Dutch Oven Cooking – The Smofried Guide

Those who have enjoyed the fruits of open fire cooking can attest to the efficiency in which cast iron Dutch ovens get the job done. Camp style cast iron Dutch Ovens possess many great characteristics even though they are fairly minimal in design. For starters they pack a good bit of weight. This allows for the outdoor cooking stoves to perform at peak capacity no matter what the conditions present. The overall versatility of cast iron allows for gourmet level results whether you’re using the Dutch oven in your backyard, at the park or in your kitchen.

Continue reading “Dutch Oven Cooking – The Smofried Guide”

Dutch Oven Roasted Chicken

Throughout the years of constant cooking, experimenting and testing I’ve found that more often than not some of the best meals come off the cuff. A very un-exact combination of flavor profiles play an extremely important role in the culmination of this simple recipe for delicious roasted chicken. The citrus notes from a couple of oranges compliment the savory herb rubbed chicken and hearty vegetables to a tee. Continue reading “Dutch Oven Roasted Chicken”

Oktoberfest Brisket Chilli

This time of year brings about a number of the most wonderful of seasonal delicacies. While Fall is mostly known for the start of football season there is also a number of related activities that must take place during or around the big games. The obvious top of the objective list is enjoying great food. At the top of the list of great fall foods is chilli. There are a number of ways to enjoy great chilli and there are even greater ways to cook it. Continue reading “Oktoberfest Brisket Chilli”

Cast Iron Cookware – The Smofried Guide

Objective:

This piece has gone through about ten different iterations since I first started writing it in mid May 2016. Ultimately, it is nothing more that a high school level research article about cast iron cookware. My understanding of cast iron cookware has improved immensely since I first began writing this piece. I must say that without the abundance of information on the Internet regarding cast iron cookware I would not have been able to formulate this piece on the ins and outs of the cast-iron lifestyle. Continue reading “Cast Iron Cookware – The Smofried Guide”

Chicken Quesadillas

What started out as a search for a quick and simple late night meal abruptly turned into an international go to family favorite. Quesadillas have been a favorite in my family for years but it wasn’t until recently when we finally decided to dig a little deeper into the proper cultivation of these gooey, savory culinary master pieces. From freshly cooked chicken to the precise blend of Mexican cheeses these quesadillas are something that you will not be able to get enough of! Continue reading “Chicken Quesadillas”

Tostada Triple Stack

As of late I’ve acquired a major hankering for just about anything remotely related to Mexican cuisine. From tacos to nachos to cheesy enchiladas just about anything is free game when it comes to satisfying my appetite for something south of the border. Like many others born in the United States in the 1980’s the proverbial leaders in Mexican cuisine gave us a gross misrepresentation of what Mexican food is supposed to taste like, look like and feel like. This particular dish screams fiesta due to the multiple layers of flavor and an aesthetically pleasing disposition. Continue reading “Tostada Triple Stack”

Honey Chipotle Braised Chicken Tacos + Nachos

The look, the feel and the taste of authentic Mexican food is second to none no matter what corner of the world you are in! Nothing less was expected when I decided to put together a few random ingredients that I have had laying around in my pantry for the past few months. A fresh pack of boneless skinless chicken breast, my trusty seven quart dutch oven and a few fresh pepper powders made me feel as if I were on a culinary expedition south of the border. Continue reading “Honey Chipotle Braised Chicken Tacos + Nachos”