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Summer Lovin’: Beach Bum

With the long weekend fast approaching my mind has been entirely focused on the impending vacation and the fact that in just a few days I will be sitting by a pool in Las Vegas, preferably with a cold beer in hand and reading a girly magazine.

Which means that it’s only a matter of time until I will be enjoying the same accoutrements lounging by the ocean instead. Feeling the warm sand under my toes, listening to the waves crashing against the shore, napping AND tanning simultaneously…aw crap, I got phones to answer.

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Comfort Food: Hangover Special

It’s 2:30pm.  You just opened your eyes after a crazy time out the night before.  Your head throbs.  Your stomach feels miserable.  You swear that your blood stream might actually be running with alcohol.  What is the first thing you reach for?  Advil.  The second thing?  Water.  Third?  Your car keys to take yourself to McDonald’s, Arby’s, IHOP, Norm’s or whatever greasy fast or diner food establishment is closest to your house.  The below recipe from the Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis, MN may not be an Egg McMuffin, but it will certainly fill up your aching tummy to the brim.

Comfort Food: Hangover Special by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

Terraplane Sun is playing a few shows around the city next month.  On June 3 at Silverlake Lounge with Bear Face, then on June 16 and 21 at the Stronghold in Venice.

Today we have an AWESOME credit sequence from the show True Blood.  It’s grimy, it’s greasy, it’s sexy.   Brought to you by the fab Gary Calamar (who also produced the soundtrack):

And if that’s not enough, there’s an entire program on the Food Network devoted to terrible-but-oh-so-delicious eats – Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives hosted by the slightly crazy but generally enjoyable Guy Fieri.  Check out a list (with addresses and websites!) of some of the places he visits here.

Town Talk Diner Brat Burger

INGREDIENTS

Brat Spice Mix

2 tablespoons freshly ground white pepper
2 teaspoons rubbed sage
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon ground celery seed
1 3/4 pounds pork shoulder, diced
1/4 pound fat back, diced
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon brat spice mix

Spicy Kraut

1 cup store-bought sauerkraut

1 tablespoon diced bacon
1/4 cup onion, sliced
2 tablespoons white wine
2 juniper berries, crushed
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon garlic-chili paste

Garnish

8 slices gruyere cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked
Large hamburger buns, toasted

PREPARATION

Combine all the spice mix ingredients.

To make the burgers: Toss the pork shoulder and fat back with the salt and the spice mix and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Grind through the coarse die of a grinder and form into 4 (8-ounce) patties.

To make the spicy kraut: Soak the store-bought kraut in water for 20 minutes, drain excess water. Render the bacon; add the onion and saute until translucent. Add white wine and cook off the alcohol. Add sauerkraut and spices and enough water to cover. Simmer for 1 hour. Cool. Mix in garlic-chili paste.

To assemble: Cook burger patties until medium-well. Melt 2 slices of cheeses on top of each patty. Place on toasted bun and top with spicy kraut.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Comfort Food: A Cozy Cup of Chicken Noodle

Music and food have always been two things tied closer to emotion than almost anything else. When you’re in a great mood you want to bop down the street to Ben Lee or The Beatles. When you’re pissed you might pull out some Aerosmith or Alkaline Trio. And especially when you’re bummed out, a pint of ice cream or chicken noodle soup, a warm blanket and some Bon Iver sound really good.

This week it’s all about comfort food and comfort tunes. Like a chef pairing your wine and entrée, I’ll be pairing each playlist with a delectable recipe perfect for when you need a pick me up. We start with a cold day classic: soup. Chicken noodle is of course the most traditional, but below check out a fantastic Rachel Ray recipe for Smoky Sweet Potato Chicken Stoup – I’ve made this one before, pretty sure I messed up somewhere, and STILL had a great dish that lasted for days.  Sort of like this playlist (except I NEVER mess up, obvi) – so eat up, team.

Comfort Food: Cup of Soup by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

See Frightened Rabbit at The Music Box at Fonda this Sunday May 23 – get those tickets, I know I have mine!

Freelance Whales will be performing with the Shout Out Louds, The Franks and DJ Daisy O’Dell at the El Rey tomorrow, May 20 and on May 21.  Details here!

Blitzen Trapper is at the El Rey as well, on June 29 with The Moondoggies.  Get yer tickets!

And you can catch Clem Snide with The Heligoats on Saturday, May 22 at Spaceland.  Tickets here.

Rachel Ray’s Smokey Sweet Potato Chicken Stoup

INGREDIENTS

Photo credit: Tina Rupp

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 ribs celery
1 large onion, peeled and halved
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 chipotle chili in adobo, finely chopped, plus a spoon of sauce from the can
Salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon dry thyme (eyeball it)
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry white wine (eyeball it)
5 cups chicken stock
1 large sweet potato
3/4-1 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, a generous handful, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sour cream, for garnish (optional)

PREPARATION

Heat a soup pot over medium-high heat with two tablespoons of EVOO, about two turns of the pan.

While soup pot heats, chop carrots in half lengthwise then slice into thin half moons. Add the carrots to the pot while it heats, stirring to coat the carrots in the EVOO. Chop and drop in celery and onion, chopping as small as you can, but don’t make yourself crazy. Add the garlic, chipotle, and adobo sauce and stir to combine. Season the veggies with salt, pepper, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook the veggies together for one minute. Add the wine and reduce a minute. Add the stock to the pot, cover the pot, and raise heat to high. Bring the stoup to a boil, remove the cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into quarters lengthwise, then thinly slice into bite-size pieces. Add the cut chicken and sweet potatoes and simmer five minutes until sweet potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through. Turn the heat off and add the scallions and cilantro. Serve each portion of stoup with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Party On: Cannonball!

I know, I know.  This might seem like a random third choice here.  Dance party and cocktail lounge are polar opposites.  There are a plethora of other options I could have gone with.  Bachelorette Party, Office Holiday Party, Sweet Sixteen.  You can dance AND lounge to The Beach Boys so couldn’t they go into either of the other playlists?  How does that classify a separate genre?  So on and so forth.

Cool it.  The answer is easy: POOL PARTIES ARE AWESOME.  Who doesn’t have a wonderful memory from their youth of splashing around with an inflatable whale or inner tube?  Besides, summer is only a month or so away.  Even in LA where it’s temperate year round we can’t wait – 65 degrees is too cold to prance around in a bathing suit no matter where you are.  Now that May is almost halfway over I can almost taste those Arnold Palmers and feel the warm breeze while kicking back on a chaise lounge.  The sweetness made ever so much better by an excellent soundtrack. Ah….

Party On: Cannonball! by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

Don’t miss Voxtrot on their farewell “Goodbye Cruel World Tour” at the Echoplex on May 27, with We Barbarians, The Black, and The Ferocious Few.  Get your tickets!

Young Rival is performing with Born Ruffians at the Echo on June 3.  Tickets here.

The Tijuana Panthers will be at Echo Curio on May 21 with Woah Hunks and Christmas Island, followed by a FREE show at the Echo on the 24 with The Like and Dante vs. Zombies.

And check out Tsururadio’s great interview with Super Desserts (and accompanying mixtape!) here.

Lastly, while it only briefly features a pool – I would definitely play this song at a pool party, and this video is incredible.

Party On: Lounge It Up

As I said in the last post, what people prefer to shake their booty to can be wildly different – Cher!  Rihanna!  Tiesto! – depending on a plethora of fickle and random variables.  Putting together the perfect soundtrack for a cocktail party presents similar challenges in different ways.  The music sets the tone for the evening.  It needs to be relaxing but not depressing, a hint of attitude, a dash of energy, but most of all it can’t distract from conversation.  In my experience, the biggest determining factor here is age, both of planner and guests.   Aunt Mary may never appreciate Radiohead’s “Let Down” despite your detailed explanation of the beautiful intricacies of Thom’s voice, but chances are Mozart might be a bit stuffy for her (though ideal in grandma’s mind).  The difference between 25 and 35 might be Nneka and Brian Setzer . Not that I’m saying Brian Setzer isn’t cool or that classical music isn’t timeless or fun to listen to.  It just never ceases to entertain me that even with the same fairly restrictive parameters the selection can still be so different.

Wow.  Music is subjective.  Huh.

Party On: Lounge It Up by tadpoleFTW

Upcoming shows…

The xx are coming to the Fonda on June 5 and the Wiltern on June 6.  Hurry up and get your tickets!

Even though the new School of Seven Bells album, Disconnect from Desire doesn’t drop until July 13, you can catch the band at The Echo on June 2.  Tickets here.

And because these days no one can think of “cocktail” without immediately thinking of Mad Men (thanks to the dynamic combo brilliant composer David Carbonara with superstar supervisor Alexandra Patsavas), here’s one of the most touching and amazingly well written scenes from the show:

Mad Men: The Carousel from Andrew Jackson on Vimeo.

Love the music?  Then you’d better get your hands on these…

Mad Men Vol. 1 (Music from the Television Series) featuring tracks from Bobby Vinton, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrews Sisters, and Rosemary Clooney

Mad Men (Music from the Series Vol. 2) featuring Cubby Checker, Peter, Paul and Mary, Edd Henry, Perry Como and Brenda Lee

Mad Men: Original Score, Vol. 1 featuring selections from composer David Carbonara, including his own version of the main title song, “A Beautiful Mine”

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