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2014/06/24 14:57:09 (permalink)

A Trip To The Nutmeg State

We made a few stops along the way to Connecticut.  The first was to see the Beaver County Veterans Memorial Bridge in western PA.  It has a special meaning for me as I purchased a brick in memory of my father who served in WWII.
The bridge spans the Beaver River.


My father's brick.  JASCO is Joint Assault Signal Company.  He made the invasions of Okinawa, New Guinea and Luzon.

That evening we joined some friends at one of our favorite Beaver County restaurants, Back Door Tavern.  MH had the hot sausage and peppers sandwich.

I had the small fish dinner which I could not finish!

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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 15:05:13 (permalink)
    Very cool Lisa!  I bought one for dad in the local park here in town.  Oh, and it kills me I couldn't join you that night at Back Door Tavern.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 15:07:00 (permalink)
    Great pictures so far, and the picture of the brick did bring a tear to my eye (I've been teary for two days and very little can set me off!). That fish brought a smile, though.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 15:20:36 (permalink)
    Great start so far, Lisa.
     
    It's interesting that Connecticut is interchangeably "the Nutmeg state" and "the Constitution state"
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 15:23:40 (permalink)
    lleechef

    I had the small fish dinner which I could not finish!
     

     
    You're gonna need a bigger plate.
     
    Was the entire bridge dedicated this past May 26?  Or just the plaque?  It looks really nice.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 15:42:28 (permalink)
    wanderingjew

    Great start so far, Lisa.

    It's interesting that Connecticut is interchangeably "the Nutmeg state" and "the Constitution state"


    Interchangeable? Nope. You see the righteous burghers of Connecticut didn't like the fact that people from Connecticut were called nutmeggers because of the crooked pedlars (not a typo) who travelled from Connecticut selling their wares, which just happened to include nutmegs that weren't exactly as advertised as they were made of wood. Thus, in a ridiculous pre-political-correctness effort they decided to call their state the Constitution State.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 15:54:20 (permalink)
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    The bridge, the bricks and plaque were all dedicated on Memorial Day which opened the bridge to vehicles.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 16:09:42 (permalink)
    The next day we headed for Gettysburg.  We arrived at our motel around 1PM and were told it was too early to check in so we decided to grab some lunch.  Not being familiar with eateries in Gettysburg we decided to go to Chubby's for lunch.
    I had a bowl of cream of crab soup.

    MH went for the pulled pork sandwich and a side of beans.

    And Tom had a brisket sandwich.

    That evening we ate at Tom's house.  I had soft shell crabs and MH had crabcakes.  We were all laughing and talking and I forgot to take pictures.  OOPS!
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 16:14:15 (permalink)
    I also had a bowl of Tom's awesome chili at lunch. lleechef was too busy devouring her cream of crab soup to take a picture of my chili.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 16:31:47 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    I also had a bowl of Tom's awesome chili at lunch. lleechef was too busy devouring her cream of crab soup to take a picture of my chili.

    That is true!  But I did manage to take a rest from the devouring to have a few spoonfulls of the chili......and the pulled pork and the beans and the brisket........everything was great!
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 16:44:08 (permalink)
    That Tom knows how to throw a party. He didn't tell me he was having softshell crab and crab cakes. Looks great Lisa, the fish is bigger than your arm...........
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 16:53:27 (permalink)
    Looks great so far, Lisa!
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 17:37:21 (permalink)
    Sunday, June 15......my birthday! 
    We found a quaint café in Gettysburg.

     
    I had a delicious café au lait.

     
    As we were driving to Emmitsburg I happened to spot a Coach outlet store.  I saw a really cool keychain with a gold lobster, crab and starfish........and of course a yellow bag to put it in.  Hey, it was my birthday!!!!
     
    Then it was on to the party at Chubby's.  In attendance were MH, mosca, chewingthefat, MikeS., Mrs. mosca.  Unfortunately the picture (taken by one of the servers) did not turn out well.  But I was wearing a gift given to me by al the mayor and Janet.

     
    Back view

     
    My plate of food:  pulled pork, brisket, smoked corned beef, smoked pastrami, burnt ends, potatoes with onions and spicy sausage, beans and cornbread.

     
    After all the hoopla we went to the motel for a much needed rest.  We went back to Tom's house in the evening and his wife grilled bacon-wrapped onion rings.  Delicious!
     
     
     
     
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 17:57:03 (permalink)
    I forgot to ask chewingthefat whether he orders his Edwards bacon by the slab or sliced. Those bacon-wrapped onion rings were beyond delicious.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 18:14:22 (permalink)
    Looks like a good time was had by all. That's a nice "sampler plate" Lisa.
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 18:38:08 (permalink)
    Out of curiosity, as I have never had it, nor for that matter ever heard of it, how was the smoked corned beef? I would imagine it was quite tasty. How does it compare flavor wise to the good old low and slow method w/ cabbage and baby reds? Thank you.
     
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 18:44:57 (permalink)
    CCJPO

    Out of curiosity, as I have never had it, nor for that matter ever heard of it, how was the smoked corned beef? I would imagine it was quite tasty. How does it compare flavor wise to the good old low and slow method w/ cabbage and baby reds? Thank you.


    I had never had it or heard of it until we visited Chubby's last summer.  MH and I both loved it.  Instead of boiling it, Tom smokes it for a long time.  It comes out the same tender consistency with a taste of smoke.  Really, really good!!
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 20:48:22 (permalink)
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    I forgot to ask chewingthefat whether he orders his Edwards bacon by the slab or sliced. Those bacon-wrapped onion rings were beyond delicious.

     
    Tom. first of all the food looks like first class smoked BBQ, great job friend. Second of all, we have Michael saying he loved the bacon wrapped onion rings, and it's in writing............
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 20:54:41 (permalink)
    Tom is a first class guy.....his restaurant, his home, his hospitality......and don't forget his beautiful wife Susan and daughter Kelliann.  So put together awesome food and wonderful comraderie...........it works for me!
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 21:23:08 (permalink)
    Lisa, That small fish reminds me of my cheeseburger 
     
    My daughter just drove up from DC.  I can't believe I forgot to have her stop at Chubby's for some take out.  I'm craving those beans 
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 21:32:02 (permalink)
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    I will post the picture of your cheeseburger tomorrow.  The fish is small in comparison to your "hubcap" burger!!!!
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 22:40:59 (permalink)
    I can't believe I would ever say this..........but.......those bacon wrapped onion rings could possibly surpass the food at Chubby's..........awesome! (just bacon and onion?..grilled how?)
     
    and the T-shirt was awesome!......hope you had a lovely B-day.  Hippo, Birdy, Two Ewes
    post edited by FriedClamFanatic - 2014/06/24 22:42:37
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 22:57:57 (permalink)
    lleechef- Thank you for your response. We are brining some briskets now. For us it is a 7-10 day process. Thus, they will ready by the 4th of July. We do a pit BBQ of lamb, piggy, and beef for employees, family and friends. I am going to throw a 10 pound corned beef into the pit and see how it turns out. I have had some skeptical comments about the idea. But what the hay. If they try it and don't like it, it will just mean more for me. Thanks again. I'll let you know what the results are.
     
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/24 23:19:36 (permalink)
    CCJPO

    lleechef- Thank you for your response. We are brining some briskets now. For us it is a 7-10 day process. Thus, they will ready by the 4th of July. We do a pit BBQ of lamb, piggy, and beef for employees, family and friends. I am going to throw a 10 pound corned beef into the pit and see how it turns out. I have had some skeptical comments about the idea. But what the hay. If they try it and don't like it, it will just mean more for me. Thanks again. I'll let you know what the results are.


    Don't pay attention to skeptics. After all, pastrami is essentially a smoked corned beef. 
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 04:14:42 (permalink)
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    lleechef- Thank you for your response. We are brining some briskets now. For us it is a 7-10 day process. Thus, they will ready by the 4th of July. We do a pit BBQ of lamb, piggy, and beef for employees, family and friends. I am going to throw a 10 pound corned beef into the pit and see how it turns out. I have had some skeptical comments about the idea. But what the hay. If they try it and don't like it, it will just mean more for me. Thanks again. I'll let you know what the results are.

    Don't pay attention to skeptics. After all, pastrami is essentially a smoked corned beef. 

    While I've never seen or eaten a Smoked Corned Beef Brisket, if you think about it, it's still a brisket. Just a different prep.
    In TX they may season it with rub and maybe inject it.
    In this case you're brining it.
    Both still go in the pit and cook low & slow.
    Same result, just a little different taste.
    Same church, different pews! 
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 07:57:03 (permalink)
    mayor al

    Looks like a good time was had by all. That's a nice "sampler plate" Lisa.
    Indeed - all samplers should have that kind of diversity!
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 10:06:20 (permalink)
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    Tom's wife, Susan, cut a raw onion, separated it into rings, wrapped bacon all around (held by a couple of toothpicks) and put them on the gas grill.  The bacon was crispy and the onion nice and soft.  The other thing was that they used Edwards' bacon. 
    CCJPO
    I'm sure you're going to love the smoked corned beef.  I think Tom does his for 14 hours?  Any way, it sure was good!  Let us know how yours turns out!
     
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 10:57:58 (permalink)
    I wish more folks would take the time to post photos of memorials such as this one.

    And, the sausage and peppers sandwich photo at Backdoor set my mouth to watering!!!

    Wally
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 11:46:08 (permalink)
    After MD we were headed for The Nutmeg State.......but with a stop in White Haven, PA to meet a long lost friend!

     
    The one and only Joe Rogo

     
    I was still full from the eating extravaganza at Chubby's so I had an English muffin but Joe got this:
     
    It's supposed to be a hamburger, but resembles a hubcap!
     
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    Re:A Trip To The Nutmeg State 2014/06/25 11:49:10 (permalink)
    That shirt hurts my eyes. That burger looks a lot like the space ship I saw the other night.
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