Month: December 2008

Zoe’s Christmas Video (2008)

Every year for Christmas, my sister in-law, Rachael, puts together a video with clips and photos of my daughter Zoe. This year was no exception! As always, she does an outstanding job putting the compilation together. Turn on your speakers and click the play button on the flash video below to watch this years movie. Video created by Rachael Dutridge. Audio is the property and copyright of their respectful owners. No copyright infringement...

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Cold Smokin’ Salmon

It was 22°F, sunny with no wind today in Columbus… sounded like a perfect day to cook outside to me! Today, I smoked some salmon in my small charcoal smoker. Just a small meal tonight with a pound of salmon seasoned with cilantro, garlic and lime. You can view my recipe by clicking here. I used hickory wood chips today and worked to maintain a cooking area temperature between 180 and 210°F. The total smoking time today was just about 5 hours. I started the charcoal fire about 12:30pm. The salmon steaks went on at 1pm and came off at 5:30pm. I prepared my smoker with a 20 minute burn-in to pre-heat the charcoal and burn off the starter fluid. My hickory chips sat on top of the charcoal in a tinder box to keep the wood chips from burning too fast. After all, I was smoking, not burning. My water pan was half full to keep the salmon moist. I added a can of beer to the water. Some say it adds flavor to the food. I’m not convinced, but figure what the hell. My uncle bought the beer so I’m feeling less guilty. 🙂 The salmon was served with some of Grandma’s parsley potatoes and some mixed vegetables. A basic, but healthy...

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Cilantro Lime Salmon

Cilantro Lime Salmon is very tasty way to cook salmon. This variation highlights the cilantro flavor with lime and garlic. The salmon can be baked, broiled, grilled or smoked. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes baked or grilled, 15 minutes broiled, 4-6 hours smoked Serves: 4-6 people Ingredients: 2 pounds of salmon with skin 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro 2 limes – 4 tablespoons of juice and a 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest 3 cloves of minced garlic 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper Directions: Combine fresh chopped cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil into a bowl. Add fresh ground sea salt and pepper to taste. Mix together. Evenly coat salmon with mixture and sit in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes. If baking, pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Coat baking dish with non-stick spray. Place the salmon in the dish and cover. Cook for 30 minutes. If broiling, coat baking dish with non-stick spray. Place the salmon in the dish. Broil for 12 to 15 minutes. If grilling, heat the grill between medium to medium-high temperature of about 300 to 400°F. Use direct heat to grill the salmon. Grill salmon in foil for softer meat or direct to rack for a crisper, grilled outside. If smoking, prepare smoker and heat cooking area to 200°F....

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Grandma’s Parsley Potatoes

One of my personal favorites, Grandma’s parsley potatoes are fast to make and are a great side dish! It’s a great compliment to any meal seasoned with garlic. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 people Ingredients: 2 pound of red potatoes 1/2 cup of chopped parsley 4 tablespoons of lemon juice 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or milk) Directions: Fill dutch oven or large pot with potatoes and enough cold water to cover them (don’t over fill so the water boils over). Heat water to a boil. Stir occasionally. Boil for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain water and reduce to medium heat. Add chopped parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Milk could be substituted for olive oil to make the potatoes creamier. Stir ingredients until evenly mixed. Serve...

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Ace Your Face!

Ace Hardware is working the online holiday marketing with a fun online Flex application called Ace Your Face. The app allows you to upload photos and work your face into different holiday scenes. I spent some time toying with it over the weekend and had a lot of fun. There are options to create holiday scenes with up to four people. Be sure to turn up the volume, the commentary is pretty funny. You can view the card I made by clicking here: The Retail Studio at Resource Interactive worked very hard to make this project a success. A ton of time and effort went into producing the audio and creating the Flex modules. I even had the opportunity to help out with this by setting up the faces on the backgrounds between other projects. Ace Your Face at...

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Josh Zeigler

My name is Josh Zeigler and live in Powell, Ohio. I am a family guy, tech geek, sports nut, Disney addict, and amateur triathlete. This is my personal blog site and digital playground. Here, I write about my life and anything that is on my mind...

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