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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2017 at 10:22am

Here's the kind of dutch oven I'm familiar with.  They're usually used on an open fire with hot coals on top.  Cast iron of course.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 4, 2017 at 10:01am

Chris, your reply reminded me of the American saying, "Now you're cooking with gas!".

Comment by Plinius on March 4, 2017 at 9:18am

A Dutch oven could be a fart under the blankets... I found the description in an introduction to the Netherlands for foreigners.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 4, 2017 at 7:22am

Stupid question: What exactly is a Dutch oven? Is it an oversized cast iron skillet? I think I have two of them, but never ever use them.

Spud, I seldom take offense to anything anybody says. I'm too old to care! The chess pie, by the way, was/is the richest pie I have ever eaten. Of course, I added almond bark and choc. chips to enhance to chocolate charge. Nuts, too. It nearly killed me yesterday not to have a slice since I'm back on my every odd calender day resisting sugar. I was a good boy on March 3rd. But today.....!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2017 at 7:44pm

I've never heard of chocolate chess pie until you mentioned it here, Randy.  In my quick internet search, it sounds very similar to French Silk pie.  Is that a proper comparison in your opinion?

Regarding bumpy cast iron cookware, is that enough of a problem that you'd want to exert the energy to fix it?  What cooking problems do the rough surfaces cause for cooking.  I ask this as someone who doesn't own any cast iron cookware.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 3, 2017 at 12:20pm

I couldn't find an old cast iron skillet, so I purchased one of the $20 ones at Walmart a year or more ago.  The cooking surface is bumpy, so I've been meaning to power-sand it down and re-season it.  Sounds like a big job, so it won't be right away.

In the meantime, it cooks hamburgers nicely.  I heat the skillet to a high temperature, sear the burger on one side, turn it over, turn the heat off, and it will sear on that side, and the center of the burger will reach 160°F in a few minutes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 3, 2017 at 8:31am

Randy, hope you take no offense at me trying for a little humor about your pie.  I have brain farts very often, so have no problem with others.

I've started using my cast iron pan again, and will read the latest posts on the subject when I get a few things completed I want to do this morning.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 3, 2017 at 7:41am

Duh me--more of a brain fart than blaming it on a mistype: chess, not cress. The "creamy chocolate chess pie" recipe came from "The Spruce Cooks" website. I think they used to be "Recipe of the Day". I get a new suggestion every day.

I keep adding new recipes to my "box". Yesterday, I casually leafed through them and thought "why?" So many I don't use and will never use. But never say never, so I keep them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2017 at 10:57pm

The Boss of the Swamp also discusses old cast iron pans; in this video an old cast iron waffle iron.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 2, 2017 at 10:03am

I had to Google Chocolate Cress Pie, but couldn't find any.  Found a lot of Chocolate Chess Pie recipes, which seemed to have nothing special in them, not even any pawns (or prawns).


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