Wendy’s Chili

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Late one night I went down a YouTube rabbit hole and found the amazing world of 1980-90s fast food training videos. One of the standout videos is Wendy’s “Grill Skills” that teaches new employees how to grill Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers. One thing that might… Continue reading Wendy’s Chili

Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Tony Chachere was born in June 1905 in Opelousas, Louisiana. During the Great Depression he worked as a traveling drug salesman and collected recipes from all over the state. In 1972, drawing upon a life of cooking for friends and family, Chachere published his first cookbook, Cajun Country Cookbook,… Continue reading Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Guy Fieri’s Donkey Sauce

Get your culinary passports ready because today we are going to Flavor Town. Guy Fieri likes to serve his burgers and sandwiches covered in a mysterious sauce called “Donkey Sauce” that packs a strong garlic punch. However, during an appearance on the Rachael Ray show, he admitted that Donkey Sauce is just a simple garlic… Continue reading Guy Fieri’s Donkey Sauce

Shake Shack Cheese Sauce

Recently, Shake Shack started a new cooking-along series where they are sharing some of their recipes. They have included my favorite, the cheese sauce. See the video that they shared below, or the written instruction below the video. Ingredients 2 cups of American cheese 2 cups of cheddar cheese 1 tbsp of canola oil 1… Continue reading Shake Shack Cheese Sauce

Tavern Relish

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. In 1930 Nick Bullington, a former travelling advance man for the Ringling Brothers Circus, opened the Texas Tavern in Roanoke, Virginia. Nick had been travelling the country setting up the circus’ affairs a year ahead of their arrival while collecting recipes from all around. Eventually,… Continue reading Tavern Relish

Aaron Franklin’s Espresso Barbecue Sauce

Aaron Franklin is the master of Texas barbecue. This espresso based-sauce has a subtle coffee flavor and a sharp vinegar taste that cuts though fatty meat. For this recipe, I made the espresso using a moka pot. If you’re interested in how to use one of these, the guide by ChefSteps and James Hoffman is… Continue reading Aaron Franklin’s Espresso Barbecue Sauce

Virginia White Salsa

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. I have lived in Virginia my whole life, but white salsa is not something that I came into contact with until probably the time when I was in college. This is usually served at local Tex-Mex chains alongside a regular tomato salsa and thin corn… Continue reading Virginia White Salsa

North Country Michigan Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. My wife’s family on her father’s side is from a small town in the very Northern tip of New York state. This is far beyond upstate New York (which a lot of New Yorkers that I know joke is anything North of The Bronx). All… Continue reading North Country Michigan Sauce