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A Recipe for Failure

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An alternate title for this blog entry/rant could be: “When Bad Things Happen to Good Recipes.” I’m going to talk about the all too frequent mistakes found in cookbooks and group them by types. Now before I get on a roll here let me get something straight. I may be critical of some mistakes I’ve found in recipes and call them out in this blog, but I am in no way trying to claim I am somehow superior to the folks who write the genuinely great recipes I’ve used to grill and smoke the food on this site. I have the utmost respect for these fine folks. On my best day they could run rings around me without their breaking a sweat. But they are human, as are their editors, proof-readers and all the other folks it takes to write and publish a cookbook. As well all know humans make misteaks (bad spelling intended). Read More...
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F-I-R-E !!!

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This blog entry details a recent cook where several old lessons were reinforced and it basically marked the difference between success and total failure. The items being cooked were CEDAR PLANKED BURGERS & CEDAR PLANKED STEAK FRIES and the burgers came within mere seconds of being lost to flames. Read More...
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New Section-Tips, Tricks & How To's

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I’m going to use this blog entry to describe a new section called “Tips” which i added to the site this week. Technically it should be called “Tips, Tricks & How To’s”, but that takes up way too much room on the Menu Bar. The germ of this idea was planted less than a week ago. Before that I had no idea I was going to add this section. Frankly while I like the idea, I am not sure how often I will be doing new entries. Although I said something similar the first year of my blog and I have been writing it for seven years now. Read More...
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Another Year, Another Guestbook

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Frankly, this is a blog entry I never expected to be writing. I thought once and for all I’d found a solution to my Guestbook needs for my website. Round this time last year I had discovered the folks at Ultraguest.com and signed up for the free version of their guestbook. After seeing it was a good fit for this site, I bought a two-year license for an ad free version, which stripped out the banner ads. Now less than a year later I am out in the cold with a non-working guestbook. To say I'm slightly ticked off, is an understatement. But as this blog will show, I’ve found a replacement guestbook service and things are back up and running. If you are in need of a guestbook for your own site, read on. Read More...
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The iPad - Kitchen Companion

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In a way this is a sequel to my earlier blog: the iPhone Barbecue Buddy. When the iPad came out little over two years ago, I immediately saw its potential. Granted at that time there weren't a lot of applications available for it, but you could see it was essentially a blank slate that creative people could design exciting new apps for. While I could see the potential for the iPad, what I couldn't see was the money to buy my own. So reluctantly I sat on the sidelines and watched with great interest as the iPad grew into a more & more sophisticated device. it grew both in terms of hardware and software. Where once it was a content consumption device, the iPad and now create content as well. This blog will talk about some of the uses I've found for my iPad in the kitchen where it is a truly useful device. Read More...
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Grate Buns

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This blog entry is going to be about another use it I found for my flattop grill grate for my gas grill. One of the things that I liked about my grill is it has modular accessories that are made to replace one or more of the grill grates. One of those accessories is a flattop grill grate. I must admit when I first bought the grill, I didn't give the flat top grate much use. But in the last few years I've found many different uses for it. This latest use case is my favorite: Toasting New England style hot dog buns. Read More...
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Gazpacho

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Gazpacho is a vegetable soup, typically made with raw vegetables and served cold. Now if this sounds to you like punishment rather than great food, it is not please read on. I've been aware of gazpacho for about 10 years now. For about half of that time, I thought of it more like some sort of punishment. Something to eat which would be sent up to your room after you have been banished there for some nasty deed: "Go to your your room! I will send you up some cold soup later." Trust me it is anything but a punishment and is an absolutely wonderful summertime treat. This is hardly surprising, but the grilled variety is even better! Read More...
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EZ-Up Version 2

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In October 2006, I bought my first EZ-Up portable shelter. It was a 10' x 10' (3m x 3m) model with a white roof and open sides. I did buy some side covers for it which I never ended up using. Each year the EZ-Up gets set up in April and comes down in early November. With this type of usage it lasted through the fall of 2011. When I took it down in the fall of 2011 one of the scissoring roof truss members broke at the joint and also tore a long hole in the tent material. This marked the end of the six year lifespan of my first EZ-Up. I spent the winter trying to decide what to do about a shelter for my grills. This blog is about my first EZ-Up and its replacement which is another EZ-Up which I just erected this weekend. I'll also discuss some of the other options that were available to me, and why I chose to stick with another EZ-Up.

At the time this was written, I expressed some concerns that the new design of this shelter, which omitted the trusses at the 4 roof ridges might not hold up as well as the older shelter that it was replacing. Sadly these fears were realized and the shelter didn’t last the summer. If you were considering following my lead here and using an EZ_UP shelter 24/7: DON”T. Please refer to my 08-18-12 blog entry: EZ_Up, EZ-Down-Don’t Try this at Home for further details.

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