Breaking concrete @ Union Hill Kitchen

Construction is coming along slowly but surely. We had to cut the concrete floors in the restaurant to accommodate our grease traps.

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The City of Chamblee seem anxious for us to open our doors but with anything that us worthwhile, it takes time to execute correctly. Now they have to dig out almost ten inches of dirt to accommodate the grease interceptors.

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I’m not a fan of the process but to be well rounded I think one needs to do things out of their comfort zone.

Smoked Pork

This Weekend my father asked if I would smoke some pork – Cuban style.

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We cut some rosemary and used the rosemary as a bed for the pork. The pork received a little bit of the scent of the rosemary.

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There is something special about cooking with your family that is stressful and memorable at the same time.

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The pork took about 4 hours to cook and it was perfect!

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We also cooked some cumin scented black beans and other traditional foods I ate growing up.

The colantro rice and black beans were out of this world. Simple and straight forward. The best type of food is food made in your kitchen with family.

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Vodka Infusions Strawberry & Lemon

I’ve been experimenting with infusing vodkas with the flavors and scents of summer. Some fresh strawberries and lemon rind will be a great summer vodka strawberry lemonade at Union Hill Kitchen.

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Take 12 strawberries remove the stems and quarter them.

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You should have about 2 cups.

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Add the strawberries and the rind of one lemon to a sterilized jar large enough to hold 750 ml of vodka and the strawberries.

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Let the mixture marinade for one week, then strain the mixture well and use.

If you place it in the fridge it can be used for up to one month.

Planting containers at Union Hill Kitchen

Outside our restaurant doors we planted several containers with rosemary and other flowering shrubs. It sets off the path by our front door and provides some privacy as well.

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Union Hill Kitchen’s walls have started being built

After a very slow start, the top of the morning begins with the guys framing out the walls in the kitchen. It feels like we are going some where now.

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This view is from our kitchen.

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Union Hill Kitchen’s phone is installed.

Not much cooking going on here today, but our new phone line at the restaurant is being installed.

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