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Exploring Pumpkin Beer: Taste Notes

[caption id="attachment_1252" align="alignright" width="225"] Our charcuterie, cheese and pumpkin beer spread![/caption] I have always loved different kinds of beer, but have never had any pumpkin beer. So, I decided to spoil a few of my girlfriends for a night of tasting pumpkin beer with food pairings. I...

Chef Linkie Marais at World Food Championships
My Trip To The World’s Largest Food Fight: 2015 World Food Championships

[caption id="attachment_1226" align="alignright" width="300"] Me with Kelli Fairchild. We anxiously awaited the results of the Sandwich Competition, and she took 2nd place.[/caption] A little earlier this month, I had the opportunity to do something I love. Not only did I get to eat delicately planned and...

Team South Africa's booth at the Jack Daniels Invitational
Adventures in Competition BBQ

[caption id="attachment_1205" align="alignright" width="300"] Team South Africa at the Jack Daniels Invitational. Linkie, Borries and Braaiboy[/caption] For the past several weeks, I have been traveling through Tennessee in hot pursuit one of my passions: BBQ! It started last year, when I met Team South Africa, a group from...

Beer Marinated Chicken Wings
Grilling Out Before The Gridiron Game

As seen in Deep South Magazine!    [caption id="attachment_1048" align="alignleft" width="225"] Beef Sliders with Beer Sauce and Jalapeño Bacon[/caption] Tailgating season is right around the corner, which means it's time to break out the grill and cheer on your favorite team. Make sure you're ready for your pre-game...

Roasted Beet Salad by Chef Linkie Marais
Super Summer Veggies: Beets and Artichokes

Incorporating artichokes and beets into recipes is the newest food trend this summer. These uncommonly used vegetables are colorful, packed with nutrients and offer interesting flavor combinations for summer entertaining. You can use these power veggies to keep your summer body while kicking up the...

Southern Peach BBQ Chicken Pizza by Chef Linkie Marais
Peachy-Keen: My Peach-Inspired Menu

We all know that peaches are one of the tastiest, juiciest fruits around, but they are so much more than an ingredient in a Bellini! Peaches are frequently used as complementary flavors for savory dishes, too, and there’s no better time than National Peach Month...

Linkie Marais Visits Domaine Chandon
Unexpected Wine Adventures in Napa

Recently, I went out to San Jose, CA., for an event. When I found out that Napa Valley was a mere 90-minute drive away, the choice was easy! I canceled my flight and spent a few days sojourning trough Wine Country. [caption id="attachment_825" align="alignright" width="300"] Auberge du Soleil[/caption] I absolutely loved the...

Grilled Tequila Sunrise
Up Your Grilling Game: Grilled Cocktails for Summer

Making unique things on the grill is one of the major food trends this summer. The smoky flavor of the grill and the citrusy-sweet flavors of fruit pair perfectly together to create excellent cocktails this summer! While you already have the grill fired up from cooking...

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Surprise! Five Things You Never Knew You Could Cook on a B.G.E

We all know you can grill, smoke and roast meat on the Big Green Egg…and that’s all it’s used for, right?   Wrong! A Big Green Egg is a lot more versatile than you may think. Surprisingly, there are many delicious—and unique—uses of this komado-style cooker. Catch...