Rainbow Trout Chowder

Rainbow Trout Chowder




Old-time cooking – the stories, recipes, and dishes will be featured at this year’s What’s Cookin’ Stage at the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival, along with a healthy dose of Dutch Oven cooking. The Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 23rd year Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 2017. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Festival hours are 3 – 10 p.m. both days. Admission to all festival events is free. The Cooking Stage is sponsored by Downtown Antiques of West Plains.

In the Brush Arbor, neighbors will share stories from their families, highlighting the way food was prepared in their homes here in the Ozarks. Dutch Oven cooking will be featured both days.  Friday Lois Reborne will host an opening session called “Back in Granny’s Kitchen,”  Dan Keller will present on hardtack and cooking on the trail, and Allison Wilson will prepare two Dutch Oven dishes – blackberry cobbler and BBQ ribs. Saturday’s session will include two Dutch Oven segments by local resident Tara Hensley – pineapple upside down cake and buttermilk biscuits. In between sessions, Rita Gordon will share some stories from her youth.


If you want to participate hands-on in the buttermilk biscuit session, bring the following equipment and pre-measured ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tbs baking powder
  • 2 teaspons salt
  • ¾ cups cold unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 10 or 12 in seasoned Dutch oven
  • Heat resistant gloves
  • Mixing bowl
  • Pastry blender or knives
  • Spoon
  • 2 ½“ biscuit cutter or glass


There will be fresh biscuits, sorghum, preserves to sample along with the dishes, and we’ll be churning butter throughout the afternoon.

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