A post by writer and Sister on the Fly Irene Rawlings:
From fly-fishing to frying fish, Sisters on the Fly know the secrets of putting together a great dinner using a cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven. We have a new cookbook, Cast-Iron Cooking with Sisters on the Fly.
Let me tell you a little about Sisters on the Fly.
It began in 1999 as a fishing adventure between two real-life sisters has now grown into a group of more than 4,000 fun-loving women from every state in the Union, from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, France and Italy.
We range in age from 21 to 94. The Amazing Mazie is our oldest member. She’s 94 and only stopped driving her “rig” (pick-up and trailer) when she turned 90. Now she simply “hitches a ride” with one of the other Sisters. Mazie is the oldest but there are many Sisters are in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
Who are the Sisters on the Fly?
We are mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters, teachers, librarians, civil engineers, veterinarians, pediatricians, dog walkers, small business owners and federal judges.
Some of us are retired; some work full time.
There is a sub-group of Sisters on the Fly called The Dutch Oven Divas of the Desert who meet annually in Quartzsite, Arizona, for a really big, really tasty Cast-Iron Cook Off.
Since our start, Sisters on the Fly have been finding, restoring, and traveling in uniquely decorated “homes on the range”–vintage trailers from the 40s, 50s and 60s–that transport us away from the demands of job and family to a place where, for a few carefree days, we can be girls again.
“We make girls out of women,” says Maurrie Sussman (Sister #1).
“Our one-of-a-kind vintage trailers have iconic names such as Rhinestone Cowgirl, Ramblin’ Rose and Calamity Jane, and fun names such as Reel Filly, Fly the Coop, and The Ant Bed Inn.”
The campfire is a gathering place for cowgirl songs, fantastical fish tales, and delicious dishes cooked in cast-iron. For the Sisters, food is love.
Whether you’re a veteran cast-iron chef or new to the campfire, the Sisters can teach you how to cook, clean and season cast-iron cookware in “Cast-Iron College,” then continue your education with an extensive compilation of delectable recipes. Some are family recipes, enjoyed by Grandma and Grandpa in the early days of trailer travel. Others are newly developed by Sisters—either on purpose or by happy accident.
From scrumptious foods like Tucker’s Skillet-Roasted Chicken and Sausage-Stuffed Jalapenos to tasty treats like Dutch Oven S’mores and Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, the Sisters prove they can cook any recipe in cast iron.
Giveaway: I’m giving away one copy of Cast-Iron Cooking: Sisters on the Fly. Simply enter a comment telling us why you’d like to win (click at the very bottom of the post). Thanks! All entries must be posted by March 1.
(Song and music by Bob Haworth of the Kingston Trio.)
About Irene Rawlings :Author, editor, and art curator Irene Rawlings hosts an award-winning radio show syndicated throughout the Rocky Mountain West. She is also the author of Portable Houses, The Clothesline, and Sisters on the Fly.
Information about Sisters on the Fly: www.sistersonthefly.com
On CBS This Morning: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50157130n
Colorado Public Radio: http://www.cpr.org/article/A_Tasty_Trailer_Pulls_Into_Our_Parking_Lot