Another beautiful, yet intrepid, day here in New England
I've managed to offset my fishing fanatics with gardening, canning, house building, cooking, and a bit of fly fishing - on top of the typical work load. Just before the injury, Mary May and Johanna (my mother-in-law) got me a Big Green Egg. MM and I had been eyeing one up for some time, but always seemed to put it off for one reason or another. But after using it for a month, I am regretting not spluring on one sooner. The flavor it produces is unreal, especially combined with some soaked cherry or oak from the back 40. It is also pretty easy to control the temperature once you get the hang of it, and it maintains both high and low temps very well. Our first cook was a 4.5 hour, low temp, smoked brisket. The picture says it all!
The Big Green Alien Spacecraft Egg has landed...and it is smoking!
A brisket worthy of the Texas Hill Country
We've also done a whole chicken, chicken sausage, pork sausage, pork chops, pork loin, cheese, venison loin, and probably others that I am forgetting. I honestly can't get enough! Here are a few more pics from the BGE.
A brined/injected pork loin that came out perfect
In addition to stuffing our faces, we've been doing a ton of food preservation from the garden. We even had our first batch of salsa early this year...and it was darn good!
Our first batch of salsa for 2015 - entirely from the garden
We've done some traveling too - including a weekend in Vermont, which was highlighted by a Lake Champlain boat ride and swim, as well as an Avett Brothers concert, and 5 days at the Rhode Island coast, where we ate heaps of seafood and soaked up the sun. On that note, I'll just leave you with some fun/yummy/interesting photos from the past month or so.
The Avett Brothers rocking Vermont - they never disappoint
The deep blue sea - coastal RI
And when at the coast, you feast on seafood
We have been so busy that we haven't been involved in as much haying as last year, but there is nothing like that first run in the skid-steer
Many a summer eve has been spent sitting around the campfire with friends, while watching the river flow by
And what is summer without a few fireworks!
The good news is that if you are jonesing for some fishing on MPF, I should be back at full speed by September. However, between now and then, I should have a couple fishing related blogs that share some of my experiences and knowledge with y'all. Until next time, tight lines!