Show Notes 05/27/16

Title: Burgers, BBQ and Melting Pots

Run Time: 24 min 15 secs

Host: Luke Rodgers

Panelists: Oktober, Nabbit, Major Monocle

 

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Topic:  Best Burger Techniques

 

  • Major Monocle is serious about seasoning. He’s simple, salt and pepper. Oktober says the more french onion soup mix mixed into the ground beef the better. Luke likes some Mrs Dash. Nabbit is a purist, no seasoning…he says if you want some seasoning you do it after he’s finished grilling it.

 

 

 

  • Oktober wants to get the panels impression of various BBQ sauces. Nabbit dislikes some sauces (he states that it’s a Carolina sauce, but the panel isn’t quite sure he’s identified it correctly.) He’s looking for a sauce that is smokey, not sweet and sour. Which leads to a conversation about regional recipes.

 

 

 

  • Luke insists that toasting your bun is the best way to go. Major Monocle is all about steamed buns. Oktober says you don’t need to touch her buns. Nabbit says all of these techniques have to be done just right otherwise it’ll be a disaster.

 

  • The panel discusses the important technique of letting your meat rest. Although Nabbit supports the idea he states that he very rarely does it. However we do get a good play by play of how he grills.

 

  • Garnish? Lettuce (Leaf Only!)…as for type that is up for debate. The Major isnt a big fan of tomatoes.

 

The “Drink It” Or “Sink It” Challenge

 

Feature on this show was the “Patriotic Melting Pot.” This is a layered cocktail (Red, White and Blue) that is serve to the drinker with an extra glass. They take the cherry garnish and drop it in the empty glass. Then they pour in the layered drink and it all mixes together…something of a metaphor, in alcoholic form. It’s a sweet drink that tastes something like a Kool-aid.

 

 

The Patriotic Melting Pot

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Ingredients:

 

  • 3/4 oz Grenadine

 

  • 1 oz Blue Curacao

 

  • 1 1/4 oz Vodka

 

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

 

  • Lemon Wedge

 

Directions:

 

  • Pour 3/4 oz of Grenadine into a Collins glass.

 

  • Fill Collins glass with Ice

 

  • Add 1 oz of Blue Curacao slowly to the Collins glass. (The ice should slow it down enough so as to not ruin the float, but if you want to simply pour it over the back of a bar spoon.)

 

  • Combine 1 1/4 oz of Vodka, the juice of a lemon wedge and 1/2 oz of Simple Syrup in a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously.

 

  • Strain mixing tin into the Collins glass. Garnish with cherry.

 

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The Final part is to have the drinker drop the cherry into the bottom of a Pint glass and then pour the contents of the Collins glass into the pint, thereby mixing all the layers.

 

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Note: There is a variant of this if you’d like to lessen the alcohol. Simple replace the vodka with a lemon lime soda. Be careful though because when you mix it it will foam up.

Show Notes 05/20/16

Title: Astrology, Gravitational Waves and Art Projects

Run Time: 25 min 19 secs

Host: Luke Rodgers

Panelists: Oktober, Nabbit, Major Monocle

 

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Topic:  Astrology: Real, Fake or Somewhere Inbetween?

 

 

  • Nabbit makes it the shortest podcast yet by dropping the mic (admittedly it took him a few tries) by explaining that applying logic to astrology makes as much sense as applying it to religion.

 

  • One possible explanation for how the study of astrology came about, boredom…possibly due to a lack of internet connectivity 2000 years ago.

 

 

 

  • The panel talks about people that follow astrology and how they use it. This conversation mainly revolves around astrology as a frame of reference for how to deal with other people.

 

  • Nabbit brings up a study about what is known as the “Barnum Effect” and how it relates to what people believe about themselves in relation to astrology.

 

 

  • Then the question is raised about how the stars effect just one particular individual. Nabbit (with the assistance of Oktober) starts spouting some real “wavy gravy” type reasons.

 

 

Segment: “What Are Ya Into?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Notes 05/13/16

Title: Alcoholic Transition

Run Time: 18 min 25 secs

Host: Luke Rodgers

Panelists: Oktober, Nabbit, Major Monocle

 

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Topic:  Facial Transition And Alcoholism

 

 

  • Luke insists that it takes one glass with dinner to help relax you. Two, because your feeling good. Its the third drink where things really change.

 

  • Nabbit takes the conversation toward the idea of when alcohol is a social lubricant versus when it becomes a problem. This takes over the rest of the show where everybody tries to talk about alcoholism, all while making fun of each other.

 

 

Game: The “Drink It” or “Sink It” Challenge:

An Evening In Port

 

The panel didn’t enjoy this one too much. Ultimately it was decided that the flavors didn’t meld together when it was stirred and served chilled and up. Major Monocle thought that the Ruby Port was too pronounced in the cocktail. Oktober compared it to a sangria. Nabbit enjoyed the initial sip, but thought the Ruby Port hit a bit heavy on the tongue. The panel thought it was less of a “Drink It,” not quite a “Sink It”… more of a “Work On It.”

If you want to try an updated recipe it’s posted here.

(Pictured is the better version based on the panels critiques)

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An Evening In Port

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Ingredients:

 

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin

 

  • 1 oz of Ruby Port

 

  • 1 oz Pomegranate Juice

 

  • 1/2 oz of Simple Syrup

 

  • A squeeze of Lemon

 

Directions:

 

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin with lots of ice.

 

  • Shake vigorously.

 

  • Strain into an iced collins glass.

 

  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and enjoy.

 

Note: In the podcast this drink was originally served up in a chilled cocktail glass. Based on suggestions made by the imbibers I’ve changed the recipe to better meld the flavors together.

 

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Show Notes 05/06/16

Title: Beer, More Beer and Finally… A Game

Run Time: 27 min 17 secs

Host: Luke Rodgers

Panelists: Oktober, Nabbit, Major Monocle

 

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Topic:  It’s Time For A Beer….

 

The panel got together and tried out a whole bunch of beers in order to get summer started. None of us are experts in anyway (in fact Major Monocle claims knowledge of only 5 beers, the best being Natty Light) First up was the Mojo Risin’ Double IPA from Boulder Beer Company. Nabbit likes the citrus aroma, but not the bitterness. Oktober thought the bite at the end was a bit too intense for her.

 

Next up was the Gringolandia Super Pils from 5 Rabbit Brewery in Chicago, Illinois. Oktober thinks its very smooth. Nabbit and Major Monocle like it for its consistency and its crisp taste. Oktober thinks it makes a great “backyard beer.”

 

It’s time for a Luke Favorite, He’brew: The Chosen Beer : Genesis Ale from the Shmaltz Brewing Company. Aroma ranged from clover and honey to citrus. Oktober really enjoyed this and after Luke suggests that it would go great with barbecue the panel gets a little distracted.

 

Then it was time for the KCCO Gold Lager from the Resignation Brewery. The flavors weren’t really pronounced and most of the panel thought it tasted a little watered down. (Editor note: It could be that we had 3 fairly strong flavored beers before this).

 

Next up was Summer Time klosch from Goose Island. Nabbit thinks it’s a bit strange, not overly bitter and an interesting scent, a more complex flavor than most of the ones we’d tried.  Oktober is starting to feel the beer burn because she tries to smell the mic instead of the glass of beer.

 

New Holland’s Sundog Amber Ale was next into the cup. Both Nabbit and Oktober liked this one because of the toasty notes and clean flavor. The panel was wondering what is going on with Major Monocle’s taste buds because he claimed he couldn’t taste the difference. It was about this point the Oktober had to leave the table to go to the restroom….which was a first for the show.

 

After the aforementioned bathroom break the panel continued with the final beer of the evening, The Pin Up Girl from the Old FireHouse Brewery in WIlliamsburg, Ohio. As of this recording you can only get it regionally (so if you’re in South Western Ohio you should try it out), but this Blonde Ale was compared to champagne by Nabbit. Luke likes it for its light fruity flavors, and Major Monocle continues to wonder about his taste buds.

 

Game:  “Commonalities”

 

The panel, being a little sloshed at this point, try to work their way through a new game that involves taking three things and trying to figure out what they have in common. The example given was Apples, Oranges and Pears (which are all fruits…however Nabbit points out that they also share a property of terminal velocity as well)