There were some dogs at our Dutch Oven Gathering.(D.O.G.) but there was no shortage of food and camaraderie We are in El Sobrante California at the Elk's Lodge back parking lot with the NorCal chapter of the International Dutch Oven Society semi annual gathering. This is an event that one needs to bring an appetite.
This was the Fall addition of our semi annual gathering. We all dusted off our finest black iron kettles to cook and share food dishes. What ever one can cook in your home oven can be replicated and cooked probably more efficiently in a dutch oven. There was no shortage of creative dishes today.
Fried chicken, frosted brownies (my contribution), lumpia, 'Sopa de frijoles con hueso (bean soup with short ribs), chili, cowboy beans, yams, bacon wrapped meatloaf and so much more was offered today. We set a target time of 4:00 pm for dinner and we were darn close. The smells of charcoal and wafting cooking aromas permeated our gathering area. Conversation and a few liquid libations were shared throughout this cooking time. This is what a D.O.G is all about.
A D.O.G. is a wonderful way to share food with friends with a special twist. The twist being everything was cooked in a dutch oven. We all left with full stomachs and a smile on our face. We cannot wait for our next Spring D.O.G.
I'm often impressed with the food that folks can turn out in a Dutch oven. I have one but rarely use it as it's just too easy to use the kitchen.
Big Dude, I use my dutch ovens about twice a year now. I used to compete but now only break them out for the D.O.G.s. I have used them on really hot days when I do not want to turn on the oven. I just love to eat.
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