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Hearth and Open Fire Cooking

mendogurl | Jan 12, 201110:17 AM

I am going to try and get a thread going about cooking over flame.

I cooked over an open fire while camping, for years, constantly exploring what I could make, and how difficult it would be. Eventually cooked and baked ALMOST anything I would make at home.

We bought a house three years ago with an enormous fireplace, that was designed in the 20's, to cook in. I finally measured it and it is 6'x6'.

Now I am attempting to cook and bake EVERYTHING that I would make on or in the stove.

Let's see, what have we had this week?
I made a delicious Rabbit Mouttard over home made pasta the other night. Baked apples for dessert. Just finished a simple breakfast, pan fried sausage with scrambled eggs and toast. I have a pot of water boiling for oatmeal, and a kettle going for tea.

I use cast iron pans and dutch ovens, with a collection of antique trivets in various sizes.

What I am fascinated with is the difference in flavor between cooking over a campfire and cooking in a fireplace. I'm sure it has something to do with the "oven" created by the walls of the fireplace. I love any kind of cooking done over an open flame, but I am insane about what is going on in the fireplace!!!
I mean, ordinary toast, is crazy good.

So, fireplace, or outdoor fire, hopefully this can be a thread to discuss all of it. Methods, tools, recipes and resources.

I will leave it up to the mods as to this best place for this thread.

Now, I have to learn about posting pictures!

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