Monthly Archives: August 2012

David Shahan’s Barbecue Ribs

Use baby back ribs.  You'll need to peel the thin membrane completely off of one side.  Apply the dry rub and cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 320 deg.  Then cook on the grill for about ten minutes a side but watch them carefully because on a hot fire they might char quickly.  Brush them with the wet BBQ sauce while on the grill.  That's it!!

Rob Evans' Dry rub:
1 tablespoons each of:
White sugar
Brown sugar
Chile powder
1/2 tablespoon cayenne
2 tablespoons paprika

Shahan family BBQ sauce:
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
1 onion chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Simmer all of this for 15-20 min… Read the rest

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Scaf’s Jambalaya (makes 8 quarts; cooking time: 6 hours)

Scaf’s Jambalaya

makes: 8 quarts; cooking time: 6 hours

This is an old Scaf recipe dating back to 1995, developed during the long hours studying for the CFA Exam in my first apartment after college, in Brookline Village. Looking at it today (2012), I would not make it this way in the new age of organic produce and Whole Foods Markets. I'll give a shot at a healthier overhaul in the next coming months.



1 lb cooked chicken (chopped bite size)

Alt: One package Perdue Roasters Original

1 ½ lb cooked kielbasa (chopped bite size)
Preferred: Hillshire Farm Turkey Kielbasa (pre-cooked)
¼-½  lb cooked jumbo shrimp (chopped bite size)

Alt: Frozen Jumbo Tail-less

6 strips cooked bacon chopped bite size

Alt: pre-cooked microwave bacon



3 cups white rice (not instant)

Alt: 2 cups rice, one box New Orleans or Zatarains Jambalaya mix


Sauces/ Liquids

3 cups water
¼ cup hot sauce (Goya orLouisiana)
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup Grey Poupon Mustard
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup favorite Barbeque sauce
2 tbs olive oil
4 full bodied beers (two for cook!, 2 for Jambalaya!)
1 half stick butter
1 jar salsa (chunky, medium or mild)
1 tomato (sliced in 1/8th)
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives (Green too?)



Jambalaya spice (2 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp sage, 1 tsp basil-- not necessary if using rice mix)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground celery seed
1 tbs garlic powder
2 tbs garlic salt
1 tsp chile pepper powder (Alt: heavy sprinkle)
1 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbs cayenne pepper (Alt: very heavy sprinkle)
1 tbs paprika
1 tbs cajun seasoning
2 tbs granulated sugar
2 tbs brown sugar


Cooking Directions

00:00 Add spices, water and sauces to large pot, stir.  Cover and heat on low-medium-low setting.… Read the rest

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Flash Fiction: (Un)Lucky

Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity; a complete story in one thousand or fewer words.

Below is my first work of Flash Fiction called "(Un)Lucky."  A woman named Caroline who considers herself unlucky goes for a walk through a eucalyptus grove with a Starbucks coffee and finds... happiness.

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Word count: 1,062

Caroline considered herself unlucky. Elevator doors closed as she approached. Traffic lights blinked yellow to red, Even her cell service was random at best. Friends did not please leave a message at the tone; they relied on 1 Missed Calls to inform. It didn’t.


Statisticians would claim that the probability of stellar dust surviving Earth’s atmosphere and landing within Caroline’s Starbucks venti coffee cup during a rare sunny afternoon walk under her favorite menthol-scented grove of eucalyptus trees was too remote to bother calculating.… Read the rest

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