Category Archives: Cooking in Competition

Lemon Curd Disappointment

We learned some tough lessons at the Louisiana 3-Pot Cookoff!  Dispite lots of practice and careful preparation, our four-layer lemon curd cake with white chocolate buttercream flopped.  The lemon curd was a complete failure. The cakes baked up beautifully!  I … Continue reading

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Lemon Curd Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

My better half and I were preparing for the 2013 Louisiana Dutch Oven Cook Off in Chemin-A-Haut, Labor Day Weekend.  Selecting recipes for the three pots (bread, main, dessert) is always a challenge for lots of different reasons (a great … Continue reading

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IDOS 3-Pot Wrap Up

We won! My better-half and I are the 2012 Central Arkansas Dutch Oven Champions! We were absolutely taken by suprise when the final results were announced. I have never been more shocked in my life and am so proud to … Continue reading

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Final Entry in the Cookoff: Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breast

Our final entry in the IDOS Three-Pot Cookoff in Morrilton, Arkansas, was one we’ve prepared many times and love the delicious and beautiful result. We hoped it would be a winner! We’ve made bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast several times since … Continue reading

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Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread

With the four-layer carrot cake safely delivered ontime to the judges table, we breathed a big sigh of relief but quickly moved on to preparing Macaroni Grill Rosemary bread.  (Here is the recipe we followed.) After getting the yeast going in … Continue reading

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Four-Layer Carrot Cake

When Steve and I decided to make a four-layer carrot cake (based on techniques and recipe from the May/June 2012 issue of Cook’s Illustrated) for our dessert entry at the IDOS 3-Pot Cookoff in Morrilton Arkansas, we knew we were in for a … Continue reading

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Our First IDOS 3-Pot Cook Off

Steve and I had a memorable time this past weekend in Morrilton, Arkansas, cooking in the Central Arkansas Dutch Oven Championship. We have been talking about competing  in a cook off for a long time, so after many practice runs … Continue reading

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