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Book Review: The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen

Are any of you big "South Park" fans? There's a classic and now-famous episode called "Simpsons Already Did It" (S6E7) whose theme is basically that no matter what plotline for the show you could think of, the long-running prime time cartoon "The Simpsons" already did it. It's tough stepping into a domain where the greats have been working for a long time. When it comes to the work of Carolyn Ketchum, that motif also runs through the minds of low carb food bloggers. Through her peerless low ...

Espresso BBQ Pork Ribs

Do we all get to the point in our lives where we look ourselves in the mirror and see that we've done all the things we've sworn we wouldn't? I'm pretty sure that I am there. I'll never buy a truck. (Did it.) I'll never listen to country music. (Did it and liked some of it.) I'll never, ever, ever get an electric smoker. I mean, those things are basically cheating. Right? BBQ is ultimately about heat control. It was one thing to spend time fiddling with a charcoal or gas fired ...

Tajin Smoke Roasted Sockeye Salmon

As a food blogger, I often feel a lot of (mostly self-applied) pressure to create recipes that are overly produced and done up. There is a lot of reward for visually impressive recipes with long, drawn-out ingredient lists and eye catching headlines. Or perhaps, I just assume there is because of how much of that I see floating around Pinterest. To be honest, the tendency to overly "gourmet-ize" everything is an aspect of food media that I have always been uncomfortable with. I have a formal ...

Argentine Short Ribs (Tira de Asado)

When it comes to dealing with grocery store meat departments and getting cuts of meat that are comparable (and better?) than what you find in your local steakhouse, there is really one thing I want to make sure I impress upon everyone. That is, "Ask and ye shall receive." So it is with these Argentine Short Ribs, known there as "Tira de Asado". "My supermarket says they don't carry Argentine Short Ribs," you say? Well, that is technically true, but also sort of misleading. They don't ...

Smoke Roasted Ribeye

Some of my most powerful memories are food related. I think that a lot of the recipes that I develop stem from trying to relive past happy memories in the only way that I can possibly replicate with any sort of precision. People and places change.  Smell, taste, and sound are always the same. It's like playing an old record. Some things stay the same no matter what, and that's comforting. My Smoke Roasted Ribeye is one of those recipes that arose from the attempted recreation of a memory. ...

Reverse-Smoked Oven Beef Brisket

There is a saying that you can't really understand the fundamental assumptions of your own culture until you spend a little time outside of it. I don't think I ever really understood that until I spent a week getting blank stares from supermarket clerks in Edmonton, Alberta when I asked if they carried whole beef brisket. Alberta is famous for its beef, but these friendly Canadians don't know what brisket is? What gives, Canucks? ...and that was only the beginning of my problems. It was my ...

Bacon Burnt Ends

My little boy is a pretty lucky kid. He ate at more world-ranked BBQ joints before the age of one than most people do in their whole lives, and at some of those more than once. He spends most of his time while I am on the grill or smoker with his nose pressed up against the patio door glass. He's a kid who loves his 'cue. Unsurprisingly, he also loves bacon (and now my Bacon Burnt Ends) and eats them with glee and an expression on his mug that we've come to jokingly call "bacon face". Given ...