The traditional. Play me out when I'm gone, folks.
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Walter Wolfman Washington and the Road Masters – Steal Away
Lost Bayou Ramblers – Blue Moon Special
yeah, again a band I've played before, so what. Get into it or get lost.
Valparaiso Men’s Chorus – A Long Time Ago
Live from the Saturn Bar. I can not highly enough suggest that you see them live one of the 4 times a year they perform. This is the best show I've ever been to. Sea shanties shouted arm in arm with strangers at 3 am.
Now known as The Rumble Ft. Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr I suggest seeing them live. "My People","Bow Down","Morning Glory","Wildman"
Big Freedia w/ Tank & the Bangas – 4 songs
Betty Bussit; Big; Not Today; BDE.
The Queen Diva drops it with Tank & the Bangas. What more did you not know you needed in your life?
Southern University Marching Band, Zulu 2023
welp, better late than never. This here is the Human Jukebox marching in Zulu’s parade this year. Enjoy.
Gumbo z’herbes changed my life…..
Okay, not really, but! But! this dish proves that kale isn't a joke being played on us by the hip kids. (As you may may have guessed, I'm a kale skeptic, but this was super delish) I adapted this recipe from here.
You'll need - ->
- 3tablespoons vegetable oil
- one link of smoked cajun sausage diced - or some tasso
- 1yellow onion, diced
- 2shallots, minced
- 2garlic cloves, minced
- 1jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
- couple dashes Worcester sauce
- a dash or two of your favorite cajun seasoning blend -Cajun Two Step, Tony C's are great but dial down additional salt, Donnies spice mix is also great
- 8ounces fresh spinach
- 1bunch fresh curly kale, large stems removed
- 2cups vegetable stock, fish stock or clam juice
- 1(14-ounce) can coconut milk - I used light instead
1pound fresh or frozen okra, trimmed and cut into ¼-inch pieces
- 3medium Yukon Gold or other yellow potatoes, diced
- 1tablespoon filé powder
- 1tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
head-on prawnsor shrimp, peeled and deveined - I used Louisiana brown gulf shrimp and I highly recommend that you do as well or at least try to find domestic shrimp to avoid engaging in slave labor practices rife in international shrimping.........
- ½pound lump crab meat
(preferably Dungeness crab) -blue swimming crab meat is a-okay here
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Cooked white rice, for serving
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Crystal hot sauce for serving
Method - ->
slice and dice the onion, shallot, garlic, and jalapeño (seed and devein if you're worried about heat). Chop up the sausage into tiny bits. Heat a bit of oil in a dutch oven or deep soup pot. Brown the sausage and remove from the pan, add the onion, shallot, jalapeño, garlic, dash of Worcester, pinch of salt, black pepper, and cajun seasoning (The spice level is a dealer's choice thing, you do you). Add a bit more oil and sauté until veg is translucent and soft. Add the kale, spinach, 1 1/2 cup water, 2 cups stock, and one can of light coconut milk (you can use the unleaded type here and the end product will be .... extra) and wilt the greens (5-10 minutes over medium heat). Remove the greens to a blender (or use your immersion blender) and add a cup (or more) of the pot liquor and blend the greens until smooth. I used a vitamix to really, truly ensure that I wouldn't encounter a single, recognizable piece of kale when finally consuming this dish.......Return the puree to the pot, stir to combine, add potato dice and simmer until the potato is tender - about 10 minutes or so. Add the shrimp and continue to simmer until the shrimp are cooked through. Add tiger file and thyme, and rinse the crab meat, remove the pot from the heat, add the crab meat and ring the dinner bell. Adjust for salt, serve over rice with lemon. Kale, not all bad. I still skipped the okra. Okra is still gross.
Everything bagel bread
- For the topping: Combine all ingredients in bowl; set aside. - or just buy everything but the bagel from Trader Joes.....
Pork for the win
Doc S says that if I don't take the food porn photos then it didn't happen. He's to blame for this.
If you recall last week (what is time?!?) Dr. Chop told me that she wasn't going to be satisfied with anything form our repertoire wrt dinner and thus the pork wellington was hatched. No photos, but it did happen. Welp, decadent Saturday seems like it's a thing that is going to keep happening my diet be damned.
This week's entry? Pork rollup with cream cheese, hatch green chili, and pistachios wrapped in bacon. Dr. Chop work shopped this one, and I executed. Oh, mama was this good.
First I butterflied a pork tenderloin, and then smashed it into a 1/4 of an inch thick slab of meat product.
Next comes the cream cheese bath - cooks note I had a half a tub of creole cream cheese which is pretty runny and easily smeared across said meat slab
Next comes the hatch green chilis- canned is fine, jarred (look for 505 brand / young guns brand)is better, or freshly roasted which is optimal. I hear from my old man that fresh hatch chilis have hit the super markets in 'perterville so they're likely around the greater MN metros. (I also used a bit of shredded cheddar to bind things in the heats of the grills). I rough chopped about 1/3 cup pistachios and dumped them onto the pig product.
I hadn't planned to wrap this in bacon, but as it turns out the roll up wasn't as tight as I wanted. I happened to have a half pound of schmidt's meat market bacon on hand so why not?
This is the final wrap up (yeah doc, you asked for this - now lie in your bed)
I quick smoked this by lighting ~3/4 a chimney of briquets and dumping them when mostly on fire in a pile on one side of the grill. I choked off the heat by leaving the bottom vent wide open and the top vent 1/8 inch open. While the coals were regulating themselves I started roasting some baby red potatoes and carrots. I added a couple good sized chunks of cherry wood and put the pork on the indirect side.
Once the internal temp had hit 140 I moved the whole shooting match over the coals with the lid off to crisp up the bacon.
The final result was nothing short of decadent. Doc, wish you were here brother. Even if you were here there wasn't enough for three....... Okay there was but I was greedy AF.