Many have requested recipes for the great dishes we've enjoyed at cookouts. Here you go!
From the July 2010 Cookout, here's a great dish when you have a large group to feed (we fed 80!) and want to keep it simple (only one pot required):
Low Country Boil
- Approximately 5 quarts of water
- 1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning (or to taste)
- 1-2 lemons halved
- 1-2 onions quartered
- 4 lbs red potatoes cut in half or quartered
- 2 lbs kielbasa cut into 1-2 inch pieces
- 6 ears fresh corn halved
- 4 lbs unpeeled fresh or frozen shrimp
- Extra Old Bay and Cocktail sauce for serving
In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, add the water, lemon, onion, potatoes, and Old Bay Seasoning; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.
Add sausage and gently boil, uncovered, five minutes. Add corn and cook and continue cooking an additional five minutes (begin timing immediately, don't wait until water is boiling).
Add shrimp and cook and additional three to four minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat, drain immediately, and serve. Serve with extra Old Bay and Cocktail sauce.x
The Best Homemade Fries Ever
- Regular Russet potatoes
- All Purpose Flour seasoned with:
- White pepper
- Black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Ground chili pepper
- Oil (Peanut or Canola)
Hand potatoes into approximately 1/4" strips. Combine 2 parts flour/1 part cornstarch in a bowl and mix. Add seasonings and mix. Toss fries in seasoned flour/cornstarch mixture til coated. Allow fries to sit to absorb flour mixture (30 minutes or so). Partially cook fries in hot oil (350 degrees) until approximately half-cooked. Remove from oil and drain on a paper surface for 2-5 minutes. Return to hot oil and fry until golden brown. Toss with sea salt to taste.
Note: the same recipe can be used with onion rings
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2010 Charity Raffle Beneficiary
Each year the members of the Down Under Dive Club select an organization as the recipient of the proceeds from the monthly 50/50 club meeting raffles. The Club then presents a check to the recipient at the annual Holiday Banquet each December. The generosity of members has allowed the Club to donate thousands of dollars to many worthy aquatic, diving, and environmental organizations over the past decade.
This year's recipient is Seacamp, a non-profit marine science education facility located on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys. Our donation will help sponsor scholarships for kids that can't afford to otherwise participate. Want to know more about Seacamp? Visit their website here.
Previous recipients include:
- The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital
- The Crystal Coast Artificial Reef Association
- The Adopt-A-Manatee program
- The Divers Alert Network
2010 Club Member Gift
If you are a current Club member (join here) be sure to stop by Down Under to claim your 2010 member gift! (as long as supplies last)
2010 Holiday Banquet Guest
Residing in Solana Beach, CA, Marty Snyderman is an EMMY Award winning cinematographer, still photographer, author and speaker specializing in issues concerning marine wildlife, the marine environment, scuba diving and underwater image making. Marty serves as the Marine Life Editor for Dive Training magazine, and is the long time author of the magazine's monthly What's That, Always Learning and Behind The Lens columns. A 2008 recipient of DEMA's (Diving Equipment Marketing Association) Reaching Out Award and, therefore, a member of DEMA's Hall of Fame, Marty is one of 63 people so honored by the organization.
Marty is an avid underwater photographer and a very active diver as he has been for more than 35 years. Marty joined the REEF Board in February of 2010.
Click here to see some of Marty's pictures.
2010 Photo Contest
Rules can be found here.
July 2010 Club Meeting Presentation
In July 2010 we enjoyed an entertaining and highly educational presentation by the founder and CEO of the Divers Alert Network South Africa,
The presentation is made available for your reference only. Please consult with your physician or the Divers Alert Network for specific medical advice.
Frans Cronje the founder, President and CEO of Divers Alert Network of Southern. He received his medical degree and a masters of science degree in Aerospace Medicine from the University of Pretoria cum laude in 1991 and 1997 respectively. He completed an academic Fellowship training in Diving, Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA in 2003. He is considered the pioneer of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Southern Africa and has dedicated 17 years of his professional career to introduce and expand this scientific, therapeutic modality in South Africa. Formerly also in private medical practice at the first private hyperbaric medical facility in South Africa he is now a researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Division of Community Health, University of Stellenbosch. He is the current President of the International Congress of Hyperbaric Medicine and served previously as President of the Southern African Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association (SAUHMA). He is also the founding President of the Wound Healing Association of Southern Africa (WHASA). He has a special interest in the ENT aspects of aerospace, diving and hyperbaric medicine.
NOT ANOTHER EAR LECTURE is a 1-hour, unique and well-illustrated insight on the important aspects of taking care of your ears while diving - full of humor and practical advice. Dr Cronje is acknowledged as an expert and highly entertaining speaker on this topic.