Grill | Smokehouse Bacon Cheddar Burger

Bacon Cheddar Smokehouse Burger

Independence Day, one of my absolute favorite holidays, is just around the bend! Celebrate with this juicy, decadent version of the all-American classic at your holiday barbecue. Topped with smoked cheddar, caramelized onions, and crispy thick-cut bacon, it brings simple grilled fare to a whole new level. Read More

Revised Classic | Homemade Big Macs with Special Sauce


A few years ago during an outing to Little Goat Diner, our daughter Hannah ordered the All-American Burger – complete with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun.  Everyone at the table tried it and loved it, so I decided to surprise them with a version we could enjoy at home. I started by Googling “Big Mac Special Sauce,” and there it was – the original recipe. But gack! It was pre-bottled, sugary, preservative-laden stuff. Consequently, I set about making a healthier version (and by healthier I do not mean low-fat, simply not so processed) that would still taste like the real deal. It was an instant hit both at home and on my lifestyle site, the aesthete and the dilettante, where I originally published the recipe. Fire up your grills and prepare for smiles! Extra points if you whip up strawberry milkshakes. Read More