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Texas Style Chili Con Carne
Chili Con Carne

The cooler weather is coming and we all know what that means. Braises. As much as we LOVE the grill and have just about equal love for the smoker there is just something about the aroma of a braised dish that makes me swoon. It means warm blankets and fuzzy socks and curling up around […]



Smoked Bacon, Beef and Cheddar Meatballs
Smoked Bacon, Beef and Cheddar Meatballs

It’s FOOTBALL SEASON! Know what that means? Time to pull out the smoker and grill and fire up some GREAT snacks… Oh wait. We already do that 356 days a year. But the start of football means cooler weather and cooler weather means more feel good foods like bacon and beef and cheese… And yeah […]



jar of bread and butter pickles
Crunchy Bread and Butter Pickles

I hope you are enjoying summer as much as we have been. It’s been a whirlwind of family visits, little getaways and lots of work in the garden. We really get inundated with cucumbers this time of year, and that always has me thinking about pickles. While there are plenty of ways to preserve the […]



Cream & Butter
Smoked (and deep fried) Mac and Cheese

The title of this recipe is not a typo. Though I did just typo “typo” 3 times before I got it right. Slow fingers this morning. We are getting ready to enjoy a nice, lengthy end of summer weekend and I am already gone in my mind. But I digress. It is hard to believe […]



Blackened Shrimp on the Grill
Blackened Shrimp on the Grill

Shrimp. You love em or you hate em. I swear I have never met anyone who was on the fence about shrimp. But really I do not think I have met anyone who didn’t like them really. They rock. You can do SO MUCH with them. I love tempura shrimp. Shrimp cocktail. Butterflied and stuffed. […]



Homemade Relish on a Hot Dog
Homemade Relish

One of the best things about the summer and fall are the bonfires and cookouts that we are able to have with our friends and family. A staple food at most of these cookouts are hot dogs. Yeah, I know they are not the best for us, but there is just something about having a […]



Fried Fish Friday
Friday Fish Fry

Sometimes nothing tastes better then a good ole’ fashion fish fry. Jeff relegates me with stories about how that was a Friday treat while growing up. How they would have fish fries at Churches and VFW halls and anywhere they could. I don’t recall any of this while I was growing up in Chicago. I […]



Spread your fillings on the meatloaf
Stuffed Smoked Meatloaf

It might seem odd that we chose meatloaf to make at what is supposed to be the height of summer. We should be eating light pasta and veggie salads and grilled lean chicken and juicy sweet melon. But this has been no ordinary summer up here in NorthEast Indiana. I woke up this morning to […]



Mushroom Risotto
Homemade Mushroom Risotto

This past Mother’s Day was Sarah’s first Mother’s Day as a mom, so I wanted to make it as special as possible. Since we had a two week old baby at home, going out was not exactly feasible. In light of that, I decided to make Sarah a meal that consisted of several of her […]



preparing the muffins
Blueberry Spice Muffins

It’s that time of year again! You know the time I mean – when the spring rains and the summer sun have teamed up to bring us blueberries. Blueberries are abundant over most of the country right now. If you don’t have your own bushes [and if you want to grow your own fruit, blueberries […]