Spicy

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 stand out in this video is that fact burgers that break or have been left on the grill for too long are ground up and frozen to use in chili later. Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas… Read More »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, which included the recipe that became his Original Creole Seasoning. Positive public response to the book led him to start Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods. The cookbook is still for sale but no longer includes the… Read More »Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Mumbo Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Mumbo sauce (or is it mambo?) has always been a bit of mystery to me. Even living right across the river from the Washington, I don’t get a lot of exposure to it without searching it out. However, it seems like in the last few years it has surged in popularity and you are starting to see it in some unexpected places. Washington DC has its own style of late-night dining establishments that locals call “carryouts”. You can usually get… Read More »Mumbo Sauce

General Tso’s Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Zuo Zongtang (General Tso) was born in 1812 during the Qing Dynasty in Xiangyin, China. He rose to great power in his life in the military and government. The origins of General Tso’s chicken are disputed, but it was definitely never created or consumed by Zuo Zongtang. Most people believe that the General Tso’s chicken recipe was created during the 1970s in New York City. There are a lot of people that claim to have invented the recipe for General… Read More »General Tso’s Sauce

The Best Buffalo Sauce

My favorite wing sauce is Bleu Bayou Sauce but sometimes if I am in the mood for something quick and easy I go for the classic Buffalo sauce. A classic buffalo sauce should be made of pepper sauce and melted butter. I like mine really well-emulsified to give it a creamy and thick texture that sticks to wings. Using an immersion blender and optional xanthan gum in this recipe will really increase the emulsion of your sauce. Ingredients: ½ cup of hot sauce 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter ¼ –… Read More »The Best Buffalo Sauce

Coffee Shop Salsa

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. When I was in high school I worked at a coffee shop in Soutwestern Virginia. This coffee shop was a study hangout for the local college and served a lot more than just lattes and scones. They made a lot of salads, wraps, and sandwiches to fuel the late night study binges and after-church lunches. This coffee shop was the only game in town in the pre-Starbucks era, and to this day in that town if you say that you’re… Read More »Coffee Shop Salsa