Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Beatles - Helter Skelter Rehearsal

According to Chris Thomas, who was present, the 18 July session was especially spirited. "While Paul was doing his vocal, George Harrison had set fire to an ashtray and was running around the studio with it above his head, doing an Arthur Brown." Starr's recollection is less detailed, but agrees in spirit: "'Helter Skelter' was a track we did in total madness and hysterics in the studio. Sometimes you just had to shake out the jams.

Paul McCartney - Blackbird

McCartney revealed on PBS's Great Performances (Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road), aired in 2006, that the guitar accompaniment for Blackbird was inspired by Bach's Bouree in E minor, a well known classical guitar piece. As kids, he and George Harrison tried to learn Bouree as a "show off" piece. Bouree is distinguished by melody and bass notes played simultaneously on the upper and lower strings. McCartney adapted a segment of Bouree as the opening of "Blackbird," and carried the musical idea throughout the song.

The song was recorded 11 June 1968 in Abbey Road studios, with George Martin as the producer and Geoff Emerick as the audio engineer.[3] McCartney played a Martin D 28 acoustic guitar.

The Beatles - And I Love Her [Alt.Version]

The song was written mainly by McCartney, though John Lennon claimed in an interview with Playboy that his major contribution was the "middle eight" section ("A love like ours/Could never die/As long as I/Have you near me").

Beatles publisher Dick James lends support to this claim, saying that the middle eight was added during recording at the suggestion of producer George Martin. According to James, Lennon called for a break and "within half an hour [Lennon and McCartney] wrote...a very constructive middle to a very commercial song."[1]

McCartney, on the other hand, maintains that "the middle eight is mine.... I wrote this on my own."[

Food Network Email

Got this email a couple of days ago -

Hello BBQ & Grilling Fans -

We're working on a new Food Network special, 4 hours which will be devoted to grilling. So if you have a question about grilling that you'd like a Food Network chef to answer, now is your chance! Not only could your question be answered on-air, but it's possible we'll fly you to be in the audience while taping the special. We're considering people from across the U.S. so feel free to send this email to family & friends.

Thanks!


Lisa
Casting Department
Embassy Row/Food Network
"Dear Food Network"
646.747.4754

Learn to cook from your favorite FOOD NETWORK star!
Inspired by letters from fans, Food Network is launching a new series, Dear Food Network, which will feature top chefs answering your cooking concerns, problems and challenges. We're looking for Thanksgiving, winter holiday and grilling cooking issues--specifically Thanksgiving Day disasters, turkey issues, desserts and what to do with the leftovers.

If you've ever dreamed of having your favorite Food Network star help you out in the kitchen, we want to hear from you!

To be considered, make a 1-2 minute video telling us why you want a chance to have your questions answered and problems solved by a Food Network chef. Tell us your story—have you been making the same pie for 10 years and your family is over it, or is it so bad that friends have stopped coming over for celebratory dinners? Or maybe you just need some new inspiring ideas on how to wow your family.

On your casting tape tell us about yourself (where you live & how old you are, etc.), and your problem/question for Food Network. Be sure to include a humorous testimonial by a friend or family member! "She can't seem to remember which side to cook a turkey on, or her mashed potatoes are always so lumpy" goes a long way!

Upload your video to www.foodnetwork.com/dearfn or send your DVD or VHS video submissions no later than July 14th to:

Embassy Row
Att: Dear Food Network
110 Leroy Street
7th Fl.
New York, NY 10014

For more information please email foodnetworkseries@gmail.com

This just in


Hello BBQ & Grilling Fans -

We're working on a new Food Network special, 4 hours which will be devoted to grilling. So if you have a question about grilling that you'd like a Food Network chef to answer, now is your chance! Not only could your question be answered on-air, but it's possible we'll fly you to be in the audience while taping the special. We're considering people from across the U.S. so feel free to send this email to family & friends.

Thanks!


Lisa
Casting Department
Embassy Row/Food Network
"Dear Food Network"
646.747.4754

Learn to cook from your favorite FOOD NETWORK star!
Inspired by letters from fans, Food Network is launching a new series, Dear Food Network, which will feature top chefs answering your cooking concerns, problems and challenges. We're looking for Thanksgiving, winter holiday and grilling cooking issues--specifically Thanksgiving Day disasters, turkey issues, desserts and what to do with the leftovers.

If you've ever dreamed of having your favorite Food Network star help you out in the kitchen, we want to hear from you!

To be considered, make a 1-2 minute video telling us why you want a chance to have your questions answered and problems solved by a Food Network chef. Tell us your story—have you been making the same pie for 10 years and your family is over it, or is it so bad that friends have stopped coming over for celebratory dinners? Or maybe you just need some new inspiring ideas on how to wow your family.

On your casting tape tell us about yourself (where you live & how old you are, etc.), and your problem/question for Food Network. Be sure to include a humorous testimonial by a friend or family member! "She can't seem to remember which side to cook a turkey on, or her mashed potatoes are always so lumpy" goes a long way!

Upload your video to www.foodnetwork.com/dearfn or send your DVD or VHS video submissions no later than July 14th to:

Embassy Row
Att: Dear Food Network
110 Leroy Street
7th Fl.
New York, NY 10014

For more information please email foodnetworkseries@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Great Accoustic Music from the South



Not usually my speed, but this is a great CD -

In the early-mid '90s, the "unplugged" album was king. Such classic rock artists as Eric Clapton scored huge hits with the acoustic format, and just about every rock act followed in issuing a stripped down and intimate set, including Lynyrd Skynyrd with 1994's ENDANGERED SPECIES. Versions of Skynyrd's classic tunes are featured for the most part, but newer selections round out the collection as well, however it's acoustic versions of "Sweet Home Alabama," "Saturday Night Special," "Down South Jukin'," and "I Ain't the One" that longtime fans will want to hear most. Credit should also go to producer Barry Beckett (a longtime regular at the famed Muscle Shoals recording studio), who helps Skynyrd achieve a sparkling yet warm sound throughout. Recorded at Masterfonics Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.

01. Down South Jukin'
02. Heartbreak Hotel
03. Devil in the Bottle
04. Things Goin' On
05. Saturday Night Special
06. Sweet Home Alabama
07. I Ain't the One
08. Am I Losin'
09. All I Have Is a Song
10. Poison Whiskey
11. Good Luck, Bad Luck
12. The Last Rebel
13. Hilibilly Blues

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BBQ Recipes: Pork BBQ with Cherry Q Sauce




I came across this recipe today, and I think it would make a pretty good barbecue sauce. Just ignore the author's instructions to cook the pork in a slow cooker, go smoke a butt.

When will the food industry accept that barbecue means low and slow over a wood/charcoal fire? Use of a crock pot does not equal barbecue!

Pork Barbecue with Cherry Q Sauce

Preparation: 10 minutes; cooking time: 8 hours

1/3 cup cherry fruit-only spread
1 tablespoon dried cherries
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
12 ounces amber ale or non-alcoholic beer
2-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (pork butt), cut into 2-3 pieces
Combine all ingredients except pork in a small sauce pan and bring to boil; simmer 15 minutes on low. Place pork in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker; pour sauce over. Cover and cook on low 8 hours. Remove pork and shred. Spoon back into slow cooker; mix well and serve.

Makes 8 servings

Each serving contains 221 calories, 22 grams protein, 9 grams fat (3 grams saturated), 9 grams carbohydrates, 70 milligrams cholesterol and 209 milligrams sodium.

-- Cherry Q Sauce from Grilling With Beer by Lucy Saunders; self-published; call 800-760-5998

White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Here is one of my favorites and I have used this in several restaurants:

5 egg yolks
14 1/2 ounces granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups milk
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
1/2 pound white chocolate
1/2 pound French bread, cut into cubes
2/3 cups vanilla extract
1 banana

For each serving:
1 ounce of crème anglaise
1 ounce chocolate sauce
4 ounces whipped cream
1 fresh mint sprig
Caramel halo

Heat oven to 350 F. In a mixing bowl, combine yolks and sugar. In a saucepan, bring milk and heavy cream to a boil. Melt white chocolate over a double boiler. Add a little of the milk mixture to the yolk mixture to bring them up to temperature. Combine all of the milk mixture with the yolk mixture.

Slice banana into rounds. Add melted chocolate to the milk and yolk mixture. In a large bowl, combine cubed bread, bananas, vanilla extract and the milk mixture. Scoop mixture into well-greased 10-ounce soufflé molds. Bake 45 minutes.

To serve, remove from mold and place in the center of a pool of crème anglaise. Add a scoop of whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce. Add mint and caramel halo.

To make your own caramel garnish, lay out parchment paper on work surface. In pan over low heat, melt 2 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons corn syrup and 1 cup water, swirling gently to dissolve. Increase heat to high and boil syrup, gently swirling caramel as it begins to color. When caramel reaches a boil, add juice of half a lemon. Using a pastry brush, brush down sides of pan with water as syrup begins to form (this will prevent syrup from crystallizing). Shock syrup by placing pan briefly in an ice bath, then transfer it to counter top. Working quickly, drizzle caramel over paper in a tight design. If caramel thickens in pan, reheat over medium-high heat until softened.

Yield: 4 generous servings.

I usually add chopped macadamia nuts to the top!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Lemonheads for the long Weekend



I do have a BBQ Post for the weekend but more on that later...

This is kind of a long story, but you don't have to read it.

In early April 1988, I was at a Giant Sand/Blake Babies show at TT the Bear's Place in Cambridge, MA and I was following my standard tactic of standing as close to Juliana as possible (I'm sure I wasn't the only one). Between sets I noticed that the California dude standing next to me was Evan Dando, and even though I was a bit intimidated we struck up a conversation. He was a really friendly guy, and when I mentioned that I grew up in NH he said "hey, we're playing there next Thursday with Giant Sand!" I was a big Lemonheads fan and I followed the local scene, and so I was pretty surprised to hear that they were playing in my backyard (literally). I can't remember if Evan noted that the show was going to be simulcast on WMBR or if I found that out during the week, but this torrent is that show. My roommate (who was a Deadhead and thus understood the whole taping ethos) taped this show on my home stereo while I was at the show with my pal PF. The crowd was quite small, and the sound was deafening. To top it off, the band was clearly drunk. They played pretty well, all things considered, but I actually didn't enjoy the show very much because the sound was so distorted.
It was better during the quiet songs, so the "tuning songs" and covers were quite memorable. Anyhow, I went home after the show (ears ringing quite badly) and saw that my roommate had not only started the tape at the appropriate time but had also flipped it between songs (KH is the man!). I didn't expect much, but I didn't have to listen for long to realize that the show sounded a LOT better on WMBR
than it had in person.

Recently, I came across a download of this show on another blog. And so here it is: Lemonheads captured at a relatively early stage in their career. It's not the tightest set they ever played, but it sounds awesome with a bunch of friends and plenty of beer.


(Radio Broadcast)

01. I Remember You (First Attempt) *
02. Homos @
03. Mallo Cup
04. Come Back BA
05. Nothing True
06. Tuning (Hickory Wind) #
07. Clang Bang Clang
08. Don't Tell Yourself
09. Tuning (Gloomy Sunday) $
10. Half the Time
11. Hate Your Friends
12. I Remember You (Second Attempt) *
13. I Don't Wanna
14. Out
15. Stove
16. Die Right Now
17. Strange +
18. Different Drum %
19. Luka &



* Skid Row Cover
@ Frogs Cover
# Byrds Cover; at 0:19 you can hear me yelling at my roommate ("Kurt"!) who was taping the show for me.
$ Billie Holiday Cover
+ Patsy Cline Cover
% Mike Nesmith/Linda Ronstadt Cover
& Suzanne Vega Cover


Memorable Quotes:
"Thank you very much. I always wanted to be on the radio in boxer shorts!" (Evan had indeed dropped trou during the song)
"What is the next song, I can't tell...oh god, this a new song, we hardly know it."
"Rock and Roll at MIT...is not what it used to be."
"I know you are enrolled here, and that's cool."
"It always turns into fucking '18 and Life', you can't help it."
"Dude, we have like very seldom more songs."
"Today rock musicians don't even know how to tune their guitars so they have to use these things. It's sad."
"I'm not sorry about nothing, huh?"

Download Here

Batman - Gotham Knights

I know, a lot of vids lately. I try to do my best and sift through this stuff and again I find something you may want to check out -

Batman Gotham Knight - Official Trailer

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Midnight Train to Georgia

Here's Iron Man, the Focker kid, and that obnoxious guy, doing it "Old School" -

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

HEADPHONES SMILEY BBQ Apron


Product Information
Great in the kitchen or at the BBQ, our mid-length apron provides great coverage to help keep spills and splatters off your clothes. Makes a great gift for gourmets or grill-masters. Ties at neck and waist. Two center-stitched bottom compartment pouches for keeping tools and recipes handy. 35% Cotton / 65% polyester blend, twill fabric. Machine washable and guaranteed.

ORDER YOURS HERE!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Abbey Road - the Deluxe Purple Chick version



THE BEATLES
"Abbey Road" - 1969 (Purple Chick Deluxe Edition)

Part 1
Part 2

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Boys



White BBQ and Lennon at home



The color spectrum of barbecue sauce is rich and diverse--one reason why sampling different styles from all over the South is so much fun and so delicious. Ask the average person the color of their favorite sauce, and you’ll probably get answers such as brick red, mahogany, or caramel.

I read today that if you pose the same question to a resident of North Alabama, though, and you’re sure to get only one answer: white.

From Southern Living:

"It’s the only sauce we know here, because it’s what everyone grows up on," says world barbecue champion Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. Bob Gibson is credited with concocting white sauce back in 1925. Today, this tangy, mayonnaise-based condiment, traditionally used to dress chicken, is as synonymous with the state of Alabama as legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. "We marinate with it, use it to baste, plus we use it as an all-purpose table sauce," explains Chris.

Yet because white barbecue sauce is such a regional anomaly and because grocery shelves are dominated by the myriad incarnations of tomato-based sauces, many Southerners have never tried it. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to get out the chicken and fire up your smoker or grill.

Yes, We Have No Tomatoes

Like its tomato- and mustard-based cousins, white barbecue sauce comes in shades ranging from porcelain to putty. There are also differences in consistency. Some sauces flow like fat-free milk, while others are more reminiscent of a creamy dressing. As for the ingredients, well, purists such as Myra Grissom, owner of Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q in Birmingham, insists there are only four: mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and coarsely ground pepper.

"Everyone says they have a special recipe, but there’s really no secret. You start with the basics, and you can’t go wrong," recommends Myra, whose family tree leads back to Decatur. She’s been serving up her version of white barbecue sauce in Birmingham for more than 19 years. "I love it as a dip for pretzels," she says with a smile, "but we also use it to perk up salads and to top pulled pork sandwiches and grilled fish."

One taste and you’ll understand why Myra says, "no Southern home should be without it."

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
1 tablespoon Creole mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

Preparation:
Whisk together all ingredients until blended. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Yield:
Makes 2 cups



I have been away from home too long and again I turn to a Beatle to get me through.

John Lennon: Between The Lines
complete home recordings 1975–1980

infos and lyrics here:
http://www.petervanschie.com/jl-between-the-lines/index.html



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artwork:
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Friday, May 16, 2008

Hellboy II Artwaork

I loved the original and here is the art for the new HELLBOY 2!

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Beatles - A Complete Collection



I came across this list tonight - complete versions of the original albums, live concerts, boots, etc. Hopefully this will make up for a very busy week. Man, I miss home...

The Beatles - Collectors Items
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3TMVMBDP
46 MB

The Beatles - Beatles' Rarest Vol 1 2 3 4
Vol 1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OKHWDUWY
64 MB
Vol2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PBXZL340
53 MB
Vol3
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8NVZXBNV
60 MB
Vol4
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OD5IPIFL
60 MB

The Beatles - And In The End
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79 MB

The Beatles - It's Not Too Bad
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54 MB

The Beatles - Celluloid Rock
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48 MB

The Beatles - Casualties
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43 MB

The Beatles - A Toot And A Snore In 74
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40 MB

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Outtakes
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80 MB

The Beatles - Silver Beatles
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WHX7KTU1
45 MB

Another Tracks of a Hard Day's Night Vol 1 & 2
Vol 1
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63 MB
Vol 2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QVYOVYB8
63 MB

The Beatles - Best Bootleg
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OOTACX72
56 MB

The Beatles - Kinfauns To Chaos Vol 1&2
Vol 1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1QAYEH9Q
96 MB
Vol 2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HG40NO30
90 MB

The Beatles - Alternate Sgt Peppers 1&2
Vol 1
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Vol 2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F2GR3ILF

The Beatles - The Lost Anthology Vol. 1 2 3 4
Vol 1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=V7QP9L87
47 MB
Vol 2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J0HGYY6H
48 MB
Vol 3
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OXQKJOD6
43 MB
Vol 4
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QJ1UPJS0
64 MB

The Beatles - The Lost Pepperland Reel [1972]
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30 MB

The Beatles - All You Need Is This [1989]
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57 MB

The Beatles - A-Cam + B-Cam [2002]
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78 MB

The Beatles - The Abbey Road Companion
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79 MB

The Beatles - Ultra Rare Trax [1989] Vol 1.2.3.4.5
Vol 1
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36 MB
Vol 2
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29 MB
Vol 3
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36 MB
Vol 4
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39 MB
VOl 5
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43 MB

The Beatles - The Alternate Hey Jude Album [1997]
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99 MB

The Beatles - Through a cloud Of Smoke 4 CD
CD1
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90 MB
CD2
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CD3
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78 MB
CD4
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71 MB

The Beatles - Strawberry Lane CD1 & CD2
CD 1
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75 MB
CD 2
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76 MB

The Beatles - The Core Of The Apple
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66 MB

Acoustic Masterpieces - The Esher Demos
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92 MB

The Beatles - 1999 Alternate Takes 1968 Helter Skelter
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77 MB

The Beatles - Last Year CD1& CD2
CD 1
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CD 2
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The Beatles - Making Of Across The Long And Winding Road Vol 1 & 2
Vol 1
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Vol 2
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The Beatles - Tours 1963-1966 Vol 1 & Vol 2
Vol 1
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The Beatles - Swedish Radio Show
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The Beatles - In The Beginning
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The Beatles - Soul Sessions CD 1 & CD 2
CD 1
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CD 2
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The Beatles - The Black Album Disc 1 & 2
CD 1
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55 MB
CD 2
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55 MB

The Beatles - The Alternate Revolver [1966]
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The Beatles - The Decca tapes
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The Beatles - Complete Home Recordings 1964 1966
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The Beatles - Complete Home Recordings 1963
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The Beatles - Complete Home Recordings 1958 - 1962
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The Beatles - Christmas Album
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CD2
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The Beatles - Please Me Do CD1 & CD2
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CD2
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The Beatles - 14 Free As A Bird [Artifacts]
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66 MB

The Beatles - 13 As Time Goes By [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 12 Sue Me Sue You [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 10 The Longest Road [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 09 Alone Together [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 08 Northern Song [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 07 Ticket To Ride [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 06 Youngblood [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 05 Get Back To Abbey Road
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The Beatles - 04 Inner Revolution [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 03 Psychedelics Years [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 02 BeatleMania [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - 01 The Early Years [Artifacts]
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The Beatles - Live In Montreal
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The Beatles - Live In Spain
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The Beatles - Live in Indianapolis
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The Beatles - Live in Seattle 64
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The Beatles - The Ed Sullivan Show [4 Shows]
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The Beatles - Live in Munich
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15 MB

The Beatles - Danmark & Nederland
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47 MB

The Beatles - Live In Empire Pool Wembley
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13 MB

The Beatles - Live in Melbourne
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32 MB

The Beatles - Complete Rooftop Concert Vol 1 & 2
Vol 1
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72 MB
Vol 2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KJIDU63A
66 MB

The Beatles - Live In Liverpool
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I60RGOFH
30 MB

The Beatles - Live in Paris 1965
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2ZNIRUPJ
86 MB

The Beatles - Live '65
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=R7TPGNE2
68 MB

The Beatles - Five nights in a Judo Arena
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8JR212EY
30 MB

The Beatles - Sam Houston Coliseum
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WHLP8L44
78 MB

The Beatles - At The Royal Variety Performance
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LIRFMJPC
71 MB

The Beatles - Candlestick Park [1966]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OLRA18MF
20 MB

The Beatles - Live in Hamburg [1962]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IZT8EAK2
52 MB

The Beatles - Live In Japan [1966]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BF67T316
33 MB

The Beatles - At The Hollywood Bowl [1977]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5LXBI4P8
30 MB

The Beatles - Let It Be Naked CD1 CD2
CD1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FVXMQAOS
31 MB
CD2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QHBEZJTS
19 MB

The Beatles - Love
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0WJ82TJ5
110 MB

The Beatles - One
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0WJ82TJ5
110 MB

The Beatles - One
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M4AW9ZAR
103 MB

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine Songtrack
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WJ8B9N1G
42 MB

The Beatles - Anthology 2 CD2 [1996]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=M4AW9ZAR
103 MB

he Beatles - Yellow Submarine Songtrack
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WJ8B9N1G
42 MB

The Beatles - Anthology 2 CD2 [1996]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OG3YQ299
146 MB

The Beatles - Anthology 2 CD1 [1996]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OG3YQ299
146 MB

The Beatles - Anthology 2 CD1 [1996]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PIY95U6F
144 MB

The Beatles - Anthology 1 CD1 CD 2 [1995]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PIY95U6F
144 MB

The Beatles - Anthology 1 CD1 CD 2 [1995]
Disc 1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RARWWF4U
146 MB
Disc 2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=46IOK3OL
51 MB

The Beatles - Live At The BBC CD1 CD2 [1994]
Disc 1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RARWWF4U
146 MB
Disc 2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=46IOK3OL
51 MB

The Beatles - Live At The BBC CD1 CD2 [1994]
Disc1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N5K4PWZY
85 MB
Disc2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RXC8ODSQ
90 MB

The Beatles - Past Masters - Two (198
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=507U4UQY
78 MB

The Beatles - Past Masters - One [1988]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TGN2UT97
38 MB

The Beatles - Reel Music [1982]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=A92BC7OI
40 MB

The Beatles - Ballads [1980]
Disc1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N5K4PWZY
85 MB
Disc2
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RXC8ODSQ
90 MB

The Beatles - Past Masters - Two (198
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=507U4UQY
78 MB

The Beatles - Past Masters - One [1988]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TGN2UT97
38 MB

The Beatles - Reel Music [1982]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=A92BC7OI
40 MB

The Beatles - Ballads [1980]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=6PHZ3NMT
78 MB

The Beatles - Rarities [1979]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OO54XWIC
60 MB

The Beatles - Love Songs [1977]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YQPIIIM4
80 MB

The Beatles - Rock And Roll Music [1976]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BUUEBL6S
100 MB

The Beatles - The Blue Album 2 CD
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SFXN4WCR
131 MB

The Beatles - The Red Album 2 CD
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2WS3Z1M9
84 MB

The Beatles - The Beatles Again [1970]

The Beatles Again [Hey Jude]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HXZZWA8Q
45 MB

The Beatles - White Album [1968] 2CD
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SE20U7RM
85 MB

The Beatles - Let It Be [1970]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WRO56CPL
35 MB

The Beatles - Abbey Road [1969]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=22DRE1U3
45 MB

The Beatles - Yellow Submarine [1969]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3RQJZI36
42 MB
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The Beatles - Magical Mistery Tour [1967]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RHKSZTKM
35 MB

gt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [1967]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MXJFE4GN
55 MB

The Beatles - Yesterday... and Today [1966]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=D78P3F0N
58 MB

Something New [1964] [US]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NEZC0CUB
65 MB

The Beatles - The Beatles Second Album [1964]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5T34LS09
66 MB

The Beatles - A Collection Of Beatles Oldies [1966]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=J6P65NK8
40 MB

The Beatles - Revolver [1966]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=V11XP9EW
32 MB

The Beatles - Rubber Soul [1965]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZN303I67
33 MB

The Beatles - Help! [1965]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=25RROIBY
32 MB

The Beatles - Beatles For Sale [1964]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HB3U19VE
45 MB

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night [1964]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Z3NJZX39
55 MB

The Beatles - With The Beatles [1963]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HBM0EOHO
42 MB

The Beatles - Please Please Me [1962]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LPHPQRTM

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night [1964]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IA5XP9CQ
9 MB

The Beatles - She Loves You [1963]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IA5XP9CQ
9 MB

The Beatles - She Loves You [1963]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZL4MUFH0
8 MB

The Beatles - Please Please Me [1963]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9U5ORAK0
8 MB

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand [1963]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9U5ORAK0
8 MB

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand [1963]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H0MH3L9O
8 Mb

The Beatles - From Me To You [1963]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B1MVA5EZ
7 MB

The Beatles - Love Me Do [1962]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=A91D71RP
8 MB


The Beatles - Not For Sale
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2XTEKWHK
74 MB

The Beatles - Happiness
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TJJKO9V8
45 MB

The BEatles - Raw Energy
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B1MVA5EZ
7 MB

The Beatles - Love Me Do [1962]

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=A91D71RP
8 MB


The Beatles - Not For Sale
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2XTEKWHK
74 MB

The Beatles - Happiness
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TJJKO9V8
45 MB

The BEatles - Raw Energy
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=HQAVZGTF
18 MB

The Beatles - Walrus, Eggman & Pinguins [2004]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=327CN1ZK
81 MB

The Beatles - Yellow Matter Custard [1983]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DIPUEKQE
76 MB

The Beatles - Dig it
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I87IA7PF
78 MB

The Beatles - Gone Tomorrow Here Today [1997]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N7CJ1Q6L
58 MB

The Beatles - Secret Songs in Pepperland
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=XK9PRP1K
39 MB

The Beatles - The Dawn Of Modern Rock
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MSJS3VTB
28 MB

The Beatles - Down In Havana
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=I6MZCZFB
81 MB

The Beatles - Tape Of 60
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7QK2C1F0
28 MB

The Beatles - Kum Back
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0QFCXH5S
44 MB

The Beatles - Unplugged [1995]
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CK4N6XJ3
66 MB

Pass for all=xtorquemadax

New X-Files Movie Trailer

Saturday, May 10, 2008



I must admit I have not tried this yet, I'm still out on the road. It does sound great and I have great respect for Alton Brown. I've added some very good Bruce - excellent outtakes from Born in the USA. Enjoy!

The Shrimp Cocktail
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

See this recipe on air Wednesday May. 07 at 2:00 AM ET/PT.
Show: Good Eats

Episode: Crustacean Nation

32 shell-on (21 to 25 count) tiger shrimp
For the brine:
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cups ice
For the cocktail sauce:
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup prepared chili sauce
4 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon sugar
Few grinds fresh black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning
Using a pair of scissors or a serrated knife, make an incision down the backside of the shrimp, following the intestinal track. Eviscerate shrimp and rinse under cool water leaving shells intact.
Place cleaned shrimp into a bowl with brine and refrigerate mixture for 20 to 25 minutes. While shrimp are brining, place tomatoes, chili sauce, horseradish, sugar, pepper, and salt in food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate cocktail sauce until ready to serve.
Place a baking sheet or broiler pan under oven broiler and preheat for 5 minutes. Remove shrimp from brine and drain thoroughly. Rinse the shrimp under cold water and dry on paper towels. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with olive oil and sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning, if desired.
Place shrimp onto a sizzling sheet pan and return to broiler immediately. After 2 minutes, turn the shrimp with a pair of tongs. Return the shrimp to broiler for 1 minute. Transfer to a cold cookie sheet. Refrigerate immediately.
Once shrimp have chilled, arrange with cocktail sauce in a martini glass or as desired.


Unsatisfied Heart
Remastered Born In The U.S.A. Outtakes

Date: 1982 - April 1984

Location: The Hit Factory / The Power Station, New York City, NY

Disc 1:
01 Born In The U.S.A.
02 Murder Incorporated
03 Downbound Train
04 Glory Days
05 This Hard Land
06 My Love Will Not Let You Down
07 Johnny Bye Bye
08 Frankie
09 I'm Goin' Down
10 Working On The Highway
11 I'm On Fire

b-sides:
12 Sugarland
13 Follow That Dream
14 Dont Back Down
15 One Love
16 Little Girl

Disc 2:
01 None But The Brave
02 Murder Incorporated #2
03 (Drop On Down And) Cover Me
04 Janey Don't You Lose Heart
05 My Love Will Not Let You Down #2
06 Cynthia
07 Darlington County
08 Protection
09 TV Movie
10 County Fair

Solo:
11 Shut Out The Light
12 Richfield Whistle
13 Fugitives Dream
14 Delivery Man
15 The Klansman
16 Unsatisfied Heart

Link 1
Link 2

Friday, May 9, 2008

Wordless Friday - Slowhand Pork



OK - some Clapton for my weekend away from home ...

Eric Clapton - 1994-11-07 - San Francisco
(Soundboard)

http://rapidshare.com/files/111468932/EC.1994-11-07.SF.01.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/111472160/EC.1994-11-07.SF.02.rar


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cool Star Trek Pix



I love that above image, created by Gabe Koerner, who you may remember as being one of the central figures of the Star Trek fan doc TREKKIES. It's a beautiful image, something that would be impressive to see on the big screen.
So, I love it and I hate it. I've been getting it emailed to me for what seems like years. Because it is so well done, everybody thinks it's from JJ Abrams' movie. It is not... and it's possible Abrams' final version won't be as nice as Gabe's work, but it's not from the flick.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Iron Sky teaser - Space Nazis attack!

I'm not shy about my adoration of the Fleischer-esque SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW. It's trendy to crap on that movie now and I can see how it wouldn't work for some sensibilities, but it totally plays to me.

Much like how this short film plays to me. It has nothing to do with SKY CAPTAIN or that film's team, but it feels like a kindred spirit. It's called IRON SKY and does it look fun. Nazis! Space! Cool..

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Purple Chick Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band



Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time. From the title song's regal blasts of brass and fuzz guitar to the orchestral seizure and long, dying piano chord at the end of "A Day in the Life," the thirteen tracks on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are the pinnacle of the Beatles' eight years as recording artists. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were never more fearless and unified in their pursuit of magic and transcendence.


Issued in Britain on June 1st, 1967, and a day later in America,Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is also rock's ultimate declaration of change. For the Beatles, it was a decisive goodbye to matching suits, world tours and assembly-line record-making. "We were fed up with being Beatles," McCartney said decades later, in Many Years From Now, Barry Miles' McCartney biography. "We were not boys, we were men . . . artists rather than performers."


At the same time, Sgt. Pepper formally ushered in an unforgettable season of hope, upheaval and achievement: the late 1960s and, in particular, 1967's Summer of Love. In its iridescent instrumentation, lyric fantasias and eye-popping packaging, Sgt. Pepper defined the opulent revolutionary optimism of psychedelia and instantly spread the gospel of love, acid, Eastern spirituality and electric guitars around the globe. No other pop record of that era, or since, has had such an immediate, titanic impact. This music documents the world's biggest rock band at the very height of its influence and ambition. "It was a peak," Lennon confirmed in his 1970 Rolling Stone interview, describing both the album and his collaborative relationship with McCartney. "Paul and I definitely were working together," Lennon said, and Sgt. Pepper is rich with proof: McCartney's burst of hot piano and school-days memoir ("Woke up, fell out of bed . . . ") in Lennon's "A Day in the Life," a reverie on mortality and infinity; Lennon's impish rejoinder to McCartney's chorus in "Getting Better" ("It can't get no worse").
"Sgt. Pepper was our grandest endeavor," Starr said, looking back, in the 2000 autobiography The Beatles Anthology. "The greatest thing about the band was that whoever had the best idea - it didn't matter who -- that was the one we'd use. No one was standing on their ego, saying, 'Well, it's mine,' and getting possessive." It was Neil Aspinall, the Beatles' longtime assistant, who suggested they reprise the title track, just before the grand finale of "A Day in the Life," to complete Sgt. Pepper's theatrical conceit: an imaginary concert by a fictional band, played by the Beatles.


The first notes went to tape on December 6th, 1966: two takes of McCartney's music-hall confection "When I'm Sixty-Four." (Lennon's lysergic reflection on his Liverpool childhood, "Strawberry Fields Forever," was started two weeks earlier but issued in February 1967 as a stand-alone single.) But Sgt. Pepper's real birthday is August 29th, 1966, when the Beatles played their last live concert, in San Francisco. Until then, they had made history in the studio -- Please Please Me (1963), Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) -- between punishing tours. Off the road for good, the Beatles were free to be a band away from the hysteria of Beatlemania. McCartney went a step further. On a plane to London in November '66, as he returned from a vacation in Kenya, he came up with the idea of an album by the Beatles in disguise, an alter-ego group that he subsequently dubbed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "We'd pretend to be someone else," McCartney explained in Anthology. "It liberated you -- you could do anything when you got to the mike or on your guitar, because it wasn't you."


Only two songs on the final LP, both McCartney's, had anything to do with the Pepper character: the title track and Starr's jaunty vocal showcase "With a Little Help From My Friends," introduced as a number by Sgt. Pepper's star crooner, Billy Shears. "Every other song could have been on any other album," Lennon insisted later. Yet it is hard to imagine a more perfect setting for the Victorian jollity of Lennon's "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" (inspired by an 1843 circus poster) or the sumptuous melancholy of McCartney's "Fixing a Hole," with its blend of antique shadows (a harpsichord played by the Beatles' producer George Martin) and modern sunshine (double-tracked lead guitar executed with ringing precision by Harrison). The Pepper premise was a license to thrill.


It also underscored the real-life cohesion of the music and the group that made it. Of the 700 hours the Beatles spent making Sgt. Pepper (engineer Geoff Emerick actually tallied them) from the end of 1966 until April 1967, the group needed only three days' worth to complete Lennon's lavish daydream "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds." "A Day in the Life," the most complex song on the album, was done in just five days. (The oceanic piano chord was three pianos hit simultaneously by ten hands belonging to Lennon, McCartney, Starr, Martin and Beatles roadie Mal Evans.) No other Beatles appear with Harrison on his sitar-perfumed sermon on materialism and fidelity, "Within You Without You," but the band wisely placed the track at the halfway point of the original vinyl LP, at the beginning of Side Two: a vital meditation break in the middle of the jubilant indulgence.


The Beatles' exploitation of multitracking on Sgt. Pepper transformed the very act of studio recording (the orchestral overdubs on "A Day in the Life" marked the debut of eight-track recording in Britain: two four-track machines used in sync). And Sgt. Pepper's visual extravagance officially elevated the rock album cover to a Work of Art. Michael Cooper's photo of the Beatles in satin marching-band outfits, in front of a cardboard-cutout audience of historical figures, created by artist Peter Blake, is the most enduring image of the psychedelic era. Sgt. Pepper was also the first rock album to incorporate complete lyrics to the songs in its design.


Yet Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the Number One album of the RS 500 not just because of its firsts -- it is simply the best of everything the Beatles ever did as musicians, pioneers and pop stars, all in one place. A 1967 British print ad for the album declared, "Remember Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Is the Beatles." As McCartney put it, the album was "just us doing a good show."


The show goes on forever


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Saturday, May 3, 2008

A Hard Service




A Hard Service.

Every cook has experienced it. The never ending tickets, fish burning, sauces breaking, running out of mise with the chef screaming in your face. A flood of emotion washes over you: frustration, anger, and embarrassment. Then the second seating comes in.

In the beginning, they're all bad services. Coming into your new kitchen job, you can barely recognize a quart container, much less run your own station. The longer time goes on, the better you become. Eventually you get promoted to sautee, and the bad services start all over again.

Soon you get a hang of things, and the bad services start to go away. Personally, I got to a point where the tiniest thing would ruin a service for me...feeling like I had cheated at some point--but most cooks just settle in and start to focus on technique and attention to detail.

But the bad services come back. It might be a rookie server making mistakes, a rush of diners sitting all at once, equipment breaking down, all while you work with a hungover dishwasher and that cranky extern on pantry.

What most cooks can't see is how important it is to experience nights like this. Too many good services can make a cook complacent...lazy even. A bad service stays with you the rest of the night. You dwell on it...and focus in on every little thing that went wrong. When you come back the next day, you're sharper than the knife in hand...and you know you won't let your previous mistakes happen again. Even if what went down was out of your control, you've thought of a plan to work through it--to adjust your routine. You start to learn how to feel out a night.

A hard service will teach a cook some of their most valuable lessons. The ability to re-assess and adjust is what seperates a good chef from a great one. A group of cooks that has had these experiences together, and learned the same lessons together will have the potential to be great as well.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Important Grilling Information




This month's Popular Mechanics takes it a step further by recommending four gas grills based on their specific performance in various aspects of outdoor cooking. Enjoy.


1. Indirect Grilling

Applying too much heat can make tough cuts like brisket or ribs even tougher. Instead, brown them over a hot burner. Then slide the cuts over an inactive adjacent burner but keep the first one going, says David Kamen, a professor at the Culinary Institute of America. Let the meat roast slowly until the inside reaches the target temperature. This technique requires multiple burners, so look for a unit with at least four, like the five-burner, 60,000-Btu Ducane Affinity S 5200 ($1000, ducane.com).

2. Radiant Heat

Infrared grills use ceramic tiles that emit radiant heat, and can quickly rise to a steak-searing 900-plus degrees Fahrenheit—great for cooking a slab with a crunchy crust and for cutting your cooking time, Kamen says. But high heat means it’s easy to burn your chops. The Char-Broil RED ($700, charbroil.com) has a built-in food temperature probe and digital timer, upping the odds your steak will come out crisp and browned instead of black and burned.

3. Sear Marks

Burn lines don’t just look great, they seal in juices and flavor. For well-defined stripes, jack up all burners to high and shut the lid for 10 minutes, says Jamie Purviance, author of Real Grilling. Then lay your meat directly over a burner and leave it untouched until you flip. Porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates, like those on the four-burner, 60,000-Btu Brinkmann Pro Series 6418 ($500, brinkmann.net), hold heat better than stainless steel, making them the best metal for producing deep lines.

4. Coal Control

Devotees swear there’s no substitute for charcoal’s smoky flavor. For a long and steady burn, cluster the coals on one side of the grill with as little space between the briquettes as possible, Purviance says. Not only does this minimize airflow, which keeps the coals burning longer, it provides cooking space for both direct and indirect heat. The drum on the portable Weber Char Q ($180, weber.com) is 18.6 in. deep—that’s enough room to stack ’em high.

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