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Going Dutch!

D’Arbonne’s Going Dutch.

Well, the D’Arbonne Dutch Oven cookers go “Dutch” about once a month, but this Saturday is the group’s big day of the year. They invite you to come join them Oct. 17 & 18 at the D’Arbonne State Park RV pavilion for some good food, fellowship and a good cause. Pots on the table at 11:30 a.m. dutchSaturday!

All proceeds from donations and the raffle Saturday go to the Down Syndrome Association. Friday, there will be square dancing and a barbeque pulled pork dinner with food on t he table about 6 p.m. The square dancers are bringing desserts and the Dutch oven club is providing barbeque. If you plan on coming, bring your pot, coals and a great recipe. If you are just visiting, a side dish of salad, chips, beans or your favorite finger food would be welcome.

There will be five blue-grass bands playing Saturday and clowns from the Barack Shrine Temple will provide entertainment for children. Dutch Oven cookers are asked to prepare multiple pots for the crowd.

Come on out, bring something to eat and help raise money. And get ready to pass a good time!

In 1704 Englishman Abraham Darby went to the Netherlands and observed the Dutch system for making these cooking vessels. Four years later back in England, Darby patented a casting procedure similar to the Dutch and began producing the cast-metal cooking vessels. I bet he would be shocked to know how big an impact his cookware has had – and continues to have – on the world.

Thus the term “Dutch oven” has endured for over 300 years, since at least 1710. As you would expect, the Dutch oven used in the American colonies began to change. The pot became shallower and legs were added to hold the oven above the coals. A flange was added to the lid to keep the coals on the lid and out of the food, cooking top and bottom.

If you have never seen cooking in a Dutch oven, or better yet — tasted it — here’s a great opportunity.  You can find out more about the group and see more photos at the D’Arbonne Dutch Oven cookers Facebook page.

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