Friday, January 25, 2008

Fun with widgets random ten

I've always really admired folks like Beth, Dale and Splotchy who do cool things with their blogs, letting us hear their favorite music (and even, sometimes, the dulcet tones of their voices) when we visit.

I'm going to try something like that this morning. I've loaded my Friday Random Ten into the little widget you see to the right, so listen away. Here's what's playing:

'Deed I Do—Blossom Dearie

Eat My Words—Marti Brom

Across the Universe—The Beatles

Excitable Boy—Warren Zevon

Die, All Right—The Hives

Tombstone Blues—Bob Dylan

Raunchy—Bill Justis

Goin' Back to the Bridge—Asie Payton

Man Ray—The Futureheads

Honky Tonkin—Hank Williams


As an added weekend bonus I'm going to throw in a recipe. This makes an excellent side dish or savory brunch item. What I did was take the basic bread pudding recipe from the Gumbo Shop in New Orleans, add an extra egg and some goat cheese, and substitute a couple of ingredients.

Savory Bread Pudding

1/4 cup of butter
3 cups of milk
1 loaf of french bread, a day or two old, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 large eggs, beaten
1 pound fresh spinach
1 tablespoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (Costco has them in a nice 18 oz bag)
4-6 oz of crumbled goat cheese

  • Saute the spinach with garlic, season with salt and pepper. Drain well, getting rid of as much excess liquid as possible
  • Combine the milk and butter, heat in a microwave until the butter melts
  • Pour milk/butter mixture over the bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl, let stand about 10 minutes so the bread soaks up plenty of milk
  • Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes
  • Stir in the spinach
  • Stir in the beaten eggs
  • Pour this mess into a greased baking dish or casserole and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
I hope everyone enjoys the weekend. For me, this is like my Wednesday--I'm in my third day of my six-day work week. At least I can sense a delicious cocktail in my future this weekend...


Splotchy said...

You are a rocking dude!

And congrats on your R rating!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Music and food! I want to live in your blog now. I notice that there are a couple of empty chairs on the deck.

Grant Miller said...

That's a great recipe. I will use it, definitely.

Hank Williams was a total fucking bad ass.

Johnny Yen said...

I love Tombstone Blues! I read that they overdubbed acoustic guitars like a dozen times on that song.

Dylan turned up in my Random Ten as well today.

Tenacious S said...

Goat Cheese makes almost anything better. Well,...most things.

Erik Donald France said...

Nice! Savory music and food, yeah -- "Tombstone Blues" . . . love it!

Coaster Punchman said...

Digging the new look at the Compound, Bubs! That recipe is worthy of Minnesota hot dish. It may make an appearance on our table soon.

lauralu said...

Hey Bubs,

I like the new place you got here. Being able to post the music is awesome.

We got to get together sometime soon.


Melinda June said...

Okay, so now I know what I'm having for lunch. Sans goats cheese, of course, what since it tastes like piss.

Could you give us a bubs-ified bloody mary to supplement, please?

Bubs said...

Melinda, ask and you shall receive. Oh, and by the way--goat cheese doesn't taste like piss, it tastes like goat.

Laura, you're right. We'll call this week!

CP, thanks! You're darn tootin' it would make a fine hot dish.

Erik, thanks!

Ten, goat cheese is one of my favorite flavors, but you gotta admit it's an acquired taste.

Johnny, no kidding. That's cool.

Grant Miller, Hank was rock and roll before it existed. Hillbilly rock and roll. And normally I use bacon in that recipe, but I left it out to make it vegetarian friendly. Well, really I left it out just because I ran out of bacon.

Barbara, there's always room for one more.

Splotchy, we try!

Mob said...

The addition of the tunes is awesome.

Out of curiousity, Marti Brom: do you own a full CD or is the track from a compilation disc? I had to wonder because I have the same song on a comp I bought last year sometime, just curious if the other songs are worth looking into?

Bubs said...

mob, it's on a compilation called "Billy". I've heard other tunes from her, and they're excellent--she's got a great rockabilly voice. I believe she's from Austin Texas or thereabouts.