Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gnarls, G-Day, and Friday

OK - I'm already set for Friday night. The weather is great here and some good tunes and a little chicken sound great.

This is NEW GNARLS and if you missed "Run" on SNL a couple weeks ago you need to check youtube. Have not heard the entire CD, that is for Friday night.


Next is the new Green Day CD - released under the name "Foxboro Hot Tubs". More good tunes to cook chicken to. Were my parents cool? I don't think so.


Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce Recipe courtesy Steve Raichlen

1 (12-ounce) can beer
1 (31/2 to 4 pound) chicken
2 tablespoons Basic Barbecue Rub, recipe follows
2 cups cola Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows
4 to 6 cups hickory or apple wood chips, soaked for 1 hour in water to cover, drained

Pop the tab off the beer can. Using a church key style can opener, make a few more holes in the top of the can. Pour out half the beer into the soaking water of the wood chips. Set the can of beer aside.
Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, place a large drip pan in the center. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and preheat the grill to high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium.

Remove the packet of giblets from the body cavity of the chicken and set aside for another use. Remove and discard the fat just inside the body and neck cavities. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water, drain, and blot dry inside and out with paper towels. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the rub inside the body and neck cavities of the chicken. Rub the bird all over on the outside with 2 teaspoons of the rub. If you have the patience, you can put some of the rub under the skin being careful not to tear it.

Spoon the remaining 2 teaspoons of rub through the holes into the beer in the can. Don't worry if it foams up, this is normal. Insert the beer can into the body cavity of the chicken and spread out the legs to form a sort of tripod. Tuck the wing tips behind the chicken's back.

When ready to cook, if using a charcoal grill, toss all the wood chips on the coals. Stand the chicken up in the center of the hot grate, over the drip pan and away from the heat. Cover the grill and cook the chicken until the skin is a dark golden brown and very crisp and the meat is cooked to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. If using a charcoal grill, you'll need to add 12 fresh coals per side after 1 hour.

Using tongs, carefully transfer the chicken in its upright position on the beer can to a platter and present it to your guests. Let rest 5 minutes, and then carefully remove the chicken from the beer can. Take care not to spill the hot beer and burn yourself. Quarter or carve the chicken and serve with Cola barbecue sauce.

Basic Barbecue Rub:
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sweet paprika
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
3 tablespoons kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon hickory salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 teaspoon cayenne powder

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to blend together. Store the rub in an airtight jar away from heat or light and it will keep for at least 6 months.

Cola Barbecue Sauce:
1 cup cola
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
3 tablespoon steak sauce, (recommended: A-1 Steak Sauce)
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1 teaspoon garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a heavy non-reactive saucepan and gradually bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat slightly to obtain a gentle simmer. Simmer the sauce until reduced by 1/4, about 6 to 8 minutes. Use right away or transfer to a large jar, cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for several months.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Stones Live in '89

The Rolling Stones - 1989-12-19 - Atlantic City, New Jersey


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

John Lee Hooker and friends

Away from home again, need some friends..

Being one of the greatest blues musicians of all time means that John Lee Hooker's made some pretty famous acquaintances along the way. This means Los Lobos and Juke Logan back him on a swinging reading of "Dimples" and Carlos Santana helps create a kind of samba blues vibe for "The Healer" and "Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)." Also included on FRIENDS are "I'm in the Mood," Hooker's Grammy Award-winning duet with Bonnie Raitt and two tracks with acolyte Van Morrison: the ominous "I Cover The Waterfront" and the wistful "Don't Look Back." The inclusion of new tracks with Ben Harper ("Burnin' Hell") and Eric Clapton ("Boogie Chillen") sweetens this package, but it is Hooker's solo reading of "Tupelo" that induces goosebumps.

01. Boogie Chillen (featuring Eric Clapton)
02. This Is Hip (featuring Ry Cooder)
03. The Healer (featuring Carlos Santana)
04. I Cover The Waterfront (feat. Van Morrison & Booker T. Jones)
05. Boom, Boom (featuring Jimmie Vaughan)
06. I'm In The Mood (featuring Bonnie Raitt)
07. Burnin' Hell (featuring Ben Harper)
08. Tupelo (from Chill Out)
09. Baby Lee (featuring Robert Cray)
10. Dimples (featuring David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas)
11. Chill Out (featuring Carlos Santana)
12. Big Legs, Tight Skirts (featuring Ry Cooder)
13. Don't Look Back (feat. Van Morrison)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

How to Make It in the Kitchen

how to make sous.

"Cooks are made, and chefs are I guess it's too bad you're just an asshole."
-cook shit talk

Be, you know...better than everyone else. First things first, a "sous chef" needs to be a great cook. If you can slug it out with the other kids on the line, and do so with good technique and discipline, you're already halfway there. However, i'm amazed how many so called"chefs" i've seen/worked with that could barely handle a sautee pan. If you dont have "moves"...and can't step in and help out without making a mess of things, you need to go back to the pantry.

Work harder than everyone else. As a line , your days will last between 12 and 14 hours--sometimes more. As a cook trying to make sous, you need to do the same...and be prepared to not get paid to do so. When you go salary, you won't be pulling any overtime anyway. It's simple--come in early, stay late, never complain about your paycheck. Push yourself to your breaking point, then work another four hours.

Never assign blame...but always accept it. Building morale becomes a sous daily responsibility...and there are many roads to take when managing your staff. A cook that can lead, while still knowing his/her place stands out. If you're pushing your staff to the point that you don't feel comfortable having a beer with them after service, you're overdoing it.

Taste everything. No, seriously, everything. Your mirepoix. Raw veg. Cooked veg. Marinades. Spice mixes. That nasty falafel pita the waitress is eating. EVERYTHING.

Take risks. You will fuck up. You will look stupid. But when your risk pays off, and you look like a genius, your confidence will build....and alot of what differentiates a cook from a chef is that confidence.

Know everything...and keep learning. Read the paper, magazines, and blogs. (wink)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Grilled Meatloaf

Michael's Barbecued Meat Loaf
Grilling time: 50 to 60 minutes

Meat loaf
• 1-1/4 pounds ground chuck (80% lean)
• 1-1/4 pounds ground pork
• 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 2 cups panko bread crumbs
• 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup Red Hot & Blue Sufferin Sweet barbecue sauce
• 1/4 cup ketchup
1. In a large bowl combine the meat loaf ingredients. Using your hands, mix until thoroughly combined.

2. Divide the meat loaf mixture in half and form into 2 loaves, about 4 inches wide and 6 to 7 inches long. Place the loaves on a baking sheet.

3. In a small bowl mix the sauce ingredients. Top each meat loaf with 3 tablespoons of the sauce mixture and coat thoroughly.

4. Using a metal spatula (you may need two), gently pick up each loaf from the baking sheet and place them directly on the cooking grate. Grill the meat loaves over indirect medium-low heat (about 300°F), with the lid closed, until a thermometer inserted horizontally through the top of the loaf registers 155°F, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove the loaves from the grill and let rest 10 to 15 minutes (they will continue to cook, allowing them to reach the recommended 160°F for ground beef and pork). Slice the meat loaf into 1/2-inch slices and serve with the remaining sauce.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Blues Cube

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Saturday, April 12, 2008


VOL 1 (1969-1972)

01. Suicide (Get Back Sessions 1969)
02. 1882 (demo 1970)
03. Rode All Night (1970)
04. Sunshine Sometime (instrumental 1970)
05. Hey Diddle (instrumental 1970)
06. When The Wind is Blowing (1970)
07. Indeed I Do (1970)
08. Dear Friend (demo 1970)
09. Long Haired Lady (Backing Track 1970)
10. The Back Seat of my Car (Backing Track 1970)
13. Hey Diddle (Sctoland Home Demo 1971)
11. The Great censored And Seagull Race (1# 1970)
12. The Great censored And Seagull Race (2# 1970)
14. A Love for You (1971)
15. Blackpool Meddley (demo 1971)
16. I Am Your Singer (Home Studio 1971)
17. Blackpool (demo 1971)
18. 1882 (Live In Rotterdam 1972)
19. Give Ireland Back to the Irish (instrumental 1972)
20. Thank You Darling (Red Rose Speedway Sessions 1972)
21. Best Friend (Live in Belgium 1972)
22. Cottonfields (Live 1972)
23. Jazz Street (1972)
24. Mary had a little Lamb (Early Take 1972)
25. The Mess (Outtake 1972)

VOL 2 (1973)

01. Tragedy (Red Rose Speedway Sessions 1973)
02. Wild Prairie (1# 1973)
03. Wild Prairie (2# 1973)
04. Luxi (1973)
05. Big Barn Bed (Early Take 1973)
06. Single Pigeon (Early Take 1973)
07. When the Night (Early Take 1973)
08. Country Dreamer (TV Special 1973)
09. Long Haired Lady (TV Special 1973)
10. Bluebird (TV Special 1973)
11. Heart of the Country (TV Special 1973)
12. Mrs Vanderbilt (Rough Mix 1973)
13. Mamuni (Rough Mix 1973)
14. Let me Roll It (Rough Mix 1973)
15. No Words (Rough Mix 1973)
16. Band on the Run (Rough Mix 1973)
17. Jet (Rough Mix 1973)
18. Bluebird (Rough Mix 1973)
19. Picasso's Last Words (Rough Mix 1973)
20. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (Rough Mix 1973)
21. Rockestra Theme (demo 1973)
22. I Lost My Little Girl (demo 1973)
23. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (demo 1973)

VOL 3 (1974-1975)

01. All of You (unreleased 1974)
02. Suicide (complete demo 1974)
03. Proud Mum (1974)
04. Let's Love ... (Hand Clapping Demo 1974)
05. Baby, You Know it's True (1974)
06. Hey Diddle (Studio Version 1974)
07. Partners in Crime (1974)
08. One Hand Clapping (1974)
09. Suicide (Studio Version (1974)
10. Blue Moon of Kentucky (1974)
11. Let's Love ... (1974)
12. Ill Give You a Ring (demo 1974)
13. Love is Your Road, Love is My Road (1974)
14. Sally (Rarly Take 1974)
15. Soily (rehearsal 1974)
16. Hi Hi Hi (rehearsal 1974)
17. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five (Hand Clapping version 1973)
18. Rockshow (Alternate Take 1975)
19. Rockshow (Take 2 1975)
20. You Gave Me the Answer (insrumental mix 1975)
21. Magneto and Titanium Man (Rough Mix 1975)
22. Call Me Back Again (Early Take 1975)
23. Babyface (unreleased 1975)

VOL 4 (1977-1978)

01. I've Had Enough (Early Take 1977)
02. Don't Let it bring you down (Early Take 1977)
03. Mull of Kintyre (demo 1# 1977)
04. Mull of Kintyre (demo 2# 1977)
05. Backwards Traveller (1977)
06. Seaside Woman (1977)
07. B side to Seaside (1977)
08. Did we Meet Somewhere before (1977)
09. Don't You wanna dance (unreleased 1977)
10. Waterspout (unreleased 1977)
11. Boil Crisis (1977)
12. Sugar Time (1977)
13. After You've Gone (1977)
14. Ranachan Rock (1978)
15. Sunshine Sometime (final version 1978)
16. Sea Cornish Wafer Storm (1978)
17. Rupert Song (1978)
18. Flying Horses (unreleased 1978)

VOL 5 (1979-1985)

01. No Disgrace (unreleased 1979)
02. All in Love is Fair (unreleased 1979)
03. Robber's Ball (1980)
04. Unbelievable Experience (unreleased 1980)
05. Night Out (1980)
06. Same Time Next Year (1980)
07. Cage (1980)
08. Take her Back Jack (1980)
09. Seems like old Times (1980)
10. Give Her a Chord Roy (1980)
11. Unknown (intrumental 1980)
12. Instrumental Jam 1# (rehearsal 1980)
13. Instrumental Jam 2# (rehearsal 1980)
14. Reggae (Instrumental 1980)
15. Instrumental Jam 3# 1980)
16. Ebony And Ivory (Paul Solo Version 1982)
17. I'll Give You A ring (B-side 1982)
18. The honorary Consul (1983)
19. Ode to a Koala Bear (B side - 1983)
20. Lindiana (1984)
21. On The Wings of Nightingale (unreleased 1984)
22. Yvonne (1985)

VOL 6 (1986-1991)

01. It's Not True (B side 1986)
02. Hanglide (B side 1986)
03. Write Away (B side 1986)
04. Big Day (1986)
05. Let it be (Ferry Aid 1987)
06. Return to Pepperland (1987)
07. Twenty Five Fingers (1987)
08. Christian Pop (1987)
09. Tommy's Coming Home (1987)
10. So Like Candy (1987)
11. Playboy To Man (1987)
12. New Moon Over Jamaice (1988)
13. Ferry Cross The Mersey (1989)
14. The First Stone (b side 1989)
15. Party Party (1989)
16. PS Love me do (studio version 1989)
17. It's now or Never (1989)
18. I Wanna Cry (b side 1989)
19. Good Sign (b side 1989)
20. Your School (unreleased (1991)

VOL 7 (1993-1996)

01. Long Leather Coat (B-side 1993)
02. Keep Coming Back to Love (B-side 1993)
03. Sweet Sweet Memories (B-side 1993)
04. Style Style (B-side 1993)
05. I Can't Imagine (B-side 1993)
06. Cosmically Conscious (B-side 1993)
07. Kicked Around no more (B-side 1993)
08. Big Boys Bickering (B-side 1993)
09. Down the River (B-side 1993)
10. Soggy Noodle (B-side 1993)
11. Oh Mamma Oh Papa (soundcheck in Paris 1993)
12. Incredible Thing (1993)
13. My Old Friend (1996)

VOL 8 (1997-2003)

01. Looking for You (1997)
02. Broomstick (1997)
03. Bishopsgate (1997)
04. Love come Tumbling down (B-side 1997)
05. Same Love (B-side 1997)
06. Love Mix (B-side 1997)
07. Atlantic Ocean (1997)
08. I Love This House (B-side 1997)
09. Squid (1997)
10. Don't Break the Promises (1997)
11. A room with A View (1998)
12. Mary's Song (live unreleased 1999)
13. Maybe Baby (2000)
14. I'm Partial to your Abracadabra (2001)
15. Vanilla Sky (2001)
16. Waiting for the Train to get in (2002)
17. India (soundcheck 2002)
18. Whole life (feat Dave Stewart 2003)

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Take time for a Great Steak

This recipe comes from David Pickerell, master distiller at Maker’s Mark. Not surprisingly, it contains Maker’s Mark bourbon, but that’s not a problem in my book!

2 cups Maker’s Mark bourbon
juice of 2 limes
zest of 1 lime
3/4 cup of honey
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 Tbsp of chili flakes
1 onion, cut in rings
chopped garlic
Place 1 Large Flank Steak in Large Ziplock bag and add enough Maker’s Mark to cover when laying on it’s side (about 2 cups). Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with your fingers. Marinate overnight, flipping the bag occasionally.

Grill to medium rare over charcoal.

Take remaining marinade and bring to a boil, cook well and season to taste (with more chili flake and Salt & Pepper). You can also add a little sugar and more Maker’s Mark. When you get it to how you like it, add cornstarch to thicken, simmer and constantly stir until you get the desired consistency you’d like.

To cut Flank steak, take your knife down the path to the wide end, lay your knife almost flat on top and slice perpendicular to the grain. Thin slices are best. Serve with sauce.

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