Recipes for the Super Bowl Weekend… PAZAZ™ Style!

If you are a sports fan… specifically a “NINER” fan you’ve come to the right place. Having said that my parents were from Kansas so there is a part of me that enjoys seeing the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl… a very small part.

I grew up in the Bay Area and of course the football team I enjoyed the most, watched more than any other professional football team, was the “NINERS”. I went to quite a few games when I lived in the Bay Area (near San Francisco) when the “NINERS” played at Candlestick Park. The 80’s were a magical time for the 49ers with hall of fame inductees such as Joe Montana, Ronny Lott, Fred Dean, and of course the “GOAT”, Jerry Rice.

Did I mention they won four Super Bowls that decade?

So, here we are on the “Threshold of a Dream” as the “NINERS” seek to become one of only three franchises to win 6 Super Bowls. To compliment such an auspicious occasion I have created some fantastic recipes only available in this blog unless you order any of my AMAZING kitchen tools for the discerning chef (which includes the cookbook I wrote) from www.pazazshop.com.

This perfect recipe for your enjoyment is for the “RIDICULOUS” trio of barbecued burger sliders (Serves 4)

Cooking and Preparation time: 45 minutes

Barbecued Burger Sliders

Ingredients

    • 2 lbs Organic Ground Beef
    • 12 Slider Buns
    • 2 oz Goat Cheese
    • 2 oz Parmesan
    • 1  Organic Yellow Onion
    • 4 oz Cremini Mushrooms
    • 2 oz Pepperoncini
    • 2 oz Madera
    • 2 oz Organic Tomato
    • 1 Clove Organic Garlic
    • 3 Organic Russet Potatoes

Barbecue Sauce

    • 4 tbl Olive Oil
    • 1/2 Large Organic Onion
    • 1 Cup Chili Sauce
    • 1 Cup Catsup
    • 2 tbl Dried Mustard
    • 2 tbl Worcestershire
    • 1 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
    • 6 tbl Brown Sugar
    • 1/2 Cup of Water

Directions

1. Make fries prior to burgers and warm in oven.

2. Form 3 oz burgers (4) with the following ingredients:

    • Chop onion and place in oil until brown.
    • Flame onion with Madera.
    • Fold onions into burgers with pinch of goat cheese.
    • Take one spoonful of barbecue sauce and place on burger.
    • Pan sear burgers and then dip in barbecue sauce. Place on PAZAZ™ baking Mat inside of PAZAZ™ baking pan.
    • Bake burgers for 2 minutes at 350 degrees.
    • Place burgers on buns and arrange on plates.

3. Form 3 oz burgers (4) with the following ingredients:

    • Chop cremini mushrooms and place in oil until tender.
    • Add aged balsamic an quickly saute.
    • Fold mushrooms into burgers with a pinch of Parmesan.
    • Take one spoonful of barbecue sauce and place on burger.
    • Pan sear burgers and then dip in barbecue sauce. Place on PAZAZ™ baking mat inside of PAZAZ™ baking pan.
    • Bake burger for 2 minutes at 350 degrees.
    • Place burgers on buns and arrange on plate.

4. Form 3 oz burgers (4) with the following ingredients:

    • Chop tomato and garlic, add salt and pepper to taste.
    • Chop pepperoncini and add to above mixture.
    • Fold tomato, garlic, and pepperoncini in burgers.
    • Take one spoonful of barbecue sauce and place on burger.
    • Pan sear burgers and then dip in barbecue sauce. Place on PAZAZ™ baking mat inside of PAZAZ™ baking pan.
    • Bake burgers for 2 minutes at 350 degrees.
    • Place burgers on buns and arrange on plate

Add Music – humbly suggest to play while enjoying this recipe if you’re not watching the game: Miles Davis (“Kind of Blue”) album.

If you make these sliders you will enjoy the game even more because the food is Super Bowl worthy…

One more thing… GO NINERS!!!!!

‘Mise en place’, PAZAZ™ Style!

Mise en place is a French term which refers to “everything in it’s place”. This is technically referring to cuisine. The art of cooking is about manufacturing, it’s about consistently preparing and executing a menu in a timely fashion. The only way this is possible is through the proper prep work for (in this case) a group of guests dining at a restaurant.

However, in this blog I address the art of mise en place as a life enhancing view. This view is orchestrated from birth until we pass. This view from 10,000 feet looks at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. It is impossible to correct certain things from the past but we can most certainly learn from those lessons and adjust our mindset to better understand and deal with like situations in real time.

Typically the situations I speak of revolve around relationships, investments, and things we had the opportunity to experience but didn’t. As we grow older the wisdom we have acquired through real life experiences is worth everything. We are only getting better if we build on those lessons and teach others through patience, love, and the art of listening.

Most of us have had failed relationships, investments gone bad, and have glimpsed at things that were possible but didn’t act. Mise en place in life is like nailing jello to a tree. It is a fleeting moment in time where the planets have aligned to project us to a place not thought possible in a space we could have not imagined.

Only through adversity could our ability to survive both physically and mentally be tested, thus creating another layer of wisdom. Circumstances change in a heart beat but our constitution grows stronger as we persevere and admonish the difficulties through faith and belief in ourself.

Simple things like putting our car keys in the same place so that we don’t suffer the anxiety of looking for them over and over… that is one rudimentary example of mise en place. Another is being lured to the expectant get rich quick scheme (and not effectively analyzing the investment) which invariably gets someone else rich and you one step closer to working until your 65.

Lets hope that within the context of our short lives we can live life with PAZAZ™ and enjoy the fruits of our labor while giving to humanity that part of us that makes our world a better place to live through (at the very least) random acts of kindness.

The beauty of mise en place is the sanctity of peace of mind and tranquility building upon the education you’ve acquired through life’s ever changing landscape. At some point in your life it is beautiful to say this, ” I look forward to looking back to see how far I’ve come.”

Obsolete

Recently I watched an old episode from “The Twilight Zone”, the title was “Obsolete”. This episode starred Burgess Meredith as a librarian judged by a panel of governmental officials claiming his position was obsolete. This got me thinking of all the things that have become obsolete in my short life time, how those things were integral during my childhood and into adulthood, and how through technology our world is changing.

I used to listen to music, Giant’s broadcasts, and Warriors broadcasts on my transistor radio. The transistor radio has become obsolete. Eight track tapes, the Etch A Sketch, building blocks, black and white TV, rotary phones, pagers, fax machines, floppy disks, cassette tapes, dot matrix printers, and of course typewriters are all now considered obsolete. There is a myriad of other devices that are now “obsolete” but are too many to list in this short blog.

I remember using a typewriter in high school to type my papers. It wasn’t until white out and eventually typing paper you could erase that I didn’t have a waste paper basket full of my fruitless attempts to type a paper for class. Just the frustration and amount of time it took to type a paper was certainly, for me, an exercise in futility. This device’s evolution is one of the great saving graces for technology… having said that I defer to the below paragraphs while looking at the impact technology has on our every day life.

Today I work at Aria hotel and casino at the City Center in Las Vegas on the famous “strip”. Just since I’ve been working at the hotel certain positions once staples of the work force are now considered “obsolete”. The positions I refer to are cashiers and main floor casino service bartenders. The former has been replaced by tech devices that duplicate the effort of the cashier with more possibilities for error and less human connection with the guest we serve. The later (the casino floor service bartender) leaves a vacuous divide between human connection, quality of product, and perceived customer value.

Certainly technology has eased the burden of specific tasks and while I understand its quite a jump to compare AI “artificial intelligence” with the cell phone I also know that these devices are listening to us. If you don’t believe me talk in front of the Amazon Alexa about something you’re interested in purchasing and watch it pop up on your computer and or cell phone.

When asked about “artificial intelligence” Bill Gates had this to say,

“The world hasn’t had that many technologies that are both promising and dangerous… you know, we have nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.”

Elon Musk says, and I quote, ” AI (artificial intelligence) is far more dangerous than nukes.”

From where I stand I see the value of technology but I also see the danger it represents to human connectivity. I live in Vegas where the analysis is probably a little tilted to the position of losing ones identity and thus not caring about your impact regarding human contact and interaction.

I see everyone staring at their cell phones talking more and communicating less. With this plethora of technological devices pulling us farther away from connecting with each other I see the world, as we know it, on the verge of an impactful disconnect.

With this disconnect comes the very point of this blog. What is becoming our normal every day protocol revolves around a cell phone, head phones, and big screen TV’s. We are slowly edging out human contact in favor of other less emotional collaboration leading to our connection with others. This provocative disconnect means that in essence… humanity has become “obsolete”.

With humanity becoming “obsolete” we open the door to AI and the possibility that (perhaps not in our lifetime) in the near future our world will be ruled by these devices. We may not be able to control AI resulting in a world without the balance of compassion, love, and insightful discourse thus leading to an impactful ice age of consciousness.

Welcome… TO THE ROARING 20’S… PAZAZ™ Style!

One hundred years ago the US had become an economic power. The beginning of the Roaring 20’s featured new rights for women, including the right to vote, daring “flapper” outfits and cigarette smoking. It also featured Prohibition which led to the rise of Al Capone and the Mafia. People should have realized that attempts by the government to regulate human behavior would result in an epic fail. And yet here we are 100 years later with states approving marijuana use and the federal government at odds with this decision. You’d think given the track record of the federal government to tax everything they would ultimately come to the conclusion that a lot of taxable income is going up in smoke.

The Roaring 20’s got their name from the period of economic prosperity giving rise to the consumer society and the rise of “self awareness”. This age is also known as the “Jazz Age” (a new affinity for driving horn and rhythm sections accompanied by crooners) and the birth of our “Consumer Society”. People from coast to coast bought the same goods (thanks to nationwide advertising and the spread of chain stores), listened to the same music, did the same dances, and even used the same slang!

For many the 20’s brought more conflict than celebration. Americans were uncomfortable with this new urban, sometimes racy “Mass Culture”. Remember the 1920’s was the migration of many from the farm to the cities. This also brought about a change in attitudes and direction of those that were seeking their fame and fortune. The cities could provide what the farms could not… better wages through the prospect of manufacturing jobs and union protection for its workers.

The 1920’s featured many notable historic events, non more famous than the Tea Pot Dome scandal. Convicted of accepting bribes from the oil companies Albert Fall, Secretary of the Interior went to prison. No one was convicted of taking bribes and up until the Watergate scandal, Tea Pot Dome was considered the most egregious political event in US history. Of course as amazing as the decade began it ended with the stock crash of ’29. No one saw that coming!

This is immortalized in a Steely Dan song, “Black Friday”.

“When Black Friday comes

I stand down by the door

And catch the grey men when they

Dive from the fourteenth floor”

The beginning of the 1920’s the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 108… today it’s over 28,000. We can look at our abundance and the technological advances over the course of the last thirty years and be amazed at where we were and where we are. This advancement in technology which is not limited to but includes: the internet, the cell phone, computer advancement, self driving cars, and robotics. All of this plus other technological advancements will eventually realize unprecedented events not to mention significant social change.

The one thing that hasn’t changed in the past 100 years is human nature. One can change clothing or hair, transportation, even politicians, but human nature never changes. Greed, lust, and the quest for power are embedded in our nature but through the process of personal growth we hopefully can detect these flaws like a Witcher finds water. Through this “Dowsing” we can surround ourselves with the people that possess the important characteristics we honor and celebrate no matter what the economics or self appointed social station they reside in.

To be clear…as we move into the New Roaring 20’s lets concentrate on the most important aspect of human behavior, that of connection through the lost art of communication. Listening is a gift that immortalizes the spoken word into a thought that becomes a bridge illuminating the possibility that all of us have more in common then we ever thought possible.