Poetry Mondays – He stands alone (Job 23:8-17)

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But if I go to the east, he is not there;
    

if I go to the west, I do not find him. 

When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
    

when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.

But he knows the way that I take;
    

when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. 

My feet have closely followed his steps;
    

I have kept to his way without turning aside.

I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
    

I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. 

But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
    

He does whatever he pleases. 

He carries out his decree against me,
    

and many such plans he still has in store. 

That is why I am terrified before him;
    

when I think of all this, I fear him.

God has made my heart faint;
    

the Almighty has terrified me.

Yet I am not silenced by the darkness,
    

by the thick darkness that covers my face.

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Happy National Rum Day!!! – August 16 (Cable Car Cocktail)

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Cable Car Cocktail

The Cable Car is an excellent rum drink which was created by Tony Abou-Ganim, the “Modern Mixologist.” It involves Captain Morgan spiced rum and orange curacao, of which the original recipe calls for Marie Bizard.

Also, in Abou-Ganim’s recipe is a fresh lemon sour which is made by mixing 1 part simple syrup with 2 parts fresh lemon juice. A prepared sour mix will work, but his suggestion is strongly preferred.

The name Cable Car was inspired by the tracks near the Starlight Room in San Fransisco where he first created with cocktail.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange peel spiral.

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Happy National Filet Mignon Day!!! – August 13

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Filet Mignon with Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 6 ea. 6 oz. Filet Mignons, thawed
  • 3/4 lb. firm, fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 9 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 2 tsp. flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream, heated
  • 6 slices French bread
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup scotch

Directions

  1. Remove filets from package and set aside.
  2. Heat 3 Tbsp. butter in large saute pan, over medium heat. Sauté the mushrooms for about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add flour, blend well.
  4. Stir in warmed cream, reduce heat to keep warm. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. In a separate pan, heat 2 Tbsp. of oil on medium high heat.
  6. Sauté the filets for 2-1/2 minutes per side for rare, 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare.
  7. Meanwhile in a separate pan, heat 6 Tbsp. butter over medium high heat. Add the bread slices, turning often until golden brown.
  8. Place one bread slice on each serving plate.
  9. Top each bread slice with a cooked filet.
  10. Add the scotch to filet pan juices and boil 1-2 minutes.
  11. Add mushroom sauce to pan with scotch and bring to a boil. Spoon sauce over filets and serve.

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SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST – Fast Relief for Pepper Spray

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Fast Relief for Pepper Spray

  1. Don’t touch the affected area

Since pepper spray is an oil-based product, touching your face will only cause it to spread to other areas making the burning sensation worse

  1. Remove any contact lenses

If you are sprayed while wearing contact lenses its crucial to remove them right away. You can ask for assistance from another person since your own hands will most likely be covered with residue.

  1. Apply milk to reduce the burning sensation

While milk does not remove the oily and inflammatory particles found in pepper spray, it will reduce the sting. Milk contains dairy fat which eliminates the capsaicin’s ability to produce heat. To apply this method, take a large bowl and fill it with cold whole milk and then soak the affected area for relief.

You can also use a spray or water bottle to make it easier to rinse the eyes especially if you don’t have access to a bowl. If you don’t have whole milk around you can use any cold dairy product.

  1. Blink fast to tear up the eyes

Blinking will cause an influx in tears and help in flushing out the capsaicinoids which in turn will reduce dryness.

  1. Rinse with dish detergent and water

Using a mild dish detergent and water makes for a great pepper spray antidote. Take ¼ of a mild dish detergent and mix it with ¾ of cool water. You’re going to need to wash your eyes up to 10 times so it’s suggested you make around 3-4 liters worth of the mixture.

After you have created the mixture you want pour it into a large bowl and dip your face into it for about 20 seconds at a time. Be sure to change the water after each rinse otherwise you’ll just be reusing the same old pepper spray water on your face.  You can also use a wet towel containing the mixture and pat it on the affected area to decontaminate the face.

You may also use a mild soap as an alternative to dish detergent.

  1. Avoid using any lotions or creams

Lotions or for that matter any product that contains oil should be avoided because it will only cause the situation to worsen and the pain to increase.

  1. Use saline solution

Saline will help flush out any extra pepper spray substance in the eye after the burning sensation has subsided. Be sure to continually blink your eyes after applying the solution to help get rid of any remaining oil in your eyes.

  1. Use Liquid Antacid and Water

Liquid antacid (L.A.W.) is a solution comprised of 50 percent liquid antacid and 50 percent water.  This mixture is usually what emergency medics use to treat pepper spray. This only applies to aluminum or magnesium hydroxide based antacids such as Maalox and not simethicone based antacids.  Even though medics primarily use this mixture as a pepper spray neutralizer it’s not recommended for those without experience.

Lastly, remember the effects of pepper spray can last from 15 minutes all the way up to several hours.  During the pepper spray treatment phase it’s important to not touch or rub the affected areas since it will only cause the pain longer to subside.

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Tre’s Kitchen – 2014 Long Beach Crawfish Festival Review

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21st Annual Long Beach Festival for over 21 years the Crawfish Festival has become a tradition to over thousands of festival goers annually. We combine the best Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans sounds of music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style and served by authentic Cajun chefs, giant food court, children’s area, dance floor, two stages and beach bars to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana, right here in Southern California.

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Truly authentic Cajun style in Long Beach California. From frog legs, cat-fish, hush puppies and of course crawfish. These guys had it covered. The decorative umbrellas. Added just the right New Orleans flear, to this west-coast’s homage to the “Big Easy”

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These guys had it down packed. All the wonderful, mouth-watering culinary highlights will blow your mind…and taste buds.

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Can’t wait til next year!!!

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Do I make you Horny Baby? 5 Cocktails that will get you in the Mood

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5 – Aphrodisiac Cocktails

1. Matahari

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Key aphrodisiac ingredient: Pomegranate 

1 1/4 ounces Pierre Ferrand Amber Cognac 

1 oz. Chai-infused Vermouth (see #5 on this list) 

3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1/2 oz. simple syrup 

3/4 ounce POM Wonderful juice 

3 dried organic rose buds 

Put all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add large, cold ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with rose buds.

2. Secret Crush

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Key aphrodisiac ingredient: Pearl Dust (which doesn’t technically have proven aphrodisiac properties, but doesn’t a cocktail that sparkles inherently ooze romance?) 

According to Zaric, “This cocktail is very sexy and inviting and makes a superb aperitif as well as great choice for pairing with antipasti, mezes, tapas or seafood appetizers.” 

5 oz. Llopart Cava Leopardi Brut Rose 

3/4 oz. Campari 

1 brown sugar cube 

4 to 5 dashes Angostura bitters 

1 lemon twist, for garnish 

A dusting of edible pearl dust (available in baking supply stores or online) 

Note: use a very small amount; coat a wet tip of a knife with dust and wash it in the glass. 

Pour half the amount of the sparking wine into the champagne flute. Place the sugar cute on a bar spoon. Saturate it with Angostura Bitters. Carefully place the bitters saturated sugar cube into the flute. Let rest for a moment. Pour the rest of the sparkling wine. Add Campari. Add pearl dust. Twist the lemon over the drink and discard.

3. Fraise Sauvage

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Key Aphrodisiac Ingredient: Strawberries 

1 1/4 oz. Tanqueray Gin 

1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1/4 oz. simple syrup 

3/4 oz. Wild Strawberry Puree (recipe below) 

2 oz. Prossecco 

1 half strawberry, for garnish 

Pour all ingredients except Pressecco into a mixing glass. Add large, cold ice, cover and shake vigorously for 7 – 8 seconds. Pour Prossecco in to a chilled cocktail-martini glass and pour the cocktail over it. Garnish with half a strawberry. 

Wild Strawberry Cordial 

Yields: 1 liter 

2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) frozen wild strawberries or small fresh strawberries 

1 cup sugar 

1 cup water 

1/2 lemon, zested 

1 Tahitian vanilla bean, scored 

Place all ingredients into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil while stirring until all the strawberries break down. Remove from heat and allow cooling. Remove lemon zest and vanilla bean, then pour into a store and pour container. Keep refrigerated until necessary. Fill a labeled squeeze bottle for easiest means of use.

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4. Malena

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Key Aphrodisiac Ingredient: Cinnamon 

Zaric notes that this cocktail has a high complexity, silky texture and long bitter finish, perfect for that special somebody who doesn’t particularly desire a sweeter drink. 

1 oz. Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whsikey 100 proof 

1 oz. Campari 

3/4 oz. ruby Port 

6 grapes 

5 drops of orange blossom water 

3 dashes of Reagan’s Orange Bitters 

ground cinnamon 

orange half wheel for garnish 

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass briefly and pour over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with an orange half wheel and ground cinnamon.

5. Chai-Infused Sweet Vermouth

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Key aphrodisiac ingredients: Ginger & Cinnamon 

“The chai-infused vermouth is the second of our two original vermouth infusions,” Zaric and co-author/owner Jason Kosmas write. “When trying to create our own vermouths from scratch, we noted that sweet vermouths tended to be more spice driven as where dry vermouth relies on herbs. We decided to accentuate some of these flavors while adding a pumping up a few for our own the sweet vermouth infusion. Chai is a very recognized flavor profile consisting of cardamom, clove, cinnamon, black tea and ginger. The resulting flavor is so sexy that you will feel like you have been kissed by a beautiful belly dancer. This intoxicating concoction is the defining ingredient in our Matahari cocktail.” 

Yields: 2 liters 

8 green cardamom pods 

8 cloves 

1 cinnamon stick 

1 inch-piece of ginger, coarsely chopped 

2 tablespoon chai or black tea 

2 liters of Cinzano sweet vermouth 

Place cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger into a small sauce pan and heat for two minutes. Add tea and 2 cups of the vermouth. Bring to a low boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool completely. Add remaining vermouth and strain mixture through a cheese cloth. Bottle and store at room temperature.

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Tre’s Kitchen – Smoken Chicken Wings with sauteed peppered carrots & Dirty rice with Andouille sausages.

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Smoken Chicken Wings with sauteed peppered carrots & Dirty rice with Andouille sausages.

  • 1 pound chicken wings

  • Half cup of Worcestershire
  • Half cup Brown Sugar, reduces, then add
  • Half cup of rum reduces this again until it is thick enough to coat the back of your spoon.

Smoke the wings until they reach 165 degrees.

Then drizzle with reduction.

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!!! Fried Banana with Ice Cream

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Fried Banana with Ice Cream

Ingredients

2 oz Butter

1 Bananas, Peeled and cut into quarters, lengthways

1 Tablespoon Rum – Dark

1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

2 scoops per person Ice Cream – Vanilla

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Instructions

Melt the Butter in a Skillet.

Cut the Banana in Half and cut each half lengthways.

With the butter just bubbling fry the banana for about 20 seconds and turn over for a further 20 seconds.

with the Bananas still in the Skillet, sprinkle each Banana with Cinnamon and Turn each piece over again and again sprinkle with Cinnamon. It doesnt matter if the Cinnamon mixes with the butter.

Place two pieces of the Banana onto each Ice Cream Portion.

Remove the killet from the heat and add the Dark Rum to the Butter/Cinnamon sauce.

Pour sauce over each portion of Ice Cream aand Banana. Enjoy

You can substitute Brandy for the Rum or Omit the Spirit altogether.

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