Tag Archives: Backyard Grilling

Salt Block Grilled Cod With Verde Sauce

It began with an unexpected beauty of a day. The sun was up and seemingly fully charged, showing improved strength on this, the official first day of spring. “Possible record breaking heat today” the voice of the weather forecaster muttered in the background. After giving the television the ol’ side eye, I meandered out in […]

Wokin’ the Wok: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

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, […]

BBQ Goodness, Family Get Togethers, and a T-Rex After Party

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 […]

“It Is What It Is…Until It Isn’t” Such are the Days (And Ways) of a Grill Jockey

“It is what it is” Trying to be the organized sort, I’ve been tagging and marking the packages of meat that make their way into our freezer. A good problem indeed, when there are choices to suit one’s momentary, tasty desires. And so when a package is taken out to thaw, marked very proudly as a […]

Fajita Lime Stuffed Avocado Boats with Roasted Corn Pico De Gallo

The avocados received their mesquite smoked baptism, responding with just enough char to complement the freshness of the pico, and it all tied together with that lime and fajita based beef.

Paella On The Grill, Sangria In The Glass

I woke up to the sounds of Flamenco music, complete with the strumming of acoustic guitars, the snapping of fingers in the air,  and the clatter of stomping heels on the hardwood floor. How they got in my bedroom I’ll never know, but what I did know was that was a sign. A sign that today would […]

Fiesta on the Grill, Chorizo Sliders With Pickled Cactus Slaw and Bacon Wrapped Poppers

With a day full of street parties, margaritas and strolling Mariachi bands, it’s easy to get distracted. I’ve found over the years that the best way to handle these distractions is to just go ahead and let my mind wander, knowing that it’ll come back when it’s good and ready. And it did. And it was […]

Grillin’ Steak, Enjoyin’ The Day

  There’s a particular feeling of satisfaction when a person can go outside early in the morning and feel comfortable in shorts and a T-shirt. And that’s just how this morning started. Everything smells new again, and we are on our way to the longer sunlight, more active days and evenings. And you know that means. […]

Bacon Wrapped Pork Steak Stix

It was one of those ideas that just wouldn’t go away. Stuck like a peanut butter nugget on the roof of a puppy’s mouth. “What if?” I asked myself. I get different and sometimes unusual ideas on a regular basis, and somewhere between those ideas that I wouldn’t dare say out loud, and those that […]

Two Timin’ My Tri-Tips. #TrueConfessions

  It was a bit like opening a gift you didn’t expect. Unraveling that butcher paper, my eyes stared at that package like a zombie eyeballin’ a slow moving protein. What I expected to be a nice piece of tri-tip turned into a set of twin hunks o’ beef, presenting themselves to me as if to […]