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• 2013 Majors

CSI POOL
BCAPL National 8-Ball Championships
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, NV
first time at the Rio (adios Riviera) and things get epic
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Hard Times 10-Ball Open
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
just a lil pre-Vegas warm up tournament
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
West Coast Challenge
$4,000 added One Pocket
$10,000 added 10-Ball
California Billiard Club
Mountain View, CA
last event at this location before they close (sadface)
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Cole Dickson Memorial 9-Ball
Family Billiards
San Francisco, CA
for legendary road player Cole Dickson
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Pots 'N' Pans Memorial 9-Ball
Pool Sharks
Las Vegas, NV
celebrating hustler Bernard Rogoff, better known as "Pots 'N' Pans"
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR35 | Dennis Orcollo vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second and third days
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR33 | Francisco Bustamante vs Alex Pagulayan
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
second (1P) and part of third (10B) day
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR32 | Ronnie Alcano vs Jayson Shaw
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
GREAT match • Andy Mercer Memorial 9-Ball Tournament coverage
 
INDEPENDENT EVENT
Chet Itow Memorial 9-Ball
California Billiards Club
Mountain View, CA
drank too much to do good coverage, but here it is, anyway
 
CSI POOL
Jay Swanson Memorial 9-Ball
Hard Times Billiards
Bellflower, CA
let Robocop show you how to run a six-pack, Citizen
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR31 | Mike Dechaine vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
ALL HAIL THE HOVERCAT
 
THE ACTION REPORT
TAR30 | Darren Appleton vs Shane Van Boening
TAR Studio
Las Vegas, NV
the boys are back in town
 
 
10+1 INTERVIEWS
» Huidji See
» Donny Mills
 
 
EVERYBODY WAS KUNG-FU FIGHTING
the best kind of New Year's Sandwich
that's not okay
 
 
READER'S CHOICE
you know that I'm no good
on being a reasonable human being with realistic expectations
 
instasham series
stories from the distant and slightly-less-distant past
 
the only people for me are the mad ones
questions, tournaments, bets, running 26.2 miles

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PARTY ANIMALS
The Action Report
purveyor of fine challenge matches between highly-skilled players of note
 
PUBLICATION
Cue Times Billiard News
Colorado's best resource for all things pool-related
 
CASE
Jack Justis Cases
the choice of champions
 
CUE
Sugartree Customs
made by Eric "Slower Than Snails" Crisp, if and when he feels like it
 
CUE
Tucker Cue Works
"If you feel the need to ask me how your cue is progressing every week then maybe there is a better choice of cuemakers out there for you."
 
MEAT
Kurzweils' Country Meats
yes, meat

gain weight for realz

 

slow-roasted chicken

Roasting a whole chicken is not something I do (or used to do). I’m not fond of dry chicken and, inevitably, that is what I would end up with when I tried to roast chicken. I did a little research here and there regarding temperature and time and generally, it was high-temperature (450°F) and short cooking time (1 hour) or lower temperature (350-ish°F) and longer cooking time (2 hours-ish). Neither of these resulted in what I wanted which was super-juicy roasted chicken (like you get at Boston Market). So, I gave up on that particular project because I’m a quitter.

But, I really like juicy roasted chicken so I went back into R&D mode. Food makes me do things I don’t like to do, like get out of bed.

I found out most people like crispy roast chicken skin. Yes, that’s delicious stuff, all crackly fat like crisp chicken bacon, BUT — it does not go with what I like, which is juicy roast chicken. You can actually only have one or the other when you roast chicken. If you want both, deep-fried chicken is the way to go. (My kitchen is too tiny and the ventilation too poor to allow the frying of chicken. *sniffle of sadness*) Juicy chicken takes priority over crispy skin for me, so that’s what I ended up researching.

I found out via the Great Grand Internet the secret to juicy roast chicken is very low heat and long cooking time. This makes sense, seeing as how we apply the same techniques to cooking beef stew or barbecue pork. I just never thought to apply the technique to chicken. (I’m dense like that.)

Here’s the way to juicy roast chicken goodness (in yo face Bahstahn Mahket!).

 

First, you will need a spice rub. This was the general Internet consensus for the best mix of herbs and spices:

For the red pepper, you can use cayenne if you want spicy-spice-spice, chipotle if you want smoky-smoke-smoke, or ancho chili like me if you can’t really take the heat (but you like being a little warm). You can also use a mix of different ground red peppers to your liking. It’s a free country. There is smoky, sweet, and hot paprika varieties, so mix those how you like it, too.

 

I crumbled the dried thyme as best I could to get the most flavor. In the future, I think I will use ground thyme rather than the whole dried leaves since it mixes in more thoroughly.
Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
This is a great time to reuse spice bottles that have the shaker lid to store the spice mix.
The amount in the above recipe should be enough for one whole chicken. I don’t make more than one recipe at a time in order to make sure the spice mix stays fresh. If you plan on making this often, then a double recipe (or more) is a good idea.

 

And here, we have a single chicken leg. Because I am cooking for one small Asian girl (and a fat cat).
Also, a whole chicken won’t fit into my toaster oven and I find chicken legs easier to eat. The recipe as given is usually enough for 4 chicken legs.
By the way, I find glass baking dishes give the best result.
Sprinkle the spice mix on both sides of the chicken. I’m a little heavy-handed when it comes to spices. I don’t stop until it’s at drag-queen-eyeshadow thickness.
Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator overnight. If you’re impatient, the least amount of time to marinate has been given as 1 hour at room temperature. If you have the time, it tastes freaking great if you let it sit overnight.

 

Preheat the oven to 225°F (250°F if you’re squeamish).
I sometimes add sliced onions (1/2 onion per chicken leg) underneath, drizzled with just a little olive oil. You can salt and pepper the onions and/or sprinkle with thyme as well, if you like.
Hotbox the chicken (no need to bring to room temperature) and set the timer to 3 hours. You can baste the chicken every 20 or 30 minutes with butter or the chicken juices. I don’t because I’m lazy.

 

 

just add popcorn

Heat (1995)
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This is one of those movies that everyone is always, “OMG! How can YOU not have seen it?! YOU would love it.” Okay. At 170 minutes, it was just the movie to watch while I waited 180 minutes for my chicken to roast itself.
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Y’all were right.
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After I saw it, I was all, “OMG! How can I not have seen this movie?! I LOVE IT!” There were guns, asplosions, clever criminal capers, drama (but no melodrama), character insight, and a very good cast. I especially appreciated the realism. That is, it was all actually quite believable and the characters in the movie acted like real people (and spoke like real people) with real faults, as opposed to overly heroic or villianous caricatures that may be entertaining, but with whom you could not connect. Plus, I recognized almost all the cast from other movies/shows (the Allstate Guy with the great voice!) which gives me, the movie-impaired, a warm glow of achievement.
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Also, it was filmed in Los Angeles. I totally pointed my finger at the screen and yelled to my (uncaring, sleeping) Cat, “Dude! I totally pass by that building on my way to Hard Times!” and “I’ve taken that bus before! More than once! It only runs once an hour on weekends! Bastards!”
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This movie will definitely go into my Roast Chicken Rotation (Rotisserie?) selection of About Three Hours Long films.
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A guy told me one time, “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”

 

 

Well! That movie had enough heat to roast this chicken leg. Aww yeah. Check out the loot:

The onions have been cooked in roast chicken drippings which makes them extra-flavorful and an excellent accompaniment to the main dish, the Pollo itself.

If you’re worried about undercooked chicken, the FDA recommends all poultry be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F. If your chicken has not reached that temperature after being baked for 3 hours at 225°F (250°F if you’re squeamish), then your oven sucks and you do not deserve delicious chicken.

If you decide to roast a whole chicken (4 to 5 pounds) this way, the minimum accepted time seems to be 5 hours (and toss a quartered onion and two lemon quarters into the chicken cavity).

I’m a big fan of dark-meat chicken, but if some of you are not, this recipe works well on white-meat pieces, too. The skin, if you don’t baste it, ends up have the texture of tough paper, but it is still freakishly delicious. If you did go through all the trouble of basting, the skin will be softer and more moist, but I find the effort to not be worth the result. (But, remember — I am extremely lazy.)

This is an easy way to enjoy a nice chicken dinner (even the Dudeliest of Dudes can do it). The length of time is a bit of a drag, but that is why I like using chicken pieces instead of a whole chicken — they cook faster. During the three hours, you can do chores, play pool (for those lucky bastards with a home table), sleep (if you’re brave/tired), watch a movie, plan world domination, etc. After all your hard work (or nice nap) is done, you’ll be rewarded with yums!

 

 

 

and a partridge in a pear tree

11 comments to gain weight for realz

  • spanky

    your gona make me pay to get my roommates oven fixed with post like this, sounds great

  • Drag queen eye shadow thickness = pure brilliance! All of my drag queen friends can now roast a chicken.

  • BigCat

    I love the bank robbery sequence in Heat… it always seemed very realistic to me (not like the crap we see in most movies). The sound editing of the rifles/guns, the cinematography, and the acting just all came together in that sequence. Friggin awesome movie.

    • Adhesive Remover

      That is a great scene. The realism in the movie is definitely great — the dialogue isn’t composed solely of snappy one-liners and people on both sides die, not just the bad guys and not just the good guys.

  • p00lriah

    other approximate time measurements for three hours:

    3 episodes of dexter (excluding season finales)

    3 episodes of the wire

    put leash on an uncooperating cat & walk her around the block (first aid kit mandatory)

    chain smoke a pack of cigarettes

    listen to the audiobook of the rising sun by michael crichton (can’t guarantee the book; never read that one)

    watch paint dry

  • Pool Minnow

    Looking forward to trying this one. My local market makes some awesome marinated chicken legs, but my impatience usually gets the better of me and I dry it out. I will have to try the slow method.

    • Adhesive Remover

      Let me know how it goes!

    • Pool Minnow

      The dark meat was amazing. The skin is surprisingly crispy! The marinade was orange & fennel, but I wish I had added the spice rub to the skin even on top of the marinade.

      This chicken comes vacuum packed with the marinade, and I thought I was getting two thighs, but it turned out to be a half chicken. The breast meat was fine, but nothing special. (I think you have to brine to get really moist white meat from baking.) Next time I’ll stick to the dark meat.

      Your recipes are always great. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!!

      • Adhesive Remover

        Awesome to hear it turned out well. 🙂 Wet-brine for roast chicken will be coming up soon!