Phoenix Hotluck, 2009
Ashkeling Bay Area Hotluck 2009 - The Phoenix Hotluck - May 23, 2009  

Last Updated: May 30, 2009

Statistics: 153 guests, no fatalaties, 2 incidents

Our last hotluck was in 2005, a long 4 years ago. Much too long, but this was because our crappy deck had become unsafe. Over the past two years, we ripped out the deck, replaced part of it with a new deck, and replaced the rest with some cool paving stones.

This year, we held the Phoenix Hotluck, rising from the ashes of the old deck. Yes, there was a little of the old deck in the wood I used to smoke 25 pounds of brisket and 9 racks of baby back ribs, although most of it was from our cherry tree (which happened to have ripe cherries ready for the picking).

As is always the case, everyone brought outstanding dishes, displaying lots of creativity and courage. Some of the chileheads did comment that the food could have been hotter, and they are likely right. Mark brought a new double-strength batch of Demon Rum, but the small syringes (dispensing only 1 ml) led people to think that it was not as hot as in the past. Michelle brought our first-ever dish with the infamous Bhut Jolokia chile. (A little known fact: if you transpose the name to Jut Bolokia, it means "you're lying" in Hindi.)

Thanks again to all the photographers who contributed this year: Marty & Jane, Bill Lampeter, and Peter Ashkenaz; Scott even had a chance to shoot a few. Speaking of thanks, we'd also like to thank Peter, Diane, and Bill for their wonderful help in setting up and dismantling. We could not do this without the support of our neighbors, especially John and Maritza, and those who put up with the parking chaos that must exist. Finally, we must thank our wonderful guests for their food and presence; without them we'd just be standing around looking at each other.

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Hosts at the ready
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Food markers
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If Burning Man plays to an empty room, is it still playing?
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Who are you?
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Bill tests the setup
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Jim on my mind
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The smoker does its work
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Tony & Deb's cheesecake
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Greg's buffalo wings
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Bill's rosemary habanero bread
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Marty & Jane's Krakatoa Kugel (h)
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Venkat's chili chicken
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Marty & Jane's Krakatoa Kugel (m)
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Harry & Laurie's blackened catfish
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Pam & Chris' devilish eggs
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Luigi & Jo Ann's Picamisu
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Diana gets hot
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Super!
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Pete & Roswitha
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Modeling the shirt
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Get off the phone!
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I need food!
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Hi, Johnnie
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Johnnie & Harrell
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Angela
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Krisztina & Pascal
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Krisztina & Angela
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Pascal
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Pascal & the lions of Delos
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Suku & Hawley
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Laramie
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Kesslers
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Matisse
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Roswitha
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Maybe it's hot in greater quantities
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Mark
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Dan & Stacy's cheesecake diablo
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Time for a refill
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Elina
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Stella waits for Danny
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Yum
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Bigger tables?
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Lots of chiles in there...
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Steve wears his enjoyment
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The smoke ring approaches 1 inch
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Ready to slice
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Bill & Peter
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Meta
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Chris
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Mine!
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Diana and Dave
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Yow!
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20-hour brisket
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A full load in the new smoker
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Just getting started
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Jo Ann at the wimp table
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Diane at the wimp table
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Jo Ann & Chuck
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Wanna play Russian Roulette?
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Guarding the smoker
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Jane at the abusive table
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At the abusive table
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Lots of red flags
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Diana at the Medium table
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Medium but tasty
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Hawley samples
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Maybe we need bigger tables
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Bob & Deb
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Diane and Peter's rajas
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Hot enough?
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At the wimpy table
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A litho table
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A hotness of chileheads
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Kristi, Vinita, Amar
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Isss it ssssafe?
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Picamisu
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First racks of Scott's ribs
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Harvard carves
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How meta is this?
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Mark, Craig, Bob
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Scott tries his ribs, and finds them acceptable
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So does Steve
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Scott & Jessica
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Spongbob meets the Demon Rum
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Spongbob meets the Demon Rum
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Spongbob meets the Demon Rum
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Spongbob meets the Demon Rum
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Scott meets Demon Rum
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Scott meets Demon Rum
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Scott meets Demon Rum
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Scott is documented...
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...
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...as he meets the Demon Rum
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Don't try this at home
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Time for your shot?
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Don't try this at home
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Scott communes with the demon rum
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Suku & Bill
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Look at the smoke ring on that brisket!
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Liquid nitrogen
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Making Nitro-poached chile rellenos
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Making Nitro-poached chile rellenos
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Making Nitro-poached chile rellenos
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Nitro-poached chile relleno
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Making Nitro-poached chile rellenos
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Supply is slower than demand
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Nitro-poached chile relleno mousse
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Nitro-poached chile relleno mousse
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Liquid nitrogen
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Making Nitro-poached chile rellenos
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Jen gets a Nitro-poached chile relleno
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Roswitha serves up nitro fruit dots
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Roswitha serves up nitro fruit dots
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Serving dots
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Jane, Mark, Diana
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Bill grins for meat
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Hot desserts
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Quality control
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Need more LN2
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Roswitha makes dots
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Dots!
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Roswitha makes mango dots
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Roswitha makes dots
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Making dots
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Steaming dots
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Is the ice cream cartridge any better?
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Blackberry dots
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Bubble, bubble, dribble trouble
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Another failed vessel
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Harvesting dots
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Mango dots
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Mango dots
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Filling the dewar
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Enough quail eggs?
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Peeling hard-boiled quail eggs
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Broken but usable (the press, not Scott)
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Spinning Russian Roulette
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Russian Roulette winners
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Russian Roulette winners
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Russian Roulette losers
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How not to fill quail eggs
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Bill tests Russian Roulette
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Bill tests Russian Roulette
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Bill tests Russian Roulette
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Piping hides the evil
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Russian Roulette
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Diane builds heat labels
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Evil Roswitha
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Our Crucible project
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Tool for grinding Red Savina powder
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Prepping the picture show
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Prepping the picture show

 

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