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Black Pepper Ribs With Whiskey Vanilla Glaze

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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Peanut Butter And Jelly Wings With Cherrywood Smoke: A Twisted Bit Of Comfort

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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It’s All Greek To Me: Portabella Caps With Shrimp And Artichoke Skewers

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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Hickory Smoked Mushroom Galette With Parmesan, Gruyere and Asiago Crust

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 […]

Product Review: ORCA Coolers And Chasertini

“There ain’t nothin’ shakin’ but the leaves on the trees, And they wouldn’t shake if it wasn’t for the breeze”    George Jones “Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin” And we were grateful for that little breeze on this day. Because let me tell ya, it’s a hot one, complete with the humidity that likes to call our […]

Early Morning Smoke: Pulled Pork With A Side Of Sunrise

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Until the predawn peace was broken, meaning a few choice words were uttered after running into a small stool or something in the yard. Then I’m pretty sure the creatures were all stirring, including this years garden nemesis, our new backyard chipmunk. I’m sure he was out […]

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I Grilled Tofu And Liked It: Now I Don’t Know What To Think Of Myself

Yep, I grilled tofu…and I liked it. Now all my beliefs are being questioned. For a day, I visited my own version of bizarro world. What’s up was down, what’s down was up, and I was stuck somewhere in between, eating grilled tofu and thinking that this is something I would eat again. Not that I will ever […]

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 […]

Cherry Smoked Guajillo Pepper And Mexican Vanilla Ribs

Cherry Smoked Guajillo Pepper And Mexican Vanilla Ribs

It must’ve been almost noon when I decided to mosey on out to fire up the smoker. Shorts and a t-shirt were the dress of choice, as the impending storm and dropping temps were still a ways away from once again changing our seasons within the same 24 hour period. Complemented by hickory chunks and […]

Chicken Quarters, In The Spirit of the Retro Cookout

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 […]