Dutch Oven Cook-off

Dutch Oven Cook-off, May 8, 2015. A dutch oven is a large cast-iron pot that is heated with coals placed both below and on the cover, and has been a staple of river cooking forever. The Dutch Oven Cook-off segment of the annual Rio Grande Rendezvous provided some very good eating! The winning dinner was a completely authentic paella. The rice was flavored with saffron (without which no dish can be called paella) and was topped with mussels. Bravo to the cook, a kayaker participant by the name of Chad, from Santa Fe. Congrats to John Seiner, of Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, for organizing the Rio Grande Rendezvous, and thanks to our BLM partners for the use of the group shelter at the Rio Bravo campsite, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Stay tuned for additional posts from this year’s Rendezvous.

The Dutch Oven Cook-off contestants

The Dutch Oven Cook-off contestants

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The food was soooo good, and went quick

Former NWR guides Shannon and Paul Allen and their kids

Former NWR guides Shannon and Paul Allen and their kids

Only the beans went unfinished

Only the beans went unfinished

Our geologist presenter, Paul Bauer, or geologist presenter, was fashionably late to dinner and was obliged to eat beans

Our geologist presenter, Paul Bauer, was fashionably late to dinner and was obliged to eat, you guessed it, beans

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Kathy Miller, Pres. of NWRCo, took home two ribbons!

 

Dutch Oven Cookoff

Earlier this month, the New Mexico River Outfitters Association (NMROA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held our annual River Guide Rendezvous, in conjunction with the annual Mothers Day Races. Cooking in a dutch oven is a staple of overnight river trips, so we have a dutch oven cookoff at this event. All entries were delicious, and all tied for first place! This event took place at the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. As always, it was both fun and educational.

At the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Mon., near Taos, NM

Elisha MacArthur’s entry

 

At the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Mon., near Taos, NM

Elisha MacArthur

 

At the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Mon., near Taos, NM

Stew and dessert

 

At the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Mon., near Taos, NM

Yum!

 

At the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Mon., near Taos, NM

John Seiner, of Kokopelli, and organizer of the weekend’s events

 

At the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Mon., near Taos, NM

River Woman, Kathleen Seiner

 

At the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Mon., near Taos, NM

Our eminent geologist and guidebook author Paul Bauer, who either wanted his hat to be photographed or didn’t want his picture taken