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Reading Material

Posted by Caveman Cooking on August 9, 2010

Big Casitas Bass I’m going to be off the grid for a few days. So, I thought I’d leave you with some reading material. This is my best Largemouth Bass of the year. Just caught it a few days ago at Lake Casitas. If you’d like to read the whole story, go to http://ufishclub.com/ufcfishingforum/viewtopic.php?t=3073
Talk to you in a few days!

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Air Force One

Posted by Caveman Cooking on July 24, 2010

Air Force One Even Cavepeople get to fly the friendly skies!
As the Caveboy’s weekend-long 7th Birthday celebration continued today, we took our first ever trip to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. There were plenty of interesting things to see: An exact replica of the Oval Office (which you can go into), a large piece of the Berlin wall, an F-14 fighter involved in a famous skirmish with Libyan fighters, the Marine One helicopter, and Reagan’s resting place. But, the piece de resistance was definitely getting to board Air Force One. It’s the Boeing 707 that flew Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, both Bushes, Clinton, and, of course, Reagan. Officially retired in 1991, it now is on permanent display at the Library.
Walking through what was then a state-of-the-art airplane you get a feeling of how spartan the accommodations were compared to the 747 luxury airliner in service since 1990. Also noticeably absent are the security features that today’s AF1 embodies. That said, it is a beautiful piece of aviating history that is in a truly pristine state, and totally worth the 15 minute wait we had to endure before getting to stroll through as if we were invited guests or White House staff.
Regardless of your politics, or feelings about “The Gipper”, a stop at the Reagan Library is truly a worthwhile endeavor. There are plenty of picnic tables available if you want to bring a lunch or snack. Plus, they also have the Reagan Country Cafe or Reagan Pub for you to buy something if you can’t or didn’t bring your own grub. Next time you’re in the So Cal area, take a stop at the Reagan Library … and be sure to wave to the crowd as you board Air Force One! 😉

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Happy Birthday, Cavewoman!

Posted by Caveman Cooking on July 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Cavewoman!
   Hope you have a delicious day!

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ID Rest Stop Sign

Posted by Caveman Cooking on July 7, 2010

ID Rest Stop Sign
If you have a pet you don’t particularly care for, there is a rest stop in Idaho you may want to visit! 😉

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Caveman … Party Of Ten

Posted by Caveman Cooking on June 16, 2010


The Cave Clan

(Top row, L to R)My step-father Bert, Caveboy, Cavemom, Cavegirl, cousin Michael
(Bottom row) Cavewoman, moi, my godmother/cousin Arlene, her husband Leon, cousin Wendy


Well, we finally did it! We had our first major family get-together in the new cave. It only took three months … speed is not my strong suit. Not that we haven’t had company, mind you. The Cave-in-laws have been over several times and we have hosted a number of friends, as well. But, this was the first multi cave-family gathering we have entertained since our big move back in March. The guest list was a who’s-who of the Cave Clan, including the Cavemom and her husband; several Cavecousins; my Cave-Godmother and her spouse; and, of course, the four of us. No special occaision, other than the fact the my Mom and Step-father were in town staying with us for a few days. Besides, any day ending in “day” is a good time for a party!
My original plan was to try something new for our guests to enjoy for dinner, since I’m always game for unfamiliar culinary territory, and it would give me more fresh recipes to share with you. But, there was overwhelming demand for several dishes that have already graced the pages of this cyber-rag. Although, we did throw one new salad into the mix … and boy, was it goooooooood! But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. There are stories to share and details to divulge of this inaugural Neanderthal gathering.

First, I must thank my godmother/cousin Arlene and her husband Leon for this wonderful and thoughtful housewarming gift. Even though we requested that nobody bring presents, because we had nowhere to store anything else, Arlene was not going to come empty handed. As the Cavewoman pointed out, Arlene always comes up with the most unique and personalized presents. She put together this great basket filled with tomato, strawberry, and pepper plants along with all the tools and foods necessary to grow big, producing plants. In fact, they are all getting planted today by the Cavekids!
Veggie Plant Basket

Cousin Wendy also refuses to come without bearing gifts. She brought us a great butane burner perfect for entertaining, whether you are serving fondue, chicken wings, chili, or any number of other dishes. It will definitely get used well in the new Cave … just got to find a place to store it! 😉
Once everyone arrived, we served drinks and quickly set out some Hummus, Harif (Yemenite Hot Sauce) and warmed Flat Bread that I had just whipped up, and recently featured in our Middle Eastern Epicurean Excursion.
Hummus, Harif, and Flat Bread

While everyone was enjoying the Mediterranean treats, I started frying up some Crab Wontons. Normally, I make these with King Crab. However, I just had a yen for some Blue Crab. Especially in light of the fact that they will become increasingly harder to get with the damage being wreaked by the oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. For my veggie wife I made a bunch of them without the crab meat. Being a good chef means tasting your dishes before you serve them to your guests … at least, that’s the line being towed! The Caveboy snuck in with the camera and busted us sampling the wares.
Cavepeople Sampling Wontons

Though, it was a good thing that we tried a few of the initial ones to come out of the fryer … they were a huge hit and went very fast! We might not have gotten any otherwise!! We served them up with a spicy plum sauce. It’s also a good thing that I reserved about a half-dozen of the uncooked ones and threw them into the freezer because I am really starting to jones for them as I write this. 😯
Crab Wontons and Spicy Plum Sauce

While everyone was enjoying the company, libations and hors d’oeuvres Cavewoman and I started preparing the main meal. She went to work on a Chopped Caprese Salad with soaked homemade croutons – the new dish I mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, it’s not the best picture of the salad. But, trust me, it is fantastico! I promise much better shots when we post the recipe.
Chopped Caprese Salad

For the main course, we served Tri-tip marinated for 34 hours in Teriyamic Marinade, Garlic-Basil Mashed Potatoes, and Sauteed Asian Veggies. Obviously, we haven’t posted the potato recipe yet. But, it is a very easy and tasty side-dish that we will share soon.
EDIT: Here is the recipe for the Garlic Mashed Taters.
Teriyamic Tri-tip, Garlic-Basil Mashed Potatoes, and Sauteed Asian Veggies

We ended our fabulous meal with some of Cavewoman’s incredible Chocolate Chip cookies and a heaping plate of Leon’s world famous Mandel Bread (a recipe I’m still trying to wrangle out of him), which is kind of like Jewish Biscotti. His is the best I have ever tasted, and I just can’t seem to stop my hand from grabbing piece after piece when it is in front of me … or even at the other end of the table!
Needless to say, our first mass convening of the Cave Clan was a huge success. Everyone was full, happy, and smiling as they waddled over to the couch or overstuffed chair closest to them. The only problem with gatherings like this is that they end too quickly. But, I guess that’s just one more excuse to have yet another party soon … real soon!

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Memorial Day Recovery

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Recovery The bast laid plans … well, they don’t always work out! This was to be a weekend filled with friends and family, including a confirmation in San Diego, a wedding in the San Fernando Valley, and a weekend ending BBQ at the new cave. It all started great with a mid-Saturday cruise down the Cali coast to Santee, about 10 miles east of San Diego, for the pre-confirmation festivities Saturday night. But, everything was thrown into flux when I woke up around 4 AM with the room spinning like the Puke-N-Whirl at the local carnival. Before I knew it, I was in the throws of a very bad case of food poisoning brought on, apparently, by some bad Carnitas Tacos I had for lunch on the road.
Needless to say, I didn’t make it to the confirmation Sunday morning. Nor, had the room stopped twirling in time for me to jam back up north for the 2 hour trip to meet up with my wife at the wedding. I was in very sad shape. Though, after several power naps, lots of fluids, and a plethora of healing prayers the confirmation boy had asked for that morning, I was good enough to make an after-dark run for the comfort of my own bed. Somehow, I made record time doing the usual 3 hour jaunt in a blazing 2-25. Once in the door, I paused long enough to say “Hi” to the Cavewoman and headed straight for my pillow-topped oasis.
By some miracle, I woke up this morning feeling pretty good. So, we continued our plans for the weekend culminating Q. First, we hung our Stars and Stripes with renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner, plus a moment of remembrance for those that have fallen in service to our country. Then, a quick run to the store secured all the ingredients we needed to do Memorial Day justice to the meal that would feed the four of us and the Cave-in-laws. NY Steaks, shrimp skewers, corn on the cob, and Cavewoman’s homemade Bakeless Cheesecake were all set to go. Although, after I had gotten the steaks marinating, my body let me know that I was over-doing it, as usual. Nothing another power nap couldn’t fix!
I woke up in time to grill the Steak ala Cave, the shrimp with TSS Herbal Red and fresh lime juice, and the hand picked white corn. The sounds of savory pleasure didn’t end until the last bite was taken, then it turned to sounds of sweet satisfaction with the meal topping cheesecake.
I’d write some more but, again, my body is screaming, “Enough!”. So, I’ll just say, “Goodnight”, and tell you to get your culinary passports ready because, this week, we’re taking a Cave-recipe journey to the Middle East … YUM!

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Buzzbait Bass

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 23, 2010

Buzzbait BassCatching Largemouth Bass (and then releasing them) with a “buzzbait” is one of my favorite ways to fish for them. Part of it is the great fight you usually get from the fish after a “reaction strike”. Mostly, however, it’s the rush of watching the fish explode on the artificial bait as it churns across the surface of the water that makes it so much fun to use. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to get one to even nibble at my buzzbait since last Fall. It was getting a little frustrating, especially since I had recently watched a couple of friends score on their “buzzers”. Finally, though, I was lucky enough to get a fat 4+ pounder to inhale one … it was a blast! If you’d like to read the whole story just click here.

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Mom’s Day

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 9, 2010

As posted earlier today, I had high hopes for a fun and flavor-filled day to celebrate the Cavewoman’s daily gargantuan task of motherhood. Yet, I started the day in fear. Fear that Robert Burns’ often paraphrased line, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, would come true today. But, my Mother’s Day Fairy Godmother must have been on her game because the only plan that didn’t go as planned was our Steamed Artichoke lunch. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
With both Cavemom and Cavemom-in-law both out of town for the big day, we were left to a very intimate Caveclan celebration. The day started with cards and presents, which included a certificate for a foot massage and a planter full of tulips that were about to bloom. They didn’t stay in the planter very long, though, as the C-woman had a perfect spot in the backyard for them. So I donned the gardening gear and made quick work of the first Mom’s Day honey-do of the day.
Cavewoman on Mother's Day

Next, it was time for breakfast. I “whipped up” some Cavetaters and went to work on a veggie-friendly Eggs Benedict that subbed out the traditional piece of ham or Canadian bacon for a slice of vine ripened tomato. Unfortunately, the Benedict process is too labor-intensive to be able to make it and shoot photos at the same time. So, I can’t post the recipe … yet! It was such a hit that I will be making it again later this week and the Cavewoman has agreed to handle the camera work. Until then, you’ll just have to enjoy the view:
Cave's Eggs Benedict

Afterwards, I was delighted to hear from my wife that this version was better than what she gets at her favorite restaurant for Eggs Benedict … and that she was “not just sucking up by saying that!” 😆
After such a filling meal we had no room for dessert and, in a few hours, didn’t have room for our planned lunch of steamed artichokes. But, around 1:30pm the Mom’s Day girl decided that our skipped dessert would make a great “lunch” … and who was I to argue?!? 😉 Now, I wish I could take credit for the Cheese Filled Crumb Coffee Cake that graced our plates. But, Entenmann’s makes one of the very few store-bought desserts that make it into our house. Though, for good reason – it is THE BOMB! Well, it was the bomb until today, when I added some Cognac marinated Mint Strawberries to the equation. Oh my! Now, it’s THE BOMB!!
Entenmann's Cheese Filled Crumb Coffee Cake with Cognac Mint Strawberries

On a side note, next week we’ll be doing our first “Secret Ingredient” theme with several recipes posted that will include the special element. I’ll give you a hint … the first secret ingredient can be found in the strawberry recipe.
After some football, soccer, Crazy Eights, and some light house cleaning to prep for some family visitors expected this week, it was time to start working on dinner. Again, a bit labor intensive, but well worth it! A Baby Greens Salad with Caramelized Red Pears, Candied Pecans, and Goat Cheese got the meal started. (Recipe should be up tomorrow)
Baby Greens Salad with Caramelized Red Pears, Candied Pecans, & Goat Cheese

For the main course, one of my wife’s favorite dishes in the world was on the docket – King Crab Risotto with Artichoke Hearts and Pine Nuts. Of course, being the herbivore that she is, Cavewoman got hers sans crustacean. The Cavekids and I, however, enjoyed the crab-filled version that the recipe’s name suggests. Best of all, everyone was completely satiated by meal’s end.
King Crab Risotto

Needless to say, after all this fun, frolic and flavor I am cooked! Yet, it was all worth it to hear the Cavewoman say, shortly before hitting the hay, that she had a “great day”. Funny thing is, she wasn’t the only one! 🙂

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 9, 2010

To my wife, my mom, my mother-in-law, my grandmother, my step-mother, and to all the mom’s reading this, we wish you the very happiest of Mother’s Days. And, share with each of you the sentiments expressed on the Cavekids’ card to their mom, the Cavewoman.
Mother's Day Card from the Cavekids

Of course, the culinary concerns of the day are planned and ready to go:
Breakfast – Eggs benedict with tomato slices or, for the carni-crowd, crab cakes; Cavetaters; and Cheese-Filled Coffee Crumb Cake served with fresh Strawberries.
Lunch – We’ll go a bit lighter with fresh Steamed Artichokes.
DinnerKing Crab Risotto (the veggie version for Cavewoman); Caramelized Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Cavinaigrette; and, knowing my wife, more of that delicious Coffee Cake for dessert.
Hope your Mom’s Day is filled with fun, frolic and flavor!

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Big Weekend

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 5, 2010

After an amazing birthday celebration on Friday, who thought things could get any more fun and frolic filled?!? Well, they did when Cavemom called and invited us down to the Palm Springs area to continue the celebration. We headed out Saturday morning, making it in near record time, after a stop for the best early AM road-trip food ever made … McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg. Personally, I am no longer a big fan of anything the Golden Arches serves up, other than this little muffin wrapped bit of heavenly flavor. But, I digress.
We arrived to find that the woman who had given birth to me a mere half-century ago, and who was dealing with that fact with incredible grace and serenity, had created an incredible family luncheon for us to jubilate and enjoy. There were steamed artichokes with a basil dipping sauce, fresh sliced turkey breast, homemade egg salad, and my all-time fave – Cavemom’s Chicken Salad (hoping to get her to post that recipe soon). For desert, she had gotten this incredible Carrot Cake from Sweet Lady Jane’s. Oh my, was it good! Even with the bold reminder of my personal milestone. 😉
Cave's Birthday Cake

The Cavekids and I blew out the candles and we put a flavorful finish on this fine feast. I opened a few presents, which included a couple of great cookbooks I’ll be perusing soon, and got ready to settle in for the rest of the weekend. But, Cavemom had other plans! She informed us that she and Cavepoppa would be taking care of the short-people for the next 24 hours while Cavewoman and I were to go enjoy an adults-only night at the 4-Diamond Agua Caliente Casino & Resort in nearby Rancho Mirage … including dinner at their renowned Steakhouse restaurant. After we swept our jaws up off the floor, we gleefully said our goodbyes and made tracks for our grown-up’s retreat.
To think that a few short years ago this was just a little Indian-reservation casino and has become a phenomenal destination resort is truly unimaginable. Our room, a standard pool-view type, was just stunning. Perhaps, the best “regular” room I have ever stayed in. Spacious, well appointed and, best of all, adorned with little chocolates on the pillows! A huge, two granite-sink bathroom with a stone shower, 2-person jacuzzi tub, flat screen HDTV, and separate commode were all very nice touches.
Agua Caliente Standard Room

After a quick nap, we got gussied up and headed down for our 7:30 reservation. We were given a booth near the kitchen which was fun for us as we got watch how they ran things on both sides of the partition. The Cavewoman began with a wedge salad while I opted for their Steakhouse Salad – Butter Lettuce & Shaft Bleu Cheese in their Brown Derby Dressing. It was amazing, and I’ll be attempting to recreate and expand on it very soon. For the main course, we both actually ordered appetizers. My veg-girl went with Portabella & Mozzarella Raviolis (Fresh Cream, Rubbed Sage, Madeira Wine & Demi-Glace) which were fantastic, and I decided on the Fire & Ice Seafood Tower … for Two! 😆 Yeah, I know it was a STEAK-house … it says it right there in the name!! And, considering my Neanderthal lineage, red-meat should be a requirement. But, the Lobster, Shrimp & Scallop Brochettes, Ahi Poke with Crisp Wonton Chips, Fresh Oysters and King Crab with 4 Dipping Sauces, just called to me. Besides, anytime you have crustaceans and raw mollusks involved, you still get to retain your Caveman status. By the way, it was absolutely the right choice!
Fire & Ice Seafood Tower for Two

On a side note, I know I look absolutely plastered in the above photo. But, I swear that I didn’t have a drop to drink as we were planning on hitting the poker tables for a couple hours after dinner … and, I never play in a casino after imbibing. In case you are wondering, I ended up winning $140! Wooo HOOOOO!!!
Before we could traverse the casino floor to the rounder’s room, a “Little Birdie” (ie. my Mom) had told the restaurant folks that it was my birthday. They wanted in on the act, too, and gave us a complimentary Boston Cream Cake that was very good, but just needed a bit more cream inside, ioho.
Another Cake for Cave

After an incredible evening and a serviceable breakfast at the hotel’s WatersCafe, we headed back to reunite with the rest of the Caveclan. Before watching the Laker game, we went to the driving range to have some family golfin’ fun. Both, Cavegrandparents are excellent duffers, while Cavewoman and I hold our own. So, it’s only natural that the Cavekids have been bitten by the white-ball bug.
Golfing Cavekids

While many on and around the golf course often try to look the part, Caveboy actually has game! As evidenced in this photo, and by the fact that this six-year-old was stroking some sweet 100+ yard shots.
Caveboy Golfing

After the the Laker victory, we enjoyed some leftovers from Cavemom’s savory soiree the day before, packed up the van, and made our way back to the new Cave. We’ve been back a couple of days now, but the smile still hasn’t left my face. It positively was a birthday weekend worthy of a half-century celebration. 🙂

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