Friday, November 18, 2011

The 2012 Sync Up Conference during Jazz Fest

April 27-28 and May 4-5, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA 70119
The fifth annual Sync Up conference is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's entertainment industry networking event during Jazz Fest. Planning is now under way for the 2012 Sync Up conference.

The 2011 confernce was fantastic. From Wild Wayne's interview with the irrepressible Mystikal to insights from the legendary Chris Blackwell, the fourth annual Sync Up was as entertaining as it was informative.
You can relive it all in streaming video at the 2011 archive site. There are excerpts and complete videos of the conference sessions, plus details on all the panel topics and bios of all the speakers. There are also links to lots of interesting articles about today's entertainment industry.

Feel free to register for the 2012 conference by clicking the link above (or this one) so you'll get all the latest news. It's free.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TURDUCKEN, the ultimate meal: Turkey, duck and chicken

A Turducken is a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The name is a portmanteau of those ingredients: turkey, duck, and chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat, although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird. Some recipes call for the turkey to be stuffed with a chicken which is then stuffed with a duckling. It is also called a chuckey.

The result is a relatively solid, albeit layered, piece of poultry, suitable for cooking by braising, roasting, grilling, or barbecuing. The turducken is not suitable for deep frying Cajun style (to deep fry poultry, the body cavity must be hollow to cook evenly).

i A video on how to make a Turducken:

Foul Bird?
In the United Kingdom, a turducken is a type of ballotine called a "three-bird roast" or a "royal roast". The Pure Meat Company offered a five-bird roast (a goose, a turkey, a chicken, a pheasant, and a pigeon, stuffed with sausage), described as a modern revival of the traditional Yorkshire Christmas pie, in 1989; and a three-bird roast (a duck stuffed with chicken stuffed with a pigeon, with sage and apple stuffing) in 1990.

Gooducken is a goose stuffed with a duck, which is in turn stuffed with a chicken.

The YouTube channel Epic Meal Time made their variation of turducken with what they call "TurBaconEpic." It is a roasted pig wrapped in bacon, basted in a mixture of butter and Dr. Pepper which is stuffed with bacon stuffing and a bacon wrapped turkey stuffed with a duck, chicken, Cornish game hen, quail, the bacon stuffing, and more bacon, all held together with "meat glue" (a mixture of ground bacon, veal, and pork sausage), and was garnished with Wendy's Baconators. The finished product yielded 79,046 calories, and 6,892 grams of fat (equivalent to 14.35 pounds of fat)!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

live from New Orleans Jazz Fest | New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

a collection of MP3 downloads (on Amazon) from Jazz Fest