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We have lived in Knoxville, TN since 2000 and have been married since 1995. We have two boys at home. I enjoy cooking (duh), kickboxing, karate, brazilian jiu jitsu, cycling, writing, running, playing basketball w/ my older son, and spending time with my wonderful wife.  Know why I do all of that exercise?  So I can cook with all of the heavy cream, sour cream, pork fat, and cheese that I want!
 

I love smoking foods, especially pork. Growing up in the south, I like southern cooking but I also have an affinity for southwestern food, italian, and oriental foods.  I am a huge fan of the Big Green Egg ceramic grill/smoker/convection oven. 

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Award Winning White Chicken Chili

Award Winning White Chicken Chili

Made it with just a few substitutions (thighs instead of breasts, used a green chili rub instead of taco seasoning, and used 2 cans of black beans instead of all white beans). Family loved it. — beberogers 10/2/2012
Kraft Thousand Island Dressing

Kraft Thousand Island Dressing

This makes an excellent topping for a "Big Mac" style burger. 1/25/2012
Olive Garden's Pasta E Fagioli

Olive Garden's Pasta E Fagioli

My wife came home from work and said, "So and so at work had Pasta Fagioli from Olive Garden today and it tasted so good, I wish you would try to make it for dinner." I found this on BigOven, made minimal changes and she loved it. I used Italian sausage instead of beef and a slightly different seasoning mix. — jwedzee 1/7/2012
Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

— jwedzee 11/25/2011
South Carolina Barbeque Sauce

South Carolina Barbeque Sauce

This is a very popular SC style mustard sauce and has been around the BBQ forums for 13 years or more, giving it good credibility. I've used it for about 6 years, good sauce. I like to add a little chipotle mustard and apple/cinnamon flavored moonshine to give it a bit of a kick. 4/7/2011
Crockpot Taco Soup #1

Crockpot Taco Soup #1

I made this in a dutch oven on the grill (times drastically reduced of course) and it turned out very good. I substituted 1 lb of beef tenderloin cubed for the ground beef and an aji salsa for the green bell pepper. Also added 1 cup of beef stock. 9/1/2010
Fire Roasted Sriracha Chicken Wings

Fire Roasted Sriracha Chicken Wings

Yes, I do indirect the last 10 minutes, mainly because I am using a big green egg and don't want to bother to take the plate setter out to switch to direct heat. You can burn oven mitts up that way ;) But you are right, finishing over direct heat would work very well for a more crispy wing. — swibirun 8/30/2010
Pimento Cheese Stuffed Burger

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Burger

[I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 7/29/2010
Live Fire Roasted Naked Ravioli

Live Fire Roasted Naked Ravioli

I have been wanting to try these for about a year but just got around to making them tonight after Alexis scored some great spinach from the Market Square Farmer's Market on Saturday. I based the recipe on Naked Ravioli from Johnny Carrabba's book Ciao Tuscony, was influenced by Fabio Viviani's technique, and then improvised as things went awry & I brought live fire into the mix. [I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 6/20/2010
"myhop" Cheese Blintzes

"myhop" Cheese Blintzes

The batter recipe makes 10 crepes. The filling is enough for 6 blintzes but you can save the other crepes for other uses. [I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 6/20/2010
Mahi Mahi Maui Style

Mahi Mahi Maui Style

Made this again tonight and wanted to add some specifics on the grilling. Preheat your grill to 375f. If you have mahi fillets that have skin on one side, grill meat side down for 3 minutes, then flip to skin side down and grill about 5-8 minutes (until the fillet hits 140f internal temp). If the fillet is skinless, do about 3-4 minutes per side. — swibirun 6/13/2010
Cajun Blackened Spice Mix And Blackened Fish

Cajun Blackened Spice Mix And Blackened Fish

Used this rub on boneless pork chops. Did them on a cast iron griddle over rocket hot lump coals and they came out perfectly. The crust flavor was intense but when thinly sliced, the pork chop was perfectly balanced. Will definitely make again. 6/10/2010
Grilled Lettuce Wraps

Grilled Lettuce Wraps

[I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 4/30/2010
Boursin Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Boursin Cheese Mashed Potatoes

[I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 4/10/2010
Greek Fire Roasted Chicken

Greek Fire Roasted Chicken

[I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 3/31/2010
Blues Hog Bbqueban Sandwich

Blues Hog Bbqueban Sandwich

If you can't find the Blues Hog or other commerical mustard based BBQ sauce, there are several on BigOven that you can make for yourself. [I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 3/31/2010
Grilled Thai High Thighs

Grilled Thai High Thighs

[I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 3/14/2010
Thai Me Up Stir Fried Noodles

Thai Me Up Stir Fried Noodles

I was surprised about the heat of the noodles, since there wasn't that much red pepper flake but I guess the ginger kicked it in. Don't get me wrong, it made my mouth happy but it was as hot as I would like it. If you don't like spicy heat, cut the red pepper flake to 1/4 tsp. I used dried egg noodles from an Asian market but you could just use spaghetti. [I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 3/14/2010
Southwestern Chicken Cacciatore

Southwestern Chicken Cacciatore

We served it with rice topped with the veggie mixture and some quickie "non-refried refried beans"(one link chorizo crumbled and browned, mixed with one can of Bush Mixed Beans [pinto & northern] topped with cheese). [I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 3/7/2010
Nibble Me This Artichoke & Spinach Bisque

Nibble Me This Artichoke & Spinach Bisque

Modified from Artichoke Bisque for which I can't find the original source although it's in several places on the web. First made this for my wife in 2003 for Mother's Day and she loved it. It was a huge hit at our anniversary brunch too. [I posted this recipe.] — swibirun 2/22/2010

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I would love to try your "Roast Beef Tenderloin with Port Sauce" recipe, but you don't state the QUANTITY used of the "Simple Homemade Beef Stock"

10 months ago    DebbieLan

Wow. In the past two hours you've posted some of the best food photos I've ever seen. Really, really well done!

3 years ago    stevemur

Thanks for posting the Pub Beer/Cheese soup details! I have been looking for my old printout from about 5/6 years back and couldn't find it anywhere! However, the first search today and there you were with the directions exactly as I remembered them. Thanks for sharing and thanks for helping me achieve another fine kettle of Cheese and Beer on this dreary, cooler, fall-like day in Mid MO!!!!

Cliff

4 years ago    BigLunch

Chris? is that you, Chris?

have you done a brisket?

4 years ago    cwedding

Hey, thanks for the medal Chris - too cool! I found this great site from your blog, just recently signed up. Guess I better think about learning what I'm doing here and get to posting some recipes soon. Thanks again! *hugs* :-)

4 years ago    MarthaA

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