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Quiet Cooks

All we hear about day after day are the great Chefs around the world and their successful careers and empires they have built in the culinary world. I am quite sure these people truly deserve their accolades but as anything “Created”, it had to come from somewhere. I spent 35 years in the Fashion Industry before falling in love with food. I had a very large, extremely talented group of young fashion designers that “Created” new designs daily of dresses, tops, shoes, …you name it. I watched them create these new designs right on their computers.

But you and I both know that almost every one of these designs came from somewhere. A Runway show in Paris, A painting in a museum, a boutique  in Los Angeles…..The idea came from something.

Well in the Food World I refer to the originator of the creation of ones recipe as a “Quiet Cook”. These are the folks that created recipes, cooking styles, techniques from scratch. Usually is came about because they had limited access to rest of the world. It was there way of survival and was passed down form generation to generation.

One of these “Quiet Cooks” is a family from Hemmingway, South Carolina. This family developed a unique, authentic formula for some of the worlds best Barbecue Pork. Meet Rodney Scott

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Rodney learned from his dad Roosevelt  and Mom Ella, and I am sure Roosevelt learned from his Uncle or relative. I met Rodney at a Southern Foodways Alliance weekend at Blackberry Farms  in Tennessee. He was being honored for his work. Rodney spent two days and nights in the pouring rain and freezing temps of the Smokey Mountains preparing his fire and pigs over some of the best wood I have ever smelled.

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I could smell this “Creation” all over the Farm. Day and Night. But I had no true appreciation of Rodney, His family, and their passion for “creating” until I saw this video.

Now this is what I call “Creativity”. It comes from the heart and passes through time and always comes from what the Good Lord has provided. Now if Rodney could only mop a little Barbeyaki on that meat!

You Don’t Need No Teef To Eat This Beef!

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Genetics

IMG_2261This is my alter Ego, “Hoot”

Believe it or not, I share some genes with “Hoot” We both have fat cheeks, green eyes, and need glasses to see.

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This is me! 

As you can see I have fat cheeks, green eyes, and need glasses to see also.

Mr_&_Mrs_Stark_IIThis is my Dad.

He can’t see either, and he gave me my cheeks, and guess what……….he has green eyes!

IMG_2660This is my boy!

He can see so far, but he is very young. I bet he needs specs pretty soon, but he got all the other goodies like the cheeks.

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This is my Grandson.

Of course he doesn’t need glasses at this age. He is still pooping his pants. But as you can see he has the cheeks. I am just hoping he is outta diapers before I start to wear them again.

The whole point of this is that every single day we wake up, we get to see ourselves past, present, and future because of these genes. What a very cool miracle God provided to us. I love it.

What a “Hoot”

I Am Off  Like a Herd of Turtles

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Grandkids

My Grandson

My Grandson

Meet John Harrison 

He was gloriusly born in Nashville Tennessee on March 18th, 2013. He is named after his Grandfather, “Johnny“, and some guy named Harrison. I like to think it was after Harrison Ford myself. I know you all think his nickname is probably “Harry”. But his Momma decided to name him “Harold” after Harold in “Harold and Kumar”??? So for the purpose of this introduction we will stick with “Harrison“.

Frankie

Frankie

This is Harrison’s Aunt Frankie.

Bubba

Bubba

This is Harrison’s Uncle Bubba. They both just love their nephew.

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This is Harrison’s best friend “Paddington“.

Harrison really the sweetest, best behaved, cutest (handsome), smartest Grandson in the world (sorry everybody else in the world that has a Grandson…it is my first so I have to say it).

Hotty Toddy

Hotty Toddy

Harrison is an Ole Miss Rebel. He will attend Ole Miss someday and most likely will be the starting Quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels. His Grandpa will be at every game, probably crying every time he touches the ball.

Fashion Maven

Fashion Maven

Harrison is also a great dresser. He will be featured in GQ Magazine in June as one of their “Best Dress Men in the World”.

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This is Harrison’s Cousin, Sophie. She is my 11 year old Granddaughter and in the “World’s Best Granddaughter“. By now you should be acknowledging that the Gene Pool for Looks is very strong in this family. She is the first spoiled Grandchild and Harrison will be next. Sophie is the best Cousin a little boy can have, and smart as a whip too.

Pretty Boy

Pretty Boy

I had to end my picture gallery with this beautiful picture of my Grandson. Now come on….that is stinkin pretty, isn’t it?

So, so much for my bragging and gloating over my grandchildren. I am sure you understand. But if “Gerber” or “Huggies” has any openings for baby models, Harrison is ready. And if “Forever Twenty-One” is looking for the next Super Model, Sophie has talent!

You can see what happens to you when you have Grandchildren. All the parenting, discipline, pushing, and challenging go away and pure love just bubbles over. What blessings they are!

“Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.”

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Shrinkage

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Shrinkage!

There are many, many different forms of shrinkage. Some are pleasant and others are not.

Here are just a few ways we are encountering shrinkage daily.

1. Loss of weight. According to the Surgeon general the picture above should be reversed. We are not shrinking ! We are expanding.

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2. The Economy: Yes this is for sure experiencing some dramatic shrinkage. This form of Shrinkage has definitely effected our Savings accounts

3. Organic Shrinkage (I think you guys get this one). Usually occurs when we run like Bo Derrick into the Pacific Ocean. This can be very exhilarating or very embarrassing depending on your style of suit.

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4. Hair Loss: It happens to most of it. We try to convince ourselves that it is not but it is. Our follicles are experiencing shrinkage and chocking our last few little hairs. But who cares. There is nothing more reflective than a beautifully shined scalp!

5.Home Size: This is what I have just experienced. Some serious shrinkage of my home. This was my previous home:

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Not bad huh? 748 lightbulbs, 7 Pool Pumps that went out monthly, 362 sprinkler heads,  12 shower or tub drains that got stopped up bi-weekly, 1/2 acre of flower beds where the flowers had to be replaced once every two months or the neighbors complained about the aesthetics of the yard. And we will not even get into the water and electric bill of this monster every month.

Now for the Shrinkage.………This is my new abode

Chateau de Shrinkage

Chateau de Shrinkage

And this is my master bathroom.

No Drain Issues here!

No Drain Issues here!

Now for those who know me, that was not my previous home…..not far off though. And this is not my new abode……..not far off either. But I have gone through some serious Shrinkage and it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. The more we shrink physically the bigger our spiritual life expands. It is amazing when all the burden of materialistic stuff is lifted and the simplicity of life takes over. I have saved enough time each week from not changing light bulbs, fixin sprinklers, and calling handymen, to working 30 hours a week at the local Yogurt shop. And they pay me instead of me forking out.

Shrink and Simplify!!!!  Adds years to your life!

Cheers Y’all

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Dead or Alive ?

Dead or Alive

Am I Dead?

Am I Dead?

or…………

Am I Alive!!!!!!

Am I Alive!!!!!!

I am alive and well! Sorry about the disappearing act. My life has been turned upside down for the last 3 months but it has been a crazy fun E-Ticket ride at Disneyland type of life. Just to name a few things:

1. Went to London

2. Went to San Francisco

3. Had my first Grandson

4. Went to Nashville

5. Sold my home

6. Got a new home

7. Moved

8. Caught my Breath

9. Been Cooking a whole lot and getting alot better, if I may say so

10. Enjoying my Winter Garden and now fixin to plant Spring

So, as you can see I have been very busy, but I have lots of exciting, funny, bizarre stuff to share with you now that I have come up for air.

Thanks for your patience.

Barbeyaki is Back!!

Barbeyaki is Back!!

Watch Out…..I am Nuttier than a Squirrel Turd!

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Pep Talk

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Everyone needs a little Pep Talk now and then. Many times these Pep Talks come in the form of fictitious flattery from someone who actually cares about us. Other times they come in the form of harsh truth that can sting. But that person probably loves us even more than the one showering the flattery. But either way it is a really good thing…..right?

Today I saw one of the world’s best Pep Talks and if you have not seen it, I want to share it with you. Meet Kid President! His Pep Talk has inspired over 11 million folks. Don’t you think you and I can inspire just one today if this little kid can inspire 11 million!

Go make something good happen today!

Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

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Dumb and Dumber

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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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