Category Archives: food

Late Night Pleasure

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One of my favorite hobbies would definitely be cooking. I love the process and preparation required to put a meal together than balances flavors and textures. I can be somewhat of a food snob (as my wife likes to point out), but I can’t really help it. Once I was bitten by the epicurean bug there was no turning back.

Tonight I’m partaking in one of my favorite cooking methods-smoking. I’ve fired up the smoker and put 30lbs of beef on it to feed a group of 120 people tomorrow. There’s something about the long process of this preparation that speaks deeply to me. Tending the fire. Anticipating the outcome. The smoke covered clothes. Waiting anxiously for the tough cut of meat to yield to the heat and become tender. I love it. Every second.

Arborlawn UMC, where I serve, holds a series of Lenten concerts and lunches leading up to Easter. They feature various musicians and music types that highlight the preparation of Lent that looks toward Easter. What better reason to fire up the smoker?!? (really any reason is a good reason…I’m not picky).

So, I will dutifully tend the flame and guard the meat through the night to feed the hungry masses tomorrow. It’s a labor of love. And I love every bit.

So, if you are in or around Fort Worth tomorrow I encourage you to come by at 11:00 am for some music and grub. Take it as a mid-week pause and breath (and bite).

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The Taste of the Holidays

I love seasonal flavors.  I love trying out new things when cooking.  I also love Thanksgiving for many reasons including the previous two.  This year for Thanksgiving I had a new toy to use in the kitchen, the immersion blender!  Being the big nerd that I am, I’ve always wanted an immersion blender at my disposal for quick sauces and soups.  We received one from our wedding registry recently and put it to use almost right away on a delicious Butternut Squash Soup.

soup de jour

 

Sorry for the blurriness, modern cameras aren’t yet able to capture the soup in all of its grandeur.  Anyway, this soup was really easy to make.  It was very hearty with some sweet notes coming from the cinnamon.  It’s adaptable so that if you are a fan of creamier soup you can add more cream, or if you like sweeter soup you can add more cinnamon or even some sugar.  It was great heated up the next day too.  If you make a surplus you can freeze it and it’ll keep for at least 2 months.

Butternut Squash Soup

2 medium Butternut Squash

1 large onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger

1 tbsp. fresh ground nutmeg

1 1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon

3 tbsp. olive oil

3 cups chicken broth

1 cup heavy cream

Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and pulp.  Brush the squash with 2 tbsp olive oil and arrange on a roasting pan.   Roast in oven for 45-60 minutes at 400° or until the meat of the squash is tender.  Remove the squash from the oven to cool.  Once cool scoop out the meat and discard the skins.  (This can be done in advance and stored in an air tight container in the fridge.)  In a large saucepan saute the onions, ginger, and celery with the remaining olive oil.  Add the broth and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the roasted squash into the simmering mixture and stir until the soup begins to come together.  Add the fresh nutmeg and cinnamon.  Using an immersion blender blend the soup to desired consistency.  I like a really smooth soup, but some like theirs a little chunky.  If you do not have an immersion blender you can still use a regular blender to make the soup.  Transfer the soup to a blender and blend in batches.  Be sure to burp the lip before blending to avoid a heat explosion (then you’d have to start over).  Once blended and back in the saucepan you can add the cream to attain your desired creaminess.  Season with salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.  Enjoy.

It makes a delicious appetizer or cold day soup.  Enjoy. 

Let me know if you try it or have variations that work well.

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Turkey Time!

Smell that?  It smells like leftovers galore!  Turkey Day is right around the corner and I’m especially excited about this year’s annual feast for a couple of reasons.

1) It’s the first Thanksgiving Lindsey and I will have as a married couple.

2) Being recently married means that we have a hoard of new kitchen appliances at our disposal to use for this special occasion.

3) The brother is traveling up from Mansfield to share in the festivities.

4) The Saturday after Thanksgiving is the 2nd annual Turkey Bowl.

I’m trying to step my turkey game up this year.  I’ll probably attempt to brine the bird.  I’ve read and watched up on how to properly carve the bird, and how to truss the bird.  I’m making a homemade stuffing and a butternut squash soup. 

If you’re new to the blog or don’t know me very well then I should tell you that my favorite hobby is cooking for people.  This is the perfect holiday for me.  That being said, if anyone is in the DFW area and is looking for some food on turkey day you are more than welcome.  I’ll be sure to post some pictures.

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Mmm

Tonight is going to be good. 

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken; Bacon Jalapeno Mac n’ Cheese; what…you need more?

Pictures will follow.

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Free Ice-Cream!!

Nothing would have made my heart leap than those words when I was a child.  It still has an effect on my today.  Today is Cold Stone Creamery’s Biggest Ice Cream Social” day.  Today from 5:00pm-8:00pm they will be giving away free 3 oz. servings of their two newest “creations”, which are concoctions of ice cream and mix-ins.  The two creations that they are giving away were created by two children in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  I’m guessing their wish was to have a Cold Stone Creation all their own and Make-A-Wish and Cold Stone made it happen. 

I’m going to get my free ice cream at 5:00pm at the Cold Stone in the Arlington Highlands.  Wanna join?

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Lend me your opinions

One of the many hats I wear as the youth director at FUMC Euless is one of a vending machine manager.  That’s right.  How many TCU grads do you know of that can sport their own vending machine key?  Not many; that’s for sure. 

Anyway, I’ve tried my best to put stuff in the machine that people would actually like and would buy before it expires.  I’ve noticed that certain things sell better than others (people love Welch’s Fruit Snacks).  I’ve tried the healthy route (energy/nutrition bars) and the typical non-healthy traditional route (snickers & potato chips).  It is my observation thus far that people still like the traditional vending machine fare as opposed to the healthy route. 

So, if you wanted to buy something out of a vending machine what would you be most inclined to purchase?  Lend me your suggestions.  I’m due for a Sams’ Trip in the near future and will use what you tell me as an aid in my quest for the world’s best vending machine selection. 

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I’m caving

So I have had a number of friends produce listsof things they wish to do in life.  I’ve always had a list of things I want to accomplish/experience in life floating in my head.  It seams like a good idea to put it in writing, or typing, or web-coding, or whatever you want to call this.  The list will be updated and added to and if this blog is still up and running by the time the list is completed that will be incredible.  Anywho, without further ado… Continue reading

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Dirty Love

This past Friday was a good day.   My friend, Matt Skains, and I took the day to simply enjoy the day.  It was a beautiful day outside and we found ourselves inside watching the television early in the day.  We were watching the Food Network because I love food…alot.  As we were sitting there our stomachs began to call out simultaneously.  We were in desperate need of some sustinance.

I had heard good things of this little burger joint in the Stockyards and thought that it was time for me to venture that way.  What was soon to changed my perspective and raised the bar for future burgers that come into contact with my taste buds.  Continue reading

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Update on the Burrito Project

The Fort Worth Burrito Project meets at 2:00pm Sunday afternoons at Trinity Park in FW (W 7th St & Stayton St).  Unfortunately I am busy on most Sundays and by most I mean all.  Hopefully there will be a few where I am able to make it out there though.  This sounds like an awesome thing.

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‘Cause Mama said share

Have you ever been hungry?  Doesn’t it always seem like food tastes the best whenever you are the most hungry.  I’ve also heard that food also tastes better when it’s free.  Free food when you’re really really hungry must taste amazing then.  Makes sense right?  So what about those that are really hungry and have no food?  I happened upon something today called the Burrito Project.  It’s more of a movement than an organization Continue reading

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