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Labor Day, what? BBQ Spiral Cut Hot Dogs!

Labor Day, what? BBQ Spiral Cut Hot Dogs!

It’s the last day of my Labor Day four-day weekend. My wife worked all day (by that I mean she left at seven this morning and is still at work as I write this at 7:12 pm,) and I had the baby boy to myself. We ran a few errands, got some things over at the NEX, and walked around Ward Centers.

I wasn’t even planning on doing a post today. While I was at the commissary, I decided I wanted hot dogs for dinner, seeing as I would be cooking for just myself. When I got home, I remembered a friend and old boss of mine had posted pics of spiral cut hot dogs on his facebook. Oh, yeah, this is happening. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Beef, Entree/Main Dish, Food

 

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Lasagna Bolognese alla Hardy

Lasagna Bolognese alla Hardy

What comes to mind when you think of a bolognese? It’s probably not the same thing that comes to my mind. It is my belief that ragu bolognese is one of the most misunderstood Italian sauces, ever. I’m no Italian, but I do think I can help set the record straight.

The words ragu bolognese usually conjure images of a thick and chunky tomato sauce with ground beef piled on top of a plate of spaghetti. Well, if you didn’t click the wikipedia link above, then I guess I’ll have to be the bearer of bad news. Or good news, depending on your perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Beef, Entree/Main Dish, Food, Pork

 

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Barrack’s Cooking: One Pot Wonder Chili!

Barrack’s Cooking: One Pot Wonder Chili!

I wish that I had done this a week ago, in time for the Super Bowl. Chili just seems like one of those football party foods. But I ordered a pizza instead.

Chili is one of those comfort foods that embraces our soul and warms us up from the inside. It’s one of those things, like meatloaf, where everybody has their own tradition for preparing it. For some, it can be particularly comforting for those who are away from home and don’t have any family around, as it reminds us of memories cooking in the kitchen with loved ones or having a family party. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Barrack’s Cooking: Coconut Curried Beef Braise

Barrack’s Cooking: Coconut Curried Beef Braise

I haven’t been shy about my love for the crock pot. The slow cooker is one of many highly used tools in my kitchen arsenal that I find an absolute pleasure to use. There’s something about slow cooking that appeals to me. Our society places way too much priority on work, money, careers, social media, any media, that we often put food on the back burner. Many cultures celebrate food daily and center their culture, families, and social interactions around food. American culture views food as a means of sustainment and rarely anything more than that, save for around the holidays.

Which is why I love Slow Food. Slow Food is a movement that was started in Italy and has made its way over to the US. As a whole, slow food celebrates the process of bringing food from the farm to the kitchen to the table. It’s a bit of a grass roots movement to get people involved in their food and close the gap that people have when associating the food they eat with actual ingredients. For me, though, Slow Food is more about a cooking process that involves putting time and love in so one appreciates the flavors as much as they appreciate the effort they put into their food. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Braised Ancho Lime Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde and Black Beans Mole

Braised Ancho Lime Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde and Black Beans Mole

I used to really enjoy my crock pot, because it enabled me to cook pretty decent meals while being lazy. I would have an optimum amount of time to play video games and then when Laura got home from work, I’d have this great meal ready. It would seem as if I spent all day cooking.

Ah, how things have changed so quickly 😉

Now the crock pot gets regular use because we still haven’t gotten the hang of the time management thing, what with our new variable needing constant feedings and changes. Our first night home from the hospital yielded a crock pot meal. Setting and forgetting really helps us focus on learning how to parent without having to settle for pizza or take out every night. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Beef, Entree/Main Dish, Food, Mexican

 

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