Happy Memorial Day! I just want to give a quick shout out to all of the Veterans out there that have served this country. Thank you very much for all that you have done. The United States would be nothing without you. Thanks again.
I love potatoes and I am always looking for a new way to cook them on the grill. I have done foil packets before, but this time it is serious. The potatoes are plump, juicy and completely coated with cheese. Who could ask for a better side on this Memorial Day Weekend.
By opening up the packet you can add the cheese and make these potatoes completely delicious.
This week is full of giveaways. There is the Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce giveaway. The fine folks at Buffalo Wild Wings sent me a free coupon to give to my loyal readers. The coupon is for six free wings. I have also been published. 55 Knives is out and available. Check it out below. Also since it is Memorial Day there are a ton events going on in the DC area.
Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Giveaway
Check out my post yesterday and leave a comment on the page for a chance to win a bottle of the Original and Sweet Pork Barrel BBQ sauce. Just leave a comment at the end of the yesterday’s post. I am going to use a random number generator to pick two random numbers and those commenters will receive a free bottle of the Original and Sweet Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce. Winner will be picked Saturday, May 29th, open to US Residents only. Click the link below to go to yesterday’s post.
Buffalo Wild Wings – Free Wings Coupon
The fine people from Buffalo Wild Wings contacted me and asked if I would give away a coupon for free wings to my readers. Why yes I will. The coupon is good for 6 free wings when you try one of their new dry seasonings.
I love meatloaf, but it has been so hot outside that I have not wanted to turn on the oven. So I decided to make a meatloaf on the grill. It is super simple and you get to be outside. I love cooking outdoors in the summer. OK it is not summer yet, but it is extremely close. I have been wanting to grill something ever since the guys from Pork Barrel BBQ gave me a bottle of their new Sweet Barbecue Sauce. I utilized the barbecue sauce inside and on top of this meatloaf. It was amazing!
Since it is almost summer and extremely hot and humid here in DC, I decided to make a tropical drink. There are a ton of tropical fish bowl drinks out there, but I stumbled across one that fits the bill. It is tasty, it is blue and it is tropical in flavor. All of the key factors in a great tropical drink. So if you can’t go to the beach this summer, bring the beach to your backyard.
I used a rounded glass, but feel free to scale this up to a fishbowl.
I was asked by Nick from Macheesmo to write one of the 55 chapters for the 55 knives e-book. I was honored to be asked to write about bacon. As you guys know, bacon is dear to my heart. So after a few ideas, I wrote a chapter about baking maple brown sugar bacon. Then using the baked maple brown sugar bacon, I made the Ultimate BLT. It is as amazing as it sounds. Here is a little taste of the book cover.
I know you might have a few questions about the book.
What’s 55 Knives?
I picked up some pork chops the other day and decided that grilled pork chops with applesauce sounded like a winner. I had to, it was a Brady Bunch staple. So I picked up McIntosh apples and went on a journey to make homemade applesauce. All of the recipes out there used a ton of apples and made even more applesauce. So I developed a recipe that is made with four apples and is just enough for a single meal. I served it piping hot along side the pork chops. A great meal.
I served it hot, but it is great cold too.
I purchased a bunch of bananas last week. That was before I realized how long I was going to be gone for Memphis. I ended up being in Memphis for 5+ days. So when I came back, I had a bunch of extremely ripe bananas. So I decided to make some banana bread. I love banana bread. I really enjoy it with fresh butter spread on it. Maybe it is me, but Dana was not having it. She said I was crazy for adding butter. I made her take a bite and I am proud to say that she is a convert. Am I weird for liking butter on banana bread? Let me know what you guys think. Before judging, make sure to try it out first.
Banana Bread fresh out of the oven topped with a light spread of butter.
There are a ton of great foodie events in DC this weekend. It all starts out today with the Verizon Center Offers A Taste of RAMMY Cuisine with the “Taste of 12” and an evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. After that there are food festivals and Mini Chef classes for the kids. All of that and amazing weather. Who could ask for more.
“Taste of 12”
Another year, another “taste” of area restaurants will take place on Friday, May 21 at Verizon Center with this year’s “Taste of 12” presented by the D.C. Lottery. The two hour luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the main concourse of Verizon Center and will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank as part of the Pollin family’s initiative to provide one million meals to those in need. The “Taste of 12” presented by the D.C. Lottery is the third annual event for the arena. Tickets are $12 to sample up to six of the different restaurant offerings and will be sold the day of the event only.
A night with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert
The host of NO RESERVATIONS, Anthony Bourdain, is coming to the Warner Theatre Friday Evening, May 21nd for one night only. Bourdain is the acclaimed television personality, best-selling author, public speaker, world traveler, gourmand, and punk-rock aficionado. Bourdain will be joined by his special guest and friend, Eric Ripert, chef, author, and host of PBS’ Avec Eric. Ripert has been honing his talents at Le Bernardin, as executive chef and co-owner for the last 18 years. In 2007, Ripert presented his first casual neighborhood American bistro called Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, for the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.
Bourdain, with special guest Ripert, will provide an evening of storytelling and observation providing the audience with a frank and provocative back and forth about what really goes on behind the kitchen doors- from both ends of the spectrum. Through illustrative anecdotes and stories, the night will include highlights from Ripert’s career and lurid lowlights from Bourdain’s career, and will give the audience a real-world understanding of what it takes to survive in the cutthroat culture of fine dining restaurants. The program portion of the evening will include an audience Question and Answer.
I have been trying to figure out how to make a quick and delicious meal that is not too fattening. Yeah, I know. The man that brought you 19 types of pizza, poutine, chicken fried bacon and chocolate covered bacon is trying to cut back a bit. So I decided to tackle my favorite fast food meal, chicken. I love the Colonel and even Ronald, but they were starting to take advantage of my mid-section. Granted my take on chicken is not fat free, but it sure is a ton better for you. The name says fried, but really it is a way of describing that crunchy fried texture. No frying involved.
I served these up with some barbecue sauce. They were delicious.
As a bartender I always needed a go to drink for people that didn’t like alcohol, but wanted to get a buzz. This drink has great flavor, masks alcohol very well and comes in a bright red package.
This adds the best part of drinking to the traditional non-alcoholic drink. Vodka!!
Sorry about my lack of posts over the weekend. I thought I had enough prepared for my trip to Memphis. Unfortunately, I fell short. However, I have great news about my first trip to Memphis. I traveled to Memphis with the guys for Pork Barrel BBQ to compete in the annual Memphis in May Contest. For the Pork Barrel Team it was our second BBQ contest for the year. We did awesome this past weekend. The Pork Barrel Team took fourth place in the Beef contest with an awesome Brisket, 7th in Mustard Sauce, 12th in exotic with an Iberico fat wrapped venison loin and 14th in the Seafood with a grill gumbo.
It was a muddy weekend but we put together a nice camp site to wow the judges.
This weekend is jam packed with events – everything from the Taste of Arlington and Taste of Wheaton to the Joint Service Open House and Airshow. It is a great weekend. Who doesn’t love an airshow? I am going to be at Memphis in May this weekend with the guys from Pork Barrel BBQ. We are competing, so wish us luck.
Taste of Arlington
Taste of Arlington® is an annual event that transforms the Ballston area into a lively street festival, complete with local entertainment, lively sponsors, children’s activities, and lots of noteworthy restaurants. Over 40 restaurants participate in this spectacular community event, which draws an average of 15,000 people each year who live in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Sunday, May 16, 2010 from Noon to 5:00pm, rain or shine
Taste of Wheaton
The Taste of Wheaton will feature: food samples from downtown Wheaton’s best restaurants at prices ranging from $1 to $5 per “taste”, Hispanic wine tasting (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain) hosted by Giramondo Wine Adventures, and live entertainment.
The Taste of Wheaton takes place on Sunday, May 16, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Wheaton Triangle at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton (one block north of the Wheaton Metro station).