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The shadows followed me around the yard, as if they were intent on knowing what I was doing at every single moment. That was a good sign. It meant that the sun was out, strong, and finally warming the surroundings just as the calendar would normally predict. It took a bit longer this year, creating […]

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Remember back to your toddler days, when you would proudly sit up in your high chair, point to a completely random spot among the kitchen cabinets, pantry, ceiling or wall and exclaim “mmm”, which obviously translated to “Make me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich”. And after you got your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, cut up […]

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To the uninitiated, it may have seemed that we were on our way towards summer. It was an easy mistake to make, what with the lilac buds popping and the sound of children playing at the nearby park while the warm breeze lazily made its way across the yard. Heck, the spike in temperature even […]

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  There are times when pit jockeys, such as myself, just mull around grill side, sipping a glass of inspiration while thinking about grilling something a little different, you know? We continuously look for new and different edibles that will  simultaneously wake up and appease our taste buds. Well, reader, that day is upon us, as a […]

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It had to happen sooner or later. In this case, it was later. You see, I’ve had a hickory smoked mushroom galette in the back of my mind for a long time. A very long time. But with an armful of portabella and various wild mushrooms in hand, today is the day that back-of-my-brain desire […]

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Shades of beige blanketed the yard. That, instill, is notable though. Just seeing the beige meant that the temperatures finally warmed enough to melt the longstanding snow that has been seemingly hanging around since the very beginning of winter. It was one of those days we habitual grillers dream about over the winter months. A […]

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The last of the hummingbirds had made their way through our little refuge, soaking in the sugar water and providing one last performance of the season. With their departure, it seems, the daylight also decided to wind down, retiring earlier in the evening to allow the moonlight to have its time to shine. As often […]

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The skies were angry that day, my friend. And blustery. Very blustery. Winnie-The-Pooh type blustery. Sometimes the seasons slide in the back door, barely noticeable in their arrival. Sometimes, as on this day, they ride in on dramatic, cloud formed chariots, boldly announcing their arrival. I don’t need a fridge full of pumpkin flavored beer […]

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The four, dark green poblanos continually called out to me from their reclined, lazy position on the plate. I got them from the local farmers market with the intent on stuffing them with something, but whatever I came up with just didn’t get me excited. So the days went by, with those peppers taunting me, […]

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It started simple enough. The day, as it unfolded, was young and full of promise, including the weather. High skies, as the saying goes, as blue as that polyester suit I still have hanging in my closet, with the white buttons and matching pinstripe trim. The sky was accompanied by a slow, gentle, but steady […]