Friday, April 10, 2009

Country Bob's and what it means to me

I so tried to come up with some fantastic way to try this product. Fact is, I decided to just try it in it's simplest form to see what I could tell about the flavor.

First up is chicken. I had a couple problems here. I had marinaded the chicken pieces and was going to throw it on the grill. I had failed to look outside very closely. I was surprised that Dorothy and Toto didn't end up in my backyard. Scratch the grill. In all my genius, I decided to brown it up in my saute pan then bake it in the oven. Let's just say that the sugars in the sauce didn't like the 2 TBSP of oil in the pan. Mad a freaking mess all over my stovetop-which I had just cleaned. It looked very pretty coming out of the oven. However, since I made it in the oven the skin was not as crisp as I would have liked and I only eat my skin if it is fried or crispy from the grill. It was hard to judge the flavor since it was pretty much on the outside of the bird. The chicken was very juicy, so it may have helped that.

Here is our complete dinner: chicken, steamed new potatoes and ciabatta bread

Tonight I made plain ole hamburgers for the grill. I mixed in about a quarter cup of bread crumbs, four tablespoons of Country Bob's All purpose seasoning, a twist or two of salt and some shallot salt. Made up my patties and put 'em on the grill. The flavor was bumped up a bit and they were very juicy. I couldn't really put my finger on a distinct taste. My husband said it reminded him of a steak sauce flavor. I don't know about that, but they were very tasty and I gulped my burger down in about 6 bites!

I was cleaning out my email and found this one from my stepmom Sue. She is the one who drew my header picture for me. Over the years she has drawn us some beautiful pictures; one of our girls that is at the head of our stairs so everyone who walks in can see it, a picture of my dog Mandy, a picture of our dog Gusty, and a beautiful picture of a pail of pansies that she took a picture of on my deck and did it in chalk. I have it hanging in my scrap room so I can look at it and get cheered up when I hit a scrapblock. Anyways, here is what she said about my blog.

Hi Tami,
Just read your whole blog and really, it is AMAZING! It is almost like a magazine! The photos of the food, from prep to finished product are so neat and informative.......too bad regular mags don't do that. I bet you have many, many fun. How neat to read all the interesting things and photos of you and everybody.........very cool. (That bar recipe DOES look awfully good! (If I made that I would have to grab a WHOLE BOTTLE OF INSULIN! Ha!) Anyway, very impressive and thank you for saying the nice things about the butter dish drawing. Glad that worked out okay.
You know, I tell your Dad once in a while, when we're out with people, and I pull him aside and say "if I didn't know you, I'd want to............", and after reading your blog, the thought went through my mind, "I'll bet that people who read this really are impressed and want to write to her!" so........"if I didn't know you, I'd want to after reading all of that......................!" Love, Sue (The letter you wrote to Ally is wonderful........)
Isn't that sweet? It made me cry. She is a special lady and I'm very blessed to have her in my life.

I am baking some banana bread muffins (already posted that) but I made a few changes to my recipe. I melted butter to stir in the end and dissolved some espresso powder in some water and used that for part of the milk. It smells delicious in the oven, so I will see what the family says tomorrow (um, later today). Remember when I said I had organized the freezer? Found some rhubarb that I froze last summer, so I found a recipe for rhubarb bread that I will make after the banana muffins. I also have a pot roast to throw in the crock so the kids can eat and we will have lunch ready for work tonight.

I hope everyone has a joyous Easter. Give thanks for the good blessings in your life. I give thanks for all of you who visit here.


Donna-FFW said...

Oh goodness, I could almost cry at the letter.. how sweet.. have a wonderful Easter yourself..

Wandering Coyote said...

Your burgers and chicken look marvelous! I can't wait for BBQ season to finally come to these parts...

Happy Easter to you, too.

Bob said...

I've tried the Country Bobs stuff recently, I'm going to do a review of it sometime next week. I found it to be like a cross between steak sauce and bbq sauce. Those burgers look wicked good, I miss grilling so much!

jill jill bo bill said...

Okay Tamilyn, I have just gained ten pounds just by reading you rblog.OMG! Delish! I want your love for cooking! Can you mail me some of it?

Jeff said...

You can never go wrong with a good hamburger. I can definitely relate with the whole liquid going into the hot oil and having to clean up a mess. I finally got smart and put a rug down in front of the stove so I am not constantly slipping.