The normal, mesmerizing flow of the rolling stream was shattered by the trout duo, simultaneously busting through the surface while taking our lines. When two of these beauties are netted at the same time, it guarantees a delicious grilled or smoked trout dinner sometime in the near future. A few weeks later, about 770 miles away, fresh oysters were being packed […]

Chicken Quarters, In The Spirit of the Retro Cookout

I don’t pretend to remember a lot about my younger days, but occasionally seeing certain things will trigger a memory or two. A small fishing pond, a country road lined with hardwood fence posts and barbed wire, and then, well, there’s that whole can of spam thing, haha. But whenever I spy a pack of chicken leg […]

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I walked outside to see what I already knew to be true. Mother Nature, in her normal, yearly ways, rendered our backyard a cold, barren shell of itself. Every breath was now visible, like a small materializing ghost flurrying in front of my face. The greenery was all but gone, and any vegetative growth had long […]

I woke up, opened my eyes, and stared at the darkness.  It was early, on the brink of dawn, yet still dark, with nary a speck of light sneaking in behind the shades. Quiet too, except for a growling, gurgling noise that resembled one of those unintelligible sounds coming out of a random barn on a […]

We could hear it before we were actually there. The cool, crystal clear, rolling stream of Montauk State Park, making its way through and around fallen trees and rock structures, circling around in pools that reflect the beautiful surrounding landscape. The stream was loud, and seemingly, calling to us. Anticipation grew as we heeded the call, walking the path […]

It was early. I remember the eyes in the garden flickering in the low light, small varmints likely wondering what the heck I was doing out pre-dawn, during what I assume is their active hours. Our garden is small, but by the appetites that ravage our meager yield, the inhabitants, I think, are numerous.  By […]

The days are shorter, the shadows longer, and one’s belly gets a hankering for something a little more filling than a burger, hot dog, or sausage burnt over fire. Something a little more complex and layered in the flavor department. Fortunately for us, when these situations arise, there are those flavor wizards out there ready […]

In the world of low and slow barbecue, today would be an opposite sort of day. No pit side lounging, no sipping of a refreshing beverage whilst daydreaming next to a backdrop of swirling, ribbons of smoke. In other words, no lallygagging would be done today. Because while cooking a stir fry over a  hardwood fire, […]

The impending storms were part of an ongoing forecast that promised rain nearly everyday this week. Nary a drop had come during this stretch, so without hesitation I prepped a meal for the grill. I had been craving something a little out of the ordinary, and decided on a couple of cod filets, salt block grilled, […]

It was in the tradition of an old school “Sunday Supper” at Grandma’s house, complete with too much food, stories of the past, and plans and dreams for the future. When our family, that is currently spread out literally from coast to coast, was able to meet in the middle and sit down for a […]