Quit hitting the bottle of barbecue sauce

   June 29, 2012 3:41 pm

It’s kind of annoying that July 4 is on a Wednesday. Picnics are just easier and more relaxed on the weekend. So, I’m guessing, some of us, OK, John and I, are going to celebrate all week with yummy grill stuff. It’ll give us a chance to try all kinds of grilled food, and this…

Like spicy food? Try Triple Smoke Burger

   June 28, 2012 3:30 pm

I’m hoping you can help me. I’m looking for people who like spicy food to talk to for a story. I want to hear why you like it, how you like it, how long you’ve liked it, and what you like to eat. We want to hear from people who can’t get enough Tabasco, who…

Book-drawing Wednesday, and culinary tribute to Nora Ephron

   June 27, 2012 11:14 am

Thanks to everyone who wrote in for “Herbivoracious,” by Michael Natkin. The winner is Chelsea McQuaid. I’ll pop it in the mail. If you are not Chelsea McQuaid, you are eligible to enter the drawing for "Homemade Preserves & Jams," by Mary Tregellas. It’s a great time of year to dive into “90 Recipes for…

Watermelon slushy for adults. Or at least me.

   June 22, 2012 11:02 am

Made the watermelon salsa last night. It needed another jalapeno in my estimation, though I probably should have let it sit awhile before digging in. My husband added salt and liked it better, but I don’t like salt on watermelon. Everyone says salt makes watermelon taste sweeter, but I’m just not feeling it. Oh, well….

Watermelon: Fire and Ice Salsa

   June 21, 2012 4:21 pm

I am on Weight Watchers. Fruit is 0 points. I bought a watermelon. It’s on the counter — where it’s been for a week. I just remembered Fire and Ice Salsa, one of my favorite Loaves & Dishes recipes from several years ago, and now it’s all I can think about. It’s joining me for…

Book-drawing Wednesday

   June 20, 2012 12:00 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for Fresh from the Farmstand by Gooseberry Patch. The winner is Laurie Maze. I’ll pop it in the mail Thursday. If you are not Laurie Maze, you are eligible for a drawing for “Herbivoracious,” by Michael Natkin. This cookbook is nothing short of awesome. It’s so good I…

Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese Vinaigrette …

   June 18, 2012 5:04 pm

Just saying the name of this recipe, Grilled Hearts of Romaine with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette and Pickled Onions, requires some endurance. Eating it, though, won’t take any effort at all. I wanted something special to put on the side with the salmon recipe I planned for Father’s Day. The idea of simple greens or steamed…

Pepper-Honey Cedar Plank Salmon

   June 14, 2012 2:55 pm

John and our son are heading to a ball game and sundry related activities Sunday afternoon. I’m going to sit at home and do nothing. I mean I’m going to stay home and cook something awesome. My hubby likes any old hunk of meat thrown on a grill with any old teaspoon or so of…

Book-drawing Wednesday, and Orange-Glazed Blueberry Scones

   June 13, 2012 1:10 pm

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “America’s Best Ribs,” by Ardie A. Davis and Chef Paul Kirk. The winner is Carla Gutting. I’ll pop it in the mail today. If you are not Carla Gutting, you are eligible to enter next week’s drawing for “Fresh from the Farmstand,” from Gooseberry Patch. It’s packed…

Mojo Pork Kebabs, grilled and zesty

   June 12, 2012 4:08 pm

It’s kebab season. What’s not to love? Well, for me, it’s usually kebabs. This is not because of the kebabs themselves, but for the fact that I always, always, always kill them. I leave them on the grill too long and the meat comes out dry and chewy. The problem is the meat cubes cook…