- The cookware needed to work for more than one cooking task.
- It had to be cast iron, my cookware of choice.
- Handles were an issue. Long handles make storage a problem in our minimal space.
has a cover that doubles as a skillet! Two pans in one!!! And loop handles. And I had a gift certificate that covered the entire cost of the pan!!! Perfect.
It is a one of our designated gluten free pans. We wanted to break the cookware in, so we christened it with this stew recipe, making a few changes. A gluten free flour mix took the place of the flour, which worked beautifully. I added turnips, because they were in the refrigerator. And, instead of the tomato paste, I used some canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce. Why? Because they were in my pantry and tomato paste wasn't. I also turned the oven temperature down to 300º and let it stew for four hours, adding the vegetables after the first two hours. Mighty tasty, with a bit of a spicy surprise! The pan worked fantastically. And, it was easy to clean, too. It came preseasoned, which was a nice surprise. One should always avoid using soap in cast iron.
I am challenging myself to make apple butter this week.
Marlys and Paul brought me a huge box of these:
Haralson apples. They happen to be my favorite kind of apple in the whole world. Right from their yard. Beautiful ones, too, I might add. No blemishes and never been sprayed.
I will be trying two different recipes, one of my Mom's and one that Suzanne sent me. I am posting this here to challenge myself to get this accomplished in the next few days. Hopefully, I'll get some pictures of the process as well.
Now, I am going to enjoy this beautiful Indian summer. Finally. We deserved it after that entire month of October!