My shiny new Dutch Oven

I chose the 5-Quart Lodge cast iron Dutch oven, because we love our other Lodge cast iron pots. (Photo: Lodge)

I chose the 5-Quart Lodge cast iron Dutch oven, because we love our other Lodge cast iron pots. (Photo: Lodge)

I’ve been reading a lot of recipes lately, and have been frankly astounded by the number of non-stew recipes that call for a Dutch oven. Take this one for French Chicken in a Pot. Clearly not a stew. Also, yum!

So this week, I finally broke down and purchased my first cast iron Dutch oven, along with a copy of Elizabeth Yarnell’s Glorious One-Pot Meals, so that I could have some idea of what to do with it.

I was very excited the day my cookbook and pot arrived.

Mommyo, happily flipping through her new cookbook: “For our first Dutch oven recipe, would you like to have fish, chicken, or something else?”

Daddyo: “Chicken or something else.”

The Seven-Year-Old: “Something else. Something else gets two votes, Mommyo.”

We had the Mediterranean steak. (Yum! Also easy. The hardest part was lifting the full pot.)

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to My shiny new Dutch Oven

  1. bobraxton says:

    (Big Bird) could use a crane – or something else.


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