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NASCAR in Europe? – Yes, and They Even Have Cheerleaders

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kent Whitaker, often called 'the Deck Chef,' is a sportswriter, culinary writer, and cookbook author with fourteen titles. He covers NASCAR, racing in general, Football, barbecue, grilling, and tailgating. You can visit him on "www.thedeckchef.com " or on Facebook at "Kent Whitaker" In case you’re not a die-hard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fan you may not know that NASCAR races in Europe! Yep, you read that correctly. NASCAR races across the pond and they’ve been doing so since 2012 with the formation of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. The ball started rolling several years before 2012 with the formation of the Racecar Euro-Series which raced under the banner of FJ Group – a race team out of France. Essentially, a race team wanted to try their hand at racing American style stock cars and invited their friends to come along for the ride. Participation grew as new teams started showing up for events. Then, the number of teams grew and competition increased, the fans followed. The series grew to the point that the young American style racing series gained the approved of FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). FIA is a legendary name in motorsports sanctioning and this partnership set the stage for NASCAR to join in on the fun. Joining other NASCAR Countries and Cheerleaders The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series joined Canada and Mexico as countries outside of the United States that had officially NASCAR sanction series in 2012 and things started with a bang… actually with a cheer. One of the trademark looks of the Euro Series is that they love to combine other American themes into their race weekends. You’ll see cheerleaders, NFL style football demonstrations, barbecue, beer tents, driver events, and live concerts. It’s easy to imagine that you’re walking around your local County Fair! Or, you may be reminded of the infield of Daytona or the Parking lots at Bristol Motor Speedway because of all of the NASCAR clothing and flags. As for the cheerleaders, think of them as the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series having their own version of Victory Lane ladies or NASCAR Monster Energy Girls. The connections to the Euro Series and NASCAR in North America even goes further. Now, NASCAR drivers are showing up in Europe to climb behind the wheel of a NASCAR Euro Series car. NASCAR Champion and Other Drivers Crossing the Pond When Team FJ and FIA finalized an agreement with NASCAR because the series had grown in popularity with [...]

By |2019-06-09T17:03:37+00:00June 9th, 2019|Europe, NASCAR|0 Comments

Lillipop Stiltwalkers

This is an interview with Lilli Erickson - owner of Lillipop.met and lots of lots of stiltwalkers. - We talk about how she got started with the stiltwalking business and her background and some of te other things she has done.  Stiltwalkers are just plain fun. She tells about some of the experiences she has had and some of the experiences her employee stiltwalkers have had. They are out of the Dallas area. ****************************************************************************

By |2019-06-03T00:05:58+00:00June 3rd, 2019|Dallas, Lillipop, Podcast|0 Comments

Gilled Pizza

Are you looking for something to cook on the grill over the Memorial Day weekend but want something besides burgers, dogs, or any of the other common dishes? Not that there’s anything wrong with traditional Memorial Day eats… but why not grill some pizza? Yep, you can grill pizza! Think of it this way – why buy an expensive outdoor pizza oven if you already have a covered grill? You can use charcoal or gas along with some wood chips of your choice. I’m not knocking outdoor pizza ovens, I think they are cool and make for great pizza. But, if you’re only going to cook a pizza outdoors a couple of times a year… then save some money and fire up the grill and do something different! No Dough Tossing Skills Needed Don’t worry. You won’t have to learn to toss dough over your head like those cool guys in high-end pizza eateries. But I do think that would be fun to learn, or at least give it a try. Here’s how to get your grilled pizza adventure started. First, you need a covered grill. Then you need some store-bought pizza crusts and your favorite toppings. I suggest using smaller crusts as opposed to the large size simply because they fit on grill racks better and are easy to handle. Plus, each person can custom make their own pizza. If you only can find the large crusts then you may need to cut them in half depending on your grill. If you go with a softer crust such as raw dough, then use a cookie sheet, foil, or a grilling mat to pre-cook it before adding your toppings, sauce, and cheese. Toppings from BBQ to Traditional You can use all of the traditional items like Ham, beef, sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, veggies and more. Plus you need some cheese and some sauce. All of this really boils down to your favorite toppings. I suggest that all of the meat toppings be fully cooked. Then, all you are doing is warming things up and melting cheese! Add sauce to your crust along with the toppings, place it on the grill with low to medium heat, close the lid until everything is golden and the cheese is melted. Remember, the crust is done, chances are you used pre-cooked meat toppings so all you have to do is warm everything up and melt the cheese. Your grill determines on if you cook on the top rack or the grill [...]

By |2019-05-25T01:41:11+00:00May 24th, 2019|Pizza, Recipe|0 Comments

San Bernardino County Fair 2019

An annual event for over 70 years, the San Bernardino County Fair is THE destination in the High Desert for Fun. Concerts, carnival rides, food, games, animals, exhibits, and more! The Fair provides a diverse entertainment offering for everyone at an affordable price.his is a interview with Geoff Hinds, CEO Fair Manager about some of the history of the fair and fairgrounds.  He also talks about what is new and exciting this year at the fair and fair food and entertainment. **************************************************************************** This years fair features a lot of fun and exciting carnival rides.

By |2019-05-24T00:03:58+00:00May 24th, 2019|California, County Fair, Podcast|0 Comments

Calveras County Fair and Frog Jubilee 2019

The Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jubilee is coming on May 16th-19th in Angels Camp, California. Their attendance is approximately. 35,000 to 40,000. The Theme is "Be a Kid Again!". They have all kinds of events including of course the International  Frog Jumping Contest in which contestants can bring their own frog or use one of the local provided bullfrogs - and classic fair food, carnival rides, live music, goofy competitions, livestock, rodeo, with  opportunities to sample award winning local wines and agriculture.Be sure to check out - Checkout the Frog Hop of Fame from past Frog Jump winners in historic downtown Angels Camp.This is a interview with Laurie Giannini, CEO Fair Manager about some of the history of the fair and fairgrounds, and rodeo. She also talks about what is new and exciting this year at the fair and what specifically they have for children to do that is fun. ********************************************************************

By |2019-05-08T01:31:51+00:00May 8th, 2019|Angels Camp, Frogs, Podcast, Rodeo|0 Comments

Grilled Apricot Easter Ham Steaks

Author Bio: Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is an award-winning culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader, NASCAR and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill. You can reach out to Kent at thedeckchef.com, Facebook, Instagram @thekentwhitaker, and Twitter @thekentwhitaker. Easter is the holiday that kicks off Spring and opens the door for Summer grilling. When it comes to Easter one of the most traditional menu items for many family dinners is ham. So, it makes perfect sense, at least to backyard grilling gurus, that it’s a perfect time to grill some ham. However, grilling a huge ham meant to serve several people may be too much for an Easter dinner for two. That’s the situation we found ourselves in last year. Allyson and I had visited with our out-of-town family the week prior to Easter so on the day of the actual holiday we only had two people to cook for. The solution, switch from a 12-pound ham to a couple of nice center-cut ham steaks! Why do We Eat Ham for Easter? Easter meals traditionally include ham. But why is that? Besides the fact that ham is a tasty dish to serve at a family meal, ham has been an Easter favorite for centuries. A long time ago in Europe and Asian countries, pigs were slaughtered in the fall and early winter, then cured/smoked, and ready to eat when Spring came. What timing! Easter is in the spring holiday and ham is ready to be eaten! That combination which was based on everyday life has carried on as a tradition. What’s a Ham Steak? In case you’re wondering, steak is a term that is used in many countries to describe a nice thick cut of meat or seafood. I guess the beef industry is just better at marketing the term than other producers. A ham steak is a center-cut slice of bone-in ham roast ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 inch thick. The thinner slices are often called breakfast ham steaks. The great thing is that these cuts are most often fully cooked if bought pre-packaged. Just check the label and it will let you know. And, they come brine d with a salt solution or smoke cured [...]

By |2019-04-11T21:58:45+00:00April 11th, 2019|Easter, Food|0 Comments

Puyallup Spring Fair, WA 2019

The Puyallup Spring Fair starts on April 11th and runs thru the 14th. This is a pre-fair interview with Stacy Van Horne, Public Relations Manager. We talk a bit about the history of the fair, fair foods and what there is for kids and seniors to do. There is a lot of work that goes into putting this fair up and a lot of imagination. The have The Farm at Sillyville - which is a rather unique idea and very cool.  There is Creative Kids Entertainment and Brad's World Reptile Show, and BBQ Playoffs.  There are also Fireworks on Friday and Saturday evening. There is a KidZone and a Stunt Show. In Expo Hall they have too. This fair has a lot of everything. It makes you wonder how exactly it differs from the Washington State Fair that is later in the season.  Stacy and I talk about that. They are also known especially for Motorsports and Monster Trucks. The fair takes place on the Washington State Fairgrounds.                 ********************************************************************

Maricopa County Fair

The Maricopa County Fair, in Phoenix Arizona runs from April 10th to the 14th at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. This is an interview with Karen Searle, Executive Director about what is old what is new and exciting about this years fair. We talk about the age of the fair, and what is new and exiting about this years fair - what there is for kids ans seniors, and their Community Stage - which is one of the main things this fair known for. 

By |2019-04-04T21:33:02+00:00April 4th, 2019|County Fair, Fair Food, Phoenix, Podcast|0 Comments

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