Mail carriers and fe/male ‘cuers (as in: barbecuers) share a common creed:
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers and ‘cuers from the swift completion of their appointed (pork) rounds.
This was especially true at last week’s HOLY SMOKES! Blues and BBQ festival, held at Cure of Ars Catholic Church in Leawood, where competitors cooked under uncharacteristically cool conditions for this typically hot June event.
I was asked to be one of the judges for the Blue Ribbon Bake-off, and while there were interesting entries — such as a 10-layer trifle and peanut butter toffee cheesecake brownies — it was love at first bite with Lee Ann Egger’s Triple Berry Pie.
The top crust was sweetly decorated with small pastry flowers, while the berries inside were a taste of summer. Lee Ann learned to make pies with her mother and she’s passing the tradition down to her own daughter.
Kansas City is a hard-core tailgating town, and not even the threat of thunderstorms could dampen the spirits of the hundreds that had gathered to see who could smoke out the competition. While picnics are nothing new for those of all faiths — along with cooking camaraderie — there were also some good-naturedly blowing smoke, too.
Meet Dave Harrison, the concocter of a 13-gallon container filled with fresh citrus and good tequila. One sip of his margarita made me forget the sweater I was pining for, as I started to warm from the inside out.
Mary G. Pepitone is a freelance writer who lives in Leawood. She also writes the nationally syndicated home column and the much beloved Star column weekly Come Into My Kitchen featuring home cooks and their reicpes.