Summer, Father’s Day and grilling go hand in hand. I had the pleasure of visiting Kent Whitaker, whose tagline is “thedeckchef.” He will grill just about anything—from Porterhouse steaks to pineapple to pimiento cheese sandwiches to pizza to pound cake.
While all you have to do is have a fuzzy, warm dog or cat crawl up into your lap and snuggle to know that this contact makes you feel better, there is now research being done at a number of institutions around the country to put scientific analysis behind this intuitive feeling.
Our pets are part of our family. They are there to greet us when we get home after a long day, they wake us up in the morning (sometimes too early) and they are our constant companions. Many people are now choosing to include their pets in family outings, vacations and even photos.
People have been spoiling their pets as long as animals became domesticated. There are traces of pet devotion as far back as ancient Roman times. And we all know how much the Egyptians loved their cats. But it is royalty and luminaries who have provided their beloved dogs, cats, horses and other assorted animal companions with over the top luxuries.
Kent’s “Great American Grilling” book will inspire you with its inside hints, pit-proven tips and tried-and-true techniques for year-round smoking, grilling and barbecuing. Recipes like Petite Sirloin with Port Mushroom Shallot Sauce and Grilled Honey Rum Bananas (See recipe.) will impress your family and friends and make you a grilling super star.
While juggling the demands of everyday life, it’s easy to put your financial planning on the back burner. Between working, home repairs, caring for your pets or children – it can be hard to find time for anything else.