Thursday, Jan. 9, is National Law Enforcement Day. In honor of the boys and girls in blue, Sonny’s BBQ will be offering law enforcement officers a free Pork Big Deal to show their appreciation for their ongoing dedication to the community. All they need to do is dine in at any Sonny’s location (ours is at 770 Schillinger Road) and present a valid ID or badge.
Through their “Random Acts of BBQ” campaign, this is just another way Sonny’s spreads the spirit of barbecue and recognizes those who make a difference to the community. Anyone can nominate an officer who deserves a surprise barbecue recognition from January 2 – 16 at randomactsofbbq.com. Sonny’s will select one local law enforcement officer and surprise him/her and their family and friends with a barbecue celebration in their honor.
Cosmic Crisp finds its way to Mobile
In the biggest news for apples possibly ever, Washington State University has created an apple of unmatched hype in their recent Cosmic Crisp. Breeding began in 1997 at the university’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center. The Cosmic Crisp is a cross between the beloved Honeycrisp and the Enterprise apples.
With first year woes of limited supply, it was looking bleak as to whether we’d see any in the Port City, and then a Christmas miracle happened: While running low on the usual life-sustaining supplies of cornmeal, gunpowder and guitar strings, I headed off to Rouses in Springhill. I thought I was getting nothing more than ingredients for Christmas Eve gumbo when I stumbled upon the new breed.
Deep-red skin with light dots resembling stars in a blood-filled sky caught my attention. I loaded the plastic bag with more than a few and sped home. That afternoon I sat with my oldest son, Lucas, on the steps of my Midtown mini-mansion and cut one in half. The flesh was firm. According to Lucas, the sweetness reminded him of cotton candy cut by the slight pucker of the sour finish. That made me proud, honestly.
We shared a piece of history while the rest of the world bustled about, chasing last-minute gifts and dodging heavier-than-normal traffic. While this is the first widely grown apple variety developed in Washington (though the state produces 70 percent of the United States’ apples), there are bets being made that this one will conquer the market.
Lucas and I wouldn’t wager against it.
Thanks for the oysters
I would like to publicly thank Mr. Tim Barnhill for the Christmas gift of Navy Cove oysters and an oyster knife. I got the hang of shucking about halfway through. The cooking part was a cinch. Some were grilled with butter and Parmesan, while the rest were treated to fresh garlic and red onions I’d pickled in Champagne vinegar and kosher salt. They were amazing.
If anyone else would like to trade musical/writing services for oysters, I’ll consider it.
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