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Michael Dougherty

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5-Star Hot Dogs Inspired by the Land of the Free

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

If you're like the majority of the American population, you're probably grilling burgers for the 4th of July. You'll also toss some hot dogs on the smoker just incase you run out of burgers or to give the kids another option, but burgers are usually the main event.

What if you did something different this year? What if you made hot dogs the highlight of your 4th of July cookout? Grilling them is easy; it's the toppings that make them truly spectacular! Since we're celebrating America's Birthday in just a few days, let's look at some truly American dogs that are inspired by different parts of the country.

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Topics: Cooking Tips

Should I Put an Island in My Outdoor Kitchen?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 20, 2019 11:33:27 AM

Kitchen islands seem to be a staple in most kitchens today. Maybe Chip and Joanna Gaines are are to blame, or perhaps people are just realizing how nice it is to have added counter space. Either way, kitchen islands are more than a fad. So does that mean you should put one in your outdoor living area? 

Instead of giving a simple answer to a question that doesn't have one, let's cover the do's and don'ts of building kitchen islands, and then you can decide if you think an island is still appropriate for your outdoor living space.

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

3 Things to Do for the Dad with an Outdoor Kitchen Father's Day

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 13, 2019 8:01:00 AM

Dads are hard to buy for.

Great... you're thinking. Now tell me something I don't know.

Okay, we will! Buying dad a Father's Day present is not the only way to celebrate him this weekend. In fact, a lot of dads don't necessarily even like gifts, or else they don't need them. They have enough tie clips and personalized coffee mugs to last them a lifetime. We're here to help you think a little more creatively, and yes, practically this Father's Day. 

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle

How to Choose the Best Cabinets for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A kitchen without cabinets is like a beach without sand or a bike without pedals. How would you even function without them?

That's why people rarely ask themselves if they should put cabinets in their outdoor kitchen. Instead they're asking, how do I choose cabinets for my outdoor kitchen?

There are a lot of options out there, but since we're outdoor kitchen lifestyle experts (like, it's literally our job), we want to help you sort through the abundance of kitchen cabinet options and choose the best cabinets for your outdoor kitchen.

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

Stargazing in Your Outdoor Kitchen: A Brief Lesson on Astronomy

Posted by Michael Dougherty on May 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It's bound to happen this summer if it hasn't already. You'll be sitting in your outdoor kitchen after a long day and a relaxing dinner, and then you'll look up at the sky. You can't help but notice how bright the stars are. You remark on their brightness and their beauty, but your astronomy knowledge is limited enough that you don't have much more to say after that. So instead, you start to look for Orion, but you can't find him. A few moments later, you decide to be content with at least spotting the Little Dipper. 

Stars are fascinating, and there is a plethora of science and mythology associated with them. The more you know, the more interesting the sky becomes — and less confusing. For example, if you had known that Orion wasn't visible this time of year, then you wouldn't have been so disappointed with yourself for not being able to see him. Additionally, if you knew just a little bit more about astronomy, you might have been able to enjoy the night sky more fully. 

Let's dive into some fascinating facts about summer constellations so that you can truly appreciate the galaxy from your outdoor kitchen.

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle

How to Convince Your Partner to Invest in an Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Michael Dougherty on May 23, 2019 8:01:00 AM

So, you know that you want an outdoor kitchen. That's great. But maybe it's not that easy. Maybe it's not solely your decision if an outdoor kitchen gets built in your backyard.

If you have a spouse or significant other, then you'll both need to agree whether or not you'd like to add an outdoor kitchen to your backyard. If your significant other is not completely on board with the outdoor kitchen idea just yet, don't give up the fight too easily. Let us help you win the debate with some tactful and true arguments.

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle, Kitchens

Should I Install a Fan in My Outdoor Kitchen?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on May 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

You would think that if your kitchen is outdoors, then you would have plenty of fresh air without also having a fan. However, that's not always the case. The amount of airflow your outdoor kitchen gets is as dependent on the weather as it is on your kitchen's layout and design. Plus, there are a lot of other reasons for installing fans in an outdoor kitchen than to just keep you from sweating. 

Let's discuss!

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

Kitchen Must-Haves That Should Never Be Mother's Day Gifts

Posted by Michael Dougherty on May 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When you're buying a gift for mom, an easy go-to gift is something that she can use in the kitchen, especially if she has a beautiful outdoor kitchen. While a mom who cooks will probably get a lot of use out of a kitchen gadget, another cooking tool may not be the thing to make her feel loved and appreciated on Mother's Day.

To keep you from making the kind of of mistake that too many sons, daughters and husbands make every May, Unlimited Outdoor Kitchen is here to tell you what gifts to avoid buying mom.

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle

The Essentials of Outdoor Kitchen Landscaping

Posted by Michael Dougherty on May 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

An outdoor kitchen is mainly about the cooking equipment such as a barbecue island, a grill and a fire pit. While these practical elements lay the groundwork for an outdoor kitchen, they do not provide the finishing touches that an outdoor living space needs. That's where landscaping comes in. Landscaping can really make or break your outdoor kitchen's appearance and atmosphere. 

In today's article, we'll share the essential elements of landscaping that will make your outdoor kitchen come alive in a very natural way.

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

What Is a Kamado Grill?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Apr 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

If you've ever seen a ceramic grill, then you've seen a kamado grill. There are different varieties and brands of kamado grills, but they all share one basic characteristic: They get really, really hot.

Let's take a closer look at kamados so you can better understand what using one of these ceramic grills is actually like.

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Topics: Grills