Thanksgiving Day Turkey-palooza!

Thanksgiving Day Turkey-palooza!

With Thanksgiving being a day for tradition and family, I only slowly add or change things for the meal. For instance, I’ve done fried turkey, but prefer a traditional (to my family) smoked turkey. I’ve tried to introduce good green bean casserole, a la Alton Brown, but some still prefer the Campbell’s soup, French’s onion ... 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 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 »

Steaks of Summer #4 – Vinaigrette-Marinated Flank Steak

Steaks of Summer #4 – Vinaigrette-Marinated Flank Steak

More steak for us, yea! As I continue the Steaks of Summer this year, I was in the mood for flank steak. The Food & Wine recipes that have inspired my Steaks of Summer had a great sounding marinade using yet more balsamic vinegar, but this time doing a marinade with garlic added and a ... Read More »

Pig Candy v2.0

I’ve been making pig candy for years now. It’s a simple, delicious way to prepare bacon by covering it with brown sugar and a touch of cayenne, then baking/smoking it until the bacon is crunchy and the brown sugar has coated it. It’s just addictive stuff! I was thinking this year of fixing candied pecans. ... Read More »

12 Ales of Christmas – Part 2

I finally finished my 12 ales of Christmas! It took a bit due to late nights, having a bottle of wine now and then, etc. However, it was a fun 12 ales or beers. Fall and winter ales are my favorites, I think, though I don’t know that I would want these heavier ales in ... Read More »

12 Ales of Christmas – Part One

I’m semi-celebrating the season with ales and beers of different sorts. First of all, I finally, after a year of having the equipment, got a batch of English brown ale brewed and fermenting in the closet in the guest room. It won’t be ready to try until at least mid-January, but I’m looking forward to ... Read More »

Outdoor Cooking Guild Thanksgiving Roundup

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  We’ve got our 28-30 fresh turkey reserved.  I’ll be picking it up from Dorothy Lane Market in Centerville on Tuesday, then brining on Wednesday to spend some time on the Big Green Egg for dinner on Thursday.  Yes, it takes a while, but ... Read More »

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