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Old 02-15-2010, 02:02 PM   #113
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I think I'd take a nap and leave early in the morning,so to be thru Cinci before rush hour. I think we are scheduled to leave here Fri morn and will checkin Friday afternoon. Oh bye the way, we are not goin thru Cincinnati. BACKROADS.. LOL
Remember the wife hates interstates. I have a tripod that sits over a campfire if anyone wants to use it.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:06 PM   #114
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Mike,

I'd rather "bust butt" getting down there, or maybe close, than give up a day of camping.

I'm sure their are plenty of Walmarts along the way!
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:41 PM   #115
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What do you think about a schedule like this??????

Thursday April 15: Those who arrive early enough find a nice place to eat, campfire and cocktails afterwards.

Friday April 16: Community coffee, of course. Spend the day exploring the area on your own. Some children's activities planned by those interested. Dutch oven potluck Friday night 5:30pm. For those of us who have no idea what a Dutch oven is, we will bring the side dishes and drinks. Movies (How about a Jerry Bruckheimer festival since this is his home), cocktails and campfires after dinner.

Saturday April 17: Community coffee again. Explore some more. Open house for all interested owners from 1:00 - 4:00. Community potluck dinner at 5:30pm. Another night of joking, lying and plenty of tall tails.



Sunday April 18: Community Coffee. Pack up and return to the rat race longing for the next trip

OK, how about some suggestions....

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Old 02-16-2010, 10:27 AM   #116
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potluck

Since this is spring and it gets dark a little early, do we need to do dinner a little earlier? I think last year we were eating in the dusk light and had not made arrangements for any lights. Just a thought.
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:31 PM   #117
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A little about Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking 101(this is a compilation from several web sites and my own experiences, and sorry it is a little on the long side).

FIRST AND FOREMOST, DUTCH OVEN COOKING IS NOT AS HARD TO DO AS IT FIRST SOUNDS.
SECONDLY,
It gives you a lot of social contact with whomever you are cooking with, i.e. friends, family etc. b/c you have to sort of babysit most meals while they are cooking. THIRD, usually the guys cook (little bride loves this) and the women folk assist or sit back and be entertained while we try to "one up" someone else. We have in the past had get together's and have a "cocktail" hour while preparing our meals. We have never had a dull moment while cooking a meal "Dutch Oven" style, and I always seem to learn a new technique or trick.

James Rogers (Airforums member) held an Air Stream - Dutch Oven Rally last Oct. We had an excellent time. Check out his thread (see his thread, same name), and he has also posted some pictures. Additionally, he is putting together another one this year, "DUTCHSTREAM 2010 RALLY", September 30 - October 3, 2010 at Ripplin' Waters Campground & Cabin Rentals, Sevierville, Tennessee. To make reservations call 1-888-747-7546. We are planning to attend this one also, and have been "recruiting" more friends to go. It's too much fun, and too easy. The last one, we got a tour of the Bush Bean Factory.

You can cook anything in a Dutch oven that you can cook on your gas or electric range and oven at home. This belief is supported by history. A friend met us at the Dutch Oven Rally last Oct. in Sevierville Tennessee, who had never used one, by the end of the weekend, he had, I believe, either three or four Dutch Ovens. One morning he and his wife had produced the best tasting pull apart "Monkey Bread" we had ever had.

Originally, dutch ovens were not the flat-bottomed variety that city folks placed on iron grates in fireplaces. Pioneer ovens had legs to hold them above glowing coals pulled out of the campfire. With ovens like the pioneers had, you too, can cook fantastic meals. You could even do it with coals from a wood fire (which is where I first began to learn), but there is an easier way that makes successful Dutch oven cooking possible, even for greenhorns, that would be to use charcoal briquettes. I have some with "legs" and some without. Both work equally well, but with flat bottomed ones you need a heavy duty trivet or iron grate to set it on.

Most problems with Dutch oven cooking arise because they don’t come with thermostats. Imagine what would happen if you lost all the dials on an electric kitchen range. Guessing at the settings would make cooking anything a hit-or-miss proposition at best.


Choosing a Dutch Oven: Generally when we speak of an outdoor Dutch oven, we mean a heavy, rough surface cast iron pot with three feet (But I also use one without the feet). The pot should have a long heavy-gauge wire handle attached to the sides that is called a bail. The lid of the pot should fit tightly and have a lip that will hold coals without them falling into your food and a handle on top that can be picked up with a lid lifter.
Your first outdoor Dutch oven probably should be one of standard depth — about 4 or 5 inches. It is tempting to buy deeper ovens, because they hold more. Deep ovens are great for large quantities of stew or big roasts. However, the lid-to-bottom distance of deep ovens makes baking breads, cakes or biscuits almost impossible. We think Lodge Dutch Ovens to be the best.


A standard 10-inch diameter oven makes enough casserole to serve three or four people. A 12-incher will feed a large family. A 16-inch oven requires a large family just to lift it when full. (we have an 8-incher for side dishes).

4 NECESSARY ACCESSORIES

A few high-quality accessories are absolutely critical (but not always necessary) to Dutch oven cooking success. Don’t skimp on these items!1. Lid lifter
Test its function before buying. You should be able to remove a Dutch oven lid easily with enough control to hold the lid vertical and shake off ashes.
2. Extra-long kitchen tongs
Food-service supply stores sell these for $2 or $3. They allow you to position charcoal briquettes without burning your knuckles. I use a basic set of barbecue tongs.

3. Welder’s gloves
Or gloves made especially for camp cooking protect your hand when handling hot gear. A kitchen oven mitt does work, but the cast iron can burn through easily, I have used them in a pinch.

4. Poultry-watering pans
Farm-supply stores sell these 16-inch wide, 5-inch deep metal pans. Get three per oven. Start charcoal in one. Place your oven in another while cooking. The sides of the pan keep wind from blowing away precious heat. They also allow you to dispose of charcoal ashes neatly after cooking. The third pan, placed upside-down beneath the pan and oven, allows you to cook without causing permanent damage to grass or pavement. I got three pans from Walmart in the dog food section, they work equally as well (and I think I paid about $3 apiece).



7 RULES TO SUCCESS

The key to successful outdoor Dutch oven cooking is knowing the temperature of your oven. The secret to this knowledge is charcoal.
Rule No. 1
Charcoal briquettes produce more uniform heat than campfire coals. They last longer, too. Brand-name briquettes have more consistent quality than bargain brands. More important, they are consistent in size— about 2 inches square — which is important for predictable heat.
Rule No. 2
Once you know this, everything else falls into place. Take your oven’s diameter in inches and double it. This is the number of high-quality, standard-size charcoal briquettes you will need to heat your oven to 325 degrees every time.
  • For a 10-inch oven, you need 20 briquettes.
  • For a 12-incher, you need 24 briquettes, and so on.
It’s that simple.
Individual Dutch ovens vary slightly in cooking temperature with the same amount of charcoal, depending on their shape and thickness. These guidelines get you close enough so that, with practice, you can discover exactly what works for your oven.
Rule No. 3
Because heat rises, briquettes heat the bottom of a Dutch oven more than the top. Consequently, you will need to divide your briquettes between the top and bottom for even heating. How many more briquettes will you need on top? About twice as many — two-thirds up, one-third down.
  • To heat a 10-inch oven to 325 degrees, you need seven briquettes below the oven and 13 on top.
  • To heat a 12-incher, you need eight below and 16 on top.
Rule No. 4
Briquettes should be spaced evenly below the bottom of the oven. On top, place one briquette on each side of the center handle and space the rest evenly around the perimeter.
No matter how evenly you space briquettes on the bottom of the oven, there will be hot spots. To compensate for this, lift the entire oven and turn it 90 degrees every 15 minutes (say clockwise), and turn the lid 90 degrees in the opposite direction (counterclockwise).
Rule No. 5
Some recipes call for temperatures higher or lower than 325 degrees. To change oven temperature by 25 degrees, add or subtract two briquettes.
If you want to bake biscuits at 375 degrees, add four briquettes to the number used for a 325-degree oven.
To slow-cook venison chili at 250 degrees, remove six briquettes.
Add or remove two-thirds of the briquettes from the top and the remainder from the bottom to maintain even heat.
Rule No. 6
Charcoal briquettes last about 30 minutes. When recipes call for longer cooking, start replacement charcoal early to avoid temperature drops.
Rule No. 7
Baked goods tend to cook faster on the bottom than on top. To avoid overcooking the bottom or under-cooking the top, remove the oven from the bottom charcoal after two-thirds of the baking time has elapsed. The bottom of the oven retains enough heat to finish the job while the top browns.


During these cold winter days, when your just bored out of your gourd, serf the Internet and look up some articles on Dutch Oven cooking. Bring one if your interested, and I will try to give anyone some help getting started if they want. USER BEWARE!, I am by no means an expert, rather a novice who just enjoys getting together with others, who enjoy eating good food, and having a good time while preparing it, as opposed to always "just showing up" at a gathering with a cooked meal. I hope this has interested a few to try, and worth considering. If I can answer any more questions, just contact me.


SEE YA'LL AT D & B RALLY!
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #118
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Here are a few pictures from the Dutchstream Rally '09
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:16 PM   #119
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Lou,
You are right, it would probably be wise to move up the time so we are not caught cooking and eating after dark.

Steelegood,
My grilling skills are already very limited but I'm always willing to try something new. We'll bring side dishes just in case.

FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE DandB RALLY THERE ARE SOME SPOTS THAT HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING!!!!!

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:23 PM   #120
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We're coming

Thanks to the efforts of 63Silver some sites opened up and we were able to reserve one. We will be on site 20 arriving Wed; shows you how anxious we are. We had spent a lot of time in our AS, the Tin Inn, in '08 and '09 being home only about 14 weeks over those 2 years. We decided to stay home over the holidays but they are over and we are ready to resume our adventures. Looking forward to meeting new friends and exploring new territory.
Anyone else arriving Wed?
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There should still be 5 spots available for this rally. You must call the park directly NOT reserveamerica.com to reserve these sites.

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Old 02-24-2010, 08:21 PM   #122
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I might be able to find a few ponys if We need more spots,,,,
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I just wanted to say that our fam is getting really excited about our first outing with our Purple People Eater...and it looks like we picked a good Rally to kick everything off! Can't wait!
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I am in for trying the dutch oven cooking.....we have 2 brand new dutch ovens....and have never even tried them yet....I am looking for some recipes to try. We are trying to make it to the dutchoven rally too
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We are really anxious to get the old girl out and ready for another year of camping. I have sent out messages to those who were interested in attending but could not get a spot. So far it looks like one spot has been taken and 5 are still available. If you know anyone that may want to attend please let them know to contact the park and tell them they are part of this rally. Can't wait to try the dutch oven cooking! Does anyone have suggestions for something easy to cook that I can't screw up? Maybe a soup....

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We are really anxious to get the old girl out and ready for another year of camping. I have sent out messages to those who were interested in attending but could not get a spot. So far it looks like one spot has been taken and 5 are still available. If you know anyone that may want to attend please let them know to contact the park and tell them they are part of this rally. Can't wait to try the dutch oven cooking! Does anyone have suggestions for something easy to cook that I can't screw up? Maybe a soup....

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Wish we really could have made it this year. Many friends from last year to reconnect with, but other plans have been set forth. Amy wanted to take Collin to Disney World, and we are going there from April 9-16.

Still destined to move to Fort Knox in July though, and cannot wait to host some events upon arrival.

63 Silver...hope to see you at Rend Lake in May.

Have fun for us, and post LOTS of pictures.

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