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.