Monday, August 2, 2010

Just General Stuff and News and Stuff...and Stuff

No recipes in this post, just some...stuff.

We spent the weekend with my parents at their campsite at Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. It's one of my favorite places in East Tennessee with the mountains, forests, plains, and wildlife. Walking through these forests always makes me feel like I am walking around Endor. (Oh snap, geek alert.)

It was a rainy weekend so mushrooms were erupting from the moist ground.

My mom did her usual campfire cooking that would kick the living crap out of most other people's cooking in the kitchen. That's right....I said it. My mom can 'whoop' your mom!

BBQ Pitmasters
Last year, TLC's BBQ Pitmasters was a bit of a breakout hit. I was surprised by how many of my non-bbq friends mentioned the show to me. BBQ Pitmasters is back for a second season and I am so happy to tell you that fellow food blogger, competitive BBQr, and media maven Danielle of DivaQ is one of the participants this year.

I think they picked the right person because she not only has the BBQ skill and knowledge but a riotously fun personality. Don't miss out on the new season, it starts August 12th (next Thursday) on TLC. They have changed the show format a bit this year to shake things up. In the mean time, check out Danielle's blog - DivaQ .

Tickets went on sale today for the 2010 Eggtoberfest. It is THE annual Big Green Egg festival where thousands of us Eggheads get together to socialize, share ideas, and cook together. We bought our tickets tonight for my birthday present (end of September, close enough) and I can't wait!

Closed For Remodeling
This weekend we are replacing our 20 year old deck. For those of you that cook inside, it would be like having your kitchen ripped out for a week.

So please excuse me if my posts for the next week are about things like cooking pop tarts or how to make ramen noodles. Just kidding, I'll just make do and cook on that "cooking box" thing that you folks have in your kitchen.


  1. You deserve a new deck! Oh yeah and enjoy sitting on you green egg with all the egg heads. I know you peeps will hatch up something great. Arghhh Did I really write that? GREG

  2. I've never seen a mushroom that color!!

  3. There is great fun to be had in toasting pop tarts and blogging about it. First, you drag out your toaster to the front yard with a long extension cord, and see how long it takes before your toaster catches fire. Pop Tarts are notoriously popular for catching toasters on fire. Okay, so my idea of fun is questionable.

    Love the photos. No doubt you enjoyed your time in East Tenn, Your momma could easily whoop my momma in any kind cooking.

    Looking forward to seeing that new deck.

  4. I sort of know about Endor from my grandson - we just found a die-cast x-wing fighter on Ebay for his birthday (to match my husband's collectable that he is infatuated with). I'd tell you which one, but I don't have a clue other than it's Luke's.

    LOL - sounds like your mom could kick my butt at campfire cooking, too. Did that Dutch oven have a dessert inside? I'm looking forward to your cooking adventures inside the house.

  5. Sigh I just got butterflies! I love when you take pictures, they always inspire me. You seriously need to do it more often, I know your readers love your cooking skills but I miss your picture taking skills. :)

  6. Lovely photos. Good luck with the deck, you will love it I'm sure. How about a post on a cumin bacon wrapped pop tart?

  7. love the pictures :)

    have a fabulous day!
    jen @

  8. You've got a lot going on! Good luck with the deck. I see you had the dutch oven going. What do you call that box-like grill? See you at Eggtoberfest!

  9. I've seen a couple of Disneyfied blogs today~this was a refreshing contrast.

    I hope mom reads the blog. ~Mary

  10. Beautiful photos, Chris! I love the orange mushroom! Good luck with your deck renovation. I totally understand your pain. My husband and I just completed an entire house renovation! Our renovation took over a year, and I like to compare it to childbirth (not that you would, though!). As painful as it is (and believe me it is), when it is all over and you have your new baby(or deck or house), you forget all about the pain and just admire your creation! :-)

    Kim in MD

  11. Looking forward to the Eggtoberfest as well. My husband, sister, brother-in-law and I will be cooking in the "Greenie" area. (first time cookers) Can't wait to see you there.

  12. I want your mom to guest post about camp cooking while you're busy with your deck. She's not afraid of teh internets, is she?

  13. Enjoy your new deck Chris. Sorry you'll have to cook elsewhere but it's certainly worth it for a new deck. I'm sure your Mom could beat me hands down. I'm not much on the grill.

  14. Aren't the Smokey Mountains the best. I have to hand it to your mom, that's one great campsite cooking! She doesn't fool around! Great pics and good luck with the deck. We are in the process of doing that.

  15. My deck is available...just sayin' Alexis and I can sit out there under the umbrella with the mist fan blowing on us while we sip fruity drinks and you, ummmm grill?

    If you're going to be indoors...tackling that big what to do Spam...

    Can't wait to see your new deck!

  16. I don't know who is the bigger geek, you for knowing Endor, or me for for thinking...." yes, it does look like it." ;)
    Have a great time at the Big Green Egg convention!

  17. Beautiful pictures...I had to google Endor :)

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  19. Your mom could definitely kick my mom's ass in the kitchen. I'm not even sure my mom knows where her kitchen is...

  20. I just love it when one spells the word smoky correctly for the usage used. Makes me smile.

    xo, Biggles

  21. I was a teenager from DC when my friend's family moved to Knoxville and insisted I visit Cade's Cove. It's beautiful. The memories have never left me!


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