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Rachel Pizza

From the Vault: I know, I know, another repost. But not only is there a lot going on this week between birthdays, graduations, teething toddlers and whatnot but I’m also still trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with my stupid computer. So enjoy some pizza!


It’s one of the great debates.

Like Democrat vs Republican, Coke vs Pepsi, fries vs onion rings, light beer vs good beer. Reuben vs Rachel. I’m guessing most people are familiar with the Reuben, a hot sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing. A Rachel is similar only instead of sauerkraut you put coleslaw on it and sometimes swap pastrami for the corned beef. Personally, I’m on the Rachel side, mostly because I’m not a big sauerkraut fan. I do, however, love coleslaw. So, as I have a want to do, I decided to make a pizza version.

I figured I’d use the coleslaw and dressing as the “sauce” part of the pizza.

Seemed fitting plus I thought this might help the slaw from getting too soft. Then some Swiss cheese, I decided to skip mozzarella since Swiss melts fine and has more flavor anyway.

Now, corned beef.

You could also do pastrami of course, it’s also really good on pizza. But I had corned beef, so.

But how was it? Well, you know I like to be honest, I’ve admitted recipe failures in the past.

Which is why I’m glad this was so fricking awesome. The coleslaw didn’t get too soft, the corned beef didn’t get dry and Swiss is a great melting cheese.

And if anyone sells the idea I expect a cut. Now, if I were going to pair a wine with this I would suggest beer. Because it’s pizza. I mean, really.


Filed under: beef, cabbage, cheese, pizza

Lamb Pilaf

From the Vault: Well I spent all morning playing with my 18 month old niece instead of writing so here’s another repost. Plus my computer has been freezing for a few seconds and then unfreezing whenever I’m on the internet. Stupid jerk computer. Anyway, enjoy!


Just a quickie today kids, I’m not even telling you about the butterflied leg of lamb I got the meat (and fat) for this from. Saving that for next week. But this was good.

Really, really good. What I did was took the fat cap off the cooked leg of lamb, chopped it up, rendered it up and poured off the fat and cracklins (mmmm, cracklins). I got some good fond, deglazed that with some weak chicken broth, poured that off, added some of the fat back in and sauteed onions and garlic in it.

Then I cooked the rice like you would for any other pilaf (would have added orzo, but I couldn’t find it, stupid unorganized kitchen), plus some salt, pepper and a little oregano, added the chopped up cooked lamb at the end and… well, that’s it. Except I added the cracklins back in.

Because I’m a madman. It was as unctuous as a dictator’s sycophant, with little bursts of rich lamby goodness from the cracklins. I just love saying that, say it with me, “cracklins”. Good times. If you like lamb, leave a comment and I can try to make up a recipe for it.

Filed under: lamb, rice

Sunday Cats

My computer is being weird, so here’s a quickie. The Real Bob stealing my bedding.081

Filed under: cats

Something to Do with Leftover French Fries

From the Vault: No time to write a post today, I’m spending some quality time with one of my nieces. But in the spirit of keeping reader interest here’s an oldie.

Something To Do With Leftover: French Fries

 I can hear you all now; “Bob, what exactly are leftover french fries?” And I’ll admit, I had a hard time with it when I realized that’s what I had. But I had ordered a plate from a local sub shop (sandwich, salad and fries) and the fries were… well, they were squishy. My thoughts on squishy vegetables are well known and that extends to fries. Fries should be crispy, preferably very. So I tossed them in a ziploc bag, then into the fridge and figured something would come to me, eventually. I woke up the next day with this in my head.What, you ask, was “this”? Well, it was… er, this.I chopped up the fries and took some crispy bacon, an egg, sauteed onion and parsley. Mixed it all together

and dropped it into a preheated nonstick pan. There was more than I thought there would be so I formed it into two big patty thingies. Then I fried them till they were crispy, brown and delightful. And ate it. It was wicked good. So if you ever find yourself with some leftover fries (or order too many by “accident”) this is a great thing to do with them. I mean c’mon, what’s not to like? A little cheese would have been good, too… (Editors note: and sriracha!)

Filed under: bacon, breakfast, eggs, leftovers, potato

The Best Oatmeal Bread I’ve Ever Had

From “Beard on Bread” by James Beard.174


  • 3 cups uncooked oats
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 7-8 cups flour (preferably unbleached)
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey (or molasses, or brown sugar)

In the bowl of a mixer, combine oats and water; stir and let cool to warm (not too hot to kill yeast).  Stir in the yeast and 2 cups of the flour.  Cover and let rise until double.

Put the bread hook on the mixer.  Add 4 cups flour, the salt, oil and honey and mix well.  Continue to mix, adding flour as needed, to form a relatively soft dough.  Knead 5 minutes or so.

Shape into two large loaves (or four small ones) and place in greased pans.  Let rise until double and bake at 350 until done.

I use an instant read thermometer and take them out when they measure 195 degrees


As I had promised here is the recipe for that oatmeal bread. I have no pictures of the process, since my sister made it, but I do have a picture of a toasted slice with butter. 176

And while that is undeniably fantastic my favorite thing I did with it was a sandwich. I took a couple slices, toasted, put some mayo and sesame sticks on it.

266 The sesame sticks are a snacky thing that you can get at Trader Joe’s. Probably other places too, but that’s where I and my sis get them. Anyway, then some turkey and onion.268

A bit of lettuce for health.

270And that’s it.


So very good. Would have been even better with some sriracha mixed into the mayonnaise, but for some reason I didn’t think of it. Which is odd since I put sriracha in pretty much everything… Ah well. Next time.

Filed under: bread, sandwich

Camera Cleanup #1

I don’t know about anyone else but thanks to the unbridled joy that is the memory card not only do I take pictures of pretty much anything, I take hundreds of pictures of pretty much anything before I actually put them on my computer. This leads to an interesting mix to go through, especially since sometimes it’s months later and I often have no idea what I was doing. Tagging these pictures tends to go like this (for the remainder of this list “food” will represent 10 pictures of food):
Real Bob
Real Bob
Real Bob
the inside of my computer
the floor
Real Bob
the first 20 stills from my highly anticipated upcoming screenplay “Imperial Probe Droid vs Godzilla”
… yeah, you get the point, I’m sure. Most of those food pics never make it here for various reasons. You know, only got the beginning of the process, recipe sucked, picture sucked, reasons like that. But sometimes they don’t suck and I want to post them for no particular reason. So I do, like this.

Here is what I already miss most from Boston:112Good pizza. Sorry Pizza Hut and Dominoes, you both suck. A lot.

This is six pounds of beef that I made into souvlaki.209No finished product shots, plus despite the many hours of marinating it didn’t get the powerful flavor I was hoping for. It was still awesome, but could have been better.

This was my go-to breakfast when I was staying with my sister:

289Scrambled eggs with onion, broccoli, cheese and sriracha. Stupendous.

My sister makes these deep fried tortilla’s that are amazing. 306I made mine into a monstrous burrito with beef, rice, lettuce, cheese, onion, sriracha… and probably other stuff. It was wicked good.307So, that’s camera cleanup, thank you for your time.

Filed under: camera cleanup

Sunday Critters #1

Critters, I say? Yep, because Sundays aren’t just cat days anymore. I’m also going to post pictures of my nieces and nephews. I’m also thinking of getting a dog, but that’s in the future. Anyway, the Real Bob on the back of the couch.


This is where he sleeps when I’m sleeping. And this is one of my nieces in a skunk costume she made.

444She’s very creative and adorable, I need to think up a nickname for her. Hmm, maybe I’ll just call them all Thing 1 through Thing 5…

Filed under: cats, children

And Now I’m in Iowa. With Children? …Really?

This is strange to me, especially since it was so sudden, but especially because it’s Iowa. It’s not too bad though, everything is wicked cheap and hopefully there are some bored, lonely, corn-fed farm girls who would be delighted to be regaled with stories of the big city. But until I find out where they’re all hiding I guess I’ll just be cooking for me.

Oh and my sister, her husband and five kids who live around the corner. Which is the real reason I’m here. Heh. In fact, you’ve already met one of my nieces when she came to visit me a year or so ago. She’s a bit bigger and more entertaining now even if she still isn’t too sure of me.


But this will pass, I’ve been bribing her with food. Oh right, food, that’s why you’re all here! Well, not much going on since I haven’t even gone real grocery shopping yet (something about living near my sister and her fridge full of kid friendly food I’m guessing). But here, this is the last thing I cooked in Lynn in that horrible, tiny kitchen.


It’s braised shredded pork, naan and a red wine vinegar yogurt sauce. Good times. And my sister cooks too! here is some amazing bread that she makes, I’ll post the recipe soon.


The first thing I cooked for them while I was saying at her house (it only took me a week to find an apartment and the contract was hand written of all the crazy things) I made chicken and pasta with a garlic white sauce and broccoli.


They had to all be separate since some kids will eat some thing and not others, etc. It was good, but I’m not used to cooking for groups so it wasn’t as good as I wanted. And in case you were worried about the Real Bob put your fears to rest, he is fine.  In fact he loves the leather couch that came with the apartment, but then so do I. 495Which is good since at the moment it’s also my bed. Heh. I’ll do a whole post about my new kitchen later, just wanted to check in and such.

Filed under: Admin Stuff, bread, cats, chicken, children, pasta, pizza, sauce

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