Tuesday, November 12, 2013

GolfLinksUSA Recipe ROW - Pozole Rojo -

                                                                                                                                                                   image via tsgcookin.com

Both the PGA and LPGA are in Mexico right now so we chose one of our favorite dishes to highlight for this week which has its roots in Guadalajara - Pozole Rojo - It's Comfort Food from south of the border!  It's a brothy, spicy stew with pork and hominy which can be garnished with just about anything. If the chill of fall has finally caught up with you then this dish will surely warm you like a goose down comforter (or adobe oven if you prefer).  Muy picante muchachos!

The Main Goods --

2 lbs. Pork Shoulder (cubed)
1 Ham hock
2 Cans Hominy
8 Guajillo Peppers Dried (Remove Seeds and Stems--you can sub New Mexico Red Chiles)
3 Chile de Arbol Dried   (Remove Seeds and Stems--hot! You leave out, You miss out!)
2 Cups Water (to boil Chile Peppers in)
2 White Onions
1 Large Garlic Head (minced)
1 Lime (for da juice!)
10 cups water
2 cups Chicken Stock (you can sub beer)
1 tbsp Cumin
2 tbsp Ancho Chili Powder
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp of lard or oil

The Acompañamientos --

2 Cups Cabbage (shredded thinly)
1 Cup Cucumber (shredded thinly)
8 Radishes (sliced thinly)
Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
Fresh Jalapeño Peppers (seeds removed)
Tortilla Chips or hot Corn Tortillas

Start by reviving the dried peppers by adding them to the boiling water.  Cover and set to cool for about
20 to 30 minutes.
In a large pot heat the lard and cook the onions for about 5 minutes.  Then add the pork cubes and brown the meat.  Next add the garlic and continue cooking for about a minute. Then add the 10 cups of water, cumin, Ancho chili powder, Mexican oregano, and ham hock. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.
Now take your re-hydrated chiles, 1 cup of that water they were in and the 2 cups of chicken stock and put into blender or processor.  Add the salt and pepper and blend till you have a smooth puree. Pour through a strainer and directly into your soup pot and stir.  Cover and let simmer.  After about an hour add your lime juice and chopped cilantro and the cans of hominy- cover and simmer for another hour or so.

Grab a glass of wine (or two) and relax while the concoction cooks down to a consistency of your liking.  

Serve in bowls topped with the shredded cucumber and cabbage along with some jalapeño and radish slices and of course, fresh cilantro.  Dig in along with friends equipped with spoons and tortilla chips!  
Though this is not a "30 minute meal" it is sooooo worth the extra time and effort.

Follow the link below for a handy Dried Chile Pepper identification chart-

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

From the Fashion Files - All About the Shoes

     As we gear up for the WGC - HSBC Champions along with its defending title holder, Ian Poulter, we can't help but comment on the status of course high-fashion, the Prince of Pattern himself and the many shoe styles and options available on the market today.  

photo via dailymail
Poulter, who is known for his on the course dress has always donned some of the most colorful shoes to complement his his flamboyant apparel. No question, when Poulter tees it up he has a little more in mind than just winning.  Making a statement with his style ranks up there as well.  There was a time when three tone wingtips and colorful saddle shoes were more of the norm, (harken back to the 70's and early 80's).  However, golf, in a fashion sense, seemed to go through a more conservative period of dress in the late 80's and throughout the 90's, especially on the men's side.  Save for perhaps Payne Stewart's vintage knickers.  Overall, a far cry from the tie and vest era of Gene Sarazen.  Ian recalls,  "A few years ago I looked down the driving range and realized that all of the golfers were wearing the same clothes.  Golf style had become very bland and boring which really didn't fit my personality".  Poulter, who turned pro in 1996, was determined to pull out of the prevailing club couture.

     Initially, FootJoy was Poulter's go to brand for fairway footwear, who has always outfitted players with a full range of material and color customizing options should they be so bold.  Now that Poulter has his very own line of clothing, he chooses to pair his pants with Puma shoes, who have been very accommodating to his needs.     

                                                                                                         photo via twitter

      In some measure, as a result of breaking the mold in his own way, the styles available on the consumer market today are wide open.  You no longer have to be a PGA pro or be "connected" to obtain a sleek and stylish pair of custom-made or stylish kicks.  FootJoy has their own customizing website, MyJoys where the customer can design their own pair and watch the shoes come together per your specs.  Naturally, there is a markup on this type of shoe but it's not entirely unreasonable as far as shoes go these days.  Expect to pay $175 on the low end and $300 and up on the other.  Puma currently has the most off the rack color options available- see Puma Golf.  And for those who choose to be uber deluxe and hand select their own exotic skins like Phil Mickelson, they can pay a visit to the House of Fleming in Atlanta and have them deck out your shoes.  In Phil's case, those would be Callaways.

                                                   Follow Ian on the twitterverse @IanJamesPoulter
                                                              photo via twitter
Our List of Cool Sites To Get Your Kicks:

FootJoy's Custom Shop, MyJoys - Play around with the app, so fun!

GolfShoesOnly.com - Great selection

Golfsmith - Good selection

Overstock.com  - Plenty of bargains here

Ebay - When your in the mood for "vintage"

Puma - Nice colors, especially if you like Rickie Fowler Orange

Ecco - Good selection of casual styles

Addidas - Also has custom options

Callaway - Classic Styling but does not offer direct to consumer internet sales

Nike - For those Special Forces inspired TW's


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Pictorial Homage to Meghan Hardin- Our Favorite Big Break Golfer of All Time

The Golf Channel has always done a great job with their reality show Big Break. The Big Break Atlantis season was one of the most popular seasons, showing off a dozen or so beautiful female golfers trying to make it "Big," and set on the beautiful beach course at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. The only problem with the season was that the stunningly beautiful and (well, to put it frankly) well-endowed golfer Meghan Hardin was eliminated in the very first episode of the season. Even with that mini-glimpse of Hardin, she gained some fame and possibly holds the title of hottest golf babe on the planet. The Golf Channel (or Arnold Palmer, co-founder) realized this, and brought Miss Hardin back, thankfully, to Big Break. This time appearing on the new season of Big Break NFL. The following is our tribute to Meghan Hardin, the hottest golfer on the planet (sorry Holly Sonders).
A selfie of Meghan's wet legs after getting caught in the rain. Or so that's what she tweeted.

With NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson. Boogety! Boogety! Boogety! Vroom! Vroom!!!

I didn't want to under-dress so I thought I'd bring my golf glove

Way to hit it Meghan!


Who wouldn't love to motorboat with Meghan?

She's a briiick houuuse! Mighty might jus lettin it all hang out!

Man may munch Meghan's Melons. 

USA! USA! Booty!

Meghan loves this pose.

Signed with Wilson earlier this year.

With fellow Big Break contestant Shannon Fish. Pop!

Taking a "break" to get some rays in a hot bikini

Whoa, I look, like, so good in this bikini.

Hottest Gondolier ever. Take me to Atlantis Meghan.


Thhhhhttt! Mine are bigger than yours. And yours. All of yous.

Meghan discussing Earth and the moon's orbital relationship in her back yard one night. Smart gal that Meghan.

High School Letter Jacket

See? Leaves the glove at home for this one.

Hurry up and snap it! I can hear the dobermans coming!

What a pleasure!

- Elliott Neal

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lexi Thompson Snatches 2nd Title In Malaysia

                                                          photo via lexithompson.com

18 year old American Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under 69 to win by four strokes in the LPGA Maylasia on Sunday.  Lexi finished at 19 under par and put the brakes on Korean rule at the tournament and in general.
               "Words can't even describe the feeling I have right now. . . It's sort of like a rerun 
                of Navistar, just having that feeling walking up to the 18th green, embracing the 
                fans and just knowing you have the win under your belt. . . It's very big, I have 
                worked so hard, between this whole last year since Navistar, it pays off and 
                means so much to me."

Lexi began the final round with a three stroke lead over South Korea's Ilhee Lee, the tournament's opening rounds leader.  However, Lee applied the heat on the front nine with birdies on Numbers 7 and 8.  But Lexi answered with three birdies in a row on the back nine.

               "Those were big. Number 10, I just hit a close wedge shot and made like a 4 footer, 
                 but the birdie actually on 11 was really unexpected. . .But those are always huge in 
                 a tournament, getting into the next hole and always pumping yourself up to make 
                 more birdies out there."

Thompson went on to clinch with another birdie on the par-five 16, despite a bogey on the par-three 17. She finished 18 with a nice par.

Check out the video below of Lexi Thompson speaking with the media, post tournament-


With Halloween right around the corner here's a pic of Lexi in her costume from last year-
Any guesses as to what she'll dress up as for this year?  Follower her on twitter @Lexi and you may
find out.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Presidents Cup - On A Hot Streaker

Kimberly Webster, aka the Presidents Cup Streaker, has come out thanks to a colorful interview with Stephanie Wei --

     "I thought, imagine if someone streaked through this, it'd be hilarious, so we joked about it," said 
     Webster who was temping for a catering company in a hospitality tent, during a phone interview 
     "I wanted to add a little excitement to golf because everyone seemed kind of depressed and like 
     they weren't having any fun because of the weather. I hadn't been to alot of sporting events. . .
     I just thought it would be interesting to try something like this."

And try something interesting she did indeed.  (with no objection form Fred Couples)  Check out the viddy below, thanks to a chap who was in the right place at the right time.


Kimberly went on to say-

     "The top streakers of all time were all men, so I decided I wanted to change that . . .
      It was golf -- It's quiet and boring -- and it was to make the top streakers of all time
      (as a woman)."

She explained that she was sotally tober when she made her attempt to make this distinctive yet previously unknown list.  Whether she made it or not is up to the judgement of the sporting public at large.  She did however receive a $99 fine from the fashion police, after which she took the now socially obligatory 'Selfie'
in the bathroom of the cop shop. In a toga of course.  (see below)

Kimberly covered up                   photo via twitter
If you'd like to tell her where she ranks on the aforementioned list, hit her up on twitter @PresCupStreaker