Archive for March, 2011

Even more Cast Iron…

Decided to add one more item to our cast-iron implements, and one we have been lacking for a long time.  A tortilla press. The one I chose is the “Victoria”, which is a product of “Imusa” and is 8″ in diameter.  There are aluminum varieties available – but that would go against my cast-iron “fetish”. […]

A few thoughts on storage and “stuff”…

I have to admit it, the tragedy associated with the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami striking the people of Japan has affected me very deeply.  Reading the concerns and recent preparation by others living on the “ring of fire” inspired me to get part of it out by sharing a bit on our own preparations/solutions. “Where […]

Some sound advice from Texas…

One of the web sites I really enjoy nosing around at quiet moments is “Texas Cooking On-line“.  In particular, I get a kick out of just about everything John Raven has contributed there. Late last night, after finally turning off the World News, I needed a good dose of John Raven to give my mind […]

Taking a little break…

In view of world events, particularly after the disastrous 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan, ensuing tsunami, and now resulting problems at damaged nuclear power plants – it is difficult for me to focus on outdoor cooking at the moment.  In my 24 year Navy career, well over 18 of it was spent on […]

Solar Cooking – I’m thinking “Outdoor Solar Kitchen”…

Once again, I am just doing this for the pure fun of it.  I’m old, or at least “getting up there”, I have a neat hobby called “Outdoor Cooking” – this project, or series of projects, will merely be an extension of that hobby.  Just the same I would be a fool not to recognize […]

Solar Cooking – a few important reflections…

Since attending my first organized Solar Cooking event last Saturday morning, I have found myself more motivated than ever to fully explore this aspect to Outdoor Cooking, not to mention being even more excited to get started.  Have continued gathering a few items not already out in my garage from places like Home Depot, gathering […]

Solar Cooking Demonstration at SanTree Fest

Today was the “SanTree Fest” day over in Santee, CA, which is an “Earth Day Celebration” sponsored by the City of Santee, Waste Management Corporation, and several other sponsors. A ton of young volunteers, (and a few not so young), were there involved in helping to plant trees, river cleaning, and other landscape improvements at […]

Solar Cooking – DIY Project Preparation…

Back in the 60s there was a saying among the enlisted Navy ranks, it went something like “Lead, Follow, or get the ____ out of the way!”  It actually was a pretty good rule of thumb.  If one ever expected to be a good leader, he must first be a good follower.  Following good advice […]

Solar Cooking – About 6 or 8 years ago….

As I continue to gather current information, etc., on Solar Cooking today – my mind keeps drifting back to an “experiment” I conducted with two of our granddaughters out in the front yard.  It seems I had ran across a design that is still out there today for a “Windshield Shade Solar Cooker” and decided […]

Solar Cooking – Why?

A better question would be “Why not?” While there are many far more altruistic reasons and justifications for getting into Solar Cooking, mine really boils down to “just for the fun of it”. Certainly my more practical side always involves “preparedness” and all which that should mean to any father, grandfather, and/or head of a […]