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Everything posted by chileheadmike

  1. The Dish Towel

    I have about 10 or so. They always start out as nice decorative towels that my wife buys. I'm given strict instructions to not touch them, they're for looks only and if I get my grubby hands on them they will be ruined. Then in about six months, they become dishtowels.
  2. Flavored brines: What's the point?

    I do a brine for turkey every year for Thanksgiving. Basically salt, honey, bay leaf, cloves and pickling spice. Overnight brine and then smoke using pecan. Sure seems to pick up the flavor.
  3. Avocados and avocado prices

    Kroger is advertising 59 cent Haas now.
  4. Hi, I'm Danielle from Philly

    My kids love Sylas and Maddy's in Lawrence, KS. I'm sure they'd go nuts for your ice cream as well. http://www.sylasandmaddysicecream.com/ Welcome.
  5. Menus for Christmas Dinner 2017

    There was only three of us for this Christmas. My family lives in Kansas City, my oldest daughter just moved to Minneapolis. It was my wife, youngest daughter and I. I was pulling for prime rib, but my wife wanted pork loin. I rubbed it with mustard and the sage and rosemary that are still growing on my patio. Roasted over high indirect heat on the Weber with some cherry wood. Served with Yukon gold potatoes baked in mornay and some really nice green beans and some home made rolls. Loin was served with a white wine, dijon mustard and lemon sauce. Leftovers may have been better. I was wanting subs, but the store was closed so I made KA's sub rolls using an over night starter. These came out great, I was worried they'd be too tough but that wasn't the case. I sauteed onions, green peppers and mushrooms, sliced the leftover loin thinly and grilled it, finished with some gruyere. I wrapped the sandwiches in foil and baked for about 15 minutes.
  6. This was one that my wife picked up years ago. It's a super cheap flimsy design. I've always been a little afraid of it. I wanted perfectly sliced potatoes today so I tried it. It's gone away now.
  7. Slice my thumb on a mandolin. "I'll just get this potato started then I'll use the guard thingie." Wrong. Finally quit bleeding.
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Fine looking brisket.
  9. Worst cooking show ever

    I watched this show once, several years ago. They were making beef tenderloin for their workers. The tenderloins were beautiful, and they had a ton of em. They lit a fire of what I assume was mesquite, loaded the tenderloins into roasting pans with whatever they were marinated in. They put that over the fire and essentially boiled them. I couldn't watch any more.
  10. Hospital Time

    I've missed you and have been hoping you're OK. Horrific food, I'm sure it's used for motivation to leave.
  11. Seems I've recently developed a skill for ordering every server's favorite menu item.
  12. Worst cooking show ever

    Eater broke the story. I don't have a link but the original article should be there.
  13. I had one from Oregon Scientific that is completely useless. Last two times I tried to use it was for barbecued brisket. In my 225F smoker, the internal temp went from 50F to 190F in 30 minutes. I 86'd it shortly after.
  14. Alton Brown re-signs with Food Network

    I met JW at a book signing in Leawood, KS. Seemed like a very nice guy, and funny.
  15. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2017)

    Really, really bad ribs at a barbecue joint that just opened close to my work. I'm bummed out because they seem to be very nice people, and were sure working hard.
  16. Taco Bell 2014 -

    I'm really curious about this, just not enough to... you know, eat one.
  17. Taco Bell 2014 -

    Taco Bell is advertising (a lot) their fried egg taco shell taco. WTH do you have to do to an egg to make it suitable for a taco shell? Whatever it is, I ain't eating it.
  18. Worst Halloween candy

    I always hated those candies wrapped in orange and black waxed paper. I never knew what they were, only I didn't like them. I kind of liked candy corn when I was a kid. It's very rare for me to eat anything sweet now.
  19. Restaurant/Bar Annoyances

    Stupid waiter tricks. My wife and I were out, nice place. I ordered, handed the waiter my menu and then he asks "What kind of dressing would you like on your salad?" I thought that the salad wasn't included but then thought I must be wrong if he's asking me this. Yup, not included. Asked to see a manager when the bill came with the charge for a salad. Never showed. One of the few times, probably the only time, I didn't leave a tip.
  20. Chili

    I like Tabasco. It has a unique flavor that goes well with cajun food. I use a lot of other hot sauces as well, and make my own. I keep a bottle on hand.
  21. Good news. I drive between Lexington and KC a few times a year. Looking forward to stopping in.
  22. Chipotles. I picked a dozen or so red, ripe jalapenos this morning. Made a small fire using lump charcoal with a couple of chunks of pecan in the Weber kettle. I let that smoke for about 8 hours adding charcoal and wood as needed. They took on a lot of smoke but were soft and no where near dried. They're now in the oven set at it's lowest temp (170F) with the door propped open. The whole house smells like chiles and pecan smoke. I love it. The wife, not so much.
  23. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    It all looks delicious. Barbecue cooks on it's own time. It's done when it wants to be done.
  24. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    You are a dedicated man.
  25. Oxtail Soup

    I used to by a whole packer brisket for about 20 to 25 bucks. The last one cost me close to 70.