Roast your own almonds. They are awesome.

I began to think… What about roasting my own almonds? I bet Old Bay almonds would be great. Turns out they are.

  1. Put 1 TSP of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet, and put in the oven. Preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put 1 cup of raw almonds in the pan, and toss them around to coat them with the now-hot oil.
  3. Bake for 9 minutes
  4. Take out, and generously apply seasoning of choice. Back in the oven for 1 minute.
  5. Take out, and remove them from the cast iron immediately, only wax paper or something like that (or else they’ll keep cooking)
  6. Let cool for about an hour. 
  7. Snack your face off.

I made Nacho Cheese almonds too. They’re pretty good, as well!

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Worlds best… in Frederick?

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but Black Hog BBQ in Frederick, MD is so good. It sounds crazy to say “If you want the best BBQ I’ve ever had, go to a place in downtown Frederick, MD,” but thats my honest opinion. Weird, right?

I’m a huge fan of yellow mustard sauce (thats South Carolina style, if you’re playing along with the home game.) Everyone associates “Carolina Style” with that North Carolina vinegar-based sauce, which, when done properly, is EXCELLENT, is a far cry from yellow-mustard South Carolina style. I had about 5 trips to Columbia, SC for work, where I first indulged my curiosity in this style, and I really enjoy it. Black Hog has a yellow mustard sauce, and when you order their wings with this yellow mustard sauce, its like being air-lifted 600 miles south. So good.

The ribs are the star, though. They come in two flavors, dry (dry rubbed) or wet (kansas city style). The Kansas City style is the ticket, though, and its that sweet, spicy sauce that keeps me coming back. This place is just too good. The prices for a full rack of ribs, an order of wings, and a soda was $35, which is pricy, to be sure, but a really great deal. BBQ places in baltimore seem to have no problem charged $22 for a small rack, so when you get a plate like the one picture below, the cost is well worth it!