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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.

Menu

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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Fishy Friday Dinner News – Hraimeh

Hraimeh and Rice

Enjoy the spices and creativity of Libya with Hraimeh and rice

Today we are swimming across the pont to Northern Africa and enjoying a spicy Libyan specialty. While most of the cuisine of Libya is based on lamb the opening paragraph of Hraimeh – Fish Pouched In a Spicy Gravy (Libyan Pouched {sic} Fish) describes the variety of fish throughout the coastal region and provides a nice starting point to understand the invading influences and local seafood availability.

For some side dish and dessert suggestions take a stroll  through 16 March 2011 Dinner News – East Coast of Libya or 8 March 2011 Dinner News – Southern Libya for regional additions to a Libyan evening at your dinner table.

Ingredients

Toast

Sauce

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Posted by on 6 May 2011 in Fishy Friday, Libya

 

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National Egg Salad Week – Pittsburgh Maurice Salad

National Egg Salad Week – Pittsburgh Maurice Salad

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

Chef style salad with a creamy tang.

Chef style salad with a creamy tang.

Simple chicken and ham elevated by a zesty dressing makes this Pittsburgh staple a great addition to your next salad bar night.  The days of watching yellow slivers of goodness tumble to the bottom of the bowl come to an end by adding the chopped egg to the dressing.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the salad and dressing

Chicken

saute chicken with salt and pepper.

Add-ins

Dice ham, tomato and mince egg.

Dressing

Mix dressing and fold in minced egg.

Lessons Learned

Swiss is too mild a cheese to stand up to the smoked ham and pepper jelly.  Next time I would either leave it off or go with a smoked cheese… or I might just be starting a smoked Gouda phase?

Leftover lemon pepper or BBQ chicken would work just as well.

Tomatoes are not in season yet and a nice ripe small local grown (picked ripe not green) would be a great contrast to the tang of the dressing.

 

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National Egg Salad Week – Entrée Entries

National Egg Salad Week – Entrée Entries

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

Scotch Eggs

Dress up your Easter Eggs with a spicy wrapper.

Italian Asparagus and Egg Salad Recipe – Chicken and asparagus with tomatoes and eggs.

Scotch Eggs  – There are also baked alternatives (History of the Scotch Egg) to this simple grab and go dish that I was able to put together in less than 15 minutes.

Peruvian Triple Sandwich – Club sandwich with tomato and avocado sometimes made with Raisins and Pecans

Tuscan Summer Bread Salad Recipe – Panzanella

Kickin’ Texas Salad – Fritos, beans, and Catalina dressing make of a great pot luck use of hard-boiled eggs.

Freshly Baked Hard-Boiled Egg Pie – Potato and cheese pie with a couple of fresh and hard-boiled eggs to make a custard-y pie

Ham ‘n’ Egg Cream Puffs – Savory puff filled with a leftover ham and egg cream sauce.

 
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Posted by on 27 April 2011 in Holidays Away from Home

 

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25 March 2011 Dinner News – Syria

 

Kofta

Start dinner with a Mezze that includes Kofta

The Meal

Mezze

This can be an elaborate spread of forty or fifty hors d’oeuvres or simply a salad and a bowl of nuts. But it is always a social occasion when friends and family gather to enjoy appetizers and conversation before lunch and dinner.

The Wikipedia article provides a good list of dishes that may be served at mezze.

Over on Food.com they provide recipes for Hot Spiced Cheese Goreme, Fattoush Salad, Lamb Koftas, and Warm Roasted Olives with Preserved Lemons.

Entree

Rishta – Noodles, lentils and tomato (this will be our dinner tonight and the play-by-play will be a future post)

Sambusak – Triangle filled turnovers.  This recipe provides both options for chickpeas and meat filling.

Chicken Shawarma – Like a gyro… like a taco… folded bread, meat and veggies with a variety of spices. Lamb would also be a common option.

Sujuk – two-part video recipe showing how to make these sausages without casing.

Dessert

Ba’lawaBaklava – This is Alton Brown’s version, I have made it several times and it is easy to make. Browse through the travel photo links below to see amazing piles of different shaped versions.

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Posted by on 25 March 2011 in Syria

 

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14 March 2011 Dinner News – Pi Day

 

Pi Plate for sale on Amazon

Amazon.com has the perfect plate for the day

Celebrations

Exploratorium (San Fransisco, CA) – The birthplace of the holiday
Geek Freak Weekend (Princeton, NJ) – The birthplace of Einstein
Pi Across America – word problems and suggested classroom activities
Morton Seakhouse – Key Lime Pie for $3.14 today, normally $10.50

Detractors

Happy Half Tau Day! – Radius’ have their fans too… they use Tau instead… competing merchandise is available… but no recipes.
On Pi Day, is ‘pi’ under attack? (CNN.com) – Link to the “What pi sounds like” video.

Collections of Recipes

Celebrating The Pies Of March (NPR) – Pizza on a pie crust anyone?
10 Delicious Pies For Pi Day! (YumSugar.com) – including a breakfast pie.
Pi Day: Ten Fave Vegan Pies! (Babble.com) – Fruit, custard, cream, and mousse goodies.
Science Blog 2010 Pie Day Contest Winners

Try some of these options to celebrate Pi all day long:

Entree

Greek Lamb Pie (Food.com)
Shrimp Pie (RealCajunCooking.com)
Cupcake Tin Pork Pie (Epicurious.com)
Vegan Seven Layer Tortilla Pie (VeganCoach.com)

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Posted by on 14 March 2011 in Holidays Away from Home

 

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