Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday Cooking

It has been a busy holiday season for me. This has been one of the few years that I have worked at my day job through Christmas and New Years without taking significant vacation/holiday time off. Still I have been busy in the kitchen making my usual holiday treats and some other not so holiday fares.

Additional Christmas cookies filled with "Hope' for 2009.

G has also been very busy at work along with his staff. He requested I smoke some ribs for them. I smoked 7 racks on my WSM for them. Enjoy guys.

These are the spares cut St. Louis style. I also did some baby backs. The only thing they were missing was some of my Four Q team members special sauce.

Just to be different, I prepared a table top cooking meal of sliced beef, chicken, short ribs, seafood (scallops and shrimp)and veggies.

Chile! Four Q will be competing in a Palm Desert Competition in February. We have an option to also do a chile cookoff. Not sure if I have the right stuff, so this was my first practice. Actually turned out quite tasty. Lesson learned includes leave out the sugar and add more heat. No beans in this chile.

Cookie ornamemts on my Christmas tree. Secret- the cookies were made last year and the year before. Stored in an airtight container, the colors still look great. I wouldn't eat these but for ornaments, fantastic.

Another 22 pound vertically smoked turkey for Christmas dinner. Came out just as good as the one I smoked for Thanksgiving. A technique I am going to keep.

Happy Holidays to you all. Hope and change are coming in 2009. Hang in there, it is going to get better.