Grilled Eggplant Quinoa Greek Salad

We’ve made this a few times, trying to up the ante on a summer Greek salad. This time was a winner with a mix of grilled and fresh veggies mixed with Quinoa and a light lemony, fresh herb dressing… Fear not, there’s still room for grilled peaches and ice cream for dessert! Ingredients 1 cup … Continued

Grilled Potato Salad

This potato salad is not the one you’ll remember from your childhood family picnic gatherings. There’s no mayo, mustard, or hard boiled eggs. The addition of a vinaigrette dressing, oranges and arugula dramatically alters the usual potato salad experience, creating a delightful refreshing accompaniment to any barbeque meal. Serves 4. Thanks to Rachael Ray for this recipe! INGREDIENTS … Continued

Beanhole Beans

This is the granddaddy of all baked beans recipes: made from scratch, in a Dutch Oven and smoked on the grill. It’s a basis in reality for all family gatherings, be they seasonal celebrations, weddings, or funerals. Advance preparation: Soak the beans overnight before you plan to cook. Ingredients: 1 lb dried navy beans 10 … Continued

The Good Cookies

Okay, the good cookies. The original go-to recipe from way back before. Brought back here at the request of my brother Jim, who was an early champion of this recipe. Cheers bro! Ingredients: 1 cup butter 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs 2 cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking soda 1 … Continued

Brussel Sprouts Sans Bourbon

Taken from the Bon Appetit of November 2003, we have used this on many special occassions to great effect. A nice combination of flavors and the roasting of the sprouts seems to alleviate the feeling of angst many seem to bring up when faced with the prospect of eating these things. Ingredients: 2 tbs olive … Continued

Cooking With Bourbon

Bourbon is more than a quaff in our house: it’s also a spice, the backstop of a sauce, and the flavor you try to guess in a dessert. In other words, we cook with the stuff. Often. We’re not the only ones apparently. The University Press of Kentucky has recently published an award winning cookbook … Continued

Pig Picker Pucker Sauce

A friend asked me for my recipe for pulled pork, or at least, the sauce we add to ours after we pull it. We use one of Stephen Raichlen’s recipes from his Barbecue Bible: Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters, and Glazes book. The sauce is dead easy and goes with pulled pork incredibly well. … Continued

Bourbon Peanut Butter Cups

My Man’s Belly has published a recipe inspired by a Dennis Leary tweet that involves bourbon, chocolate, and peanut butter, which essentially one-ups Reese’s don’t ya think? I encourage you to check out the link for the full story on the tweet and the inspiration derived thereof. The recipe: Ingredients 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter … Continued

Ambrosia Macaroons

My dad loves coconut, and thereby, macaroons. I, on the other hand, am not crazy about coconut, but do love this recipe! Bon Appétit, December 2008. Makes 70. Ingredients: ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature ¾ cup sugar 1/8 tsp salt 2 tsp orange peel, finely grated 3 large eggs 24 oz sweetened … Continued

Trish’s Eatmore Bars

When I was little I always considered Eatmore Bars as one of my favourite chocolate bars. I loved the chewy texture and nuttiness. This recipe is a very easy way to put something yummy on the dessert plate. Ingredients: pat of butter 1 cup white corn syrup 2 cups chocolate chips ½ cup crunchy peanut … Continued