Do you get your Grocery Store Ads Online?

I know there are various ways that people can recieve their grocery store Ads, so this week I ask the question:Online Grocery Store Ads

How do you receive your grocery store Ads?

Do you get them in the Mail?

Do you get them in the Newspapper?

Do you have to go into the Store?

Or do you get them on the Internet?

Not until last year did I even realize that grocery stores put there Ads online.  This past year I have been looking up my grocery store ads on the Internet.  It is easy and I don’t have to get my hands all black from the newspaper Ads.  One of the local supermarket chains around us doesn’t distribute their Ads in the mail like two of the other local stores.  So I am forced to get my Publix grocery ad online.

Here is a list of some of the stores in my area that offer online Ads.



Winn Dixie

What stores in your area offer their weekly Ads online?

The Saturday Morning Market

This past Saturday I attended my first ever farmers market.  The wife and I got up early and headed to the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg.  Farmers MarketIt was a very nice experience, even though the weather didn’t want to cooperate to much that day.  There was allot of food vendors selling a variety of things beyond fruits and vegetables.  Also there was a section for crafts and many plants and flowers for sale.  We purchased a few things at the market a chili pepper plant, local made honey, and an eggplant.  I plan on making a recipe with the eggplant just not sure what as of yet.  I have always wanted to make eggplant Parmesan so be on the lookout for that article.  I would highly recommend attending a Market in your area, you never know what you will come across and you are supporting local grown produce and local vendors.  So you can’t beat that!

Farmers Market - Vegetables









Farmers Market - Chili Peppers

Spring Cleaning Time!!!

Today is the first day of Spring.  So we all know what that means.  Time to do some spring cleaning.  This past weekend I decided to get a jump start and Spring Cleaning - Spicescleaned out the kitchen cabinets in our house.  My main goal was to relocate the all of our spices to another cabinet that was more on eye level.  Before I had them above the oven which was a bit high even for me.  So take a look at my picture.  I now have all of my spices organized and it is easier to find what I am looking for now.  I also went through all of the rest of our cabinets and re-organized all of our food and went through and threw out some of the food that had expired.  So take this next weekend and clean out your kitchen cabinets and throw out any old food.  Organize them and the next time you cook your life will be that much easier.

Happy Spring!

Happy Easter!


Happy March Madness!

Char-Griller Smokin Pro – Assembly

Well yesterday was finally the day to put together the smoker, I got for Christmas!  The weather was perfect outside and it seemed like a great idea to get outside and assemble the smoker out on the back patio.  It was a nice sunny day and the temperature was just right.  One of the perks to living in Florida during the winter time.

Char-Griller Smokin Pro

It wasn’t to difficult to assemble the grill it took me approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.  The hardest part was probably putting on the Side Fire Box.  The directions call for you to get out the hammer and knock out a portion of the side of the grill.  That gave me some problems.  I was a bit affraid of damaging the grill.  Overall the directions were not extremely detailed and I would imagine if they were a bit more detailed I could of finished it a little bit quicker.

Take a look below at some of the pictures of the assembly of the Char-Griller Smokin Pro!!!

Update: check out the Smoked Baby Back Ribs recipe I did with the Smokin Pro!

Here is what the contents of the boxes looks like.  Both boxes are fairly heavy so get assistance when carrying them.
Here it is with the basic structure put together.
Here is what the assembled grill part looks like.  You can purchase just the grill part and use as just a normal charcoal grill.  But we want to Smoke some ribs so next up is the Side Fire Box!
And here is what it looks like with the side fire box attached to the main grill.  Now we have a Smoker!!!
Here is what the finished smoker looks like with both hoods open.
And here is what it looks like closed.  I must say it is a nice looking grill.  Now this weekend we will see how well it cooks.

Update: check out the Smoked Baby Back Ribs recipe I did with the Smokin Pro!

You can check out and buy the Char-Griller Smokin Pro at

Char-Griller Smokin’ Pro Charcoal Grill

Kick Off Week!

OK last week I launched the website but this week I get it Kicked Off with some articles.  This week I will put up the first recipe article onto the site and also a product review.  Plus I plan on putting together my new smoker so I will show how that goes and hopefully this weekend I will be making my first meal with my new smoker!

Maybe I will have time to throw in a Super Bowl dip or two!

So stick around for Kick Off week!  Just in time for the Super Bowl!

Welcome to Average Joe Cooking!

Welcome to! This site has been created for all of those Average Joe’s and Jane’s out there that would like to learn to become a better cook.  I am one of those people.  I have some experience in the kitchen and on the grill but I would like to expand my knowledge of the cooking world.  Through my experiences of trying new recipes and reviewing various cooking products, I hope that everyone who comes to the site will learn something new or maybe pick up a tip or two that will add to your own cooking skills. Each week I will try a new recipe and write about my experiences with making that recipe.  My content will include how I approached certain parts of the recipe, how it all came out, and what I would do differently next time.  I also would like to break down each recipe into step by step parts to make it really simple for those that aren’t quite cooking veterans.  I will try to further illustrate each breakdown through pictures.  Furthermore, I would like to explore various forms of cooking.  From grilling, to smoking (I got a smoker for Christmas :), thanks honey), to cooking in the oven, and on the stove top. Please keep checking back with for more content! Thanks so much for visiting my site! Joe