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BBQ Mussel Poor Boys


4 dozen fresh mussels, steamed and removed from the shell
Creole Seasoning (Essence), recipe follows
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 pound shrimp shells
3 bay leaves
3 lemons, peeled and sectioned
2 cups water
1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce, recipe follows
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy cream
2 loaves French bread, cut in half and toasted


Season the steamed mussels with Creole seasoning and pepper. Refrigerate the mussels while you make the sauce base and biscuits. Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the shrimp shells, Creole seasoning, bay leaves, lemons, water, Worcestershire, wine, salt, and 8 turns of black pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool for about 15 minutes and strain into a small saucepan. There should be about 1 1/2 cups. Place over high heat, bring to a boil, and cook until thick, syrupy, and dark brown, for about 15 minutes. Makes about 4 to 5 tablespoons of barbecue sauce base. In a large saute pan, add the cream and all of the barbecue base. Stir and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the cooked mussels to the sauce. Toss quickly. To serve, slice the French bread lengthwise and open. Spoon the BBQ mussels into the bread. Slice and serve.
Essence (Emeril’s Creole Seasoning):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yields: about 2/3 cup
Emeril’s Worcestershire Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups coarsely chopped onions
4 jalapenos, with stems and seeds, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
4 cans anchovy fillets
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons salt
2 whole, medium lemons, skin and pith removed
4 cups dark corn syrup
2 cups Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup*
2 quarts distilled white vinegar
4 cups water
3/4 pound fresh horseradish, peeled and grated

Combine the oil, onions and jalapenos in a large stockpot over a high heat. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly soft. Add the garlic, pepper, anchovy fillets, cloves, salt, lemons, corn syrup, cane syrup, vinegar, water and horseradish. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 6 hours or until the mixture barely coats a wooden spoon. Strain. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or preserve in hot sterilized jars, following manufacturer’s instructions.

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Dallas bars and clubs ready for the Red River Rivalry

Red River Rivalry, Red River Shootout, Texas-O.U., O.U.-Texas … whatever name you call it, it’s one of the greatest rivalries in American sports. The Red River Rivalry annual college football game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners, 2011 football clash will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8 in The Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.

Hundreds of Longhorn and Sooner fans will raid the streets of Dallas the entire week leading to the big game with their crimson red or burnt orange gear representing their team to the fullest. There is sure to be tons of watch parties at people’s homes but there’s no parties that will be more entertaining and fanatic than the parties our local bars and clubs are gearing up for! From bar watch parties with the biggest TV’s and drink specials, to special club promotions and after parties, Dallas bars and clubs will be having their own rivalry for party patrons to come to their venues. Here’s just a few bar & club rivalry pre- parties, watch parties and of course after parties going on next week:
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Taste of NFL fundraiser in Dallas

A Taste of the NFL showcases chefs in each of the 32 cities in the National Football League. Each chef is teamed with an active or retired player from their respective team. The chefs are chosen based on originality, quality of their menu, restaurant ratings, reviews and the chef’s community involvement. The Saturday night event, which will be attended by 3,000 people at the Fort Worth Convention Center, has raised more than $16 million over the past 20 years for hunger-related charities.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Taste of NFL.

Cotton Bowl and more

LAS COLINAS — When LSU teammates Terrence Toliver and Jarrett Lee gear up for a trip home to the Brazos Valley from Baton Rouge, La., the travel bags always wind up in Lee’s car for the more than 300-mile trek.

“I’ve never taken him home,” Toliver said Tuesday.

The reason? Lee’s old stomping ground of Brenham is another 20 miles west on Highway 290 from Toliver’s hometown of Hempstead – meaning the receiver Toliver would have to go out of his way to drop off his quarterback.

“Yeah, he’s mentioned that,” a grinning Toliver said of Lee always getting stuck with the keys.

Each of their hometowns, however, is only 40 miles from the campus of their Cotton Bowl opponent Friday night – Texas A&M. The junior Lee, LSU’s backup quarterback and one-time starter, wasn’t a good fit for then-A&M coach Dennis Franchione’s option offense four years ago. As for the senior Toliver, rated the nation’s top high school wide receiver four years ago by ESPN.com, he had a few problems with Franchione’s Aggies at that same time – one completely out of Franchione’s control.
A&M close, but no cigar

“It was really too close to home,” said Toliver, who has 1,708 receiving yards over four seasons for the Tigers. “A&M is a great school, but I wanted to get away from home – but not too far.”

Toliver added that Franchione’s teams didn’t throw the ball enough for his taste.

“Now they pass a lot,” he said of the Aggies’ offense under Mike Sherman.

Any regrets in not staying closer to home?

“Nah,” said Toliver, who unlike Lee didn’t redshirt in 2007. “I’ve got a national championship under my belt.”

The Tigers (10-2), who won the national title three years ago, are taking on the Aggies (9-3) for the first time since 1995. A&M has played in Cowboys Stadium twice in the past two seasons – two nonconference losses to Arkansas – while LSU is playing in the two-year-old home of the Dallas Cowboys for the first time. That’s why Lee placed a call to former Brenham teammate Kyle Mangan, an A&M linebacker, when the Cotton Bowl announced its teams.

“He said I’ll never forget it, and I definitely believe him after being here now,” Lee said following the Tigers’ first practice in the $1.2 billion building earlier this week. “It’s amazing.”

Amazing also describes a couple of plays between the Texans this season, in helping the Tigers earn consecutive last-second victories over Tennessee and Florida. Lee, in alternating with starter Jordan Jefferson, hooked up with Toliver for 21 yards on a fourth-and-14 on what wound up a game-winning drive in a 16-14 victory at Tennessee.

A week later, Lee found the 6-5 Toliver on a fade pass in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown in a 33-29 triumph at Florida, a game winner set up by a fake field goal that resulted in a first down three plays earlier.

“The fade to Toliver to win the Florida game was pretty awesome,” Lee said. “I was happy for the opportunity.”
Patience pays off

Nearly five years ago, Lee was one of four high school quarterbacks featured on the cover of the 2006 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football – along with Ryan Mallett, G.J. Kinne and John Chiles. Only Chiles stayed in state at Texas. Lee started eight games in 2008 at LSU as a redshirt freshman, but he threw 16 interceptions. He’s now used about every third series by the Tigers.

“He’s fought through all of the (adversity), and this season he’s got one interception and is completing about 60 percent of his passes,” LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton said. “He wants to go out there and prove that he can play.”

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LSU’s Miles focused on Cotton, no Michigan contact

IRVING, Texas — LSU coach Les Miles says he has had no contact from Michigan about becoming the coach at his alma mater.

Miles said Wednesday, before Michigan fired coach Rich Rodriguez, that he was focused on preparing his 11th-ranked Tigers for the Cotton Bowl on Friday night against 18th-ranked Texas A&M.

During a Cotton Bowl news conference, Miles said he was there to “speak about LSU.” The former Wolverines player and assistant coach said “Michigan will be fine. They’ll always be Michigan.”

Miles was considered a leading candidate at Michigan when Lloyd Carr resigned three years ago. But Miles held an unusual press conference hours before the 2007 Southeastern Conference championship game saying he intended to stay at LSU.

Happy New Year Dallas! Watch UFC in Dallas tonight!

What a day!, a lot of Bowl games, we have one right here in town, at the Cotton Bowl, Texas Tech takes on Northwestern.
I like Northwestern in that game. My Sooners will crush UCONN. Joe Pa loses to Urban Meyer. I lwould ike to see if a 3 loss SEC team (Bama) can beat a 1 loss Big Ten team (MSU).  The Granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin who likes to run it up vs the Horned Frogs of TCU. TCU wins.

Tonight UFC 125, comes watch it with me at Big Racks BBQ. They will have all the bowl games, and if you want to Watch UFC in Dallas tonight, come on in

Can Arizona come back?

Watching the Alamo Bowl, while enjoying some beers and brisket at Big Racks BBQ. Can Mike Stoops get his AZ squad back in the game? Didn’t Arizona get killed by Nebraska last year. oh my. Time for Super Bowl Catering