Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Salt Lick and Bison Ribs

  Headed out for a day of badly needed R&R, spent the morning touring a local Hindu temple, which is right down the road from famed BBQ joint The Salt Lick. We haven't been to the Driftwood location since the Round Rock location opened, so some years.
 I saw a picture of bison ribs on the Salt Lick Facebook page, and knew I had to try them.  Bison is one of my favorite meats. It is juicy and not much in the way of fat, although that does tend to make it a bit tougher than beef. It does not taste like beef, not really, it has a distinct taste all its own.
 The Salt Lick bison ribs come on a choice of three plate options, bison rib and brisket, bison and beef ribs, and just a bison rib. The usual sides accompanied the meats, the Salt Lick's versions of potato salad, beans and cole slaw. White pull apart bread, pickles and white onion wedges on the side. I went for the bison beef rib plate.

 The bison rib was a bit small, but I expected that, since I figured they would be using cuts from younger animals. First bite was salty, because of the dry rub they use. A bit tougher than beef, but the taste was marvelous, rich and just a hint of gaminess. There was little fat, just enough to flavor the meat, and deliciously smoked. As always, a fabulous turnout from the Salt Lick pitmasters. I highly recommend the trip out to give them a try.    

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Farmer's Market Haul!

 Went to pick up our CSA box at Funkytonk Farmer's Market this morning, and pimp out some sourdough bread. With the sale/barter of bread, all this was picked up for about $40. All organic, the meat is free range as well.

Friday, October 11, 2013

 Having joined a CSA, I have been way too busy creating food porn to post about it, but I will try to be better about that, as I have some pretty spectacular things coming out of the kitchen right now.

More to follow soon!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nanner time!

 What to do with a giant $2.00 banana bag? Nanner chips! Nothing but bananas, sliced and dehydrated.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There's always time for cake

 A break from bakery remodeling to make a birthday cake for a friend. I'll be doing another for someone different later this week. Busy days!

 Devil's Food with Capt. Morgan's Black chocolate buttercream. Outstanding!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Relaxation Risotto

So how many people do you know think that making risotto is a good way to relax on a Sunday afternoon?

 Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto. 

 I had some homemade chicken broth, and several partial bags of rice that needed to be used up, so it seemed like a good recipe for it. Throw in some onions and baby Portabellas, stir constantly for 45 minutes, while adding broth a ladle at a time and you've got risotto. Top with some fresh grated Parmesan, and feed to the hungry household. It was a hit with everyone, definitely a keeper.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A terrible confession....

 I have a confession. I have a problem. A liking, a fondness, even maybe an addiction, of sorts. Is it drugs, you ask? No, I'm too old, did all my drugs in my youth like you are supposed to. Alcohol? Nah, I seldom drink, maybe 3-4 times a year. Sex? Well, maybe, but no, not that either.

So what is it, you are asking yourself? What is this horrible secret I have carried for years and years? What is this thing, this monkey on my back, that I am finally willing to face, and put out there for all to see?

The faint at heart, look away now............

.....the horror, the horror.......
Mashed potatoes. Specifically, INSTANT mashed potatoes. Any kind, most any flavor. Expensive, cheap, doesn't matter, as long as it is instant potatoes.

 So what's the big deal? Well, I'm a chef, and I am also a supporter of non-GMO crops and Slow Food. And I have this horrible addiction to a plastic-like food substance.

I love them. I love them so much, that if I have a box, I will eat them every day, sometimes every meal, until they are gone. Breakfast, lunch and supper. Instant mashed potatoes. The Devil. Evil, evil stuff. How I love it. The ease of slapping some potato powder, milk, water and a little butter into a big Pyrex measuring cup, and nuking for 2 minutes. The wallpaper paste texture. The patently artificial taste. I love it all.

 My favorite meal is a mound of instant potatoes, some sort of veg, like peas or corn, layered with shredded BBQ meat of some sort. Maybe a little cheese if I feel like it that day/meal. Quick, easy and oh-so good!

 So you are sitting there thinking, 'So make some mashed potatoes, what's the big deal?' The hassle. The peeling, the chopping, the cooking. All of it. When I'm in the middle of a busy day at the bakery, this fast food abomination takes little time to fix, not too much longer to eat, and I can be on with my day. Yes, I know they are bad for me. But I still love them, and I will most likely continue eating them until I can't eat them any longer. Pray for me.