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Paula Deen eating a cheeseburger

Let's not draw anymore attention to this horrid little fiasco......so many good, no, great things one can put on one's plate!!

Jan 27, 2012
thejeffetx in Food Media & News

jeff/mex chicken cacciatori

Jul 22, 2011
thejeffetx in Recipes

Is Mate Better When Sipped Through a Bombilla?

p.s. I was taught to insert the straw (again also called bombilla) angled to the side of the bowl.....after a portion of refills, one carefully works the straw to the other side and continues, thereby a fresher in fusion. There is nothing like having a fresh fill of mate'.

Jul 22, 2011
thejeffetx in Features

Is Mate Better When Sipped Through a Bombilla?

Years ago I met and come to know a young Brazilian dentist interning here at a Cancer Center. (Someone said to fill the Bombilla half way with mate, half sugar, then boiling water. Whoa!! What country that is from I do not know!!) One fills half way with mate, inverts the gourd, taps the side to get fine to bottom, carefully inserts the metal straw (also called Bombilla [pronounced 'bombishia']. Then water not to hot, never cold, never never boiling. There is an entire culture around how the mate is served and how it is initially offered. If the water were that hot, the guest would either instantly leave or shoot you. And never, never sweetened.

Jul 22, 2011
thejeffetx in Features

You're Lame If You Use Briquettes

Okay, I live on 5 acres of wood in S. C. Texas, I heat with wood in the winter; ergo, I have an endless supply of chunks of oak! I keep these of varying thicknesses in a large container of water 24/7. When I want to b'bue, I build a base fire of twigs, small branches, when that has died down to really hot embers, I put on top the amount of wet oak I think I am going to need. I have an enclosed cooker, pop on the lid and voila', Texas bb'que at it's best.

Granted, many of you don't have this facility of geography that I do....is there no way you can make a pleasant outing of going outside your immediate domain in pursuit of chunks of wood for same? I tell you, it would be well worth it!

:) jeffetx

Jul 15, 2011
thejeffetx in Features

You're Lame If You Use Briquettes

Right on with comment about charcoal starter fluid! But, if you must use it, give your pocket book a break. You can buy Mineral Spirits (I wouldn't advise buying the more expensive odorless variety...no telling what is added to have that happen!) in your paint store for about $8-$10/ gal. Same stuff as the much more expensive charcoal lighter fluid. And don't let it soak in as recommended.....pour it on and light it. It is not explosive, but generates enough heat to get the charcoal started, especially if you build a pyramid of the charcoal before you start.

Jul 15, 2011
thejeffetx in Features