Mom's Diner

June 18, 2012

Barbecue Pit Summer Feast!

The barbecue pit – an elegantly simple apparatus that delivers up the best weekend-get-together meals! There is nothing better to bring people together than Boston Butt covered in dry rub and slow cooked into pulled pork barbecue. Or, marinate a butt in Mexican flavors and slow cook it for pork carnitas. Soak some corn in husks in water and place on the grill to perfectly steam in the husk. Finish it all off with some chicken Kebobs for the non-pork fans and you have the perfect weekend feast! And, when you think you cannot eat another bite, roast some giant Campfire marshmallows over the coals. What a weekend!

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Labor Day Pork Fest!

Filed under: Uncategorized — momsdiner61 @ 7:17 pm

It all started with a stack of cinder blocks and a rusty iron grate, but it was going to be the ultimate pig-roasting barbecue grill in no time! The grate was fashioned by a local welder and made to fit our design – a grill 4 feet by 4 feet constructed of cinder block.

First, using a wire brush and a grinding wheel drill attachment, we removed all of the surface rust until we had clean shiny metal.

Then, we cleaned it off with a soft, damp cloth.

We painted the entire grate, top and bottom, with melted shortening.

We heated the entire grate to season the metal; it turned from shiny to smooth, seasoned black iron, the perfect cooking surface.

Now, we were ready for the true test – the grill is completely assembled, with lava rocks and fire brick lining the bottom, oak logs fueling the fire, and the marshmallows are on the stick ready for the inaugural cooking!

Finally, a complete and functional fire pit!! Now, all that we had to do was just place the meat and the baked beans, stoke the fire, and wait for the magic to happen! In no time at all, we had a grill and a meal in the works! It all made for a fabulous Labor Day picnic!

Blueberry Bounty!

Filed under: Blueberry, bread, homemade — Tags: , — momsdiner61 @ 6:46 pm

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Blueberries cover my blueberry bush, with more turning blue everyday! It is such a wonderful harvest, the plump blue berries just asking to be picked and eaten. One of our favorite things to do with ours is to make blueberry bread with lemon glaze – it is sweet and tart and moist and delicious, all at the same time. The recipe came from a grocery store advertisement, but it is one of my favorites. Around here, that warm loaf of goodness won’t last very long!

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May 3, 2012

A. Parziale & Sons Bakery, Boston MA

Filed under: Boston, bread, food, Massachusetts, Pizza — Tags: , , , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 8:10 pm

So, here’s the deal – I don’t like cold pizza. Why, then, is it that my favorite food in this North End bakery is exactly that? It may be because of the way the thick crust, the mildly flavored tomato sauce, and the Italian cheese sprinkled over the top come perfectly together to make the most wonderful pizza flavor and texture combination ever! This is a must stop at an amazing national treasure if you are anywhere near the North End. . This family-owned bakery has been serving up handmade goodness for over 100 years. Their white bread loaves are another item not to miss. They are that perfect combination of crunchy crust breaking away to reveal the soft yeasty goodness of the bread inside.

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April 2, 2012

Edward’s Bacon, Surry County, VA

Filed under: food, pork, Surry County, VA — Tags: , , — momsdiner61 @ 11:06 pm

So, it must be apparent by now that I love quality pork products and there is nothing better than Edward’s bacon. Its crispy, salty, slightly sweet taste is addicting at first bite, making all other bacons pale in comparison. Of course, you can always get some at the Edward’s Ham Store in Williamsburg, but you can also find it in some specialty food stores around the state (and by mail order too, I am sure) and it is worth the splurge. It is particularly wonderful with blueberry pancakes for breakfast!

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March 21, 2012

Cook Out, Charlottesville VA

Finally, a place that sells old-fashioned hamburgers, hot dogs, onion rings and thick chocolatey milkshakes (Hershey’s!)! Cook Out has now opened on Emmet Street and what a refreshing change of pace! Milkshakes come in awesome flavors – peach cobbler, snickers, mint chocolate chip- the list is long and makes choosing so difficult. “Sides” include corn dogs and quesadillas in addition to the fries and onion rings. Stop in and have a bite!

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December 29, 2011

Edward’s Sausage Links

Filed under: food, ham, pork, Surry County, VA — Tags: , , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 2:32 pm

There seems to be a theme here, namely that Edward’s pork products from Surry County are unbeatable for flavor and tradition! For the Christmas holiday (or anytime, really), fry some Edward’s links in a skillet with a little olive oil until just crispy on the outside, then eat it plain or with bread and cheese (Cabot’s sharp cheddar complements this smoked pork link quite well) for a delicious breakfast or a snack anytime. They are also yummy cooked on the grill and served up hot!

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Duner’s, Ivy VA

Duner’s is a bustling restaurant with food that can rival the finest dining establishments, except with large portions and a casual atmosphere despite the white tablecloths. Start with one of their many appetizers – the pork tacos with pico de gallo and sour cream served on miniature corn tortillas was delicious! The pico de gallo was so fresh and flavorful, the pork so tender! For dinner, try the fresh crab cakes with mashed potatoes and homemade tartar sauce. The cakes were filled with large lumps of crab while a crispy, almost carmelized crust kept it all together, hot, and moist. Or, try the chicken with bacon stuffed under the skin and filled with cheese, lemon-herb spatzle. The end result is a most wonderful and tender combination of exquisite flavors. Finish off your meal with dessert – the German chocolate cake with coconut and pecan butter cream was perfection, served with a raspberry and vanilla sauce and fresh whipped cream. A perfect ending to a fantastic meal!

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December 25, 2011

Christmas Eggs with Country Ham and Holiday Sauce

Filed under: Bernaise Sauce, eggs, food, ham, Home Meals — Tags: , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 5:33 pm

There is nothing like a holiday breakfast and everyone seated around the table, together and in the holiday spirit. The best ever such breakfast is Christmas Eggs with Holiday Sauce, toast or English muffins topped with paper-thin slices of country ham and poached eggs, topped off with a generous helping of “Holiday Sauce,” also known as Bernaise Sauce on every other day but Christmas. It is holiday comfort food at its best!

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December 24, 2011

Country Ham – A Virginia Tradition

Filed under: food, ham, Home Meals, Surry County, VA — Tags: , , , , — momsdiner61 @ 11:48 pm

Some things are timeless, like a country ham in Virginia at Christmastime. Start with an Edwards country ham, smoked with hickory in Surry County and aged for 6 months. Steam it in your enameled ham boiler, placing 12 cups of water in the bottom of the pan and then placing a rack in the bottom to keep the ham elevated. Seal with a tight fitting lid or foil and place in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat thereafter to 325 degrees and bake until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. Allow to rest about an hour. Remove the skin from the top, coat with brown sugar, and place pineapple rings on top (secured with skewers or tooth picks). Place in oven at 350 degrees, basting with the melted sugar until golden. Remove from heat and cool. Serve thin slices plain, on biscuits, on toast with poached eggs and Bernaise sauce, on a sandwich, or any other way you choose. There simply is no wrong way to enjoy a Virginia country ham! When you see those luscious red slices coming off of the ham slicer, there is no doubt that Christmas is here!

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