Boys Camp

Christy and Chey went to girls camp this week. Yes, I missed them horribly. But we managed to still have a little fun and even get down in the dirt a little, some of us more than other.

Logan sure enjoyed the having complete access to the sling shot. He was able to get fairly accurate, probably because of the all the practice he got. He had a shooting range set up and spent hours and hours of knocking over cans. He even was able to punch a hole through one of his cans.

Ready. Aim


While I was trying to get a picture of Logan and the slingshot Luke wanted a “Picture with my mouth open” So here you have it a picture with his mouth open. Ain’t it grand.

I always make some time for Dutch oven potatoes whenever we go camping. They are always good, but this batch was exceptional. I will throw the recipe at the end. πŸ˜€ You’re welcome.

Along the way I picked up a new favorite camping food tradition. Totinos party pizzas. Since I am already “not-camping” because of my trailer. Why not take advantage of it. Bake the pizzas cut the boxes to serve the pizza on. Everyone likes them and the clean up is the easiest ever. (It’s called kindling for the fire)

Traditional Dutch Oven Potatoes

This is a ratio so you can double, triple, 10X, or whatever as needed.

2 Lbs of Potatoes cubed (I like and use Yukon Gold)
1 lb onion chopped
1 lb stew meat
1 lb carrots chopped
1/2 lb bacon chopped
2 tsp celery seeds
2 tbls season salt (I love the stuff in Winco’s bulk area)

Render the bacon until it is almost crsipy. Add meat and one cup of water cook over med-high until the water is gone. Add another cup of water stir well. Add the onions carrots then spices, then add the potatoes. put the lid on and cook for 45 mins to an hour do not stir. Once, the potatoes are cooked stir well and serve the meat should have gotten that wonderful brown pieces.

My Day In The Rain

A few months ago I was asked to do a senior portrait session for the daughter of a good friend of mine.Β  I will admit it was a little nerve racking for me, but she is a beautiful, fun girl who I have known her whole life.Β  How hard could it be… Well other than the extremely ominous dark clouds that where forming for the deluge that was to come.

We started out in my back yard for some “safe” shots, while I still had a reasonable amount of light.

Then it was off to Wheeler Farms.Β  Here almost everything was shot with with a shoot thru 30in umbrella with a SB-600 using Nikon’s CLS system to supplement the “available” light.Β  At this point the skies were so dark to get any kind of light I was shooting at f/4 or less and at 1/50s or less.Β  The end of the shoot it was actually starting to rain quite heavily, and I do mean heavily. This was the point were I was very grateful that I had a Pelican case.

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Banh Mi

I was a faithful watcher of the Food Networks Great Food Truck Race. They had a Sandwich Truck that was making these amazing looking Vietnamese sandwiches called a Bahn Mi. They looked amazing and very nearly won the whole competition.

I was right this is one of the greatest sandwiches I have ever had!!

For the pork:
10 cups simmering water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 medium garlic cloves, peeled
2 tbls Sambal or Sirracha (red rooster sauce)
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
3 pounds bonelessΒ pork butt

For the pickled carrots:
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups peeled and coarsely shredded carrots (from about 3 medium)

Everythihng else:
2 Vietnamese or French baguettes (not sourdough)
6 tablespoons Mayonnaise NOT Miracle Whip that crap is nasty
10 ounces pork pΓ’tΓ© (optional)
1 large English cucumber, halved crosswise and sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick pieces
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
4 jalapeΓ±os, sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick pieces
4 teaspoons light soy sauce

Pour 2 cups of the simmering water into a 6-quart heatproof container with a tightfitting lid, then remove the remaining water from heat. Add salt and sugar to the heatproof container and stir until dissolved. Add garlic, chiles, peppercorns, and pork. Top with remaining 8 cups of now-tepid water to fully cover the meat. Submerge the meat if necessary by filling a resealable bag with water and placing it on top. Cover and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight. When the pork is ready, remove from the liquid, rinse, pat dry with paper towels, and place fat side up in a roasting pan. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400Β°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Roast pork until the internal temperature reaches 165Β°F, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, at least 45 minutes, then slice thinly, about 1/8 inch thick.

For the pickled carrots: These are what makes this sandwich out of this world don’t miss out on this.
Combine vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once sugar and salt have dissolved, remove from heat, add carrots, and stir to coat in pickling mixture. Let stand until carrots have softened, at least 30 minutes or overnight. Drain well and set aside.

Bring it all together!!
Slice off the top 1/3 of the baguettes lengthwise and set aside. Remove enough of the bottom interiors so that the filling can fit easily.Spread 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise on each baguette’s upper 1/3 and 2 tablespoons on each bottom. Crumble half of the pΓ’tΓ© (if using) on each bottom section, then top with sliced pork, cucumber, cilantro leaves, pickled carrots, and jalapeΓ±os. Sprinkle each sandwich with soy sauce and close with the upper parts of the baguettes.

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Balsamic-Honey Glazed Steak

I have been a complete slacker on theΒ bloggingΒ front.Β  So just to have something on my main page other than my twitter archives I thought that I would put up what I made for Christy for Mother’s Day.

While this I used this for steak it would equally rock on any other protein: chicken, fish, pork, heck even tofu.

Balsamic-Honey Glaze

3/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup Ketchup
1 tsp granulated garlic

Mix all the ingredients together in a small sauce pan.Β  Bring to a low boil, keep on the heat until it is a thick syrup.Β  Make sure you are stirring because it will burn.Β  Also this is vinegar so it will clean out the sinuses as it is cooking down, but it is sooo worth it. It is a glaze so you will want to put it on your grilled food in the last 5 minutes of the cooking process. After you put apply the glaze remove the meat from the direct heat and let it continue to cook indirectly for that perfect coating.

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