As the summer draws to a close. . .

One things is for sure, I love summer time.  Fruits and vegetables are in their prime and out-door cookouts are abundant.  Excuse me while I break into song. . .These are a few of my favorite things!

One such event that I failed to document this summer was (and is) the past time known out west as the “Cowboy Cookout.”  There is nothing like a group of (generally older) folks breaking out the dutch ovens and getting together to celebrate food.


Let’s not down play the fall season, because I do love the squash . . .

And the Apples . . . (and everything that comes with them: Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, Stuffed Apples)


But there is nothing like warm weather, incredible food, dining out doors and everything else that comes with what seems are the shortest few months of the year. . .

Until next time summer, adieu.

About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.

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