Thursday, October 4, 2007

Louis Armstrong

Todays blog post is going to be all about Louis Armstrong. That's right, Pops, Sweet Papa Dip, the great Satchmo. Why? WHY THE FUCK NOT?!!!!!

Its been a while since I have posted any recipes on here, so here is a couple I just found that look pretty yummy. Also, if you've ever fancied yourself the host of a Louis Armstrong themed dinner party, you're in luck!

Louis Armstrong's Spicy Pepper Cornbread

  • 3 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup cream-style corn
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapeno peppers
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and pour in a 9- by 13-inch ungreased pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350 for 30 minutes.

And to go with that:

Louis Armstrong's Red Beans and Rice

  • 1 pound kidney beans (sorted, rinsed and soaked, see below)
  • 1/2 pound salt pork (slab bacon may be used if preferred)
  • 1 small can of tomato sauce (if desired)
  • 6 small ham hocks or one smoked pork butt
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1/4 green (bell) pepper
  • 5 tiny or 2 medium dried peppers
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • salt to taste
Wash beans thoroughly, then soak overnight in cold water. Be sure to cover beans. To cook, pour water off beans, add fresh water to cover. Add salt pork or bacon and let come to a boil over full flame in (5-quart) covered pot [or dutch oven]. Turn flame down to slightly higher than low and let cook 1 1/2 hours. Add diced onions, bell pepper, garlic, dried peppers, and salt.

Cook 3 hours.

Add tomato sauce and cook 11/2 hours more, adding water whenever necessary. Beans and meat should always be just covered with liquid, never dry.

Apparently you serve all this with a big pot of coffee and voila, just like Louis, baby.

Some Quotable Quotes a la Louis:

All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
- Louis Armstrong

We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself.
- Louis Armstrong

If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.
- Louis Armstrong

You blows who you is.
- Louis Armstrong

Heres a nice little ditty he did with Ella Fitzgerald, the cutest woman in the world.

Here are a couple more samples of Ol' Louis.

La Vie en Rose - Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong vs. Radiohead

Im too lazy to find any more awesomeness, so thats all you get! GREEDY

Now if youll excuse me Im off to eat an entire focaccia bread I stole from work, wahaha

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