Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Great Burger!

Santa Fe, New Mexico

One of the best burgers I've had in a long time was found in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Bobcat Bite. I found an article on-line "20 burgers you must try before you die" and Bobcat was rated number 12. Traci and I were in town for a conference and the Balloon Fiesta so we rented a car and headed to the Bobcat. We arrived on a cloudy cold day and as you can see the parking lot was full. As you step on the porch there is a dry erase board hanging next to the front door, that's the sign up sheet to get a table. You write your name on it, how many is in your party and have a seat on the front porch. The place is tiny, maybe 5 tables and then 6 or 7 seats along the bar. Our wait was about 1 hour but worth every minute freezing cold minute! Once inside the menu has several things on it besides burgers, but I was heading to the Green Chili Cheeseburger and nothing was getting in my way. Except the sides that were offered!

Green Chile............................................ .90
Home Fries............................................1.90
Potato Salad..........................................2.10
Pasta Salad (Summer Only)........................2.50
Cole Slaw..............................................1.90
Tossed Salad.........................................3.10
Salad Bowl (Includes Ham and Cheese).......7.50
Chile Bowl (Winter Only)..........................5.50
Grilled Onions....................................... 1.25
Chili Toreado (Grilled JalapeƱo).................1.10

I hit the green chile, grilled onions, home fries and was flip flopping back and forth on the Grilled Jalapenos but figured I'd better not. About 20 minutes later, this was delivered to the table!!

I ate every scrap! I ordered mine medium and it was just a tad too pink for me, but still great flavor, juicy, and not too spicy from the green chile! We haven't hit any of the other 19 places on the list but hopefully someday we can see where Bobcat Bite is on our list of 20!!

Two things we asked the owner that I'm sure everyone that goes there asks:

1) Where did the name come from?
She said it was because bobcats would come out of the mountains every night and the cooks would throw them scraps. She said they still come down but not as often.

2) Why close at 7:50?
She said it was because during the World War II the country had a "lights out" at 8:00 p.m. and 7:50 gave them 10 minutes to close and turn out the lights.

If you are anywhere near Santa Fe we highly recommend it!!

Bobcat Bite
420 Old Las Vegas Highway
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 983-5319

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Almost a year and no post...

Things are crazy at work, crazy at home and crazy with a 7 year old and a 17 month old. But new posts to come from now on! Promise!

We competed in another BBQ cook off over the weekend in Mandeville, Louisiana and had a blast. Despite the 75 MPH winds we managed to pull it together and finish 5th in Chicken, 2nd in Pulled Pork and 2nd in Ribeyes, but dead LAST in ribs. Not sure what happened there b/c we fisnished 1st in Ribs in March. Oh well, goes to show you never know.

Thanks to everyone for all their help. Julie, Pat, Lila, Sarge, Gloria and Cleveland and of course my teammate and sweetheart, Traci, I would never have chased this dream without her!!

Oh did I mention we won Reserve Grand Champion (which means 2nd overall). We won about $300 and a huge trophy (pictures to come of it). Wow is all I can. We were on cloud nine!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Christmas Dinner!

For Christmas dinner I asked my Father in law what he wanted for dinner and he said "pork or ham". So I checked with a web forum buddy "Rumrunner" at Addicted to BBQ and he recommended a pork crown roast. So I went to this local butcher I found and he made me a 10 rib roast. It was about 8 pounds. So I found a rub in the newest Food and Wine magazine which came out good but if/when I make it again I'd leave out the crushed red peppers, they made it too spicy for our 6 year old. The day before I made a stock out of some pork bones from the butcher, got the recipe from Emeril's cookbook, it made a ton so I have a bunch in the freezer for future cooks.
Then with the help of my father in law we made a sweet onion and mushroom gravy. Came out great! We used the same kind of technique as the Mad Max turkey gravy but used the pork stock and not as much wine. We also added the sweet onions and mushrooms.

I Egged the roast for about 2.5 hours with cherry and pecan wood to an internal temp of 155.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Finally a new POST!

Chicken breasts stuffed with fresh spinach, garlic and cheeses.

Sunday night we pounded some chicken breasts, sauteed some fresh spinach, garlic and cheeses and then rolled them up and tied them with our new "food loops". I then threw them on the Egg with a ton of other things and served them with twice baked potatoes that Traci made. The chicken was very good but the cheese and spinach kind of squeezed out the ends.

Loaded up EGG!
Twice baked Potatoes.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

COOL salad for HOT Days!

One night I grilled a chicken and then Traci made these incredible salads for dinner. Nothing better then a salad with avocado, tomato, grilled chicken and romaine lettuce. The chicken was "Egged" of course but first I "spatchcocked" it by cutting the backbone out of it and sort of butterflying it. This allows the chicken to cook a little more even and the breast doesn't dry out. The chicken was very moist and had a good flavor.

And HOT is not the word. New Orleans in August is miserable!!! I think we hit 100 for about ten days this month. Too hot.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I was "tagged" by BC at Beans and Caviar. So here goes.

Rules first:
1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

Eight things about me:

1. In the 7th grade I was hit by a car and broke both my legs. Shattered both bones in both legs just above the ankles. First doctor said “He will never walk again”, my Dad immediately fired him and hired a rough and tough German orthopedic surgeon who not only had me walking again but I was back on the football field in the 9th grade!
2. I’ve had 27 jobs, but only 4 since graduating from college in 1986.
3. I drive a commuter van to and from work with 13 riders and we cross the world’s longest bridge twice a day.
4. I absolutely love the beach! I’ve been to the beach every summer of my life except this year! However, I’m missing the beach for a good reason, we had our little daughter Jillian June 6th and I wouldn’t trade that for any beach in the world! She is so adorable and I just love coming home from work and seeing how she has changed since I left earlier that morning.
5. I live in New Orleans Louisiana, Love the FOOD, but hate the crime, pollution, corrupt politicians, and the searing HEAT and HUMIDITY!
6. I love to travel and have been in 26 of the 50 states in the US.
7. I love music! I have been to over 2000 concerts over the years, my first being Foghat in 1977. (wish I had all the money I’ve spent on concert tickets, t-shirts, hats, plane tickets, food, beer, hotel rooms).

Favorite Bands: Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Dave Matthews Band, Ocean Street, Will Hoge, Theresa Andersson, David Gray, Bonnie Raitt, Toby Lightman, Sting.

Who’s in your CD player/iPod?

8. I HATE green peppers (bell peppers). It’s probably the only thing that I just can’t eat. My Dad who was an incredible cook use to say “you have to use green peppers it’s part of the ‘trinity’ and you can’t taste them anyway”. So my response was “then why put them in there if you can’t taste them”. I wish my Dad was still alive, I’d love to cook for him now (might even season it with green peppers!!)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Shrimp, Shrimp and more Shrimps!

Saturday evening some dude knocked on our door selling shrimp! He said he caught them earlier in the day out in the Gulf of Mexico and was trying to sell what he had left. He had several coolers full and was selling them for $3.00 a pound. They seemed fresh and pretty big and he tried to sell me a whole cooler full for $100, but I felt like that was too much shrimp and didn't want to deal with getting them cleaned and ready to be frozen. MISTAKE! I bought 20 pounds and should have bought the cooler full! They were nice shrimp and since we just bought a new freezer and a Foodsaver it sure would have been nice to have a freezer full of shrimp. Oh well, next time. So, Traci made a pesto sauce out of all the basil we had growing and we skewered them and put them on the Egg. Wow these were good!

(I need a shrimp platter to go with my cow platter!)

Having grilled shrimp and salads for lunch this week!