We had a bunch of terrific entries for the Dutch oven contest. As I read them today, I kept getting hungrier and hungrier. If nothing else, you all proved that the best-tasting and most memorable meals are often enjoyed outdoors.

But, there was one meal that I wanted try more than any other. And it came from Beekeeper:

About 10 years ago on a coastal feral hog hunt, I used my old Dutch oven to make one of the best gumbos I’ve ever made. A half hour at low tide with a castnet provided fresh white shrimp and five or six blue crabs. I also picked up and shucked out oysters from a small shell bar. Back at camp a simple broth was made from the shrimp heads and shells while I was making a nice dark roux.

Chopped onion, bell pepper, and celery that I had brought were added to the roux along with the broth. I then added the dressed and cracked blue crab. After simmering about 20 minutes, the shrimp and oysters were added. Five minutes later all was served over steaming rice and simply seasoned with salt and pepper.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d gladly take a big serving of that gumbo right now. And I just finished lunch. Beekeeper, congrats. Please email your address to, and I’ll send the Lodge Dutch oven and Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook you way. I hope you all have enjoyed the tips and recipes from the Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook this week. It really is a great book. I highly recommend you add it to your cookbook collections.

But, there’s still one more chance to win a copy–as well as a brand new Lodge cast iron skillet…

To win, you’ll need to channel your inner bard. I want you to write a haiku about cast iron cooking. In case you need a refresher, a haiku is a three-line poem in which the first line has five syllables, the second has seven, and third has five. Something like this:
Biscuits and gravy,

Starving after a day’s hunt,

Stew first, then cobbler._

The best cast-iron-themed haiku wins. Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, Feb. 13. I’ll announce the winner the following day. Good luck.