What You Got Cookin’?

There’s nothing more alluring than the smoke of brisket in a BBQ pit, the scent of chocolate cake from the oven, or chicken straight out of the fryer. What you got cookin’? Food is the unspoken love language. Just ask any chef. They’ll tell you that their secret ingredient is love.

Now, I’ll have you know that my cookin’ is fabulous. Even the smoke alarm cheers me on!

Julia Child once said that cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy. Everyone wants to know how to cook, even if it’s just the basics. Don’t try to argue with me, either. The proof is in all of the cooking shows they have on TV these days.

Imagine what it’s like to be a celebrity chef. You have fans because of the food that you cook. And the more well-known you are, the more you get invited to go eat food cooked by others. It has to be an incredible career.

I love to cook … and bake … and barbecue … and smoke … and do anything else that means being able to create food that goes into my mouth and into the mouths of others. It’s also a great way to get everyone together so that we can make memories that will last a lifetime. Almost every memory I have is tied to food, so there’s gotta be an incredible menu planned for every event that I host.



Let’s Get Cooking

Any time you’re getting together with friends, food should be involved. And no, ordering a pizza at the last minute doesn’t count. Treat your friends and family to something spectacular. Good food will create a good mood. And a good mood is a must for any good get-together.

Food is a great way to help celebrate a special occasion or just add some fuel when you turn the radio up with a glass of sweet tea in your hand. Everyone is likely to stick around a little longer when they know that there are some snacks within arm’s reach.

I spend a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open looking for answers.

How do you decide what you’re going to cook for a crowd? Do you pull out all of the cookbooks that you have to figure out what looks good? That can get dangerous.

I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and think, “Well, that’s not going to happen.”


Cooking for me is more about a pinch of this and a sprinkling of that. Then, there’s the taste-testing. C’mon, you know you do it. You have to. If you’re in charge of cooking, it’s your right and responsibility. You taste a bit along the way to make sure you’re serving up good food.

The more food you have, the better it will be. You never know who someone is going to bring. There’s nothing worse than running out of food. And when you are known for having some of the most delicious treats, people are going to load up their plates.

Of course, you don’t have to do the cooking. You could always have the food catered in from a restaurant. As the saying goes, if God wanted me to cook, why did he invent restaurants? It’s certainly a good point, but I like to cook. It provides me with peace.


Finish Off with Something Sweet

Even Julia Child was a fan of cake and pie. She believed that a party wasn’t complete without cake. I have to say that I fully agree with her. It means that you have to make sure that there’s a dessert on the table for everyone to dive into when lunch or dinner is over.

When I’m stressed, I want something sweet. I’m fairly certain it’s no coincidence that STRESSED spelled backward is DESSERTS.

There’s no dollar sign on peace of mind, this I’ve come to know. – Zac Brown Band

And desserts can take so many exciting forms. Cakes can be served at parties, pies can be served at picnics, and cookies can be shared at any gathering. Then, of course, you have brownies, strawberry shortcakes, cupcakes, tarts, and so many other decadent sweets that you can indulge in.


Embrace the Potluck

Wait, the shindig involves how many people? Some of the best celebrations tend to get out of hand when it comes to the number of people who show up.

You might go broke trying to provide food and drink for everyone. Not to mention the time all that cookin’ is going to take.

I just don’t want to look back and think, I could’ve eaten that.

That’s when it’s time to introduce the potluck. Everyone can bring a dish. It doesn’t have to be fancy, though you can always go high-tech with an online sign-up. That way, you don’t end up with 10 bags of chips and no tater tots or dessert bars in sight. Balance is critical.

Announce what protein you’re going to serve. It can be any theme you want it to be, from hot dogs to meatballs to brisket. Let everyone else figure out what they’re going to bring to complete the meal. And if you know that some people aren’t the best chefs in town, let them get by with a store-bought cake or a 12-pack of your favorite beer.


Don’t Forget to Invite Sherman

You shouldn’t even dream about throwing a party in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Texas without inviting Sherman. You’re gonna need a pole barn to have the ultimate tailgate party, birthday bash, or potluck. It’s true.

With our customizable pole barns, we’ve got you covered. It’s a chance to have the space you need. These can be used as residential and commercial spaces as well as for premium storage.

So, you can choose to open up your own restaurant inside of a pole barn so that people don’t have to wait around for you to throw a shindig to enjoy some of your good food. Or, you can have a barn constructed in your backyard so that you have a place for everyone to gather without them tracking mud into your living room. Of course, it can also be a great place to store your tables, chairs, and everything in between your world-class get-togethers, too.

We’ve got you covered, literally and figuratively. If you’re cookin’ something good, we want to be a part of it.