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Posted by Brad at 1:10 PM
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Since being a young lad I have always looked forward to halloween fun. As great as the hype can be for costumes, candy, and haunted houses, I really enjoy the evening of pumpkin carving with family. My wife and I actually participated in the carving process with our kids this year as we created our own jack o lanterns. My inspiration for this year's jack o lantern was my Kiawah travel buddy, our golden retriever Savannah. I am a terrible sketcher and simply could not create my own template of my dog, so I searched the internet high and low and found a awesome dog jack o lantern template courtesy of this site by Better Homes and Gardens. The site is really cool as there are over twenty five different breeds shown on the site and each printable template is free!. The template required enlargement on my office photocopier. The entire carving took a few hours but was well worth the effort. I recommend getting in touch with your "inner child" and carving a pumpkin this year. Enjoy your tricks and treats this week.
Posted by Brad at 9:31 PM
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I decided to share a family favorite recipe with Y'all. My family and I are great fans of barbecue. Being a Yankee, I notice a greater number of barbecue establishments in the South. I usually take advantage of these restaurants when visiting Dixie and order either ribs or slow cooked pulled pork, simply known as "barbecue". I occasionally get homesick for this food in the cold north and like to dabble with barbecue in the kitchen or on the grill. My yearning for good barbecue has enabled me to create this recipe through constant "trial and error" methodologies that have resulted in a very satisfying barbecue sandwich. I love this recipe because it is another "keeper" slow cooker recipe. The crockpot is one of the greatest kitchen appliances invented...especially for us workaholics. The recipe is ideal for the summer because the cook doesn't have to rely on using hot ovens to cook the pulled pork.
Easy Crock-pot Pulled Pork
Super Simple Slow Cooker Barbequed Pork Shoulder
1/2 Cup Ketchup
1/3 Cup Worcestershire
1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Ground Mustard
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Smoke
Dash Red Chili Pepper Flakes
Pinch Salt and Pepper
1 Medium Sweet Onion
3 Pounds Pork Shoulder, Chopped, Trimmed of Fat.
1. Combine all ingredients except for onion and pork into crock pot.
2. Whisk all ingredients until well blended.
3. Place pork and onions into mixture, coating both sides of meat.
4. Cook for 8 to 10 hours under "low" slow cooker setting.
5. After meat is cooked, remove from slow cooker onto plate and break apart with fork. If meat has any bones, please discard at this time.
6. Place meat back into warm sauce to reheat.
7.. Serve on hamburger buns or Kaiser Rolls.
8. Enjoy. Optional: I usually top the sandwich with coleslaw (Memphis Style).
Shortcut: When I am in a rush, I sometimes opt to use a prepared barbecue sauce from the grocery store which saves about five minutes of prep time. All you do is pour about cup and a half of sauce, 1/3 cup of water, and heat for 8 to 10 hours on low. The store sauces are okay, but it is better to go through the prep method above. There is no substitute for the slow cooker pulled pork marinade created by the sweetness of the onions contrasted by the sharpness of mustard and vinegar.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Working in restaurants a good portion of my younger days, I recall a few kitchen visits by cock roaches here and there that came in with produce deliveries and by other wayward means. These critters can disarm you when you see them scaling a wall showing off their giant antennas. Their ability to breed quickly and spread germs is the worry of most restaurateurs and property managers. The image created by these critters is an environment created by uncleanliness coupled with bad sanitation practices. While dirty conditions can encourage roaches to thrive; there is often a misconception that these pests are the automatic creation of uncleanliness. Take a warm climate such as the southeastern U.S, and you will likely see a large amount of these roaches in the wild whether in fields, lawns, parking lots, just about anywhere. Though in Dixie, they are referred to as Palmetto bugs. I have seen plenty of them in Florida up through the Carolinas. These critters definitely keep the exterminators busy and profitable. My trips to the south have really changed my opinion on the stereotyping of their presence as being “unclean”. While on vacation on Kiawah, I will take my dog for a night time walk and see plenty of them scurrying across the sidewalks. Stay at a hotel, rent a villa or home in the south, and you may one or you may not see one scurrying across the floor. If you do see one, please do not indict the property owner or manager as running a dirty “house”. Tourists leaving doors and windows slightly ajar will likely provide an opportunity for these critters to take up residency at which point the presence of the bug is not the landlords fault, though it becomes his or her problem. So are they Palmetto bugs or Cock roaches? Well, up here in the north, I still refer to them as Cock Roaches since we do not have palms. Down in the low country or Florida, I call them Palmetto bugs. Regardless of the label, just remember to keep an open mind that these critters are prevalent down south. Their ambition is to get inside your lodging looking for a wayward crumb or two. Keep your place clean and keep doors and windows shut.
Posted by Brad at 1:43 PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Posted by Brad at 12:22 PM