Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dutch Oven Gathering - 2013

It is that time of year...

Combine some hot coals, a stack of cast iron pots, and a group of friends and you have a fun evening with good food.

 Last weekend was our annual dutch oven gathering. We invite everyone we know who owns a dutch oven to a cook-off.

As usual, it was a blistering hot day, made even hotter by the hot coals.

 We women left the men slave over their pots while we sat in the shade and chatted.


A row of future dutch oven chefs observe!

As usual, the results were worth eating. I'm always amazed at the variety of foods that can be cooked in a dutch oven. Our plates were not big enough but I tried to take a little taste of everything!

This year the options included:


sesame chicken,


shrimp in a feta cheese sauce,


cherry cream cheese cobbler,

meat loaf,


sticky buns,




rolled flank steak, and much more.

The vote for the favorite food proclaimed Bill the winner with his seafood chowder!


Looking forward to more good time next year!

 To see past Dutch Oven Gatherings -2012, 2011, 2010, 2009


  1. Every year I enjoy reading about this event. It looks like so much fun. Also every year I am taken by surprise because I always think this happens in October, when the days are cool, and not in July. :)
    - - Philippa

  2. I also enjoy reading about this every year. I am also amazed of what the men can cook in the dutch oven. It sounds like so much fun for everyone!

  3. That looks like a lot of fun! What a great way to gather together.

  4. That really neat. I don't know what surprised me more - sesame chicken or pizza.

  5. That looks like so much fun. Do you ever post any of the recipes? I'm intrigued by the pizza.

    1. Since others brought most of the food, I don't have most of the recipes.

      My brother brought the pizza so I assume he used my mom's pizza crust recipe that you can find here.
      You don't need a dutch oven to make it!

  6. That looks like such fun Gina. I remember reading your past post about this, and I think it would be such a fun way to do a potluck. Also, I love all the things you all have cooked in your dutch ovens... it really stirs up ideas. I love your blog and have been reading for some time, and have often recommended it to my daughters, and to friends. I mentioned your blog this week in my post on little strawberry pies, and thought you might like to know. You are a very precious treasure and and wonderful homemaker. Thank you for all of your inspiration.

  7. Well that looks like a lot of fun! What a great idea! I found my way here from Pam's blog (we will be trying your little strawberry rhubarb pies soon!) and am enjoying looking around!
    Thanks for the fun ideas!
    Have a lovely day!

  8. I really enjoyed reading about your dutch oven cook off. Our family does this a couple times a year.. and the food and company is always such a fun time... thanks for sharing..


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