Patriotism Used To Be A Simple And Expected Idea....Not So Much Any More | Main | Gun Thread: Quarter-Ass Effort Edition [Weasel]
October 21, 2018

Food Thread: It's A Little Chilly In Here!

Chiles_varios.jpg

There are people (very, very strange and troubled people) who don't like spicy foods. If you are one of them you may go.

When I think of spicy or hot, I usually think chilies. Sure, pepper and mustard and horseradish (what other foods are hot?) can pack a tremendous punch, and we all use those for seasoning all of the time. But for the sheer variety of heat and flavor, it's tough to beat chilies.

Oh..."Chili?" Chile?" Chile Pepper?" In my stunted brain "chili" is the sauce into which we put meat and carrots and beans to make a wonderful and hearty dish. "Chile" is the fruit of the various varieties of capsicum (which is in the nightshade family!).

I love spicy food, but sometimes when that weird line between spicy and hot is crossed I get confused, because when done well, roaring hot foods can be glorious. I have mentioned before a dish at a local Chinese restaurant that is simply lamb with cumin...and way too much hot chilies. But it tastes so good that even in the throes of that intense heat I am tremendously happy and eat more, knowing full well that it is just going to get more and more painful.

And I think that's the trick...the food itself has to be good, or the heat is wasted and unpleasant. I am nowhere near being an aficionado of peppers, so when I read about the seemingly infinite flavor profiles of chilies my eyes glaze over and I just nod (and nod off). But I'll cheerfully use them in my cooking and simply go by the recipe!

[Don't worry, there is some food pron below the fold.]


******

great sandwich.jpg

Gutting the bread is a vital step! I think most sandwiches (and almost all Italian deli sandwiches around here) have way, way too much bread. The first thing I ask is that the sandwich mechanic carves out the guts of at the least the top of the loaf.

This one's a bit over-toasted, but I'll allow it.

******

Long-time commenter "Stringer Davis" submitted a recipe to The Deplorable Gourmet cookbook that was immensely amusing, but just a tad long for publication. Well, it was sort of a book-length treatise on the wily and elusive cucumber, and its finest use is in the eponymously named "cucumber salad." clever...huh! Read it...it's very funny, and it sounds pretty good too.
******

This is a couple of Brit chefs tasting pompous or weird ingredients. They have English accents so they sound smart, and it's amusing. Worth a watch.


******

36 Weird Kitchen Gadgets That Are Borderline Genius
Yeah...maybe not genius. How about..."sort of interesting and I would use them once or twice then toss them into that junk drawer that is overflowing."

I simply don't use kitchen gadgets. That's not to say I don't have any, but I fond that a selection of knives covers pretty much everything I need to do. How about you lunatics? Anybody use a gadget that they can't do without?

******

In general I like spirits with a lot of alcohol. Cask-strength bourbons and whiskeys have that additional bite of alcohol that adds complexity, and they don't lose it when you choose to add some water or an ice cube. So I gravitate toward that sort of stuff, which, unfortunately, makes booze more expensive, because it is taxed in part on alcohol content.

Best Navy-Strength Gins

I never noticed "Navy Strength," before, but I will be looking for it! The only high-alcohol gin I can recall is my go-to gin for martinis...Brokers Gin, which is about 90 proof.
[Hat Tip: redc1c4]

******

The original recipe is a bit fussy (as are most of Cooks Country recipes) for my taste, and it is most appropriate for use with leftover mashed potatoes (so I edited it), but it's a good tasting end result, so why not! I didn't link to them because the recipe is behind a wall, but a similar recipe can be found at a dozen different places simply by Binging the title.

By the way, why don't they just say, "pan-fry in vegetable oil until crispy and golden-brown?" And stop telling me to be careful.

Too Many Words!

Cheddar and Scallion Mashed Potato Cakes

Ingredients
2 1/2 pounds of mashed potatoes (cooled)
Salt and pepper
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
¼ cup sliced scallions
1 large egg yolk plus 2 large eggs
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup vegetable oil
Sour cream

Instructions

1. Add cheddar, scallions, egg yolk, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to potatoes.

2. Beat remaining 2 eggs together in shallow dish. Place panko in second shallow dish. Divide potato mixture into 8 equal portions (about 1/2 cup each) and shape into 3-inch-diameter cakes, about 3/4 inch thick. Working with 1 cake at a time, carefully dip cakes in egg mixture, turning to coat both sides and allowing excess to drip off; then coat with panko, pressing gently to adhere. Transfer to plate and let sit for 5 minutes.

3. Line large plate with paper towels. Heat 1/2 cup oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Place 4 cakes in skillet and cook until deep golden brown on first side, about 3 minutes. Using 2 spatulas, carefully flip cakes and continue to cook until deep golden brown on second side, about 2 minutes longer, gently pressing on cakes with spatula for even browning.

4. Transfer cakes to prepared plate. Discard oil and wipe out skillet with paper towels. Repeat with remaining 1/2 cup oil and remaining 4 cakes. Serve with sour cream.

******

Food and cooking tips, Haggis, Henry Big Boys in .357, Scotch Eggs, thick and fluffy pita and good tomatoes that aren't square, pale pink and covered with Mestizo E.coli: cbd dot aoshq at gmail dot com. Any advocacy of French Toast with syrup will result in disciplinary action up to and including being nuked from orbit.

&topic=world_news">digg this
posted by CBD at 04:00 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Delaforce the Air Mechanic: "Disney's "Nutcracker" Flop: Woman Thou Art Lost (" ..."

Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing: "[I]I've said it before but in many ways I wish I c ..."

[/i][/b][/s][/u]Muldoon : "[i]Masculine republics give way to feminine democr ..."

Anna Puma (HQCaR): "There has been a report released on the crash of t ..."

willow: "i would say we have Trump and a small handful of o ..."

Gradually, Then Suddenly [/i]: " Evita Peron. ..."

Kindltot: "It appears a lot of the problems in the world depe ..."

willow: "hrogathar! yick, how about bloody mary the queen ..."

Comrade Hrothgar [/i][/b][/u][/s]: "Just throwing this out there Masculine republic ..."

BackwardsBoy[/i][/s][/b][/u]: "[i]I think it is quite interesting that most of th ..."

grammie winger: "Winnie Mandela Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at ..."

TheJamesMadison, If you've read and enjoyed any of my works, please leave a review on Amazon.: "318 I got no time for those so enamoured by the ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64