Milwaukee, WI Edition: Leon’s Frozen Custard

Frozen custard is a thing in the midwest. Frozen custard is ice cream, but made with the addition of eggs, which makes it have a smoother texture and stay colder longer. It’s specifically popular in Milwaukee, which is the “unofficial frozen custard ca… … »

Plaid Mason Jar Lid Ornament: Holiday Inspiration

Are you looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Boy, do I have the inspiration you need. I love making ornaments for the tree. I used to buy a ton and now I spend more time making our own. I think DIY ornaments add so much pizzazz to a tree. I look forward […] … »

Yorkshire Diary: Geocaching in the Yorkshire Wolds

I recently heard about the concept of “microadventures” – adventures that lead to you to discover something new, no more than one hour from your city. I love this concept since it’s what I do with so many of my weekends when I can’t travel further afield. For me, these microadventures fill in the gaps between […]

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Firecast Podcast Episode #87 – Dana Romero on the CABOOM! CaJohn Hard Documentary

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Episode #87 – Dana Romero on the CABOOM! CaJohn Hard Documentary

Dana Romero, producer of the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo and the World Hot Sauce Awards, chats to Scott about the upcoming documentary on John “CaJohn” Hard titled CaBOOM! Also, Ken and Scott review Born to Hula Smokehaus Salsa.

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IDO3D Pen and Ink Up

This post is sponsored by IDO3D. All opinions are my own and my daughters.  What is IDO3D you ask? Well it is this really cool 3D art pen with ultra violet light that allows you to create 3D art. You simply places the plastic sheet over any design in the art book and use the pen ink… Read More »

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Texas BBQ Wannabe: 144

144. Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, Connecticut) – “A bank robber, cattle herder, Justice of the Peace, moonshiner and cook, Hoodoo Brown epitomized life in the Wild West. We celebrate Hoodoo Brown’s spirit and authenticity by cooking the best Texas barbecue on the planet…or at least right here in Ridgefield. Owner Cody Sperry was inspired several years ago on a “guys trip” to Austin, Texas. There they traveled to over a dozen barbecue joints, with owner’s generously sharing their stories, secrets and passion for creating true Texas barbecue. He returned to Ridgefield with a new outlook and desire to replicate what he experienced in Texas. He started his apprenticeship on a Big Green Egg smoker and eventually opened a barbecue catering business. Through the encouragement of his customers, friends and family, he decided to open Hoodoo Brown BBQ. He met his Pitmaster, Nestor Laracuente, highly regarded as one of the best pitmasters on the East Coast, on social media and now they cook your barbecue low and slow, for up to 16 hours over aged hardwood on a custom Lang Smoker.” 

*I had the pleasure to spend 3 days with the Cody Sperry, the man behind Hoodoo Brown, a couple of years ago. Awesome guy. I wish Hoodoo Brown the very best and hope I get the opportunity to stop in sometime. 

Updated list: 

1. Texas Smokehouse (Decatur, AL)
2. Hill Country Barbecue (Manhattan)
3. Dallas BBQ (Manhattan)
4. Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q (Beijing)
5. Capital Q (Washington, DC) – RIP
6. Little Texas (Iasi, Romania)
7. Back Forty Texas BBQ (CA)
8. West Texas Barbeque Co. (Jackson, MI)
9. Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ (Van Nuys, CA)
10. Barn Burner Texas Barbeque (Pasadena, CA)
11. JR’s Texas Bar-B-Que (Sacramento, CA)
12. Texas West BBQ (3 CA locations)
13. Tootie’s Texas Barbeque (Cathedral City, CA)
14. Armadillo Willy’s Real Texas BBQ (Los Altos, CA)
15. The Original Texas Barbecue King (Los Angeles)
16. Longhorn Barbecue (3 WA locations)
17. Bubb’s Big Texas Style BBQ (Big Bend, WI)
18. The Texas BBQ Company (Northborough, MA)
19. DJ’s Texas Style BBQ (Lewiston, ME)
20. Serious Texas BBQ (3 CO locations)
21. Abbey’s Real Texas Bar-B-Q (San Diego, California)
22. Jake’s Authentic Texan Bar B-Q (Rensselaer, NY)
23. Buster’s Texas Style Barbecue (3 OR locations)
24. Howard’s Texas Barbecue Service (Portland, OR)
25. Bennett’s BBQ (CO, TN, & NC)
26. Kin Folks Texas Style BBQ (Altoona, IA)
27. Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q (2 FL locations)
28. Shaw’s Texas Style BBQ (Hercules, CA)
29. Backwoods BBQ (Corona, CA)
30. Cedar River Smoke House (Renton, WA)
31. Big Al’s Texas BBQ (Lehi, UT)
32. East Texas BBQ, LLC (Huntsville, AL)
33. Bonehead’s Texas BBQ (San Francisco, CA)
34. Huntsville Barbecue Company (Huntsville, UT)
35. Bart’s Texas Style BBQ (Traverse City, MI)
36. Roland’s Bar-B-Que Company (Hot Springs, AR)
37. Ralphies Texas Style BBQ & Ribs (Fairmont, WV)
38. Taste of Texas Bar-B-Q (Spencerport, NY)
39. Danny’s Little Taste of Texas (South Windsor, CT)
40. Taste of Texas BBQ (McCook, NE)
41. Lockhart’s BBQ (Royal Oak, MI)
42. Big John’s Texas BBQ (Flagstaff, AZ)
43. Big Star Texas Barbeque (Flagstaff, AZ)
44. Big Mouth BBQ (Great Falls, MT)
45. Bull Durham’s Texas BBQ and Steakhouse (West Chester, PA)
46. Texas Ribs and BBQ (Clinton, MD)
47. The Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ (Elm Grove, WI)
48. Elmer’s Authentic Texas BBQ (Battle Lake, MN)
49. Doc’s Texas BBQ & Burgers (Sonora, CA)
50. Dixie’s Smokehouse Texas BBQ & Rotisserie (Kings Park, NY)
51. Bob’s BBQ & Mexican Grill (Pattaya, Thailand)
52. Bob’s Texas BBQ (Boise, ID)
53. Hickory River Smokehouse (6 locations in OH & IL)
54. Texas Tony’s BBQ Shack (Naples, FL)
55. Roosters Texas Style BBQ & Steakhouse (Nashville, TN)
56. Lee’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q (Detroit, MI)
57. Texas Smokehouse Bar-B-Q (Woodinville, WA) – RIP
58. Austin BBQ (Wheaton, IL)
59. Alamo BBQ (Richmond, VA)
60. Austin’s BBQ (Mountain View, CA)
61. 4C BBQ (Ponce De Leon, FL)
62. Rotuno’s Texas Style Barbeque (Elyria, OH)
63. Smoke City Market (Sherman Oaks, CA)
64. The Ranger Texas Barbecue (Manhattan)
65. 4Rivers Smokehouse (2 FL locations)
66. Podnah’s Pit Barbecue (Portland, OR)
67. Taste of Texas BBQ (Keystone, NE)
68. Bubba’s Barbecue (Jakarta, Indonesia)
69. Molly’s Smokehouse Texas BBQ (Wahiawa, HI)
70. Smokin’ J’s BBQ – Real Texas Barbeque (Gulfport, FL)
71. Texas BBQ & Steaks (Nha Trang, Vietnam)
72. Texas BBQ (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
73. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer (Las Vegas, NV) – RIP
74. Red River BBQ (Melbourne, Australia)
75. Triple A Bar (Toronto, Canada)
76. Texas Bar-B-Q (Puebla, Mexico)
77. Bubba’s Texas BBQ (Philadelphia)
78. Tex’s World Famous Bar-B-Q (Nashville, TN)
79. Gilley’s BBQ (Las Vegas)
80. Texas Pit BBQ (St. Thomas, VI)
81. Texas Best BBQ (Valley Village, CA)
82. Selma’s Texas Barbeque (Moon Township, PA)
83. Texas BBQ House (Phoenix)
84: Bludso’s BBQ (Compton, CA)
85. Wayne’s BBQ Shack (Superior, CO)
86. Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, AZ)
87. Wise Barbecue Company (Los Angeles)
88. Hickory River Smokehouse (multiple locations in OH & IL)
89. Jim’s Pit Bar-B-Q (Reddick, FL)
90. Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse (Los Angeles)
91. Smoke Ring (Rome, Italy) 
92. Texas BBQ Grill (Chehalis, WA)
93. Texas Joe’s (London, England)
94. Texas Stockyards BBQ (Lady Lake, FL)
95. Bubba’s Texas Style Bar-B-Que & Saloon (Shanghai, China)
96. Hill Country Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
97. Hill Country Barbecue (Washington, DC)
98. Double J Texas BBQ (Havelock, NC)
99. Bar-B-Q Shack (Brighton, England)
100. White Smoke – A Texas Smokehouse (Tokyo)
101. Kim’s Texas BBQ (San Diego, CA)
102. Swingin’ Door Texas BBQ (North Hollywood, CA)
103. Brick’s Barbeque (Sarasota, FL)
104. Texas Hold’em BBQ (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
105. Texas Ribs (multiple locations in Mexico)
106. The Beast (Paris, France)
107. Texas BBQ (Tel Aviv, Israel)
108. Horse Thief BBQ (Los Angeles)
109. BBQ Rush (Tucson, AZ)
110. Allison’s Texas BBQ (Mesa, AZ)
111. The Proper Pig BBQ (Cleveland, OH)
112. The Beach Pit (St. George Island, FL)
113. Rangers Texas BBQ (Sydney, Australia)
114. Taste of Texas BBQ (Waitara, Australia)
115. Marley’s Central Texas BBQ (Albuquerque, NM) 
116. Round Up Texas Smoked BBQ (Cold Spring, NY)
117. Texas Pit BBQ (Cloudcroft, NN)
118. Joe’s Texan BBQ (Currumbin, Australia)
119. The Calhoun Family’s Texas Barbeque (Murrieta, CA)
120. Rio Grande Texas Barbecue (Balgowlah, Australia) 
121. The Texan Bar-B-Q & Chili House (Algonquin, IL)

122. Bob’s Omahoma Barbeque (Wooster, OH)
123. Gary Ray’s Texas BBQ (Tucson, AZ)
124. Texas Barbecue Cafe (Stabekk, Norway)
125. Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn, NY)
126. All Friends Smokehouse (Westport, MA)
127. Firehouse on the Run Famous Texas BBQ (Black Forest, CO)
128. Texas Smoke Barbecue (Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
129. Jersey Shore BBQ (Belmar, NJ)
130. Smokehouse BBQ (Bali, Indonesia)
131. Andy’s BBQ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
132. Moonie’s Texas Barbecue (Flowery Branch, GA)
133. Wabba Texas BBQ (Guadalajara, Mexico)
134. Frank’s Texas BBQ (Bay Area, CA)
135. Bronco Belle Texas BBQ (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
136. City Butcher (Springfield, MO)
137. Kaiser’s Real Texas Bar-B-Q (Salt Lake City, UT)
138. Jimbo’s Texas BBQ (Chantilly, VA)
139. Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill (Williamsburg, VA)
140. Howard’s Meat Co. (London)
141. Mike’s Smokehouse (Eau Claire, WI)
142. Windy City Pizza (San Mateo, CA)
143. Texas Jack’s Barbecue (Arlington, VA)
144. Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, CT)

Make Them Forget

Make Them Forget

Twas’ the day before Thanksgiving and all around, people were bustling to ready  their homes for the holidays and guests and guests that abound.  Admittedly poetry is not my strong suit, but that is what is happening right now.  The mad holiday rush has officially kicked off.  Cooking, shopping, decorating, and of course guests.  In […]


Sugared Cranberries

Serve these simple sugared cranberries in a bowl for snacking, as part of a sophisticated holiday cheese tray or to top an appetizer or dessert!

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Milwaukee, WI Edition: Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Wisconsin is known for its cheese, so there was no way I was going home without trying some. A quick search turned up the Wisconsin Cheese Mart as being known for its selection.And they do have a ton – everything from curds and sharp cheddar to cranber… … »

Chemmen Ularthiyathu / Kerala Style Prawn Roast with Tomatoes

Chemmen Thakkali Ularthiyathu
Prawn / Shrimp Roast is a famous Syrian Christian dish which can be prepared very quickly. Prawn is cooked in their own juices along with spices, tomatoes and a small piece of kudampuli (kokum). Prawns absorb all the flavours which give a nice spicy dry dish that goes really well with a bowl of steaming rice and morucurry, Palappam or chapathi

Kerala Style Shrimp Roast with Tomatoes

Chemmen Ularthiyathu / Kerala Style Prawn Roast with Tomatoes

Cleaned Prawns / Shrimps – 250 gm

Onion – 1 medium, sliced (can replace with chumannulli / shallots)

Ginger paste – 2 tsp

Garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped

Chilly powder – ¾ to 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Pepper powder – ¾  tsp

Garam masala – 1 tsp

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Kudampuli / Kokum -1 small piece, soaked in ¼ cup of water

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves, chopped – 1 tbsp (optional)

Salt to taste

  • Heat oil in a pan, add sliced onion and fry until light golden brown. Add ginger paste and garlic paste and fry again for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and curry leaves and sauté well.
  • Add the chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and pepper powder and sauté until oil separates.
  • Add kudampuli along with its soaked water, prawns and salt and sauté over medium heat until prawns are cooked and well coated with tomato mixture.
  • Sprinkle the garam masala and coriander leaves over the prawns and stir well and remove from heat.
Chemmen Roast


Knoxville Looks For Public Feedback On Food Truck Rules

KNOXVILLE, TN – After 20 months of successful experience with a pilot program for food trucks, the City of Knoxville’s Office of Business Support is seeking public feedback on a proposed Mobile Food Unit (MFU) ordinance. The proposed ordinance has been posted on the City’s website at The period for public comment will run […]

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Chandler Ordinance To Cut Cost Of Food Truck Licensing

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