Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018, Dear OCHO!
Let's See What Happens, eh?
Cheers! ^_^
Catch me on Twitter for Daily Mindfarts.

Monday, September 11, 2017


It's 9/11.
The Defining Moment and Inciting Incident of the early 21st Century America.

I'm keen on making a Blog.  Click the Label for the earlier posts.
So this year I'm thinking about it, wearing my Stars & Stripes.

I like to think of myself as a Good American. 

Monday, September 04, 2017

Star Wars...Now It Begins!

I am now in Write-Only Mode for Twitter.
This past Force Friday was awash in Spoiler-rific Suddenness I had to make bold action.
Only a few things spoiled for me:
1.  An alien.  I think I've seen it before in the cartoons so...
2.  A certain new droid.  Can't un-ring that bell.
3.  And could this astromech be the unit for the HERO STARFIGHTER I found out about by name only while watching the Battlefront II Space Battle YouTube Vids...but iDigress...
4.  Some Crimson Guards, what?
5.  Snoke got a Mega Star Destroyer that I caught out of the corner of my eye.  I mean they got to get around in something, right?  And it's the First Order, dammit.  We are Not The Empire!  ^_^
6.  The 2nd movie poster.

So I'm all set with Twitter spoiling.  It's all worthy to me, to see the first time in the movie.
Twitter, see you on the other side of the war...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Get in My Belly! Homemade Pizza from Scratch!

Hey Dear OCHO,

I'm in the mood to cook.
And I wish I could share a some of my Super Satisfying Sully's 7-Cheese Slice!

We were at Peter's place.  It was Sunday PM.  We were having Supper for the Season Finale of Game of Thrones.  Posty had smoked 2 whole chicken, covered in delicious bbq rubs.  Juicy meat, crispy & salty & spicy skin...ooof but iDigress...

Yet we've been having supper parties for over a decade!  And I love bringing up home cooking Life Hacks for Any Kitchen, especially fresh, healthy food fit for family and kids.
And we're talking cracking the code of an American staple food!

Making bread at home is such a lost touchstone to the family table.
The subject is vast & what an item in which to be promiscuous.
A gift from the Planet to We the Human Race.
That every divergent culture seems to have on some level figured "It" out.
Unless you experience a gluten sensitivity, then like me you've eaten an amazing array & amount of bread over your lifetime!!

5 parts Flour.
3 parts Water.
From here.  It's about how much you need to make for how many people.
It comes down to simple, schoolhouse Arithmetic.
5 grams to 3 grams, same result.  5 ounces to 3 ounzes, same result.  5 pounds...  you get it.
A little salt.
A little bloomed yeast to leaven.
A little shortening which helps the dough keep its shape when rolling out, reduces elasticity.

It is so easy to make pizza dough at home.
It is so easy to make a tomato sauce at home.
What else would you need?
Cheese, toppings and a Hot Oven?
And so inexpensive.  And with a few pizza-related kitchen staples, you to can have restaurant-quality pizza a few times a week.  Be master of your consumed sodium level!
If you love your children, never feed them frozen pizza again!  Read the Sodium % on the side of the box.  Then think if you eat the whole thing or the "Suggested Portion"!
Wow...being a Label Reader Sucks!!! It's taken all the fun out of Eating Fast or Packaged Foods!

So I do it at home.
I'd love to be able to cook for you too.
But if I can't...then here's the Next Best Thing.

Below is a Video I took while I was making a tomato sauce just for a demo like this.  Don't use hot sauce on your dough.  It should be cold-to-room temperature.  The oven will heat it up along with the baking the dough and melting the cheese.  Make your sauce, cool your sauce, keep it in the fridge until you need to use it.  I've sweated a Spanish onion, sliced raw garlic, covered over low heat until wet & translucent.  I added one can of plum tomatoes and 2 bay leafs.  Let stew for about 45 minutes.  REMOVE the bay leafs.  And use your stick blender until smooth.  I pour out onto a sheetpan with an edge and let cool before I stow in a Tupperware and put in the fridge.
This is Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly as well as the Dough.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Get In My Belly!!! Fried Chicken Tacos!! ^_^

Oh Dear OCHO!

I know...you do too. ^_^  Yay!

I've been hankering not just for a Taco...
but This Specific Taco!!
It's available in Chicago, IL, USA at BROKEN ENGLISH, 75 E Lake, on the corner where the Loop turns "Left" but iDigress.

It's one of my favorite places to eat on Planet Earth and that ain't no lie!

Yet here I am.  In Boston.  All the way over here when my taco is all the way over there...
But wait!  I have the know-how, I have the technology....

So, it began with this Vision of Tacos floating around my head and an inability to pop one in my mouth.
DIY, at home.  Sure the restaurant is a lot more fun!
Yet Heed The Call...

What I did was to hydrate some powdered buttermilk with the spices; black pepper, paprika, chili powder & garlic powder.  Then I put a chicken breast into a quart Ziplok.  Then I poured the seasoned buttermilk into the baggie.  Zip shut.  I then did what initially should have done and that was to butcher the breast into morsel pieces, more surface contact with the buttermilk, et al.  It's a good idea.
24 hours later when you're about to cook, drain the baggie in a colander in the sink.  Then dredge in panko and rest to fire.  It's that simple.  I put a few spices & kosher salt in with the panko.  and it's most important to season with a little salt when done cooking yet a few capsful of canola oil, a frying pan and a few minutes on each side.

So while all that was in the fridge, earlier in the day I got my "Chef On!" ^_^
The original taco calls for a Smoked Slaw and a Ghost Pepper Mayo.
What do I envision.  I'm literally afraid of Ghost Peppers thanks to Chef Howie at Olde Magoun's Saloon, my local Pub.  So I'm gonna go with Scotch Bonnets.  Serious Scofield Numbers here too, kids.
And I don't have a smoker yet I know a Pickled Slaw technique that'll do!
Pickling Liquid is literally the reverse of the Vinaigrette Ratio. 4:1 yet flip the values of oil & vinegar.
So on with the Show!  And lemme tell you ZERO-LEVEL LEFTOVERS.
None.  I've seen Chicken fly, man...lemme tell you. ^_^

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Welcome to...ASK BATMAN!

We've found the Caped Crusader fresh from an another evening of Crime-Fighting!
Yet protecting the Citizens of Gotham City is a 24-Hour Long Job.
So this "Doc Knight" is offering his problem-solving technique for the more everyday situation that do not include Ransom, Killer Clowns or Bat Anti-Shark Repellent.
Use the Hashtag #AskBatman to @revsully on Twitter to get your very own answer from Gotham's Very Own Super Friend!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Chicago 2017

Hey All!

Another Summer, Another Trip to Chicago!
The 3rd Annual Ferris Bueller Memorial Painting of the Windy City RED!

Pete, Emily, Kris & I crammed so much into more or less 48 Hours.
Food, Fun, Foolery!  What a great time.  Good to see old friends, make new.
Great weather, great restaurants, great times. ^_^
Aunt Patty & Selma's slideshow to Egypt is about to begin...

Happy Summer!