Showing posts with label Chow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chow. Show all posts

28 October 2012

Let's eat!

By way of Fr. Z, we come upon Pass the Garum...and by way of that, we find Time Travel Kitchen.  Interesting glimpses into culinary history, and they're giving me ideas for my own kitchen experiments(which generally involve biohazard suits and the CDC being notified, but I'm trying).

Remember, folks, no matter how ugly things get, we're gonna have to eat until the Lord calls us home.  Knowing how to cook old-school (in the case of PtG, really old-school) could be a very useful skill.

02 June 2012

And now for something completely different.

Anyone who's ever lived in the Northern Midwest is familiar with the "Hot Dish," or what strange other tribes call a "Casserole."  It's some good stuff, as comfort foods go.  It's easy to make, it's filling...and it's more bland than Mitt Romney eating a cucumber and white bread sandwich in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  So, in my own inimitable style, I decided to fire it up a bit with an American/ Indian/ Southwestern fusion vibe.

Southwestern Curried Tater Tot Hot Dish

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1 tsp. garlic salt

1 chopped white onion

3 tbsp bread crumbs

3 tbsp curry powder

1 tbsp rubbed sage

1 tsp cayenne (red) pepper

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1/2 soup can milk

1 32-oz pkg Tater Tots


Preheat oven to 375.  Crumble beef and garlic salt into 9x 13 baking dish, add onion, sprinkle bread crumbs on top.  Combine the rest of the ingredients, mixing well, and pour over meat mixture.  Top with closely-spaced Tater Tots and bake for 1 hour.

Comfort with a kick...you betcha!

24 February 2012

And now for something completely different.

Got some chicken defrosted but you're at a loss for a recipe?  Take heart.  I just put together an Indian/American fusion dish that turned out pretty good.

Get a casserole/baking dish large enough for the chicken to lay flat.  Grease well and fill with chicken.  Salt/pepper chicken to taste.

Preheat the oven to 375, and grab a large mixing bowl.

Dice one small to medium yellow onion.

Add it to the bowl, along with:

One can of Cream of Chicken soup.

Two cloves of finely chopped garlic (or two tsp. minced garlic).

Two tsp. hot curry powder.

One tsp. Dijon mustard.

Mix ingredients thoroughly, and coat chicken with mixture.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Mrs. Wraith liked it, but said it had a touch too much fire(I used garlic jalapeno mustard in place of the Dijon, though).  If spice isn't your thing, substitute mild curry powder.

Any suggestions for new ingredients to try are more than welcome.

02 January 2012

You do WHAT at the grocery store?

I say Grace.  Really.

It never ceases to amaze me that I can walk into a building--one of many in my town--full of fresh produce, milk, cheese and foods from all around the world that wouldn't have been available at any price to anyone not so many years ago.  Further, with a bit of coupon-clipping and smart shopping, I can buy enough groceries to fill the back seat of Mrs. Wraith's Rogue for less than a day's pay.

So, when we leave the store, we always pause a moment to give thanks to the Lord our God, for the blessings He has bestowed upon us.  We live in the greatest country on Earth, with a standard of living never before enjoyed by anyone, at any time in all of human history.  And too many people don't even know it.

Just a little perspective.  Happy New Year, everyone.

25 December 2011

Food porn

Via Uncle Jay, I've found a great place to visit if I ever find myself back in the DFW...the Cowtown Diner.  Any place whose menu includes a breakfast called "That Boy Can Pack Some Groceries," and a side of bacon-wrapped, deep-fried deviled eggs, is definitely on my Bucket List.

And according to the health nazis, it might just be my Bucket Cause.  But, damn, it'd be worth it!

15 September 2011

And now for something completely different

It's funny.  It has penguins.  It's less than a minute, so just watch it.


Hot chocolate for all!

08 December 2010

And now for something completely different

Wraith's Butt-Kicking Burger Recipe!

This is simply a base.  Mrs. Wraith has serious stomach issues, but considers this flavorful and not painful.  Feel free to add your choice of hot sauce and other stuff.

For every one pound of ground meat, add:

3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp horseradish

Mix thoroughly, cook to taste(I prefer rare), and then try to tell me your guests and family don't love 'em! 

19 September 2010

And now for something completely different

Hey, we can't talk politics all the time.  Here's a pretty-damn-good steak marinade I just put together:

1 cup roasted red pepper-infused olive oil (You can make this yourself, or, optionally, add one chopped red pepper.)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon-style prepared mustard (Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon...?)
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper (Alternately, substitute "Lavender Pepper," available from terraverdefarms.com. [Terra Verde Farms is NOT compensating me in any way--I just like a lot of their stuff.])
1 medium onion, sliced
3-4 large cloves garlic, minced

Mix.  Marinate meat.  Cook.  Eat.