Peanut Butter Blossoms a la Brickhead

Nothing says Christmas like holiday cookies. The other night, Lori started the oven for the preparation of her annual “Santa Claus” cookies. Just in case you didn’t know, I’m Santa Claus in my house and my favorite cookies are Peanut Butter Blossoms. In my opinion, there is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter. Although […]


Tim Talks Can Cooking

If you missed it, here is Tim Scheer of Shake’N Bake BBQ dropping some knowledge on The Big BBQ Show on KTRS the Big 550 in St. Louis last Sunday! If you get a chance and get the station, tune in every Sunday from 4-5 pm Central for some great BBQ talk!  For more information […]


The Italian Job

Ahhh, to be in the heart of Tuscany…  the land of Michelangelo masterpieces (full frontal, ladies!), Da Vinci madness, Dante’s Inferno, chianti by the barrel full, crooked architecture, and wizened old Italian nonnas all lovingly tending hearths full of pollo al mattone.  Unfortunately, I am stuck in southern Missouri, the land of giggin’ frogs, chasing […]


Competition Chex Mix

Around the holiday season, nothing beats hot, fresh out of the oven homemade chex mix.  It is a slightly sweet and salty mixture of crunchy, nutty goodness that hits all the high points of snack greatness.  Portable?  Check.  You can fill up a bag and nosh on this delight just about anywhere.  Craveable?  Check.  Just […]


A Lack of Wine Leads to a Better Way

As a competition BBQ cook, I tend to get stuck in a box.  This is especially true when it comes to competition style BBQ chicken.  Judges like thighs and more importantly, judges like my thighs.  Why on earth would I change? In a long standing off-season Tuesday evening tradition, I cracked open my last bottle […]