Monte Cristo Panini

Monte Cristo Panini
The Monte Cristo is another great sandwich recipe that you can easily convert into a panini.  I used to love ordering a Monte Cristo as a late night snack at my local diner.  The combination of the sweet French Toast style bread and saltiness of the Ham and Swiss Cheese is great at any time ...

Poor Man’s Burnt Ends Recipe

Poor Man's Burnt Ends Recipe
When you go a really good BBQ place, you should definitely try the burnt ends. They are usually made when smoking a brisket. You cut off the fatty end and cut it into cubes and then smoke it some more. That works great if you’re a big BBQ joint and you’re smoking like 20 briskets. ...

Smoked Butternut Squash

Smoked Butternut Squash
Since I got my Char Broil The Big Easy Smoker/Roaster/Grill I’ve been smoking meats all the time. It was only a matter of time before I started smoking vegetables. And since it’s fall, then what better vegetable to smoke than the butternut squash. Butternut squash is the perfect fall vegetable because it’s a hearty winter ...

The Compost Bin Blog

The Compost Bin Blog
Today’s blog post is all about my former life as a garden blogger. Way back in 2006, I started the Compost Bin blog. Now this is not to be confused with WatchItRot.com (no link because I don’t own it anymore) which was started several years before that. That was way before blogging was popular so ...

Closing The Pool

Closing The Pool
I have a nice pool. Its a remnant from a more civilized age when I have a great job. My wife and I bought a house with a pool in 2000 then totally renovated the pool and surrounding hardscape in 2006. Big home equity loans were all the rage back then so we didn’t even ...

Smoked Meatloaf With Bacon

Smoked Meatloaf With Bacon
I made a goal this summer to learn how to smoke. No, not cigarettes, that would be a terrible goal to set. I’m talking about meat. Smoking meats like a BBQ pit master has always been a goal of mine and this summer I took the first steps towards learning how. Now if you look ...