After that beautiful hike that we went on we really needed a break and put the feet up. I felt like trying out some cookies in the Dutch oven! Back to the campsite we went. I got all my ingredients out and Mike got the charcoal going. No mixer and tons of homemade ingredients in my camper! LOL – I had picked up in the refrigerator section of a grocery store a package of ready to bake – I never buy these things – but I can see that I will when we go camping now that I have the Dutch Oven figured out.
Four in my easy to clean up pan.
Almost ready not quite – I had never tried these so it was another experiment -
15 minutes and we had nice crispy cookies – I admit the first batch of four I didn’t bake long enough and they were too soft – as the oven heated up the second two attempts were much better!
Here’s my set up – complete with cushion to kneel on!
Sitting on the chair – legs up – coffee in hand and a plate of cookies to munch on! Now what to cook for supper later this evening?
Stuffed hamburger rolls with golden mushroom soup topping.
What is in it – use a pound of hamburger – cut into 3 pieces (one for me & two for Mike), flatten each piece into a thin circle - then in the center I put a 1/4 cup or so – didn’t measure of cooked rice and I had some shredded carrots so I put a little of that in it too. Then fold the meat over the mixture and place seam side down in pan. Mix a can of golden mushroom soup with a 1/2 cup catchup, sprinkle in some salt and pepper and pour over the meat. Put the lid on the oven and put 16 coals on top and 6 under – rotate pan and top in opposite directions every 10 minutes – it was ready in 50 minutes and I added a few more coals half way through. Look at that bubbly – it sure gets hot! Add some corn on the cob and we had our meal. (mashed potatoes could be substituted for the rice or stove top stuffing – I have had it with the stuffing before and it was great – actually I liked it better than with the rice – I will need to remember that for another time.)
I think I have this Dutch Oven cooking figured out! If you try it – the oven cooks from the top down that is why you have more coals on the top than on the bottom. You always have to rotate the top in one direction and the bottom in the opposite direction to keep from having burn spots and to brown things evenly. Once you get in the habit just always rotate in the same manner and you won’t forget. I keep my telephone handy on the table and set the timer on it so I will remember to rotate.
We arrived at the campground near our daughter’s house north of Madison WI on September 18 – now it is time for family visiting and I have scheduled blog posts to get me just about all the way through that! I’m sure I will find something to post until we get home I haven’t a clue what all we will do here with our daughter – we will see.
EDITED: well as you have all learned by now if you have been following. Once we got back into cell service on the 18th I had a text message from our daughter alerting us that our son in laws mother had went into the hospital the day before after suffering a series of heart attacks in Arkansas and was in critical condition after under going bypass surgery, about 6 days later died. Our visit was shortened by half and was played day to day until we found out what was going on with her.
I do have some photos from a antique shop that we visited and might post a few photos here and there over the next several weeks of some of the things we saw or did while there in Wisconsin to keep the kids busy and try to be “normal” as we waited for news from our son in law who had went to be with his family in Arkansas ahead of all us while the kids were kept in school as long as possible.
I do have one more scheduled post and then I promise! back to quilting