First Use

I bought Ditalini allowed me to buy an electric rotisserie for the new Weber gas grill, and I’ve been looking around for something to use it on. Friends recommended I brine and rub a chicken, then cook it on the spit, so that’s what I’m doing.

The chicken is in the brine (3/4 cups kosher […]


Parmesan Chicken with Sautéed Green Beans & Tomato/Mozzarella Salad

I was on deck for dinner last night so I decided to prepare one of Ditalini’s favorites: Parmesan chicken. Sautéed green beans and tomato/mozzarella salad seemed like they would go well with the chicken, and you know what? They did. This is an easy little dinner to prepare, and one I’ve long promised to add […]


Our Smokin’ Dinner

I didn’t live blog dinner (that would have been pretty rude, wouldn’t it have?), so I’m posting a final smokin’ update this morning, long after the big family meal. Because we all deserve to see how it turned out, right?

Baguette, son of Crouton, prepares the beans

The table, […]


Live Photobloggin’ Smokin’

Bet you haven’t seen that combination of blog title words before! I’m half an hour into the smoking process, photographing and blogging as I go; here’s where I’m at:

Chicken on the lower rack

I prepared two chickens by cleaning and cutting them in half with heavy duty kitchen shears, brushing them […]



This blog hasn’t exactly been smokin’ lately, and I apologize for that. Tomorrow, though, I will be literally smoking: two racks of ribs, two chickens, two salmon filets. I prepped the ribs and coated them with dry rub two days ago and they’re resting in the fridge. I halved the chooks and coated them with […]


Crouton’s Chicken & Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo

I took a package of chicken breasts out of the freezer this morning but didn’t decide what to do with them until the afternoon. I knew there were a few shrimp in the freezer, so I decided on this and basically made it up as I went along. It was fun to prepare and cook, […]


Ditalini’s Little Chicken Dinner

This is a one-dish casserole dinner that’s been a deMenthe family favorite for years.

Casserole Ingredients

1/4 lb bulk sausage, crumbled 1/4 cup butter 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt home-made or purchased pie crust 2 cups cooked chicken, cut up 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup light cream 1 3-oz can mushrooms (with […]