Here's a shot from last night's game against Toronto ~ Greinke got the win ... making him 5-0 to become the first five-game winner this season in the majors and extended his league-leading strikeout total to 44. His ERA jumped from 0.00 to 0.50 but remains the best in either league. I've seen him pitch several times this year ~ he's got WICKED good stuff.
Pan fried chicken tenders dunked in Arthur Bryant's Original bbq sauce, savory corn stuffing topped with morel gravy, red beans & ham, cooked cabbage & carrots splashed wit a lil' hot pepper vinegar. Whooooboy, talk about some mighty fine grindin' ~ that's how us southern boys roll.
Fresh cabbage and carrots ... cooked tender & splashed with a lil' hot pepper vinegar, butter & some salt and cracked black pepper.
Mais ... I baked a loaf homemade cheesy beer bread a few days ago & ate on it fer 2 days ~ then crumbled up what was left of it & made a savory corn stuffing to side up some smothered pork steaks. Something from nothing ... gotta love it ~ few thangs make a frugal ol' cook like me any happier, than to spin nothing into something edible. Slide <---click
Well ... it is Monday ... and on da bayou, dat means red & white ~ so I put some Satchmo on da jukebox and set some beans to soakin' wit a big ol' ham bone. Baked a loaf of cheesy olive beer bread while dem beans was simmerin', too ... ain't no fancy city vittles ~ but beans sure is good groceries. Few more pics <---click
~~~**~~~**~~~ Clifton Chenier ~ You Used To Call Me
Just made this big bowl of German coleslaw to take to a party tomorrow ~ this is my all-time favorite slaw: fresh cabbage, sweet Texas 1015 onions, few scallions, celery leaves, carrots & green peppers and a sprinklin' of mustard seeds & celery seeds ... then bring the dressing to a boil, and pour hot dressing over the slaw ~ toss and chill overnight. The dressing consists of sugar, oil, vinegar, dry mustard, salt & pepper.
OK, so I had some veggies in the fridge (leftover from making a pasta salad yesterday) ... and I had a bunch of good oil cured olives & some golden pepperoncinis ~ sounded like the makins for olive tapenade. Ground it all up, mixed in some herbs & olive oil ... kicked it up wit a splash or three of RT's Lemondrop Hot Sauce ~ badda boom, done deal. Time to make some muffaletta burgers....
Well, the pantry is gettin' pretty damn bare ... quick scan 'bout suppertime last night turned up a few slices bread, a lil' dat good Tillamook cheddar, 1 egg, a few jalapenos and a half an onion ~ thought about making an omelette or mebbe some french toast, but ah din't have enough eggs to go dat route. And it hit me like a bolt from the blue ... Monte Cristo style grilled cheese, stuffed with thin slices of japs and them good sweet Texas 1015 onions. Ah cain't remember when I enjoyed a grilled cheese so much. BTW, that bbq sauce in the background is one of my all-time favorites ~ Dumplin' Valley ~ made and bottled by my good frien Norm Spradlen, down there in Florida. If you haven't tried this sauce, you need to dial up Norm (aka Captain Sauce) on that internet WWW thang, and gitcha a case ~ you'll be glad ya did.
A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards.
The little boy asked why he wore his collar backwards. The man, who was a priest, said, "I am a Father". The little boy replied, "My Daddy doesn't wear his collar like that".
The priest looked up from his book and answered, ''I am the Father of many". The boy said, ''My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren and he doesn't wear his collar that way!"
The priest, getting impatient, said "I am the Father of hundreds", and went back to reading his book. The little boy sat quietly thinking for a while, then leaned over and said, "Maybe you should wear a condom, and put your pants on backwards instead of your collar".
Well, I had 2 lonely lil' Yukon Gold taters ... and my skillet was good & greasy ... whadda am I supposed to do, huhhh?? Cut some gaufrettes and fry'em up, dat's what ~ first blanch done, will fry'em again later nice and golden brown & crispy ... to side up a baked ham/pimento cheese poboy. Ain't no fancy city vittles....
Mais, after spinnin' dat catfish nine ways to Sunday ... yestiddy ah hauled off and turned mah attention to some nice big 16/20 count schwimps ~ butterflyin' some for frying, and berlin' a few to make a schwimp dip fer cracker snackin'. Good grindin' as they were, the twice-baked 'tater stuffed with blackened catfish stole the show! More pics <---click
Mais ... mah ol' vacuum cleaner (remember when they were just called *sweepers*) finally rolled craps the other day, and I had to haul off and go buy a new one. Jeez Louise, there must be 300-400 different kinds of them to choose from!! I finally bought one from a lil' mom & pop hardware/appliance store ~ coulda got it for about $20 cheaper at Walmart, but that's another story. Anyway, I digress ... got me to thinkin' about the ol' sweeper my mama had when I was a kid ... a big ol' heavy job, just like the one above. Us kids all had our weekly household cleaning chores, and my favorite one was runnin' this sweeper!! They don't make'em like they used to. Tru dat.
Oh, when I was out in the world of sin I had no one to be my friend Jesus came and he taken me in Glory, hallelu And he taken my feet out the miry clay He placed them up on a rock to stay I thank God that I can say Glory, hallelu
CHORUS Oh, Glory how happy I am Oh, Glory how happy I am My soul is washed in the blood of the lamb Glory, hallelu
I was out in darkness and I could not see Jesus came and he rescued me He claimed me and gave me a victory Glory, hallelu And one day while Jesus was passing by He set my sinful soul on fire He made me laugh and he made me cry Glory, hallelu
When I could not understand Jesus, he give me a lending hand Led me away to the promised land Glory, hallelu Oh, well he give me a horn and he told me to blow Go in peace and sin no more He led me away to the upright shore Glory, hallelu
I know something that's mighty swell A sweet little story I love to tell Jesus saved my soul from Hell Glory, hallelu Oh, stand back Satan, get out of my way I don't want to hear not a word you say I'm on my way to the King's highway Glory, hallelu Well thank God I got over at last Thank God I got over at last My feet is planted in the narrow path Glory, hallelu
When I had no home to claim I begin to call on Jesus' name He saved me from old Satan's chains Glory, hallelu Now I'm fire-baptized and holy ghost-filled I'm out here to do my master's will I must keep going, I must keep Glory, hallelu
Dayum, this here was some mighty fine grindin' ah garrontee! I marinated the catfish in a slurry of RT's Lemondrop Hot Sauce & some dat good Zatarain's Creole Mustard ... then rolled it in a cornmeal breading and deep fried ~ slapped dat catfish on a toasted poboy bun & dressed it to the max wit some kicked-up homemade remoulade sauce, lettuce and pickles ... and sided it up with some fresh cut fries. Here's a couple mo' pictures <---click
Flying Burrito Brothers ~ Don't Let Yer Deal Go Down
Fresh cut Idaho Russett fries ~ blanched in hot oil and dusted with a lil' cajun seasoning. Will fry them again this evening, to side up a fried catfish poboy ~ dressed with some kicked-up tartar sauce (remoulade fer you cajuns) made with some mah good buddy RT's homemade lemondrop hot sauce.
OK Nico ... so I been on a cheeseburger kick lately ~ made these blackened bacon cheeseburgers last night & smothered them with lotsa grilled Texas 1015 onions. Burger jones satiated, today we move on to some fried catfish poboys and fresh cut homemade french fries. Pepsi, Pepsi!!
~~~**~~~**~~~ Doc & Dawg ~ Bye Bye Blues & Watson's Blues
Fresh ground sirloin burgers, blackened in the ol' cast iron skillet using some of my homemade blackening seasoning ~ topped with homemade pimento cheese, crisp bacon and red onions, on a soft cornmeal kaiser bun. I was in hamburger heaven.
An old nun who was living in a convent next to a Brooklyn construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways. She decided she would take her lunch, sit with the workers and talk with them. She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating. She walked up to the group and with a big smile said, "Do you men know Jesus Christ?"
They shook their heads and looked at each other.
One of the workers looked up into the steelwork and yelled, "Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?"
One of the steelworkers yelled down a "Yea ... why"?
The worker yelled back, "His wife's here with his lunch."
Well, as you can plainly see ... I'm not very happy about having to wear dat stupid red toque. I actually remember the circumstance of this picture ~ I had just finished preparing a huge Easter Buffet at the hotel where I was Chef at the time ... expecting about 400 people to go thru the buffet ... and at the last minute the person that usually works the carve station got sick and went home. So, I had to change into clean whites & put this stupid hat on ... and go out to the end of the buffet line and stand there carving hams & prime rib for the next 3 hours. I HATE working carve stations on buffets ... but it all ended well ~ nobody died. Happy Easter, Y'all.
Workin' up to making a ham loaf w/raisin sauce for Easter ~ so first I had to bake a ham ... made a glaze with some mustard-based bbq sauce, honey, brown sugar & dry mustard. Will grind all the small pieces & scraps ~ mix the ground ham with some my homemade apple/maple breakfast sausage to make the ham loaf. Got a good ham bone now, too ... hafta make a pot of beans next week. Here's a lil' slide show <---click
Grillades made with tri-tip, braised tender in onion gravy with lotsa onions, garlic and mustard greens, etc. Served up on a pilaf of creamy, cheesy grits. $3 worth of groceries never tasted so good, ah garrontee. Slide show <---click
A guy is driving around the back woods of Tennessee and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale .'
He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.
'You talk?' he asks.
'Yep,' the Lab replies.
After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'
The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'
'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport doing undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
'Ten dollars,' the guy says.
'Ten dollars? This talking dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'
'Because he's a damn liar. He never did any of that shit.'
Mais, buncha my friens & I hauled off last year and had us a big whooptidoo party ... where we commenced to carryin' on all kinda drinkin' and eatin' and pickin' & sangin' and I don't know whut all. Somebody had one them newfangled digital picture-takin' machines & they took this picture of me early on, before I got drunk and fell into the pond. As I recall, I was deep fryin' shrimps for to make a buncha shrimp poboys ... and also fried up a bunch of fresh catfish, chicken and homemade onion rings. I got me one them big 30 quart electric deep fryers that I bought at the Home Depot ~ made quick work of all dat fryin, ah garrontee! Everybody had a big time at the whooptidoo. Nobody died.
Bonjou All Y'all Welcome To My Lil' Cabin On Da Bayou
Pull up a chair and sit yerself in the shade fer a spell ... take a load off and enjoy the view from the front porch. Me, I just brewed up a batch of sweet tea, and fixin' to fire up the grill lickety-split. We be eatin' high on the hog t'night, cher ~ ah garrontee dat's fer tru, yeh
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