How to build a backyard garden: Part 2

In our first backyard garden series post we showed you how to start setting up your garden beds. Now it’s time to show how to finish digging the beds and how to plant all the wonderful fruits and veggies that you and your family will soon be enjoying. But before you actually start growing your own organic food, its important to Continue reading

How to tune the carburetor in a Ford Bronco

We rebuilt the carburetor in our 1978 Ford Bronco a month or so ago and promised we’d do a follow up post on how to “tune” it. Ours is a 1978 Ford Bronco that goes by the name of Javelina Sue (it’s safe to say she likes her mud). Well, winter is behind us now. It’s getting warm again, and the easiest way to describe the carburetor problem is that she’s “breathing heavy”; the engine idle is irregular and sporadic. So it’s time to give the carb a tune! If you’re not familiar with basic carburetor and choke mechanics, don’t worry Continue reading

Get Cooking in the Sonoran Desert

Campfire grilling in the desert

Spring is here for many of us in the southwest and the Sonoran Desert can be quite spectacular this time of year. Arizona receives lots of winter visitors each spring and after traveling to downtown Chicago and the east coast several times – I completely understand why. While the area may be most well-known for the spring training baseball games and sunny skies, you might be surprised at how many winter visitors you’ll find at the local desert attractions. The Desert Botanical Gardens is a real nature-hot-spot this time of year. Tucked within Continue reading

Flattning the Hills

We mix vintage ways with modern days on this site. And today, we’re going to jump the General Lee! This General Lee, however,  is a 2013 Rally Fighter by Local Motors. I must admit, I’ve wished I could jump the General Lee since the first time I saw Dukes of Hazzard as a young boy in the early 80′s. Who didn’t right?! Well, just like Waylon Jennings says, we were definitely “flattnin’ the hills” on this test drive. Buddy Crisp was doing the driving, and Ted Purdy was nice enough to grab some video footage on the iphone for us. For those of you who like cars and like to make things, I highly recommend you check out this new car company. I visited their Chandler, AZ facility last month and it was pretty spectacular. Their business model is built on co-creation and they lead Continue reading

BBQ with a side of outlaw country

Matilda the Guitar

Get your guitars out and strum along!

The folks over at Patrons of the Pit inspired me to quit slacking and do a music post. In Dally’s fashion, we’re gonna mix old and new on the topics of music and BBQ. Some of my favorite songs to listen to when barbecuing are in the outlaw country class. Not just the 70′s though, I like to include some oldies in there for some “roots” too. Legends such as Continue reading

Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder

Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder

Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder

It’s time again for some smoked BBQ pork shoulder! Smoking meats is really quite simple, and can easily provide more than a few family-sized meals. We recently smoked a 12 lb pork shoulder for nearly 23 hours at 225 degrees. During that time, I flipped the pork at the half-way point, refilled the water tray, and checked the temperature a few times to make sure it was consistent. This recipe requires a little prep in the beginning, and a little at the end – just like any other legitimate meal. However, the rest of the cooking process should be smooth sailin’. Remember, the key to tender juicy meats is Continue reading

Truck project: How to rebuild the carburetor in a 1978 Ford Bronco

Bronco carburetor rebuilt and ready for installation

Bronco carburetor rebuilt and ready for installation

Sure you want to rebuild that carburetor! It’s fun and is a good way to ensure your car or truck is running at peak performance – from an air/fuel mixture standpoint. Today, we’re going to rebuild the carburetor in our 1978 Ford Bronco.  Ours has a leak, which we suspect is from a float bowl gasket. The fuel is draining onto the intake manifold before the fuel system can build sufficient pressure resulting in the truck not starting. That’s good because if this occurred while the engine was hot and running, it most likely would cause an engine fire and then we’d potentially have all kinds of issues to deal with.

The first thing we need to do is Continue reading

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients

Preparations for scalloped potato recipe

After filling up on mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, scalloped potatoes are a great way to change it up for your Christmas dinners. This is a relatively simple recipe, but can take some time if you do it entirely the old fashioned way. Therefore,  let’s get a little modern with this vintage recipe and use a mandolin. There’s no need to sit and slice all of those potatoes by hand when you have one, and they’re fun to use. Here’s a couple of cooking tips Continue reading

Chorizo & Egg, and Avocado

Ingredients

How to cook Chorizo Egg and Avocado Burritos

Avocado is a must-have ingredient when it comes to making chorizo & egg burritos. We find that about once per week we’ll eat breakfast for dinner – based on what’s left in the cupboards. There was only one ingredient, the chorizo, that we didn’t already have in the fridge so this was a pretty simple recipe to put together. The ingredient that puts this recipe over-the-top is the fresh cilantro from the backyard garden. The cilantro not only tastes great, but it provides fresh balance to counter the spice level of your chorizo. Below are the directions Continue reading

Mud boggin’ the Christmas Bronco

Here’s some footage of our 2012 Christmas tree hunt. The spot we like to go to didn’t have any snow this year, but the weather was still awesome. It was a pretty muddy back-road due to the melt from the last snow. And yep – that’s our tree on the top of the truck.  We do this each year and typically will use one of the day’s pictures for our Christmas card to family mem Continue reading