The search for digital content and a Saturday Costco run

Cutting the cord on cable creates a situation where finding content over the air waves becomes very challenging. Over the air (OTA) content does not support on demand viewing. Finding a source of on demand content without a cable or satellite subscription requires turning to either physical media or internet content. For example, anybody with a Netflix subscription could easily push play on “How Beer Saved the World” which happens to be an amusing 2011 documentary about beer. This creates a scenario where new content has to be described. For better or worse the exposure to new content involves experiencing a combination of entertaining and disappointing content.

Dinner tonight will involve grilling some steaks imported to the great State of Colorado from McGonigle’s Market in Kansas City. Grilling outside will be possible today thanks to some surprisingly warm January weather. Before the grilling process begins a few large baking potatoes will be placed in the over at 350 degrees for about an hour. The potatoes will receive a couple ventilation holes courtesy of a fork and they will probably be given a lite coating of Lawry’s seasoning salt. One large question about dinner still remains. Will the requisite vegetable side dish be grilled, baked, or sautéed.  A quick visit to a Whole Foods Market on the way to Costco will quickly answer the vegetable side dish question.

Who has a great steak rub mixture they would be willing to share? The following recipe is for entertainment (and or educational) purposes only and should not be misconstrued as professional culinary advise. The steaks from McGonigle’s Market were allowed to reach room temperature then grilled over charcoal while it was snowing.

Outback Down Under Inspired Steak Seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

This recipe includes a limited amount salt. Please adjust the salt level based on personal preference. The recipe yields 5 1/2 teaspoons of seasoning or about enough rub for 4 steaks.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo + A Lunch at Rudy’s BBQ

Twitter is much easier to use for capturing a single thought than taking the time build a complete mobile weblog post on the go. Here is an example from my twitter feed @nelslindahl “When will the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo get a honey badger? I’ll donate $50 to help get one.” Naturally, everyone enjoys random thoughts about honey badgers. From what I can tell only one zoo in the United States has a honey badger in captivity. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a honey badger. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs probably should get a honey badger. I understand the zoo staff would have to stay out of the honey badgers cage, but what could be more fun than a rocky mountain honey badger exhibit?

I digress. We should turn our attention to the second part of the story. After visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for a relaxing morning walk Joni and I decided to purchase lunch from Rudy’s “Country Store” and BAR-B-Q! Sure I might have had lunch at Rudy’s on Friday, but who judges somebody for having barbeque for lunch on back to back days? Joni enjoyed a BBQ turkey sandwich and some peach cobbler. I am seriously considering adding Rudy’s BBQ to my restaurants favorites list.

Rudy’s BBQ Day

Lunch today happened to include a visit to Rudy’s “Country Store” and BAR-B-Q! Backstory: Apparently, during an early morning climb up the Manitou Springs Include a couple of weeks ago David (from England) had a singularly unique eureka moment. Within that moment of epicurean bravado David concluded that a lunch visit to Rudy’s BBQ should be scheduled.

Pros:

  1. Rudy’s sells pretty decent barbeque.
  2. I am seriously considering taking Joni to Rudy’s on Saturday after visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
  3. The line service format is strangely compelling.

Cons:

  1. I do not understand why the proprietors of Rudy’s have decided to forgo selling deep fried potato products and onion rings.
  2. Enjoying the BBQ from Rudy’s did involve having to concede to several coworkers that decent BBQ does exist outside Kansas City.

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Revised Recipe Update

Salsa Gordo Perezoso del Hombre Revised Recipe Update

Test kitchen recipe update v8.02

The current test kitchen version of the salsa includes:

12 scotch bonnet habanero peppers,
30 serrano peppers,
67 jalapeno peppers,
16 bell peppers,
6 poblano peppers, and
8 Anaheim peppers.

Other than the wide variety of peppers:

2 whole onions,
9 garlic cloves,
2 tablespoons sea salt,
3 bunches worth of finely chopped cilantro,
2 1/2 cups of distilled vinegar, and
204 ounces of peeled whole tomatoes (without juice).

This recipe yielded about 13 quarts of glorious salsa.

Basic Salsa Preparation Instructions

1. Make sure you have all of the ingredients and about three hours of free time to complete the cooking process. This batch included the use of a food processor.

2. In multiple food processor batches combine the diced pepper mixture with a chopped up onion and the garlic in a large mixing bowl.

3. Use the food processor to process the peeled whole tomatoes and store them in a separate mixing bowl. In the tomato-mixing bowl, pour one cup of distilled vinegar, two tablespoons of salt, and about half a cup of finely chopped cilantro.

4. Bring all the ingredients for the salsa to a boil for about an hour or simmer the salsa for two hours.

5. Of course, the salsa has to be canned, refrigerated, and stored for about a day before it is ready for consumption. Some people do not boil the salsa and just can the salsa cold, but I have found that it never has exactly the right taste without proper boiling or simmering.

Planters Cheez Balls Discontinued

On the discontinuation of Planters Cheez Balls:

Why did the ‘evil’ Planters Corporation discontinue my favorite snack in a can product, “Planters Cheez Balls?” Whereas people all over the nation are unable to satisfy a specific food hunger: now is the time to take action by introducing a total boycott of all Planters Corporation products. My household will be officially boycotting all Planters products until the Planters Corporation decides to bring back Planters Cheez Balls. I would even accept an online order only product launch that sidestepped national distribution.