Dutch Oven Cooking Class at the Old Mormon Fort
Nevada State Park – Las Vegas, Nevada
On a beautiful fall day in November 2021, at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, the air smelled wonderful. Of freshly baked bread, chili, pineapple cake, and cinnamon rolls. Just a few of the Dutch Oven dishes being prepared at the Dutch Oven Cooking Class. Presented by Russ and Susan Richins.
Russ and Susan Richins are owners of Rocking RR Chuck-wagon.
Friends of the Fort, a non-profit, is a group that supports the Old Mormon Fort The Fort is a Nevada State Park, located in Las Vegas. Friends of the Fort hosted their first Dutch Oven Cooking class.
14 fortunate students got hands on coaching and experience, learning everything about Dutch Ovens and how to master the art of cooking in them.
Susan and Russ traveled from Phoenix, AZ, to present this full-day class. They have been cooking in Dutch Ovens for about 57 years and have been teaching classes for 20 years. Susan and Russ have participated in Dutch Oven competitions throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado, and won an Arizona State Championship.
The class was a full-day. Students learn how to select Dutch Ovens, how to care for them, and how to cook and bake in them. Along with how to regulate the heat, and various cooking methods.
Each student made a yeast and sourdough bread from scratch. A main dish. Also a side dish or dessert. Susan and Russ provided all of the cooking equipment and all of the ingredients for the recipes. After the class, there was a pot luck for everyone to share and enjoy the dishes that were prepared.
We received much positive feedback about this class. It was a great introduction to cast iron cooking for those with no experience. It was also well received by those that wanted to hone their skills.
Reserve your own spot in the up coming class, or come out to observe. Watch for detailed info we will post in support. Or contact the Old Mormon Fort. The next scheduled cooking class is scheduled for February 2022.
You can also sign up now through the Eventbrite Website the Friends of the Fort uses to collecting payment.
The class can prepare you to enter the Dutch Oven Cooking Competition at the Old Fort, hosted by Nevada State Parks on Saturday, March 26th. For more information on the competition, please email Carson at
The Old Fort is located at 500 E. Washington Ave, in Las Vegas, NV
Article submitted by: Ruth Rauma, Friends of the Fort
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