"We're also drawn to the craft of it," Art says. "By this, I mean you have to think about the wood or the charcoal, the heat intensity, the grill marks on the food." He admits these challenges seem to attract middle-aged men more than some other demographics. This country boy who grew up in rural Florida muses that when you live with as much concrete as he and so many other Americans do in cities and populated suburbs, "You yearn for green, but that doesn't mean you want a farm." The idea of spending time out of doors, cooking, eating, and visiting, is overwhelmingly appealing.
"We dug up the concrete in the condo's backyard for the kitchen, and let me tell you: It's the focal point of our little community." The good thing about the outdoors is that it's big enough for everyone.
Art Smith's Recipes
- Sweet Potato Salad
- Cabbage-Wrapped Salmon Steamed in Wine
- Focaccia with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Rosemary
- Art Smith's 12-Layer Chocolate Cake