This week I had a little more fun with food again. It's not back at that level with early pandemic when I was cooking sometimes three times a day, but it was a fun week. So, let's jump into it. Thursday (7/1) - Okay, this was a simple night because Katie actually cooked. We just … Continue reading Semi-Quarantined Life Week 66
Early in our quarantine life when everything was shut down and we started ordering our groceries online and doing curbside pickup, I noticed that the price of bacon soared. This led to us considering it a luxury and only ordering it about twice in 3 months. The problem is that we love bacon. Then, back … Continue reading Makin Bacon!
Quarantine Life Week 20
This post is coming out a bit later because life has been very interesting the last couple of weeks. I'll talk more about that in Quarantine Life Week 21. But wow! 20 weeks in quarantine. That's five months! At this point, I think we have adjusted to this lifestyle. We've stopped talking about when things … Continue reading Quarantine Life Week 20
Quarantine Week 11
We are still quarantining here in Chicago. Our city has entered "Phase 3" of reopening. This means people are flocking to restaurants with outdoor dining and getting their hair cut. We are not ready to take the risks involved with those activities, given the number of experts we still hear using the words "we don't … Continue reading Quarantine Week 11
Cooking requires a lot of patience. Ask anyone who knows me, and they are going to tell you that patience is not really one of those attributes I was given by nature or nurture. But cooking requires an enormous amount of patience. (Side note: The instant pot can avoid some of this requirement!) I love … Continue reading Patience
Women in BBQ
Why are there so few women in the bbq competition arena?
I love smoking and have a house full of girls that don't eat meat. That doesn't stop me from smoking up a wonderful dinner!
Beer and BBQ Fest – the Event
It's here. It's the big day. I've slept maybe 3 hours. I hear "Jen, it's 3:30, I'm gonna shower"...and I am immediately up and in the bathroom. I get ready and head upstairs in minutes. We get back to the site where our team member has already left and our brewer is manning the station. … Continue reading Beer and BBQ Fest – the Event
Beer and BBQ Challenge – the day before
The day of the event is almost here. We get an email with the breakdown of the schedule leading up to and the event day. My part here is pretty easy. I'm to show up on the day before we actually start smoking meat, cause, you know, that's my jam. Friday, I show up at … Continue reading Beer and BBQ Challenge – the day before
Beer and BBQ Challenge
This crazy little thing happened. A friend of ours, John, competes in a Beer & BBQ competition each year. In April, I got an email inviting me to join his team. I love smoking and barbecuing meat, so of course, I said yes without the slightest hesitation. The event is to raise money for a … Continue reading Beer and BBQ Challenge