I’m always on a search for ways to add more cooking capacity to my Char-Broil Big Easy. I started with my homemade Wingin’ator 3000, which works great but you do have to make it yourself. Then Char-Broil came out with a cooking rack that gave you 5 cooking levels. Sadly, the rack wasn’t available for sale for long. A reader of Life’s A Tomato mentioned something to me the other day that should’ve occurred to me long ago: you can use two of the Char-Broil Bunk Bed Baskets at once, giving you 3 cooking levels! Doh! It’s as easy as it looks. Grab the basket that comes with your Big Easy and just lower two bunk bed baskets down into it, securing it with the handles on the sides. You’ll need to offset the two baskets by 90 degrees, otherwise the handles from the lower basket will interfere with the top basket. You can kind of see that in the picture on the right, above.
You’ll get about 3″ of cooking room on each level, plenty for wings or drumsticks. You can fit up to 6 chicken breasts on too, if they aren’t too huge. All in all, it’s a win-win!
The nice thing about this approach is that all of the baskets are dishwasher-safe, readily available, and easy to use. You don’t get quite as much cooking room as with a Wingin’ator 3000 or the (now unavailable) cooking rack, but 3 levels is plenty for a good cookout!
I love when locally-grown jalapenos are at their peak. That’s the time to go grab a few pounds to make quick pickled jalapeno rings. They keep in the pantry forever, always on hand for a pizza, sandwich, salad, burger… hot dogs… everything! You can use this recipe for other peppers too, so go to your farmer’s market at peak pepper time and grab a variety.
I’ve been using the EasyRecipe plugin for WordPress for years now. It’s the by far the best recipe plugin on the market. Now, the fine folks that wrote EasyRecipe have come out with a fantastic plugin for producing indexes, EasyIndex. In just minutes I was able to add Pinterest-like galleries (you can choose from tons of highly-customizeable styles and themes) to my blog without any coding or pain. Check them out by clicking any of the links under ‘Recipes and Things’ on the right side of this page. See something you like? Just click on the image.
The new galleries replace the direct links I had to our Pinterest page. You can still visit us on Pinterest, but now you can view our gallery without having an account on Pinterest.
I hope you enjoy the new must-easier-to-use galleries and thanks for stopping on by! I’d love to hear from you. Tell me what you think by commenting below.
I bought a copy of CyberLink PowerDirector 13 the other day. I was interested in learning how to do video production and also just putting together simple (but great looking) slideshows. I found PowerDirector to be incredibly intuitive. You can create a quality slideshow in minutes, and a full-length video in not much longer. It’s a great product and, well, it’s fun!
Here are my first simple slideshows put to music. I hope you enjoy them!
I am a big fan of choclo. It’s a corn from the Andes of Peru. It’s not like the sweet corn you normally find here in the US. In fact, it’s not sweet at all. The kernels are instead very large and very starchy, almost like hominy.
You can find choclo in some South American specialty food stores. Usually it’s frozen and off the cob, but you can also find it on the cob. In Peru, it isn’t uncommon to find street vendors selling boiled choclo-on-the-cob, specially when you are in the Andes.
This dish really accentuates the unique flavor of choclo, with a hint of lime and cumin. It’s a fantastic fresh and light side dish.
I just added a new free eCookbook for the Char-Broil Big Easy. Check it out on our free eCookbook page. I’ll be adding more and more recipes to it as the year goes on, so check back on occasion to see what’s new!
We’re taking a break from carving pumpkins this year. First up was our candy corn covered pumpkin, which came out great. Then we made this fantastic looking owl pumpkin. It’s quite easy to make, taking maybe 15 minutes from start to finish.
Hand-draw two circles for the eyes and an upside-down triangle for the beak.
Cut out the eyes and beak.
Working a few seeds at a time, glue the sunflower seeds around the eye holes, beginning with the outer circle first. Then add the inner circle, overlapping slightly with the outer row.
Cut each craft stick to be about 1 1/2" long and stick into the pumpkin for the ears and two feet. Leave about 3/4"of the stick protruding from the pumpkin for the ears and 1/2" for the feet.
Hot glue sunflower seeds onto the craft stick pieces. For the ears, glue 4 seeds at 45 degree angles, then one last seed at the top, making a point. For the feet, glue 2 seeds at 45 degree angles, then one last seed at the tip.
Place light on the base of the pumpkin and lower the pumpkin down onto it.