Just Grilled, Eclectic Big Dude

April 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Just Grilled - A Blog Interview | 9 Comments

My gosh, where has the time gone???

 I’m such a tardy griller! It’s been about six weeks since I’ve fired up those coals for one of my “Just Grilled” blogger interviews, so let’s get out our rakes and learn more about Larry over at Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings.

I don’t know exactly when Larry landed on my radar, I just remember reading a comment one day on my blog and thinking “hmmmm…who’s Larry?”

Clicking on his name sent me over to his blog where I found a breakfast-food foodie friend and some great posts. I mean c’mon ya gotta  love chicken fried steak for breakfast! 🙂 Larry can cook up a mean breakfast so let’s take a quick walk down memory lane:

You know how I can really tell Larry loves breakfast? Just head over and take a look at this index of blog posts. Breakfast comes in first at a whopping 42 entries with BBQ and Nature coming in 2nd with a tie score of 23 each. I do have to admit one of my favorite posts of his was Dippy Eggs (top right). You can review that by clicking HERE.

First let’s consult dictionary.com regarding the title of Larry’s blog.

Eclectic: Collecting and choosing from various sources

Ramble: To talk or write in a discursive, aimless way

Without consulting dictionary.com, Big Dude reminds me of one of my favorite movies, The Big Lebowski, and dictionary.com tells us dude is slang for fellow, or an Easterner who vacations on a ranch.

Ok, let’s get down to business and find out more about this collecting, discursive, vacationing  ranching Easterner. 

Larry would you step to the microphone please.

Name:  Larry Doolittle

City: Greenback TN, a village would be closer and I live outside of it.

Blog urlhttp://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com/

 How long have you been blogging? Since August, 2009, so I’m still a rookie.

 Six words to describe the food you like to cook: Smoked, grilled, comfort, breakfast, Italian, low-mess.

 Six words to describe you: Brilliant, handsome, great bod, rich, modest – oh you meant seriously. Friendly, take charge, moral, fair, diverse, overweight – sorry that’s seven.

 Proudest moment in the kitchen: When I was growing up a favorite family dish was fried cornmeal mush and my grandmother could cook it perfectly – so it would stay together when fried without being breaded.  The key was to cook just the right amount of water out of it and I was proud when I finally learned how to get it just right. 

 Most embarrassing moment in the kitchen:  When I was a teen, I put a skillet of grease on to fry some green tomatoes, but went off and did something else.  Had a grease fire that scorched the cabinets above pretty bad.

 Rules of conduct in your kitchenWe remodeled our kitchen a couple of years ago and installed a bar between it and the dining area for the watchers – my main rule now is be cooking or be at the bar.

 Favorite IngredientI like to put onion, garlic and sweet pepper in just about everything.

Most over-rated ingredientNutmeg – I notice many of the food channel cook’s like to use it, but we’re not big fans.

If I were President who would I appoint as my ChefChez John over at Fat Johnny’s Front Porch. I’d probably weigh a ton at the end of my term, but I like the way he cooks.

 In my opinion my best blog post was:  Let me first say, my blog has become more food oriented than I intended and I need to work on that. I can’t come up with a best but I think my favorite is this one: http://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com/2009/10/my-morning-drive.html,  because it shows the beauty of the area we’re lucky enough to live in.

So there you have it. Thanks for letting me rake you over the coals  interview you Larry!  If you don’t follow Larry’s blog on a regular basis, this would be a great time to head over to Almost Heaven, which is the name of Larry’s homestead.  Larry is also a Master Gardner and I have a feeling we’re going to learn a lot this Spring.



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  1. As a fellow breakfast lover, he has rapidly become one of my favorites!

  2. I’ll have to check his blog out.. sounds about half as crazy as me!

  3. Holy crap, look at all the breakfast food. I have to go check this out.

  4. Thanks Lea Ann for the nice write up and for not grilling me too well done. I got hungry just looking at the breakfast pics – Think I’ll go back and look through the breakfast tab myself.

    • What do you think about me????? I started looking through your blog trying to decide what photos to grab for my little collage idea and ended up practically drooling!

  5. How fun! I love reading interviews from other bloggers. I need to check out larry’s site!

  6. A great blogger… love the series

  7. Great job covering Larry’s great blog! I love that he’d pick the chef from Fat Johnny’s Front Porch for his personal chef. You know, I still fantasize about who I’d pick . . . 🙂

  8. Larry is one of the bloggers I have had the privilege to meet in person and he is a great guy. Modest and funny with a big personality. Does he like eggs or does he like eggs? (ha ha)

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