Smoked Chicken Drumsticks

BBQ, Chicken

These are great as main course of a meal but can also be a great heavy appetizer for a party or part of your game day tailgate or party.  These smoked chicken legs have a great smoky flavor infused into the juicy meat with a crispy flavorful skin on the outside.  Having a great pellet smoker like my Camp Chef […]

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Tagine

Main, Moroccan

Winter is a great time to eat squash…and this is a great way to get that done. This dish is so simple and easy to make, which is packed with warm Moroccan flavours. The perfect winter dinner for this time of year. The moroccan spices, are so vibrant and create and explosion in your mouth. This dish is gluten free, […]

DIY – Lox at Home

Appetizer, Breakfast, Seafood

For many American Jews and for many Americans in general, lox is the luscious topping to their Sunday morning bagel and schmear (generous serving of cream cheese). Lox is always made from salmon and is very expensive. In this regard, it is different from many other iconic Jewish foods, like gefilte fish and herring, which are made from ingredients that are easy to acquire and cheap. […]

“Beat the Drums!” Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken, Main

by Kathy McDaniel, Chef Sometimes, ok, a lot of times, I come home and want something with all the prep of take-out, but still healthy.  This is a great solution.  Baked chicken thighs, with some steamed broccoli or asparagus, give me a good healthy meal with plenty of “chewy protein” as my wife likes to call it.  Stock this one […]

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Main, Pork

Pork chops might seem tricky to get right, but it’s actually pretty simple with a 2-step process of browning the pork chops in the skillet first before baking. With this easy pork chop recipe, we’ll give you step-by-step directions on how to cook boneless pork chops so you can have a delicious dinner on the table in 30 minutes with […]

Smoked Wings with Imperial Stout BBQ Sauce


These Dry Rubbed Smoked Wings are bold, smoky and bursting with flavor. After brining, the dry rub brings an entirely new flavor profile to your wings. Sugar adds a bit of sweetness while the guajillo powder enhances with mild to medium heat and a hint of berry flavor. And, of course, your smoker provides that natural wood-fired flavor while keeping […]



Since a friend introduced me to The Woodyard, over 10 years ago, I have yet to make a trip through Kansas City without stopping in for lunch, or yes, take out.  That is how good it is…to prepare a heated container to take a few racks of ribs back on the drive to our home in Castle Rock, CO.   For […]

Crispy Tex-Mex Chicken

Chicken, Main, Tex-Mex

If you are looking for an authentic Mexican Chicken recipe garnered off the back streets of a small village in Mexico, This is not it.  This is more a a fusion of chicken cutlet  and chicken parmesan with a Mexican feel.   I was not sure what to name this one, I can’t call it “Mexican Chicken Parmesan” cuz, well, there […]

Beef Provencal

Beef, French

THIS BEEF PROVENCAL BRAISES ALL AFTERNOON FOR A FORK-TENDER, COLD WEATHER CONFORT FOOD.  Beef Provencal is essentially a French version of beef stew loaded with mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, onions and spices. The key to this deliciousness is the long, slow braise in a tightly sealed dutch oven, which makes the meat fork tender and the flavors meld beautifully.  I […]

10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier


If your eating habits are anything like those of most Americans and you are looking for the simplest advice possible we would tell you to eat more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Most of us don’t eat enough produce and we are really lacking in fiber in our diets and those are great sources. Pictured recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Quick Turkey […]