What Kind of Fish is This?

I have a very good friend who has high cholesterol–very high cholesterol. His doctor told him to cut back on red meat and eat more fish. Since my friend doesn’t cook much, he came to me. The problem is that for those of us “of a certain age”, the fish we’re most familiar with is all fried. We grew up Catholic during the late 50′s and early 60′s, and we started laughing about how we had probably eaten a swimming pool full of fish sticks during our lives. Let’s face it–most of us rate our fish dishes by the taste of the batter and temperature of the oil. We had to do better than that. We set a date for big “fish tasting”. Continue reading

Looking back on my first ‘Judging O’ the Jack’

The 23rd Annual Jack Daniel’s Invitational Barbecue Cook-Off… Sitting in on a tasting session of Jack Daniel’s world famous Tennessee Whiskey…. Angelo Lucches, Jack Daniel’s first outside salesman celebrating his 90th birthday and still going strong… Master Distiller Jeff Arnett and his very capable Master Taster Jeff Arnett… Guy Fieri of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives… The judges welcome dinner and entertainment up on Barbecue Hill. Burning regrets in Jasper the Pig… Judging the best BBQ I’ve ever had, prepared by winning teams from all over the Country and the World…I could go on and on. Continue reading

Leftovers?

While rummaging through the refrigerator today, I couldn’t believe how many leftovers we had.   How do two people end up with so many leftovers?  How do two people end up with any leftovers?  I had to finally admit to myself that I was no good at cooking for only two whenever I fired up the grill.  Since it is so much fun to prepare the food, and to gather around the grill and smoker to begin with, I decided it would be better to figure out some great ways to use these leftovers. Continue reading

A deal too good to pass up.

Sorry about the lengthy sabbatical, but it couldn’t be helped and I won’t bore you with the details.  Additionally, I don’t have any specific recipes to share this time around.  I’m too excited about DennyMike’s offer to give away some of his 9-Pack Gift Sets.  To qualify, all you have to do is become a member of the National BBQ Association, the NBBQA.  As if that wasn’t enough, the great folks at Grill Grate will be giving away one of their amazing grates, too. Continue reading

Sometimes you just have to adjust.

I was asked to bring an appetizer dish to a birthday party.  I had been dying to smoke some chicken with DennyMike’s Chick Magnet, so I was pretty excited to figure out how to best use the chicken.  If you had this to work with, wouldn’t you be excited?

While I was trying to decide exactly how I was going to use this amazing chicken, I got the bad news—the food theme was Italian!  The thought of turning this incredibly delicious smoked chicken into some tomato-slathered appetizer dish was making me crazy.  It finally hit me…PIZZA!  This is the ultimate in “Italian” versatility. Continue reading

My “go-to” dish?

One of the things that I truly love about cooking is trying new dishes.  Long ago I developed a “no fear” attitude about cooking because I was always working from a recipe.  Do what it said, and take a bow.  Even though the standing joke is that men never read or follow instructions and directions, when it comes to recipes I toe the line until I’m very comfortable with the process.  Many times, though, you just don’t have the time to get a bunch of ingredients together for something new.  At times like this, it’s great to have a few “go-to” dishes that you can put together in next to no time. Continue reading