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Photo collage June 2013

Some photos that didn’t get posted from June 2013.

20130728-115706.jpgcraft brews received as gifts

20130728-115738.jpg beer tasting, craft brews and my own homebrews





20130728-120040.jpga cool gift, similar to paper models except laser etched and cut metal, very intricate detail model.



Rubbed and smoked

Dry rub
1/4 cup sea salt
1/8 cup pepper (whole corns)
1/2tbs garlic powder
1/2 tbsp oregano
1/2 tbsp celery seed
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp chili powder
Send all the ingredients to a mortar and pestle.
This is half the original rub recipe, save the unused portion for later use.

20130728-111948.jpggrind em’ up.

20130728-112035.jpgliberally coat the ribs with he rub, wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours. Some of the pepper corns left whole.

20130728-112223.jpg ribs are going to be cooked over a charcoal and hickory pellets fire for a smoky flavor. Loading the bottom of the charcoal starter with brown paper bags for the grocery store, cut and rolled.

20130728-112843.jpgfire up the charcoal.


20130728-113448.jpgspicy, smoky, have some sides and beverages to go with these.


Pizza Margherita

Simple ingredients for a delicious pizza.
Fresh home grown basil was available and a must !

20130728-110328.jpgthe recent weather gave the basil a boost, after waiting weeks to get this amount for a pizza, time for a trim.

20130728-110500.jpgfresh grated Parmesan and Romano, garlic, basil and tomato.

20130728-110657.jpgsemi deep crust brushed with olive oil just a tad of spent grains in the dough.


20130728-111159.jpgserved with a strong ale.



Some cuts of meat are way less expensive than others but just as good.

20130728-105240.jpgjust an addition of salt and pepper.




20130728-105447.jpgcooked liked risotto.


20130728-105615.jpgas good as a beef strip steak.


Welcome to canasta !

“Welcome to Canasta” was a phrase often heard from a computer game that was played back in the days of DOS and floppy disks. Many, many, years ago before the PC was a required appliance, we as children, learned to play Canasta , usually on Sunday afternoon. Generations of my friends family would gather around the kitchen table and I was expected to enter the game as this card game could accommodate teams, usually split 2 or 3 to a team. The rules were quickly learned as a mis step would result in friendly banter.

What does this have to do with a food blog ? More than not, food is served, some times the games would follow Sunday dinner. The years passed, gradually wives , and the next generation, and friends would also be educated in the play. For years my wife and I and my friend and his wife, play the men (“Manly Men”), against the women Canasta teams. Do to hectic schedules of work we make it a point to still get together for a friendly game. This particular evening, 2 games , to 5000 each, resulted in a split , one for the ladies and one for the men.

Now back to the food,
Here, my friend made pizza on the grille, and served along with crackers , perhaps I will blog the pizza recipe and process in the future.

pre game table
20130721-193728.jpg home brews for the game.


Noodles and veggies

Cruising some of the food blogs, email newsletters and tweets gives some some direction as to what to cook. A simple recipe of pasta noodles, with ground pepper, grated cheese and parsley would be doable and bloggable. But with the availability of brocolli and grated Romano the recipe was soon modified.
A meal for one serving of pasta doesn’t really take too much time to whip up some fresh noodles.

20130721-184509.jpgEnter the pasta roller, A simple mix of an egg and flour with a touch of oil and water produces the dough, with a tad of salt, let it rest briefly while the other ingredients are prepped.


20130721-184659.jpg</a , ingredients prepped.

20130721-184829.jpgRoll it…..

20130721-184925.jpgon to the noodle attachment and into the boiling water.

20130721-185026.jpg a 2 or 3 on the thickness setting gives a semi thick chewy noodle.

20130721-185202.jpgdress’em up.

20130721-185316.jpgadd the toppings, and toss with olive oil, but I could resist this time to coat with melted butter. Aha !

20130721-185521.jpgnow toss and serve!!

20130721-185552.jpgWhite or Red ????


Pizza Bread

One of the bloggable recipes to post from some time back when it was cooler. Similar to a calzone, the idea for the pizza bread was from cinnamon bread only with tomato paste.
Basically make your fav bread dough recipe for pizza, this time I incorporated herbs into the dough as a base for the bread, namely, basil and sage that I have fresh off the plant. Roll out or press the dough like your making pizza only sized for a bread pan, when rolled.
Coat the dough with tomato paste and grated cheese and additional herbs if necessary. I didn’t want to over do this beta test of this idea.

20130721-182159.jpgtomato paste and grated Romano.
Roll the dough to fit into a loaf pan.

20130721-182306.jpgbake as usual , cool and slice.

20130721-182418.jpgcould use more fillings , like pepperoni and mozzarella, but if it loaded up it would just be a calzone. If to want a slice of pizza, just cut a piece from the loaf, even better toasted! Drizzle with the ol’ olive oil. Serve up with (home) brew.



After shopping salad

With the warm weather, there has been less actual cooking, what can be made without heat is good . Baking bread if necessary is done at the later hours when it’s cool and usually flat bread that does’t require a hot oven. But for now a salad is great after shopping and a chance to taste the recent purchases.

20130721-180333.jpgover a bed of Romaine lettuce , sliced tomatoes, red onion, chunked Parmesan and Romano cheese and snap peas.

20130721-180711.jpgSome Balsamic and olive oil is all that’s needed along with a couple of bread rolls. DONE !


Meatball pizza

Not many blog posts lately, not that I have not been cooking , but not really many blog worthy meals to photograph and document.
Made a batch of meatballs and sauce, earlier in the week and as refrigerated, meatballs and sauce can be used in a variety of meals and sandwiches. Being a close second to a meatloaf sandwich. As It came time to cook a pizza, the meatballs were there and a easy topping for a thick crust pizza.

20130704-135201.jpgfresh basil and shredded Romano completes the toppings.


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