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Month: February 2014

Shade tree chef, ironware meatloaf

Shade tree chef, ironware meatloaf

TweetDutch oven meatloaf is easy and rewarding. Meatloaves are as varied as their chefs. This one is basic: one large yellow onion and a fat carrot, chopped, sauteed just to soft in a tablespoon of butter, prepared on stovetop or on a Dutch oven lid over coals. Let cool a little, then mix with three pounds of cold fresh hamburger, two cups of bread crumbs, a half cup of Parmesan cheese, two large eggs, a teaspoon of sea salt and…

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Fire on snow

Fire on snow

TweetA one-match fire on snow, no knife or axe needed (OK, I used one match, twice). Midwestern woodlands provide if you know where to look. Recently, we had rain and sleet followed by an ice storm, then a snow storm. Dead and down wood is snow covered, down wood exposed above the snow is iced along the tops of twigs. Dead grass and weeds still standing above February snow are moist and frozen and lightly iced, too; nice conditions for…

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Paraffin-dipped wood matches

Paraffin-dipped wood matches

TweetMaking paraffin-dipped wood matches, their utility. This is an old standard. I first made wax-dipped matches while a young boy scout long ago. Wax-dipped wood matches and wax-dipped egg carton section fire-starters were standard equipment for scouts, then. Today, I used a “household paraffin wax for canning, candlemaking and many other uses” to prepare kitchen matches for outdoor use. I purchased the one-pound box inexpensively at my local grocery store, just $4.29. The matches I used, “large kitchen matches”, “extra…

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