William became interested in dutch oven cooking quite some time ago, so for his birthday we gave him his own dutch oven and a membership to the International Dutch Oven Society. He also became a member of the Valley Forge Black Pots, who come out to Hopewell Furnace each month for a dutch oven cooking demonstration.
The members of the Black Pots have always been so good with William. They teach him and include him, even though he is ‘just a kid.’ They allow him to help with just about everything, which makes him feel pretty important to the group. He looks forward to the gathering every month.
They had their latest gathering on Saturday. William had gone to all of the previous gatherings, but this is the first time he took his own dutch oven so he could cook along. He chose to bake some homemade rolls and Can’t Leave It Alone Pudding. Rob helped him and they turned out just perfectly. When everyone was done cooking, it was time to eat. The licenses are not in place to feed the public, but the volunteers and workers are allowed to eat. So the dishes are shared and everyone gets to taste all of the creations, which are absolutely incredible.
I love that this is a hobby William has chosen. He interacts well with everyone and it gives him a chance to be a part of something. There are chapters all over the country, so no matter where we go, he will be able to attend gatherings. He is already planning what he wants to cook next month, which he has decided needs to be something more challenging.