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Mansfield Magazine's May-June 2017 Issue - Smokin' Summer

May 19, 2017 04:06PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Things Are Heating Up
 
As we met to organize another issue of Mansfield Magazine, the warm, breezy and sometimes stormy weather of spring was still upon us. But it was the dog days of summer that we were thinking about as we lined up some great stories that we hope you will enjoy. Baseball is in full swing, the grass is green and soon the smell of chlorine in pools will be in the air. It’s that time of year for outdoor activities.
 
One popular activity in these parts is outdoor grilling and smoking. We took the opportunity to cover this topic fully in two distinct areas this issue. First up, Cindy Brown researched everything you could ever want to know about smokers in this issue’s HomeStyle section. Propane, electric, charcoal and wood pellet smokers…you can find out all about them and the various kinds of wood often used to smoke in them and how it all combines to flavor the meats. Fascinating stuff for the expert and novice alike.
 
Now that you’re armed with all that smoking information we turned to Carol Ritchie to offer up some cooking tips and recipes for the smoker. She covers some grilling and barbecuing basics and offers a Cherry-Smoked Salmon recipe that might just cause a fight at the picnic table.
 
Summer provides ample opportunity to get outside and Mansfield is known for its high-quality parks offering plenty of space outdoors. There are acres of trails and natural beauty to behold and enjoy. So we went to Tiffany Gorrell, the city’s nature education supervisor, for a primer on not only what she does in her job, but to get an idea about all the fun activities offered and available this summer at the local parks. Read more in this issue’s Community Profile.
 
Elsewhere, I got to visit with Travis Johnson, the owner and operator of TJ’s Catfish & Wings in Arlington. If you love sports, wings, catfish or all of the above, this is a great little place to go before or after a ballgame next time you’re in Arlington.
 
And if the summer month’s make you think about trips to the beach or ocean, then we’ve got a great Roadtrip feature for you this time. Journey down the Texas coast to the Matagorda Bay area. Fishing, water sports, shopping and history all abound at this coastal getaway.
 
Enjoy this issue and let us hear from you!
 
Kerry Pipes, Editor

Browse around for articles and information on everything you need to know about the local community and let us know what you’d like to see more of!

Mansfields Nature Education Supervisor Helps Kids Study Nature In Nature - May 19 2017 1242PM

Mansfield’s Nature Education Supervisor Helps Kids Study Nature In Nature

Tiffany Gorrell is the nature education supervisor for Mansfield’s Parks & Recreation Department, where she gets to teach kids all about nature. Read More » 

 

Differentiating the Joys of Grilling  Smoking - May 24 2017 1050AM

Differentiating the Joys of Grilling & Smoking

It’s time to fire-up the grill again. Read More » 

 

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Your First Home - May 26 2017 1200PM

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Your First Home

Five mistakes first-time homebuyers often make, and how to best avoid them. Read More » 

 

Tips for Reducing Summertime Digestive Disorders from a Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Doctor - May 31 2017 1105AM

Tips for Reducing Summertime Digestive Disorders from a Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Doctor

Gastroenterologist Muhammad Memon, MD, on the medical staff at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center gives us some tips. Read More » 


Bone up on Outdoor Cooking with a Smoker - Jun 05 2017 0647AM

Bone up on Outdoor Cooking with a Smoker

Using a smoker will really “turn up the heat” on the flavor of your food. Read More » 

  

The Form Foliage and Flowers of Buttonbush - Jun 07 2017 0405AM

The Form, Foliage and Flowers of Buttonbush

You should definitely consider finding a spot in your own garden for this plant that will dazzle you with its form, foliage and flowers. Read More » 




TJs Catfish  Wings is More Than a Sports Bar - Jun 13 2017 0624AM

TJ’s Catfish & Wings is More Than a Sports Bar

TJ’s Catfish & Wings in South Arlington is changing up the game plan for what a sports bar can, and should, be. Read More » 

 

Matagorda Bay Nature  Fishing at Your Own Pace - Jun 19 2017 0630AM

Matagorda Bay: Nature & Fishing at Your Own Pace

Matagorda Bay makes a great road trip and is, well, a shore thing. Read More » 

  

Noelle Beauchamp on Beauty Pageants  Helping Disabled Children - Jun 29 2017 0641AM

Noelle Beauchamp on Beauty Pageants & Helping Disabled Children

After moving to Texas last year, Noelle Beauchamp is now a special education teacher at Mansfield’s Gideon Elementary School. Read More » 

 

Web Extras

BBQ or Grill Mansfield Magazine Readers Tell All - May 29 2017 0758PM

BBQ or Grill? Mansfield Magazine Readers Tell All

We asked our readers what they liked to BBQ. Here are their answers. Read More » 


Cherry-Almond Farro Salad From EatingWellcom

3 Healthy & Cheap Lunch Recipes You Can Bring to Work

Find your next favorite healthy lunch! Read More » 

 

Smokey MAEs Pit BBQ Courtesy of their Facebook page

Mansfield Magazine's BBQ Restaurant Guide

Read on and you just might find your next favorite BBQ spot! Read More » 

 

10 Exciting Events Happening This Month at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden - Jun 01 2017 1215PM

10 Exciting Events Happening This Month at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

A few fun events happening this June that the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will be hosting! Read More » 

 

Some of Mansfield Parks  Recreation Department Tiffany Gorrells Favorite Things - Jun 06 2017 0500AM

Some of Mansfield Parks & Recreation Department Tiffany Gorrell's Favorite Things

Mansfield’s Parks & Recreation's nature education supervisor, Tiffany Gorrell, inspires us even more to get outdoors. Read More » 

 

From Ashley Gordon

From Football to Golf, Mansfield Has Major Team Spirit!

Who's got team spirit? We wanted to see who does, so we reached out to our readers in a post on Facebook. Read More » 

 

Image courtesy of wwwlcraorgparksdeveloped-parksPagesmatagorda-bay-nature-parkaspx

Matagorda Bay Nature Park, A 1,600-Acre Park & Preserve Perfect for a Weekend Getaway

Looking for an ideal weekend getaway? Matagorda Bay Nature Park isn't too far away, but just far enough to enjoy being in a new place. Read More » 

 

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