Bring back my HEAT!
by Baby Huey

I'm from Ohio. I don't mind the cold, really I don't. I find it invigorating -- it's really nice walking from my car to the building at work in 30 degree weather in a t-shirt with no jacket because usually around here, when it's cold, it's bright and sunny. Reminds me I'm alive.


Two weeks ago this time, it was damn near 80 degrees here in Durham. Man can get used to those kinda temperatures. Right now? It's 30 and drizzly. Bleh. To counteract this piss-poor weather, I've gone back in the vault to find a nice, healthy, summery recipe to make you feel like it's time for bermuda shorts and cold beer out on the porch. Or something. Hell, I don't know.

Tropical Pork Loinpig.jpg

3 lb pork loin
2 c pineapple juice
1/2 c light rum
1 c salt
1 c water
1 t coriander seeds
1 t whole allspice, toasted then ground
1 T black peppercorns
1 T whole cumin, toasted then ground
2 bay leaves

Bring all the ingredients (except for the pork, of course) just to a boil and then take the mixture off the heat and stir till the salt is completely dissolved. Allow your freshly-created brine to cool back to room temperature.

Put the pork loin in a ziploc bag and pour the brine over it. Marinate for at least 8 hours (overnight would be best).

Heat your oven to 250 degrees. Cook the pork for about an hour - 90 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork is 145 degrees.

Wrap in foil for 15 minutes before cutting.

pork.gifAnd because I looked this up when I cooked it, here are the nutritional facts!

Serving Size: 3oz
Calories 178 From fat 74
Total Fat 8.2 g
Saturated 3.0g
Cholesterol 69 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Total Carbs 0 (probably a bit, but negligible)
Protein 24g

I finally got around to reviewing a CD I've had in my queue for a few months now. Partially because I heard part of it and was really impressed, and partially because I'm going to see them in March. Speaking of which, if you're going to be in the Washington, DC area at the end of March and are a metal fan, check out this combo:

March 25: Dark Tranquillity (The Haunted direct support, Into Eternity open) at Jaxx in Springfield
March 26: Lamb of God (Trivium direct support, Machine Head and Gojira open) at the 9:30 club in DC

This leads me to this week's review:

From Mars to Sirius
Prosthetic Records

RIYL: Meshuggah, Amon Amarth, Six Feet Under

Off-tempo, mathy metal from France, Gojira deviates from many of its “math metal” contemporaries by taking it somewhat slow. The songs manage to be simultaneously deliberate and plodding, and all over the map. The guitars are spastic and grindy, bringing bands like Napalm Death to mind. The drums keep the beat, but the rest of the band do their part to derail it. This isn't something you're going to listen to and get into a groove. However, if you feel like hurting your brain, this album might be right up your alley.

Recommended Tracks: "From the Sky", "Backbone", "The Heaviest Matter of the Universe", "Where Dragons Dwell"

Baby Huey wishes it was warm, but will be wishing for cold that first 85 degree day in March. Stupid North Carolina.


Anything named after my favorite kaiju can't be all bad.... I'll have to give them a listen.


what can i use instead of rum?


I'd use 1/2 c apple juice with either a couple of tbsp of brown sugar or molasses


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