Who doesn’t love a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie?
Web Watch tends to buy ours at the store, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the hard work that others put into baking us delicious treats. In fact, as we type this we are anticipating our annual delivery of homemade cookies from some friends who pride themselves on making the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER… but only choose to do so once a year, in order to make them even more special for those of us who receive them.
If there are two vegetables that tend to turn off carnivores at the very mention of them, two top qualifiers would be “kale” and “Brussels sprouts” (or “brussel sprouts”, if you’re into spelling it wrong).
Kale is typically used as a garnish rather than something you’d willingly go out of your way to make a salad from. (And for those of you who’ve decided that pushing kale through your Mr Juicer because kale juice is said to help grow hair, it’s kinda gross from what we’ve seen our friends go through.)
And everybody knows that Brussels sprouts taste best when sauteed in tons and tons of bacon fat.
In case you haven’t, here’s a helpful tip: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRESH AND FROZEN TURKEY is negligible. Some people would say that Fresh is always better… but if you’re one of those, you’ll need to keep in mind that a FRESH turkey must be cooked within 2 days of being purchased, according to the USDA’s guidelines on food safety. A frozen turkey make take days to thaw properly (figure about 1 day for every 4-5 pounds) — so if you were to start your frozen turkey thaw now, you should be good to go for the Thanksgiving holiday.
As for those who thought they’d go out and have already purchased their fresh, unfrozen turkey — they may want to be sure to keep that thing on ice for another day or two before beginning the brining process. Don’t want to give your Thanksgiving guests any food poisoning, do you?
Whether the Hostess company goes away with all their products, or if some other company decides to purchase the brands and recipes and continue onward, that we will soon have a world without Hostess is sad in many ways.
Web Watch was in Las Vegas recently, where we had the pleasure of dining at GORDON RAMSAY STEAK at the Paris Las Vegas casino.
Needless to say, famed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay wasn’t there that night, but we’ll just offer a quick review of the place: in one word, “fantastic”.
Of course, it didn’t help that having Chef Ramsay’s name on the marquee led to a constant parade of tacky tourists with their camera phones, t-shirts, and flip-flops barging into the main dining area to take a photo or two of a place that they’re not spending a nickle in. It was a bit disruptive to those of us with our own camera phones who were diving in to our own 2-hour dining spectactular.
But regardless of the lack of control the hosting staff had in preventing the riff-raff from interfering with our fine dining, Web Watch highly recommends Gordon Ramsay Steak for your next Las Vegas dining experience.
What? You’re not planning on heading out to Vegas anytime soon? Well – let Web Watch bring you a little bit of Gordon Ramsay to your kitchen…
Every year at Thanksgiving, families across the country descend upon their local grocery store and clear the shelves of French’s Fried Onions, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, and cans of green beans – all in the name of recreating that traditional holiday side dish of GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE.
Web Watch knows that there’s nothing that tastes better than some meat cooked fresh on the grill.
And when it’s football season, you have to have a grill to really do the tailgate up right. Web Watch even won a Weber Grill a few years ago in a football tailgating cookoff contest with our grilled steak sandwich with carmelized onions. One of the judges even came back to our setup and took an extra sandwich with them “for the road” when the competition was over.
So we have that going for us.
Which brings us back to today’s point – that when it comes to tailgating and grilling, nobody knows their stuff better than the folks over at Weber.
Web Watch enjoys watching the WILL IT BLEND videos on YouTube. Whether it be a blender full of marbles, a broom handle, or an iPhone — the BlendTec Total Blender makes fast work of turning those items into inedible shrapnel.
As they say – don’t try these experiments at home.
But there’s something about having a blender with over 1600 watts of ice crushing power that makes you say, “we gotta have that”. In part because we’ve blown through other blenders when trying to go through different food prep over the years, and in part it’s because Web Watch wants to have the option to shred a jar full of marbles.
Web Watch knows that making great food requires having great spices.
If you don’t have a PENZEY’S SPICES store near you, then maybe you have some other fresh spice retailer or farmer’s market that you could hit up for some glass jars of spice goodness.
And even if you end up buying your spices at the local supermarket, drug store’s food aisle, or giant-size Super Center Warehouse Emporium, the most important thing you can remember is to rotate your spices on a regular basis. Dry spices especially will lose their flavors anywhere from 6 months to a year after your purchase. You wouldn’t serve a beer after it’s “best by” date – you should apply the same philosophy to your spice cabinet and toss out anything that’s more than a year old.
Friends of Web Watch have a large-scale annual Cinco de Mayo party featuring a salsa competition. We’ve been lucky enough to have walked away a prize every year with various takes on salsa, so when this year’s invitation indicated that there would be a guacamole competition instead (“to shake things up a bit”), we took that on as a challenge.
Next week is the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
And if you’re like Web Watch, you will be tuning in to watch the race with friends – holding a mint julep in one hand, and a racing form in the other… all while trying to see the race through the forest of giant Kentucky Derby hats worn by the ladies in the room.
But Kentucky isn’t know just for this long-running horse race.
No, Kentucky is also known for bourbon.
So if you’re going to host or attend a KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY on race day, you may want to make something bourbon-related. You know, just because.