The whole idea behind smoked food is the smoke itself. No matter if you are using electric, gas, or charcoal you’ll need at the very least wood chips to create the smoke. You can buy these at any general store or online. I personally like truly authentic things in general. I like old tube style musical instruments, the ones before circuit boards came about. I prefer to get the heat for my smoker with 100% wood. In fact, I prefer to start the fire with newspaper and smaller sticks rather than lighter fluid.

If you don’t have the room in…

That time a radio station called me when I was 14 years old.

“What if I told you that you are on the radio right now?” Johnny Thunder said enthusiastically.

“I am?” I said confused.

I have always been into music. First at an early age with Polka’s and Country music and then soon after Rock and Pop. The year was 1987 and I was 14 years old my favorite radio station with KFRX based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. They played “Today’s Hits” which at the time were the styles of Duran Duran, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Van Halen. I thought the DJ’s were super cool and decided one day I wanted to…

I imagine when making tacos that most of you take ground beef and fry it up in a pan, add water, and some sort of taco packet seasoning you purchased at the market. This is what we were taught from our parents and we have been doing the same ever since. Hey — it is familiar like a McDonalds cheeseburger and it’s likely if you go to family or friends house it will taste the same there too. Pretty safe way to go about your life, I suppose.

Is this how taco meat tastes at a particularly good Mexican restaurant…


At one of the first shows I played, my band all went up to the bar together to get a shot at our first break. I am not much of a drinker and wasn’t sure what to order.

One of the guitar players ordered a “slippery nipple”. I was aware of what that was and it sounded pretty good to me. I’ve had it before and it was indeed tasty. I decided that is what I would order too.

After he ordered it the rest of the band was giving him all sorts of grief.

“You sure you don’t want…

Let me guess, when you make baked potatoes you wash them and put them in the microwave for 10 or so minutes?

Sorry to offend some of you, I’m sure some more experienced chefs will wash them and then bake in the oven for about an hour?

Look, I didn’t forget about the rub butter or EVOO on them and apply salt trick before baking. That makes them amazing right?

I’m about to blow your mind!

Wash them as normal, coat with butter/EVOO/Salt as well.

But now put a X shape cut in them with a knife and bake them…

“I’d Gladly Pay You Tuesday For A Hamburger Today” — Wimpy, from the cartoon Popeye

I have wasted too much time in life trying to prove others wrong. A lot being high school teachers, but admittingly I was also trying to make my parents proud at the same time.

Many folks are nice to you only when you have something they want or need at that moment in time. I always had the mindset that if you do good things for others, they will look after you. Most of the time this is false. …

Eddie Lance

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