JimRhino

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My Fellow Americans (and World Citizens)…

…as we tick, tock, tick, tock our way into own version of Super Tuesday, I implore you to ‘Stay the course’ and ‘Remember the Alamo’, as we ‘Keep Country First’ to ‘Believe in America’ and when ‘Morning again in America’ comes around on July 3rd, 2012, REMEMBER TO VOTE!

Okay, that’s enough with the re-hashed political campaign slogans. Bottom line is this…

I need and appreciate your vote(s)!

Huge thank you to all who have been voting daily and regularly, and huge thank you to those who have taken the time (the reported record is 5 seconds) to cast a vote for my entry in the 2012 Johnsonville “No Ordinary Burger Contest”. The voting officially ends at 11:59:59pm on July 3rd, so PLEASE cast your vote, or cast another vote, today.

If you wouldn’t mind, please share the voting link (http://www.JimRhino.com/burger) with all your friends, family, neighbors, enemies, heck…if they have an email address, please share the link today.

As many of you know, I am attempting to break all sorts of records with this election of Fan Favorite. If successful in making the Fan Favorite Finals, I will be the first person in history to make it on Fan Votes in 2 consecutive years, will be the first person from Illinois to make it in 2 consecutive years, and if I can manage to pull off a win at the finals, could be the first person in history to win this contest in back-to-back years!! Granted, this contest is only 2 years old, but it’s still fun to think of it as ‘First Person in History’ terms. 🙂

Anyway, please click on any of the links in this post to be intergalactically space warped directly to the OFFICIAL Johnsonville Voting Site.

HUGE thank you to Susan Gluck, Ms. Sharon Woodward, David Quinn, Joannie Minor, and everyone else who have been voting faithfully and daily for the last 6 weeks. And a tremendous thank you to Jeremiah & Sheryl Morning Show on 88.7 The Cross for your support and help!

(Back to meaningless political cliches)

A vote for my burger is a vote for a happy world!

Thank you for your support!!

Please Vote. Pretty Please…

With the announcement that my 2011 “No Ordinary Burger” Contest winning recipe and picture is being unleashed on North America around July 4th of this year, I am already deep in the trenches of the 2012 “No Ordinary Burger” Contest.

Last year’s contest was an incredible experience that would not have happened if not for my family and friends who took 30 seconds out of their life to vote for my recipe. Now that this year’s contest is in full swing, I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP. While I have posted MANY times that it only takes 30 seconds to vote for my burger (once you click any of the links in this post), a friend of mine pointed out that it only took him 18 seconds! Can you beat his record?? Let’s see! Click any of the links in this post, cast your vote for my “Ay Caramba! Chorizo Burger“, then come back here and let us know how long it took. C’mon…it’ll be fun!

Regardless if you post your time or not, I do truly appreciate your time, efforts, and votes in this contest. I am forever grateful that you even took the time to read this entry.

Now…on your marks…get set…VOTE! http://burgercontest.johnsonville.com/Vote/ViewRecipes?entrantID=465

Leftovers are our friends

Some people refuse to eat leftovers. Even in my own household, there are some who will steer clear of any cooked food leftover from the day before…unless it’s in the form of pizza. Heaven forbid it has been in there two whole days!

After working up a recipe for the 2012 Johnsonville “No Ordinary Burger” Contest, we somehow managed to have a Chorizo Burger Patty in the fridge. Sealed up tight and calling my name, I discovered it and just HAD to do something with it. Afterall, it was lonely in the dark fridge. At least I’m guessing it was dark. I’ve never been able to see the light go off when I close the door, so I’m not altogether sure.

So the question begs: What do you do on the rare occassion you find a leftover grilled Chorizo burger patty in the fridge?

Create breakfast! Toasted Whole Wheat Bread, Queso Cheese, Diced Tomatoes and Sweet Red Onion, topped with a Poached Egg, Black Olives, Sea Salt, Poppy Seeds and a sliced Johnsonville Chorizo Burger…Mmm!

Johnsonville Chorizo Burger Breakfast

Nothing tricky about this recipe, if you know how to poach an egg. Just toss all the above listed ingredients on a plate and dive in. If you’re not sure how to poach an egg, check out my previous post. Since discovering this easy poaching method, I have been on an eggcellent egg poaching adventure.

Enjoy!

Carpe Cuisine,
JimRhino

Triple D Pizza

I’m calling this the Triple D Pizza. No, I’m not referring the Guy’s FoodNetwork show, Diner’s Drive-In’s and Dives. This is Deep Dish Deconstructed.

Haven’t been to the grocery this week, so the cubboards are on the lean side. Swung over to the house from the older critter’s first track meet of the year to grab some lunch and soon realized that, (re-read first sentence.) Time to get creative.

We did have some nice Portabello Mushrooms in the fridge, along with some marinara sauce, 3 cheese shredded blend, and some Johnsonville Beef Sausage Bites. I don’t know about you, but my mind instantly thought…PIZZA!

Here’s the lowdown…

I used a spoon to scrape out the ‘fins’ from the underneath side of the shroom; also pulled out the stem, but didn’t throw it away. I chopped the stem and sprinkled it in the cup of the shroom. To that I added a couple dabs of marinara sauce, a sprinkling of Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Smoked Paprika, and Chili Powder; some sliced up Johnsonville Beef Sausage Bites and shredded 3 cheese blend. then added some more sliced up sausage bites.

While the prep was going on, the oven was pre-heating to 400*F. When ready, I baked the ‘shroom pie for 10 minutes. While the cheese was melted at that point, the ‘shroom was still pretty firm, so I baked it an additional 5 minutes. After removing from the 2nd go around in the oven, I sprinkled some chopped almonds on top for texture. It was perfect!

The beef sausage really made a nice flavor on the pie, but the almonds really gave a nice texture and ‘bite’ to the dish. The beefy-ness of the ‘shroom REALLY added a nice flavor and made for an awesome replacement to the traditional pizza dough.

This will definitely be on the ‘will-have-again’ list.

Stretching my 15 minutes

Johnsonville Sausage Logo     Many of my friends already know that I was lucky enough to win the 2011 Johnsonville “No Ordinary Burger” cooking contest, co-sponsored by  the National Pork Board and Walmart, last October.

What a fun experience!

Now, to stretch my 15 minutes another minute and a half, I will have my mug and winning recipe plastered all over the packaging for Johnsonville’s Brat Burgers this summer. It’s pretty exciting to think that I’ll be scaring people all over North America when they pick up a box of brat burgers and turn it over to see what’s on the other side.

Anyway, I just did a photo shoot with the talented Debbie Jourdan, of Jourdan Photography, this week and sent the pictures in for the keen decision makers at Johnsonville to decide which picture they would like to use for the promotion. Here are the pictures submitted. What do you think?

Jim Reincke, 2011 No Ordinary Burger National Champion

Jim Reincke, 2011 No Ordinary Burger National Champion

Jim Reincke, 2011 No Ordinary Burger National Champion

And here’s one that probably WON’T make the product placement award…

Goofy picture from the Johnsonville photo shoot.

Here are a few pictures from the whole experience.

My burger is the one on the right…

Rhino's Shut Yo Mouth Burger - On the Right.

What a cool grill to cook on for the Finals!

The Big Taste Grill

More than 4,000 entries competed for just 6 spots. Here are the finalists for the 2011 Pork Be Inspired “No Ordinary Burger” Contest, co-sponsored by Johnsonville Sausage and Walmart…

The 2011 No Ordinary Burger Finalists

The 2011 Finalists standing on The Big Taste Grill

What an awesome experience!

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