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Published on: Feb. 2, 1997

fairly stout; wrap the bread in a corkscrew fashion around one end, pinching the dough against the stick tightly so it'll stay in place. Cook over coals in your firepit. Cook slowly and evenly so the bread doesn't burn and gets cooked thoroughly. You may brush with butter and garlic if desired.

Now this one gets my vote for "most creative" in the "Primitive Utensils" or "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" category. Kudos to Bridget Canaday of Ozark for making ice cream when the White Mountain freezer was left sitting in the garage. Here's her strategy:

Cook-Out Ice Cream

You'll need a large coffee can, a small coffee can, your favorite homemade ice cream recipe, ice and salt. Put all the ice cream ingredients in the small can, put the lid on and place in the big can. Place ice and salt in between large and small can. Put lid on the large can. Sit in a circle or at either end of a picnic table and roll can back and forth. On particularly warm days, you'll need to add ice frequently. Check occasionally, adding ice as needed until you see ice cream. Note: I made two Italian ice cream mixtures to test this method - one blueberry and one peach. We kept two sets of couples busy for quite some time rolling the cans back and forth. Hands tend to get a bit cold and dirty doing this on an old picnic table, so you might want to wear gloves and spread a cloth before you start. The result was good, but a little soft. Probably more rolling or sticking the cans in a tub of ice would have hardened the ice cream a little more.

Waynesville's Russell Shelden came up with the shortest and sweetest submission, "A Peachy Dessert." We let Missouri Conservationist editor Kathy Love execute this one because she's such a peach for coming up with this cookout story idea in the first place. Here are the goods:

A Peachy Dessert

Cut a peach in half; remove pit. Fill the empty pit area with cinnamon and place both halves together. Wrap in foil, throw in the coals until soft on the outside. Remove the peach, and there's your quick peach cobbler.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to help us in our recipe search. We all had a lot of fun experimenting with your submissions. I'd like to offer one I've

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