple.
Plus you (and all of us) could use some green veggies while you’re out camping eating hot dogs for every other meal.
Bacon
Crumbled.
Decadent.
Messy and indulgent.
But crisp it up it in your cast iron pan first to season your iron for the dough and crust.
Onions
White or yellow.
Finely chopped.
Cook these up in the bacon grease to
caramelize
caramelize
Cook something to the point where the natural sugars brown and add a caramel-like richness to the food.
then massage them into the sauce before the rest of the toppings.
Fresh Tomatoes
Sliced.
Fresh.
Acidic.
If you’ve got a nice fresh sauce to match, it pulls everything together as the hot tomatoes cook and meld between the layers of toppings.
One Egg
Sunny side up.
You can crack it right in the middle.
Lid up the pan.
Let it cook.
The yoke drizzles over everything and you’re brain will melt at this culinary innovation if you’ve never tried it.
Mushrooms
Thinly sliced.
Meaty.
There are such a variety of these.
I like simple brown mushrooms, but some oysters always go nicely, too.
Hot Peppers
Cleaned.
Minced or whole.
Hot or mild.
Elevate your taste buds and have a cold beer on stand-by.
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July 1, 2019 (82 Days Old)
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A few years ago I took up an interest in quality cookware, the kind of kitchen tools that last a lifetime and improve with age.
I built myself a collection of cast iron pans, skillets, dutch ovens, and other eclectic pieces.
I learned the ins-and-outs of seasoning, cleaning and care of cast iron in a casual effort to build a legacy for my family in something that wasn’t disposable, plastic, or as-seen-on-TV.
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