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Turkey Musings

Where in the world do they grow turkeys so big? Major League Baseball has got to have a hand in beefing up these ostriches. I mean, the drum sticks are bigger than my thighs and you can park your car under those wings! Scary.

My mind goes back to my first encounter with this 87 pound mutant at Vons. It was rock hard. Frozen solid. Should’ve gone bowling with it, but decided to bring it home to start the thawing process, which takes just under six months. Before roasting, the bird needs a thorough washing and for someone to reach into it’s mouth and retrieve the giblets (I know it’s not really the turkey’s mouth, it just makes me feel better to call it that). The giblets are conveniently in a paper pouch. Every year I wonder how and why the turkey swallowed a bag of giblets…

Many people boil the giblets in water. This shouldn’t be, folks. Giblets should be buried in the earth, never to be seen again! Or fed to the neighbor’s cat. But no, we somehow include them in our feast.

Another interesting thing one will find in the turkey’s “mouth” is it’s neck. Great place for a neck! I pull this thing out and wonder if the turkey is somehow evolving into a giraffe. This often finds its way into the boiling water with the giblets.

Many hours later, we eat. And no one thinks about the mutant bird. No one worries about the giblets or the 27 inch neck. You sit, enjoy the food, enjoy one another, and thank the Lord for His goodness. What a great holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Faithful, FAB-ulous Friends

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Making new friends is sometimes a necessity, and can often be very fulfilling.  But there’s nothing like the comfort of old friends.  Picking up just where you left off, even if it’s been a few years.  That’s how I feel about Fab Hot Dogs and, of course, Porto’s Bakery (my devotion to Porto’s is more like a culinary crush).  Like old friends who live significant distances from us, each visit is a cherished treasure.

Heading home from our “family fun day” in Malibu last week, we had a late lunch/early dinner at Fab.  A few things have changed since my first review (read it here).  Most apparent is how much more busy they are.  For an off time (about 3:30 pm), there was a steady stream of people, something lacking the first time.  Also there were five workers, up from just two.  I guess that’s the power of the BarBeQuethMinistry!.  Or it could possibly be the fact that it was featured on Food Network.  Maybe.

But back to our visit.  My BBQ Honey just can’t resist their Chicago Dog, a true work of art and an explosion of flavor.  I decided to get to know the L.A. Street Dog (foreground in the pic above), which is a bacon-wrapped dog with grilled onions and bell peppers, diced tomato, jalapenos, mustard, mayo and ketchup.  Folks, it’s better than it sounds.  So tasty, without the ecoli poisoning from an actual L.A. Dog from a downtown push cart.  You won’t be wowed by friendly, attentive service at Fab, but I’d keep coming back for more even if they were downright rude.  This place is that awesome.  Hot Dog fans, plan your pilgrimage soon.

Then there’s Porto’s, which was extremely busy when we got there just before 6:00 pm.  It’s a goal of mine to taste everything they offer and I’m learning that their cakes pale in comparison to their pastries and hot savory items (read my two other reviews here and here).  Don’t get me wrong, the Parisian (chocolate cake with chocolate whipped cream frosting) was nice (albeit a bit dry) and the Checkers (sponge cake, chocolate mousse, bavarian cream, and ganache) was very good, but the danishes, croissants and cheese rolls are epic.  I think I’ve tried just over 20 different items and probably have 30 or so left to go.  I can do it.  Just gotta make it a point to visit this faithful friend in Glendale more often.

I invite you to get to know Fab Hot Dogs and Porto’s yourself.

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Malibu Seafood

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I have a couple culinary missions in life.  First, of course, is to find the best BBQ around.  Secondly, I’d like to find the best fish market restaurant on the West Coast (we’ll see if I ever get around to exploring the other side of the country).  These coastal gems supposedly have access to the freshest fish around, sometimes getting their offerings right off the boats.

I first heard about Malibu Seafood on Food Network’s “$40 a Day” and have read many positive reviews.  I recently had the chance to make it my fourth fish market research project.  Though not situated in a busy fishing port, its location right on the Pacific Coast Highway makes for stunning ambiance on a clear day.  But let’s keep the main thing the main thing….

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We ordered the Ahi Tuna Burger and the Fish and Fries.  The fried fish (I believe it was cod) was very good.  Piping hot, obviously fresh out of the fryer, it was flakey and moist with a tasty and crispy batter.  The tartar sauce wasn’t anything special.  Not terrible, just not any better than what you can purchase at the grocery store in a jar.  Also, you have to pay extra for more.  What’s up with that?  Burger is the key word with the Ahi Tuna Burger.  Don’t get lulled into expecting a sushi grade Ahi steak that’s seared on the outside and rare inside.  It’s ground up, seasoned nicely, but pretty dry and lacking any distinctive tuna flavor.  It seriously could’ve passed for a turkey burger.  Very disappointing.

All-in-all, Malibu Seafood is my least favorite fish market restaurant so far (and the most pricey).  When in the area, I would go back for the fried fish and possibly try one of their grilled offerings.  Great location, but you definitely pay for it.  And considering their prices, extra tartar sauce should be complimentary!

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Fave Fives XXIV: Cereals

LIFE_267x179Thanks to reader and youth group alum, Zaza, for the great Fave Fives idea! The BBQthDirector is not a big cereal eater anymore, but every so often my top choices are:

1. Cinnamon Life: Seriously, head and shoulders above the rest. I can eat massive quantities of this.

2. Life: Wyoming Missions Team members will know this as “His Life for Mine” cereal.

3. Cinnamon Toast Crunch: I guess I really like cinnamon in my cold cereal.

4. Honey Nut Cheerios: Growing up, this was an every-once-in-awhile treat. We usually had to deal with the rather bland and boring regular Cheerios.

5. Cocoa Puffs: I don’t think I’ve had this since I was a kid, but the draw of your regular milk turning into chocolate milk still sounds great!

Pillsbury Pun

Most people groan in disgust, but puns really crack me up.  I thought this would be a fun addition to my Foodie Fodder:

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THE PILLSBURY DOUGHBOY DEAD AT 71

Veteran Pillsbury spokesman, The Pillsbury Doughboy, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes to the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, The Hostess Twinkies, Captain Crunch, and many others.  The graveside was piled high with flours as longtime friend Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as a man who “never knew how much he was kneaded.”

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with many turnovers.  He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes.  Still, even as a crusty old man, he was a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough. They have two children and one in the oven.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

**The BBQthDirector didn’t write this; if you know who the author is, let me know and I’ll gladly give them the credit they deserve.

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