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My passion is grilling. I don't care if it's charcoal, gas, electric, smoking with a water bowl or without. I am an average guy with a simple outlook. I live a middle class lifestyle, yet ,somehow, I always find room in my home for a new grill. I do grill outside in the cold weather. My love for grilled food is greater than my dislike for being cold.
I feel the need to add that I really have a dislike for people that post recipes they claim under thier name. Like "Good Eats Turkey" by Such and Such. Or "My Mom's Recipe for ..., from Good House Keeping." If "your" recipe comes from another source, you should not get ratings for it. To me, this is a cowardly way to get recogntion. If you cook something you or your family likes, put your self out there! Take a chance! These people that have these "stats" are hiding. If you have a certain twist here or a tweak there on any recipe that you prepare for your family, post it. Make it your own. Let us try and judge it. If we love it, you score! If we hate it, screw us, your family loves it.
I will say that sometimes people think they discover new ways to prepare things. The ways to cook are simple. It is the way these foods are marinaded, stuffed, rubbed, injected, flavored, seasoned that are important. Try new combinations of flavors, herbs, and spices.
I don't cliam to be a great cook. Cooking is always relvolved around MY tastes. If I love the flavor somethings adds, I try it EVERWHERE! This makes my recipes mine. They reflect what I love. I have blanked up alot of dishes. That is how you learn.
Don't post a recipe just because it was found it in a book and you have the audacity to think you are the only one to have seen it! Take that recipe, try it as written, add the things you love, cook it to your liking, try new things, make it "your" dish" then post it as your own.
Cooking is simple. You know the tastes you like. Use them. Perfect them. Then give them to us. We'll be the judge. Do not be affraid to be judged.
Another pet peeve of mine is when folks "try" different additions or not use something here and use something else there in ones recipe then give one a lower rating because of THEIR attempt to "fix" it. Like adding wholewheat pasta to a simple spaghetti dish. You know who you are.
I would never do that to someone.
My favorite food is the grilled kind. My neighbors love my onion, pepper and beer stewed bratwurst. Yes, it is cooked on a grill.