The Slowest Jams

Thanks Bro. Today I can look into my dinning room and see not a table for friends and family to sit around and enjoy my mothers mothers' pasta dishes but instead a beautiful used Starck piano. A quick search for a free piano on Craigslist this Friday introduced me to a wonderful woman living just three blocks from Michelle and I, looking to gain some extra space in a house of kids and dads. Heavy and half broke, it sounds wonderful and smells like on orange. Bob Emmet is gonna tune it for me. An upright acoustic piano, it also has a 2 octave organ with bass pedals, an amp and a speaker. The organ part is broke to shit. Maybe I'm a little out of shape but this thing hurt to move and it wouldn't be coming to dinner without Trevor Naud, Chris Gideon and Richard Panic. Point is, giving away an instrument is as wonderful as pasta galagia and a finger in a jar of Nutella. So thanks bro, for the wonderful meal.

Tartare you being served?

The girls went out to get their drink on Friday night. Gene, LTD & I stayed in with Penelope & made for ourselves a delightful little dinner indeed - steak tartare, a green salad with homemade vinaigrette & bleu cheese fries, also homemade. LTD brought along a fantastic dessert called frangipane, which is a tart of almond paste & pears. A quick scan at Wikipedia shows it's of Belgian origin. Shoulda known! I love them Belgian foods.

Dinner was followed by our typical Friday night feast of LTD's Magical Mystery Tour of basic cable. There was bad Christian folk rock & really really bad Coyote Ugly tryouts. Somehow the Coyote Ugly show lead to our edification on the politics of reptilian overlords.


1. Steak tartare recipe via Anthony Bourdain. We recommend you do a lot of tasting once you've mixed it all together; we really had to amp most up everything to get some good flavor volume. Also, we used two pounds of a lovely filet from the local neighborhood market. Our tartare was without the cognac, but you bet your sweet bippy we'll have some next time.

2. YouTube evidence of our reptilian overlords.


# 2 egg yolks
# 2 tbsp Dijon mustard (28 g)
# 4 anchovy filets, finely chopped
# 2 tsp ketchup (10 g)
# 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (5 g)
# Tabasco sauce, to taste
# Freshly ground black pepper
# 1/4 cup salad (i.e., corn or soy) oil (56 ml)
# 1 oz Cognac (28 ml)
# 1 small onion, freshly and finely chopped
# 2 oz capers, rinsed (56 g)
# 2 oz cornichons, finely chopped (56 g)
# 4 sprigs of flat parsley, finely chopped
# 1 1/4 lb. fresh sirloin, finely chopped (560 g)

Throw it all in a big bowl & serve it up. It's raw meat & eggs, so eat it right away, duh.