Kevin D. We 선릉여성시대 eks of S 선릉여성시대 eriously Go 선릉여성시대 od – a little memorial

It’s a 선릉여성시대 guess, but I think I first 선릉여성시대 Kevin probably 5+ years ago here on Meathenge. 선릉여성시대 He was an attentive comment poster, usually had something pertinent to 선릉여성시대 선릉여성시대 or just to give 선릉여성시대 2 thumb 선릉여성시대 s up. I quickly 선릉여성시대 followed him 선릉여성시대 o his own S 선릉여성시대 eriously Good cook 선릉여성시대 ing blog. I hung out 선릉여성시대 on there freque 선릉여성시대 ntly, it was a w 선릉여성시대 elcom 선릉여성시대 e place full 선릉여성시대 of all the meaty goodness. We actually spent some time on the phone late at night exchanging stories about both food and computer related technology. 선릉여성시대 We’d been working in it for 선릉여성시대 so long he actually got my joke about those pesk 선릉여성시대 y RLL drives 선릉여성시대 versus the MFM ones. 선릉여성시대 I knew our future wouldn’t last forev 선릉여성시대 er, early on he mentioned his i 선릉여성시대 nternal organs weren’t as they should be. 선릉여성시대 He’d be passing in the next handful of years, but not once did I ever notice that get in the way of living 선릉여성시대 for today. 선릉여성시대 Although he did s 선릉여성시대 ay that spending time on the phone with me greatly cheered him up and enjoyed the laughter that didn 선릉여성시대 ’t 선릉여성시대 선릉여성시대 found his blog gone and an entry on the internet announcing his passing on April 5th, 2012.

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You were well loved and respected Kevin, I and surely everyone you came in to contact with wish you well 선릉여성시대 in your journey and miss you dearly.

xo, Guy

Biggles’ very own Chicken Conspiracy of 2012

Editor’s Note: 선릉여성시대 All is well here, no complaints. 선릉여성시대 There really isn’t much going on worth mentioning in the cooking department, that’s the bottom line. That’s why no posts for such a long period of time. Love you, miss you!

The older I get, the simpler the roast chicken gets. 선릉여성시대 Wash, more than pan dry inside and out. 선릉여성시대 Kosher salt well, truss. 선릉여성시대 Install to 450 degree oven for 1 hour, pull and let rest for 10. The salt dries out the skin and turns it in to chicken skin candy of love, especially on the wings. Meat, even the breast meat, is tender and juicy with good solid chickenny flavors. I can do this. 선릉여성시대 Well, up until recently I could do it.

Yeah well, maybe 2 months ago I was running in to bloody thigh meat, regularly. 선릉여성시대 Even the breast meat from time to time would be under cooked. Wing joints, thigh joints, not even remotely done. After 6+ chickens roasted, I was nearing tears after removing the bird from the oven, wondering what to expect this time. I was convinced I had run across The Great Chicken Conspiracy of 2012 just as I had found The Great Potato Conspiracy of 2011.

The hell continued, 7 chickens roasted, 8, 9, 10 chickens roasted. It was a nightmare, I was nearly ready to throw in the towel. I chalked a few up to not being thoroughly defrosted, even after 2 days in the fridge. I stopped trussing the chicken, allowing more heat to penetrate the thigh crevices. I checked and replaced the batteries in my Thermapen. I gathered other odd thermometers to get a gaggle of readings. I pulled apart the oven to make sure the burner assembly was firmly in place and operating correctly. I routinely used a proper oven thermometer to make sure the oven came up to the correct temperature. 선릉여성시대 All checked good. 선릉여성시대 Still, no luck.

A beaten meat man, I admitted defeat. Not such a tough thing to do at the ripe old age of 47. Today, I’m firmly convinced I have no idea what’s going on, in and/or around me. I got no idea, I’m generally working off of reflexes these days. I did what any truly defeated man would do, I read the instructions.

Turns out, no matter what temperature the oven is, roasting time is based upon the weight of the bird. I know what you’re thinking, “Biggles, no f-ing shit !!! What a pathetic doof.” All true, but wait. 선릉여성시대 See, I’d been roasting birds for so long, basing my weights on birds of the past. 선릉여성시대 It used to be you could buy chickens that were 3.5 pounds, 4 pounds and big birds were 4.5 pounds. The 5+ pounders were stewing chickens, not tender little roasting chickens. Well, for the last however many years, you’re lucky to find any chicken that’s less than 5 pounds. If you reach in, find the smallest chicken in ye olde chicken patch, you’re most likely going to pull out a 5.5 pounder. 선릉여성시대 And this bird, my good people, will not roast in an hour, or at least this is my observation.

Of course, these weights will vary depending on where you are and where you shop for your chickens. But, what’s up with these older chickens? Buy any pieced out chickens lately? Breasts the size of your forearms, thighs the size of your feet! I simply cannot buy a 3.5 pound chicken any longer, not possible. And since I’m still unemployed, buying fancy chickens directly from ranchers ain’t possible, I have to rely upon the local cheap marts for food these days.

All is well in the roasting chicken department at Meathenge Labs. 선릉여성시대 It just takes longer now.

xo, Biggles

Knife Sharpening Class with Eric Weiss – Monday, June 4th

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Who here takes the time to have their knives professionally sharpened at least twice a year? Raise your hands. Yeah, I didn’t think so, but there’s a few of you. Who here sharpens their own knives? Excellent Chilebrown! Anyone else? There’s a few of you, good.
Listen up, I don’t care what kind of knife you use in the kitchen, it could be a 500+ dollar hand-made Kramer knife or something you found in the basement years ago. No matter who made your knife, it ain’t worth a bag of wet marbles unless it’s sharp. I’ll choose a sharp 15 dollar hardware store kitchen knife over any other dull knife. Here’s your chance to learn how to sharpen your own knives from the Master Knife Sharpener Grand Poobah of All Time, Eric Weiss.
How cool would it be to be able to sharpen your own knives properly? Very cool. And now you have the chance to learn the craft the right way. Register today, time is running out!

KNIFE SHARPENING CLASS
With ERIC E. WEISS

Monday, June 4th, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm $65.00
Paulding & Company, A Creative Kitchen
1410 D 62nd St., Emeryville, 94608
You will be taught to hone your knives to perfection by hand.
A sharpening stone and honing oil is included in the price.
Bring your chef’s knife and paring knife and 1 other.
Eric’s sharpening experience spans over 30 years. Born in England, raised in Germany, his love affair with all things sharp began in boyhood. This devotion grew with him through military service to the Queen, and comes to fruition at Bay Area Farmer’s Markets, Restaurants, Catering Companies, Retail and Private Homes. During this unique hands-on class Eric gladly shares his true wealth of historical, cultural, and scientific knowledge about the blade.
Class details/registration at
Paulding & Co.
510-594-1104

xo, Biggles

Taba챰ero Hot Sauce – a review

Neat, I reviewed the Tabanero Hot Sauce here back in ’05. 선릉여성시대 Back then, as you can see in the previous words, it didn’t have a tilde over the n. 선릉여성시대 Don’t roll that n! 선릉여성시대 And, back then it didn’t have habanero peppers in it either. 선릉여성시대 However, today she’s sportin’ a new recipe.

These ingredients would be, Habanero and Tabasco Mexican Peppers, Fresh Carrots, Onions, Key Lime Juice, Agave, Garlic, Salt and Grapefruit Seed Extract. 선릉여성시대 MmMmmMm, seed extract. 선릉여성시대 I was lucky enough to have received 2 free 8 ounce bottles for review, I’ve already emptied the first one. 선릉여성시대 I slathered pretty much everything I ate from lunch to dinner with it during a week. 선릉여성시대 From delivered pizza, potato salad, sandwiches to Meathenge Lab made Gringo Carnitas, I did it all.

As before, it’s a solid contender and a good sauce. 선릉여성시대 At first slurp you find the carrots, onions, garlic with a citrussy clue. Then quickly following is an oncoming bite and flavor action from the chile peppers. 선릉여성시대 It’s not an overpowering sauce, it should be used as a finishing sauce. 선릉여성시대 Some of the sauces I have in my fridge can be used as ingredients in dishes and hold their own even after cooking, this one would have a tough time with that. Use it for what it was intended, over food you’re going to eat. Now.

xo, Biggles

ps – I just gotta say something. We gringos have a tendency to roll the n in a word that comes anywhere near close to looking Mexicanny. 선릉여성시대 Tilde or not, the n generally gets rolled. 선릉여성시대 This is especially true when we’re talking about jalape챰os and/or habaneros. There’s no tilde in habanero, do not roll the n. So, Mr. or Ms. Taba챰ero, would you be so kind as to remove the tilde’d n in Habanero listed in your ingredients? This is all.

London Pot Broil Roast – beware free meat!

Beware free meat! 선릉여성시대 Hmmm, no. 선릉여성시대 Be wary of free meat! 선릉여성시대 Aaaaaa, no that’s not quite it either. Beware green meat! 선릉여성시대 Yes, of course but that’s another story. 선릉여성시대 Be thoughtful of free meat preparation? Yeah, that’s close enough.

No matter who you are, where you’ve come from or where you might end up, at some point you’re going to have to be a creative soul when it comes to meals coupled with a severe lack of income. 선릉여성시대 So, when your buddy says to you, “Hey Biggles, I have a huge freezer full of meat, do you want some? 선릉여성시대 I bought a half a beef.” It’s best if you smile, nod and thank them very much for their kind offer. Even though, when deep down inside, you’re shaking in your boots because you have no idea how that cow made it in there, how long it’s been in the freezer and how the gosh did some nitwit seal it up. Sealing meat well for the freezer ain’t no easy feat my good people.

The Meathenge Labs’s freezer ultimately ended up with a little over a hundred pounds of assorted frozen meaty packages, some large and some small. 선릉여성시대 Mostly beef particles, but a few were labelled with Lamb. 선릉여성시대 There were two 5 pound beef slabs labelled London Broil, one of which made it in to today’s post. 선릉여성시대 The previous one I grilled over mesquite and pecan wood, was good enough. 선릉여성시대 But I accidentally let it run to 135 to 140 degrees, was pretty chewy. 선릉여성시대 Sure it tasted darned fine, but darned that beef if it isn’t so fussy. 선릉여성시대 Not like pork!

Honestly, sometimes I really don’t have it in me to fuss over a beef steak and pull when it reaches 125 or so. 선릉여성시대 It’s far easier for me to braise it for hours in the oven submersed in aromatics, tubers and fungi of some distinction. 선릉여성시대 Crazy, I know. 선릉여성시대 But that’s how I roll. 선릉여성시대 Yo.

As I was standing in front of the open freezer door, 5 pound frozen brick of beefy London Broil in my meat-hook sized fangers, I was wondering. 선릉여성시대 “Can I pot-roast a London Broil?”

Armed with free meat, 3 days defrosting in the fridge, I was ready to find out. 선릉여성시대 Floured, salted and browned the meat in a cast iron dutch. 선릉여성시대 Browned off 16 ounces of quartered mushrooms, then sliced onion, flattened tons of fresh garlic, fresh rosemary and enough beef broth to cover. 선릉여성시대 Install in to 300 degree oven, rack on bottom for 5 hours. 선릉여성시대 Lid on for 3 or so hours, remove to reduce as needed or wanted.

Uh, yeah. 선릉여성시대 Apparently one can use a London Broil for pot roast. 선릉여성시대 And you know what brother? 선릉여성시대 Or sister, it was darned tasty.

xo, Biggles

Editor’s Note: I made no effort to do any googlizing to see if anyone else had used a london broil for pot roast. 선릉여성시대 I have absolutely no interest in what anyone else has done in the past. 선릉여성시대 For me, every day is a new adventure and I adore reinventing the wheel.

A Meathenge Cottage Pie

editor’s note: This post’s purpose is more for the author’s personal diary of ingredients and ratios for future use. American Cottage Pie recipes are as ubiquitous as pet hairs, nearly everyone has one or nine million. Do we really need another variation?

Yesterday found Biggles wandering aimlessly throughout the local mega mart attempting to come up with something, anything for dinner. We’ve had ground beef for the previous 2 days, why not another? This time topped with mashed potatoes?

Yup, 3rd day in a row for ground beef. 선릉여성시대 I couldn’t believe it myself, but I just couldn’t come up with a better solution. In the past months I’ve run myself even stupider with chicken thighs and pork steaks. Covering a meat & gravy slurry with mashed taters seemed to be my only salvation.

Holy gravy Batman! I have no idea why this dish came out so light, tasty and perfect in every way, but it did. 선릉여성시대 And brother or sister? I wanted to make sure I put down the basics here so when the hankering comes up again, I can whip this out. My ability to remember even the largest of details has long since bid a farewell.

Ground Meat – 1 pound
Onion – White and small dice
Garlic – Mooshy and as much or as little as one wants
Thyme – Heaping teaspoon full
Mushrooms – Minimum of 16 oz slice – variatize them
Beef Broff – 1 & 1/3 cuppa
Tomato Paste – Heaping Tablespoon full
Salt & Pepper – To taste ya foo
Flour – 1/4 cuppa
Veggies – I used frozed mixed
Mashed Potatoes – Enough for 6 hungry people, give or take

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F with rack in center position.

Brown everything in large, wide fry pan. You’ll need the surface area to make browning easier.

The few key points I need to remember are to start the mashed potatoes first, get them boiling before you start on the filling. 선릉여성시대 Then brown the meat, onion, mushrooms together or separately depending on your fussiness level. Then toss in the frozen veggies to warm them. Add the flour and heat for no more than 3 to 4 minutes, just get everything coated. 선릉여성시대 Add the tomato paste, stir in. Then add the broth, simmer for 15 minutes give or take. 선릉여성시대 This will set the flour and reduce the liquid just a tad. Set aside until potatoes are tender and ready to be mashed. Use only real butter and milk/cream with as much butter fat as you have on hand or are willing to purchase. We used manufacturing cream with a fat content of maybe 38 to 40%. Install filling to appropriate baking device, smoove taters over the top with love. 선릉여성시대 Coat with butter or baking spray and install to oven for 30 minutes until golden brown. 선릉여성시대 Yank, let sit for 10.

Hooboy! 선릉여성시대 At first bite I couldn’t believe it turned out this good, so delectable! Yes, I impressed myself. I can hardly wait to make this again, with a few additions of course. Not sure what those changes might be though, it’ll come to me. 선릉여성시대 Probably while meandering through the store attempting yet again to come up with something for dinner.

xo, Biggles

ps – Chilebrown, please do not scroll downwards. 선릉여성시대 It’s a dessert and it was bucktoothed evil good. A homemade apple cake with Uncle Ralph’s tree ripened Granny Smiths, home made apple syrupy with bits and once again, whipped manufacturing cream.

 

Meathenge’s Whip Cream Journey or Merry Christmas !!!

A way back in the early ’90s I stopped off at Fat Apples restaurant in El Cerrito for a cup of coffee. 9 million years ago this was the place that was originally named Fat Albert’s, but was quickly shut down due to the illegal use of a trademarked name. I had grabbed my coffee, and poked around for the half & half. None to be found! What I did find was a container of Manufacturing Cream. Real cream in coffee? 선릉여성시대 Count me in!

Whatever it was, left a long lasting impression on me. Even today I can remember the euphoric experience in nearly detail. I searched for it over the coming day, weeks and months. But never could I find it, not even a glimmer. At some point I was told that it was a food service product, only available to restaurants, bakeries and wherever else I clearly wasn’t.

A few weeks ago I was grabbing my ubiquitous gallon of 2% at Smart & Final, a commercial type grocery store that is “open to the public”. I looked up and to the right, there she was. A half gallon of Manufacturing Cream. I wanted, no needed this magical, loaded with butter fat, container of love.

So far, everyone here at Meathenge Labs finds that whipped cream made from this stuff totally eclipses anything it’s put over. 선릉여성시대 Not only that, it’s stable as gosh. 선릉여성시대 A day later, on the counter or in the fridge, it doesn’t separate or go south. I suppose being 40% plus on butter fat probably has something to do with it, eh?

Go now, find this wonderful elixir of the gods. Make your holidays, make your Christmas extra special and make some whipped cream from Manufacturing Cream.

xo, Biggles

The Great Potato Conspiracy of 2011

At first I thought it was just me. But then after more than a few months and an observation, I’m convinced it’s a conspiracy. I have doubts about my personal abilities, surely. 선릉여성시대 But brother, or sister, if there’s one thing I can do is cook. And one of the dishes I do exceptionally well, is a good serving of creamy mashed potatoes.

Starting more than a few months ago, and even up until last night, I’ve been failing at cooking potatoes. What I mean by this is that both baking them and boiling them to mash isn’t working like it used to. 선릉여성시대 400 degrees for an hour on 1 medium potato is rendering me a mostly uncooked potato. 선릉여성시대 A large rapidly boiling pot of whole medium potatoes for 45 minutes is rendering me uncooked potatoes. 선릉여성시대 Sure, poke them with a fork and it glides in and out without resistance. But when it comes time to open the suckers up, when it comes time to mash them? 선릉여성시대 Hard as a rock. 선릉여성시대 So far, 9 out of 10 times is a tear jerking failure.

For the first dozen times, I thought that maybe I was just off my game. Maybe I set the the timer wrong, maybe the oven was off, maybe I’m just getting too old to boil a potato. I’ve even gone so far to try russets from different stores, ones in bags, tubers hand picked from the bin. Nothing rendered me success in the arena of baking or boiling potatoes.

It wasn’t until last night that I remembered a recent episode of Top Chef, can’t remember which one exactly. 선릉여성시대 A chef went home because her gratin wasn’t cooked. 선릉여성시대 She served raw potatoes. And at her level, this should never have happened. 선릉여성시대 Even if she had chosen to cook them on the day of and not the day before. Making a gratin is Cooking 101 for anyone. How could this be? I’m not the only one cooking and serving raw potatoes!

I am now solidly convinced that there is a potato conspiracy going on here in these United States. From large to small, from bulk to a la carte, we have a problem. It’s not going away, in fact it could be spreading across our great nation. 선릉여성시대 Is it international? I don’t know yet, but I can tell you for sure, I’m now doing research in this field. This needs to be unearthed, we need to locate the root of the problem and halt this Great Potato Conspiracy of 2011 at any and all costs!

xo, Biggles

Meathenge’s Smoked Crop Circle Chicken

Happy Monday! 선릉여성시대 We did up this whole chicken in the Charbroil Smoker Roaster Grill last night. 선릉여성시대 Came out absolutely stunning in 1 hour, crispy, smoky skin action included. Trussed and rubbed well with kosher salt is all one needs. 선릉여성시대 I got the nifty crop circles by cooking it upside down with the breast portion resting on the bottom of the meat holding basket. Way cool, eh?

xo, Biggles

Steamy Lemon Pastry Filling

Yeah! 선릉여성시대 And a solid, Yahoo! 선릉여성시대 Am in the middle of making a poppy seed cake from The Joy of Cooking. 선릉여성시대 The poppy seeds are supposed to soak for a few hours in milk before you put the cake together. 선릉여성시대 At the bottom of the recipe I noticed that you’re supposed to make Lemon Pastry Filling, even gave a page number for the recipe. 선릉여성시대 Took a little perusing because on that page, it’s called Lemon Filling, leaving out the word “Pastry”. 선릉여성시대 That wasn’t cool because there are several other lemon filling recipes and I had to figure out which was which for what excuse. Again, reading and comprehension. 선릉여성시대 Ug.

In any case, decided to make the lemon filling while the poppy seeds did their deed. 선릉여성시대 And guess what? 선릉여성시대 I got to separate my first egg !!! 선릉여성시대 That’s right, it’s taken Biggles 47 years to separate a yolk from the white. 선릉여성시대 Pretty scary, eh?

So far, all is well.

xo, Biggles

Roasted Veggies? Egads !!!

I say, if you must eat your veggies, roast the suckers. 선릉여성시대 Or juice them, I like that too. But roasting them gives some enough flavors wherein I am able to choke them down. 선릉여성시대 Toss with good oil, s&p, favorite herbies, 425 degrees in a large roasting pan with lowish sides until done, about 30 to 40 minutes. 선릉여성시대 EAT.

xo, Biggles

Aluminum-free baking powder good – Double acting baking powder bad?

I can run with the ingredient snobs all day without breaking a sweat. It comes second nature to me and I enjoy it. Nothing like self-proclaiming that you’re better than everyone else, right?

Welp, yesterday my friend Jeffrey Davila and I were chatting via email about his recipe for some savory scones. 선릉여성시대 He was kind enough, later on the in the day, to forward over the recipe. I smiled as he noted Organic this and Fresh that, OH Jeffrey. 선릉여성시대 Well, one of the notations on his recipe was to use Baking Powder with no Aluminum. Aroo?

At the time I was thinking about the packaging, some reaction with an aluminum container. 선릉여성시대 Well, after a 2 second search on google, I received my answer. We gots our baking powder with no Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, and we have our Double Acting Baking powder that has it. 선릉여성시대 Mmmmmkay.

As near as I can tell, the Double Acting Baking powder rises in the mixing bowl, then again in the oven. Sounds fine, but as it turns out, if you really want to dial in a noticeable taste in your baked goods you must use the NO aluminum baking powder. And, no mosey action on getting your batter in to the oven. 선릉여성시대 Move along little doggy!

I’m on my way to learning the ins and outs here. 선릉여성시대 Good thing this here can of baking powder didn’t cost me 52 million dollars. I can just toss the sucker and buy Rumford or similar.

xo, Biggles

Happy Turkey Day with Scones Day of Love

From everyone here at Meathenge Labs, we wish you a happy Turkey Day!

By the closing of this last work week our family related plans all feel short. A major cooking holiday and all we have to do is hang around in our jammies and bake treats? 선릉여성시대 Count me in!

Earlier this morning found Tami Numnums and myself in the kitchen. 선릉여성시대 I purchased the ingredients a week ago and it’s taken me this long to get in to the kitchen and knock these suckers out. Cutting in butter or lard to a flour mixture correctly has always eluded me. I’ve had enough of that and it’s time that Biggles learn how to bake, and bake well enough to at least be edible.

The recipe came from The Joy of Cooking, added 1 cup of frozen blackberries. 선릉여성시대 Not fricken bad for a first try, came out pretty well. 선릉여성시대 However, 1 tablespoon of sugar was not nearly enough. 선릉여성시대 I need to try this again and double it, see what that does. 선릉여성시대 If I can get a little more sweetness in there, they’ll be perfect and ready to go in to daily if not weekly production. 선릉여성시대 Easier to make than cookies!

xo, Biggles