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Turkey Day DJ Mix – No Lumps In The Gravy

Posted in Food, music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by blogstoryshort

To make your holidays more fun or to help get you through those mind-numbing family dinners, here is a special Turkey Day mix.  There are current bands like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and T-Bird & The Breaks but mostly a heaping-helping of old funk and soul vinyl 45s that I have collected over the years.  To put it in cooking terms, this mix was made-from-scratch, as I recorded all of the songs straight from vinyl.  An organic mix with no artificial ingredients!

I tried to think back to all the holiday meals with my large family and what happened while we hung out all day. There was usually the first portion of the meal, followed by “family time”- which included napping, gossiping around the table, and of course, watching football. Then we repeat the cycle all over again.  And I didn’t forget about the awkward moments.  You know the ones, going to a girlfriend/boyfriend’s house for the first time, bringing home the friend from college or when I lived in a different city and couldn’t make it home.  Don’t worry, there’s a song in here for all of those ‘special’ times.  The most important song in this bunch is a tribute to my grandmothers, what would Turkey Day be without them?

I’m very honored to pair with Sara Croft and her food blog Solid Gold Eats.  She’s a dedicated food junkie with knack for good tunes.  Make a point to check her blog often for reviews, recipe ideas and cool stories about all things food.

Now sit back, strap in and pass the gravy!

The track selection goes in three phases:
1. Food
2. Family – gossiping aunts, a family member that likes to drink a little too much or the weird situations.
3. More food!

The mix is available in two convenient ways, just pick the appropriate link below.

Mixcloud:  Just click this link to stream the mix only.  (There are apps for iPhone & Android)

Soundcloud:  You can either stream or download the mix by hitting this link.  (Click the arrow pointing down to download the mix to your computer.  iPhone & Android apps)

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, James Brown, Funk, Soul, Vinyl, Thanksgiving, Turkey, Organic, T-Bird & The Breaks

Track List: (Artist –  Song)

1.  Chuck Womack & The Sweet Souls – “Ham Hocks & Beans” (Pt 1)
2.  The Best Of Both Worlds – “Mama Bakes Biscuits”
3.  Freddie And The Kinfolk – “Mashed Potato, Pop Corn”
4.  The Meters – “Chicken Strut”
5.  The Jive Turkeys – “Straight Fire”
6.  The JB’s – “Pass The Peas”
7.  Andre Williams And His Orchestra – “Rib Tip’s”
8.  Brother Soul – “Cookies”
9.  Tony Alvon & The Belairs – “Sexy Coffee Pot”
10. Cyril Neville – “Gossip”
11. Ohio Players – “Jive Turkey” (Pt. 1)
12. T Bird & The Breaks – “Blackberry Brandy”
13. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Mama Don’t Like My Man”
14. Marion Gaines Singers – “Grandma’s Hands”
15. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Green Onions”
16. Jimmy Smith – “Pork Chop” (Pt 1)
17.  Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez – “Belly Rub” (Pt 1)

Thanks for listening, if you enjoy it feel free to share it.  You can hit up Twinpeaks DJs on Facebook and my Twitter.  Happy Turkey Day!

Coffee Breaks: Cup #1

Posted in Food, music with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by blogstoryshort

*Now, I don’t know about you but over the years but I’ve worked my funky white fingers to the bone. One of these jobs was working as a janitor while in college. Twice a day we were allowed two, ten minute ‘coffee breaks’. I think that ‘smoke breaks’ was more appropriate but whatever, I was glad for it.

Coffee breaks are for those times when you need that break from work, the walk around the block, the cup of coffee because the hangover is THAT bad. There are two videos, Vimeo & Youtube so that pesky IT guy won’t freak out on you.

The annoying lady at work won’t stop talking about her bunions? Your jealous coworker just crop-dust you? Or just a case of the Mondays? COFFEE BREAKS!

It’s music, it’s medicine, it’s therapy. JUST.PUSH.PLAY

The U.S. Department of Labor does not require lunch, let alone coffee breaks. Well, I won’t stand for that and neither should you. I say STAND UP people, grab your phone, put in your ear phones and press play to one of the videos below. Fight the man with the power of FUNK & SOUL!!

And for you Vimeo kids……

Coffee Breaks-Cup #1 from Kyle Hodges on Vimeo.

Sexy Ginger: Garlic and Ginger Beef Stir-Fry With Lime

Posted in Food with tags , , , on March 17, 2011 by blogstoryshort

This was the second dish that I got to cook using fresh ingredients from a Chinatown (NYC) street market.  It was inspired by the hunk of ginger that I picked up for 25 cents.  I almost paid the lady a one dollar out of principle.  (Ginger ranges from $3-$5/a pound in Indiana!)

Ginger, beef, stir-fry, garlic

This recipe is for two people

Ingredients:

12 oz of steak (NY strip would be awesome, skirt or sirloin.  If you are cutting it yourself, make sure to go against the grain to increase tenderness when eating. Cut it proportional to the veggies to help cook evenly.)

8 oz white onion (half of a medium onion)

8 oz bell pepper (half of a medium bell pepper)

1 tablespoon garlic mince/finely chopped

1 tablespoon ginger (freshly grated)

3 tablespoons soy sauce (I use light for less sodium)

1 lime

sea salt, pepper and chilli pepper to taste

Combine one tablespoon of the soy sauce, half each of the ginger, garlic and lime juice, with the steak into zip lock bag, allowing it to marinate for at least one hour or even overnight.

Thinly slice the bell pepper, onion and chili peppers and place to the side.

Turn your stove on high heat and allow for your pan to properly heat through.  Put a 1-2 tablespoons of wok oil in the pan, just enough for a light coating of the bottom/sides.  Start cooking the steak strips by themselves for 4-5 minutes, frequently stirring.  Combine the rest of the garlic, ginger, chili pepper and all the veggies into the pan and stir the dish thoroughly, 3-4 minutes.  (For tips on how to stir-fry cook, click here.) Add the 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, juice of half a lime in the dish, stir through once and serve.

Noodles or rice can be added to the meal to increase portions.

Ginger, garlic, beef, stir-fry

Cooking Tips: Kyle’s Seafood Pasta

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by blogstoryshort

I was lucky enough to get to shop in Chinatown on a recent trip to NYC.  It was awesome to be able to go get fresh seafood from a vendor and then make it up for dinner.

Below is the recipe that I put together for a delicious pasta dish that will feed 4-5 people.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

-8 oz. fresh scallops (any size will do, I used small ones for this recipe to keep with the same size consistency, just cook accordingly)

-8 oz. fresh tiger shrimp. (Same rules apply to the scallops)

-1 packet of dry pesto mix. (Fresh would be amazing but this way also tasted very good)

-1 can diced tomatoes

-1/2 lb. three cheese tortellini

-1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced/finely chopped (this is equal to 2 medium cloves of garlic)

-2 pats of non-salted butter (for browning seafood)

-1/2 cup water

-1 lemon

Follow the guidelines for whatever type of tortellini you are cooking.  Boil the pasta just before it is al dente, it will finish cooking in the skillet once all the ingredients are assembled.  (Click here to learn how to cook pasta al dente.)  You want to time this right and add the hot pasta into the same pan that you are sautéing the seafood in.

Turn your skillet on medium-high heat, when properly hot, add the butter.  Once the butter is almost melted, add the seafood and start to brown, adding the garlic when you have a couple of minutes left.  To help facilitate the browning process, make sure the seafood has no water on its surface.  The scallops should have a light brown color and the shrimp just start to turn pink, about 3-4 minutes for small scallops and medium tiger shrimp.  (Don’t put the garlic in at the start or it will burn, you just want to cook it a little to release the flavor.)

Dissolve the dry pesto packet in a 1/2 cup of the hot pasta water, then add it and the can of diced tomatoes to the skillet.  Spoon  in the tortellini, stir together and let the whole dish simmer for 5 minutes on the stove.   Add the juice of one fresh lemon, plate the food, grate fresh parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Small scallops, medium tiger shrimp

 

Seafood Pasta

 

Fresh parmesan cheese, the finishing touch.

 

 

What’s the Story Morning Glory?

Posted in Food with tags , , , , on December 27, 2010 by blogstoryshort

Brunch/breakfast at my house on Sunday mornings are a favorite. Here is a quick, little sandwich I made with leftover sourdough rolls, local IN smoked bacon, Royer Farms, smoked apple wood cheddar cheese and free range eggs. (prep time, 5 minutes)

Want to Get Away?

Posted in Food, music, Records, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2010 by blogstoryshort

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

Chicago, Clipper Lounge, Singapore Sling, The Wormhole Coffee, Bongo Room, Wicker Park, Reckless Records, Artemio's Bakery, Star Lounge Cofee Bar, A Love Supreme, Brooklyn Industries, Star Wars, graffiti, Back to the Future, babies, Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers (via http://www.bluesbrothersgallery.com)

 

Now, I didn’t take all of this quote to heart last Friday, well, I didn’t take anything except for the “Chicago” part or word, if you will.  I decided to jump in the car and head north to get away for the weekend.

The only actual things that I had planned were what two friend’s homes I  would be staying at, everything else, was by the seat of my pants.  It was a barrage of coffee, cookies, vinyl, music and enough Singapore Slings to make even my grandma have some serious fun.  It was very liberating to say the least.  I would give you all my heart Chicago but I like you too much as a mistress.

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Hey Lady......(At The Clipper Lounge)

Tasteful art at The Clipper Lounge in Chicago and it’s been a bar since 1937. Besides the home to the aforementioned style of the place it has great music, drinks, history and even their own ghost story. Pretty bad ass.

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Money...

 

This building just blew me away. I thought it was very cool, like a toothpick holder for Andre the Giant.

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Toothpick

 

Artemio’s Bakery, a methadone clinic for The Cookie Monster.

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Artemio's Bakery

Our purchase at Artemio’s Bakery. Its Mexican bakery with a little different take on the cookies than what I normally eat, which are soft and a different flavor of sweetness, however they still rocked. The pastries were delicious as well, one cheese and one cinnamon roll with orange sprinkles for my buddy Chad.

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Artemio's Bakery

 

The DeLorian, a la Back to the Future style, parked inside the front window of The Wormhole Coffee shop. Complete with a flux capacitor.  (Ever want to see a gold plated DeLorean or numerous other cars, click here.) (The greatest Back to the Future site EVER, click here.)

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Outatime

 

The outside wall on the Brooklyn Industries store front in Chicago.

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Brooklyn Industries

An insane coffee mug collection at The Wormhole in Chicago. AWESOME!!

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May the coffee be with you....

 

Two new hats for my collection from my favorite hat company in the world, Goorin Brothers! (read my previous blog, Cat in a Hat, about my first Goorin Bros hat.)

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Goorin Brothers, best lids on earth.

 

This was my breakfast at The Bongo Room in Wicker Park Chicago.  Go there! Made my own, roasted red peppers, scallions, bacon and smoked Gouda cheese omelette, herbed potatoes and sour dough toast with butter and strawberry jam.

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Like I made it myself

 

They don’t make them any cuter than Piper Jane Parks folks.

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Snug as a bug

 

My gal Piper frontin’ like it ain’t nothing.

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Hip Hop Piper

 

Hood Meat

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by blogstoryshort

I’m glad there is all this rage about street food, especially tacos.  I like nothing better than to eat these tacos and I have been making this style for, well, years.  It’s all about getting that taco when it’s hot, fresh and the flavors just mix all together to create its own “special sauce”.  These tacos are smaller and you can cram about five down the ole food cave before you realize you are full.  Perfect!!  I recently ate West Coast Tacos for the first time *GASP* and as a tribute to this hot meat, nestled between corn legs and smothered in “special sauce”, I give you Kyle’s version of street tacos. (Follow West Coast on twitter and Facebook to find out where they are parked for the day/time.)

This particular time, I used flank steak, next from the fridge will be skirt, both will work fine.  (Find out the difference/similarities here.)  I marinated it with two limes, three medium heads of garlic, a handful of cilantro, all organic, salt and pepper to taste for a total of twenty-four hours to make it nice and flavorful.

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Next I grilled the meat on high for three and a half minutes per side.  I wanted to get nice charred markings and flavor, while keeping the inside a medium.  You should adjust your grill to what works best for your desired temperature of the meat.

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Let the meat sit and rest at least five minutes before you cut into it.  This will keep the juices in the meat and prevent it from drying out.  Plus, the meat is still cooking for several minutes after it comes off the grill.  Make sure to cut the meat ACROSS the grains, if you go with the grain of the meat, it will make for some seriously chewy tacos, no bueno mis amigos.

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Once I took the meat off the grill and turned it off, I placed my corn tortillas on there to mark them up and create a small crust on the outside.  Think of it as toasting a hamburger bun, it helps to keep all the wonderful “special sauce” that is created when everything combines in holy matrimony.  I use corn because flour are just to wimpy.

bbq grilling "street food" "street tacos" "flank steak" garlic cinlantro "mexican food" "West Coast Tacos"

Finally, I was ready to assemble my street tacos, so here are my favorite condiments to put on them.  I didn’t make my own salsa this time, kinda cheating, I know.  I swear to do it for the next round.  I would love to share your recipes.

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