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Play with your food: making ‘ants on a log’

I was trying to doze off, having had a very long day. Things usually happen in threes, as they say, and the third event was merely a warm-up for the fourth and fifth mighty dealings that weighed heavily on my shoulders. But, hey, it’s all part of this adulting thing, something that I try to… Read more »

Whole lobster, while pricey, has many uses

Lobster, sweet lobster. To me, eating a freshly dispatched one takes me back in my memories to a rocky bank in Massachusetts with the smell of seaweed and ocean permeating my senses. At the same time, I fly back to Kauai where I was snorkeling at Tunnels Beach a year and a half ago. On… Read more »

Remembrance of (camping) things past

My wife and daughters have always been more than happy and willing to go camping – as long as there’s air conditioning and beds. And a shower. Oh, and shopping is a plus as well. As much of a blow as this may have been to my inner-camper, as of late I’ve been reminiscing the… Read more »

Israeli couscous absorbs immense flavor

Almost as though it was too much to ask for (my apologies for ending an opening statement with a preposition; you’ll simply have to bear with me), we suddenly received the cool weather so many people were so desperately seeking out. And my feet, sitting atop the bricks in our tiki bar, are cold. Yes,… Read more »

Enjoy beautiful bounty of produce stands

Chefs are a different breed of people. We are bizarre, and often try to convince others that there is a romance or mystique about our career. In fact, there is nothing more mysterious about us than the fact that when we’re done cooking, we still have to scrub the floor, wipe out the floor drains,… Read more »

Reel in some Reel Inn-sourced shrimp tacos

Damn it all. I just got home from a grueling, hot and sweaty day at the Reel Inn, as I’m working the White Marlin Open again, but fret not. I love working this event, but it does wear heavy on my old and weary bones. I’m simply not the man I used to be. I… Read more »

For perfect sear, aim for just ‘short of hell’

It was difficult to watch the videos of flooding in Ellicott City last week. My wife, Julie, worked at a hospital there for a couple years, so we drove down Main Street every weekday as I would drive her to work. The picturesque scenery was always a soft spot in the terrible rush hour traffic…. Read more »

Going bananas over leaf-wrapped seafood

I think my buddy Jay wanted to smack me upside the head. He was helping me run some outlets at the new house, and specifically a primary one for my commercial smoker. As he is from Hawaii, he kept looking at our garden while saying “bro.” I would calmly and ignorantly say “what?” to which… Read more »

Bacon fry bread with fermented garlic

I hit the snooze button at 4:30 a.m. and it scratched me. I smacked it again 10 minutes later, hoping to get just another moment of respite, when it hissed and pounced off of my chest. Mayhap I wasn’t drumming the snooze button at all. There is nothing that will get you out of bed… Read more »

Simple summer snack: chips and salsa

This column originally ran on July 17, 2014 As voices echo through our little street, a feeling of summer, fun and family runs through me like an electric current.  It’s a wonderful thing as a parent to have a flash of memory back to the days of my own childhood; a prevailing feeling of worth… Read more »