Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This photograph is from 1939, and shows a Texas Cowboy cooking in a Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens are heavy cast iron pots with lids. They were used by cowboys and allow you to cook pretty nice meals over a campfire. In the picture above, the man is baking buttermilk biscuits. Note that the oven is placed over a pile of coals, and then coals are piled on the lid.
Since my stove has been out for the last month and a half, I actually went out and bought myself a dutch oven, thinking I would just start cooking in the backyard over a camp fire. I guess I actually did not buy the dutch oven, I borrowed it. Now that I think about it, I did not tell anyone I borrowed it, so maybe I stole it. It belongs to my brother, and I am pretty sure he does not mind me using it, so I think borrow would be the best description of what I did. It had been outside in the weather for the last ten years, so it was very rusty. It took me about 6 hours yesterday to get it all cleaned up, and properly seasoned. About the time I got it all ready to go, the phone rings and it is the stove repair people. They were ready to try and fix the stove again. They showed up, and after about an hour, had the stove working. My wife tried it last night, and made baked potatoes in it. The baked potatoes came out good, so maybe they really fixed it this time. The guy told me he had another box of parts coming in, and when they arrived he wanted to put those on the stove as well, just to be sure. So, finally, after 49 days, my deluxe Dual Fuel range appears to be working.