Liam’s Lemonade

Liam’s Lemonade

My son Liam loves to cook!  The other day he asked if he could make homemade lemonade.  I was happy to oblige.  I got out the stuff and he told me to walk away.  He was going to do it all.  I told him that I would need to help as he hasn’t graduated to using the stove or a sharp knife yet.  While he objected, he finally agreed as he really wanted lemonade.  Just to set the record straight, all I did was cut the lemons in half and heat up the simple syrup.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

The story of this Beef Ragu with Pappardelle started when Dana went up to a party in Brooklyn a couple of months ago.  The party was just around the corner from a pasta shop. Looking through the shop she spotted some of the best looking pappardelle around.  She had to buy it. Once she got home I was excited to try it out.  I wanted to make something to utilize the pasta to its fullest potential.  So I decided to make the ultimate comfort food, a Ragu!  To make it easy on me, I braised the beef in a slow cooker.  Set it and forget it.  It does not get any easier than that.

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Tom Collins

Tom Collins

My Father-in-law Bill is quite the mixologist and makes some mean cocktails (remember the Sangria).  So I asked if he could provide the recipe for his awesome Tom Collins to the blog.  He obliged and wrote an entire post!  So without further ado, here is Bill.

Nothing is more American than the 4th of July barbecue and with Rex around the cooking is well taken care of but the drinks are my department. I thought back to all the summer shindigs we used to have in my aunt’s backyard and the adults always started the party with their favorite summertime cocktail, the Tom Collins and no one liked them or made them better than my grandmother.

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Bacon Onion Jam White Pizza

Bacon Onion Jam White Pizza

Who doesn’t love bacon onion jam pizza?  The combo is quite possibly the best freaking pizza on earth!  No Joke.  As you can tell, we are still on a pizza kick.  We have been running the Pizzeria Pronto through its paces and I must say, it is becoming our go to pizza making machine.  It is quick, easy and makes delicious pizzas.  The Pizzeria Pronto combined with bacon onion jam is unstoppable.

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White Pizza

White Pizza

Dana and I are huge fans of pizza.  Dana’s favorite pizza is a white pizza.  White pizza is different from your average pizza, as it does not have a red tomato based sauce.  White pizza has a garlic oil base and is then topped with a trifecta of cheeses.  It is basically, cheesy garlicky awesomeness.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I get a lot of questions regarding the best grilling tools and gift suggestions.  Nothing says “Dad” quite like the grill.  So I have compiled a list of my favorite BBQ tools, outdoor cooking equipment and accessories. I know that Father’s Day is fast approaching so as long as you have Amazon Prime, you are going to be fine. Here are my favorite last minute Father’s Day gift ideas.

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The All American Bomb Pop Cocktail

The All American Bomb Pop Cocktail

The All American Bomb Pop Cocktail is the most American and best tasting cocktail around!  No Joke.  If you are looking for a great cocktail for Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, this cocktail is for you.  This cocktail is a little bit sweet, a little bit tart and all American!  The best part is that the Bomb Pop is not only garnish, as it melts it adds flavor to the cocktail.  It literally bleeds red, white and blue!

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The Best Memorial Day Recipes

The Best Memorial Day Recipes

Happy Memorial Day 2016! First and foremost, I want to thank all of the soldiers and veterans out there. Because of you guys and gals we can enjoy our freedom and we have the ability to celebrate Memorial Day. Thank You!

Memorial Day is the official start of the summer and nothing screams summer like, BBQ and grilling! To help out with your outdoor party, I have compiled a few tips, tricks and our best Memorial Day recipes to share with you all!

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Bacon Onion Jam Grilled Cheese

Bacon Onion Jam Grilled Cheese

A couple of weeks ago, I made a batch of Bacon Onion Jam.  It was the one of the greatest condiments that I have ever had.  I love it so much, that I put it on everything.  During one of my tests I put it on a grilled cheese sandwich.  After a little testing with various cheeses and breads, I discovered the perfect combination.  It was the most delicious grilled cheese that I had ever had.  You have to check it out!

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Pizzeria Pronto – Review

Pizzeria Pronto – Review

I am a huge fan of pizza.  We try to make a few pies every week.  So when I had the opportunity to try out the Pizzeria Pronto I jumped on it.  I have been looking for a relatively affordable, pizza oven that would give me the perfect pizza with the perfect crust.  The key to a perfect pizza oven is one that cooks the top and the bottom simultaneously.  You want a nice crispy crust and with an even heat distribution.  That way you don’t have to constantly be playing with the pizza.

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Bacon Onion Jam

Bacon Onion Jam

Last year I appeared on the TV show American Grilled.  On that show I competed against Big Jim Stancil of Bareknuckles BBQ.  We kept in touch after the show and started to chat about all things bbq and grilling.  During one of those chats, he asked if I would like to go to the Jack Daniels BBQ Championship and help him out.  I could not say no.  Come on, it was the Jack!  While there I helped Big Jim do a little grilling for the teams up on the hill.  The dish that Big Jim made, was an elk burger topped with a bacon onion jam.  Ever since that day, I have been dreaming of that bacon onion jam.  It was slightly sweet, slightly salty and all around bacon-y.  It was delicious!  So this is my take on bacon onion jam.  Thanks for the idea Big Jim.

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