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Month: May 2006 (page 1 of 9)

What Kind of Cookie Are You?

You Are a Black and White Cookie

You’re often conflicted in life, and you feel pulled in two opposite directions.
When you’re good, you’re sweet as sugar. And when you’re bad, you’re wicked!

What 2007 Car Should You Drive?

You Should Drive a Saturn Sky

You’re sleek and smooth, and you need a car to match your hot persona.
Besides, sometimes you want your top up – and sometimes you want it down.

How Cynical Are You?


You Are 32% Cynical
Generally you give people the benefit of the doubt. But there are exceptions.You buy into many of the things that mainstream society believes, but you’re not anybody’s fool.
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This is a remarkable work of Art

This picture is made from faces of 670 soldiers who died in the Iraq War

The Old Friend

A farmer was at a diner one day having lunch when he noticed an old friend.
What really caught his attention was that this friend was wearing an earring.
The farmer knew his old buddy to be a fairly conservative fellow, and was curious about his sudden change in “fashion sense.”
The farmer walked up to him and said, “I didn’t know you were into earrings.”
“Don’t make such a big deal, it’s only an earring,” the fellow replied sheepishly. The farmer was silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity got the best of him and he asked “So, how long have you been wearing one?” “Ever since my wife found it in my truck,” the man replied.

Growing a Culture of Sourdough Starter

Basic Loaf, Country White
Source:Nancy Silverton’s Breads from the La Brea Bakery : Recipes for the Connoisseur

An Adventure In Hearth Bread Breadmaking

14 Days to Achieve Wonderful Bread

Sourdough Starter Day 1

This is only day 2 and it is already frothing

Day 3 it has slowed down some but still has some bubbles. The grapes are still inflated.

Day 4: Feeding the Culture

Day 5 throught 9

Day 10 Sourdough Starter Regular Feeding

Days 10 through 14, Getting the starter build up

Day 15: Time To Bake And Maintain The Starter

Useful Links

How to Make Authentic San Francisco Sourdough French Bread

How To Make A Proofing Box

How Sourdough Bread Works

Nancy Silverton’s Breads from the La Brea Bakery : Recipes for the Connoisseur (Hardcover)
288 pages
Publisher: Villard (March 5, 1996)
ISBN: 0679409076

If you are in an area where you can purchase La Brea Bread I sugess trying it. It is wonderful bread. Sadly I think Kansas is the only state in the nation you cannot find it and the bread you can buy in at Dillions the backer thinks burn crust is good bread.

Other good Bread Books

Amy’s Bread by Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree

Williams – Sonoma Breads by Jacqueline Mallorca

New Link

Since I have a number of Asian recipes I added the link of this California Comapny that carries their own spices and mixes. They also carry spice mixes of other companies such as SHAN.

Your Online Community for Ethnic Foods, 1000’s of the Freshest Spices, Indian, Meddeterian & Hispanic Food Products, & Recipes since 1979, on the web since 1997

Rhubard Compote (Rabarbermoes)

8 rhubard stalks
4/10 liter water
200 grams sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Wash the stalks and cut them into 3 to 4 cm pieces. Add the sugar to the boiling water and place the rhubard in it. Simmmer the rhubard gently and stir regularly to break up the pulp. Add some corn starch or arrowroot to thicken the compote.

Chocolate Muffins

An easy muffin mix that is low in calories and still good.

1 chocolate cake mix
1 (15 oz.) canned pumpkin

Mix together. Bake at 350 degree F.

BBQ for Memorial Day

Memorial Day brings a craving for having a BBQ. The weather has become a little more predicable even if you still take changes with rain. It tended to be a rather simple BBQ grwoing up. It was usually Hamburgers and Hot Dogs when we were younger and progressed to steaks as we became teens. It really helps if you have a patio in the backyard as my parents did and which I am not so lucky to have. So I have to make do.

I personally like to do more of a mixed grill type of concept (without any of the kidneys, etc) so I offer a variety of food items. I usually make the potato salad and coleslaw in the morning. The coleslaw I like to make is better if it has a few hour for the flavors to develop. I have never liked grilled vegetables very much and if I decide to make them on the grill they will be done in foil packets and boil the corn. You cannot marinate hambrurgers very well since they are ground meal and will fall apart but you can add ingredients to the patty such as onions, herbs and sauces. Just whatever tickles your fancy. You can make a smoked Brisket (recipe below) which is one of my personal favorities or make the Hays House type. I like beef ribs too but unless you can get them on sale they tend to be expensive since you need about 2 pounds per person.

Becasue I am the griller, baker, side dish maker (in others words do everything) I have to plan ahead to get some of the items done either the day before or in the morning. Shopping has to be done one or two days before.

Beef Ribs (Chicago Style BBQ Ribs recipe below)
I take the ribs and wrap into foil tighly and bake for an hour at 350 degrees F and then complete cooking on a grill. This makes nice moist ribs with alot of flavor. I do not put BBQ sauce on until last 15 minutes.
Smoked Brisquit (recipe below)
Seekh Kabab (Ground Meat Skewer Kababs)
Baked Beans (recipe below)
Gusty upped Beans
Corn On Cob
Coleslaw (recipe below)
Potato Salad (recipe below)
Ice Cream

Smoked Brisket

1 tablespoon garlic salt
1/3 cup catsup
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup worcestershire sauce
1 tablspoon papper
1 teaspoon onion salt

I use a gas smoker follow your instrucions using you smoker. You could also cook on a gril in indirect heat or in the oven.

Mix all the ingredients. Marinate the brisket (around 10 pounds) for 12 hours. Pour marinade in pan with water. Place brisket in smoker for about 8 hours.

Scalloped Potatoes for the BBQ

4 red potatoes, thinly sliced
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup butter, cubed
salt and pepper to taste

1.Preheat grill for medium heat.

2.Layer sliced potatoes on aluminum foil with the onion, garlic, basil, and butter.
Season with salt and pepper. Fold foil around the potatoes to make a packet.

3.Place potato packet on heated grill over indirect heat, and cook for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Turn over packet halfway through cooking.

Honey-Baked Beans

4 slices bacon, diced
1/2 C. chopped onion
4 1/2 C. cooked navy beans (or substitute three 15 oz. cans cooked navy beans)
1/2 C. honey
1/2 C. ketchup
1 T. prepared mustard
1 T. Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sautte bacon and onion until onion is tender; combine with remaining ingredients in shallow 2-quart oven-safe baking dish. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 45 minutes longer.

Baked Beans with Coca-Cola

Two 28-oz. cans B&M Original Baked Beans
1 medium onion, chopped
1 T. dry mustard
1 bottle chili sauce
1 T. prepared mustard
1 (scant) T. vinegar
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 small bottle Coca-Cola (or less)

Mix well. Place bacon strips on top. Bake uncovered until onion is tender, approximately 1 hour or more at 375°F.

Deviled eggs

6 hard boiled eggs
2 T mayonnaise
3/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce*
salt & pepper to taste
paprika for garnish

Chicago style bbq ribs

Yield: 4 Servings






Brown sugar



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Worcestershire sauce






Onion powder






Country-style back ribs

Bake ribs at 450x for 20 min. Pour off fat. Reduce oven to 300x and cook 30 min. more. Meanwhile, mix sauce and simmer over low heat for 30 min. Drain ribs and cover with sauce. Cook another hour, basting every 15 min


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