A Recipe for Cinnamon Grilled Apple Slices

Joni and I gave this recipe for grilled apple slices topped with cinnamon and brown sugar a try tonight. It turned out pretty well. I grilled them while the steaks were resting. This recipe produced a low effort easy to execute dessert.


2 red apples
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice (or the juice of one normal sized lemon)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Theoretical preparation directions provided for educational purposes only:

1. Mix 1/2 cup water with 1/4 cup lemon juice (or the juice of one normal sized lemon) in a regular size bowl.
2. Core then cut the apple into slices about 1/4 inch (no more than 1/2 inch or they will burn before they cook). Set the apple on its side and proceed to slice about 6-9 slices per apple. You may want to discard the first and last slice that have apple skin on one side.
3. Grill the apple slices for about 5 minutes a side.
4. Put the apple slices in a normal sized bowl and sprinkle them with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Grilled Apples

Let me know what you think or if you would do something differently.

Lemon Walnut Pesto Recipe

The basil growing in the kitchen
The basil growing in the kitchen

Joni and I allow basil plants to grow in the kitchen. We are therefore pretty much required to make pesto. Consider for a moment that store bought basil (especially the organic kind) is more expensive per ounce than gasoline or cheap Scotch whiskey.  I thought that now would be as good a time as any other to share the current test kitchen version of my lemon walnut pesto which includes:

2 cups of fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup walnuts without shells
1/8 cup EVOO
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 cloves of garlic or 1 1/2 tablespoons
salt and pepper based on personal preference

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Theoretical preparation directions provided for educational purposes only:

1. Use a food processor with at least two cups capacity to chop up the walnuts then add the garlic
2. After processing the walnuts and garlic in the food processor add the EVOO, lemon juice, salt & pepper, and then the basil leaves
3. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag (additional lemon juice can be added for storage)

If you come up with any alternations, then please feel free to let me know via the comment section of this post.

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.

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.

Fajita Seasoning Recipe

Joni decided that tonight would be a good night for fajitas. The following recipe was deployed in the test kitchen for testing purposes. Before using this recipe, please consider that this recipe is still in beta at version 0.10.

Percent Ingredient 1 oz 1 cup
34% chili powder 2 tsp 5 1/2 tbsp
16% salt 1 tsp 2 1/2 tbsp
16% paprika 1 tsp 2 1/2 tbsp
16% sugar 1 tsp 2 1/2 tbsp
8% onion powder 1/2 tsp 1 1/4 tbsp
3% garlic powder 1/6 tsp 1/2 tbsp
3% cayenne pepper 1/6 tsp 1/2 tbsp
3% cumin 1/6 tsp 1/2 tbsp
1% crushed red pepper flakes 1/8 tsp 1/6 tbsp