How to build a backyard garden: Part 2

In our first backyard garden series post we showed you how to start setting up your garden beds. Now it’s time to show how to finish digging the beds and how to plant all the wonderful fruits and veggies that you and your family will soon be enjoying. But before you actually start growing your own organic food, its important to Continue reading

Get Cooking in the Sonoran Desert

Campfire grilling in the desert

Spring is here for many of us in the southwest and the Sonoran Desert can be quite spectacular this time of year. Arizona receives lots of winter visitors each spring and after traveling to downtown Chicago and the east coast several times – I completely understand why. While the area may be most well-known for the spring training baseball games and sunny skies, you might be surprised at how many winter visitors you’ll find at the local desert attractions. The Desert Botanical Gardens is a real nature-hot-spot this time of year. Tucked within Continue reading

BBQ with a side of outlaw country

Matilda the Guitar

Get your guitars out and strum along!

The folks over at Patrons of the Pit inspired me to quit slacking and do a music post. In Dally’s fashion, we’re gonna mix old and new on the topics of music and BBQ. Some of my favorite songs to listen to when barbecuing are in the outlaw country class. Not just the 70’s though, I like to include some oldies in there for some “roots” too. Legends such as Continue reading

How to smoke BBQ Pork Shoulder

Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder

Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder

It’s time again for some smoked BBQ pork shoulder! Smoking meats is really quite simple, and can easily provide more than a few family-sized meals. We recently smoked a 12 lb pork shoulder for nearly 23 hours at 225 degrees. During that time, I flipped the pork at the half-way point, refilled the water tray, and checked the temperature a few times to make sure it was consistent. This recipe requires a little prep in the beginning, and a little at the end – just like any other legitimate meal. However, the rest of the cooking process should be smooth sailin’. Remember, the key to tender juicy meats is Continue reading

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients

Preparations for scalloped potato recipe

After filling up on mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, scalloped potatoes are a great way to change it up for your Christmas dinners. This is a relatively simple recipe, but can take some time if you do it entirely the old fashioned way. Therefore,  let’s get a little modern with this vintage recipe and use a mandolin. There’s no need to sit and slice all of those potatoes by hand when you have one, and they’re fun to use. Here’s a couple of cooking tips Continue reading

Chorizo & Egg, and Avocado

Ingredients

How to cook Chorizo Egg and Avocado Burritos

Avocado is a must-have ingredient when it comes to making chorizo & egg burritos. We find that about once per week we’ll eat breakfast for dinner – based on what’s left in the cupboards. There was only one ingredient, the chorizo, that we didn’t already have in the fridge so this was a pretty simple recipe to put together. The ingredient that puts this recipe over-the-top is the fresh cilantro from the backyard garden. The cilantro not only tastes great, but it provides fresh balance to counter the spice level of your chorizo. Below are the directions Continue reading

Strawberry fever!

Fresh strawberries from the backyard garden

Fresh strawberries from the backyard garden

We’ve got a late harvest of strawberries from the backyard garden. Normally, they’d be dormant by now but the extra heat as has been sweet. Some fresh fruit goes with just about anything – and it’s just fine by itself if that’s all you’ve got. We served it with rosemary rolls and butter. Grow tip: We picked the plants up from the local nursery 3 weeks ago and once we Continue reading

Smoked Beef Roast

Roast beef at the 3 hour mark.

Roast beef at the 3 hour mark.

We’re going Christmas tree hunting tomorrow morning and like to pack a nice lunch for afterward. We’re smoking a 4 lb. top sirloin roast and will use it to make roast beef sandwiches. This is a simple down-home recipe. Hope you enjoy! Here’s the ingredients and some pics and video of the process.

Smoked Roast Beef

4 tablespoons of Sea Salt <or at least 1 per pound of meat>

2 tablespoons of fresh crushed Continue reading