There’s nothing better than something smoked for the Fourth of July. It doesn’t matter whether you’re making ribs, pulled pork, salmon, or chicken; it’s just not the 4th without some form of outdoor cooking.
Whenever I fire up the smoker, I make enough of whatever I’m cooking to last for several meals. Last week I smoked a couple of chickens with plans to make a Summer Pizza with Smoked Chicken. Chicken is one of my favorite things to smoke, so with extra in the fridge, I knew I could put the leftovers to good use. [Read More…]
The Deep South heatwave has hit! We’ve been in the mid- to upper-90s for a couple of weeks now. I spend my days at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doing technology consulting. This health-promoting agency practices what it preaches and encourages healthy lifestyles for its employees. I’m fortunate in that I can take a couple of 15-minute walks during the day. It’s amazing how much more productive I am with just a few minutes of exercise in the morning and afternoon.
I’m very disciplined with my walks, but the last couple of weeks have been a challenge with the heat. If you’ve ever walked on asphalt in 90+-degree weather, you probably know that you’re going to be a little “damp” after a few minutes. I’ve skipped a few afternoon walks the last week for that reason. [Read More…]
I have a confession to make. I’m an occasional QVC shopper. There…I said it. I’m somewhat obsessed with kitchen gadgets; Jim says my pantry looks like a Williams-Sonoma store. My friends all tease me, but in my defense, I use every item that I’ve bought, with very few exceptions.
I’ve been smoking on a Big Green Egg for years, but it’s a bit of a production to prepare and cook on it. In a weak QVC moment, I recently bought an electric smoker with the thought that I could quickly get something cooking and be on my way. As it turns out, my thinking was sound, and it’s proved to be a convenient and low maintenance cooking method yielding great results. [Read More…]
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This post is sponsored by the Georgia Watermelon Association. All opinions are completely my own. At least once every summer when I was a child, my Grandma would invite us over to her house for watermelon. On a scorching August afternoon, there was nothing better than gorging on slices of the ice-cold melon. The contrasting smells of newsprint that she would spread on the table and the sweet aroma of the ruby fruit still evoke those fond childhood memories. In our family, there was always … Read More
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Grandma's house was very familiar. Perhaps it was because I spent so much time there as a youngster. My grandparents built the family home at 703 South Meridian Street in the 1920s. The quaint bungalow had a large front and side porch, both outfitted with swings and rocking chairs, where the family spent countless hours visiting and watching traffic pass. During the summer, I often took respite from the sweltering Mississippi heat on the front porch after manicuring her lawn with my push … Read More
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