Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Let me stand next to your FIRE!

Happy Thanksgiving Idiots...

Jimi Hendrix - Fire
Bob Segar - The Fire Down Below
Ohio Players - Fire
Bloodhound Gang - Fire Water Burn

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Show Must Go On...

First off, let me say: Fuck Fox Broadcasting.

Yeah, I said it. By yanking Kitchen Confidential and Arrested Development, I have come to fully hate Rupert Murdoch. Sure, he probably had no direct involvement with these two brilliant shows being cancelled but like a true American - I'll just blame him.

My Name is Rupert, I like little boys!

As I am in mourning, I shall do what most of us do when we grieve: I'll eat.

This week I have some really great things on tap for dinner. Most notably will be Friday night: Flat Iron Steaks with Amber Bock Reduction. (Have I ever mentioned my affection for Flat Irons?) Also this week: Pork Chops with Mushroom\Dill Cream Sauce.

At this point in the year I'd like to be doing some good hearty comfort food, but the weather hasn't really been cooperating. (Right now it's 71 degrees and we have a Tornado Watch in effect) Tonight I made a really good Boeuf Bourgignon, and last night we had Baked Penne with Chiffonade Romain tossed with my own homemade Parmesan Peppercorn Sauce. I guess, at this point in the year, my body is ready for crappy and cold weather. At this point in the year, I was thinking about a fire in the fireplace, drinking lots of Burgundy, and eating heavy and delicious comfort food.

For tonight, we're watching the skies for swirlycloudythingys and drinking Caucasians. The Dude Abides...

Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing

3/4 Cup Mayo
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 t Sugar
1 1/2 t Coarse Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup Milk
Dash Balsamic Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in bowl and whisk until smooth. Cover and Chill.

The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night
She's a Lady - Tom Jones
Should I Stay or Should I Go? - The Clash

Monday, November 07, 2005

Down in the valley...

Last week, Kerrie's sister came to Fairfield and stayed for the night on her way to Columbus. We had a nice dinner, consisting of Cayenne Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Red Pepper Coulis, Avocado Puree, and String Beans. For dessert I made one of my favorite chocolate recipes: Chocolate Mink

Chocolate Mink
2 T Butter
3 1/2 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate
1 Egg, separated
1 T Sugar

For this recipe you will need a couple of Oven Proof Ramekins.

Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease bottom of Ramekins lightly.

Melt butter over low heat, then add chocolate and stir vigorously until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool, about 5 minutes.

Beat egg-white until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff.

Whip egg yolk and add to chocolate along with a pinch of salt.

GENTLY fold egg whites into chocolate mix. Make sure whites are thoroughly folded in, but do not "flatten" batter.

Divide batter between two ramekins, then cover each with appropriately sized pieces of tinfoil. Place ramekins in center of baking dish, then fill baking dish with enough boiling water to come half-way up the sides of the ramekins.

Place dish in oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove dish from oven, and place ramekins on a cooling rack and allow to cool UNCOVERED for about one hour. (Puddings WILL be gooey when they are pulled from the oven.)

When ready to serve, unmold onto a plate or simply eat right out of the ramekin.

I'm so freekishly tired right now. I felt very drained at work today, and didn't really feel like eating. No worries though, tonight we're having French Onion Steak Sandwiches.

Ciao Ciao!

"Would somebody PLEASE pass me the fuckin' asparagus?!?"
- Kevin Spacey

Otis Redding - Down in the Valley
Jeffries Fan Club - Dream Girl
Rollins Band - Shine
Incredible Bongo Band - Apache