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Monday, September 25, 2017

ROUND TABLE PIZZA KIHEI, MAUI- NFL ON THE TUBE!

ROUND TABLE PIZZA KIHEI MAUI was a perfecto spot for an hour lunch break. I was contemplating what to eat as I headed to south Maui to pick up some baby gear, cribs, stuff like that. Pizza! I want pizza!



Ok I thought, Kihei has a few places that are really good locally owned pizzerias. Fabiani's? Pizza Hut? Shaka's? Well, as I am getting to be a little older, and very cranky on the roads, I went to the closest location for pizza, and that was in the Piilani Shopping Village, I ended up at Round Table Pizza. I enter and it's half filled. The air conditioning felt really nice because of this September Maui humidity, it sucks and feels gross. I noticed something awesome, and they had like 4 overhead t.v. sets on. 3 NFL games, but by the time I got there the first games were done, and they had the highlights shows on. You know the ex-NFLers, talking shop with that pretty blond in a tight sleeveless dress. "Hey Aaron Rogers got sacked!" "Hey those players should respect the flag man, stand up!" And on the last monitor, MLB was on, the Astros and Angels. Cool, what a way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. I mean Round Table's pizzas are good, I ain't complaining. Plus Honu is like 30 miles out of Kihei.

I get to the counter, a friendly young lady greets me. I'm like I can nail a small pizza, forget the personal size, gimme the small one. Six pieces of juicy pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. 

"Hi can I help you?"
"Yeah, can I get a small pepperoni pizza for here, and a Pepsi?"
"Sure you can, would you like the pizza with a thin or pan crust?"
"Gimme the pan crust."
"OK, here's your number, take a table and relax, enjoy the game."
"Don't mind if I do."

I was in sports heaven. What if I could do this all day on a Sunday, after worshiping God first of course, you know me, I'm a good boy. I'm a good Catholic boy. I am. Really. Seriously. What you think I'm joking? Rosary tonight junior, be there or be going to hell! 

So, I wait the standard 15-20 minutes, I'm just chilling looking at the games on t.v., and looking at my iPhone 6s. Thinking, Apple and T Mobile are rip off artists. They want me to upgrade to the iPhone 8. I'd have to fork up $159.00 to get it, with a monthly payment plan. The phone is like a thousand bucks. it probably cost Apple like $15.00 to make it, ship it back to the states, shit, that's right right?

My mind was only on one thing though. Yes, the pizza. I mean, every American dude loves pizza, especially with the Major League Baseball playoffs coming up, and the NFL in week 3. I wish I could have cold brew. But that won't happen, I'm driving, I'm on the clock.

So time was up, I see Dani my Round Table Pizza girl coming with my pizza, and a plate, and some pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Wow! Grine time! Mopp time! "Here you go sir." She puts the pan pizza on that elevated tray holder. I say my prayer. Now look below on how I prayed you may learn something about spirituality.

O Lord up in Heaven, looking down on your humble servant. Yeah God me, Ron. I know I sinned like an hour ago, I mean she was a hot looking woman in a bikini walking across the street, so forgive me my sin there. And forgive me for saying ______ you to that guy that cut me off about two hours ago. Anyway Lord, I want to thank you for my job, and for the Round Table staff. I'm thankful that we have 4 tv monitors on with NFL and MLB games on, thank you Lord. May I say, you are the best.  So thanks for the pizza I'm about to devour, in Jesus name Amen!

Did you learn about prayer? I hope so. I mean, call me stupid, but hey, I'd rather believe in a heaven than a hell. Anyway, look at what I ate, that's right I ate the whole thing man!

The Pan Pepperoni Pizza
Lots of sauce, lots of pepperoni & cheese
ONO!

My first slice of the day with an ice cold Pepsi awaits

My game face as I take a bite!

OK Round Table is a national chain type of pizza joint, and yes there are some pizza places where the pizzas may be more gourmet, but I was on the road and on a gig. And to me there ain't nothing wrong with a Round Table Pizza pie.

The Yay :)  or Nay :(  Scale.

Parking: Yay :)
Cleanliness: Yay :)
Friendliness: Yay :)
Order accuracy: Yay :)
Order on time: Yay :)
Quality and taste of pizza: Yay :)

OK there you go, 6/6 Yays :)

It's a good bet you will have a Yay Yay time here, especially on a Sunday during the MLB playoffs, and the entire NFL season and post season.


© 2017





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BUTCHER SLANG

I've gone over these terms before, but heck I'll go over them again. Butcher Slang. Just a few terms for you to understand what butchers are talking about if you ever head to your nearest meat shop.



I remember when I was growing up watching the Brady Bunch, Alice the housekeeper had a boyfriend, his name was Sam. Sam the butcher. To me, he was the man, he was the main dude. I mean Mr. Brady was an architect, fiction only right? But man, fiction or not, for me, the butcher is the dude I wanna know and shoot the bull with. I mean, we have to eat right? I'd be like, "Hey same, got any beef bones you can throw my way? I wanna make some soup or some Demi Glace." Sam, he was the man. Shit what do I know about building a skyscraper?

OK, here are some terms you might want to have at the ready in the event you are in the presence of other meat aficionados in your local butcher shop.

The "Boston Butt"- No it doesn't come from the butt of a hog/pig. It is a very popular pork cut coming from the shoulder of the animal. Slow cooking is best for this cut.
As you can see, there is a lot of tissue running every which way. And being from the shoulder of the animal it is much tougher as opposed to the loins. Imagine when this animal was alive and walking, the shoulders got some workout. 
Pic from Google

BRT- No it is not Bored, Retarded and Tired. But "Boned, Rolled, and Tied." Haha, it's sounds like a sex crime on SVU. But it's really beef, poultry, pork, lamb roast cuts that are trimmed and rolled and then tied.

To save time and money, just have your butcher do this, just have confidence when approaching the counter. "Hey Sam, I need a pork BRT, ah- 2 lbs. will do" or he may already have some pork BRT at the ready.
Pic from Google

Chitlins- Pig's small intestines. Lot of ethnic cultures use this, frying it up with chilies, herbs and spices. Some cooks will make soup with it. Sky's the limit with this.
Here is Mexican style Chitlins in broth
Pic from Google

Chuck Eye- OK I'm getting techno here, The Complexus muscle of cattle. If the ribeye is the wealthy man's prime steak, then the chuck eye is the poor man's steak. The chuck eye is cut off the 5th rib, while the ribeye or prime rib is cut from the 6th to 12th rib. 
The chuck eye steaks are generally much more affordable 
than the ribeye. Well, you can still grill these up and 
have a decent meal. It's more on the chewy side, but slice em thin
across the grain, and it's all good.
Pic from Google

Chump- Yes Chump. "Rick is a Chump!" haha. OK Chump in butcher's lingo is Lamb sirloin. That's right, so go up to Sam and tell him, "Hey Sammy, sorry your Giants lost on Sunday, but hey I'm in a hurry, gimme a few pounds of Chump."
Here is some lamb sirloin cooked in Pomegranate Molasses
Pic from Google.

Drunken Chicken/Ribs- Basically what this is is when any protein is marinated in wine or beer, or any alcoholic beverage. 
No picture needed, you should get the picture in your head.

Flat Iron- The steak cut that hails from right under the shoulder blade. Why is it called flat iron? Because it should be flat like a old cast iron skillet.
This cut of beef is really popular but there's not much yield per animal.
These are great off the grill, cooked medium sliced across the grain, or seared
in a hot pan, with some fat to cook it, and just salt and pepper.


There you have it folks. Some butcher jargon, good luck talking it up with Sam the butcher.

© 2017


FOOD SCIENCE- EVERYONE SHOULD LEARN IT









The definition of science. the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment: the world of science and technology.

Systematic study of structure and behavior of foods. Hmm, interesting. You must understand that food science has been around a long time. If you need answers to certain cooking questions, it has been tested. Because of food science, state and local governments sets standards on food safety. From handling of raw foods, to cooking it to its proper temperature to prevent food borne illness, and the proper holding temperatures as well as length of time foods should be held before it is not safe anymore. However food science, and science in general continues to move forward, with new technologies coming up, expect yesterday's standards to become obsolete, well maybe.

Food science makes today's food preparers jobs much more simple. Imagine without food science, new restaurant owners will have to figure things out for themselves. Bartenders would have to figure out why their red wines are turning rancid when it sits outside in the hot sun when the shipment comes in. Chefs would wonder why they got burned when cold water spilled in their deep fryers. Food science sets standards for the food service industry that is vital. 

How important is your health? It is very important, imagine if you went to your local steak house and went home with a bad case of food poisoning. Well, if you did have a food related illness from your favorite steak house, you would call the restaurant immediately and talk to the manager on duty. You would say something like, "Yeah I was in there eating about two hours ago, well I came home and I'm  really sick, I can't stop going to the bathroom." And the manager would say, "What did you eat?" Now he or she is asking you what you ate, from there they can do their investigation. And believe me, when a customer complains that they may have gotten food poisoning from their eatery, management will act on this very quickly. You explain you had the ribeye medium, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed veggies with drawn butter and garlic. A glass of Merlot, and you had the green salad with asian cream dressing for the starter. And a chocolate sundae with whipped cream for dessert.

Of course, there may have been more people with food poisoning that very same evening if the investigation proves what you ate caused it. What management and the chef would do is look at all of the products that you've consumed. They will go over the inventory, checking dates of all prep work, and if any waiter or waitress was sick. There have been cases when all foods were OK, but a waiter may have not washed his hands after going to the restroom. He may have been sloppy, and touched your steak, hence that could be the cause. A cook may have dropped some chemical into your salad dressing by accident. Who knows. Perhaps that one ribeye was sitting out a little too long before cooking, you ate it, it tasted good, but it may have been borderline bad, and since you had it cooked medium, it wasn't hot enough for any bacteria to be killed. You never know, anything can happen.

So yes food science is very important, it makes the job of professional food service employees easier, it makes home cooks much better in that they can understand why different ingredients react a certain way with others. Food science has nailed down why your cakes may not be rising correctly even when you followed the recipe to a T.

If you have the time, and I understand that you have a busy life, however when you get the chance, go online and look up food science, you can look up specific items such as beef. Food science of beef. You will see articles on everything you need to know on beef, making you much more well rounded as a chef or home cook. Food science can assist you in being creative. It will expand your cooking vocabulary, or more specific, you will be writing your own cookbook, without any recipes jotted down. I know a person who is well versed in food science, he can just think of creating a recipe in his head, and when he is in his test kitchen, he becomes a mad food scientist. And most of the times his creations are excellent. He always questions, "What if?" "What if I add this, or subtract that?"

OK it's time for me to go to sleep, and I just thought I'd go over food science with you guys. I mean if you're serious about cooking and improving your chops, or your skills. It is imperative you have a food science book in your kitchen. Like attorneys that have files on hand, you too should have a reference library for food and drink. 

Remember that learning is a constant, no one person is an expert on all things, especially when it comes to food. I know of some people that spent about two months in Malaysia and because of that, they'll open up a food joint serving Malay foods, and deliberately advertise that they are experts in Malay cooking. No, it takes years to become a master at anything. Two months is a long vacation watching natives cook their foods. Never call yourself an expert unless you are certified by a recognized board on the subject. Self proclaimed experts do more harm to themselves at times, especially when it comes to food. Call yourself an expert, you better watch out, because the wolves will be coming for your guts! Be a humble cook. Have an open mind. Don't be envious or jealous. Be cool man!

© 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

COOK LIKE YOU ARE A JAZZ PLAYER



Have you ever seen a great jazz band play together live? Jazz is one of the greatest forms of individual expression. Take for instance, a three piece jazz band, you have a piano player, a bass player and a drummer. There really is no set music, except for the way each player will respond to what the other is doing. It isn't easy. Because in jazz, one must really be somewhat of a master of his or her instrument. They need to play notes on time, and whatever happens is what happens, they carry on from there. Try and listen to jazz someday if you've never been into jazz. And there is many forms of jazz music, smooth jazz, acid jazz, big band and so forth, fusion rock jazz, the sky is the limit with jazz music.

So what I'm getting at is that most jazz musicians aren't reading music, none. They are playing by ear and listening intently, all the while playing their instruments to make a matching sound. Now let's get to cooking, and just improvise.  Can we do that? Sure we can and I'll explain to you.

Now let's say you are a very decent cook, you understand salty, sweet, sour, umami, all of that. You know your bitters, you know your basic herbs and spices. You are somewhat familiar with ethnic cuisine, and understand the methods used such as dry heat, wet heat and so forth. OK you are following me.

Now let's take your family, that's right those picky eaters. You have your spouse, and three kids. Your main protein is some strip loin. Beef. Your spouse wants his grilled with a teriyaki sauce. One of your kids wants the strip loin stir fried, the other wants it pan seared with butter, the other wants it made into beef tacos. Wow! That's a lot of stuff to do right?

Well, this is where some of the best line cooks in restaurants shine. This is where you will need to get your skills sharp, your mind alert like a jazz musician. Paying attention to what needs to be done. It is improvise time. You look in the fridge, and yay there's a bottle of teriyaki sauce from a couple of months ago. It's still good, that has a hard time spoiling. Hubby's taken care of or wifey, that's the Teri for the steak grilled. 

Now one of your kids wanted stir fry, OK, looks like you got ginger and garlic already in a jar minced, yay again! And there's some oyster sauce too. That's all for the stir fry, and that will do. And you got some left over veggies, perfect! Stir fry is ready.

The kid that wants the steak seared with butter, easy you look in the fridge, but there is no butter. None. And you can't go to the market, they are hungry. But, there is some cream cheese, and chives, and some mayonnaise. Sorry kid, no butter, but this is as buttery as can be. (They'll take it or starve).

Beef taco kid, hmm, you got the salt and pepper, and some hot sauce, and some tomatoes to dice, you do have some chili powder, cool. A can of beans in the cupboard. That works. But there is zero taco shells of any kind. None, What do you do? Well, you look and you have some white bread, half a loaf. OK, you tell that taco kid of yours, "well we don't have any taco shells, but I'll use bread instead." Again if they don't want this improvisational genius of yours, they can starve. Easy right? My mom used to tell me that all the time. "You don't want what I cook then starve."

That's it. What do you think? Now do you understand?

Let's take a look at the teriyaki steak spouse. What if you did not have any bottle of Teri sauce? And no soy sauce. But you got ginger, and oyster sauce. You could blend a little ginger, oyster sauce and sugar to make a oyster sweet sauce. Might work? I think so.

Just use your imagination, and you'll be fine.

Copyright 2017


ALL ABOUT BRINING

Brining, some do it and some don't. Why would you want to brine anything? Like a turkey, why can't you just season it, and stick it in the oven? Why brine? Is there any laws that says you have to brine? Is there the brine police? Of course not. So let's look at why any cook would brine something.

For one thing, when brining meats such as beef, pork, chicken, and the ever-so popular Thanksgiving turkey is for one of two things or both. First what goes into a brine? Generally it is cold water with salt, and depending on what the goal of flavoring is, sometimes herbs and spices are added in. There is no right or wrong recipe really.

1. It acts as a marinade. Flavors penetrate the meat and travels through the pores, putting the flavor of the brine exactly into the product, where as dry seasonings will just dust the exterior.

2. Brine produces a tenderizing affect on the protein. One reason why lots of chefs will brine pork, and then wait and fry it crisp. The flavors are spread into the deepest part of each cut.

What is the cold water to salt, herbs and spices ratio? It depends on how much protein needs to be brined. For a 2 lb. turkey breast, 4 quarts of water and half cup of sea salt will suffice. And like I said, any herb or spice can be added.  For a large turkey, just follow that general ratio unit the bird is submerged. And that ratio will fit with any protein too.

What containers should I use to brine? Stainless steel pans, pots will do. As well as glassware, I do stay away from rubber or plastic because it can produce a funky taste from the chemicals to make the containers.

Where can I chill my brined products if I don't have room in my refrigerator? This is where Costco and stores like Walmart come in handy. Purchase a large enough cooler so you can fill it with ice. Place your brining pan or pot into the cooler, and place ice around it. If the cover of the cooler cannot shut because for some reason your brining container is tall, place a blanket over the cooler to cover, keep cooler in a cool spot in a garage or anywhere cool. It can be safe for 12 plus hours, and that is a long enough time to brine.

Once your brining is done, drain the liquid and you can still use the cooler to store the brined product, all you need is to make sure you have extra ice as needed to keep product safe from contamination.

As long as the product is ice cold, it should be safe, if you really want to make sure that it is safe, simply put a digital thermometer into the cooler to measure the temperature. If it is 41 deg. F. and below it is safe. Lots of ice will do the trick. It is also nice to have the kids home, if you live in a warm climate area, replenishing fresh ice is a must.

Then again, if you have huge refrigerator space, no worries.

If you are serious about your cooking future, be it at home or a professional, take some local cooking classes, that are run by certified chefs or culinary instructors. Food safety is very important. 

Always learn your basics, polish up your basics in cooking and you will go a long way. No basics, no fancy meals!

© 2017




TIPS ON THAWING MEATS

We've all been there before right? I mean that is if we are cooks. Thawing out that five pound box of chicken thighs, that 1 1/2 lbs. of salmon, or that 2 pound chuck roast. If you don't need that frozen piece of meat right away, slowly thawing it out in your fridge is ideal.

However what if you need that frozen solid roast as soon as possible, your relatives decided to just stop by tonight, putting you on edge. You're not the kind of person that will send hubby to your local deli or Chinese joint to get takeout for your loved ones, no way, you love them, so you will cook for them.

First of all, you need to know the safe temperature for holding foods. OK, let's take a refresher because I need it too.

Cold storage - 41 degrees F. Hot storage + 140 degrees F.

So what this means is that if you will store cold foods for at least an hour or so without it being contaminated with bacteria, it should be held in a controlled setting at 41 degrees F and below. And for hot storage, foods should sit in a warmer at minimum 140 degrees F. for at least an hour.

OK so now you have a frozen roast, a chuck roast let's say. Frozen solid. So you will want to quick thaw this piece of meat. Simply place the frozen roast into a large ziplock bag, remove air, and seal shut tight. Turn on your faucet, hopefully you will have some fresh hot water running, usually it is about 120 degrees F. If not, in a large pot that you will use to defrost your roast, add enough water and bring temperature up to at least 130 degrees F. Once done, submerge the frozen roast in its bag. Let it sit for a few minutes. Check to see the softness of it. Continue to soak until the roast is soft. Remove from bag, and let sit on a cutting board. Using an instant read thermometer, see if the meat is around 41 degrees F. If it registers above, quickly pat dry the meat, and begin to season.

Follow your cooking directions, and make sure that your finished internal temperature taken from the thickest part of the roast will register as follows:

BEEF:  Rare 125 deg. F.  Medium Rare. 135 deg. F.  Medium 145 deg. F.  Medium Well. 150 deg. F.  Well Done 160 deg. F.

PORK: Cuts varies, to be safe thick roasts should reach close to 160 deg. F.  While chops or thinner cuts can be close to the 150 deg. F. range. 

CHICKEN:  To be safe, always try and get that piece of chicken up to 165 deg. F. Try not to touch any bone with your instant read thermometer. 

One general rule I used to make sure a piece of meat is cooking right, I watch for juices to exit the meat, once juices start to ooze out, you know that internally it is being cooked.

As for seafood, just make sure that it is heated through very well, such as crab, lobster etc. Clams must have their shells pop open when they are done cooking, you must disregard un-opened clams, there is a possibility one may suffer food illness by consuming an un-opened clam.

Once the cooked meats have dropped below the holding 140 deg. F.  you must refrigerated it covered in a controlled setting of 41 degrees F. or slightly less, or freeze it at 0 degrees F.

Quick thawing method, hot water at least 120 deg. F.
Sealed bag with frozen beef. Heat for a few minutes
and carefully inspect the softness of product. Use an instant read thermometer
to check the internal temperature. It should be around 41 deg. F.
If it is a little more, quickly remove and start your cooking process.
If it is below slightly 41 deg. F. it should be safe also. 

On QUICK THAWS, attempt to cook items as quickly as possible
do not let it sit out for too long bacteria will enter the meat product
and will it will be void of eating. Always be safe wear culinary
gloves, wash hands as well, wear a cap, keep long hair from dropping into foods.


© 2017



Sunday, September 17, 2017

SUBWAY SANDWICH- KAMAOLE SHOPPING CENTER

Sub sandwich addict! That's me the last week or so. A sub sandwich junkie. Got to...have...a... sub... sand...wich. Help me, I need...help Batman!

Today was no exception, I was delivering baby gear down south Maui, it was lunchtime and I was hungry. I needed an injection of a sub sandwich.

So I took the lower Kihei Road and drove along side the coastline, taking in the sights, yes the nice girls in bikinis, blonds, brunettes, it was a nice drive praise the Lord. So I'm coming up to the KAMAOLE SHOPPING CENTER and I figure the only subs I can get at this time, that's on this road, and will be pretty quick because really they are fast food, is Subway. OK I know I was praising Jersey Mike's Subs on the last few posts, but hey can't go wrong with a Subway sandwich.

I park my baby equipment van right into the stall, I get out and enter the Subway store. Only one dude in line ordering, so as soon as I enter, a young lady greets me, as she puts on her sanitary type glove that all food service people need to use. Kind of like a proctologist. Haha.

"What would you like today sir?"
"Ah I'll take a foot long COLD CUT COMBO on Italian bread." The sandwich has slices of ham, salami, and bologna, with veggies and cheese whatever you want. But the meats are all turkey based so it doesn't have a real Italian deli kick to it you know?
"OK, would you like this toasted?"
"No, cold."
"OK, what kind of cheese?"
"Provolone"
"OK, what kind of vegetables?"
"Lettuce, onions, tomatoes."
"OK, and what kind of sauce would you like?"
"Mayo, mustard, oil and vinegar."
"OK, how about salt and pepper?"
"Oh yeah that too."
"OK, would you like to make this a meal?"
"Yes, a meal, it has to be a meal."
"OK."

I was just thinking as I sat and ate my sandwich, what if they sold like stuff one normally would not eat at a sub sandwich shop. What if they sold like goat slices, or kangaroo slices, or alligator slices. Imagine that? "Can I get a foot long Kangaroo with Swiss on French toasted please." Haha.

Before I devoured this thing, the Cold Cut Combo!
Yay! With a Coke and Maui Style Chips
All Subways have that vibe, why is that? Why? I ask you 
why?


Now for the Yay :) or Nay :( Scale.

Cleanliness of store: Yay :)
Friendliness of staff: Yay :)
Quality of bread: Yay :)
Quality of meats: Yay:)
Quality of vegetables: Yay :)
Quality of sauces.
- Mayo Yay :)
- Mustard Yay :)
- Oil Yay :)
- Vinegar Yay :)
Scenery: Nay :(
Entertainment: Nay :(
Paramedics on sight: Nay :(
Sound studio to play my drums: Nay :(

* OK I'm getting stupid now, sorry guys. But overall, for what it is, Subway is all Yay! :)

© 2017


KUSINA NI JAYBOY Lahaina Filipino Style Food Truck


KUSINA NI JAYBOY is a food truck located on Wainee Street, in Lahaina Town. Google Map MARIA LANAKILA CHURCH and it is right across of it. Or next to the office building that houses Maui Jim Sunglasses. Jefferson the chef was busy at 10am, my buddy Peter Pao (owner of Prime Sandwiches) was in town for business since he also sells culinary equipment, making him a popular products amongst the chefs and restaurateurs in Hawaii.

"Hey Ron I want to try that food truck for some crispy pork," says Peter. So after a quick bite at Lahaina Coolers Restaurant a block away, we check out Jefferson who was busy taking orders on the phone, as well as slicing food and frying it up. Slowly a line was forming, employees of businesses close by. Filipino foods are gaining popularity, I think Sheldon Simeon has a part in all this. 

"Hey Chef how you today?"
"OK braddas, OK, so you guys like the pork?"
"Yeah."
"OK going be a few minutes I cook it fresh bradda."

Here you go, cooking it fresh- such a beautiful thing when a chef says he's cooking it fresh. Because some mother _____ ers lie! I hate liars they're evil! So after a few humid sweaty minutes in the Lahaina sun, Pete's plate was done. Sliced fried crispy pork, tomatoes, onions, and the lechon sauce, vinegar and patis. This is a Filipino move folks. To the max! Like Mexicans and salsa, the Filipinos and their vinegar and fish sauce (patis) is epic, totally traditional.

Peter's take? "It's good, and when Chef has passion, it tastes even better. He puts passion into his cooking, that's beatutiful brah! Awesome!"

Chef Jefferson is in his food truck kitchen, his domain, a place where he was born to be. In his space he can create. He's got soul for sure. Everyone I talk to, chef is liked by many! Sure anyone can open up a food truck, or a huge kitchen, and become a famous millionaire chef, and be on t.v.. But this is just in your community, in your own hometown kind of thing, very special indeed. One of these days I'll be down there trying some breakfast, some Tocino with eggs and rice, or maybe some longanisa with eggs and rice. Tell you what, if I can smell the food cooking, you know there's some flavors going on. I wish chef all the best! For real, this guy is awesome, he's got passion to the max!


Kusina NI Jayboy in action video


Peter Pao my brother from Oahu doing some business
on Maui. He teaches culinary students and pro chefs
on how to maximize their yields using the equipment
he sells. Been in the culinary world for decades Peter
knows his stuff. 

The crispy pork with onions and tomatoes
with the Lechon sauce made of vinegar and patis (fish sauce)
If you love Filipino foods, you know this action is
standard.

When you pull into the lot, there's a few other food
trucks or really trailers there. Across of the Maria
Lanakila Catholic Church on Wainee Street

Aloha from Kusina NI Jayboy as chef is in his
truck ready to rock and roll!
Good luck chef! Good luck my friend!

© 2017





Thursday, September 14, 2017

EPIC MEAL TIME BAGEL BITES BASH!

Alright folks, it's time to showcase the best funny and creative foodies in the world! Ladies and gentleman, Epic Meal Time. Watch, enjoy, learn, laugh, cry, give someone a hug! These guys are hilarious!




EPIC MEAL TIME
Logan Paul joins the crew
cooking Bagel Bites!

FETA CHEESE MAKING VIDEO

OK here is a Youtube video for you guys, it is a home cook making Feta Cheese at home. So kick back and enjoy. If you make some, call me so I can sample it.




FETA CHEESE VIDEO

FETA CHEESE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Feta cheese, that white stuff that crumbles easily. Can't make good grilled cheese with it. It ain't like that slice of American from Kraft Foods. OK, it is not that. Here is what it is, in a nut shell.



A block of Feta cheese

Feta is made from sheep's milk, so it will have a different flavor all together. Another term for sheep's milk is (ewe's) milk. So if you go to a natural foods store, sheep's milk may be labeled as Ewe's Milk. OK, let's carry on. Feta has been around a long time, the Greeks claim they invented it. But who cares? We have it, and let them do the legal battles in court. We'll just enjoy a good block. But before we enjoy it. Let us understand what it is. So concluded it is sheep's juice.

It has a few holes to non at all on a block of good Feta. Sometimes goat's milk is added to it. C'mon make up your mind right? What next? So Feta is basically a brined curd white cheese. Feta is an aged cheese that is crumbly. Produced mostly in blocks, and has a grainy texture, Feta is used a lot as table cheese, and in salads. This cheese crumbles are perfect for desserts, or for spinach pies (spanakopita) or cheese pie (tyropita), it is commonly served with olives and oregano with olive oil to grease it up.

The Firm Variety 
Has a tangier and considered a much more higher quality product. So if you want the higher quality, buy the firm ones according to cheese enthusiasts. Me? What the ______ do I know? I'm still on Kraft's haha.

The Soft Variety
Not much for this variety except that it can be spreadable, like Mascarpone cheese I figure. 

High quality Feta should have a creamy texture when sampled, aroma of ewe's milk, butter, yogurt. In should taste like it's tangy, salty, a touch sour, with a spicy finish of pepper and ginger. And some sweetness. ________, that's complex! 

Feta in a salad


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PANCETTA ITALIAN CURED PORK BELLY

Pancetta, what is it? You've probably went into an Italian deli, and seen all these nice pork meats, similar in flavor possibly, but they got contrasting names. Hmmm, "Hey, can I get a pound of that..." Ah yes, been there done that. So let's kind of learn together shall we?

As per my last post, I'm on this sub sandwich kick, thanks to Jersey Mike's Subs in Wailuku, Maui here in Hawaii. So Italians know how to eat good. I love Italian food. I'd say out of all the European styles, Italian trumps all the others hands down. Brit foods? Sorry. French? Ah maybe. German? Nope. I mean Italian foods are generally simply made, and very flavorful and fresh. Heck even the stuff that's made with preservatives are all good tasting. I love how Italians incorporate salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and other herbs into their cooking. Very aromatic. And oh man, can't forget onions and garlic! Can't leave those two mega superstars out of the equation.

Pancetta (pun-chettah) is like bacon, more so than my last post when I said Prosciutto was like bacon. Well, it's all pork, but the cut for the Pancetta is more so like bacon.

Pancetta is usually cured with salt, and herbs, and white wine. Like Prosciutto it can be slow aged and cured for up to 3 months. However there is some things vital to know before eating Pancetta. It needs to be heated through before cooking. Unlike Prosciutto that can be eaten (cold). Heck, if in doubt, heat everything up. But I have friends that do eat it cold as long as it is sliced very thin. Go figure. But like I said, just heat it up if you are in doubt. The curing process should make these safe to eat cold/raw. I'll leave it up to you guys.

Pancetta Arrotolata (Rolled). Pancetta Stesa (Flat).

Pancetta Arrotolata is mainly cut thin, eaten raw and usually part of antipasti, or part of a sandwich.

Pancetta Stesa is usually cut into thicker cubes or strips and grilled. Used like bacon, by sautéing it in a pan, rendering the fat can add flavor to soups, stocks, and sauces.

In either case, Pancetta can be used exactly like bacon. Again, the thin slices can be eaten raw, but if in doubt heat it through!

Pancetta Arrotolata (rolled)

Pancetta Smoked Rolled

Pancetta on pizza

Check out this link PANCETTA from Dietz & Watson, it is their product Sweet Pancetta.

The best Italian charcuterie will be found in finer delis, or butcher shops. I guess if it's price that matters you may be sacrificing quality. It's proven in life, if you want the best you have to pay for it.  So go out and shop around, do some sampling at your local deli. We are learning together here, I'm no expert in Italian foods, so it's nice to read up on it, or watch videos, and I'm seriously thinking of hitting up some of my chef friends who have been cooking Italian for many years. You know-get my Italian cooking chops all nice and sharp. Ciao!

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PROSCIUTTO- ON THE SUB TOPIC

Lately I've been on this sub sandwich thing. Could not get it out of my system period! God help me! I'm constantly thinking of sub sandwiches.





A few nights ago I went to JERSEY MIKE'S SUBS in the Maui Lani Shopping Center here on Maui Island, and it brought back memories. When I was in high school there was a cool sandwich shop located down stairs at the 505 shopping center on Front Street here in Lahaina Town. This was really the first deli in town that I had come to know as well-a deli. Long French rolls sliced down the middle, and then placed on a steamer to soften the loaf. And then I'd always get the roast beef with all the lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mayo, mustard, it was wrapped in paper. Cool. And what a place to go when you are all stoned and got the munchies! Togos was the name of this deli, it had this really good smell to it you know? Like food. Good food. And there were these two large Sony speakers playing good rock music. Pat Benatar, The Blues Brothers, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, man those were good times.

So Jersey Mike's Subs got me on this sub sandwich cultural kick again. The guy at the counter took my order, and another dude was slicing the sandwich meats. Salami, Pepperoni, Prosciutto, just old school. So in this post, we'll just go over some of the meats that one may encounter at an Italian style deli. (And I am not an expert on Italiano, so please all you Italians, do not crucify this Filipino kid)

The first will be something you see on the Food Network all of the time, it is Prosciutto. OK, let's take a look at what this really is. According to online foodies.

Prosciutto 
An authentic Italian style dry cured ham prepared in the Italian tradition, from selected fully trimmed hams that have been allowed to age slowly for 3-4 months.
(Holy _____! That's serious foodie moves!)

So Prosciutto is a ham, everyone must have had it, but never was so curious to what it really was, like I know I've had it, you know, some guy at the restaurant goes, "OK, our special is a chef sub comes with homemade vinegar and oil, fresh slices of salami, and (Prosciutto)." We are like, "OK."

Aged Ham (Prosciutto) thin sliced ready to eat

How's this? Ready for some Italian bread

Rolled appetizers all yay!

Most common Prosciutto 
Really there's different Prosciutto? According the the Miami Culinary, Prosciutto di Parma and Prosciutto di San Daniele del Friuli both from northern Italy are the ones. The main difference is that the Prosciutto di Parma has a more nutty and saltier flavor, whereas the Prosciutto di San Daniele is darker and sweeter.

Recently in 2013 another Prosciutto has been introduced, Prosciutto Toscano. It is cured with the traditional salt, but also with pepper and other local aromatics such as garlic and fresh herbs. It is said by experts that it is meatier earthier, and robust.

OK, if you have ever watched Giada on the Food Network in the past, she always cooked or used prosciutto. It was like, "Hey Giada, are you addicted to that or what?" Hey I should not talk because I love me some Portuguese sausage man, I can eat that ______ every _______ing day! But it seems like every culture, every race has some kind of charcuterie going on.

I suggest, putting prosciutto in a sub sandwich, maybe with some pepperoni, and salami too. Lots of shredded lettuce, red onions, fresh tomatoes, and oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. I love mayonnaise to the max, however my last sub at Jersey Mike's did not have an mustard or mayonnaise, and it was really really good. No excellent. 

THE YAY :) or  NAY :( SCALE

Is it like bacon: Yay
Can I eat it like bacon: Yay
Can I eat it uncooked: Yay
Is it good with eggs: Yay
Can I put it on pizza and bake it?: Yay
Can I stuff it with cheese and veggies for appetizers?: Yay
Good with beer?: Yay
Good with wine?: Yay 

So for the most basic of foodie questions this one has an 8 out of 8 Yays! It's a happy product! Yay!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

BEEF WITH GREEN BEANS


Today was uneventful, no visiting any new sandwich shops, just chilled out most of the day. So in this blog post I'm going to give you a simple recipe and this will cost only a few dollars. This is great for single dudes out of the house and mom isn't there to cook for you.

BEEF WITH GREEN BEANS

Ingredients

1 lb of chuck roast cut into bite size pieces
1 can green beans
1 smashed garlic clove
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 medium can tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

In a medium pot with lid, heat up oil over medium high heat. Brown the beef, then add in the garlic, water, & tomato sauce. Cover pot with lid, lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add in green beans cook for 3-5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper. Serve hot with bread or rice

The Yay :) or Nay :( Scale

Cost: Yay
Ease: Yay
Time: Yay
For two: Yay
Reheatable: Yay
High protein: Yay

6/6 Yays this is a happy dish




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JERSEY MIKE'S SUB (MAUI LANI)

Jersey Mike's Subs located at 52 Maui Lani Parkway #3100 Wailuku, HI 96793 Open Sun-Sat: 10am- 9am 808-244-1144 has recently opened for business. I love sandwiches, good sandwiches. And I don't mind paying a good dollar for-a sandwich. 

My buddy Buzzy was really excited last week about Jersey Mike's, "Hey Ron, where are you man? Hey I went to that new sub place Jersey Mike's in Wailuku, man I got two huge giant Original Italian subs man, it's killer, I got you one, where are you?" Unfortunately I was on the road, and could not meet Mr. Buzzy, it would be late, hence did not want that sandwich to go to waste. He eventually gave it to a neighbor who loves to eat. I'm so busy and can't get to Wailuku for just a sandwich, so on this night I had to run to Walmart and get some meds from the pharmacy, I looked at my watch and had lots of time to get a sub, and then run to Walmart. 

When I got to the shopping center in the Maui Lani, the place was busy already. I saw a friend who lives up the street from there, that was his third time. "This place rocks Ron." And then I saw some rookies like me just standing in line thinking, is it like ordering at Subway? Or Quiznos? The menu isn't huge, it's really easy to choose, likened to an In N Out Burger concept. The color scheme was simple, lots of brightness, white the primary.

This one dude was like, "Hey bro go ahead, I got to order a lot of sandwiches for my family, so go ahead." Shoot, I tell him thanks and head to the counter. All I remember Buzzy telling me was that he ordered the Giant Italian something or other. The clerk told me, "#13, the Original Italian, that's one of the best." OK I tell him, do it. The works, the way a Jersey Mike's Sub is supposed to be. So the guy's on the slicer, slicing I dunno, meat, cheese, and the next thing I see, is that sub is filled with meat. Then cheese, then the guy hands it to another dude, then the veggies, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and the oil and vinegar stuff. I could smell it. No mayonnaise, didn't need any, all that oil kept it moist, it soaked through the bread. Once I got it, and asked for a bag of chips and a small drink, it came out to a whopping $22.00 + with tax. No prob, it was hefty, well worth it for sure. Another rookie ahead of me was filling up his cup with soda, he looked at me all smiles, and gave me that ever-so popular dude thing we do, the FIST BUMP. That's just a way of saying, "Dude, enjoy man, I got your back!"

#13 The Original Italian: Provolone, ham, prosciuttini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni. (Charcuterie heaven)


Me standing in line waiting

Easy to read menu, kitchen clean!

Staff slicing the meats

Team work, putting the Original Italian Giant together!

Fresh lettuce, tomatoes and onions before the dousing
of oil and vinegar.
YAY! My Giant sub is done, stood in line to fill up
the soda cup!

Unwrapped the sandwich, it was cut in fourths!
Juicy ono!

My cold cola, need it to wash it all down!

Yeah I'm a hog on this night, all 4 quarters downed!

A little marketing on each Giant wrapper!

Now for the Yay :) or Nay :( scale

Quality: Yay :)
Service: Yay :)
Cleanliness: Yay :)
Value: Yay :)
Parking: Yay :)
Location: Yay :)

NOTE: Value is the price on quality. It may be more than a Subway meal, however, they slice the meat and cheese right there in front of you. So is it valuable? Of course. Is it worth it? 6 out of 6 Yays, you'll be happy :)!!!!

If you can't afford a sandwich at this price, then I'm telling you, save up them loose change, because you got to treat yourself to a quality sandwich, I'm serious. OK, if you're going to Subway, don't, save that money. Then when you got enough, head to Maui Lani and walk into Jersey Mike's Subs, and have a grine session like you've never had. 

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