May Celebrates Barbecue and Hamburgers — Hooray!

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May is National Barbecue Month but since America is a country of grill-crazy people anyway, is it possible to single out just one month for this favored pastime? Perhaps, the anointing of May as the official barbeque month indicates that we should forego our indoor kitchens for the entire month and take the challenge to cook every meal on the grill.

May is also National Hamburger Month, National Salad Month, and National Bike Month (among other silly things too obscure to mention here). In honor of the first two, here are a couple of tasty recipes to . . . → Read More: May Celebrates Barbecue and Hamburgers — Hooray!

Outdoorlicious! Weekend at the Pecan Festival

South Carolina is full of nuts. Pecans, that is. The south is known for delicious pecans and everything that one can think of making with them: pies, pralines, caramel and pecan topping, ice cream, or simply as a snack all by themselves.

Karo Syrup





The pecan tree is a species of hickory and the word is from the Algonquian Indians, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. While pecan trees have been around for a long time, and were prized in Colonial America as . . . → Read More: Outdoorlicious! Weekend at the Pecan Festival

Basil Infused Olive Oil

As the warm weather winds down and produce from our gardens dwindles, it is possible to save some of the goodness from the garden to use throughout the fall and winter months.

Nearly everyone I know has a basil plant which has produced more basil than they know what to do with. Why not harvest some of those deliciously fresh leaves and save them to use in sauces later?

It’s easy to Freeze Basil Leaves and there are three easy methods, each of which will produce good results.

While fresh leaves are still available, try Martha Stewart’s recipe for . . . → Read More: Basil Infused Olive Oil

Outdoorlicious! Weekend Grilling Popcorn

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Popcorn… It’s such a great snack and, on more occasions than I would like to admit, a quick dinner. There have been many evenings where I have paired a bowl of popcorn with a glass of wine—which begs the question—red or white?

Cork Chronicles

I’m sure the French would wrinkle their Gallic noses at the combination. But, really, it does work, and has a lengthy pedigree to match that of the grape used in wine — give or take 2,000 years.

The oldest ears of popcorn (popcorn is a specific type of corn) were found in . . . → Read More: Outdoorlicious! Weekend Grilling Popcorn

Jerk Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a staple of every grillmeister’s cookbook. We all have a favorite go-to recipe for this tasty, all-American treat. Being a creature of habit, I find that while I may have the intention of trying a new recipe, time and laziness (?) get in the way and I opt for the tried-and-true familiar recipe. Well, not this time.

Recently, I discovered a recipe for Jerk Chicken Wings which was super simple (only 5 ingredients, including the wings) and a delicious change from the norm. Adding cilantro and lemon juice just before serving gives it a Caribbean flavor . . . → Read More: Jerk Chicken Wings