Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Peperoni Pull Apart Knots


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 ounces pepperoni, cut into 1/4-inch squares
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 6 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough (see note above)
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • Homemade or store-bought pizza sauce for serving


  1. 1
    Heat butter and oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until butter melts and foaming subsides. Add pepperoni and cook, stirring, until pepperoni begins to crisp, about 2 minutes. Add pepper flakes and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add parsley and chives and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in Parmesan cheese. Do not wipe out skillet.
  2. 2
    On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into two even pieces. Working one piece at a time, roll or stretch into an oblong about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. With a bench scraper or knife, cut crosswise into 12 strips. Repeat with other half of dough.
  3. 3
    Tie each strip into a knot and transfer to bowl with pepperoni/garlic mixture. Toss and fold with your hands until every knot is thoroughly coated in mixture. Transfer the knots to the skillet in a single layer. Drizzle with more olive oil, cover tightly with plastic, and set aside until doubled in size, about 4 hours. Alternatively, refrigerate until doubled in size, 12 to 16 hours.
  4. 4
    When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425°F and adjust oven rack to center position. Unwrap garlic knots. Sprinkle with Romano cheese. Transfer to oven and bake until golden brown and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. 5
    Remove from oven and immediately brush with more extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle lightly with more Parmesan. Serve right away with warmed sauce on the side.

Hot Corn dip

Recipe: Hot Corn Dip

From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

  • 2 (11 ounce) cans of Mexicorn/Fiesta Corn, drained
  • 2 (7 ounce) cans of chopped green chiles, drained
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped, pickled jalapeno
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes, or to taste, optional
  • Corn chips, for dipping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Mix together everything but the corn chips in a large bowl. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake, uncovered at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges. Serve warm with the corn chips. Can also transfer to a 4 quart crockpot and cook covered on high for about an hour, or on low until warmed through and bubbly. Hold over low to keep warm.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Streaming PDC Darts

I've noticed a growing support for PDC Darts in the US.  60 minutes sports on Showtime did a coverage of the popularity of the game on their most recent episode.  We don't have televised coverage in the United States yet but you can subscribe to the stream at PDC.tv.  I've noticed there are fans that stream their own broadcast over the internet.  Many can be found at Justin.TV but in my experience they eventually are shut down.  However weekly at the Reddit Darts forum www.reddit.com/r/darts they post a link that contains a whole list of internet streams. 

You can be sure I'm streaming this week Premier League matches.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Essential Guide to Dim Sum

For me Dim Sum is brunch but when I'm feeling a bit more adventurous than normal.  Buzz Feed so kindly has posted The Essential Guide To Dim Sum to help us all out.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

BYU is willing to play on Sunday

With the scheduling of the BYU-New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8:15 PM Mountain Time BYU is conceding the fact they could possibly play on Sunday. How so? While the average NCAA college football game is between 3 hours and 3 hours and 15 minutes they routinely go well over that. BYU is opening itself up to a probability, I would guess less than 5%, that it will still be playing past midnight. Twice this season they've come close with a 3 hour 42 minute game against Utah and a 3 hour 34 minute game against TCU.

Here are some BYU games from the past 20 years that all would have broken the "sabbath" for BYU.

Date Opponent Time Result
11/28/09 vs. Utah 3:54 W, 26-23
9/15/07 vs. Tulsa 3:57 L, 47-55
9/24/05 vs. TCU 4:42 L, 50-51
10/22/05 vs. Notre Dame 3:46 L, 23-49
10/29/05 vs. Air Force 3:52 W, 62-41
11/5/05 vs. UNLV 3:50 W, 55-14
11/19/05 vs. Utah 4:15 L, 34-41
12/22/05 vs California 3:49 L, 28-35
9/6/02 vs. Hawaii 4:00 W, 35-32
12/8/01 at Hawaii 4:24 L, 45-72
10/8/94 at Fresno State 3:54 W, 32-30
11/20/93 vs. Utah 3:53 L, 31-34
9/4/93 at New Mexico 3:50 W, 34-31
10/30/93 at Utah State 3:50 L, 56-58
11/16/91 at San Diego State 3:54 T, 52-52

I wonder what the contingency is it the game approaches midnight? Forfeit? What about the employees at Lavell Edwards Stadium? I can't imagine that they'll be finished with all their work by midnight. Is this all just to make ESPN happy with their TV contract?

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

How to Watch ESPN3 on a iPhone or iPad

Watching the streaming ESPN3 has been nearly impossible on a iPhone or iPad due to the fact that the site required Flash for the streaming video. There were a few app work arounds but they were never free or too complex. Lucky for me I found that ESPN now has a app that does just that.

It's the WatchESPN app now available for download at the app store here.

Right now it is only available if you use Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable & Verizon FiOS TV. So Comcast, DishNetwork and DirectTV customers are excluded for now.

This includes:

Live streaming access to the top events from the ESPN family of networks, including:
* NBA Regular Season and Playoffs
* Major League Baseball
* The Masters, US Open and The Open Championships
* College Football and Basketball
* Barclay’s Premier League, Spanish Primera Division and Euro 2012 Soccer
* All 4 Grand Slam tennis events
…and thousands more live events airing on the ESPN networks

Up-to-the-minute news, highlights and analysis with live streaming access to your favorite ESPN shows, including:
* SportsCenter
* Mike & Mike
* SportsNation
* Baseball Tonight
…and every other ESPN original show

You will need to verify access through your cable/satellite provider.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Rockstar Breakfast

My old roommate recently became my temporary roommate again and it reminded me of the favorite breakfast he would make for my kids. He called it the Rockstar Breakfast. It's also known as a egg in the basket, toad in the hole, rocky mountain toast, or moon sandwich.

You shouldn't need a recipe because the picture explains it all.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Drunken Shrimp

Drunken Shrimp are now on my soon to cook list.


3 tablespoons olive oil
12 U10 shrimp, peeled with head on
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons sake
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups baby spinach
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large bowl toss the shrimp and the olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Heat a saute pan over high heat. Add the shrimp and saute for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. In the same pan, combine the honey, sake, and butter. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute. Pour the mixture over the shrimp and toss with the baby spinach, lemon juice, and season to taste.
Recipe from The Food Republic