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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Friday on My Mind

What you see in this picture is perfection--a cupcake from Jessie's Bake Shop in East Hampton, NY. We had their cupcakes at our wedding-- huge, moist cupcakes with the most delicious buttercream icing-- and real icing, not that cloying unbuttery garbage you get most of the time. Mmmmm. Plus we put real baby roses in our cupcakes. Listen to me now-- if you are in the hamptons and you crave a kickass cupcake, go to Jessie's. They don't have a website, but: Jessie's Bake Shop 297 Springs Fireplace Rd East Hampton.

The only icing I've had recently that comes close was from Mother Moose Bakery on Staten Island who also don't have a web site. Anyway, Here are a bunch of pics and notes on what we ate over memorial day, like this smoke-roasted london broil.

The roast was slathered w/ a paste of mustard and rub that included black pepper, garlic powder and a few other simple spices, like paprika. Nothing fancy.

The cooking began friday evening. As soon as we got off the train we walked to the Waldbaums and got a whole bunch of vegetables to grill (on a Tec gas grill that is pretty good) with some sausage. The next day we fired up the smoker and made some chipotles, 2 london broil, 6 chicken legs w/ a cherry glaze, more sausage, cold-smoked cheese (cheddar, velveeta (you heard me) and mozzarella- spelling?), 2 pieces of apple and brown sugar brined pork tenderloin that we served w/ a chipotle-lime crema (oh, yeah!!) and 2 racks of spareribs. We used the velveeta on cheeseburgers the next day w/ some carmelized onions. Whoo boy!

When the pork loins had smoked to a good color, they went into a pan w/ some broth, apple juice, diced apples, diced onion and a little star anise. I put some foil over it and stuck into the vertical section of the smoker to hold a while, along w/ the chicken. I threw the chicken on top of the firebox to grill a bit, too. What a beautiful weekend. And now the porn.....


Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

You're getting so, hamptoney.

But everything looks and sounds great.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Thanks, man. Hey, how hamptoney can I be when I'm eating a jar of caramel spread w/ a spoon?

Gonna give you a buzz later....

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Brotha! That sounds like a weekend well spent. Wish I could have chowed on some of that righteous grub witchoo'!

I think you made the right decision by choosing to cook for yourself rather than hundreds of others. (the more I think about it the scetchier (SP?) that whole scenario seemed) I'm dying for an update here...what went down? Have you heard anything else from them? Let me know, I seriously had to restrain myself from calling over the weekend to hear how you handled it all.

Don't you worry, there will be many more (better) opportunities ahead for you, young Smoker, if you are open to them.


12:17 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Thanks for the kind words and your advice over the phone, T. Primo. I'll email you the details about how it all went down-- no bridges were burned....and another opportunity popped up over the weekend(!). When it rains....things get wet.

12:43 PM  
Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

So what's this other opportunity my friend?

BTW - the wife left for Vermont a couple of hours ago. Maybe she'll run into Amy in Burlington.

1:37 AM  

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