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March, 2017 – ALREADY?

Had to back off the old blog for a bit.  Had cataract surgery and a new lens implant done in the first part of November, then a repeat done on the other eye in the first week of February.  What an incredible difference it has made.  Feel like I have quite a bit of my […]

Has it really been almost a year???

…..Since I last updated the old Blog? Wow… Going to have to fix that. We haven’t really done a lot with outdoor cooking that wasn’t a repeat of previous posts, but did a LOT of it.  Our Son and family visited from Florida this summer and we had a GREAT time.  At one point, I […]

Happy Thanksgiving…

Mother Nature cut us a little slack around the old Pondee today and held off on the rain that had been threatening to pour on our Thanksgiving Day in predictions all week, (until late last evening when our local Meteorologist, John Coleman, informed us it would all blow right through San Diego County).  Sure enough […]

Hybrid Grill is assembled…

…and I didn’t have a thing to do with it. 😉 After a “lost weekend plus”, fighting this “bug” that is going around, I felt good enough last night to ask Heidi if she would mind if I assembled the new grill in our living room today – rather than outdoors – she agreed that […]


Winter has arrived, (or at least the SoCal version that “passes” for Winter here), and along with it came cold/flu season.  Not spending a lot of time outdoors, nor assembling the new grill. Think I will spend a little time indoors baking some “No Knead” bread instead… 😉 In the mean time, Happy Trails to […]

Time for a new propane grill…

Gave it a few weeks, and last night Heidi came in and simply said “we need a new grill, the tents on that old one are just about gone”.  Since I came to the same conclusion a few weeks ago, thinking it might be time to retire/replace the old one – have been out on […]

October 21st, Maintenance time…

First I have to say – my family has enjoyed one of our best outdoor cooking years in 2011, and it isn’t over yet! 8) Our Son-in-law, Jeff, has turned into another family outdoor chef when it comes to smoking and grilling.  He prefers charcoal grilling, but is equally proficient with the propane gas grill […]

Random thoughts and plans…

We have just finished our first “heat wave”, (such as they are in SoCal), and while the rest of the Nation continues to combat a REAL heat wave, the temperatures here are back in the low 80s for the next week or so.  Time to get busy and re-start several of my projects placed on […]

We Love Summertime!

While not “everything” has been cooked outdoors, we started off the month of July with a bang! From the 1st to the 10th of July, 2011, we hosted our Son’s family of five, our Daughter’s family of five, plus Heidi’s Mom for many a dinner too.  Just for example, we have had smoked ribs and […]

Even more Cast Iron…

Decided to add one more item to our cast-iron implements, and one we have been lacking for a long time.  A tortilla press. The one I chose is the “Victoria”, which is a product of “Imusa” and is 8″ in diameter.  There are aluminum varieties available – but that would go against my cast-iron “fetish”. […]