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

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 aioli, but calling something an “aioli” doesn’t exactly jive with his brand. The real trick to getting a delicious Donkey Sauce is to use freshly roasted garlic in the recipe, but we won’t blame you… Read More »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 tbsp of white wine vinegar 6 thin slices of jalapeños ¾ cup of sliced onions ½ tsp of salt 2 tsp of peppercorns 2 cups of heavy cream 2 tsp of white wine Preparation Sweat the… Read More »Shake Shack Cheese 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 tortilla chips. It is a thick, creamy, sweet salsa that balances out a spicy salsa that is it usually served alongside. When this started showing up at my local restaurants, I assumed that this was… Read More »Virginia White Salsa

BRC Bacon Jam

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. I spent the Summer of 2012 working in Houston. Most of that time was spent between office building and hotels with plenty of sweaty commutes in between. At night, I had a small group of friends that liked to meet up on Washington Avenue. My favorite place of all was a gastropub called BRC which had a great menu, great drinks, and a terrifying bathroom. My favorite thing was the bacon jam. They would serve it on burgers and sandwiches,… Read More »BRC Bacon Jam

Japanese White Sauce

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. At most American-Japanese restaurants you will find a creamy, spicy, sweet, white sauce that goes by a number of different names. Some call it Yum Yum Sauce, others call it Shrimp Sauce, and I’ve even seen it called Sakura Sauce. Whatever you want to call it, it goes great on grilled meats, fried rice, and vegetables. My college town had a Japanese restaurant that was famous for its white sauce when I went to college (2007-2011). This sauce, which… Read More »Japanese White Sauce

Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. January 18, 2016 was a sad day for fans of Chick-fil-A cole slaw. The company announced that it was removing cole slaw from its menu to make room for more items. This was a devastating blow to Chick-fil-A fans who needed to get their creamy cabbage fix somewhere else. Chick-fil-A along with their announcement released a recipe that you can make at home though. At the test kitchen, we’ve been using this recipe for the last couple of years… Read More »Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw

Chipotle Guacamole

Don’t want to hear the backstory? Jump straight to the recipe. Chipotle Guacamole was one of the recipes that we have been trying to recreate since the first time that we had it. It is always fresh and creamy and tastes amazing in a burrito or on top of a chip. Luckily for us, Chipotle posted this recipe publicly in April of 2015. They have since removed the page, but we were able to recover it using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. The screenshot to the left is the original post,… Read More »Chipotle Guacamole