At my commencement ceremonies from the Culinary Institute of America, in 1980, I had the pleasure of listening to Jaques Pepin address our graduating class. His theme was “cooking with love”.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of enjoying a whole hog roast as I watched two people “cooking with love”. Kim and Rich Green, owners of Little Creek BBQ hosted their (almost) annual hog roast and family picnic. They put in a lot of time, hard work and dedication to serving top notch BBQ. These folks love to Bar-B-Que! And that love came shining through.
This hog weighed in at 230# (that’s about 104 Kgs.) and cooked for over 19 hours. It is no small endeavor to undertake the cooking of a large animal. The fire must be stoked and coaxed every couple of hours to ensure that the proper temperature is maintained. Little Creek has won several “Whole Hog” awards at various national level competitions.
Follow this link to a bit of epistemology on the very American phrase, “to go whole hog”.
Kim and Rich certainly go all out when they do the “whole hog” event.
The Independence Day Holiday is popular with everyone. This picture of my plate shows a small selection of what is often available at a summer picnic in America. I thought the red, white & blue plates were a nice touch for the occasion.
At a typical gathering of friends and family, for informal affairs like holiday picnics and BBQs, it is polite for each guest to bring something to share. Common items for a “pot-luck” are soups, salads, desserts and anything that would go well as an accompaniment to the main dish. Here is another link to acquaint yourself with potluck dinners. The main dish in this case was the hog and some chicken along with several other dishes provided by the hosts.
The selection of foods brought by guests to share included, pasta salads. The two that I tried were lighter based sauces that suited the hot weather. Green beans and bacon another standard hot or cold. Baked beans go well with any BBQ
There were also plenty of fruits and desserts I brought cookies from a new recipe I wanted to try. I think they were a bit dry but I believe I have a remedy for that when I try the recipe next time.
I had no idea there would be such a large crowd! I should have brought a double or triple batch.
There were sack races, a three-legged race and volleyball games through the afternoon. All of them sounded too risky for my old bones, but I am sure the youngsters had fun. The mid-day sun drains all energy from me anymore.
Thanks for a great time!