The grill in action at The Hitching Post I. Photo by Jeffrey Bloom.

Red Oak Smoke Rising

Santa Maria-Style Barbecue

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue. But if that smoke is from red oak, more precisely California coast live oak, it just might be the famous Santa Maria-style barbecue. Countless magazine articles, blog postings and even celebrity chefs have raved about our local barbecue—the meat, the menu and the tradition.

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The Hitching Post I and II

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The keepers of the flame and the oak-grilled barbecue are the brothers Bill and Frank Ostini. In 1952 the Ostini family bought a remote steak house in Casmalia called the Hitching Post. Bill and Frank grew up in the restaurant.

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Santa Maria-Style Barbecue Tri-Tip

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Santa Maria-style barbecue is all about the smoke—grilling over the coals of red oak logs gives it an authentic flavor. Ideally you need a wood-fired barbecue pit with a movable grate, so that you can adjust the meat’s proximity to the heat.

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Gazpacho Verde

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

What we have here is a very adaptable summer soup. You can make it spicy or mild and you can customize the end result with a huge array of garnishes.

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Sunny Sautéed Summer Squash

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Use your own sun-dried tomatoes in this dish if you have made them. This dish can be either a side dish on its own or you can add it to pasta for a quick one-dish meal. Summer squash come in many varieties—zucchini, yellow crookneck, pattypan, etc.

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Make Your Own Sun-Dried Tomatoes 

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Lately dehydrators have taken over the job of drying vegetables and fruits. They are certainly handy. But in the summer, there is something really satisfying about putting the “sun” back in sun-dried tomatoes.

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A Beer and a Watermelon Margarita Walk into a Bar…

by George Yatchisin
Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Summer does all kinds of strange things to me, like make me appreciate pilsners and not just crave hop-bomb IPAs as I do most of the less-warm year. Their mild maltiness and lower alcohol just seem a better accompaniment to a lazy afternoon. 

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