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


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#601 Jason Perlow

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:19 AM

Breakfast this morning at Finch's, a local dive.

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#602 Jason Perlow

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:20 AM

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Heather cutting up some collards

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Rochelle stirring the Brunswick Stew (sans Fat Squirrel)
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#603 Malawry

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:48 AM

We're all too busy cooking to be posting, Zilla--you'll have to make do with Jason's photos for now. The slaw, potato salad and squash casserole are coming together nicely. Collards are underway. Brunswick stew is complete (YES!). Most of my MEP for hushpuppies is done, I'm just waiting for bacon fat to render. And I just heard something about bourbon pecan squares showing up...I better go investigate!

#604 Jason Perlow

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:48 AM

Dean took a number of BBQ Pig and Goat shots this morning while we were all getting up and having breakfast -- I'm about to run out and get some extra supplies at the supermarket, and I will post them in thread after I get back, but in the meantime you can view them here:

http://forums.egulle...lbum&album=1704

Here's two to start:

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#605 Carrot Top

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:56 AM

I'm not sure which one is funnier and more marvellous. The photo of the pig foot languishing in the bath or the pig flattened out laying covered with bacon as if it were getting some sort of pig beauty treatment.

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#606 zilla369

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:58 AM

. . .but in the meantime you can view them here:

http://forums.egulle...lbum&album=1704




Ahhhhh. that's better. Carry on.
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#607 Rachel Perlow

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:59 AM

That's the goat with the bacon all over it.

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 10:16 AM

That's the goat with the bacon all over it.

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Even better. :biggrin:

I am jealous of you all, and am planning on how to make my children pay for being children and being subject to children's tiredness and stress which makes me, the mother, want to keep them home quietly.

Someday when they are trying to make me feel guilty about the many wrongs I imagine I do, I will quietly intone: "Remember that Pig-Pickin'?"

Sigh.

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#609 Jason Perlow

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:21 AM

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Marlene making Potato Salad

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Joe and Sharon chopping Okra

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Okra -- in honor of our Louisiana friends

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Bacon
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Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:23 AM

Hungry.

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:27 AM

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#612 Carrot Top

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:45 AM

Beautiful. Looks like you have perfect weather, too!

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:47 AM

This is for you, Brooks!

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:53 AM

Oh my goodness. I've never seen anything like this!
Looks like you all are having so much fun.. feasting on incredible food.. thanks for sharing it with people far far away who never thought it was possible to see a pig in a bathtub :smile:

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 12:53 PM

Other than the UNC hat, everything looks amazing. Props to Varmint and everyone who made this whole thing possible.

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 01:24 PM

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#617 Carrot Top

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 01:47 PM

Now my third and fourth favorite photos are of the evil black hands reaching into the lovely pile of pork. . .and Ronnie Suburban looking gleefully excited as he reaches in with his tongs. . .

Really, this these four photos could be put together for the start of quite an exciting and strange children's book.
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Oh. And the food looks absolutely mouthwatering! :biggrin:

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 02:11 PM

Other than the UNC hat, everything looks amazing.  Props to Varmint and everyone who made this whole thing possible.

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BryanZ, the reason everything looks amazing is because the pig pickin' was headed up by a TARHEEL named Varmint!! No Dookie could pull this off ... successfully ...

Great job, Dean!! BTW, Dean, are you using Pistol Pete?

Folks, may I have one virtual order of hush puppies, please? I promise I'll share ...
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Posted 04 September 2005 - 02:42 PM

Now my third and fourth favorite photos are of the evil black hands reaching into the lovely pile of pork. . .and Ronnie Suburban looking gleefully excited as he reaches in with his tongs. . .

Really, this these four photos could be put together for the start of quite an exciting and strange children's book.
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Oh. And the food looks absolutely mouthwatering! :biggrin:

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#620 Jason Perlow

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 03:11 PM

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Come and git it!

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The merry kitchen crew: Marlene Newell, Janet Zimmerman (JAZ), Dave Scantland, Heather Shorter, Rochelle Reid-Myers (Malawry)

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Hush puppies by Malawry

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There's always room for...

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Rachel Perlow and her magnificent Technicolor mould

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 03:38 PM

As good as the food looks, (and it all looks fabulous), the most unique photo has to be the one of that pig leg in the bathtub. Priceless!

I just stumbled onto this today at the last minute, but the photos look great!

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 03:39 PM

Rachel, that mold is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen!

I am so jealous.... :sad:

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 03:50 PM

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That has to be the PURTIEST dessert my sweet-lovin' eyes have ever seen! :wub:

Have you named the various colors of the dessert? Starting from the top, I see Black Cherry, Bubble Gum, Aquamarine, Sky Blue and Cucumber. A dish this colorful could be the official dessert of the Crayola Corporation.

Say, Maggie: I'm thinking if I gas up the Fressermobile and swing by your place, we could make it to Raleigh in 12 hours or so...
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Posted 04 September 2005 - 04:26 PM

Say, Maggie:  I'm thinking if I gas up the Fressermobile and swing by your place, we could make it to Raleigh in 12 hours or so...

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Now you offer! :angry: :wink:
We can hope that there's leftover pig! I just know that the caramel cake will be gone, though.

One of my (very) few regrets about the Pig Pickin' Part One is that all the pig was gone before I emerged from the kitchen. Never got a hush puppy either, come to think of it.

Party on, good people. It looks like a rager.

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 04:36 PM

Is this a new Jello spectrum? I recall grape on the top of the one I last saw.
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Posted 04 September 2005 - 08:23 PM

This has been a wonderful weekend, with absolutely amazing food and drink, and many good friends; both old and new. Varmint and family are incredible hosts. It takes a special kind of person to pull off an event like this without completely losing it. Not only did he not lose it, but he was completely in his element, and seemed to enjoy the perilous moments as much as the easy ones.

At one point, I glanced into the kitchen and saw at least 15 people all bustling about; performing their various tasks. I turned to my wife in amazement. "Can you imagine what my mood would be if this were our kitchen?" I asked her. "It would be anything but a party," I quipped, answering my own question. She just laughed. But for Varmint, it was a moment of true bliss. My hat's off to him. He hosts with grace.

Beyond the smokey-licious pig, chicken and goat, I loved everything I stuffed into my mouth today but there were a few standouts for me. First, the hush puppies turned out by Malawry were spectacular. They were, by far, the best, most perfect hush puppies I've ever experienced. They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, perfectly golden brown and they carried a light aroma of vidalia onion. If I ever cooked anything as perfectly as those puppies, I could die happy.

The Brunswick Stew was out of this world. DtC's Squash Casserole was so rich and satisfying I wanted to sneak off with one of the pans. The okra -- both preparations -- was terrific. The collard greens, potato salad, slaw -- even the pickles, made by the Perlows (and others) -- were remarkably stand-out. Debbie's deviled eggs were just wonderful -- especially the Bloody Maries. The desserts . . . hell, I usually don't even like desserts and these left me wanting more (if I'd only had room). The banana pudding, the caramel cake, the ice cream, the coconut cake; well you get the idea. The hotel is very nice but frankly, I'm downright pissed that we don't have a fridge or minibar in our room. Leaving this shindig without leftovers was truly painful.

Thanks again to everyone who worked their butts off to make this event happen. I'm just so appreciative of the dedication and effort you laid out. Other than the leftover thing, I feel like a very lucky person right now. :wink: :smile:

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 08:53 PM

Is this a new Jello spectrum?  I recall grape on the top of the one I last saw.

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Nope, that's grape on top. The pic is just slightly off hue I guess. The jello mold was a big hit with the kids (and many adults), there was nothing left at the end of the evening. No fridge in our room either, so I've contented myself with bringing home some butter tart squares, a slice of caramel cake and some fruit tart; all conveniently packed into the box in which I had brought down pickles, herbs, cukes & arugula.

My favorite dish of the day had to be that squash casserole. Definitely one to make at home -- anyone have a link to the recipe? I'm pretty sure I've read about it on eGForums before.

And the crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, hush puppies were perfect for sopping up all the juices from the various stews -- the VD/Brunswick (DtC & Malawry); Okra & Tomato (me & Jason); Okra, Tomato, Andouille & Beans (brought by a local attendee) -- in all their juicy goodness. Of the meats I loved the goat the best, and the chicken. Yeah, yeah the pig was good too. :wink:

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I notice in this picture of potato salad in progress, that Dean had held back my prize tomato from Friday night dinner! :hmmm: :raz: And, don't you just love that Marlene dug right in with all her jewelry on? :laugh:

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I love the look of intensity on Varmint's face as he works on the meat.

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This is my favorite image. Ronnie looks like a kid in a pork-candy store! :laugh:

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 08:57 PM

Is it over? Can I sleep now?

What an amazing event! And I made it through the whole thing this time with not much more than a steam burn.

There are so many people who made this a success. Rochelle, mommy to be, who was on her feet far more than she proabably should have been, Dave the Cook, Chef de Cusine, Janet and Heather. Scott who tended the pig alone during the dark hours.

Special mention needs to go to Joe and Sharon Collins who cheerfully performed any task we asigned, from peeling potatoes, to making tea, to making store runs.

But most of all, hats should be doffed to Mrs. Varmint who remained cheerful throughout the home invasion that took place this weekend. If I could only have one friend in this world, I'd want that person to be Cella. Thank you.

We cooked, we laughed, we ate. It was wonderful. We raised a glass to Brooks and company and to all the Southern States. For us the reward was seeing everyone eat and enjoying themselves. What else did we need?

It really doesnt' get much better than this. Thanks all.

(jewellry washes, Rachel. :raz: )
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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:10 PM

Absolutely gorgeous guys. Having installed our girls at university yesterday we returned to an empty house--unusual for Labour Day Sunday. Thanks for filling the void--and then some.

And Rachel, I had to adjust my set. Looks like an Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in a mould, but please describe the flavour(s)!

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 09:32 PM

but please describe the flavour(s)!


Amazingly, it tastes exactly like JELL-O.
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