Month: December 2008

You better watch out!!!!

Remember back when I explained my name and told about Bar 595, well in those bottles behind the bar there is actual alcohol and from time to time people who have sat at Bar 595 have over-medicated themselves on occasion. Even I have awoken on some mornings and said that the Bar is evil and needs to be destroyed but 3 years ago a great idea was concurred and 2 grown men (who act like kids) started something that now has become an annual event.

You see 3 years ago one night in December the Honorable Johnny Kalb and yours truly jumped a little too much in the jug and came up with a great idea of purchasing a piece of Christmas inflatable yard art and putting it in someones yard. That year it was a Penguin sitting on an Igloo and since it was mid December the price was very reasonable. The Penguin was moved to various friends of ours in the hood when one of the residents who we put it in got very upset in that it was ‘Tacky’ and should be removed immediately! Now Doctor Kalb and I have been called many things and by much worse people but Tacky is not one of those descriptions so in spirit of Christmas we went the next day and purchased another inflatable and put it in her yard!
Little did we know that the younger children in the hood loved the idea and every morning on the way to school the parents of the kids had to drive around the hood to see where the Penguins ended up that night. To be nice we always made sure that the kids got the inflatables on Christmas eve and were put on the porches with “drunken” care!
Now fast forward to current day and we now have a good assortment of inflatables and to mark the Christmas season Kalb puts all of them in his yard for his Cotton Carnival Christmas party and after a couple of days they fly around to harass the various neighbors of South Bluffs. Oh and that lady who complained, she moved to Harbor Town but I have heard that some residents have called the Property Manager and complained a little but then when they are told it is a joke they allow it to go on. Anyway here is the start of Red Neck Christmas in South Bluffs 08!
The front of the Kalb residence (we are going to get some complaints again!)
This could be the tackiest thing yet that we have gotten!
This is Penguin #2 as the first one died during the summer
The inside of Kalb’s yard

This is the purchase of this year, Santa with Pink Flamingos!

Yep we have Flamingos too!

And another Penguin (this one goes up and down in the igloo)

And to not be out done we also have a flock of yard Flamingos too!

Now the big question is who gets it first this year?

TTK!

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You better watch out!!!!

Remember back when I explained my name and told about Bar 595, well in those bottles behind the bar there is actual alcohol and from time to time people who have sat at Bar 595 have over-medicated themselves on occasion. Even I have awoken on some mornings and said that the Bar is evil and needs to be destroyed but 3 years ago a great idea was concurred and 2 grown men (who act like kids) started something that now has become an annual event.

You see 3 years ago one night in December the Honorable Johnny Kalb and yours truly jumped a little too much in the jug and came up with a great idea of purchasing a piece of Christmas inflatable yard art and putting it in someones yard. That year it was a Penguin sitting on an Igloo and since it was mid December the price was very reasonable. The Penguin was moved to various friends of ours in the hood when one of the residents who we put it in got very upset in that it was ‘Tacky’ and should be removed immediately! Now Doctor Kalb and I have been called many things and by much worse people but Tacky is not one of those descriptions so in spirit of Christmas we went the next day and purchased another inflatable and put it in her yard!
Little did we know that the younger children in the hood loved the idea and every morning on the way to school the parents of the kids had to drive around the hood to see where the Penguins ended up that night. To be nice we always made sure that the kids got the inflatables on Christmas eve and were put on the porches with “drunken” care!
Now fast forward to current day and we now have a good assortment of inflatables and to mark the Christmas season Kalb puts all of them in his yard for his Cotton Carnival Christmas party and after a couple of days they fly around to harass the various neighbors of South Bluffs. Oh and that lady who complained, she moved to Harbor Town but I have heard that some residents have called the Property Manager and complained a little but then when they are told it is a joke they allow it to go on. Anyway here is the start of Red Neck Christmas in South Bluffs 08!
The front of the Kalb residence (we are going to get some complaints again!)
This could be the tackiest thing yet that we have gotten!
This is Penguin #2 as the first one died during the summer
The inside of Kalb’s yard

This is the purchase of this year, Santa with Pink Flamingos!

Yep we have Flamingos too!

And another Penguin (this one goes up and down in the igloo)

And to not be out done we also have a flock of yard Flamingos too!

Now the big question is who gets it first this year?

TTK!

Hey Boss I got Anal Glaucoma today….

Sorry for the lack of posts, it would appear that when you take a week off and head out of the country work expects for you to make deadlines when you return. Anyway we are now in the final countdown till the end of the year/quarter and I still have 2 more sick days so I burned on this past Friday. I informed the boss that I was going to have a bad case of Anal Glaucoma tomorrow (Translation – I couldn’t see my arse coming into work today) so I needed to stay home and rest.
I had a good day off as momma and I had a nice early lunch and then I ventured off to get my hair cut as the other day someone called me a ‘mam’ and I need to look my best for the family Christmas parties and stuff. In that I try to support downtown vendors I get my hair cut at the Peabody Hotel and they have the full Christmas decorations up so I snapped a couple of pics before my hair appointment.
I do promise to do better for the next couple of weeks and already have next post’s in my head.

See I am a stress ball waiting to explode! (photo stolen from Barnacle Bill)
Now this is the way it is supposed to be, Christmas trees AFTER Thanksgiving!

The tree in the Peabody Hotel

The main fountain in the Peabody lobby (wait what is that dark stuff in the fountain?)

Why it is the world famous Peabody Hotel Ducks

Another View of the tree from the ground level
Now for those of you who do not know of the Peabody Hotel, the South’s Grand hotel, here is the website and also the reason they have ducks swimming in the fountain. The hotel is very nice as well as all of the restaurants and bars in it but do us a favor, don’t drink the Mint Julep, you will not be happy! (Trust us!)
TTK!

Hey Boss I got Anal Glaucoma today….

Sorry for the lack of posts, it would appear that when you take a week off and head out of the country work expects for you to make deadlines when you return. Anyway we are now in the final countdown till the end of the year/quarter and I still have 2 more sick days so I burned on this past Friday. I informed the boss that I was going to have a bad case of Anal Glaucoma tomorrow (Translation – I couldn’t see my arse coming into work today) so I needed to stay home and rest.
I had a good day off as momma and I had a nice early lunch and then I ventured off to get my hair cut as the other day someone called me a ‘mam’ and I need to look my best for the family Christmas parties and stuff. In that I try to support downtown vendors I get my hair cut at the Peabody Hotel and they have the full Christmas decorations up so I snapped a couple of pics before my hair appointment.
I do promise to do better for the next couple of weeks and already have next post’s in my head.

See I am a stress ball waiting to explode! (photo stolen from Barnacle Bill)
Now this is the way it is supposed to be, Christmas trees AFTER Thanksgiving!

The tree in the Peabody Hotel

The main fountain in the Peabody lobby (wait what is that dark stuff in the fountain?)

Why it is the world famous Peabody Hotel Ducks

Another View of the tree from the ground level
Now for those of you who do not know of the Peabody Hotel, the South’s Grand hotel, here is the website and also the reason they have ducks swimming in the fountain. The hotel is very nice as well as all of the restaurants and bars in it but do us a favor, don’t drink the Mint Julep, you will not be happy! (Trust us!)
TTK!

Anthony Bourdain is my homeboy and a shout out to the two R’s of the 2 C&R’s in Bayleeze!

Ok, has CT jumped into the sacramental wine with a a post like that? Seriously did he hit hit his head, I mean what is going on in Crime-free Memphis? Actually I have been ‘volunteered’ to make a beef tenderloin for my mother and her Christmas Hen party that is on Thursday so off to the kitchen I go to prep for her. I had just finished reading Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” and since I endured a couple of years of waiting tables in some good french restaurants I could not put the book down and actually wet myself on 2 occasions, it is that good. Not to spoil Chef Bourdain’s book (you better call them Chef much like you say Mam or Sir) I won’t go into detail but I will say that when that man dogs the likes of Emeril (that ewok looking b@$stard) or (that dreamy, sexy) Bobby Flay, and he means business give it a read if you can! Anyway so when you grow up before the food channel was on you learn to cook from what restaurant you work so I learned how to prepare food the french way, needless to say Mrs. Trumpet after our 10 meal finally begged for just a burger and hold the heavy whipping cream!

So, this evening I am going to prepare a whole beef tenderloin stuffed ala sauteed garlic, pine nuts, pesto, and Gorgonzola cheese and before your jaw drops, the small ‘heel’ as I call it is stuffed with double Gloucester Stilton cheese. Now the reason that I have given a shout out to the two R’s of the 2 C&R’s in Bayleeze is that both the R’s are Italian and can use that stuffing for just about anything they want to (pork, chicken, fish) and I also want to torment both C&R’s a little because they are enjoying a nice little climate right now and I am freezing my arse off! Actually this past trip Mrs. Trumpet and I both said that we came away with 2 sets of good friends that we look forward to many years ahead of friendship and the invitation is always open at 595 for this meal!

Oh and if you are scratching your head wondering why I made the Anthony Bourdain book reference, I learned how to tie tenderloin the french way and I think if Chef were to take a look at this blog he would be impressed (not with the recipe that I am drinking beer while making it!) Ok, how to prepare it!

Sliver garlic into paper thin sheets and half the pine nuts
Saute over a medium high heat in butter (of course)

Oh the house is starting to smell like love now!

Remove from heat and add Gorgonzola cheese and fresh pesto

Here Chef Trumpet is butterflying the tenderloin (photo taken by Mrs. Trumpet or the Blog widow as she calls herself on occasion)

Beat the hell out of it and try to make it a little flatter (inside only) and add Salt and Pepper

Scoop out the Garlic, pine nuts, pesto and Gorgonzola love into the middle of it!

Re-tie the tenderloin with kitchen twine using the French loop and tug method

Damnit Chef Trumpet misjudged his twine and has 6 inches short (insert joke here please) Now the former crazy French Chefs that I worked for would make the grill man re-wrap that entire tenderloin but since I am on a tight schedule I will cut and splice!

How is that for some fancy knitting?

Now to the heel – prepare the same way as the big b@stard and salt and pepper her too!

Here is how you do the French loop and tug. Tie the end using a simple know and hold tight

Bring the twine across the meat and hold with your finger and loop around the tenderloin and secure around your finger

looping around

As you loop around and re-secure the twine, give her a tug and continue to the end of the tenderloin. The reason you do this is that there is only one string and you can cut each steak into a perfect portion (if you spaced it correctly)

Now place both tenderloins into a Ziploc bag and if both R’s are still reading along, go get a tissue because I am fixing to perform a crime against Italia

Pour in two liter bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and let set overnight! Sadly you will have to discard the oil but let me tell you the meat will be “Slap ya Momma good!”

Oh my mother is so lucky to have a son like me!
Now when you are ready for cooking remove both tenderloins from the oil love bath let dry and bake for one hour @ 350 using a meat thermometer. On the large portion you can almost use the clock as one hour (after letting it rest for 20 minutes) the middle sections will be Med rare and the end will be Med to Med W. The smaller Heel portion use the meat thermometer and remember (When the heel and the thermometer come right out of the oven the thermometer will be hot as well!) This comes from experience!
TTK!