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Friday, May 24, 2013

Cook Like A Man; Sauce Like a Woman

Golly Gee! Memorial Day weekend has descended upon us and I'm not even ready. Are you???

Marion and I don't have anything spectacular planned for the weekend. As a matter of fact, things will probably be quiet at the "ranch" this year. I'm still recuperating from my trip and Marion is thrilled to once again have the house to herself. She had Marion "sitters" while I was gone and according to her, her daily routine was interrupted more than once:) We may live in the same house, but we have plenty of space between us. We like it that way:)

I may have mentioned it before, long, long ago but heck it's certainly worth mentioning again just in case...not only is May National Barbecue Month but, it also happens to National Hamburger Month too!!! Makes sense when you think about it. Some where in the archives of this blog I'm sure I have written about both however, I don't think I've ever discussed The History Of Barbecue Sauce. As it happens, I won't be discussing that today either because it has been well documented by Meathead at Amazing Ribs! So, what's left to talk about this Memorial Day weekend? Decoration Day of course.

To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.
“And now the Torch and Poppy red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.”
– from “We Shall Keep the Faith,”

~Moine Belle Michael~
The Memorial Day tradition of wearing red poppies began in 1915 as a symbol of commemoration of those men and women who we honor today. While reading Ladies' Home Journal, an overseas war secretary named Moina Michael came across the famous World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. She started selling them to friends and co-workers and campaigned for the red flowers to become an official memorial emblem. The American Legion embraced the symbol in 1921, and the tradition has spread to more than 50 other countries, including England, France and Australia. Time Magazine

If you would like to glorify the tradition of the Red Poppy for Memorial Day, follow this link to a recipe for Red Poppy Apple Tarts. Just right!

The Food

In the beginning there was fire, and when primitive man learned to capture and use it rather than flee from it in terror like other animals, a profound distinction arose between his way of life and theirs. Having provided himself with a source of warmth and light against the cold and dark, he learned before long to throw killed game upon the flame rather than devour it raw, and so laid the basis for an entirely new diet... The Horizon Cookbook and Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking through the Ages p.12
How to Grill Caveman T-bone Steaks

Not only did George Washington have a large smokehouse at his plantation at Mt. Vernon, I read in Politics and Pot Roasts by Sarah Hood Salomon that George Washington "had the first recorded barbecue in America." It consisted of a 500 pound ox which was roasted after the President laid the cornerstone for the Capitol. Perhaps, this is why he is sometimes referred to as "The First Barbecue Critic!" Just a note, LBJ was the first President to hold a barbecue at the White House.

George Washington "went in to Alexandria to a Barbecue and stayed all Night," as he wrote in his diary for May 27, 1769, he won eight shillings playing cards and probably ate meat from a whole hog, cooked for hours over hardwood coals, then chopped or "pulled."  By the early nineteenth century at the latest, a sauce of vinegar and cayenne pepper (originally West Indian) was being sprinkled on the finished product. This ur-barbecue can be found to this day in eastern North Carolina and the adjoining regions of South Carolina and Virginia, virtually unchanged.The Southern Barbecue Trail

Did you know that in the old days of politics, it was quite common for candidates to hold small town rallies that included a barbecue. Local farmers could contribute a hog or a goat to their candidate of choice as support and the towns people had free food and entertainment. Political campaigns have often enticed people to attend events offering food and drink. In 1840, President William Henry Harrison held a barbecue in Wheeling, West Virginia. Thirty thousand people showed up. The food included 300 hams, 26 sheep, 20 calves, 1,500 pounds of beef, 8,000 pounds of bread, over 1,000 pounds of cheese, 4,500 pies and numerous bottles of hard cider."

Hungry yet? How 'bout a Hard Chargin' Blue Cheese Stampede gleaned from the above pictured Marlboro Cook Like A Man cookbook?

Here's the recipe!

The next recipe, from the same book, is titled Thirsty Bird. I've actually attempted this recipe before. Below you will see the results. Let me tell you, it doesn't look anything like the recipe in the book but it sure was good!!! Be careful if you attempt it.

Since I started this post in a saucy kinda manner, it's only fitting I end it the same:) Here's a recipe for Red Hot Mama's Barbecue Sauce

P.S. If you're in need of a fabulous barbecue sauce cookbook, check out The Ultimate Barbecue Sauce Cookbook: Your Guide to the Best Sauces, Rubs, Sops, Mops, and Marinades by Jim Auchmutey and Susan Puckett. Not only does it dive right in to recipes from cook-off champions throughout the USA, it is also spiced with lore from chefs, celebrities, and all kinds of people obsessed with barbecue. It may only have 100 recipes but let me tell you, I don't think the authors missed a thing! I highly recommend the Death Row Bourbon Sauce. Created by quite the ambitious woman, I was delighted when I found the recipe and history for you online at Key Ingredient. Enjoy and have a safe and filling holiday weekend! Louise

Resources
1. 7 Things You Didn't Know About Memorial Day
2. Barbecue Diplomacy at LBJ's Texas White House

40 comments:

  1. I wanna make my own BBQ sauce someday and is planning it soon. It's in my list to do too long already. Nice to see you back on track dear. Happy weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. Barbecue Sauce is really not that complicated Kristy and yet, I too am still seeking the "perfect" sauce. I guess it depends on your style too:) Have a GREAT day!

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  2. Great post.. love that the last barbecue post has cocoa in it! Beautiful flower, too. My own garden is really blooming, and I've been posting flower photos a few times a day on my Facebook page. I have over 125 rose bushes.. counted them.. and there were more, but the gophers got them. Have a great holiday weekend!

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    1. What would a Red Hot Mama be without cocoa Janet, lol.. Unfortunately, I'm not on FB, Janet. I do however, have a Pinterest board devoted to National Rose Month in June. Are your rose pictures on any of your Pinterest boards? I'll have to check. You have a GREAT weekend too, be safe...

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  3. Hi louise! I didn't know you were blogging again, welcome back! I have tet to find "my" perfect BBQ sauce.

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    1. Hi Heather!!!

      I'm pretty sure I dropped by your blog and left you a comment about my return to blogging, which by the way, I'm thrilled. I did have a bit of a time leaving a comment so maybe it didn't go through. Ever since I got my dot.com on Wordpress, I've been having such a time leaving comments on some blog.

      Well, it sure is good to "see" you and I was delighted to see your blog looking as delicious as ever!!!

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  4. I've been a bit BBQ-crazed lately - it's gotta be the warm weather! I do make my own sauce, but rarely the same way twice - there are so many different styles that I like. Glad to hear it's National Barbecue Month! And glad you're reminding us of all these important dates again! Really fun post - thank you.

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    1. I never make the same thing twice, EVER, Kitchen, even when I follow a recipe I feel the need to change it up a bit. I think I added coffee to the Thirsty Chicken recipe but I'm not sure, lol...

      Thanks for stopping by, John. It sure is GREAT to be back!

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  5. Good day Louise, thanks so much for your quick reply. I actually wasn't quite sure if I'll be able to handle the game. haha.... Just hoping that it will go on & on, since it only runs once a year. Probably, you can use the Link wizard! Enjoy.
    Kristy

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    1. It hadn't occurred to me to use link wizard, Kristy. I may just look into it. Whenever I see it on other blogs though I get the feeling it's a bit impersonal. However, I really never looked into it. Thanks!

      I'm not sure about the Picnic Game yet. I think my next post will be about it and we'll see how many people are game. I sure have been getting a lot of inquiries about it! Enjoy your weekend, Kristy and thanks for popping by:)

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  6. Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Louise! At the moment, it's like early March outside and I fear that Mother Nature is planning to give our BBQ a good soaking. At least I'll be able to savor your amazing pictures. Nothing better than beef and blue cheese! And, I am SO excited to learn that George Washington was also the Father of the BBQ!!!

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    1. It's pretty chilly in these parts too, T.W. Seems more like Labor Day weekend:) I had a feeling you would appreciate that little tidbit about George. I immediately thought of you when I found it.

      Hope your Memorial Day plans are salvaged. You just never know what Mother Nature may send our way!!! Be Safe...

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  7. The Knight is a passionate outdoor cook. He grills. He smokes. He barbeques. I wonder if we still called it Decoration Day if it would be more celebrated for what it is, rather than a long weekend and the start of "summer"??

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    1. I really stink at grilling, Channon. However, I keep on trying, lol...Perhaps the Knight could offer some tips:)

      I do believe a resurge in Decoration Day may be just what we need. Memorial Day seems to always include "weekend."

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  8. Hi Louise,
    The Red Hot Mama's Barbecue Sauce sounds good. I might just give it a try!
    Thank you for stopping by my garden. I have just posted on my pineapple harvest! The fruit was really juicy and oh, so sweet!
    Hope you have a great weekend too!

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    1. I'll be right over Joyce. I can't wait to see your pineapple. Now I know there is still hope for mine, lol...

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  9. i like meat as much as the next omnivore, but what i LOVE are rubs and barbecue sauces. i love a little sweetness in there, and some spice is nice too. :)

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    1. That makes two of us, Grace. You should check out that book. It has a lot of creative rubs and sauces!

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  10. What nice title dear Louise (Im so happy you come back:)
    What nice and amazing burger Louise!! I always loved burgers but I like so much made in home!!
    have a nice weekend!

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    1. You are "toot sweet," Gloria. I haven't had a good burger in ages. Time to change that!

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  11. Man and Woman perfect together in the kitchen in the mind :D
    These meaty recipes would be perfect for my brother :)

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Normally I would say those meaty recipes would be perfect for my son but he has gone vegan, Uru and quite "frankly" I don't think it could even me tempted. I, on the other hand, could be! Thanks for visiting...

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  12. Looks like classic carnivore food!

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    1. Indeed it does, Inger! I'm having a hard time getting to your blog from this comment. It goes to google plus, which I'm not on. Good thing you're in my sidebar:) Be right there:)

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  13. What luscious sounding recipes. The Bleu Cheese Burger is calling my name.

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    1. I have it on my to-do list too Pattie.

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  14. This post is amazing and BBQ is making me crazy. So good to see you back to the Blogging World. I know at times it is very difficult to spare time and make a post, but I do read ur posts and eagerly wait for another one. I loved ur little poem and the simple classic title. My long weekend was gud and hope you had a great time too. Luv and Regards, Sonia

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sonia. You are too sweet. LOVED those Orange Jaffa Cakes. What a GREAT birthday "present" for your son!!!

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  15. Hi Louise, so good to have you back. Hope you are having a good memorial day weekend over there. It's a long weekend here too - spring bank holiday. Don't shoot me but I'm not a burger person but I do like a good BBQ sauce!

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    1. A good BBQ sauce is right up there with a good Burger for me, Ros but I certainly wouldn't "shoot" you over it, lol...Thanks for dropping by...

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  16. It is great to have you back Louise. You really write well and your articles are always very interesting. I love this burger! Very succulent and tasty!!

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    1. Why thank Alida. It's GREAT to be back! I had a difficult time tracking down your blog. This link with your name and picture goes to a blog that is no longer active. I'll email you about it. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  17. hi louise, very nice to hear from you again. Sorry for coming by late, was busy and just came back from Bangkok. That burger certainly makes me salivating..oops..so are you making one for yourself today? ..and the recipe of the bbq sauce do sounds good to me..i've never attempted making bbq sauce at home!

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    1. Hope you had a wonderful trip Lena. I haven't made the hamburger...yet but, I've already prepared Marion for some hamburger goodness. One day you should really try to make your own BBQ sauce. It isn't really difficult. You probably have ingredients on right in your pantry that you can make it out use. Give it a try and let us know how you do:)

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  18. Glad you had a quiet Memorial Day weekend; you needed it after all of the hullaballoo going on there for the past few weeks. It was cold and rainy here anyway, so no plans was no big deal to us. We did have ribs done in the oven and burgers under the broiler, so it was like having outdoor party food, just indoors and warmer!

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    1. I've been making a point of really relaxing on the weekends Marjie. Things have a tendency to hectic during the week as I'm sure you know:)

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  19. Dear Louise, so happy to hear from you :)
    My mouth is watering for the hamburger filled with blue cheese...yum!
    Have a lovely week my dear...and glad that you are back :)

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    1. We had a nice weekend, Juliana, thanks. No blue cheese hamburgers yet though:) It's good to be back!

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  20. The hamburger with blue cheese looks divine :) We had bbq'ed ribs for dinner tonight but cheated with store-bought bbq sauce. It was awfully good, though.

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    1. We "cheat" with store bought "stuff" a lot around this house Lynn. I bet a lot of people do they just don't admit it like us, lol...

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise