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Old 01-24-2014, 08:56 AM   #541
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Not sure if its an original paint job or not. Planned to ask all the good folks here what they thought. By the way this started out in South Carolina.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:49 AM   #542
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Thinking more about doing Dutch Oven workshop(s), (I'm a compulsive planner, and only have 4 months) it might be helpful and fun to do some cook-together things, for those that have DO's and are interested.

I am perfecting at home a new, single-loaf, bread recipe that is super-simple and can be done by anyone....will fine-tune it in the DO when we are next on the road in January. Certainly, bread is what we do most often in ours, but we have a couple of other easy and predictably good items, too.

I was thinking Gary & I could plan a couple of items people can do together, give an ingredient list ahead of time for those that want to participate, then at an appointed time we just all do them together.

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Got my DO the other day at Walmart (6 qt with legs). This is a cool idea, and I'm ready to learn! Think how good it will smell with all those DO's cooking! I've not tried this before. It will be fun!
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:19 AM   #543
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Great! I have also had some emails from folks on what to get. This is going to be great fun.

It is going to be near 60 degrees here today, so we are going to bake Road Loaf #3. Whole wheat and steel-cut oats in the same loaf. Should be yummy.

We think we have the briquette numbers and outdoor technique figured out, so cross your fingers and I'll post a pic later.

I showed my southern MS cousins how to make this bread in their home oven a week or so ago. They were amazed at the simplicity. It came out great, and the two of them had eaten half the loaf by themselves by the end of the first day.

Did you know Bayou Classic makes a DO with an inverted lid for coals but a flat bottom surface for putting on a grate over a firepit? Might be fun to play with something like that, if anyone has one. Seems like this would be perfect for something like a stew, chili, pot pie, etc., with a bread or crust topping.

I have put together a few pages just on DO outdoor cooking basics, info gleaned from online and written resources, which Gary suggested be put into a pdf format.

Once my son helps me figure out how to do that from the IPad, , I will post it here....hopefully in the next few days, so folks will have a chance to familiarize themselves with some of the fundamental how-to's. Will also bring some hard copies to the rally.

Will do the same with the bread recipe and instructions, closer to rally time.

The sun is shining here in southern LA. Feels like spring!

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Road loaf #3.

Much better!

Note to self: winds last time likely made a big difference.

Timely adjustment to the top coals would have eliminated the dark spot. Next time.

All in all.....comin' right along.

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Great! I have also had some emails from folks on what to get. This is going to be great fun.

It is going to be near 60 degrees here today, so we are going to bake Road Loaf #3. Whole wheat and steel-cut oats in the same loaf. Should be yummy.

We think we have the briquette numbers and outdoor technique figured out, so cross your fingers and I'll post a pic later.

I showed my southern MS cousins how to make this bread in their home oven a week or so ago. They were amazed at the simplicity. It came out great, and the two of them had eaten half the loaf by themselves by the end of the first day.

Did you know Bayou Classic makes a DO with an inverted lid for coals but a flat bottom surface for putting on a grate over a firepit? Might be fun to play with something like that, if anyone has one. Seems like this would be perfect for something like a stew, chili, pot pie, etc., with a bread or crust topping.

I have put together a few pages just on DO outdoor cooking basics, info gleaned from online and written resources, which Gary suggested be put into a pdf format.

Once my son helps me figure out how to do that from the IPad, , I will post it here....hopefully in the next few days, so folks will have a chance to familiarize themselves with some of the fundamental how-to's. Will also bring some hard copies to the rally.

Will do the same with the bread recipe and instructions, closer to rally time.

The sun is shining here in southern LA. Feels like spring!

See y'all later,


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Ooooh..the whole wheat/steel cut oats recipe sounds wonderful! I got the Lodge DO at Walmart. We're into whole grain, fruits, vegs thing these days because of my recent breast cancer diagnosis in Sept. (All is well, caught very early and post surgery/radiation) Would love that recipe!
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Ooooh..the whole wheat/steel cut oats recipe sounds wonderful! I got the Lodge DO at Walmart. We're into whole grain, fruits, vegs thing these days because of my recent breast cancer diagnosis in Sept. (All is well, caught very early and post surgery/radiation) Would love that recipe!
Sorry to hear of your illness. Hope all continues to go well.

I will include this as one of the bread variations, when I post the recipe and baking instructions a bit closer to rally time.

This came out as delicious as all the others.


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Old 01-26-2014, 08:28 PM   #547
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Calling all cabana boys/babes

We need to plan on creating our own cabana in case of inclement weather. Let me know if you have one of those 10 foot "tents" that we can cobble together. We probably need about a dozen, so PM and let me know if you can bring a tent and/or are willing to help with our equipment team.

We will be bringing around 8-10 folding tables ourselves, although we may need a few more, and everyone will need to bring their own chairs. Let me know if you can help - thanks!
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:47 PM   #548
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Sandlapper(aka King Possum) Big Hooter here.... after the last couple of weeks of Arctic winter deep in the woods along the Blue Ridge Parkway, I have seen one half frozen possum out trying to make a living. John, I will tell you how cold it has been in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just yesterday I saw a Beagle with a set of jumper cables trying to start a rabbit, to have a good chase. Now that is cold.... -8 degrees with wind chill factor!

I need to fly back into my nest hole in my big oak tree to warm up. I will try to find a couple of possums in a couple of weeks when it warms up a little.

Sandlapper, remember the Big Hooter gives a hoot.

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No, no, no!!!

There will be NO inclement weather!


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Thanks Darrell and Darrell for coordinating tent city. Even with the perfect weather the tents will be nice for gathering. Long long weather forcast is all smiles.

Hey Big Hooter, been wondering about our local possum......whether they are road kill or just plain ole frozen. Either way, they are preserved.


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John,

The problem with gathering Road Kill it is to cold for the possum's to get out and move around on the roadways? It is an automatic RK if they get near the highways, because they move slower in cold weather. I will be checking out barns to see if some have found a warm place out of the weather. Being a Great Horned Owl, I plan on visiting my cousins that live in barns. My tree nest is getting really cold when the wind blows all the time.

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Hey John, might need some snow removal Tuesday.
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What we have.....and what we need

For the early arrivals on Thursday....

we have: 100 premo hot dogs, chili,some chips
we need: buns,m-m-k,slaw, onions,deserts, anything you want to add.

Friday night......

we have: our almost famous Possum Bog
we need: any breads, salads, pasta, deserts, anything you want to add

Saturday breakfast.....

we have: a big 30 cup coffee pot and coffee
we need: a pot luck breakfast. Bring your specialty.
Anything/everything. There will be some campfire hot
cakes and other DO delights.

Saturday supper.....

we have: Premo white fish fillets, devil crab, shrimp, hush puppies, french
fries, tarter sauce.
we need: Slaw, salad, deserts,ketchup, anything you want to add.


Some other needs....

we have: a humongus big blue tarp (just in case)
we need: 10x10 push up tents, to lash together to form 1 big one

We have: pikka nikka tables at each site, way to heavy to move
We need: portable folding tables to go under the tents.


Many hands make light work.


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Food for thought...or thoughts for food

If you would like to bring something to the table to share, this may help.

hot dogs. No matter how you dress it, it's still just a hotdog.

Possum Bog. a big pot of "stew" consisting of possum(don't worry, tastes just like chikken), smoked sausage, rice, celery, carrots, onions, spices, anything else we can catch to throw in the pot.

Sat/Sunday breakfast..it's potluck, bring anything you want.

Fish fry Sat nite. Fried white fish, shrimp, devil crab, hp, ff.


Make it easy on yourself. Breads, salads, pastas, deserts. Your choice.
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Tent...check, Buns.....check, Baked beans for doggie night....check, Etc Etc Etc...check...... Is it march yet?
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Some good things to know

There is little to no cell service in the park. Some of the lake fronts sites have a bit. Talk fast, it will likely break off.

We are 10 country miles off the interstate, and at least 18 country miles to any emergency services. Take care to stay safe.

The nearest small town is Great Falls, SC about 12 very country miles away. Nothing much there. A grocery store, Dollar General.

The nearest little bit bigger town is Winnsboro,SC about 18 country miles away. Walmart, big grocery stores, motels, Hospital

Remember to be discrete with any adult beverages.

The park office/tackle shop has some basic supplies, it's best to pack in what you need.

The campground road and sites are paved, the sites mostly level. Some blocking may be necessary to level completely side to side.

We are all on 1 paved loop, so it is very easy to parooze. A walk is fun. Everyone is close to all the fun stuff. It is all either at your front door, back door, or side door. 1 of the 2 bath houses is located in the gathering area.

There is no pavilion so we will be at the mercy of the weather. The tents will work just fine. Please bring one if you can.

The park is dark after sundown. Bring a good flashlight. Tiki torches through out the campground would be a nice touch.

Each site is 30a, water, has a fire ring and pikka nikka table. Trees. The dump station is located as you leave the CG.

We won't have much 110v power at the tent area, plan accordingly.


Gonna be fun.


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Tent...check, Buns.....check, Baked beans for doggie night....check, Etc Etc Etc...check...... Is it march yet?
Lisa, don't forget your camera....you are the official documenter of this shin dig.
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For those who want to DO, mght be good to think about bringing your own portable cooking surface to this rally.

Gary had mentioned paving tiles, which can be picked up at Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, etc. We often use a sheet of heavy duty foil on a gravel or dirt surface, but that may not be feasible to do for large numbers.

We will also often cook in a suitable fire pit.....but all are not.

We will likely pick up a tile, although I haven't looked at them. It would need to be 15" square, I would think.

John, are the picnic tables wooden or cement? A tile on cement might work without marring the surface.

Suggestions, anyone?


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Maggie, the tables are wooden. There is a fair amount of dirt in the vacinity of the fire pit, well worn from lots of use. a tile or heavy foil may work just fine. And there is probably ample room for the particpants. the Gary knows the area and can speak to that. I have seen folks use one of those aluminum "scaffolding" bench type things to cook on. Makes a nice work area and ya don't have to bend over quite so far.
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