Cast Iron Chronicles: Cleaning Up The Hibachi

In all its post-reseasoning glory!

Cast iron is wonderful cookware: durable, non-stick (when properly seasoned) without potentially harmful coatings, and built to last. You also get a workout – mostly upper body – when using cast iron (bonus!). We have many Lodge cast iron products, but one of the coolest is the Lodge Sportsman’s Grill. This little charmer has traveled extensively with us, but spent the last few years in the garage and gathered a little rust. No problem – cast iron cleans up nicely!

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Ferment This: Rousing Rutabaga Kimchi

Why do root vegetables like rutabagas get a bad rap? They’re nutritious, tasty, and, properly stored, can stay edible for a long time. It must have something to do with their plain appearance – no flash, no glitz, just “what you see is what you get”. And, because I like their lack of pretense (and their flavor), I’m making them into a probiotic delight. Join me on this kimchi-making journey!

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Slow Food: Marvelous Mulligatawny Stew

Food is often evocative of memories – and a hot, spicy bowl of mulligatawny stew will always remind me of my friend Sarah. We worked together and became fast friends, and she will always remain, in my memory, one of the kindest people I’ve known. From the first time I tried this dish, the assertiveness of curry juxtaposed with the sweetness of tart apple and raisins made it unforgettable.

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