Have you ever been to float the Illinois River in Tahlequah?  If you are from Northeastern Oklahoma I can guarantee that you have at least twice in your life, it is a rite of passage in the area of the world; and my brother, dad and I have continued to make an annual voyage to the River to hang with the youth of today and enjoy some sun and water.  We went on this voyage last weekend and had a great time.  I love to camp-the food, the beer, the food, nature, the food, the River, the food.  You get the picture.

We had many wonderful things to eat while we were camping this year, so I won’t go into them all but I would like to talk about one particularly delicious dish that I did not even make.   One morning while I was cooking chorizo for breakfast I noticed that our neighbors ( who were Hispanic) were eyeballing my chorizo. They were probably thinking that a white boy like me couldn’t possibly know how to make homemade chorizo-so, of course I had to prove the wrong.  After breakfast I took them the remaining chorizo and invited them to try it at their convenience and let me know what they thought. Long story short they of course loved the chorizo but the point is, they returned my container filled with the most delicious Caldo de Pescado (Fish Soup) that I have every tasted.  Fresh fish that was perfectly seasoned, vegetables cooked to perfection, and the broth was indescribable.  It was a very strange and pleasant surprise to receive this traditional Mexican dish while camping in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but I enjoyed it immensely. In fact, I encourage anyone that would like me to try a dish that they are especially proud of, go ahead and bring it to me.  I love food and I love to try new things, it would be an honor to test any one of your dishes.