Scotch-Inspired American Whiskeys

Scotch-Inspired American Whiskeys

In my view of the whisk(e)y world, there’s a pretty general hierarchy of whisk(e)y types: Scotch whisky (And even within Scotch, a hierarchy of Islay, Island, northern Highland, other Highland and Speyside, Campbeltown and Lowlands) American rye whiskey Bourbon Irish whiskey Japanese and other world whiskies trying to mimic Scotch whisky Canadian whiskey Before going ... Read More »

Livefire Umami Burger

Livefire Umami Burger

I feel like I’m way behind on this umami thing. There’s umami everywhere anymore. Umami Burger is a small chain. There’s an Umami Food Truck, even. I’ve only recently started trying to figure out what umami is, though. The funny thing is, though, I’ve known umami all along! It’s apparently the fifth taste, and some ... Read More »

Coldwater Cafe – Chef’s Table

Coldwater Cafe – Chef’s Table

I grew up in New Carlisle, Ohio. It’s a small town north of Dayton, around 6500 people. One of the things I like about the area around Dayton is there are lots of small towns that stand apart and aren’t suburbs. They have history, a sense of community; you’ll see people without kids in school ... Read More »

Wings Wings Wings

Wings Wings Wings

It’s that time of year… The big game between the non-cheating Seahawks and the ever-cheating Patriots! I thought about doing some sort of Pacific Northwest seafood, parked with some kind of deflated lobster roll from the northeast… But I decided on wings instead. It’s simpler, and easier to make for the game. With wings, though, ... Read More »

Yorkshire Pudding – A Start

Yorkshire Pudding – A Start

As I was making roast beef for a post for Char-Broil, I was trying to think of something to do alongside that. I realized I was doing a form of an English recipe I’d seen on the roast beef, so I went right to what I think of as a traditional beef side dish for ... Read More »

Christmas Goose

Christmas Goose

It’s been a long time since I had goose of any sort. I’ve had lots of chicken, a good amount of turkey and some duck now and then. Even a bit of pheasant and/or quail. This year, it seemed a good time to bring out the Christmas goose again! People have odd reactions to goose ... Read More »

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 5

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 5

Day 5 of the Thanksgiving Blitz is here, and it’s all about gravy! First of all, if you’re reading this on Wednesday, stop. Get in your car and drive to the closest Williams Sonoma. You might want to call first to make sure they still have it, I guess, but call, then get in the ... Read More »

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 4

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 4

I don’t have a lot of photos for today, but I want to talk about a controversial part of Thanksgiving: green bean casserole. Alton Brown has a recipe for the best green bean casserole I’ve had. It takes a bit of work, but it’s really worth it. It doesn’t include any canned soup or onions ... Read More »

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 3

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 3

Day 3 = Dessert! Or, more specifically, bourbon pecan pie! Yes, you heard me right. Bourbon. Pecans. Pie. All in one bite. This is a great pie, and I encourage you to try it. I get accused of using bourbon too much, but, honestly, the flavor goes so well with so many things. It’s sweet, ... Read More »

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 2

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 2

Day 2 of the Thanksgiving Blitz is about side dishes! The turkey takes center stage, but it won’t stand up without great side dishes, right? Later, I’ll show you how to dress up the regular old Campbell’s soup green bean casserole and give you my secret for the best turkey gravy. Today, however, is all ... Read More »

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 1

Livefire Thanksgiving Blitz Day 1

It’s almost here! Thanksgiving is an outdoor cook’s dream holiday. Instead of dealing with presents or trees or leprechauns or fireworks, Thanksgiving has a huge focus on food! So, in honor of the day where every dish matters, I’m doing a build up to the day itself. In the next few days, I’ll dig into ... Read More »

The Char-Broil Big Easy

The Char-Broil Big Easy

This is the time of year to think about how you’re going to fix turkey. It’s going to happen on Thanksgiving, and may happen again on Christmas. But it is going to happen. The question is… How? I’ve cooked turkeys several ways. I’ve roasted them in the oven. I’ve grilled them after spatchcocking the. I’ve ... Read More »

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