VIDEO: World Class Ribs in Your Own Backyard!

I recently had the fun of participating on an a team of journalists – put together by the friendly folks at Kingsford Charcoal – who experienced world class barbecue competition at the  Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Our team coach was the reigning world champion (and awesome guy!), Chris Lilly. Did I learn a thing or two?…

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Can 5 Backyard Grillers Win a National Barbecue Competition?

  Chris Lilly is the reigning Memphis in May World Barbecue Champion. He’s also the coach of my team in the 2012 Memphis in May World Championship Cooking Contest. That would be the same as having Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton teach your kids a thing or two about baseball. Or having Beyonce and Jay Z swing by for your weekly…

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“Lunch Break for Schools” – Wednesday, Lunchtime at MK Chicago – Join Us!

On Wednesday, February 29, celebrity Chicago chef Michael Kornick will be hosting a “Lunch Break for Schools” fundraiser at his award-winning restaurant, MK Chicago (868 N. Franklin in Chicago). The 12:30 p.m. event features a prix fix menu ($50/person). All proceed will be used to create nutrition-based educational programs for participating schools. For reservations, call 312-482-9179. I’m delighted to be joining…

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Improve Your Kids’ School Lunches!

I’m really proud to be a part of this delicious program – under the great umbrella of Michelle Obama’s efforts to raise healthier kids! For those of you in Chicago, there’s a wonderful lunchtime fundraiser at the award-winning MK Chicago this Wednesday, February 29. Read more to learn about this nationwide charity event, “Lunch Break for Schools”! How Nutritional are…

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We Ate Well…

  among many other things. But over the Christmas holidays, while all three kids were home, we ate well. And that, for me, is a big deal. Cooking is not my strength. I’m more likely to find myself at 5:48 in the afternoon thinking, “Crap, I forgot about feeding all these mouths in the house.” It just doesn’t really matter…

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How Bunnies Learn to Love Veggies

My five-year-old Halloween had all the ingredients to be the best ever. At the time, however, it felt like the worst. And in the end, it probably was one of the top “teachable” moments of my childhood. This was the Halloween my mom made me the costume of all costumes. I was a bunny. (And before you start making jokes,…

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Clean-Up in Aisle 9

I’ve been picking up something at the grocery store lately. And, it hasn’t cost me a dime. It’s such a terrific deal that I’ll occasionally bribe one of the kids to go with me so they, too, can enjoy this no-cost opportunity. No, its not a buy-one-cantaloupe-get-one-free weekly special. Nor is it the Saturday morning complimentary sample from a nice…

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Life in the Express Lane

Every so often, my teenage son makes me think that I’m a total failure in a few areas of this parenting gig. The other night was one of those moments. We were driving home from school. With no specific plans for the night, I was asking him about dinner and what sounded good to him. He couldn’t come up with…

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What Would You Do Wednesday: Noodles

Love my high school son. But there are moments I do consider trading him in for a different model. The other day, I got a phone call from the mother of one of his friends. These are “newer” friends- I’ve never done anything with them other than say a friendly “hello” as we mutually drop kids off at each others’…

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Reddi wip Winner! #7

It’s a little after 3:00 on August 27. Thanks to all of you who had some fun with my Weber Grill and other Goodies Give Away (Thank you Reddi Wip!). I put the total number of comments into my magical “Random.org” machine and came up with #7. So that would be Julie L. Julie, let me know your mailing address…

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