Cuisine. Chicken Leek soup in the Instant Pot. 11-30

3 hotel cut (leg and thigh, skin on) chicken legs – bones in, they add flavor to your soup. 2 carrots, diced to 1/4 inch 1 stalk of celery, diced to 1/4 inch 2 shallots, diced to 1/4 inch 2 leeks, cleaned, sliced into 1/4 inch slices, and separated into rings 4 tbsp of salted butter 4 tbsp double smoked rendered bacon fat (cook a couple pounds of double smoked Kentucky bacon in the oven on a cookie cooling rack placed over a half sheet pan. Eat the bacon. Reserve the fat, strained, in a mason jar in your fridge. That stuff is gold. Save it) 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 tablespoons concentrated chicken stock 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender 1 teaspoon Bouquet Garni 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and finely chopped 6 Oz Charm City Honey Mead 1 teaspoon herbes Parisienne Set the Instant Pot to Sautee. Melt your butter and add your seasonings, then wilt your leeks, and then the remaining veggies until soft. Take them out of the pot and set aside. Add the bacon fat into the pot without clearing out the brown at the bottom. That is fond. That’s your flavor. You need that for your soup to have depth. Brown all of your chicken, add your veggies back into the pot with 7 cups of water and your concentrated stock, and the 6 oz of Mead. Lock down your lid, and pressure cooker on high for 13 minutes. Release the pressure carefully, take the chicken bones out, and you’re done. It took longer to prep the vegetables than it did to pressure cook the soup. …and it was better soup than the stuff that usually takes hours on the stove.

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Sex. Art. Naked Drawing Group. Model: Peter. 11-19-17

Well attended group tonight, and our model, Peter, was a delight to draw as always. 

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Art. Sex. Nudio Sessions. 11.1.17. Model: Peter.

Tonight’s session.

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Art. Sex. NDG. 10.22.17. Model: Eric P.

Tonight’s drawings and a drawing from Friday night’s sketchbook at the DC Eagle:

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Cuisine. Hard-boiled Varieties. 9-10-17

I’ve seen quail’s eggs on cooking shows and had them, looking very cute as tiny over-easy eggs on things in fancy restaurants, so when I saw them at the International grocery store last week, I bought them.

They come in a very cute l’il carton of 18, but once I had them, I guess I was going to make little biscuits to put them on with maybe some ham or something?

I made my little bowl of boiled eggs that I usually have sitting in the fridge when I want a quick snack, so I put a few of the quail’s eggs in the water along with my usual 8 or so chicken eggs.

The usual hard-boil method where you put the eggs in the pot, cover them with water so they are about an inch and a half under the surface, then bring the water to a full boil, then cut the heat off, and let the water cool enough to be able to reach in without hurting yourself. Peel the eggs under a cold tap.

They were so cute, I almost felt bad eating them, but they were delicious boiled.Egg_0005

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Cuisine. Cocktails. The Wild Goose Chase. 9-9-17.

A friend of mine found a liqueur from Luxardo that sounded wonderful. I’m a fan of the flavor of cherries, and I like the Luxardo Marachino cherries in the dark syrup (add a little to Mexican real sugar Coca Cola sometime. Its amazing).

…and when I say I’m a fan of cherries, I’m not kidding.


Apparently, the distributor who handles it doesn’t make it available in Maryland.

While I was downtown in DC picking up tickets from a friend. I decided to look up the booze on my phone on the off chance that maybe it would be available and it was. Irving Liquors in the Mount Pleasant section of DC had it and apparently had it for a while, as the shop manager didn’t seem fazed as I was pretty much dancing around the store after I found it.

Cocktail Time:
Presenting: The Wild Goose Chase

1 oz Luxardo Sangue Morlacco
0.5 oz Domaine Canton Ginger Liqueur
1.5 oz Hendricks Gin
2 oz CherriBundi 100% Sour Cherry Juice

Ice a gimlet
Shake over ice
Clear the gimlet

Garnish with two Luxardo Cherries


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Art. Sex. Nudio Session. Model: Eric P. 9-5-17 and news…

Naked Drawing Group of DC will be restarting in October in a new location. Dates will be announced soon.

Tonight’s drawings: 

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