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


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#571 ronnie_suburban

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 07:58 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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I wasn't exactly hungry. It was purely research and I considered it to be a case of "taking one for the team." :wink: :biggrin:

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#572 Jaymes

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 08:03 AM

The watermelon and tomato salad is mind-bogglingly good (great adverb, eh?  :wink:). 

Finally, Bill Smith's first cookbook, Seasoned in the South, Recipes from Crook's Corner and From Home, will be out next month. 


Is that recipe in the book?

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#573 Malawry

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 08:51 AM

Is that recipe in the book?

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Yes, it is. Varmint let us take a peek through it this morning. There's also a recipe for the honeysuckle sorbet in there! Definitely on my to-buy list.

I loved the place as soon as I saw the chef was wearing a Piggly Wiggly t-shirt. :wub:

#574 VaNC

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 09:39 AM

So that is why we couldn't get a decent reservation at Crook's last night for our pre-Cats Cradle dinner. You guys were "hoggin" the place. We ended up at Acme, for a just okay meal.

I will start the banana pudding as soon as my hangover lessens....................

Drove by your house and saw that big white tent! Yeah!!!

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#575 Susan in FL

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 11:00 AM

Hi, All! It was just last night I realized Varmint's Pig Pickin' is this weekend, so I have tuned in to watch the coverage. Thanks for the photos so far, and please keep them coming for those of us who are virtually enjoying this event along with you. Cheers!
Life is short; eat the cheese course first.

#576 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 01:10 PM

Rachel and I started out this morning at the local Waffle House. Being our first Waffle House experience we decided to go with the signature dishes:

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Sausage Egg and Cheese sandwich on Texas Toast, with Scattered Home Fries "All The Way"

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#577 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 01:12 PM

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Debbie Moose and Friends making Deviled Eggs

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Chef De Cuisine Dave Scantland

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#578 porkpa

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 01:29 PM

Jason,
Your first Waffle House experience!! You have indeed led a sheltered life.
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#579 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 01:51 PM

Shortribs rubbed down for the grill

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Rochelle (Malawry) and Sharon working the Duck

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Fires 'a burnin'

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#580 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 02:09 PM

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Deviled Eggs, by Debbie Moose

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Dave the Cook shaking up some Mint Syrup

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HJShorter and Ronnie Suburban enjoying some Loco Pops

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Chickin' Pickin'

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Bacardi Anejo Highball, masterwork of Cocktails Forum Host Janet Zimmerman (JAZ)

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#581 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 03:12 PM

The 2005 eGullet Society Olympic Peach Peeling Team

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#582 jhlurie

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 03:40 PM

Your wife will probably kill you for posting that photo, Perlow. :biggrin:

Mmm, peaches.

And why does Dave always look like he's got some evil plan that's going particularly well? Are you sure that was Mint Syrup?
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#583 maggiethecat

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 03:59 PM

I wasn't exactly hungry.  It was purely research and I considered it to be a case of "taking one for the team." :wink: :biggrin:

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#584 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:02 PM

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RIBS!

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Biscuits by Heather Shorter (hjshorter)

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#585 Susan in FL

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:08 PM

This is good. I hope y'all are enjoying this as much as I am.
I'm trying to find out and remember who's who. I've got Dave the Cook, Heather, Debbie Moose, and Ronnie Suburban down pat. And, Rochelle (Malawry) and Sharon... I think, but I'm not sure which is which in that photo. Others, I don't know. Who's the good looking guy in the background of Debbie and the Deviled Eggs? (That sounds like the name of a band.)
We're fixin' to eat some pig for dinner tonight, in honor of your gathering in Raleigh. We're having spare ribs, potato salad, and kale. Cheers!
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#586 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 05:14 PM

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Jersey Tomatoes and Cucumbers, artisanally grown at the Perlow Farm

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Rochelle tending the BBQ Shrimp

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 05:52 PM

Rochelle tending the BBQ Shrimp

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OK - I need more info on this one.

Is my mouth going to water on the entire drive down tomorrow? We'll see...

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#588 Chris Amirault

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 06:29 PM

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Ohmigod.
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#589 Jason Perlow

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 06:37 PM

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A final stoke on the fire before accomodating our guest of honor

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Getting the Pig out of the tub...

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Thru the hallway and down the stairs...

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And onto the rig! Attention, the PIG IS ON THE RIG!
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#590 Malawry

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 07:53 PM

You guys are getting up-to-the-second updates here. Senor Perlow has been dutifully snapping and uploading photos as things happen from his nest near the Varmint Family Kitchen.

Snowangel, I was wearing a red shirt and a bright blue apron today.

I decided to call it a night a little early and head back to the hotel to give me and the future baby some rest. I had a great time cooking all day though--special thanks to Marlene, Dave the Cook and JAZ for extraordinary kitchen camaraderie while we muddled through the planning and execution of tonight's staff meal and tomorrow's multiple side dishes. I'm pleased to report that the VD Stew is only about an hour from completion at this point. Ya'll come hungry.

#591 ronnie_suburban

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 09:15 PM

Not surprisingly, the food was absolutely delicious tonight, as were the cocktails.

The short ribs were even better than they looked in the picture. They needed nothing more than a gentle tug to pull away from the bone -- but the tender beef wasn't mushy in the least. The ribs held the perfect amount of semi-melted fat. All in all, a terrific precursor to tomorrow's pork. The bbq shrimp were amazing -- especially served atop the delicious risotto turned out by Rachel. The biscuits were ethereal and oh-so-tasty (I had 3!!). The tomato-cucumber-basil salad was the quintessence of the season.

And Varmint produced the best Peach Cobbler I've ever eaten in my life.

After the meal, I felt like I was part of something very special when I helped carry the pig out to the cooker. Once it was in place, Mummer broke out his accordian and put the perfect ending on the evening for us. A sweet moment to be sure.

We've fested and feasted for 2 days and the main event has even happened yet. Good stuff :smile:

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#592 Marlene

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 09:18 PM

Have I mentioned that shrimp are a bitch to peel? :biggrin: Everyone worked hard today and things are looking really really good for tomorrow.


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Posted 03 September 2005 - 09:18 PM


Rachel and I started out this morning at the local Waffle House. Being our first Waffle House experience we decided to go with the signature dishes:

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Jason you are a brave man, most people I know don't go past scattered, smothered and covered. Not only that, most people don't eat at the Waffle House sober! Dean why did you not take them to Finch's?! Sigh. Did you play "the Waffle House Song" on the jukebox?
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#594 Varmint

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 02:55 AM

Help!!! If you read this and can get to my house, I need wood! My supply is very, very dry and has burned too quickly. We'll be able to supplement with charcoal, which is not a problem at all, but I'd really like to get some hardwood to burn.

Thanks!
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#595 Varmint

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 03:20 AM

Shoulders just went on the same cooker as the pig. It's a little crowed, but that'll have to do to save us some wood. Don't worry, folks, this is just a slight inconvenience that is easily solvable!
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Posted 04 September 2005 - 05:35 AM

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Please tell me I was the only one gullible enough to click the link to visit Perlow's Pornographic Peach Paean. Please.

Were these peaches thusly drenched to make Varmint's peach cobbler? The fruits looked so lovely, all they needed was an oatmeal-based crust, some cream and (Gasp!) a sugar-substitute to make a delicious cobbler that even a diabetic could enjoy!

C'mon, Varmint--you're a Ph.D. in the life sciences. Git yourself into the lab and whip up a peach cobbler that even the Fress Man can enjoy!
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#597 Holly Moore

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 06:01 AM

Shoulders just went on the same cooker as the pig.  It's a little crowed, but that'll have to do to save us some wood.  Don't worry, folks, this is just a slight inconvenience that is easily solvable!

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I have visons of one of those old time westerns where the locomotive is running out of wood so they begin tearing apart the railroad cars one by one to keep the fire stoked. My only advice, Varmint, burn the dining room table for last.
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#598 Varmint

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 07:06 AM

Wood has been found!!! Thank goodness for fantastic next door neighbors!
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#599 Fresser

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 07:10 AM

Wood has been found!!!  Thank goodness for fantastic next door neighbors!

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This can only mean one thing: Varmint's dining room table is safe. For now...
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#600 zilla369

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:08 AM

C'mon, y'all....it's NOON and the only word from Raleigh is a plea for wood? Get busy posting! I'm trying to live vicariously here. Damnit. :angry:
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