Posts Tagged: BBQ

Everyone is interesting

I’ve spent a good part of this blog proposing the idea, only half tongue-in-cheek, that I am the most uninteresting man in the world (playing off the Dos Equis ads). In moments of honest self-reflection, I note that I’ve actually done some interesting things in the course of my half century-plus life. In further moments… Read more »

It ain’t Christmas!

Eighteen years. That’s how long I’ve been doing this. Halloween is different from Christmas in many ways and not just the obvious nature of the holiday. The differences for me are significant.  While both holidays require consideration of what gifts to give, Halloween is the one where I’m giving gifts to people I don’t know. … Read more »

The final countdown

Less than 24 hours away from the birthday BBQ, and it’s been perfect all day until right after I scrubbed and dried the back patio (if you haven’t read them yet, check out Jeffrey’s Laws  to see why this was not surprising). After showering and doing some more prep, I’m in my last break for… Read more »

Braving the elements

In a remarkable turn-around from yesterday’s storms, today was spectacular, allowing me to clean and prepare for the Birthday BBQ (just two days away).  Now, everything crunches together, time compresses and the laws of physics all seem to conspire against me. Nah.  I’m used to it and it’s not that bad…except for one thing:  buying… Read more »

Nothing says cleaning like party!

It’s birthday BBQ prep week, so most of the posts will likely be self-absorbed ramblings of little interest to anyone (and that’s different from other weeks, how?).  On the plus side, I’m pretty busy, so they should all be short. One of the most important tasks in preparing to host 20-25 people inside and outside… Read more »

Jeffrey’s Laws

We’ve all heard of Murphy’s Law (which swiftly expanded to Murphy’s Laws).  With my birthday BBQ only a week away, I thought it appropriate to share with you some of my own “laws” I’ve learned in my two big BBQ’s I throw each year (my birthday and Halloween).  Read on… (Note for newbies, I live… Read more »

Birthday hangover

I’m still bushed. Two days removed from the Big Birthday BBQ and I’m still “feeling the burn” (although, I’m pretty sure that doesn’t apply to any of the food).  It was a tremendously successful party filled with family and friends.  They enjoyed talking amongst each other and, as usual, not with me because of my… Read more »

Going into Dutch

Just a couple of days away from the annual birthday BBQ which means it was time to pick up the meats for the gaggle of friends and family who will be chowing down. I decided to change the menu up a little this year, hoping to reduce the time I spent over the fire while… Read more »

Scavenging

I was having one of my birthday lunches the other day with a friend (her treat!) and we were discussing the annual birthday BBQ that I host each year (mainly as an excuse to get a bunch of my friends over for a few hours). During the course of lunch, she asked me whether I… Read more »

The dogs kids love to bite!

Those of you old enough to remember that famous jingle (or happened to hear it in the movie “Demolition Man”) know that today’s installment of “Food Week” on the JMD blog is about hot dogs.  Now, read on… Being one of the potentially most mysterious of foods (as a child, you had to make sure… Read more »