Back to Canada, Valentina’s Italian Restaurant, and Hot N Heavy Peach BBQ

July 13, 2010

Rochester, Ottawa Bluesfest, Blues Cruise  in North Carolina, Virgina, Maryland, then a couple of weeks in Florida

This is Planet Gumbo’s first foundation grant and will be going to help cover the costs of one of our Planet Gumbo Shelter shows.  Many thanks to the Puffin Foundation.  If you are interested in sponsoring one of our shelter shows, please email to for more information.  You can also make a tax deductible donation to 501 c3 Planet Gumbo at the Planet Gumbo Website or through Causes on Facebook.

“Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street.”  This recipe will have your taste buds dancing  like Martha and the Vandellas. Based on my granddaddy’s recipe for Carolina BBQ Hash.

AND SPEAKING OF HOT AND HEAVY . . . we have a special at our Sauce Boss Store.  A 12 ounce bottle of Hot n Heavy Peach Sauce, along with a “Hot n Heavy” CD for only $19 plus shipping.  Get yours today. Limited time only.

1 Lb. beef chuck roast
2 Lb. goat shoulder steak
3 Lb. pork boneless Boston butt
¼ cup vinegar
3 Tbs. honey
1 bottle of Hot N Heavy Peach Sauce

Trim excess fat from meat and smoke it in a charcoal smoker for 3 hours.  Cut it up in one inch cubes, and cover with water in a large cast iron pot. Boil the meat until tender. Take the meat out and shred it discarding any bones or fat.

Put the meat back into the water. Add vinegar and honey.  Cook it down till the juice is almost all gone. Add the Hot N Heavy Peach Sauce.   Serve on a bun with a big slice of onion.

956 ST. AVE. RAHWAY, NJ 07065 732-381-4477
Here’s a restaurant for a casual, laid back dinner.  Located about a half hour south of the City, just off the NJ Turnpike. We were hongry, hongry after an afternoon show, so we took a detour off the pike to find some authentic Italian cuisine.  Boy, did we find it! Classic family owned and operated, they make the food like in the Old Country.

One of the specialties from an ample menu is organic penne pasta.  Seafood galore, (raw or cooked), steak, veal, ribs, lamb chops, chicken, and traditional Italian specialties all give you plenty of choices for your evening of dining. Fast food it’s not. Good food it is.  I had the Pork Osso Bucco, a small ham with a mushroom brown sauce over pasta. Falling off the bone. The ricotta cheesecake is the best I ever had.

Pork Osso Bucco

It’s so very satisfying to spend a couple of hours with a family of cooks who are truly proud of what they do and who don’t mind taking the time to make it all top notch. Congratulations to the Valentinas for doing it right.
Mon. to Thur. 11 am to 10 pm
Fri. and Sat. 11 am to 11 pm
Sun. 12 to 9 pm

Once in a while you see someone playing the guitar and you say to yourself. “I’ve never seen any one do that on a guitar. These “gifts” from the masters are few and far between these days.  However, this video of Danny Gatton and Buddy Emmons jamming was one of those times for me.

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