Sisters on the Fly (and a Cookbook Giveaway)

Cast Iron Cooking

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.


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17 thoughts on “Sisters on the Fly (and a Cookbook Giveaway)”

  1. I remember my grandmother using cast iron and my mother.. I have some cast iron of my own..would love some recipes. We go camping a lot.


  2. I have several reasons I’d like to win.
    1. I love to cook and try new recipes.
    2. I collect cookbooks and actually cook from them as well as read them.
    3. I grew up watching my Mom, Grands, Dad, Aunts and Uncles cook in cast iron. I cook in cast iron and so does my daughter now that she’s married.
    4. I’d love some recipes that have been tested in cast iron.
    Thanks for the chance.


  3. I am a castironholic! I cook in it daily at home. I would love some recipes and techniques for using my skillets and Dutch Ovens when we are camping.


  4. OH how I would love this cookbook!! I have TONS (literally!) of cast iron and could really use a cookbook to help utilize my pots and pans and skillets!…..I use it daily but always love reading new cookbooks and ideas. Thank You!


  5. I use cast iron all the time and love it…have a large variety of shapes and sizes and always on the lookout for more. Always on the lookout for new recipes and new ways to
    use cast iron…really wanting to learn how to use then outside either over an open fire or charcoal


  6. Wow! I just bought a new cast iron skillet!! Would love to win the cookbook to learn to properly season it and for recipes. This was a FUN post and LOVE the ……making girls of women!! Thank you!


  7. I would love to win as I have heard that cast iron cooking is not only fun but healthy too!
    I also love the great outdoors and could use some good campout cooking tips.
    Thanks !


  8. I´d love to win because the book sounds super delicous! I have just met a guy who loves to cook and eat and with this books recipes I could find a way to his heart 😀


  9. Okay, I’m in! I’m even partway there: I’ve got my cowgirl boots (great for this cold winter); I’m testdriving Outbacks; I began camping when I was a baby; I even wrote two books about the west – Daughter of Madrugada and When Molly Was A Harvey Girl. Now I have a new goal in mind, a mini-caravan! Send me a cookbook and I’ll look at my Lodge pans with new eyes. As a matter of fact, this morning for breakfast I had left-over bluecornbread made in the 10 incher.


  10. Hi, i’d like to win because I have not been to castiron college and need the education. This past summer We went to the Lodge Outlet in Sevierville, TN and bought 2 skillets that I need some recipes and tutoring for!! Thanks for the opportunity, love the Sisters on the Fly idea!!


  11. I would like to win because my husband has a cast iron skillet he named after his grandmother “Minnie” (his grandmother’s name) and it was also her skillet. He rarely lets me touch it and is especially afraid of letting me clean it..I could make him cook more often if we had a good cookbook!!! Love this story, makes me want an Airstream.


  12. I want to win this awesome cookbook, because I need some awesome recipes to cook in my cast iron pans. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. P.S. I so want that vintage trailer!


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