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An Elderly Weber Grill Repurposed into an Outdoor Bar Cart (plus a bushel of tomato, squash & corn recipes)

What do you get when you cross a 26-year-old Weber grill frame with boards, leftover deck paint, galvanized screen, and rope? A party on a bar cart! Just in time for the Labor Day weekend. We got the idea from daughter, Greta. She’s developing a line of bar carts to complement her Coleman (bar) stools. Richard and I … Full recipe post »

Smoked Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

With a sniffle and sigh, I put my old Webber charcoal kettle – mottled with rust and wear – out to pasture last month. I’ve had the grill well over 15 years, and have many fond memories of the get-togethers we’ve co-hosted: smoked pork butts for BQ sandwiches at my son’s graduation party, cedar-planked Copper … Full recipe post »

Steamboat Springs: Kathy’s “Thai One On” Cooking Party

I’m visiting a friend – Kathy Barker – in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, who I met at the water fountain when I was 12 years old. She was from New Orleans, the “new” girl at my Alabama junior high school, and scouting about the hall for friends. She overheard me yammering in a knot of girls … Full recipe post »

Northern India Cooking Class; Lesson 7: Dal Makhani (Black Lentil Bean Dip)

Note: This is the last of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in advance, then reheated prior to serving. Or divide the recipes amongst your friends, staging your own … Full recipe post »

Northern India Cooking Class: Lesson 4: Indian Chopped Salad (Kachoombar)

Note: This is the fourth of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in advance, then reheated (with the exception of this cold salad) prior to serving. Or divide … Full recipe post »

Northern India Cooking Class; Lesson 3: Chicken Biryani

Note: This is the third of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in advance, then reheated prior to serving. Or divide the recipes amongst your friends, staging your … Full recipe post »

Northern India Cooking Class: Lesson 2: Cauliflower (Phool Gobi)

Note: This is the second of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in advance, then reheated prior to serving. Or divide the recipes amongst your friends, staging your own … Full recipe post »

Northern India Cooking Class; Lesson 1: Green Tomato Curry

Note: This is the first of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. The following recipe for Green Tomato Curry, a recipe inspired from Southern Indian cuisine, is the exception. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in … Full recipe post »

Create Your Own Outside Movie Theater (& brand the event with a signature sugar cookie)

Do you ever yearn for simpler times; evenings when parents, for instance, folded pajama-clad kids into cars and spent the evening watching a movie at the drive-in? Today’s advanced digital technology allows you to bring the mood of an outdoor theater to your own yard, and invite your neighborhood to join the fun while you’re … Full recipe post »

Chicken Mole (the easy way)

Cinco de Mayo (the May 5th regional Mexican holiday) is celebrated next Wednesday and it’s the perfect opportunity for retailers to promote their Mexican line of products, particularly anything having to do with guacamole, salsa and chips. (Take advantage of those related sales!) It’s also a great excuse to sip tequila and catch up with … Full recipe post »

Peach “Puff” with Strawberry Salsa (recipe from a Cookbook Gift Project)

When Laurie announced her wedding engagement, Rosanne (her future mother-in-law) immediately began deliberating about a special gift to give Laurie at her bridal shower. Perhaps crystal candle sticks, silver goblets or a personalized photo frame? Maybe something practical like a food processor? All of these gifts would have been wonderful and certainly much appreciated by … Full recipe post »