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story.lead_photo.caption All kinds of dishes can be prepared in a Dutch oven.

A night of Dutch oven cooking is in the works at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith on Nov. 14.

Education program specialists Kendra Ingle and Chad Lowe will lead the cooking class, part of the nature center’s twice-a-month “Nature Nights” schedule of family-oriented outdoors events.

Registration is free. Call the center’s front desk at 479-452-3993 to register.

Ingle said the class will use a couple of dinner recipes from Phyllis Speer, the noted outdoors cookbook author who was with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for more than two decades and appeared on “Arkansas Outdoors” and “Cooking on the Wild Side” on AETN for many years.

“Chad and I will get two main dishes going, then we’ll talk about Dutch ovens, how to care for them, discuss the different options that people can buy and where to get them,” Ingle said. “While those two main dishes are cooking, we’ll have the participants put together a couple of cobblers and show them how to put them on the coals.

The event takes about 90 minutes and will be held at the Nature Center’s multipurpose room and on the deck outside. The class begins at 6 p.m.

The other “Nature Nights” event for November is an owl prowl, led by education program specialist Karen Westcamp-Johnson on Friday. “We basically just hike in the woods and I try to call in owls and see if we can get them in close.”

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