... A Sour Apple Tree

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Location: Huntington, WV, United States

I'm a 37 year-old guy from Huntington, WV.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lazy Repost: New Years black-eyed peas

This is a repost from earlier this year (2008) showing the recipe I used to make New Years black-eyed peas. I'll be following the same recipe tomorrow, 'cept Kroger stopped carrying the Linguica, so I gotta come up with something else.
In preparation for New Years Day's dinner, I did some research on how to use that bag of black-eyed peas I've had for a while in making a traditional southern New Years' dish. After some googling, I stumbled across this recipe from about.com for "Happy New Year Peas" and figured that it looked mighty tasty. While I'm not going to repeat the recipe here (just click on the link), I did take step-by-step photos of my cooking 'speriment.

I boiled the black-eyed peas with some left-over ham chunks for flavor.

I used a winter sweet onion. I can't wait 'til Vidalia season to try this again!
I fried 'em in a blend of olive oil and bacon grease.

Instead of sausage links, I used Gaspar's Portuguese-style linguica sausage. It is mild flavor and can be found with the smoke sausages at the Kroger in Barboursville.

I cut the sausages into half-inch thick disks.

I went with Cattlemen's bbq sauce and French's mustard.

The peas and the reserve liquid in the baking dish

Add the other ingredients...

Stir 'em up and put 'em in the oven...

And now it's time to eat!!!

This pea recipe was da bomb (yes, I'm bringing that back). It tasted sort-of like a home-made baked pea recipe, but with the nutty, earthy taste of black-eyed peas and a salty-sweet zing from the linguica. This recipe was plenty sweet, so I would advise against using any sort of honey-flavored bbq sauce or mustard. I dashed a little Frank's Red Hot on mine, but if everyone in your family likes some heat in their food, some diced jalapeno added to the recipe would work, too. As for beverage pairings, I'd go with a citrus soda, a sturdy lager, riesling, or a sparkling white wine.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gentleman's lunch

Chicken 'n bacon panini w/ BBQ sauce and cheddar and a shot o' Beam

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Monday, December 29, 2008

...ASAT Pizza Roundup: Subway

Last week, I asked a "Subway Artist" if the pizza was any good and she said "I don't eat it."

I should have taken the hint.

Man, it is bad.

The center was gooey, the cheese was burnt, and it had the flavor of a really bad frozen pizza at a junior high basketball game.

For about the same price, you can get one of their excellent new flat bread sandwiches instead.

Or just go somewhere else. Whatever you do, though, avoid this wretched pizza.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Get them while you can

It might be a good idea to drop by Kroger and see if they still have any Junior's cheesecakes for $16.99. Whatta steal.

My guess is that orders were a bit down this year and they had to dump some of their extra stuff off on us folk in Krogerland.

Woe is me. :)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I think Nawab is open

...and so are some of the Chinese places. And pizza.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

...ASAT endorses

Corn Huskers Lotion
The firing of Romeo Crennel
BBQ sauce replacing ketchup as the default fry condiment
24 lb weight paper
M & M Dairy Bell
California Pizza Kitchen's Thai pizza
Really good work coats.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top Five Readily Available Fast Food Chicken Sandwiches

1. Chick-fil-a Original. So damn good that the cheap knockoff is still #2.
2. McDonald's Southern-Style Chicken Sandwich. See above.
3. McDonald's Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap. Crispy or grilled, it is the best thing coming out of a fast food joint in a tortilla these days.
4. Wendy's Spicy Chicken. A bit of an old gray mare, but still pretty solid.
5. Burger King's Spicy Chick'n Crisp. The best of the el-cheapo chicken sandwiches.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Surprise, surprise!

It's Lando in disguise!
Hat tip to Red for the childhood memory.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Lookin' out a dirty old window

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Ranking the Dylans

I've watched I'm Not There, the Bob Dylan biopic, about 30 times over the past few months. Here is m arbitrary ranking of the six "Dylans"

1. Cate Blanchett as Jude Quinn: No one could have played Bob Dylan Superstar any better.
2. Marcus Carl Franklin as Woody Guthrie: This kid is going places.
3. Richard Gere as Billy the Kid. Perfect casting for the old outlaw.
4. Ben Whishaw as Arthur Rimbaud: The glue that held the story together.
5. Christian Bale as Jack Rollins: Best singer, but a boring storyline.
6. Heath Ledger as Robbie Clark: The most painful and heart-wrenching part is also the dullest and most formulaic. Plus I haven't forgiven Ledger over that lynching comment bullshit. Fucker.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Huntington's Top 10

1. Ritter Park. I challenge anyone to show me a better city park in a city with fewer that 100,000 people.
2. Being in the Tri State area. This allows us to take advantage of the quirks in laws in three different states. People often register cars and grocery shop in the tax haven known as Ohio, buy cheap cigs in KY, and eat 'n shop in WV.
3. Gino's gelato. Try the new peppermint flavor.
4. Tudor's Biscuit World. Duh.
5. Marshall sports. Sure, they've hit a rough patch, but it is still like having AA football and basketball teams in town
6. Julian's Market. I propose that a small part of the user fee be used to make sure that they never, ever, ever, go out of business.
7. Sam's Hot Dog Stand, M & M Dairy Bell, and Hillbilly Hot Dogs. Best dogs anywhere.
8. The church architecture. My personal favorite is the synagogue by the Y.
9. Hospitals. Between Portsmouth and Huntington you can find some of the best sawbones around.
10. Pullman Square. Not a bad place to kill an afternoon.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

RIP Richard

December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Sweet new diet fad in Huntington

An amazing new fad diet is here! It's called "Chris James' Catch the Stomach Flu Going Around Twice in One Week."

As you worship the porcelain goddess, watch the pounds melt away! I, for one, have lost about 20 lbs or so.

Seriously, though, it has been nice to wear some old shirts and pants 'til the water weight all comes back.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Talkin' 'latcha

Wanna talk about all things Appalachia? Come on over to Straight Outta Appalachia.

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