Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Good Music Friday

Posted in Good Music Friday by Huckleberry on September 26, 2014

Gotta get down, because it’s Friday.
By hook and crook I’ve come into a crapload of free trees, but fruit and otherwise. While trying to plant them in Fall probably isn’t the best of ideas, that is what my weekend is going to be all about. Already watched UCLA kinda sorta trounce ASU last night, the Dodgers have wrapped up their playoff spot, and the Chargers play the hapless Jaguars at home this Sunday – nothing big in the offing, and as I’ve already mentioned all watching does anymore is make me more aggravated.
So I’ll enjoy outside while I can.
I’m also going to ‘cue up some hot links this weekend, along with a brisket, and to that end I offer one of the best side dishes I’ve ever created.
Also, on the music front, a perfect song for an economic recovery so strong it’s lasting years.

Huckleberry’s Mac-n-Cheese Spectacular

TOOLS:
Dutch oven
Grill (preferably charcoal, but propane will do)
FIXIN’S:
1 lb of macaroni
½ tbls of salt
4 qts water
¾ cup crushed up Cheezit crackers
1 qt whole fat milk
6 scallions
4 whole chili peppers
1 thick slice of cured ham
4 cups of grated cheddar cheese
1 cup of grated pepper jack cheese
4 strips of bacon
3 tbls flour
3 tbls olive oil
Boil up the macaroni in the water and salt for about 6 minutes. Don’t boil it to done – you want it to still be a little stiff. Drain it out and set it aside.
Set up your grill and get it up to temp – 325-350 or so. If using charcoal, place all of the coals to one side for indirect cooking. If using gas, light up only one side of burners.
While that’s eating up, coat the scallions, ham slice and chili peppers with the olive oil. Spread a very light coat of oil on the cooking grate. Place the peppers and scallions on the grill and let them char up a bit. Turn them after about 4 minutes (3 if they’re small) and let them cook about another minute before removing from the grill.
Cut the stems off the scallions, and peel the skin off the peppers. Chop it all up together and set it aside.
Place the ham slice on the grill and let it cook up for a couple of minutes. When its all nice and toasty, pull it off and chop it up into small chunks. Set them aside.
Put the Dutch oven onto the coals and let it get warmed up. If using a gas rig, put it over the open flame on top of the grate.
Fry up the bacon in the pan as it heats up. After the pan is warmed up, remove it from direct heat and put it on the other side of the grill. Mix in the flour and milk, stirring both into the bacon and grease, but don’t let the milk boil – just get it warmed up.
Mix in most of the cheddar cheese and stir until its melted in, then do the same with the pepper jack. Keep about a ½ cup of each to the side for melting over the top.
Toss in the ham bits, scallions and peppers, then mix it all up together.
Dump in the pasta and keep mixing it all up.
Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and the crushed up Cheezit crackers over the top, cover the Dutch oven and let it go for 15 to 20 minutes. Rotate the pot, then let it go for another 15 to 20 minutes.
After that, pull it from the grill and dig in.
Have a great weekend, and get ‘em in.
Down Payment Blues
Powerage
AC/DC
Atlantic Records | 1978

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  1. El Borak said, on September 26, 2014 at 19:50

    Well, it’s too bad you didn’t pick Hell’s Bells for this week’s GMF, because then at least this would be a cringeworthy retort.

    That said, let me wedge open that steel trap mind of yours. ACDC released, a few years back, a song that featured the music of Whole Lotte Rosie with a wholly utterly differ lyric set. What was that called?

  2. Huckleberry said, on September 26, 2014 at 20:51

    Dirty Eyes?

    • El Borak said, on September 26, 2014 at 21:04

      Dang, dog. I stand (well, sit) in awe.

      • Huckleberry said, on September 29, 2014 at 10:49

        We’re a full-service outfit here at Rollin’ Like Sisyphus.
        But honestly my house is crammed with a ridiculous amount of music, much of it inherited from my father, including records, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and now with the digital.
        Some fathers teach their kids about hunting, or push them to get 1600 on the SATs, or to kick ass in football.
        Mine taught me everything he knew about automotives and motorcycles, and Rule #1 for any such work is putting on good tunes.


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