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Varmint's Pig Pickin', Version 2 -- 9/4/05


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#541 Marlene

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 04:43 AM

Actually the ancho chili pepper was for me. I can't get ground ancho in Canada, and I figured I'd be able to get it in the South!

Cooking in Dean's kitchen was wonderful. For those of you who remember Dean's previous kitchen, you're going to be astounded and delighted at the new layout. It's very easy to move around from prep to cooktop to sink etc. And I love the big window by the baking prep area, even if the view is of a pink house in process. :blink:

I even had to more or less abandon my recipes and go with the look and feel method of cooking as I couldn't find a measuring spoon to save my life. I did manage to find a set of measuring cups, forlonly tucked away.

Room service has kindly delivered my gallon of coffee, which means very shortly I will be human again and ready for more tasks to be assigned.
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#542 Varmint

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 05:27 AM

I know some of you had talked about setting up a webcam. Just to let you know, I haven't had the opportunity to pick up a replacement router, so I have no wireless capability here. Thus, we may not have a webcam (and I don't have one of those, either!).
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#543 Varmint

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 05:37 AM

The first photos!

Marlene creating for the McCord family:
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The youngest L'il Varmint offering her assessment of the meal:
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This is what I got to eat! Yum!
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And for dessert:
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And away we go!!!!!!!
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#544 Malawry

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 05:41 AM

I'm leaving in about 15 minutes--car's all packed and everything. Hopefully I'll be able to buy gas easily along I-95! See ya'll soon. :wub:

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 07:20 AM

I think my wife picked up the Jello at the regular grocery store.

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That's a relief!

Given this bash's expenses, it's essential not to overspend for Jello.
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#546 Varmint

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 07:42 AM

Twelve cases of Red Hook Ales have just arrived. I'm soon off for my pig! And yes, I've decided to brine it in the bathtub again.
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Posted 02 September 2005 - 08:24 AM

For those of you who are going to be in town this weekend (sadly I have a work obligation that will prevent me from going to the pig-pickin') I wanted to let you know of some of the cool entertainment things that are going on.

Saturday night--downtown live in Moore Square
Free music--Saturday Night Special (4 ex Lyndrd Skynrd members), Little Texas, and other bands, plus beer, etc. If you are going to be down south, might as well get some southern rock' in you too! It starts early, but the bands don't usually start till 9
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Great local rock bands--these are British motorcyles and scooters
 
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Another entertainment option. In the interest of full disclosure, Jacob is my step-nephew and is studying music at UNC. Hereghty Cafe is in Glenwood Village on Glenwood Avenue, has fab desserts, coffee drinks and wine:
Hey everyone just wanted to let you all know that the Jacob Rosch Trio is off sabbatical and will return to Hereghty Cafe this saturday night from 8-11pm. The setup is Me, Jarred "EC You" Wafford, and Austin "Orgain" Johnson. I hope to see you all there.

If you can't come out to Raleigh and you'd still like to hear some great jazz I recommend you hit up Cafe Pan Vino in raleigh. Adam Peterson and his group will be playing from 10-12 pm.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 08:50 AM

Cooking eggs, cooking eggs, cooking eggs.... :biggrin:

I'll be over tomorrow bearing cooler, pepper vinegar and other items, plus eggs and deviling supplies. And a husband suitable for fetch-and-carry work.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 09:33 AM

I want to thank you all...

Thanks to the hosts, thanks to the participants, thanks to the guests, thanks to the folks that had considered canceling but are now coming anyway, thanks to the other eG'ers that can't make it, but who are contributing to this thread.

Following along, reading about the preparations, seeing the photos, feeling the anticipation and increasing excitement of this 'coming together' of good food, good fellowship, is a relief beyond words of the sadness and inhumanity we're all witnessing elsewhere.

Please keep it up, y'all. And fry a hush puppy or two for me.

:rolleyes:

#550 KatieLoeb

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 09:41 AM

You can't move the pig out of the bathtub until the Philly crew gets in tomorrow early evening. I want to see the transfer from bathtub to cooker again and I have Mummer, one of the original " Piggy Pallbearers" with me. I'm certain he'll be crushed if he can't help this time. :rolleyes: Herbacidal ought to be able to lend a strong hand too.

I'll be mixing cocktails... :biggrin:

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#551 herbacidal

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:26 AM

As far as the distance between the hotel and the house is, it's actually about 1.7 miles.  It's a great walk, flat until the very end, and you can get some decent exercise.  But as I tell people, "it's farther than you'd usually want to walk."

Travel safely, y'all.  And welcome to North Carolina!

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But is it a scenic walk or is it treacherous and/or boring?
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#552 Gifted Gourmet

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:36 AM

reading about the preparations, seeing the photos, feeling the anticipation and increasing excitement of this 'coming together' of good food, good fellowship, is a relief beyond words of the sadness and inhumanity we're all witnessing elsewhere.

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Although we are separated by great distances of land/water miles, the eGullet community is united as one family .. we care, grieve, pray, listen, and communicate about many more things than merely food here.

This week has done nothing if not solidify this 'family' and you are quite correct, Jaymes, this thread has given us a place to share our emotions and look forward to good times (such as Varmint's Pig Pickin') with hope.

Thanks for saying it so very well, Jaymes.
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#553 Tela T

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 03:15 PM

Well darn (actually #*%&@!) - Hubby and I need to cancel now - we're both in the Guard and our leaves have been cancelled to potentially support Katrina - so we won't be able to attend the pig pickin' - or see the folks -- or have any vacation until Lord knows when - so now we'll just have to wear our shirts and grill a pork shoulder and hopefully be able to longingly look at the pictures when they get posted... Have fun and be safe! :angry: :wacko:
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#554 nibbs

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 03:28 PM

Well, for those that will be there on Saturday, I'll be coming over with some popsicles from Loco Pops. Yes, gourmet popsicles. There is such a thing.

(Uhh.... Who the heck is Nibbs?)

I'll be the guy in the Krispy Kreme hat with the popsicles. I haven't posted much - But I'm excited about meeting folks from the board.

And eating.

If you are there on Sunday, ask the guy in the Krispy Kreme hat if there were any leftovers. He'll probably tell you no, but it's worth a shot...

#555 Jason Perlow

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 09:50 PM

Rachel and I landed in Raleigh this afternoon, and boy was it HOT.

So before even heading over to Casa Mccord, we headed over to Durham for some Loco Pops.


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I had the Mojito and Chocolate Chile flavors, and Rachel had the White Peach and Chocolate Orange flavors. Muy sabroso.
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#556 Jason Perlow

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 09:54 PM

Upon arriving at Casa Mccord, we scarfed some of these nice butter tarts, made by Marlene:

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I then headed toward the bathroom, where I found Varmint sitting on the toilet and throwing ice into the bathtub:

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I thought this shot was somewhat disturbing, in a Hitchcockian way. Reep Reep Reep!

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:03 PM

The crew then headed out to Crooks Cafe for a Pre-Pickin' Southern Feast.

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Hush Puppies

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Watermelon Salad

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Pimento Cheese and Pepper Jelly with accoutriments

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I forgot what this was called, but its a rice and beans dish with cheese and tomatoes and scallions on top.

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Roasted Chicken marinated with Green Tabasco Sauce

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Shrimp and Grits, the signature dish of the restaurant. This version has bacon and shrooms in it.

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Salad with beets

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Chocolate Cake

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Fudge Brownie with Ice Cream

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Not pictured is the Honey Suckle sorbet, which apparently takes a gazillion of those things to make and they have to get them along the railroad tracks in order to have enough. I mean, you cant exactly source honeysuckles from Sysco.
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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:05 PM

Ronnie and I were still feeling kinda hungry after the meal, so Varmint brought us to Time Out to get us a Chicken Biscuit, which we shared with two large Diet Cokes. We have to watch our figures, otherwise we might get fat.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:20 PM

I thought this shot was somewhat disturbing, in a Hitchcockian way. Reep Reep Reep!

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Bwah! Oh Jason that picture is priceless. I think I just woke everyone up in the house with my laughter. Hmmm. I'm now wondering where the goat is.
I know that you will be posting some terrific pictures of everyone along with all the pig pickin' food and shenanigans.
The food pictures are awesome. Marlene's butter bars look fabulous.
I know that I will be checking in this thread all weekend to keep up with you lucky people.
Have a fun and safe time everyone.

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#560 KatieLoeb

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 10:20 PM

Ronnie and I were still feeling kinda hungry after the meal...


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Yikes!! Remind to make sure I move fast enough or nail myself down. Y'all are scary!.

Edited to add:

We need to turn that photo of the pig's foot in the bathtub into the official eGullet letterhead, or sell postcards with that image on it or something. That's a very bizarre yet oddly appropriate image for the Society. I just love it.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 11:22 PM

Everything looks good so far. I hope y'all have enuf to eat at the pig pickin', yuh know what I mean ...

For your virtual dining pleasure, please click here for a nine-course Cantonese dinner. It is geographically germane, because this is food from Southern China. :wink:

Miss Marlene, ma'am, probably after this weekend, you just might become a Southern Canadian, ehh??
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#562 ronnie_suburban

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 11:25 PM

The dinner and the post-dinner "research" were both delicious. Thank goodness for diet coke :wink: :biggrin:

I really enjoyed the shrimp and grits but my favorite dish may have been the watermelon and tomato salad. :shock:

BTW, the rice dish pictured above is called Hoppin' John, IIRC.

What time is breakfast? :blink: :laugh:

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 01:41 AM

I guess the picture of the "Good Banana Pudding" from Crooks didn't come out. It was my favorite dessert of the evening, and I tasted them all. :wink: The honeysuckle sorbet intermezzo was amazing. It reminded me of my childhood desire to plant honeysuckle in the backyard of my future house. When is honeysuckle planting season, fall or spring?

It was great to meet some new friends last night, and some old ones in person.

Hey Dean, put some of those skinny green beans on the wish list for the farmers market in the morning. I think they'd go great with the short ribs. Speaking of staff meal, I'd love to make Snowangel's Tomato Phyllo Pizza for y'all. It was a huge it at PJ Shaw's bris this past Sunday, where the crowd devoured it all in record time (Steven lamented that he didn't get to bring any home). I brought the main ingredients with me, the tomatoes and herbs, we'd just need some phyllo, about four ounces mozz, and two ounces parm. The cheese needs to be scant to highlight the 'maters.

Varmint's kitchen is really beautiful and you can tell it is the heart of their lovely home. I can't wait to cook in it tomorrow with everyone else. Although my main task of the day (making the Rainbow Jello Mold) has me sequestered in the turret kitchen over the master bedroom. I'll be sure to come down at regular intervals to help with all the prep.

Oh yeah, I'm coo coo for LocoPops! :raz:

What time is breakfast? I'm up!

#564 Varmint

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:01 AM

First off, the name of the restaurant is Crook's Corner, and we were treated wonderfully. Chef Bill Smith is a very good friend of mine, so we did get to sample a couple of dishes that aren't currently on the menu.

The watermelon and tomato salad is mind-bogglingly good (great adverb, eh? :wink:). It's watermelon, tomatoes, red onions with red & white wine vinegars, some EVOO and a touch of sugar. It's sweet, it's tangy, it's oniony. It truly is phenomenal, and I'm thinking of adding it to the menu for Sunday.

The honeysuckle sorbet was a completely unexpected treat, as there aren't many honeysuckle flowers down here right now. Think back to the days of your childhood, discovering a honeysuckle bush in the woods on the other side of the railroad tracks, pulling off 3 or 4 flowers, and letting that single drop of nectar drip onto your tongue. It's a memory that had started to fade away until last night with this wonderful surprise.

The cracker plate with the pimento cheese and hot pepper jelly remains my favorite North Carolina snack. Salty, piquant, sweet, creamy, crunchy -- these flavors and textures all come together with this dish, and when you think that Bill Smith still makes this hot pepper jelly himself, well, that's the way it should be.

Jason didn't get a picture of the Figs with Country Ham and Bellevue Sauce. This is a most simple dish -- luscious tiny Turkish figs, right off the tree from a friend's house, wrapped with very thin country ham, and then drizzled with a sauce of sour cream, EVOO, mint, vinegar and mustard. I could eat dozens of these.

The beet salad also had a big lump of goat cheese in the middle. Mrs. Varmint had that along with some of Crook's outstanding french fries as her meal.

We drank a lot of Abita beer and root beer in honor of Mayhaw Man and his family. We wondered when this supply of beer would run out.

Finally, Bill Smith's first cookbook, Seasoned in the South, Recipes from Crook's Corner and From Home, will be out next month. I've had the pleasure of reading a preview copy of this book, and I encourage you to pick up a copy. It's short, it's a great read, and you can even learn how to make honeysuckle sorbet!
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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:03 AM

Geeze I'm up too at least now I am....Nice pig foot guys :blink:


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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:08 AM

Ronnie and I were still feeling kinda hungry after the meal, so Varmint brought us to Time Out to get us a Chicken Biscuit, which we shared with two large Diet Cokes. We have to watch our figures, otherwise we might get fat.

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Speaking of their figures, when I mentioned to Jason and Ronnie that they should have gotten the chicken, egg and cheese biscuit, they mentioned that that would be a bit too fattening!

Time Out has been a Chapel Hill late night instution for over 25 years. They make great fried chicken and excellent biscuits. By just pulling the meat off a fried chicken breast and plopping it on a biscuit, Time Out created a hangover deterrent better than none. And if you're hard up financially, order a bucket of bones for 2 bucks: you'll get a handful of these chicken breast bones that have more meat left on them than what you'd probably get at the local KFC!
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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:22 AM

I think my favourite dish was the cracker plate with the pepper jelly. Malawry and I agreed that we could just eat that all night and be quite content. All of the sides were good, although I didn't try the fried okra :raz: .

In fact by the time entrees were ordered, all I really needed was a salad, which I had with a lovely vinigrette dressing.


I cannot believe you guys were still hungry after all that food!
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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:38 AM

I cannot believe you guys were still hungry after all that food!

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I stood outside, shaking my head because these guys dared to eat some more.
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#569 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 07:00 AM

Jason didn't get a picture of the Figs with Country Ham and Bellevue Sauce. This is a most simple dish -- luscious tiny Turkish figs, right off the tree from a friend's house, wrapped with very thin country ham, and then drizzled with a sauce of sour cream, EVOO, mint, vinegar and mustard. I could eat dozens of these


Actually, I did, but somehow it escaped me last night when posting the photos:

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And the very good banana pudding:

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 07:22 AM


Ronnie and I were still feeling kinda hungry after the meal, so Varmint brought us to Time Out to get us a Chicken Biscuit, which we shared with two large Diet Cokes. We have to watch our figures, otherwise we might get fat.

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Speaking of their figures, when I mentioned to Jason and Ronnie that they should have gotten the chicken, egg and cheese biscuit, they mentioned that that would be a bit too fattening!

Time Out has been a Chapel Hill late night instution for over 25 years. They make great fried chicken and excellent biscuits. By just pulling the meat off a fried chicken breast and plopping it on a biscuit, Time Out created a hangover deterrent better than none. And if you're hard up financially, order a bucket of bones for 2 bucks: you'll get a handful of these chicken breast bones that have more meat left on them than what you'd probably get at the local KFC!

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The chicken egg and cheese biscuit is my favorite late-night too much alcohol snack, post a show at the cat's cradle. I just recently watched a friend gobble down two, plus a whole plate of mac& cheese. Yum!
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