Category Archive for 'Cuisine'

The Critical Mass

Smokin’ Dopes: The Agony and the Ecstasy The smoke has finally cleared. Record Archive celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend and the Smokin’ Dopes somehow found themselves in the midst of the action. Hundreds, maybe a few thousand music enthusiasts, descended on the Archive during the course of the day, and we were in change […]

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You want propylene glycol with those nuggets? The news on chicken nuggets is…. gross. A couple of recent studies of nuggets sold by two major fast-food outlets reveals that only 40 to 50 percent of that chicken is tender breast and succulent thigh meat. As you dig into that wax-paper box, the bulk of what […]

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The Smokin’ Dopes rule the joint The best the Smokin’ Dopes Barbecue Team could manage at last year’s Roc City Rib Fest was a certificate of participation and a handful of hangovers. We were determined to change that. We did. Throughout this past Memorial weekend, Ontario Beach Park echoed with the hollow thump of barbecue-fest […]

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Baby Back Ribs (Human Division) and hugs Autopsies can really hurt. Especially if that’s you under Jack Klugman’s scalpel. The Smokin’ Dopes have spent the past week re-examining our efforts at the Memorial weekend’s Roc City Rib Fest. Especially in light of the fact that according to the judges – and this is certainly a […]

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Smokin’ Dopes working with the Feds The most-important number of the week: 145. Right on cue for the Smokin’ Dopes, who are competing this weekend in the Roc City Rib Fest, the Federal government has announced that the internal serving temperature required for pork has been lowered to 145 degrees. This is official debunking of […]

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Tastes like a six-ton bird Paleontologists have surmised that while Tyrannosaurus rex meat probably didn’t taste like chicken, it very likely did taste like the meat from some kind of a bird. The logic is that birds and crocodiles taste similar, and both are related to dinosaurs (birds even more directly than crocs). And as […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to First music of the day, the smoky saxophone of Ben Webster. He also worked well Saturday afternoon on the deck, as I wound down a beautiful day with a cigar and a glass of whiskey, while a pork shoulder relaxed in its smoker […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 18 It is 7 a.m., and already two beef-broth injected brisket are on the smoker. First music of the day: The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Between Nothingness & Eternity. The coffee is Costa Rican. It is a beautiful morning on the deck. 1, Today’s […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 11 First music of the day: Canadian jazz pianist Francois Bourassa. It will be a good afternoon on the deck. Chicken quarters are marinating in a local strawberry-balsamic vinegar purchased Saturday at the Rochester Public Market. They’ll be joined by wings, and […]

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The Smokin’ Dopes: “Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhr-B-CUEEEEEEEE!” Part Two In Part One, we saw the Smokin’ Dopes make a triumphant debut. In Part Two, they drive off the learning curve…. At Day Two of the Roc City Rib Fest competition, I forgot the details. The categories were pork, chicken, brisket and ribs again.  That’s all-night smoking. We had […]

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