Hi, my name is Keegan Lare and I love to create delicious grilled and smoked food, bursting with bold flavors. I also love to see my friends and family try something tasty and new. It is in this spirit that I created Seared & Smoked. Through countless backyard grilling sessions I have developed some tasty, well tested recipes you have to try yourself.
I am a Landscape Architect by day, but I am usually thinking about my next meal. I remember cooking my first dinners in fourth grade. Way back then I was frying up cheeseburgers, making rice crispy treats, or mixing up spaghetti with meat sauce. All good things and not to be forgotten. My day dreaming now consists of marinated steaks, tender spare ribs, and juicy smoked chicken, or perhaps smoked brisket. These are the things I love to eat and have inspired Seared & Smoked. I want to bring great food to you and your family. Everyone on this earth deserves a perfectly grilled steak. No one should have to eat dry, flavorless chicken. We are going to tackle all of these mysteries and more. Through years of experience on the grill and learning from my mistakes, I will bring you recipes and techniques that will make your meals much more enjoyable for you and your family.
Before I ventured into Landscape Architecture, I was an engineer. I take a scientific problem solving approach to cooking. If something fails, make a change and try again. With a few tries, you can make anything you want. Lucky for you, I have put in the time to make learning to cook easier for you. If you love great food…. you can be a great cook. Come along for the ride to learn some great recipes and techniques that will bring your BBQ Grill & Kitchen to life.
I am married to my awesome wife Jill and we live in Des Moines, Iowa. How do I know she is awesome? I have three grills and counting and she let me buy a granite countertop for my DIY outdoor kitchen. We do not even have granite in our indoor kitchen! If you want to check out my grilling set up, check it out here. She also makes me eat vegetables, so you will find some vegetable dishes on this Blog too. Thank Jill for that one. Here is a pic of us from our trip to San Francisco last year….
We have two spoiled dogs, Booker and Eddie, who run the house. Booker is the white labrador below and Eddie is the coyote looking Shepard-Border Collie mix. They have it pretty good, I must say. When we are not cooking up something good, we are probably working on a home improvement project or watching too much bad television. We are suckers for any drama or comedy on HBO or Showtime that does not include vampires.
We love to travel when we have the time and money. Between the two of us we have lived in Iowa, California, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. I love trying regional cuisine as there is no better way to be inspired to cook something new. Have you ever had that moment when you try something when on vacation and think, “How do I create this at home?”. That happens every time we go somewhere new.