The mountains are calling and we must go.

  August 18, 2014 at 04:03pm

Well, here it is.  All black and shinny and ready for some good home cookin.

I know everybody seasons their cast iron a little differently, but here’s my method, in case you were wondering.

  1. Put the pan in the oven and heat it to 450 degrees.
  2. Once it’s up to temperature, cut the oven off and let it sit inside the oven an cool for about an hour.
  3. Apply a thin coat of oil to the pan.  It will still be hot to the touch, so be sure you use a pan hold or oven mitts to maneuver the pan.  Typically, I like to use fatback, but I was out, so I just used soy bean oil instead.
  4. Put the pan back in the oven and turn the heat to 500 degrees.  Once it reaches temperature, let the oven cook for one hour.
  5. After cooking for an hour, turn off the oven and let the pan cool inside for three hours
  6. Your done!

Just a quick side not…since I didn’t have any fatback to season the pan with, I’m going to cook bacon the first time I use the pan.  This will help both with the seasoning and with the flavor.  It’s not something you have to do, it’s just my personal preference.

Also, when you’re applying the oil, make sure to coat everything, but use as little oil as possible. because you don’t want your house filling up with smoke.

  August 11, 2014 at 07:24pm

Anonymous asked: you seem to like germany a lot. do you have german heritage?

I do.  My family name is German, which was Americanized somewhere along the line.  I also claim Irish and Scotch-Irish heritage as well.

  August 11, 2014 at 06:34pm


I went to a Civil War reenactment with my dad today and I am P sure Abraham Lincoln was hitting on me…

Talk about a Southerner’s worst nightmare…

  August 10, 2014 at 03:28pm
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I bought our first piece of vintage cast iron cookware last week. We’re starting our set with a vintage Griswold #8 Large Logo piece from the 1930s. It arrived clean and prepped, so today I’ll start the seasoning process.

  August 10, 2014 at 12:09pm

The adventure supplies Rosey bought for us, from our friends over at Best Made Co. (bestmadeco), just arrived in the post, and I’m already itching to head out into the mountains and put them to good use.

  July 28, 2014 at 06:42pm

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Photos from this morning.

  July 26, 2014 at 10:21am

Whenever Rosey and I go to the Peaks, we always check out the old Polly Woods Ordinary, and every time Rosey says it’s our future home. And to be honest, I wouldn’t mind that a bit.

  July 25, 2014 at 10:00am

Rosey is good at sneaking photos when I’m not looking.

  July 24, 2014 at 07:00pm

More photos from my birthday.

After cooking out with the family, Rosey and I went wondering through the woods.

  July 24, 2014 at 03:32pm

Somebody’s peepin’ at me.

  July 23, 2014 at 04:11pm

Oh, you know, just hanging out with some old friends.

  July 22, 2014 at 09:16pm

Best gift from my best girl.

  July 16, 2014 at 05:28pm