As part of the eight-week celebration, the Museum Center hosted an outdoor Dutch Oven cooking class. A dozen participants of all ages came to learn how to cook in the cast iron pots from Abbey Ferguson and Robin Steele.
Instructors Ferguson and Steele, long active with the Boy Scouts themselves, are award-winning dutch oven cooks having taken home several awards at the Dutch Oven Cookoff at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga., last spring. They taught the class how to care for their cast iron cookware, how to achieve proper cooking temperatures, then led the group in preparing five dishes which were eagerly consumed during the course of the morning.
Cadette Girl Scout Becky White, 12, said, “I really learned a lot. I can’t wait to try cooking like this at home if my mom will let me.”
When asked what her favorite dish was, she said the Bavarian Apple Torte was the best.
In addition to the torte, the class prepared Mountain Man Breakfast, Pumpkin Pie Cake, Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya, and Crawfish Cornbread.
The Museum Center at Five Points will host the exhibit “Girl Scouts in Bradley County: Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting in America” through the Thanksgiving weekend.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Museum Center is closed Sunday and Monday.
The Museum Center at Five Points preserves and interprets the history and culture of the Ocoee District of Southeast Tennessee.
The museum hosts exhibits and education programs. The Museum Store sells Appalachian arts and crafts from the region. For further information call 423-339-5745 or visit www.MuseumCenter.org.