Terrence Mann (James Earl Jones) in Field of Dreams made this statement. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.” Over the past year I have seen one steamroller after another erase part of me and my life, but time and time again I rebuild and go at it again. My constant, my baseball is food. It might sound odd but the challenges of making the mundane into interesting, taking basics and creating something worth pride, and having my family and friends compliment and support my efforts has been my constant, my baseball. So today I introduce you to the Kids. Not the ones that come from my loins, but the Kids that I have collected over the years and help me maintain a sense of peace and fulfillment. The Big Kid, the Old Kid, and the Green Kid. To me it doesn’t matter what name brand you have or how big yours is compared to mine. Does it do the job? Are you comfortable with it? Does it make you happy. Those are the biggest requirements. The boys that argue BTUs, size, and chrome versus cast have other issues. My 15 year old Weber Kettle makes me happy. It handles steak and quick grills better than my big gas kid. They all do their jobs well. To repeat my first post, they’re different. Different is neither good nor bad. Just different. Have the tools that you feel comfortable with for the different tasks.
So back to food. Tonight’s menu, Peameal Loin smoked on the Green Kid with homemade Maple Baked Beans. The greens I’ll decide on latter in the day. The beans are already in the oven slow baking at 200 for the rest of the day. Photos later.