This IS my very favorite photo. Look at that rugged man of a man!
It's a little blurry, but it's the only photo I have of us all sitting down at the dinner "table" - the handcart with the wheels taken off and turned over. These are awesome kids!
We cooked every day and night in our Dutch oven, whether it was beef stew, cornmeal mush (not a favorite, but the kids were so hungry that it didn't have to be that good), oatmeal or a special treat of homemade bread. At home we like to Dutch oven cook even when we're not camping. All we do is use a foil turkey pan so we don't leave a burn spot on the porch from the coals.
Here's the recipe for the bread - the quantities are big because it fills a 12" Dutch oven. I think I remember it lifting the lid off the top as it baked, so we could have reduced it or saved some of the dough for cinnamon rolls or scones the next morning. I hope you'll try it and let me know how it turns out!
In the remaining wells place the following ingredients:
Start coals in a charcoal chimney, and place the proper number of coals on top and below the oven (Add three to the diameter of the oven for the top and subtract three from the diameter for the bottom. So, for a 12" Dutch oven, place 15 on top and 9 on the bottom. As a general rule, each hot briquette is about 25 degrees).
Allow to cook about 30 minutes. If coals burn out before the bread is done, brush them off and replace with new hot coals. The bread is done when you stick a knife in the center and it comes out clean.
Note: It's easy to burn the bread on the bottom. After 30 minutes, you may find that it needs to cook longer - place more coals on the top, and even take the oven off the bottom coals and let the remainder of the cooking come from the top coals. Check the bread every 10 minutes or so.
Eat warm with homemade butter - Put 1 pint of heavy cream in a jar and start shakin'. This is like a modern churn, and it can take up to 45 minutes for it to solidify and turn to butter. Just pass it around and everyone take a turn. Buttermilk will settle on the top. Just pour it off and enjoy fresh butter.