The Dude vs. Big Juan

The Dude and his Big JuanBig Bear Lake is the home of a mexican hacienda called the Sonora Cantina. Here is what the menu says about their Big Juan.

“Big Juan Burrito” $13.50
Not for the faint of heart. Probably the biggest burrito in the world … and if you can finish it in 45 minutes or less you become an instant celebrity and win a T-shirt proclaiming your victory over “Big Juan”.

The “Big Juan” contains 4 meats, cheese, beans, lettuce, rice, sliced olives, green onions & tomatoes. Bon Appetite, Gringo!”

I finished mine as a snack later that night.

Fried catfish sticks

catfish sticks Homemade fried catfish sticks are easy to make and fun to eat. If you are looking for an alternative to pizza, pasta or hoagies then give this a try.

Take 1 lb of catfish and wash it off.
Chop it into preferrred sized bits.
Mix 2 eggs into a bowl.
Pour some bread crumbs onto a plate.
Dip the cut fish bits in the eggs and then
onto the bread crumb plate.
Once all the bits are crumbed up then
deposit them into an electric frying pan that is dialed up to 340 degrees.
There only needs to be enough oil to sit the fish in. The sticks do not need to be submerged as you can flip them over. Let cook for about 5 minutes each side or until they look as crispy as you like them. Remove from oil and pat dry. Put the sticks on a plate, sprinkle with some fresh lemon juice and serve with a side of tartar and your favorite cold beer.

Tomato Soup

tomatoe soup Delicious winter favorite.

This is the kind of thing that I found

really made me feel like a kitchen artist.

In the summertime some friends and I

had some ambitious plans to make an

urban garden and planted some tomato

plants. Well we thought we had green

thumbs as the plants yielded an abundant

supply of lovely red ornaments. We had so

much harvest that we began to put

tomatoes into plastic bags and freeze them. Well when winter came I pulled the bags of tomatoes out of the freezer and let them thaw.

As they began to thaw from the outside the skin became easy to peel off and the frozen remnants went into a large cooking vessel. After

the smoke cleared there was a delicious brew of home made tomato soup. This was the kind of thick and zesty home made tomato soup

that warms your bones after a good winter surf and leaves you with that cozy feeling.

Serve with crackers.


Thank you faithful eaters and readers. since it is that time of year when all of the urban gardens around town are exploding with

tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, corn, broccoli, squash, etc. the tomato soup referred to in the original post was in need of an update.

Using fresh grown produce is satisfying and makes the gardening experience come full circle. The flavors are robust and the freshness

is unbeatable even by your local farmers market. Also the nutrition factor is at a premium when your food is vine ripened at home.

Another cool thing i learned about the tomato soup was freezing the tomatoes and then peeling them easily as they thawed. Great time

saving trick.

I never really was a “trekky” but as i sit in the kitchen with my beer in one hand and the spatchula in the other and tell stories

of fighting off spiders and pulling weeds with 4 inch roots with just my left hand while the aroma of cooking goodness permeates the

kitchen, i know the greatness captain kirk must have felt cruising his way through the galaxy.

live long and prosper,

dude out.

Drunken Pork Loin

Rum garlic plantain pork loin.
Rum garlic pork loin.                                                             

Looking for a different way to try pork?

Try pork loin marinated in smokey rum,

molasses and garlic. I just threw this

stuff together and baked it. When it came out

of the oven, everything seemed to be good in the


Ask for details.

Healthy dieters breakfast


Salmon broccoli eggs and oranges.
Salmon broccoli eggs and oranges.

This breakfast is easy and delicious. It may

not cure a hangover, but it tastes way

better than menudo. Take some of last

nights leftover salmon and reheat it in a

pan. Take some broccoli chunks and lightly

steam them. Asparagus is easy

to steam too.

Whip a couple eggs in a bowl with

a touch of milk and scramble in a

separate pan. Cut some fresh oranges and arrange.

Serve with an english muffin, coffee or another cold beer.

Note:  a side of last nights rice can accompany this dish nicely also.