Red Salsa, Habanero Avocado Sauce, Serrano, Cilantro, Onion and Limes
It has been about twelve years since I have seen this combination of ingredients before me. Twelve long years. Recently a taqueria opened up down the block … Taqueria la Candelaria is the first authentic taco joint I have been to in the Far North Dallas/Richardson area. Heck, the last time I went to anytaqueria was back in the late ’90′s early 2000′s when on business to Edinburg, Texas, down in the Rio Grand Valley.
This is no Tex-Mex taco house, no sir …. this is the real deal.
What’s better than sliced bread? Home made bread, sliced and buttered. Anything better than that? Yep, toasted pimento cheese sandwiches.
Pimento (or pimiento) cheese, however you spell it, is one of those things that transports me straight back to my youth. Kind of like peanut butter and brown sugar sandwiches. They could be found at all levels of society. Finger sandwiches at the tea room or country club, or part of a hearty sack lunch for the steel worker or elementary school kid. Continue reading →
I was talking with photographer friend Jeff Spirer the other day. He usually comes up with interesting food ideas, often dishes I have never tried before. He mentioned that he made a spin off of shrimp and grits that night. Basically he married Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Shrimp Diane recipe with good old fashioned creamy grits and Parmesan cheese. I’m going to have to give this a try.
Somewhere along the way polenta was mentioned which led to me looking it up and then picking up a bag from the grocery. That night I made a cup of the polenta to just get the feel for it. I liked it and got the feeling that I would be able to make good use of it in future meals.
Having grown up in the South this was the first time polenta ever hit my plate but it was not an altogether unfamiliar taste or texture to me since we had grits growing up and for me grits are breakfast food. Continue reading →
If you are thinking this post is going to be about some monstrosity of a mustard infused corned beef, cabbage and potato sandwich with green bread – you would be wrong. It is not that I am opposed to something like that …. maybe not the green bread, it is just that I didn’t have those ingredients this St. Patrick’s Day. Since we are on the subject of this day here is a link that will tell you all you need to know about the meaning of the day, its origin and what it has evolved into. Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Okay so this does happen to be about a sandwich that I just happened to make on St.Patrick’s Day. Many times making a sandwich is a pretty mundane exercise that we go through in order to quickly knock down that hunger that has been building. I didn’t want to just slap some meat, cheese and perhaps a vegetable or two together between some bread and call it a day. I wanted to make, create, build or assemble something outstanding. I wanted to make something that looked almost too good to eat. I wanted to be a sandwich engineer or perhaps sandwich artist.
I started reading up on various sandwiches and comparing the ingredients to what I had on hand. Turns out that we had exactly what was needed to make that classical BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) Sandwich plus a little something extra. Food historian John Mariani claimed the BLT was the second most popular sandwich in the United States residing just behind the ham sandwich and in 2008 a poll reveled that the BLT was the most popular sandwich in the United Kingdom.
Okay so BLT it is and here is what goes in the classic version -
That’s it – simple is good. Depending on the quality of ingredients you use this sandwich can go from ordinary to extraordinary.
We had some good bread to take advantage of. An artisan sour dough loaf that had some nice texture and would become very flavorful once buttered and toasted. It is an investment in flavor when you buy fresh baked breads. They don’t keep as long as the preservative loaded Wonder Bread types but you will finish it before it goes bad because it is just so darned good. Continue reading →
Well, how long has it been? Long enough for me to know I have neglected my duties here. I bet it has been six months or so since the last post. My apologies are extended.
About a year ago I posted here with some historical information regarding one of my favorite all time meals – Chicken Fried Steak. Some may call it country fried steak or pan fried steak but for me it is Chicken Fried Steak. It was called that when my Mom first put one before my face many many moons ago and I will call it that until my last days. You can call it delicious.
So today I had the honor of cooking this wonderful Texas classic for my wonderful Texas parents. On my last post I didn’t provide a recipe or go into the details of the preparation. I am going to make up for that today. Continue reading →
Just wanted to mention a great way to get your circulation going as you start that morning drive.
On your way home one night stop in to your favorite bagel shop and grab a few of the most savory bagels to take home. Grab some of your favorite cream cheese while you are there.
If you are like me you will have some fresh chili peppers, cilantro and tomatoes at home. If you don’t, stop and get some. Go home now and do the chores.
When you wake up – grab that cup of coffee to open those eyes and then slice and toast that bagel. Slice some tomato and some of your favorite chili peppers too. Now you can spread a good amount of that cream cheese on your toasted bagel and then add your tomato, chili peppers and a nice amount of cilantro.
Wrap it up, fill up that coffee cup and hit the road. This will hold together nicely for those eat on the drive folks and will be just as good if you wait to have your desk under you.
This particular version was an everything bagel with onion and chive cream cheese, Serrano, habanero peppers and garden tomatoes. Don’t forget the cilantro; it adds such freshness. The cream cheese tames the chilies just enough and the combination of ingredients will keep you going all the way to a late lunch.
Steve Jobs passed away today in the company of family and loved ones. In case you don’t know of him I would counter that you do in some way. He was the co-founder of Apple Computer and innovator of so many of the products that we use every day in our ordinary lives to be productive, be creative, be informed and be entertained.
The iPod, iPhone, iPad and various Mac computers are just a few of the successful innovations attributed to Mr. Jobs.