Sunday, June 26, 2011

James Brown 1972

Hey guys and girls!

  1. I've been on a blog vacation for the last week and for this I am so sorry.
  1. There are some great recipes coming up as well as a really cool restaurant review.  I know most of you aren't local so I'm looking to hook up with some foodie bloggers from all of the major cities.
  1. Until then here is some James..

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Best Turkey Burger

Let me start by saying I'm not a huge fan of Turkey.  Yeah I know it's tradition and we have great connections to the bird.

I'm sure this is why until recently I haven't prepared or even tried a Turkey Burger.

Most grocers should have ground turkey.  I found it in a 85/15 mix.  Yeah, didn't know it would be rated like ground beef.

From here I could give you a plenty of ideas but I did a cumin based burger.  They pack up much better than a traditional beef burger.  I put the over some charcoal and got this.

I have to say it was really good for my first try.  I wouldn't dare to give a recipe until I have perfected some... Turkey meatballs??

There is definitely promise here..  I can't forget to give a nod to the very first Turkey Burger I ever had.

That's a Burger in the South Side, Still the best!
They have beef burgers as as well.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thanks for 400!

Come Original guys!

Thanks for following,

The next post is up to you guys.  Give me some ideas as to what you would like to see me make.  I'm not looking to do something stupid, so don't ask me to cook bugs or any other dumb shit like that.  I'll consider all serious requests.

Thanks again!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Four Hundred Follower Mission.

I want to start by saying how great you guys are!

You guys are great!

All kidding aside, I'm doing chicken wings on the grill and then roasting some Mexican corn.

I know you guys have already seen the recipes..

J.B. for your troubles.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

O Taste & See Cafe Turkey Burger and Seasoned Potatoes.

Hey guys I'm going to review a hidden Gem that I found in Highland Indiana.

My boss had mentioned he met  a nice lady who ran a small cafe.  As it wasn't far at all, I figured I'd give the new place a try for lunch.  I was greeted warmly and told about the specials and the free internet.  There are comfy couches in here so if you want to hang out and surf, no problem. After looking at the menu which included panini sandwiches, Italian beef, wraps, salads and much more,  (I'll get a menu uploaded in a future edit.)  I decided on the turkey buger with seasoned potatoes.

Now guys the food here is made from scratch, so it wont hit you at fast food speeds.  I was informed that they were going to make the potatoes first and then make the burger.  I took a seat and listened to some really relaxing upbeat music that they pipe through.  As they were cooking my burger they asked what I wanted on it.  "Tomato, lettuce and onion please.. should I grill the onions?  Yes that would be great."  A few minutes later and my order was ready to go.  The owner made a point to show me what it looked like before packing it in my to go container.  Which I thought was great because she knew how good it looked.

I love the fact that everything was made so fresh. Kudos to these guys, I cant wait to go back and try something new, although the turkey burger and potatoes where so good, I'll probably get that one more time before I do.

They have all sorts of cafe drinks, I haven't tried them yet.  I'll get their drink and lunch menu up tomorrow.

You can find out all about this place at their Facebook page below.

Here are the menus...

I'm having lunch here tomorrow.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Chicken Wings at home.

Everybody loves wings.  Well maybe not, but I do, so I wanted to make them at home.  It turns out that they are not that hard to make and because they will be fresh they will likely blow away what you are used to.

Here is what I did...

I'm not a fan of the frozen prepared wings.  Fresh is best,.
I'm a huge fan of the drumette so I picked up  a pack of them and a nice size package of whole wings.  The ranch is for dipping and the hot sauce, corn starch, and teriyaki will make the glaze.

Let's begin...

The drumettes are good to go.  Now it's time to cut the whole wings.  Trial and error taught me the easiest way to cut them.. before we go forward, please have a sharp knife.  I bought a simple diamond sharpener for around $20.  It's great for old knifes that have been letting you down.

Here is a quick video on how to cut your wings.

Now that you have all of your wings cut up it's time to fry them up.  I use a nice size skillet with a cup and a half of vegetable oil.  Heat the oil on medium high for 5 to 7 minutes and put down a nice layer.
Let the wings cook for a good 10 minutes and flip.  You should have a good brown as seen above.

They need another 10.  Just let them be and when they are done remove them to a good draining area, I just use a paper bag as it is perfect for this application.
From here you can make any type of sauce that you want.

We are going to do Spicy Teriyaki!

Yeah I know but it works really well.  
This is half a bottle of the hot sauce and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch.
and then a half bottle of the teriyaki sauce.
Hand mix and you will get this.

After your wings have drained, just mix with your sauce. 

Great wings were had by all.

There are a few more methods, I'll show you guys in the future, this is one of my favorites.

Punkin got all mad because she didn't get a wing.

Fresh wings are the best wings.  I hope you guys enjoy!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Morel Mushrooms

Morels are bad ass! 

Morel mushrooms are such a bitch to find fresh as they can't be farmed.  

Yeah, I know you can order them fresh or dried as a chef.  

There isn't anything wrong with that, but every once in a while you get lucky and they are growing in your yard.

Here was the moon that night.
I love a good fire with friends...
Starter fire.

More Moon!

A little butter and onion.

What should I do next?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Beef Sandwiches.

I am so fricken pumped guys, I just got one of these.

This is an old school Berkel commercial quality meat slicer.  Here is what I did with it for a work function.

I went out and bought a nice top sirloin roast.

You usually can find a nice 4 pound one like this for around $12.

What I like to do is cover it in olive oil, worcestershire sauce, (I use Lee and Perrins), Lawrys Seasoning Salt, galric powder, and some black pepper.

1 hr uncovered at 350 with a half cup of chicken stock, then bring her down to 275 covered for another hr.

Now it's just a matter of letting her cool and getting your thin slice on.  They key guys is to use a nice oven poof glass pan, preferably 9x9 that just allows the roast to fit for maximum au jus.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mexican Corn on the cob.

Hey guys, I'm so sorry I haven't posted this past week.  I'm back and will be posting on my regular schedule.

Memorial day had my grill overloaded with the typical brats, dogs, burgers, and steaks, but nothing was more memorable than grilled Mexican corn.

I first learned of this dish from a friend of mine who lived in a Mexican neighborhood and used to buy these from street vendors.

Here is what you will need:

1. Fresh sweet corn, the more the merrier.
2. Mayonnaise
3. Butter
4. Paprika
5. Good quality crumbled dry parmesian cheese. (If you have a Mexican grocery store near you get the traditional cotija instead)

I use these because they are fun, but not necessary.

These are really simple to assemble, just grill up the desired amount of corn and get rid of the husks, now load those bad boys into your cute little corn trays and liberally load on the butter, then do the same with the mayo. now load on your cheese and finish with paprika.

You may be saying, "Dude, that sounds crazy." Well so did I.  Believe me these are delicious. Please enjoy one or 4 this weekend.