You are not alone!

The best laid plans, complete with diagrams and good intentions, do not guarantee successful outcomes.

I had a massage scheduled, and we were going to have a roasted whole chicken for dinner; a mid-summer grilled favorite.

Since it takes upwards of two hours, the plan was made to put the  fully marinated and dry rubbed bird on the grill before I got home. During the massage I thought how nice it would be to come home to dinner nearly done and the aroma of grilling chicken filling the air.

When I walked through the back gate and spied the thermostat lower than 200 degrees F; I immediately realized something was wrong.

Burnt Chicken

Lifting the lid of the grill, this is what I saw:

Robert’s eyes were huge, “oops” he said, “I thought I was doing so good!”

He had turned off the burners on one side of the grill, but instead of placing the bird on the turned off side, he had placed it directly over the three burners left on High.

He had come out to check on the progress after the bird had been on the grill for 45 minutes. At first he said” I was so proud our grill was getting to 650-700 degrees F…
until I opened the lid and saw the burning chicken.”

The meat was fully cooked so we peeled it off the bones

Smoked Chicken Tacos

and made smoked chicken tacos.

Then our friend June shared her culinary expertise with Robert

Burned Hard Boiled Eggs

Know you are not alone!

Disasters do happen. Deal with it.

Deal with it with a sense of humor and look at it as an opportunity to go get Chinese food.

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Why Spoon Feast?

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

Hammered Spoons

Spoons! The first utensil we learn to eat with is my favorite way to taste and eat. A spoon cradles the food, carries the sauce and tips into your mouth with an elegance a fork misses.

Spoons are collected, neglected and are inspired into many uses. Use the back as a mirror, clap them together to make music and conjure silliness by hanging them off the end of your nose.

A spoon is the best for digging into a bowl of ice cream in the summer or a nice warm comforting bowl of soup in the winter.

On Spoon Feast you will find ways to improve your techniques and skills, discover interesting recipes, some simple and some challenging.

Discover flavors and textures, what they are and how to use them.

Find out how to grow your own herbs so you always have an abundance of fresh herbs for cooking and wonderful recipes to use fresh herbs from your garden.

Eating locally and globally will be explored both for the home cook and the foodies who like to eat out on the town.

Let the adventures begin! Get your spoons ready, we’ve got a lot of tasting to do.