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Daddy’s Day 2012 – The Feast

Big Ol’ Daddy’s Day Feast 2012

Okay, so the votes have been tabulated and the “Big Ol’ Daddy’s Day Feast 2012” is planned, prepped, and will soon be an epic event…one for the record books.

Thanks to everyone who helped make suggestions for the grand event. Your thoughts, input, and suggestions were all taken to heart. Here we go…

Appetizer:
– Jalapeno Poppers

Main Course:
– Ribeye Steaks
– Asparagus
– Potatoes

Extras:
– Garlic French Bread
– Sautéed Mushrooms

WoW! That sounds so completely and totally UNinteresting, if I do say so myself. If you haven’t been completely bored to point of narcolepsy, and are still reading, let’s try this again…using the same ingredients, but trying to be a little more descriptive…

Appetizer:
Bacon Wrapped / Crab Stuffed Jalapenos
– Stuffed with a blend of Queso and cream cheeses, crab meat, cracked black pepper and smoked paprika, then grilled to excellence.

Main Course:
Sweet Balsamic Glazed Ribeye Steaks
– Marinated and char-grilled to perfection. Drizzled with a honey and balsamic reduction.

Bacon Wrapped Petite Asparagus
– Tender Asparagus bundles wrapped in hickory smoked bacon, brushed with a dressing of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, grilled then seasoned with cracked black pepper and truffle salt.

Smash Baked Potatoes
– Baked whole then smashed, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, then grilled until outside is slightly crisp. Seasoned with cracked pepper mélange and sea salt with a dollup of sour cream.

Extras:
Whole Wheat Garlic Parmesan French Bread
– A split loaf covered with a delicious compound butter of roasted garlic, grated parmesan cheese and scallions. Toasted on the grill.

Sautéed Baby Bella Mushrooms
– Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms sautéed in unsalted butter, minced garlic and a dash of sweet red wine. Served both on the side and over the steaks.

Daddy's Day 2012 Feast

Whew! Hopefully THAT description was a little better. Even with my A.D.D. it was more fun to type, because it was a closer example of how it tasted.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say, since not everyone in the Rhino Domain enjoys this kind of menu, a request was put in for grilled cheese burgers too. Because it is a Big Ol’ Daddy’s Feast, I couldn’t very well just toss a couple of preformed patties on the grill. Nope, this is a special day where I get to go the extra mile to thank my family for putting up with me as a daddy and husband. Anyway, here’s what we did for burgers…

Cheese Burger - Rhino Style

Each burger started with a juicy 80/20 Ground Chuck, mixed with crumbled Queso Cheese, seasoned with a sea salt and black pepper blend, then grilled to liking of each critter*. (Here’s where it gets good) Nestled between a buttered/grilled, corn meal dusted bun, then topped with Colby Jack Cheese, sliced tomato,  hickory smoked bacon, sautéed Baby Bella Mushrooms.

4/5ths of the reason for being.

I am not bragging, but would like to say in a most humble mindset, I am truly blessed to have a beautiful bride who tolerates me, and four incredible children who, despite my short falls and sometimes quick temper, seem to love and appreciate me. This is certainly an epic Daddy’s Day. I appreciate being able to spend time with them and cook for them (even though they don’t always like my ‘creations’), and have a career that allows me to spend time with them.

After all, who says Daddy’s Day is just about celebrating dear old dad? I believe it should be a day where dad gets to show appreciation for having a family. For without them, I would not, and could not, be the person I am. May God bless them with health and happiness throughout their lives.

*I am not referring to scurrying animals, rather ‘critter’ in this sense is an endearing term I often use for my children.

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

AIBreakfast

This is my AIBreakfast (Aaron Inspired Breakfast).

Aaron is a dear friend I met many moons ago, during my travel years. He’s the tourism director for the world famous National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Long story short, Aaron re-pinned a breakfast dish that inspired the following:

This poached egg topped deliciousness turned out sooo good! I had some leftover avocado sliced up from the evening before, it had been tossed with some fresh squeezed lime juice to help preserve it, but was beginning to take on a brownish tint (from oxidation), so I mashed it up with a little sea salt and cracked black pepper. It was creamy and delish.

Also leftover from dinner the night before, I had some split top sandwich rolls, red onion, and queso cheese. These few ingredients were enough to create a super easy and amazingly delicious breakfast. I can foresee making this again sometime and putting it on hearty rye toast or a bagel. Here’s how it was built:

1. Split the roll and toast. Butter each half.
2. Mash avocado with some Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper. Add a little lime juice if you haven’t already done so.
3. Spread the mash over the toast and top with thinly sliced red onion and crumbles of queso cheese.
4. Top with Poached Egg (instructions to follow).
5. Sprinkle with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper to create…

Okay, the perfectly poached egg is easier than you think. Until I stumbled into the world of Pinterest, I had never pulled off a successful poached egg. It really couldn’t be easier, so go ahead, follow these easy steps and see for yourself…

1. Bring a pan of salted water to a slow boil. Add a tablespoon of vinegar.
2. Crack an egg into a coffee cup then slightly submerge the cup into the slow boiling water and roll the egg into the pan…remove the cup.
3. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Remove egg with a slotted spoon and gently rinse with clean water. I run it under the faucet for a second. This will remove any vinegar flavor.
5. Enjoy your perfectly poached egg!

Thanks so much to Mr. Aaron Martin for your inspiration to create this awesome breakfast!

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