I don't own any cast iron pots or pans. Somehow I've made it through (almost) fifty years on this planet without ever experiencing the bliss of cooking with cast iron.
Seriously. What's the big deal?
I'd mentioned to SM a few months ago that, besides an apron and a good cast iron skillet, I really wanted to invest in a good dutch oven. I see them from time to time being used on some of the food shows that I watch. I kinda like the idea of a "one pot" dinner and the fact that I can take it from stove top straight into the oven appeals to me.
I came home this week and look what SM got me.
"I had the choice between red and blue. I thought you'd like the red better." SM said.
"You're right. Somehow food coming out of a red dish seems more appealing." I told him. I lifted up the lid. ""Wow. That's heavy!!" For some reason I wasn't expecting it to be THAT heavy.
So it's been sitting there on my counter looking pretty all week. I have visions of soups and stews, roasted chicken and pot roasts dancing in my head. I might even fry something! All I've been waiting for is cooler weather.
Welcome to October! We've had an extended summer so far this year, but today the north wind is blowing and the house is buttoned up tight. We're forecast for brilliant blue skies, winds gusting to 25 mph and a high of only 64 today. Brr.
We're hoping to spend some quality time on the back yard this weekend... weeding and trimming our way through the massive growth that this summer has given us. It a mess back there.
So we will need hearty sustenance to help us get through. Any good ideas for breaking in my new dutch oven? Favorite recipes?