A “DOG” is a dutch oven gathering and in my experience is always a ton of fun with amazingly delicious food to share with great friends. At our local DOGs we have had as few as 10 pots out but some times up to 40 to 50 pots on the table, which is quite a sight! Most of the time, we gather in the morning, set up our outdoor kitchens, and fire up the charcoal. Our leader (known as the Dutch Oven Doctor for his wit and wisdom of all things dutch oven!) announces the TST (targeted serving time) in advance so we make sure to have our dishes ready to be served. Most of the time, the TST is 12:30. (In another post I’ll share some of my favorite memories of past DOGs that the Prairie Dogs of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society. ) After eating WAY too much and spending time catching up on the details of life, we then reverse the process by cleaning up, packing up, saying goodbye and heading home. We have been to DOGs where we pull our RV and camp out for a weekend of dutch oven goodness for a weekend-long DOG. Friday night, potluck. Saturday morning, late breakfast together then sit around, talking, playing games, telling stories, going for a hike, then cook dinner. Sunday, breakfast together and then head home. Oh, those are a lot of fun!!
But, we have never been to a National Dutch Oven Gathering! So, we are making plans now to travel to Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, OH July 8-10 for the 2011 National Dutch Oven Gathering. Are you going?
Topics for future posts – Top Ten Reasons to Attend a National Dutch Oven Gathering, History of the National DOG, and Memorable Prairie Dog DOGs