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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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The Dutch Oven: Simplify Your Easter Dessert

  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: I want to make the Coconut Cake from the April issue for Easter […]

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The Dutch Oven: Perfect Banana Bread

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 get perfect banana bread every time? I often get different results […]

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The Dutch Oven: Perfect Piecrusts

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 keep my piecrust from getting soggy? A: We have a few […]

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Our Secret to Celebrating National Blueberry Pancake Day

Okay, the secret to celebrating National Blueberry Pancake Day is a special recipe that can be used any day! Affectionately known as “Pam-cakes”, it is a recipe I have used for many years. It was published in 2010–you can get the recipe here. I serve them on special occasions, in fact I’m making them today. Just sprinkle a few fresh […]

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