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smokin' joe

smokin' joe
Home Town: Jordan, New York, USA
Living In: Marblehead, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian
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About this Cook
Semi-retired house husband who likes to cook. I like more rustic and comfort foods: BBQ, meatloaves, Mac and Cheese, wing-style chicke, etc.
My favorite things to cook
Low and slow cooked pulled beef and pork. Cast iron dutch oven recipes (see former). Homemade italian marinara sauce. Wing-style boneless chicken thighs. Grilled meats. Meaty, beany chili. Mexican burritos and such.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Meatloaf Pasta sauce Coffee seared pork chops
My cooking triumphs
Have developed several recipes. I have won a couple of small chicken cooking contests at a local campground.
My cooking tragedies
Smoked up my Mom's kitchen, opened the windows on a cold day, and, unwittingly, killed the family Finch.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Chili I
I took the lady's advice to try it before judging it. I changed a couple of things to match what I had on hand. I used very lean ground sirloin only. I did change the beans to a dark and light mix. I used crushed tomatoes that were very thick instead of the paste. The real secret is the coffe, chocolate, beer and brown sugar. That gives the depth and richness I percieve. I tried the chili before adding the chocolate, coffee and brown sugar, and it was plain and a bit flat. Adding those three items sealed it. I always use those three in my baked bean recipe. I used about 1/4 cup of brown sugar, per so many people's opiniom. I will use this recipe again, perhaps with the sirloin cubes, to see what that might add. Kudos, Sir!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2013
Ultimate Potato Soup
A good base. I halved all the ingredients except potatoes. I cubed up a few more than half. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika, 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes and 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning. To give it a bit of sparkle I put in about 12 drops of Louisiana hot sauce. This does not add heat, but brings out the other flavors. I believe without my additions it would have been too bland for my taste.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2012
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
I used this as a bast to use up some open pumpkin and an acorn squash. Thanks, Cat, it worked well. I had to make a substitute for cajun spices, as I had none on hand. I pureed the squash and such after cooking, then added half n half at the finish, as that is what I had on hand. Alot of changes it seems, but your basic thoughts helped greatly. The soup turned out very tasty.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2012

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