Best Way to Spend a Saturday

I formed the Northern Sierra Dutch Oven Group (NSDOG) in 2009 to encourage Dutch oven enthusiasts to get together and cook, share recipes and tips, and enjoy each other’s company (and food).

Since then NSDOG has grown to over 120 members. We host informal cook-offs, hands-on trainings and participate in community events like the Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival (Genoa, Nev.) and Carson City Rendezvous (Carson City, Nev.).

This past Saturday, my dear friend and an original NSDOG member, Doug, and I helped teach a class with park rangers at Washoe Lake State Park near Reno, Nev. The park has offered these free classes for a number of years and they are tremendous hits. NSDOG has been fortunate to be involved for the past two years.

We enjoyed lots of great dishes prepared in Dutch ovens – lasagna, stew, a flavorful chicken and pasta dish, steamed veggies, cherry apple crumble, and upside down pineapple cake – all cooked by class participants.

I met many enthusiastic people, enjoyed a beautiful northern Nevada evening by the lake, and ate lots of delicious food. I am already looking forward to next year.

Following are some snapshots from the day.

Participants wander from table to table deciding which dish to cook.

Participants check out the recipe for the Cherry Apple Crumble.

Participants decide to make the Cherry Apple Crumble

The boys get cookin’!

A participant stirs the lasagna sauce.

Mmmmmm…nothing like a big pot of pasta sauce.

Adding the lasagna noodles.

And the cheese.

Prepping the veggies for the stew

Cooking the stew.

Is it done yet?

Hangin’ with the ladies!

The official name of this dish – Butch’s Bitchin’ Chicken…and it is!

Pasta makes this chicken even more bitchin’.

The piece de la resistance – upside down pineapple cake.

Raffle prizes were passed out and this lucky lady got the grand prize – her very own Dutch oven. It was a great day!

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