This poem was written by a friend of mine Dee McMillian at the 2010 IDOS World Championship Dutch oven Cook-offs a few weeks past. Just had to share it with all of my Dutch oven fans.
The Life of a D.O.G.
A real dog. I’m not talking about
but Dutch oven Gathering which are also known as a cookout.
It is where friends gather around and cook in cast iron pots over charcoal
and you can do it any time, in heat or the cold.
Yep all seasons, summer, winter, spring and fall,
and it is a lot of fun had by all.
All kinds of cooking you can do like boiling, baking, and cooking stew
and that’s just to name a few.
New things folks are always trying
Roasting, steaming and even frying.
It is something folks have been doing for hundreds of years
and from its popularity it will be going on a whole lot longer it appears.
Just throw a few coals together and get them hot
and prepare what you are going to cook and put them in the pot.
Put some hot coals on the ground
and then place your pot down.
Cover with some more coals and just sit back and wait
and when it’s done just grab a plate.
You are never to young or old to learn
and it doesn’t even matter if it burns.
It is about being outdoors and being with friends
and it looks like it will never end.
Yep, I imagine when you get to heaven and beyond the pearly gates,
you will see some of your old cooking mates.
And Dutch ovens they will be gathered around
that’s where your old friends will be found.
But in heavn a Dutch oven will no longer be made of cast iron, but of gold
so I guess Dutch oven Gatherings will never get old.
Dee McMillian 3/18/2010