Possible Beer and Dinner Event

A buddy mine (member if the North Florida Brewers League ) is a very active brewery in Tallahassee named Grasslands Brewery. I have sampled a few different beers he has made, and they are all great. He does a lot for the community as well, such as partcipating in pints for paws. Anyway, we were recently discussing the different kinds of foods I make that could pair with his beers and what foods I could make using his beer as an ingredient.

We got the idea that we should hold an event for an away FSU football game in Tallahassee. I’d call it an away game tailgate. At then event, we would watch the game, drink his beer, and eat my food. We were considering making it open to the public. The details are scare at the moment, but would anyone be interested in this? Leave me a comment or send me an email if you are.

Recipe: BBQ Sauce with Roasted Garlic and Coconut Rum

About This Recipe

This is the second part of a three part series on Barbecue. The first part was my BBQ rub recipe. Now, I am going to show my barbecue sauce. Finally, I will show you how to put it all together to make an excellent pulled pork (without the need for a smoker).

Although I like all kinds of Barbeque sauce, my favorite is a traditional tomato based. I really like a BBQ sauce that is sweet and spicy with a hint of Smokey. Tomato based sauces are usually made from tomatoes, tomato paste, or ketchup. I opt for ketchup because it has the thickness and level of sweetness I look for. Even though my sauce is tomato base, it doesn’t mean I don’t borrow from other BBQ sauce styles.

The Roasted Garlic and Coconut rum are not meant to be the stars in this BBQ sauce. Instead, they act as an agent of depth to the sauce. Feel free to add more if you want to make them the star.

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Food Truck Review: Knawty Hawg Tallahassee, FL

I want to start by apologizing for the delay in posts recently. Between, work, grad school, and wedding planning, I just have not had the time to post on here as frequently as I would like to. However, I can assure you posts will become more frequent soon.

To keep with my BBQ theme, I decided to make my next review a BBQ food truck. Expect my next post to be my Barbecue sauce recipe, followed quickly by my pulled pork recipe.

The food truck in question, is the Knawty-Hawg truck usually located on Tennessee St. near Ocala.

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Restaurant Review: Korean BBQ and More, Tallahassee FL

As my time being a graduate student comes to an end, a new point in my life beings. In anticipation of this, I will be moving to the other side of town, away from Florida States campus, next year. One of the things I am going to miss most about the student side of town is Korean BBQ and more.

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Restaurant Review: Jason’s Deli Tallahassee, FL

Recently, when I have heard the words “Jason” and “Deli” in the same sentence, I have only heard one of two responses. I have heard either “that place is really good” or “that place is always packed, is it any good”? The second response made it easy to decide my next place to review. I am happy to report that yes, Jason’s Deli is good.

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Recipe: Barbecue Rub

About This Recipe

This is going to be the first of a 3 part series. I am going to show you my BBQ rub, my barbecue sauce, then how to put it all together to make an excellent pulled pork (without the need for a smoker). However, the rub and the sauce also work great on beef, chicken, fish, or any other meat you can think of.

Barbecue recipes are some of the most closely guarded recipes out there. Asking someone for a recipe like this is like asking someone’s else’s grandma for a family recipe. These recipes are also some of the most superstitions I have ever come across. A lot of people can’t even tell you why specific ingredients are part of the recipe. I am happy to share with the world the rub I use on my BBQ.

I like to think of a BBQ rub as meant to be a hotchpotch of flavors. A bunch of things that wouldn’t go together in any other style of cooking. I like my rub to have a sweet, spicy, deep and varied flavor. I also think it’s important that the rub doesn’t overpower the meat.
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Kitchen Experiment: Roasting a Cornish Game Hen

This is my first kitchen experiment post. This post will focus on my attempts to try something new in the kitchen. I think the best way to learn something new is to take a hands on approach. My hope is that reading these articles will help the readers learn a few things they didn’t know, and to help them avoid my mistakes.

Something I lack experience doing in the kitchen is roasting large birds (chickens, turkey, etc.). It is something I hope to be really good at one day. There are a few problems with practicing roasting. First, it yields a lot of food. Second, they take a long time to cook. Finally, it can get expensive. My solution? To practice roasting using a Cornish Game Hen. They are small, generally last one or two meals, and only cost $3.00.

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Restaurant Review: Newk’s Express Cafe Tallahassee, FL

This week I have a guest review from one of my best friends (and fellow foodie). If you want my opinion here’s the short version. The food was ok, but I wouldn’t go back unless someone else picked the restaurant. Now, on to the review.

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Recipe: Stuffed Cabbage

About This Recipe

This is recipe I grew up eating quite often. In fact, it was one of the items always on the kitchen table for Thanksgiving. The recipe originally comes from my grandmother, but I have always had it made by my father. Until a few weeks ago, I had never made this dish before. I wasn’t even sure how the sauce was made. When I visited my parents recently, I was able to spend some quality time with my father and we made the dish together. Just like my father, I can’t follow a recipe, so I have made a few alternations  ( I added some white wine for example).

If you are not a fan of cabbage, I would still give this recipe a try. The filling tastes great on its own. In fact, when I was younger, that’s the only way I would eat it.

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Restaurant Review: Your Pie Tallahassee FL

I went to “Your Pie” only knowing two things about it. I knew it was a new pizza place in Tallahassee and that it was a chain restaurant. The concept initially sounded great to me. “Your Pie” is a make your own pizza place – subway style. I couldn’t help but think who doesn’t want to make their own pizza? After all, people are particular about their pizza toppings. That’s when it hit me. Who doesn’t already customize their pizza order? I mean yes, if you order a pizza one might choose a meat lovers pizza, a white pie, etc. However, even though most places offer a choice of specialty pies, all the pizza places I have ever been to allow me to customize my pizza as well.

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