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2013…Out. The year that was

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2013 wasn’t exactly an explosive year for me. I hate any year that has a “13” in it. 1913 was a very bad year for me and I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the year 1813 or for that matter the entire 14th century.

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So looking back over the last 12 months it is a time to reflect. A time to look back to cover stories, happenings and human interest events that have affected my own take on news coverage,

Open a bottle of Michelob and let’s review this past year.

Back in February I covered the Super Bowl. Ravens, 49ers and the blackout. I wrote my customary Super Bowl prediction article along with some tasty recipes for the game. Midway through the first half of action the power went out in the New Orleans Superdome and the game was delayed for almost an hour. Unfortunately I started drinking at 8:00 a.m. game day morning and I blacked out before the game even started. Who won? Read it at http://www.examiner.com/article/super-bowl-shuffle-the-week-ahead

Turmoil in the Mideast again. Revolt, riots, bloodshed and my take on the tense situation by defusing the chaos and printing an Arab wedding column featuring a camel, stuffed with a goat, stuffed with chickens and fish and who knows what else. Reread this one, “Joe Camel didn’t see this one coming” at http://www.examiner.com/list/joe-camel-didn-t-see-this-coming

Bedouin Wedding Feast (Camgoatchickfish)

1 Camel, Trimmed and Rinsed

1 Lamb, Sheared, Skinned and Rinsed

20 Dead Chickens, Feathered and Rinsed

10 Lbs. Fish, Gutted and Rinsed

60 Eggs, Hard Boiled & Peeled

12 Lbs. Cooked Rice

2 Lbs. Pine Nuts

2 Lbs. Almonds, Toasted

1 Lb. Pistachios, Shelled

1 Lb. Dates, Pitted

110 Gallons Water

5 Lbs. Sea Salt/Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preheat fire pit to 275 degrees.

Mix the eggs, rice, nuts and dates together, combing well.

Stuff the fish with rice mixture and stuff the chickens with fish. .Stuff the lamb with chickens using more rice mixture if necessary.

Stuff the camel with lamb and use rest of rice mixture to fill the cavity.

Place camel on palm tree trunks over the open fire and roast for 18-20 hours or until golden brown. Serve over any leftover rice and enjoy.

That pesky mole was still in my backyard last July and my efforts to capture the critter were again unsuccessful. One day he will be mine and I will have the final ingredient for my homemade mole asses. Read it at http://www.examiner.com/article/homemade-molasses-strikes-back.

Hillbillies shared the reality show spotlight this year. Besides them catching catfish with their bare hands or buying storage lockers one of them from something called “Duck Dynasty” made some disparaging remarks that were racist and homophobic. I say to this, get a shave and a haircut.

Zombies were a threat again this year, with a few Zombies running for public office and posing nude for men’s magazines. The Zombie threat will always be there so take precautions. http://www.examiner.com/article/liquid-lunch-at-the-zombie-caf

Brain Freeze

2 Shots Tequila

Crushed Ice

Grenadine

1 Tbs. Powdered Sugar

Combine the tequila and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour in to cocktail glass. Dissolve sugar in the drink and drizzle grenadine on top. Serve with frou-frou umbrella.

Korean fried chicken is sweeping the culinary landscape this year and KFC has reason to be worried. This chicken is off the charts. Try it.

Korean Fried Chicken

4 Chicken Thighs

4 chicken Wings

2 cups Flour, Self-rising

½ Cup Cornstarch

3 eggs, Beaten

2 Scallions, Minced

¼ Cup Korean Soy Sauce

2 Tsp. Chinese Five-Spice

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Cinnamon

Sea Salt/Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Wash chicken and pat dry. Preheat oil in deep fryer.

Roll chicken in flour and cornstarch mixture, dip in egg wash and roll again in flour and cornstarch. Combine the scallions, soy sauce, spices and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.

Deep-fry chicken for ten minutes. Remove pieces, blot with paper towel, and allow to cool for 2 minutes. Fry chicken again for 10 minutes remove and blot again. Dip chicken pieces in soy sauce mixture, shake off excess and let cool for another 5 minutes.

Serve Korean Fried Chicken with a side of Korean Namul, a hearty Korean beer and don’t forget to crank up the karaoke machine.

And once again the Kardashians were in the news. Kim and Kanye had a kid after Kim’s weight ballooned and her figure looked like an Apollo space capsule. Then her mother Chris separated from her wife Bruce and all hell broke loose with the Christmas card. All I know is that earlier this month the whole clan of celebrity gangster wannabes showed up at my beach and ruined me and Helga’s day on the coast. Damn you Kardashians. http://www.examiner.com/article/the-kardashians-ruined-our-beach-party.

Check out the video and slideshow for some more highlights from 2013.

And that’s about it for the year from my end. I wish you all a hap hap happy New Year.

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