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Cooking is Not Just About Food

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A friend called me Saturday raving about his new cooking device. He called it The Big Green Egg. You'd of thought he'd found salvation, lol. The device, (I refuse to call it a grill!!!) costs an arm and a leg, is ceramic lined and uses special cooking elements which take the place of charcoal. I'll admit it cooks things perfectly. You fire it up, put your food on the rack and then go on with your life. No fuss, no mess and no fun.

My children grew up around my grill. It's about 15 years old, it's green and Katie and I snagged it at Wal-Mart on a spring morning. It was the last grill available, "$99.00 As Is." I was looking for something that had a lot of grilling surface.

I've smoked over 100 turkey breasts, pork tenderloins and ribs on that grill. I've learned the fancy little temperature gauge on the hood is just that - fancy. Mostly, though, my kids learned patience, creativity and the necessity of coming up with Plan B when things don't always go as planned. They found their individual grilling style as they progressed from the dirty prep and clean up work, to adding different woods in different orders, to creating their signature meals.

We've had some lively discussions as they've flexed their cooking muscles. Long thought to be the province of men I have to tell you my two daughters are the champions of our grill. We have a tradition in our family. When you buy your first house Joan and I buy you a Weber grill. I believe that when you can become proficient in cooking with charcoal everything else is downhill.

But mostly, it was time we spent together, talking, arguing, laughing and wondering that I will hold dear in my heart. You can learn a lot about life in the back yard. I just cant get my hands around The Big Green Egg

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANATASHIKI 11/23/2013 11:55AM

    I confess I want to see how it looks , I live in an apartment so use a water grill on the top of the oven flame. it's messy and the result is delicious emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 11/23/2013 2:35AM

    Simple works for me.

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MARCYNA 11/22/2013 4:37AM

    We once organized a party with grilled meat, everyone talked and laughed while cooking one's own beef at their favouite point of cooking with great emoticon emoticon pleasure...Life's made of tiny moments, let's make them memorable.

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NEW_PARADIGM 11/21/2013 8:02AM

    Love the family tradition. We've actually gone a few years without any grill after the gas one was blown over one too many times. We've agreed if/when we buy again a Weber type is what we'll look for. In the meantime we just enjoy sitting on the more open patio talking about it.

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WISLNDR 11/21/2013 5:47AM

    I loved your blog, it made me smile! I forwarded it to my brother who lives to grill; we've had many a wonderful afternoon sitting on the deck and chatting while he's busy at the barbecue. I have a great photo of him that I took during one of our mid-winter thaws; he's sitting in a lawn chair in his snow-covered driveway right next to the Weber!!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/21/2013 3:39AM

    Amen....nothing like a charcoal Barbeque....I think thats what you call a grill...

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/20/2013 8:10PM

    Grilling... the manly art! Well done passing it on.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2013 5:53PM

    I like cooking gadgets. The Big Green Egg sounds kind of cool. My in-laws owned a BBQ shack so we know how to smoke and grill but sometimes it's nice to have something that puts out a good product with no sweat. I won't get one, I'm sure. We have several outdoor cooking devices. A turkey fryer, a smoker, a stainless gas boat grill, a big stainless steel gas grill, another big gas grill, and a charcoal grill. We can pretty much put out the same product no matter what we use.

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RSTENNER 11/20/2013 2:15PM

    Yep, John, my husband calls that Yuppie living or cooking or whatever. They have to have the newest gadget, and it doesn't necessarily work any better than the old standbys. But we laugh about it!

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GARDENQE2 11/20/2013 1:07PM

    I have a friend with all the cooking gadgets in the world. He hardly has any counter space because of all his fancy appliances.
Does he cook?
Coffee pot and microwave!
I like hands-on, down-and-dirty's fun and delicious!

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JEANNETTE59 11/20/2013 12:28PM

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NASFKAB 11/20/2013 11:57AM

  so very true thanks for sharing

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REGILIEH 11/20/2013 11:19AM

    Now I must find out about the big green egg, I am way behind the times! Probably because I'm exercising so much!

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BAMAJAM 11/20/2013 10:54AM

  I skipped breakfast this morning, so your blog makes me hungry, John! I would love a BBQ pork plate right now--! Our kids are grown so we have downsized to the small Weber grill. BarB Q cooking is a year round sport here in the south-- and a scoop of vinegar slaw is the perfect topping for the BBQ sandwich. I have heard about the Green Egg, but guess it is good I don't know what I am missing. Ha.
It is true, however, that fun memories are made around the backyard grill--and for this reason, any grill can be priceless!

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