Well, hello…and a new toy

September 21, 2017

Simple and good.

Tossing my hat gently in the door…Anybody still hanging around here?

I’ve been absent. Semi-off-the-grid. Busy as hell. On the road. And dealing with a minor injury, all of which has conspired to mostly keep me out of the kitchen. I think I’ve cooked twice in the past week, and one of those, I felt puny and didn’t eat much (and it was some of my favorite stuff, too). And I have been in the throes of an insomnia cycle, which plays havoc with both my work AND my cooking, but I think I’m about at the end of that.

And I have a new toy. After wanting one for two years, I have pulled the trigger on a Masterbilt electric smoker. It arrived Tuesday, and I’ve not taken time to pull it out of the box, but Lord willing, I plan to smoke me a big ol’ chicken in it this weekend, and maybe  a piece or two of brisket at the same time. I can always freeze the brisket. Am also contemplating smoking some salmon and some tuna. We shall see. I have just ordered 50 bucks worth of assorted flavors of wood chips, so I should be ready to go.

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I'll see you your fancy table setting and gourmet lunch and raise you a PB&J on the lake...

I'll see you your fancy table setting and gourmet lunch and raise you a PB&J on the lake...

Well, I forgot to take pics of the lake dinner — brisket, potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans — because by that time I was sunburned and about to die and we’d already put stuff in the car because we were leaving after dinner. This is from earlier in the day; a fine, tasty, healthy PB&J on whole wheat, that I didn’t even have to get off the float to enjoy.

Life on the lake is good. And PB&J is enhanced mightily by nice waves from a passing houseboat, the hot sun and a gorgeous setting amid the Ouachita Mountains. Yes indeedy, I believe I like this part of the world!
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