Made Egg Nog


"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
--
Hamilton Wright Mabi
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Cooked Beef Kidney, Liver, And Heart


“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls. He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods' roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.”
--James Joyce, Ulysses
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Carved A Turkey


"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues."
--Cicero
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Baked A Pumpkin Pie


"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie."
--
Jim Davis
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Cooked Brussels Sprouts And Bacon


"We kids feared many things in those days - werewolves, dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School - but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.”
--
Dave Barry
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Cured Bacon


“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”
--Thomas Jefferson
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Mixed A Martini


"I am prepared to believe that a dry martini slightly impairs the palate, but think what it does for the soul."
--
Alec Waugh
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Made Espresso On A Stove


"Espresso is to Italy, what champagne is to France"
--Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
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Cooked A Flintstone Chop


Fred Flintstone: I know what you're going to say. I don't know anything about all of this, right?
Wilma Flintstone: Right!
Fred Flintstone: Has that ever stopped me from being an expert before?
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Butchered A Whole Cow

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“If skill could be gained by watching, every dog would become a butcher.”
--Turkish Proverb
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Cooked A Dozen Eggs A Dozen Ways

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"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
--
Bernard Meltzer
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Made Beef Jerky

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"Beef jerky time!"
--
Eddie Murphy as Billy Ray Valentine in Trading Places
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Made A Beer Can Chicken

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"It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken."
--
Frank Perdue
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Baked A Paleo Lasagna

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Elaine (grabbing Puddy): What are you doing?
Puddy: It's a long flight, Elaine. I had to get on with my life.
Elaine: By making time with some floozy across the aisle?
Puddy: Yeah, that's right. Well, what's going on over there with you and, uh, vegetable lasagna?
Elaine: This guy? He's an idiot. he doesn't mean anything to me.
Passenger (heretofore known as vegetable lasagna): I can hear you.
--from the Seinfeld episode The Butter Shave
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Brewed Beer

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"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer."
--
Abraham Lincoln
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Made Chicken Stock

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"Only the pure in heart can make a good soup."
--
Ludwig van Beethoven
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Made Sticky Rice

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"If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn't have given us grandmothers."
--
Linda Henley
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Poached Fish

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“Finding a white wine suitable for cooking is more of a problem, I think, than finding a red. In whites, you are looking for a full-bodied dry wine that will not sour your sauce. The French Mâcon is my choice, but where do I find a reasonably priced bottle here?"
--Julia Child
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Smoked A Beef Brisket

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"Ah, will you look at this ah? The boys of Queens are in the market for some brisket!"
--
Ari Gold (as played by Jeremy Piven), from the Entourage episode Return of the King
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Brewed Coffee With A Chemex

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“With the Chemex, even a moron can make good coffee.”
--Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, PhD (inventor of the Chemex Coffeemaker)
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Baked A Deep Dish Pizza From Scratch

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"I make myself pizza if it comes down to that drastic measurement."
--
Corey Haim
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Grilled Baby Back Ribs

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"Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."
--
Mae West
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Made A Bacon Weave

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“Pork chops and bacon, my two favorite animals.”
  --
Homer Simpson
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Made Ginger Ale

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Ishmael: Okay, you want to bowl for some big money, eh? But I'll lose my entire bonus check because I'm so *bombed*.
McKnight Bowl Bartender: You get that way from ginger ale?
Roy: Nah, he was sniffing glue in the parking lot.
  --From
Kingpin
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Cooked With A Pressure Cooker

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“Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you no man ask for.”
  --
Queen & David Bowie, Under Pressure
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Made Croutons

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"Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread to begin with."
  --
George Carlin
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Made Baklava

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"Say what you wish, it’s yours!  True dish!  How about a little more baklava?"
  --The Genie,
Aladdin, “Friend Like Me”
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Made A Shooter's Sandwich

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“Too few people understand a really good sandwich.”
  --
James Beard
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Made Catfish Po' Boy Sandwiches

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“The most important thing is that everyone comes from somewhere, and everyone has a story.  When you understand the story and where the food comes from, you can cook it with more authenticity and soul.”
  --
John Besh
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Made Flan

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"I’m sorry because I’ve always been your biggest flan." -- Jim Halpert
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Grilled A Deep Dish Pizza

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Today, Patxi’s had a special fundraiser.  10% of all their proceeds would go towards the JCCCNC for the Northern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.  So, we decided to buy a half baked deep dish pizza, fire up the barbeque grill and cook the pizza on it.
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Made A Shakin' Jesse

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  After the parade and the corned beef and cabbage, it was time to celebrate the actual day. 
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Prepared Corned Beef And Cabbage

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On Tuesday nights, we have a weekly dinner with friends, and since St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away, tonight was corned beef and cabbage night. 
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Infused Liquids With Flavor

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I’ve always seen those cool looking bottles in the store with stuff in oils, and I’ve always wondered if I could do something like that. 

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Made A Paleo Friendly Pizza Crust

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If you are unfamiliar with the Paleo Diet, it’s “a way of eating that best mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors - lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.” 
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Cooked Fish And Chips

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Fish and chips are easily one of my favorite foods.  So, it’s a little surprising that I had not ever made them before.  I got this recipe from Alton Brown.  To me, fish and chips should only be made with beer batter.
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Made Cake Pops

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At SereniTea House, they make these delicious sweet treats called cake pops.  A cake pop is a mini cake truffle in a candy coating, served on a stick (like a lollipop).  They are a perfect bite of sweet deliciousness. 

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Cooked Honey Walnut Prawns

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Chinese New Year was on February 3, but because of a few scheduling conflicts, we were unable to have a family dinner until tonight.  I volunteered to make one of the dishes, Honey Walnut Prawns. 
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Surprised My Wife With A Four Course Meal

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I love my wife, even more than the television program Lost and the San Francisco Giants.  Although the naysayers will call Valentine’s Day a Hallmark holiday, I don’t care.  It’s an excuse to treat each other extra special, and if you want to, you can make it really fun.
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Hosted A Fondue Party

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The French word “fondue” is the past participle of the verb “fondre”, which means “to melt”.  Although the first known fondue was created in 1699 (called “Käss mit Wein zu kochen” or “to cook cheese with wine”), it became a Swiss national dish in the 1930’s as a way for the Swiss cheese industry to increase cheese consumption.

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Cooked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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I nabbed this recipe from Chef John Besh’s cookbook, My New Orleans.  I knew the cooking time was over two hours, so I decided to do a bunch of prep work the night before.
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Baked A Rhubarb Pie From Scratch

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Rhubarb pie is my favorite dessert.  Rhubarb has a unique tartness that when combined with a flaky crust and a little bit of sugar tastes absolutely amazing.  Now, I’m not much of a baker, but I decided that when it came time for me to do some baking, this was an easy choice. 

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Steamed Lobster Tails

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I enjoy cooking, but one of the things I’ve never done before is prepare lobster tails.  I found out that it’s not that difficult, and it tastes delicious.  J bought a few wild lobster tails from Costco earlier in the day, and I was tasked with preparing them. 

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