Will Work For Food? Not…

JBARH Rule Of Life #7: All disappointment is rooted in poorly set expectations.

So I needed some help in my kitchen as my AMAZING porter moved back up to New England last week.

I was coming back from the store and saw a guy on the corner with sign that said “Will Work For Food”.  He looked reasonably healthy and capable of doing some cleaning so I pulled up and asked him if I could buy his afternoon for $50 & lunch.  I have gone out of my way in the past to hire people that needed a hand & could use the money.  I have had an autistic man work for me, a guy that had been in prison for 34 years work me, a downs syndrome guy and countless single moms.  I love the double blessing of helping them by getting some money in their pockets and giving them a chance to be successful at something.  So I was feeling like I was on the edge of another good deed here.

The guy leans in my window and says “$50?  I can make that in an hour standing right where I am without breaking a sweat.  Thanks but no thanks.  I’ll take a couple bucks if you’ve got some to spare though.”  For those of you who know me, you can guess that I had a choice word for him as I pulled off.

I don’t know what got to me the most here- that my heart went out to a schiester, or that he is making more than I am standing on a street corner.  And yes, I would be less than transparent if I didn’t say I was disappointed that my gracious overture was blocked so obnoxiously.  More than anything, I think I was let down that someone lived down to their stereotype.  When I drive by and see those folks I know there is a percentage of them that are just con artists, but I really wanted to help this guy and he just turned out to be a common loser.

Worst part of it is that it will be a very long time before I reach out to try and help those folks again.  That is way too broad a brush to paint them with, but that one interaction left me feeling a bit burned.

Denny's Bacon Week

Denny’s, I Think I Love Thee…

Took Dad to the Medical Ctr for an appointment & he wanted to eat at Denny’s after… Never cared much for Denny’s before, but I think I might be in love now…

Denny's Baon Week

Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson

“Normally, if given the choice to do something or nothing, I choose nothing. But I will do something if it helps someone else do nothing. I’d work all night if it meant nothing got done” Ron Swanson

shiner bock rolls

Shiner Bock Beer Rolls

I didn’t invent this recipe, and there are tons of variations out there. But this is the one we use and everyone begs for more.  At J-BAR-H Texas Catering, we have always made our own breads and from the beginning, this has been a staple in our bread baskets.  This recipe is a bit over yeasted because once we form the rolls, we freeze the dough so we can have these for last minute jobs.  All we have to do is defrost, proof and pop in the oven.


  • 3 cups shiner bock beer, flat & at room temperature (let sit out overnight.)
  • 5 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups white wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in bowl of stand mixer. Mix in honey.
  2. Add oil & beer to mixture.
  3. Sift dry ingredients and add to mixer on low, incorporating a little at a time.
  4. Mix on low with dough hook until well integrated
  5. Increase speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes.  If it is still sticking to the side of the bowl, toss a little flour in to free it up.
  6. Place in an oiled bowl & cover with a clean tea towel until doubled in size.
  7. Punch down & let rest in fridge for 1 hour.
    Shape into either 6 8oz loaves (can use mini loaf pans,) 12 4 oz burger buns, or 24 2oz balls, rolling until they are smooth. (some folks like to use a muffin tin to freeze/cook them in, but I think they look too much like popovers)  Check out THIS LINK for a lesson on how to shape dinner rolls (works with burger buns too.)
  8. At this point you can wrap & freeze until ready to use, or just trudge on.
  9. (If using frozen dough, allow to come to room temperature.)
  10. Place dough balls in buttered pans & brush on melted butter.  Cover loosely with cling wrap and allow to rise in a warm, draft free place until about doubled in size.
  11. *IF MAKING BURGER BUNS: place on an oiled baking sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal.  flatten out the ball a bit before letting it rise so you will have a better shaped bun.  Instead of brushing with butter, brush with an egg wash (1 egg + 1 TBS Water.)
  12. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the top and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven.
  14. FOR ROLLS: Brush with butter and serve.  FOR LOAVES AND BUNS: Let cool completely on wire rack before slicing.


jkh scornful

Facebook Groan…

Just going to put this out there… if you post on Facebook a little thing about God, or autism, or pets, or cancer. or guns or pink hair, and at the end it has something like “most wont repost this” you are exactly correct, because you just made it cheesy… and regardless of whether I am down for the cause or not, I can guarantee that I wont. Why not just post what you think and leave it at that? Passive-aggressive coercion will never get you anywhere.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
—Benjamin Franklin