Photo Fri-YAY! 7.24.2015 – The Beer Gardens

July 23, 2015

Grandpa's Tomatoes
My grandfather was a gardener. I didn’t really see him that much because he lived in Pittsburgh, and I grew up in Las Vegas, later moving to California. Despite that, his essence was always understood – he was a World War II Navy Veteran, and and avid gardener. He was in radar in the Navy. He was on ships. He had a sword hanging in his bedroom that was a bayonet to be attached at the end of a rifle. At the time, I was 11 years old, totally into the Thundercats, and would pretend that I was Lion-O. Picture this – unsheathing his sword, and yelling, “Thunder… Thunder… Thunder!!! THUNDERCATS – HOOOOOOOO!!!” Later in life I took much more interest in his gardening. He was also the quintessential gardener – being “organic” before that was even a thing.

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Chile Chicken with Muscato Grape Beer Sauce

July 20, 2015

Chile Chicken with Muscato Grape Saison Beer Sauce, Craft Beer

It is grape season, you guys, and do I ever have a great recipe for you! A few weekends ago, the hubs and I were beer shopping at our local bodega, and the beer monger mentioned something about Modern Time‘s Grape Saison named Universal Friend. We were instantly excited about it, because Modern Times puts out some really great beers!

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Photo Fri-YAY! 7.17.2015 – A Recap of the Hot Sauce Expo

July 17, 2015

First Annual California Hot Sauce Expo

This is the current state of affairs, my friends. It is thursday night, and I’m going through gobs of Hot Sauce Expo photos, and picking out the best ones for you! Before I go into all that, I’d like to share with you some other things first:

Smoked Tri Tip Sandwich. I don’t smoke often, but this makes me realize that I should do it all the time. This sandwich was the bomb! I copied elements from one of Bobby Flay’s grilling episodes on the Food Network, and smoked some meat, made some spread with cotija cheese, and sour cream, and pickled onions with habaneros! Add in some Rattler BBQ Sauce, and you’ve got yourself a sandwich to die for! One day I hope to get a recipe for this out to ya. Let me know if you’re interested!
First Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
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Boysenberry Mojitos

July 14, 2015

Boysenberry Mojitos

Summer is in full swing in Southern California, and while we had a cool spell last week, we are heating up again just a wee bit. Looks like some showers on Friday, with a high of 90 degrees! I can’t say that I’m looking forward to that inevitable humidity, but AM glad that there’s a possibility to get more water in our drought stricken ground.
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