Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Spring comes a knocking...

"Oh man...Oh baby...Oh Hanna"

Hanna? Who is Hanna B.D.?

That's just a phrase my friend for my jubilation that spring is just around the corner. Woo-Hoo!!!

Spring tells me that it won't be long before me and the Holland spend a lot of time together.

Of course right now, the week will be nice and the weekend will suck, but not for long...

"Be still my quivering Spatula. Calm yourself my lustful Tongs." It won't be long now...

(and I can't believe I got jubilation right on the first spelling) Woo-Hoo!!!


Monday, February 27, 2006

And Today is Monday...

I took today off because I had someone coming over to insulate the floor. When our gas bill almost quadrupled from last year, it was time to do something. Spend a lot to save a little... (I hope)

Plus... I got a few things done that I have been putting off from my to do list.

Today was pretty nice, so I grilled some Leg Quarters tonight and they were good...

We took some pictures, so I'll post them soon, since we have finally figured out how to post pictures without having to threaten the computer with bodily harm... (G)

Life is good...
Beer is better...

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Weekend Report

Yesterday was nice. Most of the day, Mr. Sunshine came out to play, but that nasty old North Wind crashed the party and it got cold again.

All of BD's girls (Julie, Tracy, Vicky, Lena, and honorary BD's girl Delinda) are bowling in the Women's Tournament that has taken place over several weekends. They are doing fairly well I'm told, so I'll have to say "You Go Girls" good luck and I'll drink one for you... (G)

Also... I have added two new blog links to my list.

TnChick (Tennessee Chick) that lives somewhere nearby.
And Decadent Tranquility (just listed as Tranquility on my link)

Check these two out while you're here, you'll like 'em.

Don't forget about the race this afternoon.
(NASCAR Auto Club 500)

Have a great day!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Who eats this stuff...

I'm going to drop some names here...
Recipe names that is.

Who makes this stuff?
And who eats it?

You decide...

The list.

Jungle Rumba Pork Burgers with Coleslaw
Swing Time Chili Cheese Dogs
Breakfast Burritos cha cha cha

Fish Tacos with Grilled Red Snapper and Disco Inferno Salsa
Grilled Chicken With Razz Matazz Chipotle Raspberry Salsa
Grilled Shrimp with Mango Tango Tropical Fresh Fruit Salsa

Hip Hop Harvest Beef Nachos

Maggie & Mary's Tangerine cheese cakes
with Nikki's Key Lime cookie crust

Corn Bread Crusted Pork Chops with 3 Pepper Salad

Grilled turkey sausage
with Old World cranberry bread croutons

McCann's Quick Oat & Toblerone Cookies
Vegetable and Swing time quesadillas

Hip Hop Chicken and Rice Casserole
Jack oh Lantern Chicken and Southwestern Citrus Fajitas

Hot Lava Kisses (this sounds tame enough)
Italian Spiced Clam Chowder

Lava cake for Elvis

Chicken & sweet corn Cha Cha Roll Ups
Cowpoke Artichoke Meatballs & Orzo

(Cowpoke Artichoke Meatballs??)
Must be a Texas thing.......(G)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

This & That

You know I spend a lot of time surfing the net to find good workable recipes to post on this site. I study what I find to make sure they are credible recipes.

Because if I post a recipe that does not work, and you pull it off my site and fix it and (it sucks) then my credibility goes down along with it, and you won't come back. This is a black eye towards me.

Recipes must be trustworthy, and it seems that everybody that has a web site has recipes. I think sometimes people will post anything just to say they have recipes. "Hey check me out, I have recipes." I look at them to see if they are workable. (Meaning the mix of ingredients, and the method of madness.)

You would be surprised at what people post.
I take pride in what I do here at "the grill" and of what I present to you. (my readers)

I have literally looked at thousands of recipes, and probably culled as many to find the best.

My credibility is important to me, and that's why I only post the best recipes out there for you to enjoy and add to your collection.

If I have doubts about something, it won't be posted here.

You have my word on that, and my word needs no hand shake to seal the deal.


Monday, February 20, 2006

Happy B-day Tracy

Today is one of Bigdaddy's Girls' birthdays.

I would say "Happy (you fill in the blank) Birthday" but women are funny about numbers.

Now us guys, we don't care about divulging our age, but with ladies it's different. Ladies don't like numbers.
(Well they like money numbers.)

But when it comes to...

Bra size...
Waist size...
Shoe size...

Or anything else, that comes close to or deals with those numbers, that topic is off limits.

So... Since I am sworn to secrecy (by Julie) about the number, I will just say...

"Happy (you fill in the blank) Birthday Tracy"

(I will be taking bids on eBay for the info.)
Bidding starts at 2 beers.


Sunday, February 19, 2006

Weekend Report

It is COLD!!!!!

I've already had one 300 dollar gas bill this year that's enough. You'd think this was the Antarctic or something... This is the South, no Polar Bears down here.

Someone is going to be a birthday girl tomorrow.
Wondering who? Come back tomorrow and see...

Stay warm wherever you are and don't forget about the Daytona 500 this afternoon.


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

(Sorry I'm late with this...)

"Happy Valentine's Day" to all the ladies out there.
And a special Valentine's to all of "Bigdaddy's girls."

You know, when I met Julie, she changed my life.

When I got to meet her friends, Vicky & Tracy, they took me in as one of their own. They knew right off, I would be good to Julie.

I love these ladies more than anything. They became my friends. They became... "Bigdaddy's Girls."

That was not an honor bestowed on them...

That was an honor bestowed on me...that these lovely ladies are on my side. Julie is my life...and "the girls are my friends." That's all I need.

Three women... that love this old "Lovable Grouch." What else could I ask for...

"Happy Valentine's Day to Everyone."


Saturday, February 11, 2006

Weekend Report

Here are some pictures of our Super Bowl chow.

Grilled Stuffed Poppers

Chef & Grill Master B.D.

Julie's 7-Layer Dip

BD's Grilled Hot Wings

Don't this look good?
"Oh yeah babe..."

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Recipes & Such

Here are a few good looking recipes for you to add to your collection. It ain't barbecue, but it's the next best thing for indoor cooking.


Barbecue Pork and Bean Bake
(Barbara Wheeler's 2005 Michigan State Fair Blue Ribbon Recipe)

5 strips bacon
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz.) butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz.) pork and beans, un-drained
3/4 cup KC Masterpiece, hickory brown sugar barbecue sauce
2 Tbs. molasses
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

In a large pan, cook bacon until crispy and crumble. Sauté pork tenderloin and onion in bacon fat until meat is browned on all sides and onions are tender. Add remaining ingredients as listed in order. Mix well and pour into an (8 inch) square baking dish. Bake at 350° for one hour.(Serves 4-6)

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

6-8 racks of short ribs
2-3 Tbs. brown sugar
1 bottle of barbecue sauce

Mix the sauce and sugar together in a sauce pan and simmer. Brown ribs in a skillet. Dip the short ribs into the sauce and place them in the slow cooker. Pour the remaining sauce over the ribs and cook on low about 8 hours.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

This & That

Research of blogs...

If you want people to read your blog then your grammar and your material must be correct. Well this leaves me out...my material is correct, but my grammar and spelling is in right field. Julie usually catches my grammar and spelling mistakes, but things do slip through now and again. I drive Spell Check nuts sometimes, but that's just me.

I have been out of school for almost 30 years, and Grammar and English were not my strong points. But people know pretty much what I'm talking about. Sometimes I type faster than my brain works, and sometimes my brain works faster than I type.

Case in point, I re-did my grilled hot wings recipe, and typed "toss with thongs" meaning "toss with tongs" an error in spelling on my part.

Silly me...

But I caught that mistake and corrected it.

I must have had something else on my mind.

If I make a mistake, I will correct it...maybe.
Or I may leave it there...just to see if you're paying attention. (G)


Sunday, February 05, 2006

Weekend Report

It was cold and windy yesterday. I don't see how people that live up North can function in cold weather (well I should say colder weather) because I freeze when it's 32 around here.

Julie has a new ride as of yesterday, a 2006 Trail Blazer. Very nice... and the folks at Tom Bannen Chevrolet were super nice to us and very helpful.

I'm going to post the updated version of my grilled hot wings and three more dip recipes for you to add to your collection.

Enjoy your day!!!
Have a great Super Bowl!!!

B.D.'s Grilled Hot Wings
You can do up to 50 wings with this recipe

Take a bag of thawed wings (or fresh) rinse (don't pat dry) and place in a 1 to 2 Gallon Zip Lock bag. (You want to make several bags for easy handling) Pour in 1 to 2 bottles of Paul Newman's Own Olive oil & Vinegar. Add 1 to 2 heaping Tbs. of chopped "Old El Paso" green chilies. Mix well. Remove as much air as possible and seal.

Marinade for 2 hrs.
Turn every so often.

For the sauce melt 1/2 stick of unsalted butter in a glass sauce pan.

Mix together and pour into the sauce pan.
½ to 3/4 bottle of Louisiana Habanero sauce
2 to 4 Tbs. of Thai Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce (see note)
2 to 4 Tbs. of Cajun Sunshine Hot sauce
2 to 4 Tbs. of Cholula Hot Sauce

Just heat enough to melt the butter and simmer the hot sauces. Remove wings from marinade, (discard) and grill on med. heat for 45 min’s. Turning wings every ten min’s. Remove from grill.

Place wings in a large bowl and pour warm sauce over wings tossing with tongs to coat.Remove wings to a plate, and have plenty of ice cold beer and your favorite dipping sauce on hand.

Note: Find this where the Soy Sauce and Asian foods are.

Mexican Chili Cheese Dip

1 (15 ounce) can hot chili with beans
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 lb ground beef
16 ounces Velveeta cheese
10 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
1 (1 ounce) package hot taco seasoning mix
2 (16 ounce) bags corn tortilla chips

In a deep pan, brown ground beef, drain and return to the pan. Add Taco seasoning and prepare according to seasoning instructions. Add hot chili and refried beans. When hot, add the velveta. (It helps to cut it up into chunks.) Once melted, add the grated cheese. Once all hot and melted together, transfer to a crock pot. Serve with chips and stand back.

Chili Dog Dip (Microwave)

1 (16 ounce) can chili without beans
2 hot dogs
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 small white onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) package of shredded cheddar cheese
Frito Scoops or Tortilla chips

Heat hot dogs in the microwave for 30 seconds. Chop into bite-sized pieces. In a 9x9 glass baking dish, spread the package of cream cheese. Pour the can of chili over the cream cheese.
Place hot dog pieces on top of chili. Place chopped onions on top of hot dog pieces.
Sprinkle cheese over top of everything. Heat in microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and dip is heated through. Serve with Tortilla chips, or any other of your favorite chips.

Bacon-Tomato Dip

1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup diced chile peppers
1 large tomato, diced
1 lb bacon, cooked crisp, cooled and drained
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
black pepper to taste
shredded lettuce, for garnish (optional)

In medium bowl with a mixer, blend sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chopped onion and green pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper. Crumble bacon into small pieces and add to mixture. Add chopped tomato and stir well. Garnish with shredded lettuce just before serving, if desired. Serve with Townhouse crackers or Wheat Thins. Also good served in a bread bowl with bread cubes to dip.

(And I'll just throw this one in for the heck of it.)

Sausage Balls

1 lb bulk sausage
1 (10 ounce) package sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
2 cups Bisquick baking mix

Allow cheese and sausage to reach room temperature. Place in mixing bowl with Bisquick and blend till smooth. (I've had great success using my hand-held electric mixer to incorporate ingredients). NOTE: Mixture will be quite dry. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spray well with vegetable oil spray. Press/roll mixture into 1 inch balls by hand. Place onto cookie sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or till golden brown. Drain on paper toweling, insert toothpicks. Serve warm.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Anniversary To Us...

Yesterday was a special day...it was mine and Julie's 5th wedding anniversary. Five wonderful years with the woman that just walked into my life on that fateful day.

(I'm going to get mushy here, cover your eyes.)

We were meant for one another...
You had your pain...
I had mine...

When we met, the healing began for both of us.
Together...hand in hand...
We found the true meaning of love...

Together... we found life.
Together... we are woven into one soul.
One heart beat...
One breath...
One love...

Together...we learned each other's passion.
Together...you and I were reborn.

Together...we will always be one.

Happy Anniversary Honey.

(you can uncover your eyes now.)