Leprechaun Laughs # 339 for Wednesday March 3rd 2016


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As you can see by all the people working on stage furiously at lap tops, accounting ledgers and the pyramid of used coffee cups  it’s once again Lethal’s busy time of year for his other job. He’s removed his yellow tinted glasses and is rubbing his tired eyes as he spots you arriving. As he heads for the podium he swaps them for his usual ones.

“Top o’ the Morn’ ta ya all! Actually that something you never hear us say in Ireland but hey what to you guys know about it?

SO…moving right along- I’ve noticed something interesting that is going to require further experimentation on my part. Last week you might remember my remarking on the prophetic timeliness of my winter scene banner. I put up a winter banner and Impish gets a significant winter event as his weather guessers called it which is weather speak for a little bit of everything.

Well yesterday after I had already made this banner with the lightly dusted pine no sooner had I set it in place in the issue then Impish mentions to me he’s expecting 4 inches of snow for Wednesday!

So this got me wondering.  Could I some how be influencing his weather? Were my opening banner accurately forecasting his Wednesday weather? If so, what should I do about it? What should I do with this interesting development? Can I turn a buck from it?

As soon as I get a grip on todays crop of panicked clients I’m going to sneak off for a wee research on the subject (read that find a picture for next week from Snowmageddon or Snowpocalypse to use for an opening banner)

Mean time…

TEam USa Lets Roll

 

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Things we have to have..we don’t care if they make sense

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Adult Sippy Cup
Do you spend your hangover days in bed sipping on Pedialyte, OJ, or coffee? You should think about investing in this adult sippy cup from Hundred Million. It’s a two-handled, spill proof sippy cup that holds a liter of liquid. If you’re feeling fragile, and typically a mess when hungover, then this is perfect for you.

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I know Molly has put an order in for one of those wine glasses!

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Oh somebody is gonna get it for sure now!

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May da farce be witchu Yogurt!!

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Impish recently mentioned to me how much of a help the dragonette has been as he does DIY projects about his new house. After seeing this, I now understand what he meant.

Curmudgeonly Chef

Common mistakes to avoid when making bacon, the world’s most perfect food

BLT bacon lettuce tomato sandwich

Bacon is amazing. You know that. We know that. But just because it’s already the world’s most perfect food doesn’t mean it’s invincible. There are some people out there committing truly heinous crimes against bacon. Don’t be one of them. Avoid these common mistakes.

1. Using the Wrong Pan
“Save the nonstick pan for your scrambled eggs,” says Brad Leone,BA’s test kitchen manager. The high fat quantity of bacon makes whatever pan you use essentially nonstick. Aluminum pans are very thin and get ripping hot very quickly, making burnt bacon way too often. The test kitchen staff likes well-seasoned cast-iron for cooking bacon. Not only does it conduct heat evenly (meaning no burnt spots), the bacon grease helps season the pan for future use. It’s a win-win. That said! If you don’t have cast-iron, just be sure to set the flame to low-medium low, and move the pan around periodically to account for “hot spots.”
2. Starting with a Hot Pan
Add bacon to a hot pan, says senior associate food editor Claire Saffitz, and it will immediately seize up, sealing in all of that congealed, unrendered fat. Instead, lay the bacon flat in a cold pan and place it over a burner set to medium or medium-low. As the bacon heats up along with the pan, the fat will slowly liquefy, making for bacon that’s perfectly crisp.

perfectly-cooked bacon

3. Undercooking It
Okay, we’ll admit: In the battle of the bacon, we tend to err on the side of “verging on overdone.” But we’d choose crispy, deeply-browned bacon over floppy, soggy strips any day. The most common culprit of undercooking? Starting the pan too hot and fast (see: tip no. 2). It makes for a burnt exterior before the fat and rest of the meat has time to cook thoroughly.
4. Not Straining the Grease
We don’t have to tell you to save your rendered fat. (Wait—do we?) But you might be skipping an important step: Leone strains the liquid fat through a fine mesh sieve before jarring it and storing it in the fridge (it will congeal, but re-melts when heated). The strainer catches any burnt or crispy bits that can add a bitter flavor to roasted vegetables or cookies (yes, we said cookies). Discard those bits.

bacon-wrapped meatloaf

5. Not Accounting for the Saltiness
If you’re cooking with bacon, say, in a meatloaf or baked beans, remember this important fact: Bacon is inherently salty! Although that doesn’t mean you should skip the kosher salt and Maldon completely, keep in mind that you’re starting with an aggressively seasoned element. Taste as you go, and adjust accordingly—you may wind up using a lot less than you’d think.
6. Microwaving It
Just…no. Please don’t. If you don’t have enough room on the stove top, listen to Leone: Cook the bacon in a moderately hot oven (around 400˚). Just drape it on a rack set over a sheet pan to catch the grease. It may take a little longer, but you won’t get that weird, rubbery texture that only a microwave can impart.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Aioli

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Total Time: 6 hr 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 0
Cook: 6 hr
Level: Easy
Yield: 6 servings

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce (or your favorite wing sauce or a 50/50 mix)
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • One 14-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Celery leaves, for serving
  • Blue Cheese Aioli, for serving, recipe follows

Directions

Add the hot sauce, Worcestershire, molasses, garlic, onions and tomato sauce to a slow cooker and stir to mix the ingredients together.

Sprinkle the chicken breasts liberally with salt and pepper and add to the slow cooker, coating evenly with the sauce. Cover and cook on low until the chicken is tender, 4 to 6 hours.

Transfer the cooked chicken to a large bowl and shred using 2 forks. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and toss to coat with the sauce.

Place 4 to 6 celery leaves on each bottom bun and pile 1/2 cup of the shredded chicken on top. Smear the top bun with Blue Cheese Aioli and place on top of the chicken

BLUE CHEESE AIOLI:

  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

Combine the blue cheese, mayonnaise, thyme and garlic together in a small bowl and stir well.

Tips:

1.) Despite what the recipe calls for I use 50/50 boneless skinless chicken breasts and boneless skinless chicken thighs. Dark meat is cheaper, moister and much more flavorful. You get a much better taste out of the dish for having done so and a little extra in your pocket besides. Also this allows you the choice to make a double batch without breaking the bank.

2.) Toast the buns lightly it gives that crispness the dish will miss by the wings not being fried, plus it helps soak up any stray liquids. Don’t cheap out on the rolls, they are a large part of this dish. I like potato rolls for this because they are dense toast well and will soak up a lot of juice. Also consider going non traditional and using hot dog buns if you’re using this for a party. You  can easily double the number served. If they are going to sit on a buffet table I line my hotdog buns with a leaf of Romaine lettuce before filling so the buns don’t get soggy

3.) If you can make the Blue Cheese Aioli as soon as you stick the chicken in the slow cooker and put it in the fridge so that all the flavors will have a chance to meld.

4.) If you don’t have a bunch of celery with enough leaves for this do what I do, just thinly slice a stalk on the bias and use it in place of the celery leaves on the sandwich. Thin cucumber slices while not traditional also work well in place of the celery.

5.) The chicken mixture also goes well along side or over Mac & Cheese if you have leftovers.

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Hey- How much worse could it possibly be?

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Diary of a ‘muggle IT’ guy working at Hogwarts

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Billy Joel & Guests – Piano Man (Gershwin Prize – November 19, 2014)

Billy Joel performs “Piano Man” with Kevin Spacey, Boyz II Men, Natalie Maines, Josh Groban, Gavin DeGraw, Tony Bennett, LeAnn Rimes and Michael Feinstein during the ceremony where he was honored with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on November 19, 2014 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

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Anti hyprocracy Curmudgeon

About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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3 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs # 339 for Wednesday March 3rd 2016

  1. Ginny says:

    I do browse the store…that’s how I found this type of bacon. It too is partially cooked and by putting them in the microwave for 1 minutes and 15 seconds…it gives you the crispy bacon without the grease.
    Taylor Pork Roll is not the end of breakfast meats, it is used for the most heavenly meat on your egg and cheese sandwich
    Also even Paul can cooked these two….in the microwave…LOL.

  2. Ginny says:

    Great issue this week….so you think you have the power to predict Impish’s snow. Try using
    this link http://howmuchwillitsnow.com/ Put in the town and state. I just did….it’s pretty close.
    I know you would probably be disappointed with my bacon…..I have been using microwave store brand bacon for a long time. I cook it a bit longer and it comes our crispy and yummy. I can’t stand the stove top way with the grease spitting all over. So have a good week to all!!!!!

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Ginny I’ll forgive your bacon heresy and put it down to your being old, saddled with a totally non cooking spouse,
      not having the physical ability to browse the grocery store anymore for recent bacon developments (brown & serve real already mostly cooked bacon)
      and finally…frankly to your being from Jersey and thinking Taylor Pork Roll is the end all breakfast meat.

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