If you've cooked over an open fire in the last 400 years, you're probably familiar with Dutch ovens. This versatile pot lets hungry outdoors folk enjoy soup, stew, hash, bread, cobbler, pie and more. (Memories of my childhood are filled with campfire meals of Spam 'n' taters and pan de campo.) But if you haven't put together a cowboy stew since your Boy Scout days, you might need a refresher course in cast-iron cookery. Because, ya know, when the depression/apocalypse peaks, you may be claiming your pup tent as your primary residence and your kitchen may be a fire ring. To fine-tune your campfire cookbook, join the Prairie Dog Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane in Fort Worth, for a hands-on cooking demonstration. Cost is admission ($3.50 for adults, $3 for kids younger than 17 and senior citizens, and free for children younger than 4) plus a $2 craft fee. Call 817-392-5881 or visit logcabinvillage.org.
Sat., Jan. 10, 1-4 p.m., 2009