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I like Sunday mornings in Mt. Airy, when there’s not a soul to be found.

River baths are the best baths.

  August 31, 2014 at 09:15am

Campfire breakfasts are one of the things I look forward to most about going camping. Before we left, we picked up a pound of Applewood Smoked Bacon from Fresh Market…needless to say it was delicious and I used the leftover grease to season all of my vintage cast iron. Now, everything I cook on them has a slight pinch of that wonderful bacon flavor.

And I can’t say enough about our Best Made Co. ( bestmadeco ) enamelware, they were great to eat on and made clean up a snap. Well done fellas, well done.

  August 24, 2014 at 03:35pm

Shenanigans and such down on the river bank.

  August 24, 2014 at 10:30am

Foggy mornings down on the banks of the New River.

  August 23, 2014 at 04:31pm

Breaking in our new Best Made Co. (bestmadeco) gear and then enjoying a good campfire after dinner.

  August 23, 2014 at 12:54pm

Spending the afternoon down by the river with my best girl.

  August 23, 2014 at 09:07am

Finding little love notes in secret spots.

  August 21, 2014 at 10:07pm

Breakfast adventures.

  August 21, 2014 at 08:38pm

Getting ready to explore and set up camp at the New River Trail State Park at Historic Foster Falls.

  August 21, 2014 at 11:30am

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