Posts by Voodoodriver

I am a mobile disc jockey, planner, master of ceremonies, scouter, and dad in O'Fallon, Missouri! see also Elkhorn, Nebraska / Indianapolis Indiana / Dubuque, Iowa. I believe in love, and the oxford comma.

Sous Vide Cooler Upgrade

Sits lower uses less water

I have been pretty happy with my sous vide cooler upgrade. I cut a new notch another inch deeper to save water.

I also changed the lid to accommodate the new position.

The immersion cooker now sits about 1/2” – 3/4” above the bottom. I should have checked this number with the manufacturer. I added a new cut for science. It’s not practical in any way except for the pictures I provide you gentle reader.

New deeper cut to save water.

Next steps – drain plug.

Wedding Officiant St. Charles, Missouri

Today is March 16th, 2020.

My April 2020 bride and wedding just rescheduled her entire wedding. So much stress. At least, she can focus on planning for a new date.

For more than TWENTY years, I have told brides that the crises that pop up in the weeks before the wedding won’t be noticed on the wedding day. Today, I agreed with Sarah Jo that maybe a reschedule was in order due to COVID-19.

If you need a wedding officiant before your wedding license expires during this flu excitement. I can help. Small groups. Legally scaled assemblies that you can livestream for guests.

I will meet with you on the phone, Facetime, Skype, whatever and via email prior to the event and plan your ceremony.

I have a been officiating weddings for about ten years around the Mid West/Great Plains/Mid-South.

If you have rescheduled your wedding, please support your vendors. When this thing is all said and done, there are going to be some amazing Friday and Sunday wedding dates available. There are going to be dates for mind blowing, post-wedding, kick out the jams, parties. This year. If you want to get married in 2020, it will happen. Please support your current vendors who are blowing up legally binding contracts to help ease your stress right now, end this crisis and stepping out into this unknown without income.

Believe it or not, I was DJ’ing back in 2001. My first 9/11 wedding date was the next year. I had a wedding on 9/11/2002. It was life affirming. We gather together to celebrate life, new life, joined lives, lived lives.

We break bread. We dance. We live. We Love.

Maker’s Mark Grilled Chicken

I tried using Jack Daniels Pork Rub a couple of years ago. I ruined about Three pounds of pork chops. Tonight I looked at the ingredients of Jack Daniels Pork Rub. Ignored the salt. Added all the Garlic, paprika, brown sugar, crushed pepper, a twist of lime, and a half cup of olive oil. I added that to about eight pork chops and let it marinate for two hours in a ziplock bag.

But then I remembered that Mrs. Jon Bruce Entertainment bought a ice bucket yesterday. It seemed excessive at the time, but I was buying a crazy amount of original midcentury furniture. Sooo….

I got the Makers and Jack Daniels out. With rocks glasses and filled the ice bucket.

I made a lot of rice. I got the ice bucket filled. I waited until the majority of cooking was done to start drinking.

The marinated pork turned out good. I can’t say pork and keep calling it chicken. so the marinated chicken was delicious.

I have obviously been over served. Which is why professional bartenders are an important parts of the economy and should be accounted for in the Covid-19 bailed out.

The service and gig economy is essential to the world. a professional bartender would have recogized that a triple, maybe quadruple, shot of Maker’d Mark was too much for a pre-dinner cocktail. I am very out of practice. Diet Coke made it drinkable, but seriously.

I grilled the pork for three minutes a side on a grill at high heat. Pulled them as they hit 145 degrees. Served on a bed of rice.

The temperature of my grill is a subject for a sober conversation.

404 Wedding Not Found

Streaming music will slow your party to a trickle. There is a story going around about a wedding reception that went sideways because the DJ lost internet service and couldn’t stream any more music. A friend of mine said it best.

PROFESSIONAL DJs BRING every song. No streaming. EVER. – Jim Cerone

I walk into a event with a legal, working copy of EVERY song we discussed before the wedding and a backup (sometimes I also have on pants!). If there is internet, I am not adverse to downloading a last minute or guest request via Amazon Music, Google Music, or god forbid iTunes (if it is okay with the Bride and Groom).

There are too many variables to do it any other way. Your event deserves more respect than that.

I was at the Cheaptrick/Def Leppard/Journey show at Busch Stadium on August 24, 2018. It was an amazing show until…

At least that was the case until the last third of Journey’s performance, which was marred by sound problems. Time and again the music cut out completely and then snapped back at full volume, often distorting horribly before dying. It was jarring enough to send many scurrying for the exits, even while Journey played its most anticipated material. – Daniel Durchholz – St. Louis Post Dispatch

There was a issue with the digital wireless sound system so it went some like this.

“Don’t st… Hold on to that f…’ Streetli….eople” –  Journey

If you want to ruin a Journey concert and 50,000 peoples night or an intimate, once in a lifetime wedding that rely on wireless networks, it is illegal and it costs $5.

If you want to do it on accident, hire an idiot who needs to stream music for your event.

Trial & Error – Grilled Cheese

So the other day, Merryweather and I’s watched a little too much Good Eats Reloaded. We had seen an episode on Grilled Cheese. We made some nice grilled cheese with mom’s chili for dinner.

We got to talking about grilled cheese modifications. We actually used Dubliner Cheese for dinner. Merryweather went multi-cheese, mayo, mustard, paprika?. If Merryweather doesn’t learn how to tame if down about 20%, I am going to start calling him Squirrelly Dan. We had a nice dinner. To be clear.

Standard Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • Three unwrapped American Cheese slices. Pre-sliced American Cheese that was never individually wrapped. Probably from costco, maybe store brand, rarely Kraft.
  • Two slices of wheat bread probably from Aldi.
  • Butter

Directions

  1. Butter a slice of bread
  2. Slap it on a warm skillet butter side down.
  3. Add Cheese
  4. Add another slice of bread, butter side up
  5. Cooked on a non-stick skillet at medium until brown.
  6. Flip it brown other side
  7. Plate & Consume

The experiment.

We had six slices of bread left. A large chunk of Velveeta block. Various Condiments. We split the cheese into equal portions.

  • Wheat Bread, Butter, Velveeta
  • Wheat Bread, Mayonnaise, Velveeta
  • Wheat Bread, Butter, Dijon Mustard on the inside, Velveeta

The Results

Velveeta is inedible, chemical tasting trash. It might have been better if we just hadn’t had nicer cheese for dinner. I love it. I use it for queso dip all the time. We cut the experiment short. We didn’t finish any of the sandwiches. Bleah.

Also

Mayonnaise spreads more smoothly than room temperature butter, so it looks more uniformly browned. I don’t eat mayonnaise, but it didn’t radically change the taste which was gross, because we used block Velveeta.

Mustard… I like mustard, but this wasn’t a fun new way to enjoy mustard.

20190720 Abby Peters Spencer Neely Wedding

Abby was the maid of Honor for Brynleigh and Silas’s wedding. Abby is probably the sweetest and most long winded bridesmaid ever. This is my second wedding from Brookston, Indiana. Brookston is about 20 minutes from where I went to high school. So it was kind of fun to be out in the Indiana corn.

The sun was in abundance. There were butterflies everywhere.

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20180922 Dave & Madriane’s Wedding

I first met Dave at his sisters wedding… a couple of years ago. That couple in the middle is Dave’s sister Jenny and Dave. They got married… a couple of years ago. They haven’t aged a day. Neither have Jenny and Dave’s mom and dad on the right. Timeless.

When Jenny got married, her little brother said. “When I get married, I am going to hire you to DJ”. He wasn’t kidding. Madriane was planning the wedding from Texas. It was gorgeous. I hadn’t been to the Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, Indiana since before I met Dave and Jenny. It was a fun weekend with amazing hosts. I got to check out the new and old of Ball State University.

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I was early enough that I helped decorate. This balloon sculpture is just one of many skills I can bring to an event.

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This is one of the flower girls. This picture is mine.

20180728 Twin Lakes High School Class Reunion

My high school class reunion was coming up. So I offered to help plan it. Never mind that the high school is in Monticello, Indiana and I was living in Missouri.

Timing wise it was amazing. It was the weekend after Brynleigh and Silas’s wedding.

So I got to combine planning trips and drove back and forth two weekends in a row.

I also got to flex some creative muscle and misappropriate some cherished memories. Bonus… I shared and duplicated a lot of the stuff for another friend’s high school class reunion.

Many thanks to the smart, capable alumni who kept me in check.

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Lazy Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • Six Chicken Breasts (thawed) (like in the package from the store)
  • 2 cans of Rotel
  • 2 cans of Water

Directions

  • Put in a trivet
  • Place chicken on top of trivet neatly
  • Pour two cans of Rotel on Top
  • Add a can or two of water in the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on Poultry for 14 minutes
  • Quick Release

The Back Story

I had some chicken breast and basically nothing else in the fridge. Didn’t want to go out to dinner. So I searched Google for “Chicken Breast Instant Pot”. That is where I got the 14 minutes on the Poultry setting. I don’t know what it means. I checked the breast with the thermometer when I opened it. Thickest part – 190+ degrees Fahrenheit. It’s pretty good. I have used it in tortillas twice.

The Tip

I am a proponent of the Costco Chicken Breast Sous Vide in two hours. The instant pot is a neater. You can pour off the fat and water. you don’t want.

The Poultry Button

According to TasteOfHome.com <== Shadiest link I have visited in years, but the first quote I picked from another site was incoherent.

Poultry – This can make your favorite chicken recipes in a simple 15 minutes! You can adjust for “More” for 30 minutes, or “Less” for 5. This is actually great for when you need a quick batch of shredded chicken for a recipe.