Happy V-Day To Me!

My wonderful wife got me a surprise Valentine’s Day present. She’s a keeper!!!


A Viking Cooks: Porkapalooza

Today I’m making my favorite pork recipe, which I call Porkapalooza:

1) Boil up a delicious brine (see below)

2) Add a platter of yummy pork chops to brine.

3) Ignore for four hours

4) Grill pork chops, brushing with olive oil as they finish.

5) Boil brats in the leftover brine, then grill just to brown and crisp.

6) Try to avoid developing Gout.


1 bottle dark beer of your choice (Honey Brown is delightful)
6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbs molasses
Red Pepper Flakes to taste
3/4 cup kosher salt

Heat all the above, stirring, until just begins to boil.
Take off heat.
Stir in ice until liquid is room-temperature-ish.

Fathers Day 2012

Best Fathers Day ever. Kids and wife bought me display boxes for my D&D minis and a frame for my Slave Leia poster. I got to grill ribs for friends and family. Now I’m teaching My Oldest Girl to play her first video game RPG (Oblivion) on the Xbox. I’m seriously tearing up I’m so happy right now.