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The Return of the Mighty Boz Scaggs

29 Oct

Product Description
Speak Low his 17th. studio album; a follow-up to 2003’s But Beautiful – “a sort of progressive, experimental effort … along the lines of some of the ideas that Gil Evans explored” says Boz. Songs on the album include Chet Baker’s “She Was Too Good To Be True,” Johnny Mercer’s “This Time the Dream’s on Me,” the often recorded “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and the Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash title track. “I’m a vocalist,” Scaggs says. “I come more out of a blues/rhythm & blues background, but this is a different way of using my voice, and much more musically challenging and adventurous for me.”

Here’s Boz in concert performing his hit, “JoJo.”

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Screen Doors and Sweet Tea

29 Oct

From Publishers Weekly
The warm, languid air of the South filters through this engaging book, in which Foose shares the traditional recipes that she ate while growing up on the Mississippi Delta and has returned to after training as a pastry chef in France and traveling the world. Gently humorous stories about family and friends form a seamless part of her instructions for community recipes like Strawberry Missionary Society Salad, as well as pleasant surprises like Tabbouleh, Curried Sweet Potato Soup, and Chinese Grocery Roast Pork that take Southern food beyond stereotypes. Fried chicken and grits do appear, but for such classics Foose emphasizes relatively simple, wholesome preparations that are rich without loading on more butter and oil than necessary. Although recipes for Gumbo Z’Herbs, Chile Lime Skirt Steak, and creamy succotash are mouthwatering enough just to read about, many cooks will be tempted to flip straight to the last chapters, where her enticing breads and pastries provide the book with a winning flourish. The cook may be Southern, but the appeal of the dishes she presents should reach well beyond people who grew up in the land of four-hour lunches and sweet tea savored on a porch swing.

This French twist on U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is easy to make and delightful to serve to both your family and your dinner party.
PAPER SACK CATFISH

Serves 6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of grated lemon zest
1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
6 (6-ounce) U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish fillets, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 sprigs fresh dill
1 lemon, sliced into 6 thin rounds

Paper Sack Catfish from Chef Martha Foose's book Screen Doors and Sweet Tea 1. With nonstick cooking spray, lightly spray all over the outside of six lunch-size paper sacks.  The bags should be slightly translucent after spraying.  Cut six 8-inch lengths of butcher’s twine.  Set aside.

2. Adjust the racks in the oven, placing one in the lowest slot and one in the middle position.  Preheat the oven to 350° F.

3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with the garlic, salt, oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

4. Place the catfish in a single layer in a dish.  Pour the sauce evenly over the fish, and then sprinkle with the pepper.  Place one dill sprig and one lemon slice on each fillet.  Gently slide each fillet into each paper sack.  Gather the mouth of the bag and give it a twist, then tie with twine.

5. Place three bags on a large rimmed baking sheet and the other three on another baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, halfway through reversing the pans.  Serve at once, placing an inflated sack on each dinner plate.  For maximum effect, slice open the bags at the table.

Notes:

The sacks can be assembled and refrigerated 1 hour before baking. Add 5 minutes to the baking time if the sacks are coming right out of the fridge.

For added flavor and to round out the meal, place a few blanched asparagus spears beneath the fish and a thin slice of prosciutto or country ham draped across the top of the fish in each bag before baking.

This same dish can be prepared with fennel and oranges in place of the lemon and dill.

To learn more about Martha and her schedule of upcoming events, visit marthafoose.com.

 

Get your copy today — http://www.amazon.com/Screen-Doors-Sweet-Tea-Southern/dp/0307351408/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225301285&sr=8-1

Alvin Youngblood Hart – Modern Blues Master

29 Oct

I saw Alvin a few times when we lived in Memphis. Super-talented cat.

He normally plugs in and puts on an amazing electric show.

The video above showcases his equally powerful acoustic side.

Catch his live act – he mixes 70s rock, blues and country. That’s a rarity!

Start your collection with this CD — it kicks some serious booty!