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  • Re: Racing COTA in May!!!! Chump Car. Austin. Someone please cook me some BBQ....

    COTA is south east of downtown, close to  Austin Bergstrom. Great track and pits to drive and race on. Plenty of parking and not hard to find. You will enjoy it.
  • Vietnamese Style Lemongrass Pork Skewers -- Salado Eggfest 2017

    Vietnamese Style Lemongrass Pork Skewers -- Salado Eggfest


    The secret to this recipe is to have the loin sliced thin, ¼” to allow the marinade to soak through all of the meat. You stack it on the skewers to make it thicker and cook slowly. Buy pork loin, not tenderloin. The loin will have a higher fat content and taste better.

    The meat and veggies are cooked on separate skewers because the meat will take longer to cook and over cook the veggies.


    Serves 4


    1-pound boneless pork loin, sliced thin – ¼”

    2 Red Onions

    2 Bell Peppers

    Wood or metal skewers. Soak the wood skewers at least an hour before using them, the longer the better.

    Garlic cloves

    Lemon Grass

    Red Boat #40 Fish sauce

    Dark Soy sauce

    Granulated Sugar

    Black pepper


    Veggie prep

    Peel and quarter onions

    Halve, quarter and seed bell peppers and cut into bite size pieces.


    Meat Marinade:
    11/2 to 2 tablespoons granulated or light brown sugar
    1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
    1 tablespoon chopped shallot or yellow onion
    1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and finely chopped (3 tablespoons)
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 1/2 teaspoon dark (black) soy sauce
    1 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
    1 tablespoon oil

    1. Put the sugar, garlic, shallot and lemongrass into food processor and process to a fine texture. (Or, mince the garlic, shallot, and lemongrass individually, put them into a bowl, and add the sugar.) Add the pepper, soy sauce, fish sauce, and oil and process to combine well. Aim for a relatively smooth texture. The marinade will be chocolate brown. Transfer to a bowl.

    2. Add the pork, and turn to coat well. Cover and set aside at room temperature to marinate for 1 hour.  For a cook the next day, refrigerate up to 24 hours, letting the meat sit out at room temperature before grilling. I use zip lock bags for marinating.

    You can marinate the onions and peppers with the meat or grill them with some extra virgin olive oil (EVO), salt and pepper for a fresh taste.


    3. Thread the meat on the skewers folding the meat on the skewers to and neatly stacked.

    The onions and peppers go on other skewers with no meat on them.


    4. Preheat a grill to medium-high. Grill for 30-45 minutes, turning frequently, until cooked through. I like a bit of char on the meat when it’s done.


    5. The peppers and onions go on the grill about 30 mins after you start the meat. I brush EVO, salt and pepper on the veggies. The veggies take about 15 mins to cook and should be turned a couple of times.


    Serve with Sriracha Hot Chile Sauce, leaf lettuce or sandwich buns.

  • Re: Salado Eggfest Pre and Post Party News

    Photo Egg said:
    Thanks Hotch.
    Hope the weather holds out for you. Better half is just not travel worthy yet, sorry to miss Salado this year. I was holding out for more improvement.
    Travel safe and post some photos when you can.
    We will catch up with you at the Space City Eggfest or Athens. Hope wife is feeling better soon.  John Wallace
  • Re: 9/11 where were you?

    Dredger said:
    In the wilderness in Va. on a sales call and hubby called to tell me what was happening. Pulled over to the side of the road and cried. Said to myself how glad that my Daddy, WW11 hero, wasn't alive to see this. Marine, as are my brothers. His tours.

    Sea and Foreign Pacific
    May 20 - July 7, 1942
    August 7 - December 15 1942
    Camp Glouchester
    December 26 - March 1, 1943 - 1944
    Iwo Jima
    February 19 - March 26, 1945
    June 10 - 24, 1945

    After his stint overseas, he was a DI for 5 years. He would have kicked their a$$ for sure if he was still with us. Really miss that man. Semper Fi. Never forget and never forgive, it ain't my nature. Thoughts with the ones lost and their families. God bless America.

    My Dad flew close air support for the invasion of Okinawa so your dad and mine were in same battle. Our fathers were part of the generation that we won't see the likes of again. Nice post.
  • Re: 9/11 where were you?

    First day back at work @ FedEx in Austin TX after a week of travel. My sister was a flight attendant for United on a trip out of NY. My dad was on a flight on the way back to DC. My brother, airline pilot, was a flying a trip. Didn't know where anyone was. The 757 that hit the Pentagon crashed on the side of the building where I worked 6 years before 9/11. Lost friends in the Pentagon and New York. We got an email that he was safe. Found out later he died when he went back into one of the towers to help some other people get out. Later we went to a church service just to hear that we that this was "our fault". Walked out of the service and never went back.
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