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

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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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Jason,

Your first Waffle House experience!! You have indeed led a sheltered life.

Murray Brown

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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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Ron Kaplan (Ronnie Suburban)

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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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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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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:

=R=

Ronnie's always ready to take one for the team -- that's why he's our beloved and respected Heartland Forum Host!

What fabulous looking peaches.

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This banner is like six feet long:

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RIBS!

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Biscuits by Heather Shorter (hjshorter)

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Extreme Biscuit Porn

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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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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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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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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.

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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:

=R=

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

Excuse me, I need to fall into a coma now.

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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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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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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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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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This picture sponsored by the American Heart Association:

http://www.hot-and-sexy-peaches-in-melted-butter.com

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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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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!

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

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

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

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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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