Smoked brisket, brown rice, and pasilla pepper casserole

I learned to not be wasteful with food early on. Growing up with a farm in the family and growing up in middle-income home set in motion good habits regarding waste. I grew up learning to make “something out of nothing” when it comes to cooking. Being able to create a good meal from leftovers,…

Sous vide smoked brisket is barbecue made easy

We have been in love with barbecue — the real version that smokes low and slow over hardwood coals — for much of our adult lives, and we’ve had many successes on our Big Green Egg and our offset-firebox smoker. But a problem often presents itself: Does one really have to get up at 3…

Grilled whole sea bass: Healthy, tasty, primal

At a recent visit to our favorite Asian grocery store, the dazzling array of fresh seafood caught our attention. The live lobsters and blue crabs might have fit nicely in our stockpot, but not in our budget, so we downgraded to Plan B: grilled whole sea bass. It didn’t feel like a big sacrifice, though,…

You can rock peach season with these grilled peach-prosciutto bites

Colorado is home to many amazing things, and Palisade peaches from the west side of the state are no exception. During the summer these local peaches are available at farmers markets and grocery stores and are sold in fundraisers by local schools. A bowl on the counter will perfume the whole room as the peaches…

Rub, smoke and grill this pork belly for layers of flavor

I remember the days before slabs of pork belly started showing up in the market. They were days awash in a vague feeling of sadness and despair, and you didn’t know why. You would just wander around aimlessly, unsure of what to do with yourself, eating things like uninspiring PB&J sandwiches. You couldn’t even fathom…

Elevated cooking: great food in the great outdoors

It is that time of year again: CAMPING! There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but we always find great connections each time we go camping: good campsites, good people and lots of good food and drink. We don’t settle for boring, flavorless camp food. We figure if we love to cook at home in…

Here’s a salad to get you grilling some peaches

One of the best parts of summer cooking is fresh, seasonal ingredients to work with. Coming up with new and delicious recipes with goodies from our garden and from the local market is what cooking is all about for us. We have competition in the garden: hail, deer, rabbits and turkeys. But what Mother Nature…

Why your cast iron griddle is the tool for this grilled salmon burger

I’ve been toying with using a cast iron griddle pan on my grill lately. “Why are you doing that,” you ask? Thanks for asking, and I understand your confusion. Isn’t grilling about those sexy crosshatched grill marks, not cooking in a pan? Sure, but we were looking for the perfect combination of the smoke of…

Instead of grilling steaks, try this spice-crusted ribeye roast

Any carnivore loves a grilled steak. Sitting around the grill with a few friends, the smell of steaks sizzling over a wood fire, a beverage keeping you busy while they cook — there’s something special about that. Something iconic. Something perfect. But then there are those days when you want to up your game. Or…