Thursday, September 27, 2012
The meaning of yesterday's post entitled "Vorbereitungen!!" may not have been as crystal clear as I had intended it to be, so let this serve as somewhat of an explanation while at the same time allowing me to show off a few pics of how easily boneless smoked riblets can be prepared for a voyage from whence they shall not return!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Given that everyone has their own preferences and predilections, my prerogative is to adjust store-bought seasoning blends to suit my own taste! I highly suggest you do the same because these blends are typically formulated to please the lowest common denominator in our society, which means that those of us who prefer more bold, lively flavors have to take drastic and daring measures so that we can continue to live our lives on the edge!! Click here to read on, fellow rabble-rouser!
Ahh, Michigan, what with it's lovely grey skies and blustery late September evenings. It's time again to get the bonfire blazing and the oven baking in anticipation of yet another awesome season of Red Wings hockey (hopefully!). You've just got to love it, right?!? Right! So, why not throw together a batch of Le Petite Pain au Lait (aka Brotchen, mini milk muffins) to share with a few friends?! Click here to check 'em out!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Though there are actually well over 3 dozen types of kielbasa available at your local Polish market, most people are aware of two types: "Smoked" and "Fresh". Typically, people buy it whichever way they prefer it, but some of us get a ton of each, as we do in my family!
Strolling through Meijer the other day, I came across a package of "fresh" kielbasa (made in-house!) that was marked down for quick sale, so I figured that I would try my hand (again) at transmogrifying it into "smoked" kielbasa! Without hesitation, I grabbed the package and threw it in the cart wishing only that they had more available! Unfortunately, I got the last remaining package, so I've been keeping an eye out for more in-house kielbasa ever since then!
Upon my arrival at home, I fired up the smoker unit and whacked up the kielbasa into more easily maneuverable chunks. Upon commencement of billowing smoke pouring out the sides of the unit, I tossed the sausage in the rig and set it to "auto-pilot" (meaning I put more apple wood in there, closed it, then went to go squeeze another squirt from the fridge-pig).
With only the occasional addition of apple wood or charcoal, this could possibly have been the easiest smoke session I've had in memorable history. Only 3 or so hours passed while the kielbasa was feelin' the love in the smoky little box in which it was contained.
Immediately upon removal of the sausage from it's caliginous tomb, I commenced with hacking it into bite-sized chunks before devouring piece after piece atop Wheat Thins wishing only that I had been able to make more at once because I knew it wasn't going to last long! Indeed, correct I was in making this assumption because my freshly-smoked fresh kielbasa was such a hit among my co-workers that none of it made it through the next day at work! This is certainly something I aspire to make again soon!
This Kicked-Up Dirty Rice is a great example of Bachelor Chow (not to mention damn tasty!). I love this stuff, esp with some Fiery Diablo Seasoning on it!
My Uncle-Brother Schertzer's dog Bentley is a great sparing partner for hot days when we've both got a bit of scrappin' in us! This was the second time we've spared & we both had a blast! He plays rough, but somehow knows not to get toooo rough about it! By the time we're through, I'm covered in schlobber and we're both laying in the grass panting!! Check out the pics of this epic battle!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
As is common for me on Mondays, I arrived home from work with the urge to get shit done. I tend to put dinner off until after I've gotten done with what I can, so it wasn't until 10pm that I actually started making dinner, which is par for the course, really. Regardless, I didn't feel much like cooking, so I decided to cheat and whip up a batch of Albondigas Refritos (Refried Meatballs)! Here's how it's done!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Over the last few months, I've been building my own geodesic dome in which to party (as some of you are well aware)! Though it has taken seemingly an eternity to get this cut, stamped, deburred, angled, and erected, I assure you that it will have been well worth the wait! For many months, the dome sat as a piled-up bundle of stamped steel in the middle of my living room, but no longer! I've finally managed to get the remaining hardware necessary to get it set up, which is exactly what Schertzer, the neighbor Joe Micelli, & I did yesterday! Click on this post to check out more pics of the erection (process)!
I won't try to hide it or deny it; I love pork! I get a hankerin' for smoked pork on the regular, so to appease my gluttonous appetite, when I make pork, especially smoked pork, I always make extra! I managed to score some sexy boneless pork country-style ribs for a great deal, so I whipped up a batch of pulled pork! Check out how I did it!
As it turned out, the Planning Committee for the Labor Day Camping Trip 2012 decided that I would be responsible for dinner on Friday night and had kindly requested that I serve mostaccioli because, frankly, it’s awesomesauce. I happily obliged this request because mostaccioli is a no-brainer, rather affordable, and easy-peasy to heat-n-eat when the time is right! Here’s how I knocked it out!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
|Eagerly awaiting the arrival of D-troit, no doubt!|
|Byrnes: "What took ya so long, guy?"|
Me (not pictured): "Don't call me guy, buddy!"
Lauren: "WTF are you guys talking about?"
|Camping in style!|
With haste, Byrnes took care of getting the mostaccioli on a roll in the roaster oven I had brought along for just this purpose. Unlike previous camping excursions on which I’ve been in years past, this particular place had both running water and power for each site. Though this made life a lot easier by allowing us to plug in small appliances such as this roaster and a mini-fridge, it was not exactly the rustic camping that I actually prefer. I may just be partial to having more elbow room and less structure than was the situation at this place. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed being here, but it was moreso a family-oriented establishment than a place for drunken debauchery, even though we managed to get away with plenty of shenanigans anyway!
|Though we ate most of it, we failed to |
preserve the leftovers for breakfast! Damn!
|...or just a barf-inducing amphibian!|
|Jay's about to find out if this frog is Prince Charming...|
Stay tuned for Part Two of the saga!