Something yummy this way comes

I am no chef.

But I can cook, and so can you.

I am a 30-something daddy with an interesting culinary story.  I grew up in no-where town USA, with your standard country cooking with a dash of southwest influence.  Having run around with numerous Asians in my younger years, I acquired a taste for more exotic cultures and their yummy fare.  As Japan was the big Asian pop-culture icon in those days, I chose a Japanese internet name: Kome – uncooked white rice.  Uncooked White Rice is unrefined, nebulous in its origins – it could be from Asia, the Mediterranean, or the New World (much like my cooking).  Uncooked Rice waits on the shelf, patiently watching over the kitchen, until it is time to perform.  It is an unassuming kitchen necessity, but with great potential.  Just like any cook.

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New Year Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas for the New Year is a tradition I inherited upon marriage, along with all the Cajun cuisine.  It is a Southern tradition to bring good luck and prosperity to the New Year. It is meant to be eaten on Jan 1.

The all-knowing Google tells me that Black Eyed Peas being “lucky” dates back to the Civil War.  Black Eyed Peas were originally grown in the South to be fed to slaves and livestock; as such, during Sherman’s famous scorched-earth  march to the sea, the fields of Black Eyed Peas were ignored.


I am trying a slightly altered version of Black Eyed Peas this year.  I am making the beans img_20170101_093602.jpgin a crockpot with a bit of roux to give it some extra colour and add to the earthy tones of the dish.  The roux gets diluted with vegetable stock and water.  Add the bag of cleaned Black Eyed Peas.  Add Pepper, cayenne pepper, and  chopped spicy pepper (I am using jalapeno).

Like with all Cajun cooking, you add the trinity (bell pepper, celery, onion). Sautee in skillet first with garlic.  Add chopped ham, rasher bacon, or thick-cut bacon (if using bacon, throw it in skillet long enough to be cooked/firm to make it easier to chop up).

Throw it all in the crockpot for the day. =)

Extra-Life Game Day in less than 2 days!

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It’s that time of year again for my favorite charity event! Playing games and raising money for my local Children’s Miracle Network hospital – Hendrick Medical Center. Last year was $20 short of my $200 goal *sad face*. But, I did my best for my Children’s Hospital. This year will be even better!!

Extra-Life will be on Nov 7th. There is no deadline for contributions, that is just our event date. 100% of donations will go to Hendrick Children’s Hospital. You can donate a lump sum, or even set up a small monthly donation. It all helps the kids =)

I am playing for Team Trion again. Last year we raised almost $102,000 for various Hospitals across the country. Extra Life raised more than $5mil last year and we strive to do even better this year!

Please visit my page to make a donation; or even better, sign yourself up as a player-fundraiser!  Click Here for more Information about supporting Children’s Miracle Network!

For the Kids!

‪#‎ftk‬

Kitchen Renovation: Day 2

Today I got the new wall up (using the cement board instead of  chalk).  Got the first part of the cabinets in, awaiting some more plumbing work tomorrow before I can put in the sink base.  Mostly, a whole bunch of piddly things that ate up the day.

Beginning to come together

Beginning to come together

Kitchen Renovation Project: Day 1

Doing some remodeling this weekend. Tearing out the old 1950s sink and cabinets.

Before

Before

 

 

No Top

No Top

 

Old Cabinets Gone

Old Cabinets Gone

 

Cleaned up with Wall out

Cleaned up with Wall out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is an old cabinet.  Which means it is built well, and very sturdy.  I had planned to attempt to remove it intact, if at all possible.  As a custom built item, I had no idea if it was built into the wall or not.  After hours of working at it, I did finally get the whole thing loose.  I had to saw it in half to get it out of the kitchen, due to the island that I had already put in.  I will try to install this cabinet + sink into the “Garage” (has been remodeled into a functional free-standing room) as part of the craft/project section of the room.

As is always the case with any project, there is always some wtf moment.  This is a pic of several hundred really old razor blades that were in the wall space:

Surprise Blades

Surprise Blades

Texas Meat Smoothie (yum!)

This is how we do breakfast smoothies in Texas.

The List:

  • 2 slices cooked crisp bacon (I am using my home cured/smoked pecan maple bacon)
  • about 6inces of cooked sausage (using pecan smoked venison)
  • about 1/2 cup of corn
  • 1 small portobello mushroom
  • 1 seeded jalapeno (best to use cooked or from a jar)
  • 2 oz fave BBQ sauce
  • 1 oz shot of whiskey

Blend to desired consistency.  May become frothy if over blended.  Enjoy!

 

TX_MeatSmoothie

TX_MeatSmoothie

Just kidding.