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We hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend and is excited for more warm weather grilling! This week, we’ll be making these two burgers: Stuffed Portobello Mushroom and Caribbean Chicken, and also eating lots of these Ice Cream Sandwiches in honor of National Ice Cream Month! It's time to think about getting out to one of the many #EGGfests around the country - see a list here

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  • We missed you, Clay. There's some new goings on in Illinois this year, from the sound of it. Apparently there was a festival in Sterling in early April that was kept on the down low...no forum banner. Will look for that next year. Also, we hea…
  • Dry-aged beef was conspicuously absent. The only aging was the 72-hour georgia red wings...no 72-day beef. What is it about counting fridge time?
  • It was good to see you again, Brandon. I also lugged my camera around all day and only took one pic. Too much good food to take any photos. Glad you found Blues Hog. I visited a Schnucks and a Sav-A-Lot, and struck out at both places. Here's h…
  • Bill, I'm glad RRP ID'ed you in that photo, so I could match a face with a forum handle. You were the one with the super-juicy pork loin, weren't you? Good stuff. Nice meeting you this weekend, and I hope we'll see you at future fests.
  • Hah. Probably had a few too many Ruhlman readers and Batali watchers (guilty, here) coming through his farm wanting to "get in touch with their food" and asking if the pigs were appropriately sheltered and finished on acorns. When you left, he was p…
  • Fantastic! What kind of pig did those hams come from? And if you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay per pound? Is it a large farm? Can't wait to see what it winds up looking like next year.
  • Thank God it was on your driveway, and not a wooden deck...and that no one was hurt. That could have been disastrous. Nice to hear the dealer upgraded you to a table for his mistake. Hopefully he has learned his lesson about taking care when assembl…
  • Good job, Faith. You're right that round doesn't really matter, BUT, I have found a trick for round-ish tortillas without buying a tortilla press. I use two of those flexible plastic cutting mats, put the dough ball between the two mats, and press …
  • Hungry I will be. Going to come as a spectator again this year. Will have to cook next year. I'll be down Friday night, I think.
  • Hey Buckeye...you coming to Peoria this weekend? I mis-sliced my first attempt at bacon. On the plus side, I realized ahead of time that I didn't know which way to slice, so I only cut one or two slices at first, and fried them up. They were toug…
  • I prefer spares too, Ron. But I did cook up three of the meatiest racks of baby backs I've ever cooked, yesterday. Couldn't believe how much meat was on dem bones. Three racks and eight chicken thighs. Small hickory chunks right in the center, to ge…
  • There's an eggfest in Peoria this weekend. Try calling them to see if they have any demos available. I know it's a further drive than "surrounding area" but you'd get to meet me, which is a nice bonus for you. By the way...where you from? Auror…
  • We're limiting this to grammar, right? Alls (alls I'm saying is...) Try and (try and find the word "alls" in the dictionary) Bring vs. take (I need to remember to bring my plate setter to the fest next weekend) Her/him vs. she/he (Her and I pr…
  • Ooh, I love the blues in your pics, Cap'n...especially in contrast with the tans in that second photo. Very different colors than I was seeing last week.
  • I hear you, Blair. When we go camping, we always string up a couple hammocks. Hammocks go well with northern forest or Great Lakes summer breezes, too. Our last vacation was our first with our daughter, and we weren't allowed to sit still long enoug…
  • Thanks for showing me the possibilities, Darian. I was planning on playing around with stitching those two together, but with the camera tilt needed for the top of the falls, I didn't know if things would line up from a perspective standpoint. Up at…
  • Ooooooh, snazzy new label. That puts me in the mood for some bomba-marinated shrimp. Yum.
  • That's how I feel about the Canon 5D Mark II, but I could buy a couple Larges for that price. B)
  • EXACTLY what I was thinking!
  • Is that a kitchen timer on that tripod?
  • What system do you use? I'm kind of itching for a wide angle, myself. But since my camera is not full-frame, I'd probably be going wider than 35mm. I certainly got more exercise this weekend zooming with my feet, rather than the lens.
  • Thanks for stopping by, Anna. I like your blog. How did you happen to come across Theophan's post about your recipe? Where in WI are you? We've got several WI eggers here on the forum. I'm down in IL, but wind up in Racine several times per year, an…
  • Yeah, those were mine. As I recall, it was a lamb/beef mixture. Also garlic, maybe some onion, too. Other than that, just salt and pepper, I think.
  • Yeah, the casual pose makes the shot. It's too bad I couldn't have gotten a good angle to get my dad in the shot. Grampa was walking ahead of the tyke, with his hand in his pocket. The little one was just trying to look like his Granddaddy. Gotta lo…
  • There's a small local restaurant near where I work, where the chef/owner is Serbian. Before buying this tiny place out in the suburbs, he was the chef at the United Center, where the Bulls and Blackhawks play. The walls of his new place are lined wi…
  • Drool...looks like a candidate for Peoria Fest. See you in a month.
  • No words necessary...just cook them a chicken.
  • Jerk is one of my favorite flavors. It's so good on so many things (chicken, pork, fish). You should give a jerk marinade a try. I love what an overnight jerk marinade does to chicken thighs.
  • Local camera shop. Had a heck of a time finding one, now that Wolf/Ritz doesn't carry Canon (or rather, Canon won't deal through Wolf/Ritz). I was about to just order from Amazon, but I found a shop that had one. Best Buy apparently only carries the…
  • I like that third photo...fun with photoshop. That's another purchase I haven't made yet.