Food Nooz

Food Nooz

Recipes, Opinions, and More!

Now this combination is the essence of food and wine. This why people over millennia have embraced the combination where each one complements and lifts the other, making the whole far greater than the two individual parts. Kinda like 50+50=150.

I had planned to videotape the entire event only to discover that the SD card wasn’t in the camera. So much for photographic memory. I had no film.

Apparently Food Network has enough commas in the paycheck or enough contract lawyers on retainer to make that little annoying trait called self-respect irrelevant.

This is the time of year when the words “hot soup” can cause a smiling physical reaction. Even in Las Vegas it’s very cold (25°F when I left for work this morning), and the vision of curling up with a blanket and a bowl of hot soup is oh so comforting.

Jocularity aside, I was surprised at what I already knew, what I learned, and how I applied it in the final. I rock, frankly. And so I decided to celebrate.

Every now and then I decide to get all cheffy and do great stuff. This Monday night, Veterans Day (Ooorah), was one of those days.

I've also discovered that dried pink grapefruit peel (recipe experiment) has the fragrance of "cat pee" which I find so appealing (no pun intended) in Sauv Blanc.

Lucy with bread dough
Well, when I went to get the "sponge" to start mixing the other ingredients, I was greeted by the dough equivalent of Godzilla.

Solid, cooled Demi-Glace
The first thing I want to do is to explain why I'm on a soup roll. It began with the chili cookoff at Don & Mark's in October, and has continued till now. Whether I'm attempting French Onion Soup, Chili, Menudo, Chicken, or whatever, I believe (and have always believed) that a good bowl of soup makes everything okay....

The recipe for basic chili is pretty simple: Meat, beans, celery, onions, peppers, garlic, tomato of some sort, seasonings such as cumin and chili powder, and salt and pepper. That's a good, easy-to-make chili, but it's not "Challenge" chili. It's sitting-in-front-of-the-TV-with-a-beer chili.

I can understand the horrified expression you have on your face and the ugly places your mind is going. While the term "Bat Nuts for Dessert" may take you where you never hoped to go, there really is a good explanation for all of this.

When I have some free time (ha!) I will continue to mine through the old databases and see if I can find some of the older stories and reviews to repost.