When I started smoking meat, I found a forum called Smoking Meat Forums. It was a great help because there was a lot of knowledge, ideas and help. Their greatest asset was group of members known as members of the Order of Thin Blue Smoke. Over a year after joining the forum, I have been admitted to the Order of the Thin Blue Smoke. Continue reading Somebody Made a Big Mistake
I saw this article, “Why some food labeled as ‘natural’ may be anything but” on the CTV Website and it made me want to scream. Of course, looking in the mirror can make me want to scream but I digress. Continue reading Natural Food? Do We Really Need a Definition of Natural Food?
There was an incredible sale on side ribs (spareribs) when we went grocery shopping. We picked some up for dinner and put some in the freezer. This is when the problem started. Continue reading Oven Ribs, She Who Must Be Obeyed Has Spoken
I have made a successful batch of waffles in my new waffle maker with the basic recipe in the instruction book. Now is time to start experimenting and looking for my waffle recipe. Continue reading Whole Wheat Sourdough Blueberry Waffles. We Put Sam and the Waffle Maker to Work
My mother made the best roast beef gravy. I would love to make gravy like she did. Sadly, it is never going to happen. She had advantages that I don’t. Continue reading Good Gravy. How Do You Make It?
She Who Must Be Obeyed and I needed a snack while watching TV last night. We could have opened a bag of chips or some candies. Instead, a few low salt Triscuit crackers, slices of homemade Andouille and home smoked cheddar cheese made a delicious snack in seconds.
Another example of preparing your own food making life easy and tasty!
The Old Fat Guy
In my previous post, I smoked a sirloin tip roast and finished it on the Weber Barbecue. I’d bought the roast as it was on sale. They also had those designer little new potatoes in a small bag on sale. I normally never buy them because they are expensive. Also, if there are small new potatoes here in February, they have been trucked in from parts far away from here. Continue reading Crispy New Potatoes, In February?
There was a sale on Sirloin Tip Roasts at the supermarket. It is not exactly the tenderest cut of beef but if slow cooked to no more than medium, is quite tasty. By the way, here is an example of survival. I like my beef cooked to medium rare. She Who Must Be Obeyed likes medium. A smart husband cooks to medium to survive. Continue reading Smoked Sirloin Tip Roast, Canadian Rockies Smoking
The CBC and other outlets recently reported that sugar contributes to heart disease directly as well as contributing to obesity.
Let me start off by saying, duh. Our mothers and grandmothers could have told you too much sugar is bad for you. However, there is an additional danger that the current study highlights.
Sugar is being added to many products that just don’t need it. The food industry has found they can sell more food by adding sugar. Do we really need additional sugar in our tomato sauce, bread, and beverages?
Other studies have shown that people who cook their own foods have less health problems. I believe that is largely because you add less sugar, salt and fat when you cook your own sauces, breads and other foods.
Even if you cook your own cookies and cakes (I know, they are bad for you), I bet they have less sugar, salt and fat than the commercial ones.
Cook more! It is easy. It tastes good. Your heart will thank you.
The Old Fat Guy
I have found having a smoking thermometer to be a great help. A year ago, I saw a Redi Chek Remote Thermometer on sale for $50. It had a lot I was looking for. It was remote which meant I didn’t have to keep going back to my smoker to check the temperature. It had one probe to keep track of the food and another to keep track of the smoker internal temperature. The internal temperature probe is way more reliable than the system thermometer on my Bradley
smoker. Continue reading Redi Chek Remote Smoker Thermometer