Posted at 9:01 am , on October 23, 2015
If you’ve ever been to Detroit you know that there is a Coney Island restaurant located every few blocks. You never have to look far to find one, just go down any street and you will eventually run into one. Each diner has an extensive menu with every kind of hot dog you can imagine plus a full breakfast menu and family style entrees too. The great thing about it is that the food is good and cheap. At least it was during the time that Joe and I lived there. My favorite thing was the Detroit Coney with Cheese Sauce. Oh, that gooey cheese sauce was so good! And finally I’ve found a recipe to make a homemade cheese sauce that captures that smooth and creamy taste. I’ve tried to make it with different cheeses and thickeners but it always came out with a texture that was gritty or chalky. The recipe posted on Serious Eats breaks down the science of how cheese melts. They also tested different variations like milk, cream cheese and mayo to make the perfect cheese sauce. They figured out the components which makes cheese sauce creamy like you might find at a Fuddruckers restaurant. You will find none of the background graininess in this sauce because it doesn’t require flour to thicken it. The scientific key has much to do with the concentration of milk fat. They discovered that evaporated milk is more concentrated with much of its water content removed. Combined with cornstarch to thicken the sauce makes the cheese melt silky smooth. Thanks to Serious Eats I can now make the perfect cheese sauce!
Posted at 11:11 am , on October 15, 2015
This year Joe and I have gone to several fall festivals around town. We’ve been to Irish Fest, the Plaza Art Fair and Old Settlers Day. It’s a great way to spend a day at any of these events. We’ve had some great festival food which got me craving a NM favorite Frito Pie. Frito Pie is a staple at most festivals in NM. We eat it straight from the bag and the chili has to be New Mexican. It’s traditionally served with grated cheese and onions upon request. When I make it for myself, I like to add some shredded lettuce and diced tomato to the mix. It’s Muy Bueno! I’d like to give a shout out to the ladies at the Desert Rose Center in downtown Tucumcari, thank you for the beautiful Route 66 swatch of material. It goes perfect with my NM Frito Pie!
Posted at 9:42 am , on October 6, 2015
Bread pudding is one of my favorite things on earth. In fact, I’ve never met a bread pudding I didn’t like. I had my boys over for dinner and made this especially for them. They showed up about the time this came out of the oven and as soon as the pictures were taken it was devoured! Normally, I would take the time to make a loaf of brioche myself, but I found this great brioche bread at Sprouts that is so good! If you have a Sprouts store, you must try this bread. It’s already sliced and perfect for french toast and easy to cube for a pan of bread pudding. Adding just a hint of lemon juice to the sweetened whipped cream turned out to be a big hit. Another reason I chose this dessert is because this is my 300th post of An Inspired Cook. I thought this would be the perfect dessert to mark the occasion!
Posted at 9:08 am , on October 2, 2015
Recently I cleaned out my freezer and found a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I had a small amount of shrimp, lagostino tails and an odd package of chicken thighs. So I decided to put it all together in a spicy gumbo which is one of my favorite one pot wonders. It makes a complete meal ladled over sticky rice with a crusty slice of french bread on the side. Traditional gumbo includes a holy trinity consisting of chopped onion, celery and green pepper, however I make mine with a duo of onion and red bell pepper. I’m just not into celery and green bells. However if you like them, throw them in too and just cut back on the onion and red bell. It’s hard to find the Southern tastes of New Orleans here in KC but having a bowl of gumbo takes me there!