October 12, 2021

A weekend of Good Eats

We had mostly no plans for this long holiday weekend, so I figured I’d kick off Season 2 with a bang. Did a big shopping run on Friday afternoon and then pretty much cooked all weekend. What a blast!

Friday night started off with The Fungal Saute, which we used to top some home-made pizzas.

mushrooms in the pan

Saturday morning I figured I’d break out the Chemex to do True Brew using the same ratios that AB does.

true brew

While sipping my coffee, I got to work on the Free Range Fruitcake using the dried fruit I had macerated in rum the night before.

macerating in rum

I only have an 8-inch loaf pan so with the leftover batter I used a muffin tin to make 4 fruitcake muffins. In the future, this is probably the way to go. I was keeping an open mind, but after it was done it was hard to eat. Gemma’s mom thought it was edible at least, as long as you put butter on it. Neither Gemma or I could stomach it, and I ended up tossing most of the loaf, and sending the muffins home with Gemma’s mom. Will most likely never make a fruitcake again.

fruitcake loaf and muffins

Saturday night we started by making That Ol’ Cap Magic as an appetizer, and they were delicious.

mushroom caps apps

Dinner was Good Eats Meat Loaf with Better Than Grannie’s Creamed Corn on the side. The creamed corn was phenomenal, and it’s something I’d definitely make again, even though getting the kernels off the cobs was a bit messy.

creamed corn

The meat loaf was good as well, though a bit on the spicy side. It was almost like a load of taco meat, which isn’t a bad thing, but next time I’ll leave out the red pepper and chili powder. But, the glaze was awesome and gave the loaf a flavorful, crunchy crust.

meat loaf

Sunday night we hard pork chops and 10 Minute Apple Sauce with a side of Creamed Corn Cornbread. The apple sauce was good and complemented the grilled chops very well.

apple sauce before

apple sauce after

The cornbread was OK, definitely not a 2, but it was a little dry. Vivian did have a lot of fun helping me make it though!

Vivian helping make cornbread

cornbread in a skillet

Finally, to top the long weekend off I decided to cook up a batch of Who Loves Ya Baby-Back? ribs. They were flavorful and delicious, and cooking them with liquid was an interesting addition to the way I usually do them in the over with just a dry rub. I think if I had cooked them longer than 2.5 hours they would have been more “fall off the bone” but they were tasty nonetheless and Vivian just crushed them one after another.

I want my baby back baby back

And that’s it! One holiday weekend and got through almost half of Season Two!

The Fungal Saute

  • Crowd: 4/5
  • Ease: 4/5
  • Used half of the recipe to put on pizza, and it was great!
  • Used the other half for stuff mushrooms

True Brew

  • Crowd: 5/5
  • Ease: 3/5
  • What can I say? Chemex makes an awesome cup of coffee.

Free Range Fruitcake

  • Crowd: 2/5
  • Ease: 2/5
  • I only have an 8-inch loaf pan so I used the remaining batter in muffin tins. If I were going to do this again, I'd make them all muffins.
  • This was the only time I've had fruitcake, and probably will be the last.

That Ol' Cap Magic

  • Crowd: 4/5
  • Ease: 3/5
  • Used gluten free bread crumbs which worked out just fine

Good Eats Meat Loaf

  • Crowd: 3/5
  • Ease: 3/5
  • This was good, but a little on the spicy side. Next time will probably leave out the red pepper and chili powder.

Better Than Grannie's Creamed Corn

  • Crowd: 4/5
  • Ease: 3/5
  • No recipe notes on this one, it was great!

10 Minute Apple Sauce

  • Crowd: 3/5
  • Ease: 4/5
  • Before hitting it with the immersion blender I poured off all the liquid. Once I started blending, I poured the liquid into the bowl to help blend. This got me a great sauce consistency and I think had I left all the liquid in, it would have been more like a soup than a sauce.

Creamed Corn Cornbread

  • Crowd: 3/5
  • Ease: 3/5
  • Recipe says 20 minutes but it took only about 15.

Who Loves Ya Baby-Back?

  • Crowd: 4/5
  • Ease: 3/5
  • Made a few substitutions in the rub -- paprika for chili powder, chili powder for cayenne, and garlic powder for jalapeno seasoning.
  • Could have probably cooked them for another half hour or so