Sunday, July 24, 2011

Busy Saturday...

Well, it would seem that our pet gopher is back and he's moved in to the front garden...Freakin varmint!!!


Haven't seen the little bastard since I went out there with my instruments of torture. If he comes back, I'm ordering the Crittergitter! What is a Crittergitter you ask? Well, its a thing that hooks up to your vehicle exhaust pipe and then to your garden hose. You shove it down the gopher get the picture.

Friday night's dinner was Kecky's Burger Patties and creamed spinach. Very tasty, but even more tasty for Saturday breakfast!

Creamed Spinach

2 lbs fresh spinach (yes, I use the stuff in the bag)
1/2 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 table spoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Parmesan or Asiago, grated

I steam the spinach and squeeze most of the liquid out. Saute it in some sort of fat, preferably piggy fat. Add the salt, pepper, cream and lemon juice; stir until incorporated and warm, then add the cheese. Serve immediately.

What makes them Kecky's Burger Patties? I'll tell you! I like to grind my own meat, as you know. So to the meat I'll add a couple or three or more nice shakes of Worcestershire sauce to the meat then Kecky's Klassic Burger Seasoning. This is a take on onion soup mix without the MSG.

Kecky's Klassic Burger Seasoning


8 tsp. dry minced onion
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. beef bouillon granules (sans MSG)
1/4 tsp. celery salt

Mix it up and add it to your burger meat. I'd say one tablespoon to pound of ground beef. But I always add my seasoning, then make a very mini-burger and taste it for the seasoning and add more to the mix, if needed.

Now it was time to head out with our new Scooter buddies, Gumbo and Roux. Sure had fun. We drove all around the the Mosaic Stairs on Moraga/15th, Twin Peaks, the Mission, the Castro, the Haight and through Golden Gate Park to our final destination, Cajun Pacific for the dinnah! Cajun Pacific is one of the Kecky's favorite restaurants. We had fried heirloom tomatoes, fried soft-shell crab stuffed with blue cheese. Those were both crazy good. Crabby-Poppy has the soft-shell crab Po'Boy, I had the BBQ Gulf shrimp. Didn't taste a bit like petroleum products. Roux had the ribeye and Gumbo had, well, the gumbo. He said it was almost as good as his. Okay, first Gumbo had the crawfish pasta, but as it turned out the crawfish tasted like cow pooh pooh smells. I don't think that was the way it was supposed to taste so we went that back. Guess it was a bad batch of mud-bugs.

Here are Roux, Gumbo and Skidmark:

Here's Gumbo at the top of the world:

Here's Roux doing her Rocky impression on the stairs. That's right, she walked all the way up those stairs with her helmet on. Safety first!

Oh, Tic-Tac-Poppy and Skidmark took Scooter-Jax out for her maiden voyage yesterday. Went very well...

Have a great week!

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