- Family Friendly Labor Day Grill
It's your last chance to grill before school starts! Well, some of you in other parts of the country have already started school, but Labor Day weekend does serve as the other pillar to Memorial Day that means summer is over, fall shall begin.Here is a post I wrote for Char-broil. It's a recipe for grilled chicken with my secret to sneaking vegetables to my kids without their knowing it. Spoiler alert: I wait till they are so weak with hunger they'll eat anything I put in front of them. No, not really. To find out you'll just have to read the whole post here.If you feel more like steak this weekend, you should read How to Make Perfect Sear Marks. In that post there is a contest to win a jar of pickles. I know that's not an Ipad or Ipod or I-something, but they are really great pickles, if I may be so bold.
- Perfect Sear Marks on your Steak
We all love those perfect crosshatch marks on our steaks It's macho, so they say, but as a woman griller, I'd like to call it Facho (that's the feminine of, um, acho?)Anyhoo, it's not that hard. Don't let those boys tell you differently or that you need a pair of not-to-be-named body parts we gals don't have. Yes I've actually been told that. To my face. It's a wonder I didn't lash out. Oh right, I totally did. That was quite a hospital bill. No, just kidding. At least I think so. Sometimes my dreams are really really vivid....Here is the totally FACHO way to get perfect sear marks. It's a post I did for Char-broil so you'll have to click here to read it. This is what is called a teaser. But do click on it. I'm happy with the post and I did part of it in California and part of it in Seattle. Can you guess what photos are from where? First one to get it right gets a jar of pickles mailed to them in the fall. Seriously.This post just turned into a contest without my even planning it. It's like my fingers are possessed. Or my brain is simply way behind because we're experiencing our busiest catering season ever and I'm so bleary eyed that my hands are now in charge. They certainly have been reaching for a lot of chocolate lately with little to no resistance from my brain. Those hands.So go read the post and comment on the Char-broil post or here which photo you think was taken in California. Hint: You may want to read the post I wrote while in California. Certain people are excluded. You know who you are.
- Big Pig in Big Jim
We've been smoking a lot of whole pigs lately for events, but this particular pig was so big, it didn't fit in our smokers at the shop. We have two Freidrich smokers that have basket carousel inside where you place the meat. It's important to keep the carousel balanced, however, or you can have a derailment. This hog from Kapowsin was definitely going to derail the smokers.We had to bring in Big Jim, our new-to-us smoker and the larger of our two mobile smoker. Eric slept in the van at the shop in three-hour increments to get this big boy done.One of the reasons I want to post some photos of the whole hog is because we will be doing a whole hog night for Fare Start in September.The other reason is because some people don't realize how much the pig...looks like a pig when you smoke it. We are so removed from our food that it can be a little shocking when we see meat so close to its original form and not packaged on a tray with some plastic wrap.The construction crew who ordered this pig were in hog heaven!While an apple is traditional, we had a little fun with this one for our client.Here are some more photos. Eric will claim to have not a marketing bone in his body, but he's the one who set this up and took photos for "whatever" (you know, like our facebook page or our website...).I didn't crop out the van, his bed for the night.
- A Week of Seasonal Grilled Veggies
Keeping a fridge full of healthy options in the summer months for me is a challenge because we work so so much. It's a pity too because summer is when there is such a bounty. This is the time to be making summer grilled steak salads or grilled shrimp salads with greens and tomatoes from your garden.But for some of us, summer gets too hectic for gardening and meal planning. Here is an efficient way to keep the fridge chock full of vegetables in any season. It was a fun post to write because, well, I had tons of healthy and delicious food to eat all week that wasn't some variation of the quesadilla, my go-to food for when there is nothing in the house but random catering leftovers and corn tortillas.Read the post here.
- Smokin' Pete's BBQ at Ballard Seafood Fest this Weekend
We will be at the Ballard Seafood Fest again this year. Come down to Booth #15 for some Barbecue Shrimp and Clam Fritters, along with our regular festival fare of Pulled Pork & Pulled Chicken Sliders plus coleslaw, mini pecan pies, lemonade and other treats.We are getting ready for the Shrimp Swarm.Our booth is on Leary Avenue, just off Market street, near the Teriyaki place driveway. I'm sure we will be near the grumpy Cajun guy, as always. In four years, the guy hasn't yet said hello back. But other than mister unhappy fried alligator Cajun crank, we absolutely love the Ballard Seafood Fest. Great food, great activities for the kids, and right in our neighborhood.See you there!
- 3rd of July Pie
I'll be posting all about huckleberries and pie in the next few days, but first look at this beautiful pie Eric made with the huckleberries we picked.It didn't make it to the 4th. It was devoured, still warm, by my family last night.We saved Eric a (small) piece. He'd left early because, well, barbecue folk have to get up early on the 4th of July. They have to work all day and into the night. I'm just about to head out to join him for the first of many many caterings and pick up orders. Just had to share this beauty first.Happy 4th of July everyone.
- Smokin' Pete's at the Swedish Club on the 4th
There are still a few more tickets available at the Swedish Club on Dexter. Some of the best views of the Lake Union fireworks can be seen from the decks of this time-honored club. We'll be there smoking up the parking lot (only using up ONE of the precious parking spots, also for sale in the ticket packages).Dinner runs from 6:30 to 9pm followed shortly by an amazing display of July 4th power and awesomeness. There is a band and two bars as well.They will sell out the deck spots for sure, but have a large capacity inside watching from their huge windows wrapping around the lake side view. For tickets go to the Swedish Club's website, or call them at 206-283-1090. We'll see you there!
- Cater, cater, cater...be careful what you wish for!
We've fed the crew working on the 520 bridge a few times this year. Looks peaceful here but it was on a barge surrounded by construction equipment. We wore hard hats and orange vests too!It appears that all my scheduled posts for the past two weeks didn't post so I'm just doing a quickie until I can figure out what happened.I've been a busy girl.For example, how does one cater 1750 people one day and then turn around and cater 900 the next, departing at 6am? One does it with some difficulty. Add in eight caterings the next day down a few staffers, followed by two caterings by just the owners, because you have to give people days off but not yourselves, and, well...I'm sore.But that's not all, dear Sally and Dick, no that is not all I can do. Because there was a tiny space in the schedule, I fit in a brown belt karate test in the mix.Yep. I'm sore. And though I got some dirty looks by the ladies I hired to clean my house yesterday (like this lady can't even pick up before we come? And did you look at her fridge?) I didn't care because no one has managed the household for weeks and frankly after being buried by caterings, I just couldn't die by burial of dog hair.Look for blog posts in the next day or so that will come before this one. First I have to get the kids up, make their lunches, drive them to the kids club, pick up the laundry for Pete's, run to work, help get the 95 guest catering out, then take the smaller delivery, then join the other catering, and come back to do the May books for the accountant. Then I'll see what's going on with the blog...