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cooking parmesan chicken with caryn

So, here we go!  I finally have perfected Parmesan Chicken!  Thanks to Chef Ramsey and watching Chopped!  Yup!  “’It’s Raw” stuck in my head.   So, the trick here is the browning in the pan, then finishing in the oven.  You will end up with gorgeous chicken parmesan!  And, of course, the trick to ensuring […]

Jalapeno chicken bacon poppers

We had some friends over for game night Saturday and I wanted to come up with a new snack. I had had some poppers at the Oasis last weekend and wanted to see if I could recreate them. They turned out really great – Jalapeno slices and cream cheese wrapped in chicken wrapped in Bacon. […]

Jerky!

Jerky is a great food whether you are doing a Keto diet or not. Its portable protein with big flavor. On the go and need a snack? Protein is always better for you than sugar or carbs. You can buy jerky everywhere these days. Just visit a Bass Pro shop and you will find dozens […]

Mystical, Medieval Estonia

Estonia is a beautiful country to visit to see medieval heritage, castles, and cities.  And, one of the most charming towns in Estonia is it’s capital Tallinn – with its lively cafes, galleries, and abundance of history.  During my visit to Tallinn, I visited suburban city surrounding areas and the upper City.  We first enjoyed […]

Mango Habenero Smoked Chicken

A friend of mine made me a really nice brisket sized chopping board. I’ve been paying him back in BBQ. So Sunday, I pulled out the smoker and cooked up 2 butts (one for the board payment) and 3 whole chickens. When I smoke chicken, I like to spatchcock the birds. It helps them cook […]

Chopped Beef & Keto Biscuit

I took part of my brisket and made chopped beef with it. What I needed to eat the chopped beef was something to mop up all the great sauce. I used to use bread or tortillas, but they’re not keto. My new go to is a Keto Biscuit. I found a great keto biscuit recipe. […]

Brisket: Part 2

Yesterday, I smoked a brisket and it was a good one. I bought a 12 pound brisket from Texas Sausage Company and it was a great one. There are lots of ways to smoke a brisket. So, if you’re doing something else that works for you, keep doing it. Trimming a brisket is critical to getting a […]

Brisket: Part 1

In Texas, BBQ often means Brisket. Smoking a brisket is not something you can just wake up and decide to do. It takes prep work to get a good brisket. You need fuel in the form of charcoal and wood chunks for smoke flavor. You need a good rub. And, you need a good brisket. […]

Exploring Gotland and the Island of Faro

I know you’re probably thinking where in the world is Gotland, let alone Faro.  Gotland is a little island in the Baltic sea off Sweden.  It was once a popular trading post in the Viking age which was transformed into a very wealth island later, due to its trading of silver.  Some silver can still […]

Silver Dollar City & Kid Magician

Going to Branson, Missouri is always so much fun.  And, one of my must do stops is Silver Dollar City (“SDC”).  Walking into SDC is like turning back the time to the 1800s.   SDC started way back in the pioneer days when the Hershen family purchased the Marvel Cavern from the Lynch Sisters. The Hershen’s […]

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