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Southern Living’s Chat With Trisha Yearwood

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of Q&A, tips, and information about people, places, and food that create our wonderful Southern culinary culture. Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. Trisha Yearwood. Just mention the name and you get responses like “She is my favorite country music singer of all time.” Or “She has the […]

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Fast and Fresh Pasta Salads for Summer

Seasonal vegetables and fruit are just about jumping out of the garden and tumbling off the produce stands now. Many of our readers have asked for ideas on how to incorporate this goodness into simple, hassle-free meals. Here’s a recent question. Q. It is too hot to cook and I just don’t want to spend a lot of time in the […]

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Celebrate Shrimp Season: Demand Wild American

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of Q&A, information and insight about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. The coastal waters of our region are serving up some delicious shrimp these days and, as we learned in the movie Forrest Gump, there is almost no end to the ways […]

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Summer Grilling: The Perfect Meal

Warm weather means spending more time outdoors and less time in the kitchen. Many readers are looking for ways to shorten their time spent in front of the ovens. Read below for a few hints. Q: Do you have any ideas for cooking an entire meal outside? A: Does the lingering twilight of a long afternoon beckon you to stay […]

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The Dutch Oven: Cool Off With Icebox Pies

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of Q&A, information and insight about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. Icebox Pie:  The name alone recalls sticky summer days made a bit more comfortable by the cool creaminess of this favored dessert. But what is an icebox pie and how did […]

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The Dutch Oven: The Power and Comfort of Reunion Food

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of Q&A, information and insight about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. The coming Memorial Day weekend signals the opening of Family Reunion Season; the long warm days of summer have traditionally beckoned Southerners to carry casseroles, cobblers, and lawn chairs to congregate […]

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The Dutch Oven: Cast-Iron Cooking

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of tips and information about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. What you learn here should produce one, or all, of these comments: I should try that! I didn’t know that! I can do that! Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. A piece of cast-iron cookware has long been […]

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The Dutch Oven: Pound Cakes, The Workhorse of Southern Desserts

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of tips and information about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. What you learn here should produce one, or all, of these comments: I should try that! I didn’t know that! I can do that! Lift the lid and see what’s inside today. The beloved pound cake has been the workhorse […]

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The Dutch Oven: Happy Birthday, Loretta!

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of tips and information about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. What you learn here should produce one, or all, of these comments: I should try that! I didn’t know that! I can do that! Today marks the birthday of Loretta Lynn, the Queen of Country Music. For over 50 years […]

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The Dutch Oven: Prevent Unsightly Cheesecake Cracking

Hello readers, and welcome to The Dutch Oven, a mixture of tips, answers, and information about our wonderful Southern culinary culture. What you learn here should produce one, or all, of these comments: I should try that! I didn’t know that! I can do that! Q: How can I prevent my cheesecakes from cracking? A: A common problem with cheesecakes […]

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