The North Jersey Onion Burger

Just made one for lunch. Ozersky is a genius:

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Damn that is so simple even I couldn’t mess that up.

Hey Nojo, can you kill that Christian Prayer Center Ad? It’s not that I’m banning religion, but it’s so clunky it slows down my computer.

@ManchuCandidate: it cooks longer than it seems to in the video, so maybe 2 minutes first side, until done on second, and add more water/onion as necessary. The soft bun makes it complete.

I prefer a soft bun (hey, no jokes) and don’t know why a lot of folks want a toasted one.

@ManchuCandidate: And is there such a thing as Canadian cheese? I used American, of course.

@ManchuCandidate: I’m not allowed to click, but I need the site URL to block it.

Fun iPad fact: The worst I get are animated gifs.

@ManchuCandidate: The stuff I used is the stuff of my childhood, not the Kraft crap w/ the individual wrappers. I can get deli American, yellow or white, that tastes like cheddar lite. Complete the burger – let me know how yours turns out.

Probably not till next week. I’ve got thin sliced beef brisket defrosting in the fridge for quasi “kosher” Bulkogi for this week. Doing it the mom way.

1) Defrost overnight
2) Soak in water for a day to remove blood
3) Marinate overnight (diced onion and pear with soy, sesame oil, rice wine and a 1/4 cup of brown sugar.)

@ManchuCandidate: Oooooooooo, I hate you!

But please tell us about the rest of the preparation.

My mom prefers to get a beef tenderloin cut and chop up the meat herself into tissue thin slices I’m lazy and don’t have time so I get precut frozen beef brisket from the local Korean store.

The rice wine, pear and onion tenderize the meat as well as flavor it. Most recipes call for green onion, but I don’t use enough green onion to justify getting one bunch (I only need two or three green onions, not 10.)

My mom doesn’t use pear as a tenderizer and just uses the rice wine, but I prefer a combo of rice wine and pear. Kiwi works as well for tenderizing, but it gives me indigestion so I use the North American pear. Asian pear works best, but they don’t sell individual ones at the Korean store I shop at. Only thing is that if you use fruit, don’t let it marinade for 48 hours or you ruin the meat.

The brown sugar, soy and sesame oil provide the sauce.

I don’t have a gas stove so I crank up the electrical element to about med high. Let the pan get really hot (10 minutes with my elements) and then add a bit of canola oil.

Then I put in the pieces with the marinade. About 1 minute a side. I can cook about 15 or so pieces in about 5 minutes.

The sugar, pear and onion caramelize fast and it is the basis for the sauce.
Usually served with rice and Korean Ban-chan.

Long to prepare, but quick to cook.

Yup. A cast iron pan with gas burner is best, but I must make do with what I’ve got.

@nojo: RE today’s tweet: If you had investigated Benedick’s allusion to Irn-Bru, you would’ve found an even more baffling result. That stuff makes orange Faygo look like a subtle and delicate beverage.

@flippin eck: I’m still wondering how that rogue vowel snuck into Twmpath. The Welsh are slipping.

@nojo: and the X-treme Xtian sites – shouldn’t we just take their money? Or is the chance of a clickthru just to low …

@ManchuCandidate: I’ve got gas here but for Korean BBQ and fish steaks, I use one of these puppies:

It gets bloody, nearly restaurant quality heat and for some reason doesn’t emit much smoke.

@blogenfreude: At $16ish a month, we’re not quite emptying their wallets…

The ads are for entertainment value only. When an ad ceases to be entertaining, it gets zapped. I’ve zapped a few just because I was sick and tired of them. Especially the ones that troll by “polling” a divisive issue of the day.

@ManchuCandidate: Pear. This is unexpected. Is this family secret ingredient for Bulkogi?

No, the soaking in water to remove the blood and the use of rice wine is. I use a combo of pear and rice wine and I think that works best–my mom sort of disagrees partially because she’s the much better cook of the two of us–as the meat is super tender after 8-24 hours.

@ManchuCandidate: Never heard of pear as a tenderizer. Papaya, yes.

@flippin eck: Iron Brew – as it was in my day – is the thinking man’s Tizer. Pour it into a warm and not very clean glass on a Sat night at the Burns’s Arms, add a shot of cheap vodka at room temperature and you have the scottish Cosmo. Tastes every bit as good coming up as it does going down. Best drunk before it sticks to the table in the swillage of spilled drinks imperfectly wiped up by Dorcas the hostile barmaid in the stained mini.

@FlyingChainSaw: That grill looks damn fine.

@nojo: my view is, as it has always been, 16 dollars here, 17 dollars there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money. But I shall defer to your superior internet skillz.

@nojo: I’m still getting that annoying ad, and it’s slowing down my computer because it’s trying to run a script or something. I’m getting a message at the bottom of my Firefox window that says “Transferring data from”

@SanFranLefty: I’m getting a message at the bottom of my Firefox window that says “Transferring data from”

That’s from the post video.

For the ad, I’m not sure how long it takes for a block to kick in, but it’s not immediate.

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: Oh, and I have to put up this nonsense comment (shut up, y’all!) because our record has improved by one win. Don’t worry; I’ll tire of this soon. Not before you do/have/whatever, but yeah.

where is Prom Night? I’m worried about him. He hasn’t posted for days.

@lynnlightfoot: The Santorum poetry post was an invitation addressed directly to him. Get over to the FB sandbox for an update from him.

@ManchuCandidate: Ah, now I have the rest of the story. Does the rice wine displace the blood in the meat somehow?

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: I’ve given three away to colleagues at one of my enterprises who were serious home cooks. Neatest thing I ever parked in the kitchen.

I have been a spy in the house of red Christian America while on my turkey hunt over the weekend. Facinating. Took over an hour to debrief on the religious issues with Mrs RML. Now recovering from sunburn, sleep deprivation and probably dehydration despite my best efforts.

Missed a big running tom at 40 yards by six inches yesterday. Saw two (not legal) juvenile males I didn’t even bother to pull on at 10 yards at my set up today. On the way to our hunting spot yesterday at 5:15 am yesterday, we saw Mars over the spot, Jupiter over our right shoulders and the Big Dipper and the North Star in back of us. Had a bear grunt at me yesterday and I saw four deer in a little canyon in back of my friend’s house, plus a big damn dead bullsnake on the dirt county road from the highway to the ranch. Today after the wind came up and it got hot I just sat in the shade and soaked in all the life and goings on up the mountain.

Tonight, back to document review and analysis to get a jump on Monday.

@JNOV is like, 9 and 4 >:-/: I was going through my nth steak/chops fry pan in about 5 years (they get so hardened with crap you can’t pound the stuff off with a rock) when I went online to find an alternative. This thing exceeded all expectations in terms of culinary utility. And you can clean it with a piece of newspaper.

I don’t know about the chemical interaction. All I know is that the rice wine is decent tenderizer without any harsh taste from other tenderizers like vinegar. Maybe it behaves in the same manner as Kosher salt.

Not sure. I do know it works.

@FlyingChainSaw: Damn. I just want to grill asparagus, but yeah. Looks good.

@FlyingChainSaw: Damn. And some onions and peppers and stuff. It’s electric? I gotta go look at it again.

@JNOV is like, 10 and 4 :-D: Breaking: Jesse Jr. prefers Robber Baron textbook publishers over students:

He also cited Chicago State University’s initiative to replace textbooks with iPads for freshman students. Jackson stated that the goal of the University was to create a “textbookless campus within four years.”

iPads don’t burst your backpack and have better resale value.

@FlyingChainSaw: Hmmmm…I was thinking about getting a Hibachi and trying to not burn down the joint with cowboy charcoal and soaked mesquite. I dunno if I can go electric for grilling. I sure as hell won’t go propane. Some things are sacred, you know?

@JNOV is like, 10 and 4 :-D: Breaking: Jesse Jr. prefers chain bookstores over the local booksellers they mowed over:

“Why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes and Noble? Just buy an iPad and download your book, download your newspaper, download your magazine,” the Congressman said.

I don’t pay any attention to Junior. Is his pandering always this clumsy?

@nojo: Hell if I know. He bores me. Maybe he needs to talk to Rand.

if one more person describes draining the blood from food, imma gonna vomit in my coffee.

i need advice.
i MUST get a new computer TODAY and i’m undecided. and don’t tell me to go Mac, i’m not cool enough. my geek is shoving a Lenovo Thinkpad down my throat, do i go for it or do you have any other ideas.
my computer (toshiba) is such a disgrace and JNOV has my “4” so i have to bang on it with a pencil. the geek shakes his head, much the same as JNOV did, and mutters in russian. i’m sure he’s saying “fucking retard.”

@baked: I killed a Lenovo in no time flat. They seem to have gotten worse despite the fact that they made IBM ThinkPads long before IBM sold the rights to them.

Due to the benevolence of a very wonderful person, I have an HP Probook, and it’s pretty fucking awesome. I only use it for special occasions. My MacBook (lowest priced one) is beyond awesome, and I have little trouble with it besides the power cord and magsafe doohickey blowing out on me b/c of the shitty power cord issues.

Your 4 is right here. :-)

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: you are very entertaining. that account of Irn-Bru was masterly

@redmanlaw: “Had a bear grunt at me yesterday” I am so envious–that and your description of the night sky–I have always lived in places plagued by light pollution. Only a few times in my life have I seen the Milky Way in all its glory.

I forgot one last item. Diced garlic. My mom doesn’t use it as she’s sensitive to the smell–yeah I know, Korean food without garlic sacrilege.

@baked: Get a Mac. Srsly. A big beautiful iMac. Or a Macbook. I have an Air. It is awesome and makes me feel at all times as if I’m drinking good Danish coffee at an outdoor cafe near Christianhaven reading the latest edition of Paris Review.

@lynnlightfoot: I do my best. Come to NY. We have the Morganatic Cloud all winter. Last night there was a brilliant full moon and this morning the park was sparkling like the first morning of the world.

@lynnlightfoot: Correction – the big yellow planet on the western horizon was probably Saturn. Sky maps said Jupiter was actually over by Mars over the weekend.

i knew it. didn’t i say no Mac? HUH? i often borrow the macs of fam and friends when i’m travelling and I DON’T LIKE THEM! what is so great about them? will someone tell me?–in english? i especially don’t like the “push bar” thingy for everything.
on the other hand, my hatred for my iPhone has blossomed into love. so.
will a mac fit into a docking station? i need my big monitor.
so no one can recommend a PC? get off my lawn.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: Magellanic Cloud, you dolt. The Morganatic Cloud is what we call Cathy Middleton’s family.

@baked: Darling, OK. I’m not hurt. Just a little disappointed. Are you going out with your hair like that? You couldn’t run a comb through it first?

You could buy a totally awesome wireless Magic Mouse so you don’t have to deal with the trackpad.

But let me try to put this in non-technical terms: PCs make your ass look fat.

@baked: Guy at the coffeehouse the other day asks me to help him get a file on his thumb drive. Since he’s using Windows, I have no clue how to help him — thumb drive’s not showing up in the list, and so on.

He tells me he bought a Windows laptop because it’s a lot cheaper than a Mac.

Half-hour later, I hear him on the phone with tech support somewhere, still stuck with this problem.

Or there’s the neighbor, who inadvertently downloaded a virus that zapped his hard drive, even though he was running Norton, which he forgot to keep up to date.

He tells me Macs are too expensive as well. I just nod.

@nojo: I think Macs are too cheap. I want to give Steve Jobs more money for all the awesomeness he’s given me. Sigh.

@baked: @Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: I lurve-lurve-lurve my Magic Mouse as much as I hate-hate-hate trackpads.

Exactly like what Nojo said. I didn’t think I would like the one button mouse, but I can live with it.

I used to want to throw my PC laptop through the wall at least once a week. I’ve never had a glitch with my MacBook in 3 years.

Plus I never have to give the family tech support. They got pissed with me after I kept telling them “You should have gotten a Mac” with each frantic call about PC problems.

Track Pad Queen right here. Totally hate mice.

I have never killed a mac (first computer was a Macintosh), but I have killed:

3 Dells
1 ThinkPad
1 Gateway notebook
1 Um, it was big and beige and my only desktop. Packard Bell, I think.

My kid has killed 3 motherboards on a Vaio — the only time I’ve bought an extended warranty, and I am damned glad I did.

@nojo: Thumb drive icon is found on the lower right side of the thing they have that’s not a dock — that’s also the only way to eject it sometimes. It doesn’t always show up under My Computer or in the Start Menu, or it shows up as something totally odd that you would never know is a drive. I waste a lot of time trying to find shit on PCs.

@ManchuCandidate: Oh. Yes. I probably would have used some anyway. I keep minced and whole in the fridge for culinizing. For barbeque, I halve garlic cloves and rest them on the outside edge of the Zoji, giving them about a 5 minute head start on the meat. They’re custardy by the time the meat’s ready.

@baked: You don’t have to use the pushbar thingy for anything. You can totally ignore it. Alls ya gots ta do is tap on the trackpad. You get the hang of it after about a day. Or you can get a mouse. Really.

Once you get accustomed to the minor differences, you’ll appreciate the huge differences. Life will be So. Much. Easier. Just know that there’s a learning curve, and it’s not all that steep. Trust me. Once you get over the stupid minor stuff, you’ll love your computer. Wait until you become a power user — awesome shit. Just try to avoid using your keyboard as an ashtray. ;-P

@ManchuCandidate: Plus, with Unix under the hood, you can run your own LAMP development system on your laptop!

Granted, that’s not much of a selling point for civilians.

@nojo: I’m considering getting the new Magic Trackpad. But maybe I’ll wait till Lion appears. Seems it has all kinds of gestures built in.

I’ll leave it at that.

@nojo: Oh, yeah. That web server under the covers has no doubt millions of Mac laptops. And full Berkeley UNIX millions more. I still don’t believe the figures I read on market share for Mac laptops. Going through an airport terminal some days is like walking into an establishing shot for an Apple TV ad.

I got mine because it is a goddamned tank compared to the crapware Windows machines that have been crippled by the cost of hardware against the increasing cost of the OS.

@baked: I got the second cheapest model of the second cheapest Dell Vostro line and I’ve been very happy with it for the past three years or so. I paid extra to have it loaded with Windows XP when Microsoft was pushing Vista on everyone. I maintain the hell out of it, which helps keep it running well.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: The upcoming wedding of Prince Willie — will that be morganatic? Is she, you’ll pardon the expression, a commoner?

@Dodgerblue: Common as muck.

But I think it’s only technically morganatic if we’re talking about a reigning monarch. I can’t remember now and I find it all too excruciatingly boring to look up. All I know is that my ex-sister in law’s second husband who died yesterday will have to wait at least a week to be cremated as the UK in its entirety will shut down for the ‘wedding of the century’.

Fucking parasites.

@Dodgerblue: The UK has never really observed the morganatic marriage rules, which were far more prevalent on the Continent. Fergie (ex-Duchess of York, not Black-eyed Pea) was also common as muck, but her daughters are in the line of succession.
Yes, this is the sort of crap I waste my brain cells on.

@Mistress Cynica: Fortunately, the Royal Wedding occurs during turkey season. Mrs RML will never miss me after I slip out the door with a truck load of gear and guns in my arms.

@Mistress Cynica: It’s a german term, isn’t it? From all those principalities and grand duchies trying to keep lines of inheritance free from taint? I’ve usually heard Fergie and her husband Randy Andy described by those who know them as “scum of the earth.”

@Dodgerblue: You don’t really want me to answer that. I despise loathe and abominate the whole pack of them. Not personally, but as symbols for all that is so fucking retarded about the UK. Or in their case, England. Fuck the royals, fuck the upper class, fuck the House of Lords, and fuck Nigella Lawson.

@Dodgerblue: He’s been hanging out with a teenaged prostitute, a convicted sex offender, and Kaddhafi.

@SanFranLefty: “He’s been hanging out with a teenaged prostitute, a convicted sex offender, and Kaddhafi Lawrence Taylor.” Fixed.

@redmanlaw: She uses it as an ashtray (I’ve got pictures!), and I have her #4 key. Think she’s going to maintain the hell out of it? Why bother?

Every once in a while I run some sort of diagnostic thingy if I get the SPOD (think I’ve run it three times in three years). Other than that, I’ve only had to deal with the douchey power cordsssss trying to melt my puter. One was totally my fault (maybe), b/c I went 3rd-party. Little did I know that Jobs owns that plant, too, and he puts out a bad product just to keep us in the cult.

Love you so much, Baked. You need a fucking tank.

@Dodgerblue: They didn’t get married yet? Damn. How many more months of hell do we have to endure?

@nojo: gah, can’t stand the one button mouse. I steal mice from the losers in Brand Marketing who have to work on PCs.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I right-click my Magic Mouse all the time. When I’m not tickling it to scroll down a page.

For that matter, I can’t remember the last time I used a one-button Apple mouse. Might have been the hockey puck ten years ago.

@nojo: I like to squeeze mine then stroke it with two fingers, backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards and…

Wait. What?

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