We all have those friends that are hyper focused on living a life centered around wellness, fitness, and health. Finding gifts for our wellness-obsessed friends can be challenging to say the least. We’ve taken some of the guess work out of holiday shopping for these members of your list and have created a gift giving guide for every fitness junkie, health nut, or wellness guru you have to shop for this season.
If you know me, then you know potatoes are one of my main food groups. When we were tasked with making Thanksgiving dinner for all of our loved ones, I knew I had to deliver when it came to the side dishes. These potatoes are your perfect light and fluffy, flavorful, classic mashed potatoes. Whether you’re panicking about bringing a side dish to your Friendsgiving or you’re making dinner and craving comfort food, these are a wonderful addition to the table.
Not all wood is created equally when it comes to BBQing. Knowing what wood to use is important because it changes the flavor of your dish. Each type of wood emits a different type of smoke with its own unique aroma and flavor. There are a different variety of woods you can use on their own or in combination with other woods to achieve a specific flavor or level of smoke. BBQing takes time to get the hang of; don’t be afraid to experiment with different woods or levels of smoke to see what you prefer.
Not all wood is created equal when it comes to BBQing. Knowing what wood to use is important because it changes the flavor of your dish and how much smoke you’re getting from the wood. Each type of wood emits a different type of smoke with its own unique aroma and flavor. Here’s an intro into wood and the different types of wood you will be using during your cooks.
One of my favorite parts about cooking and BBQ is the sauce. Sauce has the ability to transform your pulled pork , chicken, brisket, or other meat from Kansas City-Style to South Carolina Style meal with just a few spoonfuls. Traditional BBQ and the seasonings and spices they use on their meats change from region to region. Today we will be covering the different styles of sauces and dips that are commonly used in each region so you can try them out during your next cook.
When summertime ends and it cools down for fall, we always have wood burning in the fireplace and search for cozy, homey dishes to make and enjoy with friends. Finding apple butter in a grocery store (especially good apple butter) is an impossible task. It’s one of those things that will never taste as good from the store, you’ve got to make it yourself. As Thanksgiving approaches, we decided to try making apple butter and were so happy with the results.
Taco Tuesdays call for margaritas and mariachi music. It’s one of our favorite excuses to bring everyone together and make great food during the week. After falling in love with our braised beef short ribs with rustic root vegetables, we decided to try a new take on our short rib and make them for tacos. This was a favorite. I am happy to say we were scraping the pans clean to make more tacos as the night went on.
The sweet smell of honey and vibrant, cheery yellow are beautiful ways to brighten up your house. We’ve collected some of our favorite honey inspired home goods for you to enjoy.
Sundays when we throw some logs in the fireplace, turn music on, and spend hours carefully crafting our dinner together are my favorite. The house is warm and smells like savory herbs and wine as they meld together on the stove and the backyard is filled with the aroma of BBQ. This past weekend we picked up some beautiful short ribs and rustic root vegetables for dinner. The short ribs are hearty and work perfectly if you’re in the mood for a savory meal. The root vegetables pair nicely with the meat and provide a nice earthy quality to the dish. We look forward to transforming this into a stew in the future.
Surf and turf is a personal favorite of mine. During lobster season, sometimes we get lucky bring home four or five tails for dinner. When we do, this is how we like to prepare the tails if we aren’t making something like lobster mac and cheese. If you’re in the mood to spoil yourself for dinner, pick up a few fresh lobster tails at your local butcher or supermarket and let’s get started. We will be using our Traeger Renegade Elite Wood Pellet Grill for this cook with a mix of pecan and cherry pellets from BBQr’s Delight.