Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Food for Thought

I LOVE Bacon. I love to smell it cooking and I even like the smell of it raw. It just taste wonderful. It's pork after all!!

But I only eat bacon a few times a year, maybe when I'm on 100000mg of Lipitor I will be able to eat it more often. I found this recipe and thought it sounded great.

Bacon Tacos

12 slices bacon
1 package of taco seasoning
Chopped purple onion
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomato
Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Flour tortillas

Cook bacon with taco seasoning, and then drain.
Serve like you would Tacos

Recipe from The Bacon Show.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

It's unoffical, but...

...summer is here and these little guys soon will be headed to the compost pile.
Hey little fellas thanks for being so cute these past few months! Oh, and see ya next year!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Americans are killing themselves with processed foods and this food item is just gross.

Yes it's the new 'Corner Bistro' panini brought to us by the good folks at Stouffer's. This is their take on the traditional Italian sandwich which would usually consist of a slice of cheese, a slice of prosciutto put in between a small focaccia-ish type of bread. I have never seen panini grilled in Italy, but it seems to be popular here in the U.S. Well through revolutionary technology, the Stouffer's 'Corner Bistro' panini is grilled in the MICROWAVE. Bread heated in the microwave turns into a rock, it's frightening to think what they have added to keep the bread edible after it is nuked.
So what comes on the Panini? Well you have your choice of four authentic Italian combinations...NOT!
Grilled Chicken Italian Panini
Smoked Turkey Club Panini
Philly-Style Steak & Cheese Panini (Vomit)
Southwest-Style Chicken Panini (Is this from Sicily?)
All I can say is just YUM!

Monday, May 22, 2006


[pretend that there is a photo of cilantro here because apparently blogger does not like cilantro]

Cilantro is a pungent herb widely used in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian cooking. I just love the taste and smell of it, but I know that it can be an acquired taste. I even know that some people totally detest it's flavor. I have actually seen a friend spilt it out at the table, oh so.. so lady like (Hi Sarah!). Well it seems that the Cilantro Haters are banding together.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My Guinea Pig

The highlight of my day is cooking dinner for Gumby and me. Usually I get to cook Sunday – Thursday night. It seems that most of the time dinner consist of chicken breasts cook someway, served along with some type of starch, and a green vegetable blah blah blah. I do like to experiment with my cooking and I think most of this experimentation is transparent to the consumer (i.e. Gumby), however I’m now working on homemade pizza. One night last week, I was working on dinner for just myself and I made a pizza. The toppings were great, pesto, “fresh” tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. The crust that I made just sucked. It was hard and tasteless.

So tonight was pizza night again, I made the dough last night, popped it in the fridge and then tonight I let it warm up from about 30 minutes before forming the pizza. Unlike last week’s delicious topping, tonight I used some leftover Caponata sauce topped with smoked mozzarella (Note to self: smoked mozzarella melts into a plastic like form when heated). The cheese was kind of tasty and gross at the same time. I thought the sauce was ok, and the dough was much better than last week maybe a bit overcooked from compensating from the whole interesting cheese melting).

The whole time that we were eating I was dissecting the crust, asking the consumer various survey questions, basically this meal was a dough test. The fridge is full of items that would have made better toppings, but I just didn’t want to waste them. So what is all this about? I want to thank my Gumby for being my cooking Guinea Pig. I don’t know if he is aware how often he plays this role. As of now, there haven’t been any emergency trips to the hospital.
Anna and I say Thanks Papa!

Sunday, May 14, 2006


It was not a bad 24 hours with the mother. I packed my portable fast action guilt defense shield wristbands, but I didn't have to use them once. She only received one Mother’s Day card from her children. Gee, and guess who that was from???

I so love putting the fun into dysfunctional.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Poll: Bush job approval at 29 percent

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Italian Porn Pork!!

Garlic Rosemary Smoked Pork Shoulder
I have always love smoked pulled-pork sandwiches. Smoked pork, Cole-slaw, with a bit of spicy vinegar sauce between two buns. I'm not one to brag, but I can make one damn good North Carolina/Western Tennessee/Eastern Arkansas BBQ smoked Pork Butt.

So for my Italian pork shoulder, instead of my usual rubs and mops I started with a small bone-in Pork Shoulder on Saturday morning.

I created a rub with crushed garlic, juniper berries, rosemary, thyme, oregano, olive oil, red pepper flacks, black pepper, and a whole lot of kosher salt. The I gave the shoulder a good rub down on all sides and then I popped in the fridge for 28 hours.
Time to Smoke!
I have two options here. My Weber “R2D2” Smoker or my circa 1965 Cast Aluminum grill. I was feeling a bit retro.

My grilling area in located in the white trash section of our side yard, which basically is a good area to store home remodeling debris that should be pitched into the trash, a lovely area to grow weeds, and an area that is accessible to the dogs. The lovely decorative green fence is to stop the Beagles from eating hot ashes from the grill. (In theory).

With a hot fire in the front of my PK grill I placed the shoulder off heat and added apple wood to the fire for the next three hours. Then into a hot oven for an hour.
Time to eat!
On the side we had Cannellini Beans with garlic, sage and hot pepper flakes, Broccoli sauté in olive oil, garlic and red pepper, and bread with cheese de jour.

Oh and we now have a lot of pork left overs...YUM!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I Love Spring

At 8:15 tonight I was out on the front porch during a great rain storm, no thunder or lightening, just rain. The air smelled so fresh and clean, no pollen for a change!!

I grabbed a shot of the front yard during the down pour. Note to self: buy fertilizer.

On a sad note I light a virtual candle for Bruisie's Baby.

Well this was a surprise...

A Dance Major???

You scored as Dance. You should be a Dance major! Like a lithe ballerina, you dance because you believe there is beauty in expressing the physical form.





























What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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Monday, May 01, 2006


I have something to post but blogger isn't playing along.