buffalo prime rib, Buckhorn Exchange


This cost a million dollars. 

Possibly $43.00. I don't know. I didn't pay for it. My brother did. It was worth a million dollars to me so that's what I said.

This is what I saw from where I sat at Buckhorn Exchange, Denver.



Golden eagle. 
Looks like a crow from underneath, hanging like that from the ceiling.


I have to admit it's macabre. This is the stuff that nightmares are made. And so close to Halloween. Honestly, sitting there eating a steak from one of these animals is enough to turn one vegetarian. I can see how that happens.

It was Alona's desire to come here again. I think part of that might have been to show her two boys. We spent a long weekend together spanning Thursday to Monday and we ate at a lot of places and this one was best.

And we knew the whole thing came to a beautiful and peaceful soft landing, a very long car trip back and forth through Nebraska, and several tiring activities, including a wedding, when to the left of me in the restaurant booth and to the right of me, my dinner buddies, two little boys stretched out their bodies and slept.



avocado and shrimp


Cumin, salt, pepper on the avocado.

Salsa on the shrimp.

bacon, eggs, sourdough toast





Flaked kosher salt. I forgot to add salt to the bread dough. This happens a lot. So salt is added to each slice.



sourdough


Half of this is sponge that's fermented for six days in the refrigerator. That's a long time and produces bread that is overly sour and with flour that's exhausted. The sponge was used to inoculate fresh dough that comprises the other half. So it's flavor is diluted by 100%. 

Or maybe it is it diluted by 50%.

It depends on how you look at it. Either the original sponge is diluted with fresh dough, or the combined dough is diluted.

I have no idea how it tastes. I was actually not completely ready for this but here it is. I just now realized I forgot to add salt as I have forgotten a million times already. So each separate piece will need to be salted. The butter I put on each slice is not salted either. And bread without salt is just awful. The same amount of 50/50 dough is now the new sponge fermenting in the refrigerator, so the next loaf will be 50/50 as well. It's the new plan I just now made up because I'm tired of the skin texture of 100% sourdough aged for three days. The skin on the formed loaf is insufficiently elastic. By my careless ways it's all hit and miss. Just like the California gold rush 49er sourdough dudes. *Dr McCoy voice* Damnit, Jim, I'm a gold miner not a baker! 

steamed rice, chicken gravy


So good.

Better than you'd expect. 

The rice has a touch of pure maple syrup and rice vinegar. The chicken gravy is from the fond of four baked thighs with a teeny-tiny touch of Angostura bitters, 1/2 teaspoon, with counterbalancing sugar and that expands the profile beautifully.

peanut butter oatmeal raisin pecan cookies


I was reading something political and the guy goes, "Look, it's like making cookies. You know that cookies are butter and sugar and egg and flour and if you leave one of those things out then your cookies will not come out right. Same thing here. If you leave out an essential element then the [political thing] will not work properly. Something will be wrong." 

And I go, "Ummmm, cookies."

No wait. It wasn't political. It was how to setup a planted aquarium in the style of Takashi Amano. 

This doesn't have a recipe. 

And then again it has the recipes of all the cookies that ever were baked throughout history. These cookies stand on the shoulders of cookie giants.

All it has are those essential things plus the things that I like.

You cream sugar into butter. I used half a stick of butter and that same amount of peanut butter. I used half a cup of white sugar and half a cup of brown sugar. 

I used 2 large eggs because I like eggy things.

I used salt because oatmeal and flour always need salt.

I added vanilla extract because I like it.

I added cinnamon, allspice and ginger powders because I like those things.

I added gigantic raisins and broken pieces of pecan.

I added as much oatmeal as my heart desired.

I added baking soda to keep the cookies somewhat soft. 

I added flour until the dough stiffened. 

Voila! The raw dough tasted excellent. All my favorite things. 

You know what? I could have added the remnant cornflake bits that I saved, for delightful internal crunch. That would have been great. I'll try to remember that next time. 

I'll take these down tomorrow to the ladies and they'll go, "Ooooh, Chip these are delicious." 

And I'll go, "I know, right?" 

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