Spicy Grilled Asian Chicken Salad Sandwich - Who's ready to reinvent chicken salad? Great! Let's start with the chicken. We need to whip together a quick marinade consisting of a small can of pineapple juice, a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce and a tablespoon each of crushed ginger and sriracha. Place the chicken in the mixture and marinate over night.
Fast forward to the next day and get a two-zone fire going on the grill. Place the chicken over the cool part of the grill and cover, after about 7-9 minutes some cool "tv commercial grill lines" will form and the chicken will be close to cooked through. Scoot the chicken over the hot coals to finish cooking as well as getting a nice char on them.
Remove the chicken from the grill momentarily and place in a foil packet, pour another small can of pineapple juice on top then fold up the foil and return to the cool side of the grill. Cover for another 3-5 minutes.
Bring the chicken inside so we can put everything together. In a large bowl add the chicken breasts and shred with two forks.
Next up in the bowl is one small roughly chopped onion, a small can of diced water chestnuts and a handful of chopped walnuts.
To bind this stuff together we add next a cup of mayo, a 1/4 cup of dijon and tablespoon of sriracha. Mix well and season with fresh cracked pepper.
Chill the mixture while we bake a take and bake french loaf. Once baked, slice the loaf in half length-wise.
On the bottom half of the loaf, load it up with the chicken salad. The only other toppings needed are slices of fresh, ripe tomatoes and sliced fresh jalapeños.
Close this baby with the top half of bread and prepare your tastebuds for something amazing. It may look like chicken salad, but rest assured this ain't your run of the mill cafeteria variety.
New Glarus Brewing Spotted Cow - The cult following of New Glarus Brewing, particularly their cream ale Spotted Cow, is near Gumballhead craziness without the availability issue (well at least if you live in Wisconsin). Spotted Cow pours yellow, fizzy and foamy with a sweet malty aroma. The flavor is equally sweet, almost sugary, like a lighter milk stout. It's light mouthfeel and crispness makes it a made for summer beer and people buy it by the case as their everyday beer. It paired up perfectly with the light summery sandwich bringing just enough flavor to the table to complement the bigger flavors in the sandwich without coming close to overpowering it.
Dozer "In The Tail of a Comet" - It's been awhile since we travelled back to the rich stoner rock soil of Sweden to crank something up for a BBQ. This time we're traveling in the way back machine, to one of the pioneers of the sound, the almighty Dozer and their classic debut "In the Tail of a Comet". In the late 90s there must have been a huge shipment of sand, down tuned instruments and a ton of beer that made its way from Palm Desert to Oslo. That desert rock torch was passed from the likes of Kyuss and Fu Manchu cross-continent and used to ignite arguably the best stoner rock "sub scene" outside of Palm Desert itself in Sweden. Dozer's formula is straight forward but no less impressive. A huge amount of fuzz, infectious riffs, fat grooves and killer vocals. As far as debuts go, it doesn't get much better than this. The disc starts off with the hurling asteroid sound of "Supersoul". This sound would eventually spawn Greenleaf; tunes so fast and so loud that it literally shakes your walls. "Lightyears Ahead" brings with it a good amount of Hendrix-like psychedelic guitar to go along with a slow and heavy headbanging groove. As the name suggests, "Speeder" is a cool little road tune with a bluesy groove and a huge, catchy chorus. "Inside the Falcon" gives a glimpse of another aspect of what would become another part of Dozer's classic sound, the fuzzy psychedelia that conjures up Monster Magnet in their early days. "Riding The Machine" starts off like "Running Free" with its galloping bass and drums before going straight into fuzzy desert rock territory. "Cupola" is pure punk fury in fifth gear whereas "Grand Dragon" slams things back into first gear with a sludgy, doom tempo, which just goes to show the band's musical prowess. The album ends with "Captain Spaceheart" and it's a no holds barred barn burner of a tune, ending the album the same way it kicked off, on fire. Almost 20 years later this album still smokes and the band has still not missed a beat on any of the subsequent releases in their discography, the mark of a truly classic band.