When I first bought our smoker, it remained in its’ box, unused, for several months. Zog is the reining, (in all honesty, the only), master of the grill in our household, so it was actually a gift for him. One of those gifts surreptitiously given to one family member so the entire family can benefit from the fruits of their labor. A few months after finally using it, he confessed that his initial trepidations about using the smoker was that it would be complicated and laborious. He was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was as easy as grilling on the BBQ and that he had mastered making the most divinely succulent and tender chicken we had ever tasted. This simple recipe is a tried and true family favorite….
This is not your humdrum boiled corned beef recipe. I decided to switch things up a bit this time. We have a well stocked bar for cooking and often indulge in the heady flavors of meats braised in beer. On that note, I added a little whiskey to the mix, creating a braising cocktail perfect for any true carnivore. This one’s a keeper!…
We have celebrated St. Patrick’s day as far back as I can remember. Fond memories of parades, wearing something green and baking fun green foods for the kids. Our family is all grown up now, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying foods with an Irish American theme every year when St. Paddy’s day rolls around. Traditionally, Irish soda bread is made with only four basic ingredients – flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. The slightly sweeter and richer American version we’ve adopted is a family favorite and a snap to make….
It’s birthday time in our family! Every year, we celebrate each family member’s birthday with their favorite sweet treat. Basically, this means I prepare whatever they choose, which is almost always the same confection every year. I usually only prepare their favorite one time each year to make it a little more special. My son, Kaijah, loves all things sweet and always chooses his favorite cake, which is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing….
This salad is a staple in our household, one we crave when we haven’t had it in a while. If you have hungry guys in your household, like I do, it’s a necessity to have a stockpile of make-ahead good eats at hand. Sure, in my dreams of foodie bliss, I’d love to have three great meals whipped up daily. With only so many available hours in each day and the gazillion other tasks I have, this dream is at best a fantasy….