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Second full day of camping at Glacier was almost harder than the first. Our bodies were tired and sore from the first day, and the hike for the second day was actually a couple miles longer than the first, although not so much up hill. Also the landscape was different so we were under the sun more and was a lot more dehydrated.  Read the rest of this entry »

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For a simple weekday dinner, I made some grilled chicken breasts with tomato salsa. Sounds plain, but the chicken breast are coated with a layer of toasted and crushed cumin seeds, which adds a strong, earthy profile to the meat.

This recipe is also a cinch to make, especially if you have a gas grill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lobsters are such an amazing ingredient. You can boil it, cut it up and put the pieces of meat in a salad or pasta, boil the shell down to extract favors for seafood broth and sauces, and you can grill them.
In fact one of my favorite things to do is to grill lobsters, and if I can’t grill them due to the weather, I would roast them in an oven.

Grilling lobsters isn’t as complicated as it would seem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Smoked roasted almonds are one of the most versatile ingredients that I use. They are great on salads or alone by themselves, however, with very little work, they can actually be used as a healthy spice and flavor enhancer that can bring complexity to simple dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

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After the successful first Blues On The Green picnic at Zilker Park where I made the grilled shrimp and arugula pitas , we decided to do another picnic.

This time Ben Kweller was playing, and the weather was much hotter. Read the rest of this entry »

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While I love to BBQ outside, there are days that are just way too hot to cook outdoors in Texas. Sometimes I just don’t feel like starting a fire after a day of work and dealing with cleaning the grill. There are also times when I’m making BBQ for a dinner party but I’ve got my attention on 5 other dishes and no time to mind a live fire. Rain, while is rare in Texas, does happen when you least expect it, and could potentially ruin your BBQ plans. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer has officially arrived in Austin. With weather averaging in the mid 90s, you must be a crazy person to want to make things even hotter by cooking via grilling outside. But that’s exactly what I have decided to do now that I’m in my 6th month with my new-ish Weber charcoal grill. I’ve determined to master the art of grilling with charcoal, and that’s why I’ve been practicing with a variety of dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

There are always many activities to be found around the town in Austin, especially during the summer. We were invited by our friends to go to a outdoor concert in Zilker Park called “Blues On the Green” this past Wednesday evening. Zilker Park is a recreational area just south of downtown Austin near Barton springs and Lady Bird Lake where thousands of people visit on weekends to hike, play frisbee, or hang out with their kids and dogs. Zilker Park is also the location for Austin City Limits music festival every September. Read the rest of this entry »

Paella is a dish that is easy to love. Seafood, meat, vegetables all cooked together in rice, which soaks up and melds all the flavors of the different ingredients. Paella is best eaten when shared with a group of people. It is not unlike hunting for treasures, I’m always looking for that one last piece of meat or clam that had evaded others. Read the rest of this entry »

Last time I made kimbap, I used a recipe I found on rasamalaysia.com. I was surprised at how easy it was to make these vegetarian/vegan treats that are great as a side or snacks.

Since then, I found a kimbap recipe from David Chang that was inspired from food he found on his trip to a Buddhist temple in South Korea. Read the rest of this entry »