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Few things are better than a hearty, home-cooked meal. When you cook with a Dutch oven, you can enjoy food and the outdoors at the same time.
  • Getting prepared

    Nanci Lynn combines her love of the outdoors and cooking by making a meal in her Dutch oven. She receives help from Mel Pritt, his granddaughter Kendra Steury, 2, and daughter Shelley Steury.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Slow cooking

    Nanci prepares everything on site when she cooks at her friends' ranches. At home, she does some of the preparation in the kitchen before she brings the food outside to cook.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Clearing the way

    After digging the hole for the Dutch oven, Nanci brushes away grass and leaves from the area to prevent fires.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Hot and cold

    To ensure even cooking, Nanci alternates coals of different temperatures underneath the oven and around the top of the lid.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Fresh, homemade pie

    It takes patience and time to make a Dutch oven pie, but it has its benefits. “It's fun to pull a pie out and surprise everyone,” says Nanci.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Dishing it out

    Nanci dishes out food for her family. She cooks outdoors about twice a month in the fall and winter, when temperatures aren't too warm to sit around a fire.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Sharing a meal

    The dinner guests receive Nanci's lemon-pepper chicken breasts, potato rolls and fruit pie.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012
  • Breaking bread

    Nanci and Mel enjoy their meals. The couple farms about 450 acres in Indiana, with crops including corn, beans and hay.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 27, 2012

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