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My first BBQ Competition recap, KCBS fun!

Last year when we heard about the BBQ Competition in our hometown Santa Clara, we thought "Hey! Let's enter next year."  I really didn't think we would enter, but as it came up, my husband and son were so excited that I took the plunge and entered the contest. Once I did that, my husband went a little crazy when we made the decision and bought this... Once he bought that, I was stuck! I had to go through with it. So, go through with it we did. I tried out a couple new made up recipes ...

Looking for 4th of July BBQ recipes? Look no further!

We've got some of the best BBQ recipes for your 4th of July parties so there's no need to look any further. ...

Dish Ditty Recipes: A year of cooking in review

Well, it's been one year since my first post here on Dish Ditty Recipes. When I started this site, I had a goal of 200 recipes for the year.  I thought that was going to be tough to do as that's a little more than a recipe every other day. But, that number was hit several months ago, to my own surprise. So, how many recipes did I post? I posted over 240 recipes, 20 articles, 12 little ditties, and a dozen more other articles like videos and quotes. Wow. I can't believe I posted that ...

Finding inspiration… from a movie?

After months of having the Julie & Julia dvd sitting on my TV stand, I finally decided to watch it last weekend. My husband had seen it and said I would enjoy it since the movie is about a food blogger and that I would feel a connection to the movie. So, did I? I'd have to say yes, I did feel a connection to Julie. Some of the emotions that Julie went through in the movie, wondering if anyone was reading her posts, if what she was doing mattered, are thoughts that have crossed my mind as ...

I admit it… I sometimes do semi-homemade

There's nothing wrong with Semi-Homemade That's right. I said it. I have no problems with using shortcuts (like jar marinara sauce) to make my weeknights easier while still providing a home cooked meal to my family. Not everyone can make their dinners 100% home made and organic every night. Not only is that time consuming, but it can also be expensive. So, instead, I pick and choose what I feel makes sense to be organic, homemade, etc. Some things are so quick and easy that it doesn't ...

My new must-stop BBQ joint on the way to South Lake Tahoe off 50 in Placerville

Hog Wild BBQ Restaurant in Placerville, CA Who would have thought that a BBQ joint off of 50 heading to South Lake Tahoe California in Placerville would be so amazingly good that I now will make sure I stop at Hog Wild BBQ whenever we are going to/from Tahoe. To start, my husband likes to find 'local flavor' when we go on trips. Usually this means a quaint diner that the locals like to frequent. So this last Saturday when we were on our way home from South Lake Tahoe, we had planned on ...

Merry Christmas from Dish Ditty

The year has gone by so fast, I can't believe it is almost Christmas.  As I plan this year's Christmas, I thought I would reflect on my families Christmas traditions. Like most families, our traditions have evolved as our family has grown and changed.  It used to be that my mom, an organist, and my dad, a mandolin player and singer, would have to leave the house no later than 10p to go to church to prepare for playing and singing in Midnight Mass.  This created some complications since we ...

How to make the perfect hard boiled eggs

Such a basic thing, boiling an egg.  Sounds as easy as boiling water, but there are a couple tricks that you can do to make the perfect boiled egg. Easy peeling Just add 1 Tablespoon of vinegar to the water. I'm not sure of the science behind this, but it does make it easier to peel those eggs.  Also, older eggs are easier to peel. Is my eggs fresh, older or bad? How do you determine if the egg is fresh, older, or bad? Fresh eggs will lay flat in the pan.  Older eggs will standup. ...

Make a Sunday Dinner Tradition

As you read my recipe introductions, you'll notice a common theme: Family. I come from a large family, with 3 brothers and 2 sisters making us 3 boys and 3 girls total.  Yes, like the Brady Bunch. :) With such a large family, it can be difficult to keep up.  One of the many things my parents taught us was to love and respect each other no matter what.  That was, and still is, reinforced every Sunday when whoever is near gathers together for our family Sunday dinner. Not only is it a family dinner, but it is always family and what we call 'extended family'. ...

A Food Blogger’s Blog Post

This is one of those posts that you can just skim by, no worries. I won't be offended. I just feel like writing a few of my thoughts on what I've learned, where I've been, and how I've changed over the last several months since I started this 'blog'.

"It's a Blog? Really?"

Let's start first with the term 'blog'.  When I started Dish Ditty in June, I was not thinking of myself as a food blogger.  I wasn't even thinking of myself as a blogger.  My main motivation was really to pick up from where I left off 10 years ago when I was working with my Mom and Dad to record our family recipes into Mastercook.  I also wanted to make sure my son had a place to go for the recipes he is growing up with.  I was thinking of it as a food journal, recording what I make on a regular basis. ...