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McClards Bar-B-Q

McClards Bar-B-Q by joespake
McClards Bar-B-Q, a photo by joespake on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Dinner at McClard’s Bar-B-Q, Hot Springs, AR – Bill Clinton’s favorite BBQ spot.

Cooking with Joe – a couple of my favorite kitchen tools

George ForemanI have owned a few George  Foreman Grills; they come in all shapes and sizes.  They are good for quick grilling lots of things:  burgers, grilled cheese, grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches, sliced eggplant and other veggies, T-bone steaks, onions, and the list goes on and on.  When you don’t want to fire up the gas or charcoal grill the George Foreman is a great stand-in.  If you have space for another kitchen appliance, forget that toaster oven and check out a George F.  One caveat.  The grills with non-removable cooking surfaces are hard to clean.  Be sure to get the removable surfaces.

If you are a bacon lover, but hate the mess; if you are a bacon lover and need your bacon fix RIGHT NOW, you need a microwave bacon cooker.

I have some more cooking ideas for you coming up soon.

  • Bacon Scented Candles – The Alluring Aroma Of “Meat Candy” (bacontoday.com)

Food Blog? Does the world need another one?

Stir fry - veggies and shrimp

Veggie and Shrimp Stir Fry

Even though it has been strongly suggested that Katy and I do a food blog, I am simply not going to go there.   Having to admin yet another WordPress blog would do me in.   Food worship  is out of control, and that worship has led to the success of  Food TV,  trendy restaurants, eating contests, food porn, and the general expansion of waistlines everywhere.

That being said, I admit to being an incorrigible foodie.  I like to eat out, especially at joints, greasy spoons, and diners [no links – if they have a web presence, they are probably not worth trying], but I really love to cook at home.  So, following a passion, I am going to give food blogging a shot with some posts here.  No restaurant reviews  ( those are on my Yelp Account), wine or food snobbery,  just an occasional post about cooking and, of course, eating.  I may talk Katy into contributing a recipe here and there, like the Hominy Casserole, that had folks contacting me to help them find hominy in their part of the world.  But she has a different approach to cooking that I do:  she measures ingredients, uses thermometers, timers, the correct utensils.  There is just no joy in that kind of cooking

I have a story about the utensil pictured above.  A wok kind of thing that’s perfect for stir fry or big sauté  jobs,  it’s from Wearever, and has been a great performer for over 10 years.  It’s from the Gormé Collection, which was introduced in the late 90’s.  If you are old enough to remember Johnny Carson‘s  Tonight Show, you probably remember frequent performances by “entertainers” Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé.  Well, Eydie became the namesake and spokesperson for the Gormé Collection.   Get it?  Gormé – Gourmet.  Brilliant!

I haven’t really thought about my future food posts yet, but  if you are into George Foreman Grills, quick egg dishes, bacon, fresh veggies, cheese, shellfish, soul food, Nutella, and hot dogs,  and you really have no use for cookbooks, maybe I will crank out something  you will find interesting.

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