Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

More Chillin’ and Grillin’

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on May 24, 2010 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

Whenever my husband is around on the weekends, I put him to work with the grill or smoker.  I don’t get along with either one and consider those to be a man’s job.  Men love cooking outside over a fire so make good use of that knowledge.  Remember that the side dishes and even dessert can be done outside so you girls can be left with little to do except clean up.  Add bartender to the list and you can put your feet up, sip a martini and read a book till dinner’s done.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and a Big Green Egg could be the best gift ever.  Big Green Egg is a brand of smokers and yes, they are egg shaped and green.  My husband didn’t know he wanted one when he got his but now he loves using it.  Barry thinks it is easy to use (I can never get the temp right but why should I?  That’s a man’s job.).  Everything we put on it tastes just delicious.  I don’t know a thing about other brands of smokers but I highly recommend this one.

Just this weekend, Barry smoked extra thick pork chops.  They were seasoned only with Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning.  Pork and Cavender’s were made for each other.  If you don’t have Cavender’s in your cabinet right now, get some fast.

My daughter actually ended up tending the eggplant on the grill for her father.  She announced that she plans to do alot of cooking this summer.  You Go Girl!!  We peeled the eggplant and sliced it in 1 inch thick slices, placed it in a large bowl and drizzed it with olive oil.  A dusting of pepper and salt, a quick toss so every piece was coated and they were off to the grill for about 15 minutes till lightly browned on each side and softened.  Delicious.

Try grilling corn sometime, then butter each ear, give it a drizzle of fresh lime juice and a dusting of chili powder.  Top with some shredded Monteray Jack cheese and serve after the cheese melts.  Summer meals just can’t get any better than this – smoked meats and fresh produce. 

Give these recipes a try this Memorial Day weekend.  I’ll bet you get rave reviews. 


Upadated on May 24, 2010

2 Responses to “More Chillin’ and Grillin’”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi there,
    I just found you through AR and thought I`d stop by. I just bought a new grill for the house as our old one went to our apartment in the city. It is close enough that we can get there in a few hours and has a great big deck that I hope we`ll have time to enjoy this summer. I love to grill but I love it even more when my husband or somebodyelse takes over. I am the `queen bee`in my kitchen so letting my husband think that he has control of the grill is the only way to go!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Since I do all the cooking too, it is nice when Barry grills. Have a happy summer and I hope you stop by again. Lisa

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