For those who have never lived in south Louisiana, you may not be familiar with the term lagniappe.
Lagniappe (pronounced: lan-yap) means “a little something extra” in Cajun country.
Each week, I try to post a “Lagniappe Blog” that is just me scattershooting about whatever pops in the old skull.
So here we go….
The Golden Hawg:
Each week, Gregg will be announcing the winner of the coveted Golden Hawg Medallion. This week it the award goes to the culinary genius of McDonald’s. Our good friends at the Golden Arches have created the McRibster. This sandwich starts with the traditional formed McRib pork patty that we all know and love it is then breaded and deep-fried. Ronald then tops the sandwich with pepper-jack cheese, BACON…yes more pork. Add two sauces, a sweet chili and honey mustard, and finally garnish with lettuce and red onion.
This is a tasty combination definitely not for hipsters. There is only one problem. The McRibster is only available for a limited time…in Austria. So the next time you are in Salzburg, stop by a Micky D’s and order one. McRibster: Nach langer Zeit wieder...ein Traum!
According to the new Dr Pepper 10 commercials, you are a man if you blog about bacon. Enough said.
“Crown Their Ass”
Since we just referenced Mike Gundy’s postgame coaching rant and there are few things I love more than a coach going batsh*t crazy, I feel compelled that a “Rant Of The Week” might be appropriate for this space. This week. I will feature the classic Dennis Green Chicago Bears rant.
Also, I will try and find a great rant that might be a little less famous. Here is Michigan women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth. GF NOTE: During his tenure at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Borseth would occasionally get so worked up that he would just lie down on the floor in front of his team’s bench.
Hurd It Through the Grapevine
Rumors from Dallas say the Cowboys are looking to sign Kyle Orton or Rex Grossman as a back up for Tony Romo. Gregg can’t help but wonder if this is karma payback for the Chicago Bears signing Sam Hurd, Roy Williams and Marion Barber.
Featured Bacon Product
Frequently, the staff at “And They Called It Pork” will stumble upon an item or product that uses the “Candy of Meats” to help make this crazy old world a much better place. This week, one of our researchers unearthed a talking plush toy called “My First Bacon” from Think Geek.
Like Mr. Bacon, this kids’ toy (ages three and up) looks a little creepy. Maybe the creepiest part is when squeezed it says “I’m Bacon.” Fortunately, My First Bacon is SOLD OUT and on back order…let’s just keep it that way.
Who Are Yu?
Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish had a successful first spring training outing (two scoreless innings, three strikeouts, no walks and 26 of 36 pitches for strikes) this week against the San Diego Padres, but the Japanese pitching sensation did cause a little stir with his post-game remarks about Will Venable’s towering 440-foot double.
Darvish arguably throws nine different pitches: three fastballs (four-seam, two-seam and split-finger change), two curves (hard and slow), two sliders (sweeping and down) and two change-ups…clocking upwards of 95 on the gun.
It looks like Darvish will make his regular-season debut in Arlington against the Chicago White Sox in the season opening series. I cannot wait to hear Hawk Harrelson call that game and try and figure out which pitch Darvish just threw. “What do you think Stone Pony?”
Upcoming Review of Blue Chip
No, I am not reviewing the Nick Nolte/Shaquille O'Neal cinematic classic Blue Chips but I will be travelling to Michigan City, Indiana with fellow Chicago Now Blogger (Chicago At Night) James Francis Ryan from Iowa to review Blue Chip Casino.
James will be reviewing legendary 70’s super band Kansas who is playing at the Stardust Event Center on Saturday night while your humble correspondent will review Blue Chip’s restaurants and the overall casino experience.
For those who don’t live in Chicago, you might not have ever heard of or tried giardiniera. I had not prior to moving here. Full of chopped vegetables, this is an Italian condiment served with everything from pizza to hot dogs…and it is delicious. My only problem is that most commercial brands include a few ingredients (cauliflower, green olives and celery) that turn my stomach. Of course you are now asking yourself WWGD and that answer is pretty clear. Gregg will make his own version and give it a little Texas flavor.
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
12 Serrano Peppers
2 Jalapeno Peppers
½ Cup Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
1 Tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 Jar (2 Ounces) Pimentos
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
½ Cup Vinegar
½ Cup Canola Oil
Combine peppers and salt. Add enough water to cover, stir, cover, and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Strain vegetables from brine, rinse well, and set aside. In a large glass bowl, add garlic, pimentos and remaining seasonings. To that bowl, add the vinegar and stir until well mixed. Whisk the solution while adding the oil. Add the reserved, brined vegetables into the bowl and gently mix until well coated. At this point, transfer the giardiniera to clean jars and refrigerated for 48 hours before serving. Because this giardiniera isn’t canned, it must be stored in the refrigerator, where it will keep for a few weeks.
Thanks to all the fine folks north of the border in Canada for reading this blog regularly.
That is all for this week…enjoy and stay classy.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “This young man has had a very trying rookie season, what with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him. Well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle.”
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