Archive for the tag “BBQ”

Joe’s Texas BBQ – A Little Slice of Hog Heaven!

Last week, a colleague and I drove up to Green Bay, WI for a business trip. I think that trip takes the cake for the furthest I’ve gone in Wisconsin since I moved to Milwaukee almost three years ago! Admittedly, I’m woefully bad at getting in the car and just driving to see all this state has to offer. It’s just so easy to stay downtown (walking distance) when you live in the heart of such a great city! However, I’m really glad we made the trip – not just for business, but also for the delicious lunch we had!

Now, it certainly would have been more fun if the trip were to see the Green Bay Packers play, but I did get to see Lambeau Field (that’s where the expo was being held).

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Once we finished the expo, rather than eat less-than-exciting catered food after the event, we decided to use Yelp! to find a local joint for lunch before making the two hour drive home. After a bit of back & forth, we settled on Joe’s Texas BBQ.

Please let it be known that having been educated in the south, I can be a bit particular about my barbecue. Okay, I can be a snob!

The minute we drove up to the small shack and walked in the door, we knew we were likely in for a real treat! The smell was heavenly! Like, stop in your tracks and just take in the aroma of barbecued meet and sauce!

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This is a no-frills place. A whiteboard menu hangs on a wall across from the door and items are erased when out of stock for the day .

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A pleasant woman stands behind the counter waiting to take your order and then checks with the chef to ensure your items are still available. Tables with mismatched chairs adorn the dining room, and a table full of silverware, napkins and various sauces sits in the corner.

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After perusing the menu and considering brisket versus pork, I decided I couldn’t pass up the pulled pork plate and the jalapeno cornbread!

Instantly, the lovely woman walked to the whiteboard and erased “pulled pork” – I had ordered the last of it! Thank goodness nobody had snuck in line in front of me!

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My road trip partner, Tyler, ordered the brisket and our other colleague, Mark (who met us in GB) tried the rib tips. Both thoroughly enjoyed their meals, although according to my colleague Mark, the tips were a bit of work to avoid the bone! He said that the flavor was worth it though!

From my perspective, the meat was so tender and tasty! I tried both the mild and spicy sauces, and neither disappointed. Although the jalapeno cornbread was dense, it was also full of flavor and delicious! I cleaned that huge plate of food! No problem.

It’s no wonder Joe’s Texas BBQ makes this claim:

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And they have several awards to back up that claim!

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If I ever find myself back in Green Bay, Joe’s Texas BBQ is a stop I’d gladly make. I know for certain I will leave with a full belly!

99 yummy posts on the blog, 99 yummy posts…

In case you missed the goofy reference, I was channeling “99 bottles of beer on the wall”.  I’m kind of excited to approach a couple of milestones: 100 posts on this blog, and 25,000 views.

I know, small potatoes for many bloggers, but this is my side project, and one with a fairly narrow scope – so, I’m not looking for thousands of views per post.  I’m quite happy with the wonderful people who take time to read about my experiences.  So, thank you!

Since I won’t be eating anything very interesting in the near-term – because I decided to endure my first full-body detox/cleanse, starting last week, and ending at the end of November (before Thanksgiving and my second trip to Clemson this season), I’ve asked folks if anyone would like to write a guest post for “She Ordered What?”‘s 100th post.

My friend, SweetPhi, offered up her talents.  She recently attended ChoppedCon in Kansas City, and I suspect she has a story or two to share about the experience(s).  😉

In the year or so since I met Phi, we’ve had some really fun and pretty cool experiences.  Also, her blog has TAKEN OFF!  She’s really spent a lot of time and effort growing SweetPhi to become a food blog that partners with some great companies, and reaches the masses. Kudos to you, girl!

Phi and I originally met through a small Facebook group she started to bring together Milwaukee food bloggers.  That’s probably one of the traits about Phi that immediately drew me to her.  We both reach out to people and we hang on to those we really enjoy.  We also support each other – whether it be in terms of daily life, special events, or on our blogs.  I appreciate Phi!

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That brings me to the latest fun event in our friendship.  On her blog, and through one of her awesome partnerships with Pig of the Month, Phi was planning an epic BBQ giveaway.  Of course, being a Southern educated woman, I HAD to comment!  I mean, BBQ is a “Southern thang”.

Fast-forward approximately three weeks, and I get this text: “Girl! Omg!!!!!!!!!!!!! You were randomly selected as the winner of the bbq giveaway!”

What?!?!

SCORE!!!!

Fast-forward another week or so, and I had a huge box marked “perishable” at my front door.

Folks, these were the contents of that beloved box!

Pig of the Month Prize Pack

Pig of the Month Prize Pack

Oh, dear gosh…can I tell y’all how extremely excited I was first to hear that I won this prize, and secondly, to SEE the prize?? My box *slightly* deviated from the description in the link above, but not much!  I received six racks of ribs (2x Memphis style, 2x BBQ ribs w/ sauce, 1x dry rub, and 1x Key West style), 2 lbs of pulled pork in BBQ sauce, 1lb of pulled chicken in sauce, and brisket! Holy pig!!!

Sadly, I had to pull these beautiful packages out from the dry ice-packed cooler that was sent to my door and put them directly into my freezer.  I kid you not…this incredible prize pack came on the first night I started aforementioned cleanse/detox.  But, rest assured, I plan to host a great party at which my friends and I will ENJOY this Pig of the Month package.  I’m confident that this will make for a wonderful meal (or two+).

So, many thanks to Phi, not only for her friendship, but also for the wonderful BBQ prize pack, and for offering to guest post the 100th post on “She Ordered What?”.  Please stay tuned for her post here, and check out her awesome blog – GREAT recipes and occasional giveaways that you don’t want to miss!

Cheers!

Ker

 

Tailgating Together: Welcome, Louisville. The ACC, and Clemson in particular, welcomes you!

While not a true “She Ordered What?” experience, I did have some terrific tailgate food on my trip to Clemson last weekend! But, let’s face it, I just want to take a little time to boast on my weekend in Clemson and show my pride for my Alma Mater!

For my first Clemson game of the season, my friends and I decided to join up for “family weekend” when the Louisville Cardinals visited Death Valley for the first time as ACC foes.

I want to commend the Cards fans for showing up in spades for the game.  There were a lot of red jerseys, shirts, etc, and a lot of Cardinals pride on campus last weekend.  We had some Cards fans in the lot in which we tailgated, and they were as lovely as Clemson fans are notoriously known to be!  Gracious and polite folks.

Speaking of gracious and polite, here is a photo of my friend and game weekend hostess, Cindy.

Pink Twins!

Pink Twins!

 

I took this shot on Friday night at my friends’ Cindy and Alan’s house.  We were preparing some of the fixin’s for the next day.

 

BBQ and bourbon!  It's how tailgating is done in the south.

BBQ and bourbon! It’s how tailgating is done in the south.

 

I had offered up over Twitter to cook while Cindy led her “Gypsy Life” (commuting between Hilton Head (the job) and Spartanburg (the house and hubby)) and Alan recovered from preparing a home to sell.  Our friend Dennis offered to pick up steaks to grill – and, a plan was hatched!  Until, I bailed on my end.  (sort of)

After Alan graciously picked me up at the airport, he and I stopped at the market on the way back to the house. I bought some pre-made salad (weak!), green beans (which we forgot to make!), Golden Delicious apples for my “favorite snack recipe“, baked potatoes, and a couple of other treats for the weekend (hello – jalapeno artichoke dip!!!).

Dennis had already arrived at the house by the time Alan and I were heading back.  When we got back, it was quickly decided that more booze just might be required – namely bourbon. Dennis is a bourbon aficionado (aka: polite snob), so I was happy to send the men to the liquor store while I took a nap!  And, they did well!  Woodford Reserve found its way back to the counter.

Our steak dinner on Friday night was fantastic!  I was so wrapped up in enjoying time with my friends that I didn’t take any pictures – but, trust me, it was delicious!

And, on Saturday, we had a great time, beginning at ~8AM (may or may not have been a bit later than planned (read: was later than planned, but I will not publicly disclose why)).  Our tailgate spot consisted of a tent, some chairs, a couple of tables, loads of food, and one really relaxed “Southern Gent”…

Alan is looking quite relaxed!

Alan is looking quite relaxed!

As evidenced above, Cindy had ensured we had Southern style pulled pork, brisket and Calabash chicken, which we shared with our tailgate neighbors.  SO GOOD!!  We also had a plethora of side dishes and snacks (again, I was remiss in taking photographs).

Then, came game time… My favorite college roommate, Bill, came by our tailgate area and offered up tickets to the West End Zone Club (catered suites with a private bar (which, after that game, I OWE HIM!!)).

 

This gives a perspective as to our vantage point during the game.

This gives a perspective as to our vantage point during the game.

West Zone Club

West Zone Club

 

In response to comments from Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, Clemson fans were “#ClemsonLOUD” from start to finish.  The atmosphere was incredible, as Clemson always is!

Pregame festivities.

Pregame festivities.

Though there were certainly some negatives to the day (losing our QB1 for several weeks, botched plays, etc), the positives far outweighed those negatives, and ultimately, the Tigers pulled off the win!  And, I would find myself without a voice for two days following that game!

Fans headed for the Gathering at the Paw - a Clemson post-game ritual.

Fans headed for the Gathering at the Paw – a Clemson post-game ritual.

Win or lose, Clemson fans have a tradition of “Gathering at the Paw” to sing the Alma Mater and show our Clemson pride!

Another wonderful weekend of fun, friends, and football in the books!  And, to those friends with whom I wasn’t able to meet up, hopefully in November!

Cheers!

Ker

“Powered by Bacon” – Bacon Bros. Public House, Greenville, SC

It’s taken me a week to write this post, and it’s a shame, because this meal was one of the most wonderful surprises I’ve had in a long time! I was back in South Carolina to visit with friends and to see my Clemson Tigers win their sixth game of the season, and we decided to grab lunch in Greenville after I landed at GSP! It was my choice – uh oh! So, I turned directly to the Yelp! app on my iPhone.

I scrolled through the list a bit, and one name stuck out to me – Bacon Bros. Public House. I’m not going to lie…it stuck out because so many of my friends, and in particular the guys I was to be meeting up with the next day, are bacon fanatics! (hashtag #BACON)

I knew that the restaurant’s name alone would inflict a little pang of jealousy! Aside from that, this fairly new establishment averaged 4.5 stars and had some very positive reviews. My friend Cindy, who was my hostess, taxi driver, and friend extraordinaire, was all in for Bacon Bros., so we headed in that direction. We were meeting up with our friend Greg for lunch on Friday since we weren’t sure if we’d be able to meet up at our tailgate the next day (Greg is a reporter for Clemson and has a pesky job that gets in the way of tailgate fun). 😉

We found Bacon Bros. Public House in a small strip mall. We would soon discover that this is a hidden gem on Pelham Road!

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We waited for a few minutes for an outside table, and for Greg to arrive. As we waited, I was able to check out a bit of the restaurant’s atmosphere. The meat locker immediately caught my eye.

Bacon Bros Meat Locker

Bacon Bros Meat Locker

It was nice to be able to see the (locally sourced!) pork, beef, etc that would be served up. Not that I’m generally suspicious of restaurants, but transparency like that really inspires confidence in my mind.

I’d also like to give shout-out to the beautiful sink in the ladies’ room. I didn’t take a picture, but it was a very nice sink/faucet.

When we sat down, we were warmly greeted by a gentleman who poured us water. His voice was so calm and sweet that I found myself (somewhat jokingly) asking him to sit down and join us! He politely declined, since he was at work, but he clearly had a good sense of humor about it.

We were then greeted by yet another gentleman (hey, this is the south, y’all!) who “threatened” to sit down and join Cindy and me if Greg didn’t show up soon. Greg did show up just moments later.

In the meantime, at my request, a third gentleman, in the form of our server, Tanner, chose a red beer for me. From start to finish, Tanner proved to be a really engaging and attentive server. He added to the overall experience in a very positive way.

Boont Amber Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Co)

Boont Amber Ale (Anderson Valley Brewing Co)

He then chose my lunch. Tanner was very cool about the whole process – not a single flinch. It was clear that he and the other gentlemen that work at Bacon Bros. not only know the menu well, but are confident in the food that’s being served.

Tanner chose what he called the sandwich that “is becoming our signature sandwich” – the B.E.T., with a side of Farro Verde.

The B.E.T. and Farro Verde

The B.E.T. and Farro Verde

Y’all, this sandwich…maybe it should be called the O.M.G. instead of the B.E.T.! The sandwich consisted of pork belly pastrami, Swiss cheese, fried duck egg, green peppercorn mayo, arugula, and yellow tomato. A fantastic combination – and expertly prepared! Note: the sandwich can get a little messy due to the runny egg yolk, but it’s worth a little finger licking to clean up!

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A close up of the B.E.T. and Farro Verde

The side is definitely not one I would have picked out on my own since it’s centered around boiled peanuts – a snack I never really developed a taste for when I lived in SC. I’m here to tell you that when boiled peanuts are mixed with field peas, tomatoes, and hominy, they are DELICIOUS!

Cindy and Greg were more than happy with their respective choices as well. Cindy chose a burger and onion rings (perfectly battered), and Greg chose the Pulled Pork Shoulder (served with waffles that have country ham in the batter!).

And, I couldn’t resist taking a piece (or two – Bacon Bros. recently increased their dessert portions – the one thing about this restaurant that I would change – revert back to smaller servings of sweets) of Orange Dreamsicle pound cake home.

Orange Dreamsicle Pound Cake (top), burger (left), Pulled Pork Shoulder (right)

Orange Dreamsicle Pound Cake (top), burger (left), Pulled Pork Shoulder (right)

I didn’t end up eating the pound cake until Sunday, and by then it was more dry than I would have liked. However, the flavor was very good – not too overwhelming with the citrus, but light and tasty.

So, in addition to being amongst great company, Bacon Bros. Public House offered fantastic service, a unique and comfortable atmosphere, and spectacular Southern style food. We all agreed that it’s a place to go back and visit.

Note to self: next time, I’m going to get one of those “Powered By Bacon” t-shirts! I should have picked one up last weekend.

And, through Twitter, I learned that my colleagues in the Greenville area had also recently discovered Bacon Bros. and frequently visit for lunch. They had been holding out on me!!!

Because this trip was planned around meeting up with good friends to see my Clemson Tigers play, here are a couple of pictures from campus.

L-R, CC: The guns!, beer and egg rolls, Shorter Porter (Frankly Good Beer Co), and my college roommate, Bill and me.

L-R, CC: The guns!, beer and egg rolls, Shorter Porter (Frankly Good Beer Co), and my college roommate, Bill and me.

It was a wonderful weekend – as time in South Carolina always is! If you’re in the Greenville area, I highly suggest finding time to make it to Bacon Bros. Public House. Have you been? What was your favorite Southern style dish?

Cheers!

Ker

She Cooked What?!?

Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to take time to visit with my most dear friends from Clemson.  Beth and I met while working in the on-campus restaurant Seasons by the Lake.  We bonded over a pitcher of Killian’s one night after working a shift together.  The rest, as they say, is history!

I was honored to be asked to serve as Beth’s maid of honor when she wed Jason in Charleston, SC. Beth and Jason have been together since they were sixteen! Therefore, Jason was a part of the package for me (and a fantastic part!), as I was for him.  They are two extraordinarily lovely people, and they continue to be one of the strongest couples I know.

They lived in Manhattan after college for ~12 years before moving to a gorgeous home in Sparta, NJ.  That’s where I went to spend a week visiting with them.

Looking back, my most vivid memory from their wedding was of me constantly chasing them around and shoving a bite of food into their mouths at each brief opportunity between the obligatory conversations with every guest who participated in the celebration!  It was my duty to help them enjoy everyone’s company, but also to ensure they enjoyed the food!

Beth was beautiful, as always. And, Jason, is a good-looking man - whether dressed up or casual.  And, I forgot how good-looking my boyfriend at the time was (back right).  He's happily married and I will always wish him and his family the best!

Beth was beautiful, as always. And, Jason, is a good-looking man – whether dressed up or casual. And, I forgot how good-looking my boyfriend at the time was (back right). He’s happily married and I will always wish him and his family the best!

Last week was a bit more of the same – keep Beth focused on doing what she needed to do (rest), and help life continue as normally as possible for her and Jason.

As always, Beth and Jason were gracious and welcoming hosts.

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Beth had surgery a few days before I arrived, and she was ordered to take things easy, rest, and not exert herself.  That’s where Jason and I came in.  We took over the household duties – including cleaning, shopping, cooking, etc.

Now, Beth and Jason are both accomplished cooks, so preparing meals for them was a bit daunting!  However, I knew that I had the old adage going for me…food tastes best when someone else cooks!

Some of my friends will recognize these recipes, and I promise it’s not that I have such a limited repertoire!  It’s really that a few of the meals I prepared have been “crowd pleasers” in the past. People often ask me for the recipes.  So…I thought I’d take a slightly different tact on this post and share the recipes of some of the food I cooked while visiting with Beth and Jason.

On Monday, when I arrived, Jason prepared grilled chicken for us.  He introduced me to his Big Green Egg  (my friend Bryan also uses the BGE to make masterful creations!), which I ended up using later in the week as well.

Breakfasts and lunches were fairly easy and nondescript, so I’ll focus on what we had for dinners.  Although, I would be remiss not to mention the Banana Bread recipe (please note that this does not take 2 hours to prepare – maybe 20 minutes!) and the Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake recipe.

Banana Bread (Food Network recipe)

Banana Bread (Food Network recipe)

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Here’s the recipe for the coffee cake: (it’s from a Holiday Baking magazine purchased at The Home Depot last year)

Here you go:
For the caramel topping:
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c heavy cream
Pinch of salt
1 c chopped toasted pecans

For the streusel:
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1/3 c all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

For the cake: (taste the batter when you’re done!!)
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c buttermilk
1/4 c low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 eggs
1 (8 Tbsp)stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 9″ round cake pan w/ non-stick spray

Stir together 3/4 c brown sugar, cream, and salt for caramel topping. Pour caramel into prepared pan and spread to cover pan. Sprinkle pecans over caramel.

Process ingredients for streusel in food processor until sandy, w/ no clumps. Set aside.

Whisk together dry ingredients for cake and set aside.

Whisk together buttermilk, yogurt and eggs in a measuring cup (w/ pour spout) and set aside.

Using a mixer, cream together softened stick of butter and sugar until combined. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Blend only enough to incorporate the dry ingredients into the batter.

Spread half of the batter over the caramel in the cake pan. Then, sprinkle with half the streusel. Repeat one more time with remaining batter and streusel.

Bake coffee cake until the center comes out clean – 50-60 min. Cool on rack for 5 min, then loosen and invert onto serving plate (while hot). Slightly cool before serving.

On Tuesday, I threw together one of my favorite snacks.  It’s a recipe I saw on “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”, and have made several times since.  It’s an easy dish to bring to a summer party.

Y'all need to try this simple snack recipe - it's so YUMMY!

Y’all need to try this simple snack recipe – it’s so YUMMY!

2-3 Golden delicious apples, sliced

Lemon juice

Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

~6 basil leaves, finely chopped

Mix lemon juice and Dijon until emulsified.  I usually use 3-4 Tbs lemon juice and ~2-3 Tbs of Dijon, but I doctor it until the taste is a nice blend of the two.  Add apple slices to liquid.  Add salt and pepper (I usually just do a quickly once around with the grinders).  Toss apples and continue to doctor the flavors to taste.  Add basil and toss again.  Serve immediately.  Keep in a Tupperware container for munching later in the week.

That evening, I made grilled Cod with mango salsa, grilled asparagus and grilled lime-pepper corn (a recipe from some friends from Corning, Inc.).  I actually made this meal again this week for my family and friend so I could get a picture.

Tuesday night

Tuesday night

The cod is simply marinated in lemon juice with salt and pepper.  I let it sit out at room temperature for 3o minutes prior to grilling for ~10 minutes (until flaky).

Grilled corn before being sauteed.

Grilled corn before being sautéed.

The corn is set directly on the grill (no husks) to give it a slight char and then I take it inside to slice the kernels off into a saucepan with a couple of pats of butter.  I then add a tablespoon (or so) of lime juice, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.  And, the asparagus was drizzled with olive oil, and salt and pepper, and then grilled for 3-4 minutes.

On Wednesday, Beth marinated the leftover (uncooked) Cod, and baked it in parchment paper.  We had leftover salsa to add to it.  We also had the apples and green beans.  It was an easy meal – but it was also after I made the banana bread and the coffee cake, so the break was a welcome one!

Thursday, I ran to Kroger (I had secured “my parking spot” at this point – lots of runs to the grocery store!) to pick up some Sockeye Salmon. Beth was going to brine it and Jason would cook it on a honey coated Cedar plank.

For dinner that evening, I made a variation of a recipe my friends and family always love.  Usually, I make it with a full pork tenderloin, but this time I used the pork chops Beth and Jason had on hand.  We also grilled up some leftover cornbread that Beth had made Monday.

Grilled Garlic Lime Pork with Onion Jalapeno Marmalade

Grilled Garlic Lime Pork with Onion Jalapeno Marmalade

Here is the standard recipe: (note: I generally try to make the marmalade a day in advance in order to let it “heat up”)

Grilled Garlic Lime Pork Tenderloin w/ Onion Jalapeno Marmalade (from a Vera Bradley cookbook)
 
The pork:
6 lg cloves of garlic, chopped
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs fresh grated ginger root
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/3 c lime juice
1/2 c olive oil
cayenne pepper, to taste
salt and black pepper, to taste
4 (3/4 lb) pork tenderloins
onion marmalade (recipe below)
 
Process first eight ingredients in food processor or blender. Place pork in large Zip Loc bag and pour marinade over pork. Marinate in fridge for a day or longer, turning occasionally.
 
Let pork stand at room temp for 30 min before grilling. Drain marinade.  Place pork on oiled grill and cook 5 min per side (20 min total).  Let stand on cutting board 5 min before slicing.  Serve with onion marmalade.
 
Onion Marmalade:
1 large red onion, sliced into rings
3 Tbs olive oil
salt and black pepper, to taste
2 fresh jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced
2 Tbs honey or sugar
4 Tbs red wine vinegar
1/4 c water
 
Saute onions in the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until softened.  Season w/ salt and pepper.  Add the chiles and saute for a minute.  Add honey and cook for a minute.  Add the vinegar and simmer until almost all of the liquid had evaporated, stirring constantly.  Add the water and simmer ~10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly.  
This can be prepared ahead of time – the longer it sits, the spicier it gets! If refrigerated, reheat prior to serving with the pork.

Here is the proof that I used the Big Green Egg!

Pork chops on the grill.

Pork chops on the grill.

On Friday, Beth asked if I would make another loaf of banana bread so they could freeze it for later.  I gladly obliged.  And, friends…I’m serious that the recipe I linked to above is a really good basic banana bread recipe. Yum!

As mentioned previously, we were set to have salmon for dinner.  Salmon is generally my least favorite fish, but this tasted more like a steak than fish.  It was not the slightest bit “fishy”! Very tasty.

Beth’s brine consisted of water, coarse sea salt, soy sauce and brown sugar.  She placed the skinned salmon in a TupperWare container.  She covered the fish with ice and added the brine.  The fish was refrigerated overnight (1 hour would be the minimum recommendation).

Then, the fish was placed on a soaked Cedar plank, coated with honey.

Brined Salmon on a Cedar plank.

Brined Salmon on a Cedar plank.

Jason grilled it up, using some additional smoking chips as well.

Since Beth was feeling a little bit better, she decided to make a side dish of Quinoa and Grits.  It was a delicious side, flavored with Pepper Jack cheese , giving it a slightly spicy kick to it.

Salmon, salad, and cheesy quinoa/grits.

Salmon, salad, and cheesy quinoa/grits.

All in all, we had a wonderful, relaxing week together.  I got some severely overdue QT with my dear friend.

Beth and me (in our "uniforms" for the week)

Beth and me (in our “uniforms” for the week)

I also got to meet their new “kid”, Buddy.  He has a very different personality than their beloved Toes Kitty, but I think I ultimately won him over!

Buddy.  He's a beautiful cat.

Buddy. He’s a beautiful cat.

We should all be lucky enough to spend a week with our best friends!  I’m so fortunate that I was able to jet over to NJ for a while and see Beth, Jason and Buddy!

And, readers… If you happen to try any of these dishes, please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you think about the meals.

Cheers!

Ker

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