A Sucker for a Crab Cake
My wife Ally will tell you that I'm a sucker for a crab cake. I have no idea why, it's an addiction that pops up from time to time. When the urge for a crab cake hits me I have to have a crab cake right then or in the next hour, or day or two. The downside is that we live in East Tennessee... not known to be prime crab cake territory.
So, I'll order a crab cake somewhere and it will be good... but not "the" crab cake that quenches my desire for one of my favorite foods. This means that every where Ally and I go for a meal over the course of the next few weeks I'm almost guaranteed to order a crab cake. I've stumbled across some darned good crab cakes from restaurants doing this and I've hardly ever had a sub-par one. Knock on wood.
It's Derby.... Pie Time!!
The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner! Two things happen in my family when Derby weekend approaches. First, my wife Ally starts her search for the perfect Kentucky Derby Hat. This year the hunt started between New Years day and Easter. Secondly, my mom starts talking about Derby Pie. Actually, with my family a Derby Pie conversation can pop up any time of year.
I was born in Louisville Kentucky so the Derby comes naturally to me. Its pageantry, sports, tradition and Southern Charm combined with NASCAR style tailgating, cold beverages and city wide block parties. Food is a natural ingredient to any Derby Day celebration.
Directions for Perfect Eggs... maybe!
Hey Kent ! Congrats on the new book. Here's one for future reference. When we lived in Chapel Hill NC our good friend Kimsey King was a former member of the U.S. Air Force. His job was to write instruction manuals for consolidated mess hall cooks. Complaints started coming in that the scrambled eggs tasted awful and somebody better do something.
Kimsey went to one of the complaining units and watched as breakfast cooks dumped 40 lb. bags of egg mix into the cooker. The instruction manuals were incuded inside the bags and all went into the cooker together. So the troops were eating the manuals along with the eggs. Problem solved. Best regards to all ya'll from the Page Family
World War Two memory shared by - Mr. Les Page
Are You Ready for some Chow?
Hope you enjoy the long and short versions of the book trailers for my soon to be released title from History Publishing Company - Bullets and Bread. Both book trailers are listed below. The book is about the untold story of how the troops and the homefront were fed during World War Two. Bullets and Bread features memories and stories from World War Two veterans about the best and the worst Chow served up during the war.
Bullets and Brea also includes the story of Allied Ration development, how they fed crews at sea, on land and in the air. I've also include a section on famous faces during the war from generals to national leaders and even a few hollywood stars!
You can't have a World War Two culinary history book without including a few recipes for Chow! So I've included 1939-1945 period recipes from military cooking manuals as well as some from magazines and newspapers. Yes, there's a healthy serving of "Mock Meals" including a salmon patty recipe from my grandfather Angus Campbell.
Thank you Andy Rooney!
Yes, I am stealing... borrowing, a cliche line from Andy Rooney. "Have you ever wondered why TV chefs with their own shows don't seem to know the difference between barbecue and grilling?"
I guess that this is not a huge issue. If it was, then more BBQ people like my self would be upset. I consider myself a barbecue guy as well as a grill guy. However, there is a difference. A grill... is a grill. You don't barbecue on a grill. It's really very simple.
Grilled foods are cooked on a grill over direct heat, or over semi-indirect heat, depending on your grill. Barbecue is cooked using smokers, with indirect heat... and wood. Temps are low and slow. Tossing a burger on a grill is not barbecue. It's grilling.
Flapjacks and Beans!
Kent - I was 18 years old when we crossed the Pacific & Indian Ocean to Bombay-34 days. Breakfast was good except baked beans Tues and Friday and crammed in a compartment with 300 other GI. You know old cowboys when asked what for breakfast-"Flapjacks and beans with music to follow" same on a troopship with poor ventilation.
We ate supper at 4:30 so by 9 or 10 was starved with no food till breakfast. Located a potato bin and had raw potatoes each night to curb my howling stomach. . Plenty of stores while in India and China in WWII.
World War Two memory shared by - Aubrey LaFoy
Off Limit Menu until Our Number Came Up!
Kent - I happened to be in the Pacific on my second tour of duty after African campaign and was stationed on Oahu training for the Iwo Invasion. We were an Air Corps outfit, with a C-47 assigned to us for general duties. We decided to eat better, so we contributed, according to rank, money to go to Hilo, on the big Island, and buy good cuts of meat for our chow hall. Somehow or another the word got around the Island, and we finally had to put our mess hall 'OFF Limits".
Safe Grilling Tips
Grilling Food Safety Tips
Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely to prevent harmful bacteria and foodborne illness.
#1 Keep it Cold from the Store to Home
- At the store, pick-up your cold food like meat and poultry last and right before checkout.
- Separate raw meat and poultry from other food in your shopping cart.
- To guard against cross-contamination (which can happen when raw meat or poultry juices drip on other food) put packages of raw meat and poultry into plastic bags.
- Try to drive directly home from the grocery store. Consider taking a cooler with ice for perishables.
- Always refrigerate perishable food within two hours. (Refrigerate within one hour when the temperature is above 90°F.
- Place meat and poultry in the refrigerator immediately.
- Freeze poultry and ground meat that won't be used in one or two days.
Brawts for the Daytona 500
Drivers... START YOUR GRILLS!
Are you looking for a few foodie ideas for the Daytona 500 weekend? The race is an American classic and considered the "Super Bowl" of racing! So, why would you not have your tailgate and race day foods ready to go? Here are a few race day recipes inspired from my book Checkered Flag Cooking starting off with some easy BRAWTS!. These can help with your race day chow!
Also check out these tasty race day dishes.
- Leilani Münter - A Vegetarian Hippy Chick With a Race Car
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- Dover Races to Feed Troops Holiday Dinner
- Three Back of the Box Christmas Recipes!
- German Chocolate Christmas Favorite
- Chattanooga Whiskey Holiday Balls
- Kim's Protein Packed Pancakes!
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