The Geezer Cookbook
By Dwayne Pritchett
The Geezer Cookbook website is a memorial for my father Dwayne “Medicine Man” Pritchett, beloved husband,
father, scouter, mentor and friend. He loved family, food, and scouts but most of all he loved to get together with friends
and have a good time.
in the 1990’s he started compiling recipes for dutch oven cooking from scouters, cookbooks and friends on a 3.5 disk.
He would trade the cookbook for a council strip patch. There are many scout groups using the cookbook around the United States today.
took Wood Badge back in 1992 and came home singing “Back to Gilwell”. I was 13 at the time and thought he was
crazy. Here it is 17 years later and I have caught the Wood Badge spirit and find myself singing it all the time. For one
of my ticket goals, I want to introduce scouters, both new and old alike, to dutch oven cooking, and by doing so, promote
this website. My family started the site earlier in 2009, but the cookbook has been on the web for years thanks to a friend
of my father’s, Mark Michalski. We just updated it and put it in a more user-friendly format. We would like to thank
Mark for putting on the web so many years ago and helping to continue my dad’s legacy. Please let use know if you are
using the cookbook and feel free to e-mail us your stories email@example.com. We hope you enjoy the recipes.
Many words come to mind when I think of my dad, Dwayne. Friend, healer,
fisherman, family-man, kind-hearted, father, cook, and Scout are just a few. These last two words some up what this cookbook is all about.
Though I was only 10 when cancer took my dad, my fondest memories always have something to do with food or scouting.
I remember always having to try new and different meals a few times a week, and to a picky 8-year-old that’s
no picnic. I remember hearing stories from my brother and members of his troop talking about some of the
food they had at camp that previous week. We would try some of his fare while at day camp with my pack
or just having a den meeting. Though I never, at the time, fully understood some of the things he talked
about in scouting, I understood his devotion to his family, to his friends, and to his “boys.” I
hope this cookbook will keep the memory of my father's love and devotion alive and well throughout the scouting world.
to the Geezer Cookbook on-line.
Whether you are just
visiting, here to gather great Dutch-oven cooking recipes or just surfing the net, I would like to extend a warm Geezer welcome
You may be asking yourself,
what is a Geezer? Well thoughts of older folks, sitting around a porch and telling
stories of yesteryear comes to my mind, so if you have a moment, Ill spin a little
tale of the Medicine Man and the Geezer's Cookbook.
Dwayne Pritchett (aka
the 'Medicine Man'), was a father, a Ast. Scoutmaster, a husband and a man who loved spicy foods and Dutch oven cooking
among other things in life. This passion led him to compile a collection of his
favorite recipes on bits of paper, 3x5 cards, napkins and such. Over his Scouting
years, whenever he would go on a camporee, summer camp, conclave or Scouting event he was always on the prowl for good Dutch
oven and great spicy recipes. So in Dwayne's eyes, a 'Geezer' was anyone that shared a penchant for spicy cooking, one who truly loved the hot stuff, whooo-eeee!!
Now as Dwayne sought
to put the accumulated recipes into a format that others could enjoy, he found an electronic medium to put them into and once
he found this, his next quest was sharing these 350+ recipes with his fellow
Scouts & Scouters, so that they might enjoy and share his love of spicy cooking.
I first met up with
Dwayne on the Scout board on Prodigy in 1993. I had been posting some items under
the heading "the final word", that were short items, inspirational in tone. Dwayne,
enjoyed these and immediately started up his own thread of longer inspirational messages, stories and Scoutmasters minutes
under the heading of "the Medicine Man's minute" everyone on the BSA board on
Prodigy loved these and he continued to post these as time went on.
Dwayne began to offer
his compilation of recipes, to the Scouting fraternity, all he asked in return for his effort was a council shoulder patch
to keep track of all the different councils he was communicating with. The news
spread far and wide and Dwayne was kept busy, posting his 'minutes' and shipping discs with his Geezer Cookbook on them to
Scouters around the country.
In April of 1995, Dwaynes'
family posted a note on the BSA board on Prodigy, that Dwayne had been diagnosed with a tumor on his esophagus and would be
off-line for a time, due to chemo-therapy treatments he would be taking, to try and rid him of the cancer. In august of 1995, I was informed that Dwayne had passed away due to the cancer. His death came as a shock
to all of us.
As I never had a chance
to say a proper good-bye to Dwayne and to thank him for his Cyber-friendship, I resolved myself to continue to spread his
recipes in the spirit of the medicine man. This on-line compilation, is the result of that resolution. From the Medicine Man to you, in the Spirit of Friendship please enjoy this effort.
Here's to you Medicine Man!