“I'm Jenn -- ever changing, learning, and exploring, but always “double NN” Jenn. I'm 38 and am the mother of two card-carrying hambones, my daughters: the princess (9) and the punk rocker (5). My past careers have been varied ~ I worked for the Candid Camera TV show, owned a home furnishings/Country Store for 8 years, and was a pastry chef with a successful business specializing in sculpted, "Ace of Cakes"-style cakes. I put the business on the back burner when it became clear that the hours weren't conducive to being the type of mom I wanted to be. So now I'm pouring all my creative energies into my children, friends and community. My blog, Rook No. 17 is a vehicle to expand my "community" and share my discoveries, creative endeavors, inspirations, and joyful findings. I feature crafts, recipes, chocolatiering, and other ways to celebrate life artistically. My husband, the girls and I make our home in the small town where I grew up, nestled amidst the fog and pines along the Monterey Bay, about 2 hours South of San Francisco. We live in a quirky and charming 1800s Victorian and have two little spunky dogs and a giagantic cat (that thinks he’s a dog too).
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Here's how to create your own
Hat Trick Hero
(lately we've been enjoying the Sadler's Smokehouse Pit-Smoked Brisket from Costco. It comes already cooked and sliced, so you can reheat a few slices whenever you see fit)
--Ciabatta or other soft sandwich roll (I used the Trader Joe's Michette Rolls)
--Sliced Sharp Cheddar Cheese
--Garlic-Pesto Aioli (recipe below)
- Heat the brisket or other meat until just warm.
- Split and toast the rolls.
- Spread both sides, generously, with Aioli
- Top bottom half of each roll with a portion of meat
- Top the meat with a slice of sharp cheddar
- Broil for a few minutes to melt cheese, until bubbly and lightly browned
- Remove from broiler and add a handful of arugula
- Complete the sandwich by adding the top half of the roll
Quick Garlic-Pesto Aioli
5 TB mayonaise
1 tsp pesto
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 small garlic clove
Place all ingredients in a mini food-prep, food processor, or blender and process until smooth.