Wednesday, January 3, 2018

My Traeger & cook area

Below you see my cooking equipment, my Traeger 07E, to the left is a gas cooker w/cast iron skillet & to the right is a fish friar on the cabinet.
Since this photo I have added a Weber Q100 gas grill. Below that you see a photo of me & my faithful companion. Click on any photo to view larger size it opens in a slide viewer with all the photos in the post.

My Smokin Deck,I can cook rain or shine.

Set up for winter weather

Summer Kitchen 2015
My new Camp Chef single gas burner, a Weber
 Jumbo Joe that I got last year, a Weber Spirit 
2 burner gas grill and my Traeger pellet smoker 
on the deck

All covered up

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Let's Talk BBQ, One Great Forum

Let’s Talk BBQ; no matter what you cook on this is one great forum for discussing BBQ and learning about BBQ. Whether you use a grill, smoker, or other type of cooker, using gas, wood, charcoal, or electric for fuel there is a place for you there.

Their rules are pretty simple; just treat others the way you want to be treated. Leave your ego at home and have fun learning and discussing cooking and food in a family way.

Most members are from the USA but they are slowly getting some international members. I know of two from Australia and one each from Germany and S. Africa. There may be some from England. I like this since we can learn about other recipes and ways to do BBQ than in our own country.

The forum is laid out well; there are different sections for each style cooker, a recipe section, a general section, a place for sausage making and a place for other hobbies. There are a lot of knowledgeable members there now.

If you are interested in Sous Vide cooking there is a section on it with some knowledgeable members using the method.

I do most all my BBQ on my Traeger wood pellet smoker; but can adapt most recipes from other types of cookers. I use it year around and do most all of the cooking for my wife and I.

So; if you want to talk BBQ get over there sign up and join in the fun of cooking and eating some good BBQ.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

French Onion Pasta Bake

Dec 16 2017

Friday nigh for supper Our son would not be
home for supper so I fixed a dish for the daughter
in law & grandson. She is mostly vegetarian but
will eat poultry. I found a new recipe to try,
French Onion Pasta Bake.

It had chicken tenders in it and I tried some new
Penne pasta you only had to cook for 10 seconds
in a microwave. I got the dish all together and in a
375 degree oven for 15 minutes. I put it on my
warm hold burner while I baked some 3 cheese
garlic knots. The French onions were caramelized
and gave it a little sweet taste.

It tasted pretty good.

Click here for printable recipe

My supper

Friday, December 15, 2017

Pork Country Style Ribs and Potatoes

Dec 15 2017
I had 3 CS pork ribs I seasoned with Galena St.
rub and smoked paprika. I sprayed my Instant
pot with some olive oil and added the ribs. I
added about a cup of beef broth and about 1/2
cup of BBQ sauce. I cooked them on Meat/Stew
for 30 minutes.

When they were done I had some fresh corn
thawed and skillet fried it. I had some new baby
potatoes in a microwave pack that had a seasoning
pack. I added a little butter to hem too.

I served it all with some English toast and tasted
great. The ribs were fork tender.

My supper

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Italian Parmesan Chicken over Pasta

Dec 13 2017

I had some McCormicks Italian parmesan sauce
to use on chicken. I bought some thighs to use.
I placed them in a skillet with a little olive oil spray
poured the sauce over and in a 365 deg.
convection oven. I had spaghetti for the pasta.

After the chicken had cooked 35 minutes I
checked temps and added some mozzarella and
parmesan cheese to the thighs and in another ten

Meanwhile I had cooked the pasta and drained.
We had a salad with it and some English toast.
My wife and I both liked it. I like the McCormicks
sauces but my groceries quit carrying it.

 My Supper

Pork Cutlets and Potato Cakes

Dec 13 2017

Last Sat. we had pork cutlet sandwiches on Naan
bread with potato cakes and applesauce. One of
our favorite meals. We both have mustard and dill
pickle on the sandwiches.

To hurry up some I just heated the Naan in the
microwave. That made the Naan warm but soft. I
recommend toasting the Naan in a skillet or on a
griddle, much better.

My supper

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Beef Tips & Gravy over Noodles W/Peas

Dec 08 2017
The wife was busy most of the day yesterday in
the kitchen. No she was not making a big meal
just baking her pumpkin bread she does every
Christmas She gives them away as gifts. I had
supper covered with an easy Instant Pot meal
beef tips and gravy over noodles.

Not much prep for this meal. I had some sirloin
tip and a piece of chuck I cut into bite size pieces.
I added some olive oil to the pot and sauted the
beef until brown and added some chopped onion
and garlic flakes. I cooked until the onions got
soft. I then mixed a pack of Pioneer brown gravy
mix with 2 cups water and added it.

I set the pot to Meat/Stew for 18 minutes. When it
was about done I cooked 8 oz. of noodles and
microwaved a package of peas. I toasted some
English muffins. That was an easy meal and tasted
great! Meat was very tender.

My supper