When I think of grilling, I can’t help but think of the flavor of smoking. In the past, smoking meats was a way of preserving. Now, it is more about taste and texture. Brisket is a prime example of this; it needs extra love and care…long and low. Smoking adds tons of flavor and actually tenderizes this meat in the process. Our smoked beef brisket is the main item requested at all of our BBQs and has been really popular for weddings. Throw in BBQ chicken, hearty baked…

Ughhh, as I write this we are snowing, sleeting, and icing. It is mid-April…where is spring?! My twin sister lives in Appleton, Wisconsin and she had 20+ inches of snow in the last week. To keep our sanity, Chuck and I have decided that we are going to ignore the landscape out there and prepare for spring nonetheless! To put us in a spring-y mood, we decided to make garlicky dill pickles, BBQ sauce, and a twist on baked beans. Winter is over in our minds… so bring on…

I have to believe that when Duncan Hines first introduced their cake mixes to the world back in the day, they left out the egg and oil for a reason. I think they wanted us to be able to say that we still made it from scratch because we had to add those items! Homemade anything always tastes better than store-bought products. Try some of my recipes for Memorial Day and see for yourself! Ketchup… we use it on everything. My brother even puts it on his eggs!…

We have the honor of being the exclusive caterer at the 2013 Taste of the Nation VIP Reception at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.  The event benefits a number of different charities including The Good Shepherd Food Bank, Opportunity Alliance, Cultivating Community, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. One of the dishes that we are serving is a Seared Duck Breast with a Fresh Cherry Barbeque Sauce.  This sauce would go great with any poultry – serve it at your next summer barbeque or…

I had my face in the sunshine yesterday and it felt great. Spring has sprung and summer is here. Of course, that makes me want to get the grill going full speed ahead. Summer makes me think of eating outdoors and barbecues. The most-used modern definition of this is the grilling of meats or other foods over an open fire. It used to be made with charcoal briquettes. But now more often than not with a convenient gas grill. Such a shame—the charcoal brings that charcoal flavor and…

I love grills. They are supposed to be boy toys, but I have the best boy toy grill of all and it’s all mine! It is called the EVO Grill. It is big, stainless steel, shiny and has a flat top with two separate burners. And I am the only caterer in Maine with one! Oh, this is not about grills… It’s all about grilling meats. Sorry I diverted, but you do need the grill to grill meats! I think the only grilled meat that stands on its…