Jul 16 2006
02:54 pm

Don't blame me, Les...Eleanor made me do it...And its a great recipe. I made this yesterday to rave reviews.



Jerk Chicken maranade

1/4 cup allspice berries

1 cinnamon stick

a nutmeg

2 chiles of whatever spiciness you prefer(seranos are perfect)

an onion of some sort

3 cloves garlic

3 tablespoons of fresh ginger minced

a tablespoon thyme

1 tblsp sugar

couple of glurbles of soy

more than that of Worchesterchire

couple of limes juiced

1/4 cup dark rum.


Warm the allspice berries in a medium hot pan for 30 second and toss in spice grater with cinnamon stick and nutmeg. I use a little foodprocesser grinder to grate this up. I suspect a real grater would be better but I don't have one. Put everything into a blender and make it smoothish but you don't have to make a fine mush out of it. Some texture is nice.

I use boneless chicken breasts, about six but it looks like this amount will do 8 nicely. Slice them into one inch strips and work the chicken and marinade so that everything is nicely coated in a marinade dish. Mine is an old casserole dish. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

I grill the strips but you can fry them or bake them or whatever, just don't over cook, which is what most people do to nearly everything except cow. As soon as the inside is no longer pink they are done.

 I like them served on a salad with mango and some kind of vinagrette. I was unable to salvage enough rum but nearly everything seems to work. Why waste perfectly good Rum?



bizgrrl's picture

Sounds great. Initially

Sounds great. Initially wasn't sure what a "glurbles" was, then figured it out.

WhitesCreek's picture

A glurble is larger than a

A glurble is larger than a splork. Some people measure things precisely...Where's the fun in that?


R. Neal's picture

Yeah, I never measure

Yeah, I never measure anything. Keeps it interesting, if not unpredictable. And unrepeatable. On the other hand, that's why I don't bake. Baking is more like chemistry and requires a scientific approach.

Eleanor A's picture


Actually, I'm the reverse - not crazy about cooking but like to bake. I made a pretty damn good pecan pie not long ago.

OK, OK. I can tell I'm going to have to post that blackberry recipe. I'll do it in the next day or two - or sooner, depending on how the troll postings go ;)

(I don't actually think Les is a troll in the true sense of the word. He does actually make sense from time to time and gives the appearance of belief in what he posts, as opposed to posting it simply to disrupt the conversation of others.

Why on earth does he bother to post here, though? I can't think of anywhere I'd rather not post than some right-wing community blog, personally.)

rikki's picture

Why on earth does he bother

Why on earth does he bother to post here, though?

I suppose Mr. Neal is the authority on what "alternative" means, but I don't think this forum belongs to a particular party or portion of the political spectrum. It's important to me to hear differing views and to learn to communicate with people who don't already agree with me.

Les sometimes parrots views that are decidedly not an alternative to the mainstream, corporate story, but his take on other issues is far from the Republican party line. I'm not sure he's to blame for partisan blowouts on some recent threads. There's plenty of trolling aimed at him and SayUncle. 

Les Jones's picture

Eleanor and Rikki:

Thanks for the kind words, but would it have killed you to get in a few words about how incredibly handsome I am? Admittedly, Eleanor, you've never met me, but you can just tell, am I right?

Hey, Les, why don't we just call each other assholes and get it over with. - Somebody on the old (if that was you, claim your quote and win net.fame!)

WhitesCreek's picture

I sense another recipe

I sense another recipe coming...perhaps the pork medallions in a Rosemary, cherries, port reduction?

 " the appearance of belief in what he posts..."...Now Eleanor, tsk, nice.

And, folks, the Jerk marinade is incredible. Don't lose that in all this bombast and fizz. Goes better with mango than peaches, though.


SayUncle's picture

I think it's pretty

I think it's pretty entertaining that he posts here. keeps you on your toes.

not an alternative to the mainstream'

So as long as I am not mainstream, i'm one of the cool kids?

Can't we all just get a long gun?

Factchecker's picture

You're cool, SU, if for no

You're cool, SU, if for no other reason than your tag line and avatar.  Maybe not PC and "wrong on many levels," but very entertaining.  And inviting the Beanster to go shooting, well, that's very cool, and maybe she could then take you to a poetry reading against war!  Or something. 

I don't think Les is a troll.  But I would love to hear his argument defending the Clinton admin from impeachent with a fraction of the passion he invests in constantly defending the Incurious Decider.

Eleanor A's picture


Well, I dunno. I often hear folks I'd consider Republicans claiming instead to simply be "libertarians," based on their departure from routine GOP dogma.

I don't know who originally said this, but I've maintained that libertarians are simply Republicans who want to be able to smoke dope, or otherwise be free of the GOP's onerous cultural admonitions.

Sure, it's all entertaining, but I'd like to hear views that aren't virtually verbatim parroted from Rush Limbaugh out of our right-wing buddies. It's just hard to respect their arguments when they seem profoundly unoriginal.

All that aside, sounds like it's time for that cobbler, since my uncle is showing up here tomorrow with a bushel of blackberries.

4 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup shortening
1 - 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons to 4 tb cold buttermilk -- or ice
1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine
1 teaspoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour the blackberries into a 2-quart casserole dish
(about 8 by 8 by 2 inches), or a pan of equal size. Add the water. Combine the sugar and flour in a small bowl. Stir to mix. Sprinkle over the berries. Dot with butter.

To make the crust, cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. This can be done quickly in a food processor, but you can also use a pastry blender or two knives. Add the buttermilk or ice water a tablespoon at a time and mix until the dough clings together and can be formed into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Cut the dough to fit the top of the berry filling or cut into strips and make a lattice crust.
Brush the crust with the melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking until the crust is golden brown and the juices have started to thicken. This will probably take an additional 15 to 20 minutes. As the cobbler cools, the juice will get thicker.


R. Neal's picture

libertarians are simply

libertarians are simply Republicans who want to be able to smoke dope

And Republicans are Libertarians who have been mugged (or Democrats, can't remember which, although they could be interchangeable on this).

WhitesCreek's picture

Bushel? A bushel of

Bushel? A bushel of blackberries? I picked a gallon and the chigger bites cover every inch of my body...Damn, that's one tough man! Or an itchy one, anyway...

That recipe is different from Mrs. Creek's so I guess there goes the nap after lunch. Gotta work it off, dambit!


SayUncle's picture

I think reader chris summed

I think reader chris summed up libertarians best (at my site):

Someone who doesn’t have to defend Republican candidates, but whose vote only matters when he does.

Can't we all just get a long gun?

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