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Saturday Six XXVI


The Land casts shadows
Where the fathers are like forts
Night grilling in swim trunks
Straw hats and linen dresses.



MAKE: A FABULOUS RECIPE FROM PAULA DISBROWE

Summer nights aren’t complete without cooking out on a grill. As if we weren’t slayed enough by Paula’s cookbook, Cowgirl Cuisine, along comes her latest release, Any Night Grilling (yes, that’s a signed copy from Food52.com), and hot dang if we’re not just as excited to get these recipes going and served up pronto. We’re lucky enough to get to share with you one of our favorites from the book, Grilled Gulf Coast Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Punch. Welcome to Yummerzville!



Grilled Pineapple Punch

The smoky-sweet notes of grilled pineapple meld dangerously with dark rum. To make about 8 drinks, cut a peeled cored pineapple lengthwise into spears about 1 12 inches (4cm) wide. Grill them over medium heat until charred on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes, and set aside. In a large pitcher, combine 2 12 cups (590ml) dark rum, 1 cup (240ml) pineapple juice, 12 cup (120ml) ginger liqueur (e.g., Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur), 1 12 to 2 ounces (45 to 60ml) fresh lime juice, a cinnamon stick, and a split vanilla bean. Slide the pineapple spears onto pretty bamboo (or other) skewers, place them in the pitcher, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, add ice to the pitcher and place one skewer inside each tall glass. Good with Seafood Paella with Freekeh & Lima Beans and Party Wings with Cholula Butter.


 

 


Gulf Coast Shrimp Tacos
Serves 4

 

Here in Austin, where a favorite restaurant marquee reads “Body by Queso,” it’s not uncommon to have tacos three times a day. The routine isn’t as strange or repetitive as it sounds, because it’s easy to have an entirely different experience at each meal. For instance, I might have egg-and-chorizo tacos for breakfast, a brisket taco for lunch, and this spicy, refreshing combination for dinner. The confluence of lightly charred shrimp with crunchy cabbage slaw and an audacious amount of hot sauce is my idea of the perfect warm-weather meal. Seek out the best-quality corn tortillas you can find—when you open the package, you should be hit with the earthy aroma of fresh masa. And because you can eat anything in a tortilla, consider blazing a new path and pairing this shrimp with the corn and zucchini mixture in Queso Panela Tacos; or refried black beans, grated Cotija, and Tomatillo Salsa; or Celery Root Remoulade.

 

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced, or 2 teaspoons Smoked Garlic (recipe follows)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds (900g) medium or large shrimp (preferably Gulf), peeled and deveined with tails removed

 

Slaw

1⁄2 head napa cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded

1⁄2 head red cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded

2 large carrots, peeled and shredded

Leaves from 1 small bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped

1⁄4 cup (55g) mayonnaise

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1⁄4 cup (60ml) olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons hot sauce (preferably Crystal or Cholula), plus more for serving

 

8 to 10 corn tortillas

 

Lime wedges 

 

  1. In a food processor or blender, puree the olive oil, lime juice, chipotles, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper until smooth. Pour the mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp and use your hands to coat the shrimp. Seal the bag, pressing out the air, and set aside to marinate at room temperature while you heat the grill or refrigerate for up to a day.

 

  1. Prepare a charcoal grill for two-zone cooking and build a medium-high fire, or heat a gas grill to high. Carefully wipe the preheated grill grates with a lightly oiled paper towel. Using a grill brush, scrape the grill grates clean, then carefully wipe with a lightly oiled towel again. If you’re using a grill basket, allow it to heat for 10 minutes before cooking.

 

  1. To make the slaw, in a large bowl, toss together the cabbages, carrots, cilantro, mayo, lime juice, and olive oil to combine. Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce and toss again, then taste and adjust the seasoning as desired (adding more lime juice, mayo, or other seasonings). Set aside or refrigerate for up to a day.

 

  1. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and grill over direct heat, stirring and flipping them with tongs until evenly cooked, about 4 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a serving bowl and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

 

  1. Grill the tortillas over direct heat until lightly charred, about 30 seconds per side. Keep warm in a basket or wrapped in a kitchen towel. Serve with the grilled shrimp, cabbage slaw, additional hot sauce, and lime wedges on the side.

 



 


Caleb, Owen, Everitt, and Ryan Rhodesake make up the infamous Austin based design house known as LAND, but they also have another brainchild in the works called House of Land. The mission with HOL is an idealistic pursuit of creating a truly living and breathing art based, lifestyle brand. The focus is on creating storied garments, ritualistic home goods, fragrances, art and objects for centering. If you’ve seen their design work (and you probably have), you’ll know that HOL will continue to be built with the same standards. Our first question is: is there a limit to how many of the co-branded Jung Maven t-shirts can we buy?! Check ‘em out!  




This album is simple and pure, and it’s reminiscent of Don Mclean singing Vincent somewhere in the early 70’s long before Botkin was even born. Clean and simple production, beautiful and addictive melodies, it has a spiritual conquest you can’t easily put your finger on. There’s not a single story here, but rather different stories per song that somehow each point to the next chapter. We suggest you start with the song “Breakers” to get the feel for the record. If you’re into the likes of Tallest Man on Earth, Damien Rice, J. Tillman, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, Iron & Wine or...you get the point. Give it a spin.  


https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/in-moonglow-michael-chabon-builds-a-scale-model-of-the-broken-world


“Magical prose stylist” Michael Chabon (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times) delivers a collection of essays that are heartfelt, humorous, insightful, and wise on the meaning of fatherhood. At his request, Michael takes his 13 year old son Abraham to Paris Men’s Fashion Week. With an impeccable sense of style, Abe was in his element chatting with designers he idolized and giving his opinions of the new runway styles. Michael, on the other hand, is a thrift store shopper and sees this whole event as purposeless. That is, until he realizes the strength of his son’s passion. From there, this book and the following pieces take you on a harrowing journey of fatherhood through Chabon’s experiences. It’s a quick read that will leave you wanting so much more that you’ll just have to read it again. “Pops illuminates the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood as only Michael Chabon can.”




Ft. Lonesome is a group of ladies who define themselves as, “Nomadic chainstitchers, wandering in the pursuit of thread-based storytelling. Erstwhile cosmic rodeo tailors.” Creative and talented as all get out, they chainstitch their way through so many amazing custom pieces that you’d think there’s a full factory running this joint. F.L. is based on non-digitized, maker-driven, domestic embroidery, and we say follow them because it’s so fun to see their posts of new custom chain stitched pieces. You can also shop some of their gear here.

 


 


TAKE: SUMMER TOP TRAVEL ITEMS - PART II 


The last list of select travel favorites went over so well that we decided to have a few more of our trusted resources share theirs. Stay cool!


 

Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh Denim


1. A bag of cashews

2. Aesop lotion

3. Faherty swim trunks


Sarah Yarborough of Raleigh Denim


1. Wide-brim straw hat

2. White linen dress

3. Mirrored Aviators​

 

Travis Weaver of Manready Mercantile


1. Shwood Sunglasses. I never go outside without them.

2. Mayron’s Goods solid sunblock. Nothing worse than having sunblock taken from you at the airport and getting stuck having to buy $15.00 sunblock at the destination.

3. Manready cap. I grew up wearing caps because we worked outside, and still wear them to this day.

 

Ryan Smith of ryanthesmith.com

1. A few bottles of wine (preferably HALL)

2. My Buck 119

3. A Black Diamond headlamp

4. Black Patagonia Hyper Puff Hoody – the best all-seasons mid-layer in my opinion