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River Watch Week – BBQ Byway

River Watch Week – BBQ Byway

With the Army Corps of Engineers blasting levees and flooding over 100,000 acres of land I wanted to bring everyone along on a tour of the affected areas… from Cairo, Illinois to Louisiana this spring is bringing rain 300% above normal already.

Monday – Memphis District MunchiesElvis Meatloaf
Tuesday – Vicksburg District Vittles – Mississippi River Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday – New Orleans District Nosh
Thursday – BBQ Byway
Fishy Friday River Style

The Shack sandwich from Arkansas

Bring the taste of The Shack from Arkansas to your house.

Today I wanted to give you some suggestions from both ends of this flood with a BBQ focus.  Some are straight sauces while others are “different” dishes.  Many of these could be used to serve a tasting menu of several different styles with each person getting one rib of each style.

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Regional Lists

Bill’s Barbeque – Tour of the Southeastern US differences in sauce.

Southern Cooking by State – Quick category page to search the region on Allrecipes.com

Favorite Barbecue Sauce Recipes – Mega list of recipes from around the web. Only one is on the below list.

Kentucky

Owensboro Mutton Barbecue Sauce makes for a good flavor base for Burgoo, the traditional western Kentucky stew rich with vegetables and bold flavors.

Western Kentucky Pork Barbecue Sauce – Ketchup with dry mustard and other spices.

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Posted by on 12 May 2011 in United States of America

 

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River Watch Week – New Orleans District Nosh

River Watch Week – New Orleans District Nosh

With the Army Corps of Engineers taking the Flood Fight 2011 – Operation Watershed downriver we will take a culinary tour of the affected areas:

Monday – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf
Tuesday – Vicksburg District Vittles – Mississippi River Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday – New Orleans District Nosh
Thursday – BBQ Byway
Fishy Friday River Style

Cheese Grits makes a soft landing for the bold regional flavors.

Cheese Grits makes a soft landing for the bold regional flavors.

Here are some city classics and country favorites to add to your dinner plan on days you crave upscale creole as well as those you need down home comfort Cajun.

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Creole vs. Cajun

The Roots of Cajun and Creole Cuisine – There are no quick listings of the difference… it’s a history lesson… but worth the read.

John Besh’s Creole Seasoning – great combination that is light on salt.

Grillades: Cajun vs. Creole – Nice explanation of how this dish differs from North to South and from back woods to country fair.

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Crawfish Etouffee – works for shrimp as well.

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Posted by on 11 May 2011 in United States of America

 

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River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf

River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf

With the Army Corps of Engineers taking the Flood Fight 2011 – Operation Watershed down river we will take a culinary tour of the affected areas:

Monday – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf
Tuesday – Vicksburg District Vittles – Mississippi River Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday – New Orleans District Nosh
Thursday – BBQ Byway
Fishy Friday River Style

Serve coated in sauce with classic southern sides.

Serve coated in sauce with classic southern sides.

This Paula Dean version of Elvis’ favorite meatloaf makes for a light and cheesy alternative to tomato based classics.  Paula’s recipe called for a condensed soup based sauce, but I decided to go old school and build it from scratch sans salt.

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Posted by on 9 May 2011 in United States of America

 

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River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies

River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies

With the Army Corps of Engineers taking the Flood Fight 2011 – Operation Watershed downriver we will take a culinary tour of the affected areas:

Monday – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf
Tuesday – Vicksburg District Vittles – Mississippi River Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday – New Orleans District Nosh
Thursday – BBQ Byway
Fishy Friday River Style

Elvis Meatloaf Lunch

Elvis meatloaf with a Paula Dean twist for a light and cheesy lunch.

From Cairo, Illinois in the North to the mouth of the White River in Arkansas the Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District is the center of  as levees are blasted and the Mississippi spills from its banks.  Here are some suggestions on local fare you might find as you travel the Great River Road.

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Regional Recipe Guides

Southern Illinois Outdoor Magazine

Elvis Recipe Postcard Collection – 13 recipes published as a series.  There are other places on the web that the recipes are easier to read, but this is the only place that may have all of them in one place.

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Cheeseburger Meatloaf and Sauce – Paula Dean’s spin on Elvis’ recipe.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Memphis Chicken – Spiced whole chicken cooked dry on aluminum foil balls in a slow cooker.

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Posted by on 9 May 2011 in United States of America

 

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Brunch News Sunday – Käsewähe

Finished tart for two

Ease into the week with a tart that is cheesier than the average quiche and easily customized with your choice of bacon and onion.

It looks like a simple combination, but there are many options on this theme to play with… Spanish onions, turkey bacon, and a rich Emmental? Sweet Vidalia / Walla Walla, thick cut applewood bacon, and a local smoked Swiss? I used a double smoked hickory bacon with a plain swiss and some baby Vidalia, but the combinations are endless.

The original recipe calls for a single tart pan with a removable bottom, but I decided to make it more leftover friendly by creating two 2-person serving size dishes. With a bright leafy salad or fresh fruit cup it makes a relaxing meal. If you would like to use this as a starter for dinner some regional suggested dishes can be found in the Fat Tuesday 2011 in Switzerland post.

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Ingredients for the crust, filling, and custard.

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Posted by on 8 May 2011 in Brunch News, Switzerland

 

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National Egg Salad Week – Tour d’ America

National Egg Salad Week – Tour d’ America

Welcome to a week-long celebration of all things egg… peel back the shells and enjoy some new ways to have an egg-cellent meal.

Monday – Dessert First – Cadbury Deviled Eggs
Tuesday – Devilish DishesInside Out Deviled Eggs
Wednesday – Entrée EntriesScotch Eggs
Thursday – Global OvalsBauernsalat
Friday – Tour d’ AmericaPittsburgh Maurice Salad

Chef Style Maurice Salad with Tangy Cream Dressing

Chef Style Maurice Salad with Tangy Cream Dressing

Georgia – Better than Augusta – Great story and pictures from a trip to the Masters golf tournament and the homemade egg salad follow-up… who knew the food was sooo cheap at the Masters!

Indiana – Extraordinary Egg Salad for One – bacon and onion salad at the end of a humorous look at the autor’s egg salad eduction.

Illinois – Italian Egg Salad – U of I Extension post from 2010 Egg Week celebration.

California – Purse Eggstacy Egg Salad – From Euro Pane restaurant in Pasadena.  Sun Dried Tomato, pesto and chives.

Seattle – Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and cucumber with paprika.

Pittsburgh – Maurice Salad – From the menu of the William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.  Named for a former band leader this creamy dressing has a pepper jelly kick.

 

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National Egg Salad Week – Bauernsalat

Welcome to a week-long celebration of all things egg… peel back the shells and enjoy some new ways to have an egg-cellent meal.

Monday – Dessert First – Cadbury Deviled Eggs
Tuesday – Devilish Dishes – Inside Out Deviled Eggs
Wednesday – Entrée Entries – Scotch Eggs
Thursday – Global Ovals – Bauernsalat
Friday – Tour d’ America – Pittsburgh Maurice Salad

Light spices and thin sauce let the diverse flavors shine.

Light spices and thin sauce let the diverse flavors shine.

The original author had this German Farmer’s Salad (Bauernsalat) on Christmas Eve while visiting her mother.  Try and make this at least a day ahead as the sauce was very light, not even noticeable the first day, but on the second day it melds into a nice balance. I was able to find imported German bologna at my local Wal-Mart Superstore, but not my local grocery store or butcher shop. This is a very large recipe and could easily be split down several times.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Dice

Dice bologna, gouda and onions

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Posted by on 28 April 2011 in Holidays Away from Home

 

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