Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I enjoy the show "Blue Bloods". Maybe it's that it is a study, for me, on how television can be used to manipulate public opinion.But, as usual, I feel overwhelmingly compelled to point out a few things. First off, police officers rarely discharge their firearms. I'm not talking about the cop shootings that the media focuses all of their attention on. I'm saying that most officers retire having never discharged their firearms. That said, the Reagan family seem to discharge their firearms, and KILL those whom they fire upon, at least every other episode. Now we know that nearly every episode covers about a week, since nearly every episode, Sunday dinner is had. Ergo, someone is killed by a member of the Reagan family once every couple of weeks.(Let me say here how disgusting it is to me that the show revolves around this particular trigger happy family's Catholic flavored Sunday goddamned dinners.) Only two Reagan's are on the beat. So that's like 26 killings a year, from just TWO guys!! Can we say overkill? Pun intended. We're talking about a family of fucking psychopaths! And we're watching them and thinking what heroes they are!! Now maybe I'm reading too much into it. It wouldn't be the first time. Won't be the last. I mean, the writers may just think that little about what they are putting out there, but I'm betting that there is an agenda here. Perhaps their intent is for the television watching public to just be entertained. Or maybe they really do want the voting, TV watching public to admire and respect police that frequently shoot and kill what the general public considers criminals. Then again, maybe they are just giving the bloodthirsty public what it is they demand. "He'll bring them death - and they will love him for it." Gracchus from the movie Gladiator

Friday, June 20, 2014

Aleisters Texas Ragù Alla Bolognese Over Fettuccine

With permission for Jordan Zevon

Aleisters Texas Ragù Alla Bolognese Over Fettuccine

   This  basically layman's terms..(which I basically am..hehe)... is spaghetti sauce... with my own Texas flair.  It is a spicy Texmex twist on an age old Italian/American dish.

7  sausages (I recommend Roadhouse Harley Davidson Hard Smoke  Pork and Beef Sausage if you can find it.) Peel them finely chop and slightly brown them
2 28oz. cans tomato sauce (depends on how far you need the sauce to stretch)
1-2 12 oz can of fire smoked tomatoes(you could do it fresh..hehe...but I don't)
5 cloves to an entire head of garlic ..minced
1.5- 2 yellow onions finely diced
1-2 red bell peppers finely diced
3 tablespoons fresh thyme leave(up to you)
1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
1 cup red wine
1-2 teaspoons white sugar
olive oil
sea salt to taste...I use a least a tablespoon for this amount
1-2 jalapeno.. very finely diced (seeds in or out ..what ever gets it done for ya

  Peel sausage and chop to your size preference ..I chop them small..then brown them lightly in the saute pan and set them aside leaving some of the juice in the pan ..add olive oil to the pan and set to medium high heat...add diced onions... jalapenos and  red bell peppers and saute until the onions are translucent...about 5 - 10 minutes. Add garlic..cook for 1 more minute..then add tomatoes.. thyme .. basil and wine. Bring this to a boil stirring frequently. ...add tomato sauce and sugar..return to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 - 1.5 hours. Then stir in  your salt and serve over a bed of  fettuccine.. with some fresh grated romano/parmesan  cheese ..garlic bread and vino. Enjoy..and get ready to sweat to italian food..hehehe

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Aleisters Spicy Smokey & Sweet Grillin Sauce

                                                     With permission of Jordan Zevon

    Aleisters Spicy Smokey & Sweet Grillin Sauce
     Fair warning... my cooking is done by the seat of my pants. I season everything to taste..and through experimentation and failure. And for whatever reason..I am able to remember how much of everything goes into what. The problem is.. It is never a numerical measurement. That being said I’m able to list ballpark figures here. But I would hope that if you learn anything from learn that it is an excellent template from which to start. And you can add your own personal flair to it thereby making it your own.

 2 12oz. cans of stewed tomatoes diced
1/2 cup catsup 
 6 good shakes of Worcestershire sauce
 2-3 oz. liquid smoke of your choice
 1 onion chopped extremely fine
 2-6 good and spicy jalapenos (deseeded if you can’t take the heat)
 2-5 cloves of garlic (depending on your fondness 
 or lack thereof of this tasty herb)sliced extremely thin chopped fine and crushed
12 ozs of dark or light brown sugar(light or dark depends on your preference for 
the molasses taste)
1- 4 oz of honey if it suits you ..sometimes I do sometimes I don’t
1/2 cup lime juice
1 -3 teaspoons butter for saute
8 oz of dark or amber beer iv used Guinness but I prefer Shiner and its feckin cheaper!
2 tablespoons vinegar of your choice (I use red wine or balsamic some may use 
actual burgundy or wine) 
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoons of salt (more or less ..what floats your boat) want to get your pan hot..add your butter..throw in your peppers and onions and cook them until they are fairly caramelized. Then throw in your garlic..but cook it less than a minute..and then add your tomato catsup...cook for a couple of minutes then add your vinegar and/or wine..and your beer...lime juice..Worcestershire sauce..liquid pepper and lastly tomatoes. Cook down for about twenty minutes and then add your brown sugar. Cook it all down till it gets to your desired thickness. Finally..add the salt...cook for one more minute stirring the salt through the sauce. Let it cool and if you wish run it through cheese cloth or something(I actually use gauze) depending on how smooth you prefer your sauce or what type of meat you are cooking. (You now probably have a tomato mess to clean up unless you know how to minimize the splatter.)