How to Choose the Best Grilling TongsThere's nothing like Saint Paul in Wintertime...I guessMerry Christmas!7 reasons to cook in a cast iron dutch ovenCamera Therapy -- Let's Blog OffTurkey Pastrami on the GrillTravelogue - Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery Medieval Feast and Wassailing of the Trees
December 30, 2011

There’s nothing like Saint Paul in Wintertime…I guess

So far, the cold 8 months of the year we call Winter has been very unusual.  We didn’t get our first hard freeze until October.  We didn’t see any snow until December.  I’m not sure the temperature has dropped below … Continue reading

December 28, 2011

7 reasons to cook in a cast iron dutch oven

I received a pair of Lodge Logic 6-Quart Pre-Seasoned Dutch Ovens for Christmas this year and to celebrate, here’s a list of features that make cast iron dutch ovens an important part of my outdoor cooking arsenal.   Cast iron … Continue reading

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!


December 21, 2011

How to set up a charcoal grill for indirect cooking

Indirect cooking is one of those indispensable techniques for turning out fabulous food.  It just so happens that it is also easy to do. Indirect grilling is the method to use when grilling larger cuts of meat, for slow cooking, … Continue reading

December 20, 2011

What is Quality? — Let’s Blog Off

Quality is an interesting thing.  Many people claim to have “an eye for quality.”  I think it goes deeper than being able to spot well-made products with hefty price tags.  Anyone can do that.  From my perspective, if something lasts … Continue reading

December 19, 2011

Turkey Pastrami on the Grill

This turkey pastrami recipe is pretty straight-forward and easy to make.  The rub needs to be applied a day in advance for get the flavor deep into the turkey meat.  I got the recipe from my go to grilling book … Continue reading

December 15, 2011

Current Hard Work Update — December 16, 2011

It’s been over a month since my last Current Hard Work Update, so it’s definitely due.  I’ve been very busy working on non-current hard work projects and doing some traveling, so I don’t feel too bad about it. I have … Continue reading

December 14, 2011

How to grill in Winter

The majority of households in the US own a grill, but how many use it all year?  Sure, if you live in Miami, Houston, or San Diego, it’s no big deal.  Many Northerners choose to pack up the grill in … Continue reading

December 12, 2011

Optimistic Realism, an Oxymoron or the Answer?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my natural temperament and personal paradigm and I came to the conclusion that I’m an optimistic realist to my core.  On the surface, it would seem that being an optimist and a realist … Continue reading

December 7, 2011

Travelogue – Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery Medieval Feast and Wassailing of the Trees

Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery in Stockholm, WI holds a ceremony called the Wassailing of the trees to encourage the cider apple trees to produce plenty of fruit in the coming year and to ward off evil spirits.  This year, … Continue reading

December 6, 2011

Camera Therapy — Let’s Blog Off

Growing up in my family, vacation usually meant traveling around the great lakes to photograph lighthouses.  I frequently followed behind my dad with my mom’s SLR camera and lugging camera bags.  Liz and I have continued this tradition.  Sure, the … Continue reading

December 5, 2011

Medieval Feast – Wassailing of the Apple Trees

This past weekend, Liz and I attended the Medieval Feast at the Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery in Stockholm, WI.  When we left home, the sky was grey but there was no precipitation.  After stopping in a couple of shops … Continue reading

December 2, 2011

How to Choose the Best Grilling Tongs

Poorly designed grilling tools can be the difference between a great grilling experience and a lousy one.  Here is a side by side comparison of 4 different barbecue and grilling tongs.  The first 2 are from grilling tool sets.  The … Continue reading