Smoked Birds

[print_link] There are a couple of dishes that our guests continue to request and never seem to tire of. Smoked birds is the BIG ONE. Whether it is a smoked chicken or smoked turkey the result is always the same. smiling faces and a pile of bones on the table. We all have favourites, I say, if you know a better recipe for smoked chickens or turkeys, please let me know!
Ok, I have given this recipe out about a thousand times and inquiring minds want to complicate the process. The key to this is to do it and get experience with your weber, your charcoal, and your weather.
The version from WEBER  was called Classic Turkey Recipe – I think I may have started with their recipe – and now I have my version. – They no longer have recipes on the weber website.
Charley’s Recipe for Smoked Birds
Use a regular WEBER Kettle BBQ – Indirect fire (that means coals on the sides) – Dry Oak Bark on top of the coals
Rinse Birds, Rub with peanut oil, then salt and pepper (cayenne if you want spicier skin)
Put the chicken on the grill breast up (you can fit 3 to 4 depending on the chicken – set so the chickens do not touch each other and are over the center of the grill (not the coals) or Put the Turkey on the grill breast down (the dark meat above makes it self basting – or use a roast rack – Still Breast Down)
All the chicken needs is about 1 hour 10 minutes to 30 minutes – depending on the hot factor of your coalsThe turkey is 11 – 12 minutes per pound – maximum size for the turkey is about 16 pounds or the lid won’t fitRun the WEBER WIDE OPEN – top and bottom
Take the birds off on time – Let them cool for 5 – 10 minutes (if you can – I can’t) and start slicing
Most importantly – Stop asking questions and start cooking! Seems to me that the simpler the recipe the more questions I seem to get. The only real way to do this is to cook! So.. Bring over a bird and lets cook! I have been using this basic recipe for 15 + years. Add to the table a good merlot, a nice salad, some Garlic Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and finally some good milk chocolate  to go with the second bottle of merlot and you too will be called a wizard! Charley Carlin – 2005-2010
PS – Weber used to have nice recipes on their website – Now they want to sell cook books. – So the Weber site is no longer useful – It is an online brochure. Tis a pity.

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Microsoft is not calling you!

Hello Everyone,
Beware of the Scam Calls that come in telling you that they are from microsoft and you computer is either infected, or about to crash. They have a story that tells you about how they are microsoft and your computer has come up and blah blah blah. This is a complete and total scam. So please listen up.
number one. microsoft does not will not and never has cold called you! (read that 3 or four times please)
number two. there is no number to call these guys back. Please tell them you need their number to give to the federal trade commission or the FBI or an other law enforcement group and watch how fast they hang up.
number three. Read one and two again and never, I repeat never let a cold caller connect to your pc or you credit card. (did I say never)
These guys are trained like the closers at a time share sales promotion. they will tell you anything to get you to give them control and money.

I am not prone to blast messages that get sent to everyone, however it is time that this message be sent. Please share with anyone you wish.

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Titan Missile Museum

At the Titan Missile Museum

At the Titan Missile Museum

In the desert outside of Sahurita, Arizona beneath the cactus lies the only remaining Titan Missile silo in the US. Once a part of the nuclear deterrent system, as they call it. The site contains a Titan Missile in the upright position and the full control system used to govern the process of nuclear missile launch. Before you get to the tour, Continue reading

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Desert View Tower

Desert View Tower

near Jacumba, CA in the far south of southern CA

I love oddities and this place qualifies. When traveling across the wide open spaces of the desert I believe it is always good to stop at overlooks, stretch a bit, and take a few pictures. Well this place is right on the verge of strange. In te almost middle of nowhere on the top of a ridge is a tower that as been constructed with local rock and a bit of who knows what else.

It will coast $4.50 to go up into the tower and I am happy to give these people some change to keep things like this going into the future. There is a collection of what some would call junk as you go up the tower, but as the host said go on up and poke around. the view from the tower stretches for a real long ways and is fun to get those pictures and see Continue reading

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Telles Family Shrine

IMG_20131107_120735Shrine of the Telles Family

After leaving the Tumacacori National Historic Park near Tubac, Arizona (more about that in another post) we turned south on US Highway 19 towards Rio Rico eager to catch a cutoff tip we had received from the Park Ranger who was ever so polite, helpful and full of stories.

We caught the cutoff and reconnected to New Mexico Highway 82 towards Patagonia and then on to Benson to get back on to US Highway 10 to continue our jaunt to Anet’s sisters place in Silver City, New Mexico.

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Jalapeno Cornbread

[print_link] This little gem comes to us from New York in the stratosphere of Long Island City. Jalapeno Corn bread at its best.

  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1 box corn bread mix (such as Jiffy brand)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 oz. can of green chiles or jalapenos

Pre heat oven to 350
Grease / oil pan – many prefer cast iron
Heat pan in oven
Combine all ingredients and pour into pan!
Bake one Hour.

Enjoy!
Thanks to B. Wayne Pevey

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Updated Tibetan Monk Schedule

Events for Public Release 2013
(addresses / contacts at end of post)

Wednesday, Oct 2
10:30 AM-11:00 AM – Atascadero Library – Teaching/Coloring
6850 Morro Rd, Atascadero
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Butter Sculpture at Oak Creek Commons, Paso Robles
Call Anet Carlin to Book 466-4653

Thursday, Oct 3
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Sand Mandala EarthTones, Paso Robles

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In Memory of Carola LaVerde – 1948-2013

Anet Carlin, Carole Tarrico, Beppe Tarrico

Anet Carlin, Carola LaVerde, Beppe Tarrico

For our friends who knew her we must tell of Carola’s LaVerde passing September 10th, 2013. Our dear friend of many decades passed in the hospital in Florence after a long bout

Carole Tarrico

Carola LaVerde

with cancer. We will always remember her beautiful smile and big laugh. We can still taste the meals she cooked and set up so elegantly in her home in Alba, Italy. We will long remember her beautiful country estate in San Rocco and the lovely evenings on the back patio below the orchard with more courses than one can imagine. Our tours of the Southwest with Beppe and Carola are legendary, and her story will be told over and over. Her spirit will live in our minds forever. We missed her before her passing and now only miss her even more.  Our thought and prayers are with Beppe Tarrico and Filippo Tarrico.

Carola is survived by her loving husband Beppe Tarrico and her son Filippo Tarrico.
Call Anet for any details (805) 466-4653.

Her Home Address:
Corso Fr. Bandiera, 13
ALBA, CW 12051
Italy

 

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Gomang Monk 2013 Tour Information

Information about the San Luis Obispo County Locations to see the Monks and their precious works is coming here! To Book a performance or event or for more information please call Anet Carlin at (805) 466-4653 or email anet@charley.net

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Brickyard Theatre Presents The Unexpected Man

The Brickyard Theatre proudly presents The Unexpected Man in – Opening Night is Friday September 6th. There are still some seats available. The Calendar with the full run of the show schedule is on www.brickyardtheatre.com. The show runs through September 23rd. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please See the Calendar for reservations and Tickets. Support the Brickyard Theatre and your local charitable groups.  Please reserve early. There is limited space and full houses are common! Continue reading

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