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Dumb and Dumber

Dunce

Dunce

We have all felt like this guy at some time in our life. For most of us this Stupid Feeling Moment can occur up to four or five times a day. So my mission today, if I decide to accept it (Mission Impossible), is to make you feel very intelligent, supoer smart, and forgot about every one of your Dumb Moments.

This Dumb moment began 7 years ago. It all started the day we moved into out New Condo just north of San Diego, California. It was beautiful! Everything brand new, a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, and a state of the art Viking Kitchen. The highlight of the equipment was a spectacular Viking side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator.

The Fridge

The Fridge

For seven years we have enjoyed this refrigerator. It has accomodated many a fresh vegetable, fruit, and herb. It has chilled many a great dessert. It has chilled many a great White Burgundy from France. But one thing this state of the art cooling and freezing unit has never done is make ice. Matter of fact it did not even come with an ice maker. I have to admit it was quite the disappointment. How could such a great company such as Viking make such an expensive refrigerator and not include an ice maker. But life goes on  and we did the next best thing.

Plastic Ice Trays

Plastic Ice Trays

The old fashion, ever-dependable plastic ice trays. And these babies have provided wonderful ice for Southern sweet tea, lemonade, and an occasional Bourbon and Coke. We never ran out and never had to buy ice. These cute little trays always took care of us. In the winter and the heat of the summer, we were always with Ice.

Then the Dumb and Dumber moment happened . Exactly seven years, 22 days, and six hours and 32 minutes later, our sweet neighbor Gertrude came over for dinner. Gertrude has been living next to us for the entire time we were here. She is one of the nicest neighbors anyone could have. Her friend Bob accompanied her for dinner. Fairly early in the evening Bob desired too freshen his drink. So he opened the freezer and was quite astonished that he could not retrieve ice from the Ice Maker. We apologized and explained we had to resort to the old fashion Ice Tray which he so graciously obliged it’s use. Bob did point out though that Gertrude had an ice maker in her refrigerator and it appeared to be the exact model as ours.

“Well” I said, “obviously Gertrude was just a little more special than we were”. And the evening went on without any more Icy conversations.

Today at 4:05 P.S.T., my wife looked at me and said,”now why do you think Gertrude’s Refrigerator has an Ice Maker and we don’t”. I told her is was just our luck. At that very moment i was pulling out an ice tray preparing to twist and crack the next 12 cubes form their maker and I noticed a drawer at the bottom of the freezer. A drawer that for seven years I had never had a need to open. So I did. And guess what was behind drawer number three.

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A Stinkin’ Ice Maker!

Now how about that f0r Dumb and Dumber!

I Am As Dumb As A Screen Door On A Submarine!

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After Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Well, it is 4 days after Valentines Day. How long did those romantic gestures, the elongated hugs, those special words last for you. It does seem so odd that we can get ourselves all stressed up about one day that we are expected to express a years worth of feelings, emotions, and gratitude towards people significant in our lives. It is common knowledge that over 60% of all people that participate in the traditional Valentines Day activities, do it out of obligation, not because they truly want to.

We spend so much money on Flowers that will die in 5 days, Chocolate that will make us fatter and pimply, and bought words on cards that are either cheesy or do not really reflect our honest feeling.

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How about we try something different in the future? What if we made Valentines Day everyday? What if it was not restricted to immediate family and included strangers?

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What if we took all the money we spent on ” V-Day Stuff” and used it to bless someone who is without everything.

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What if instead of taking our significant other out to dinner we visited a shut in elderly person who is lonely and neglected.

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What if we make a promise to ourselves that we would find two people a day that we don’t know and give them a hug. If these two can do it, we all can! Lets make Valentines Day a true daily experience in our lives.

Them That Don’t Pluck, Don’t Get Chicken!I

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Killer Kitchen Gadgets

Killer Kitchen Gadgets

Beware!

Beware!

I love Kitchen Gadgets. If I could have designed the perfect house for myself, it would have been a house with a 2500 sq. foot kitchen, a nice bath and toilet adjacent, and  bunk begs next to the giant pantry. No bedrooms, no dining room, no living room, no family room, and no other bathrooms.

Just one huge, cabinet-filled, appliance-filled, Kitchen. Then I would fill up my dream with every cool Killer Kitchen Gadget I see. Here are a few of my newly found faves!

Cutting Board Scale

Cutting Board Scale

Now this wins my Oscar and my Grammy award. And the fact that it is two-in-one means you have money to go buy another gadget right away!

Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday Cupcakes

I am really sick and tired of all of these Cupcake shops. It’s over!!! Don’t you see that. They have resorted to cupcakes that taste like a dirty sock now. But the Birthday Cupcake? I love it. So simple yet looks like I really put some work into it. Don’t tell anyone.

Milk and Cookies

Milk and Cookies

This is my favorite U.S. Economic Recession Gadget. First, it tastes great! Second, you don’t have to wash anything. Third, you must eat all of the cookies since you were either dumb enough or lazy enough to put milk in the cookie package.

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The Cobber

I love fresh corn. But my main pet peeve about corn-on-the-cob is that it gets stuck in my teeth and the butter gets all on my hands and face. On the other hand it is not so easy cutting the corn off with a knife. I have sliced up many of my digits trying. But The Cobber makes it a pleasure to eat fresh corn. Just slide the cob into the hole and it’s stripped in 4 seconds.

The Separator

The Separator

C’mon! This one has to make you laugh. The Separator takes the nasty mess of separating eggs and actually makes it easy, clean, and alot of laughs. Reminds me of my childhood watching kids at school with snot running out of their noses, wiping it on their sleeves. This is a Must Have!

The Locator

The Beer Pager

This Killer Kitchen Gadget is for all of my Beer Lovin’ Friends. If you are honest with yourself you know that there is a point of no return where you have had one too many, gotten up to pee, and could not remember where you left your freshly opened brew. No worries……..The Beer Pager locates that precious cargo with one push of a button.

The Stud Stopper

The Stud Stopper

Last, but not least is The Stud Stopper. Another true value in the gadget world. It really does work well on open bottles of wine. The extra length and penetration into the neck reduces the amount of air within the bottle, thereby allowing that “Flamboyant, “Oakie”, “Charcoal”, “Austere”, “Big”, “Toasty”, “Structured” bottle of Cabernet, to last for many more days, which will also give you many more days to come up with more “Show-Off”, “Ridiculous” descriptives for your cheap wine.

I hope you got some new ideas to enhance your kitchen and livelihood. I am shocked that I have not seen any of these incredible gadgets pitched on “Shark Tank “. They just don’t know what they are missing.

These Gadgets Are More Fun Than A Lost Dog In A Meat Market.

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Eats and Tunes

Eats and Tunes

Now how many quality Television shows can you actually watch, that provide you with great cuisine and recipes from cultures all over the world, and at the same time, bring you incredible music from new and old artist covering every genre of tunes from the 60’s to today.

Well, it is available to all of us, practically everyday.

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Daryl is Daryl Hall, the American Rock, R&B and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, best known as co-founder of Hall and Oates. He is considered one of the best soul singers of his generation. Now if you have never heard of Daryl, or his music because you are too young or not into R&B and Soul music, no worries. Each week Daryl brings in musicians and bands to collaborate with him from Heavy Metal to Reggae, and Folk to Country. So everyone will find something they love about this show.

Daryl Hall and Minus the Bear

Daryl Hall and Minus the Bear

On top of all of this great music, Daryl brings in Top Chefs from all over to prepare dishes from cultures ranging from Sushi to Jamaican, Thai to Southern Cuisine. Last week I heard Smokey Robinson, Todd Rudgren, and Joe Walsh of the Eagles, as well as Jason Mraz, Rumer, and Chiddy Bang.

Live From Daryl’s House can be seen almost daily on the Palladia Network (Concert/Music Channel). If for some starnge reason you do not get this channel on your cable system, episodes are also available on You Tube and The Daryl’s House web site: http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com.

Check out this video from one of Daryl’s shows:

So if you enjoy great music and performance, and like to embrace life through food, this will be the most entertaining 30 minutes of your day. Try It Out!

This Show Is Livelier Than A Puppy With Two Tails

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Cajun Zebra Stew

Cajun Zebra What???

Guess I kinda got you wondering about this recipe, Huh?  Well, don’t get your underpants all in a wad. I didn’t go out and shoot a Zebra if that’s what you were thinking. But the Zebra references a type of Black and White Bow-Tie Pasta I used in the stew. 

Zebra Bow-Tie Pasta

Zebra Bow-Tie Pasta

The Cajun part of this stew comes from three favorites of mine:

1.  Boudin Blanc Sausage from Lafayette Louisiana

2. Abita Amber Beer

 3. Peppadew Hot Chiles

Boudin Blanc Sausage

Boudin Blanc Sausage

Abita Amber Beer

Abita Amber Beer

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Peppadews….about 1200 Scovilles!

Just take a couple bottles of Abita and poach the Boudin for about 45 minutes on Medium heat. Remove the sausage, reduce the Abita, add Sweet Butter and Flower to thicken along with those Peppadews. Set aside on a low heat.

While all of that is going on roast you some fresh Broccoli and Purple Cauliflower on 425 for 20 minutes seasoned with S&P.

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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

Cook your Zebra Pasta for about 7 minutes and strain. The just pile all the pasta,roasted veggies, and sliced up Boudin Blanc Sausage into that warm Cajun Beer Sauce and get ready to slap yourself silly! This is one flavorful stew and it is actually very healthy for you (minus the beer).

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Cajun Zebra Stew

This Stew Is Horse High,Bull Strong,Pig Tight, and Goose-proof

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