Family Meal, Let’s Do This!!

Getting your family to sit down and have a meal together can be a challenge these days. Busy work schedules and afterschool activities can make scheduling rough. You have to make a firm decision to make this a priority. The statistics are clear on the benefits your family will garner from this. Expanded interaction with…

Perfect Roast Chicken and Pan Sauce

Poulet Roti (French for Roast Chicken). Roasting a chicken properly takes practice, I know it should be a simple thing, but all to often the results are a dry bird or underdone. Now one thing you will have to get used to is the fact that you will see some red close to the bone….

Fines Herbs Butter- Something to keep on hand

I like to keep herb butter on hand. It is useful in a lot of recipes, and if you already have some in the freezer, that’s just one less step in the preparation. You can use it to Roast a chicken, Place a pat on a resting steak, Add to sauces as a finisher, the possibilities…

Low And Slow Series- Brisket

Now it’s time to talk about What most in competition BBQ consider the Holy Grail, The Brisket, Brisket is a challenging cut to cook. If not done right it can be dry and tougher than shoe leather. But when it is done right, it is one of the most flavorful cuts from the beast, in…

Low And Slow Series- BBQ Beans

For me BBQ and beans just go hand in hand. A good plate of pit smoked bbq just isn’t complete without some bbq beans on there. This is my go to recipe. Give it a try, You will be very satisfied with them. I have tweaked this recipe over the years and this is the…

Basic Risotto

I absolutely love Risotto. From preparation to eating it has to be one of my all time favorite dishes. The basic method for prep leaves you with a blank canvas for creativity that you can do wonderful things with and add layers of complexity and flavor. What I am going to give you here is…

Grandmothers Biscuits

It’s National Biscuit Day. And to celebrate I’m going to share a unique Maine Recipe for Biscuits that are like no other. The secret is Bakewell Cream. Hard stuff to find unless you live in New England, but if you can track some down the results are well worth the effort. Ingredients: 4 Cups All…

Feta and Herb Stuffed Burgers For National Burger Day

Being National Burger Day, I thought I might share my recipe for  a burger that is a bit different. But first lets look at how the hamburger came to be. Probably one of the earliest references to a meat patty appeared in the 4th century.The ancient Roman empire had a dish called isicia omentata  which…

Thoughts on coffee

A post by another blogger about coffee yesterday got me thinking about the evolution of the beverage.( some will say I have too much time on my hands) I have always viewed coffee as a social beverage. Even though I like my first cup in the morning in quiet as I collect my thoughts for…

Mac and Cheese.. My Comfort Food

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like Mac and Cheese. And if you do I’m sure you have your own opinion as to the Ultimate version for you. With all the variations I see of this classic today the possibilities are endless for customization. This is my go- to version when I want just…