Superbowl food extravaganza!

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So, my Dad asked me to cook the food for their Superbowl party today. I was really flattered, because for some reason it seemed like my family never wanted me to cook for them. (You should now that I am totally irrational sometimes and just assume everyone hates me.)

My Dad paid for the groceries (amazing!) and asked one thing: “Please don’t make anything, you know…. Weird…” So here is the menu for today:

  • Turkey Chili with white beans
  • Cornbread
  • veggie dip/platter
  • potato skins
  • jalapeno popper spread on french bread
  • some random dessert

I don’t really feel good about this… The chili and cornbread is great, but the rest involves so much mayonnaise and random things I’d never make on my own. Other people are going to eat it, and I really wish I could have made some better quality things.

And it’s not like I think people won’t like it. I know they will, but it’s not hard to make food people “like”. Throw in sour cream, cheddar and bacon and pretty much anyone on the planet will like it. That doesn’t mean it’s good though. It doesn’t mean the food has any integrity. (Also, I can’t believe I just wrote that last sentence. That sounds so effing pretentious!)

But, I’m gonna make it, and enjoy it. Not every meal can be what I want. And it’s gonna make my Dad happy, which is really the most important thing to me. Because he’s a wonderful amazing Dad…

Mom’s Home Cooking

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On Friday I stopped by my parents house, and my Mom was making my FAVORITE meal. It is: Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas. This may come as a shock to you, being that I am a foodie, but god bless America it’s good!

On top of that, I got to watch my mom make food, which is something I haven’t done in a long time. It’s strange the way you see something for so long you stop noticing it. I’ve watched my Mom cook thousands of meals, but the other night I actually watched and paid attention to how she cooks. And she’s a flipping artist! It’s like she’s not even aware that she’s cooking, it comes so naturally.

If you asked my Mom she would never say she’s a good cook. She’s just way too humble. But really, she’s bad ass. She understands how to cook, and that is something that can’t be taught. It doesn’t matter if she can’t have a long discussion about goat cheese, she can cook the pants off of most people I know. Because she doesn’t sit around philosophising about it, she just does it.

Sometimes when she invites me over to eat she says something like “Well it’s not very good, especially for someone like you..” And it breaks my heart to hear that. In my opinion, my moms cooking is wonderful and special and satisfying in a way nothing else is. I hate that my being “into” food makes some people feel self conscious to cook for me. Food is about bringing us together. Having a shared experience and enjoying ourselves. My Mother does that better than anyone I know, and I feel so lucky that I have such a great example to model myself after.

Potato Soup

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Ok guys, here you go…. Here is my first attempt at how to video. I know the editing is terrible, but better to try and learn, right? And to use one of my favorite quotes:

“Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”
– GK Chesterston

Here’s the correct recipe…

Ingredients

  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 small white onions, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 T Flour
  • 2 t Salt
  • 2 t dried Basil
  • 1 t pepper (less if you don’t like pepper)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 large baked potatos, cubed
  • 2 cups half and half
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp, drain, leaving 2 T drippings in pan. Remove bacon and set aside.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in the pan with drippings until tender and lightly brown
  3. Stir in flour, salt basil and pepper, mix well. (It will look lumpy and weird, thats ok)
  4. Add Broth and bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Throw in the potatoes, cream and hot sauce and cook on a low simmer for 15 minutes.(Soup will be thin at first. If you let it sit without heat for an hour or so, it will really thicken up. It’s way better the next day though, so I’d recommend making it the day before.)
  6. When you’re ready to serve throw some bacon and cheese on. It’s amazing!

I served it with cornbread and a salad, and it got rave reviews. Hope you enjoy the video, as well as the soup.

xoxo,

Mel aka The Hedonist Cook

Red Flannel Hash – Definition

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A New England specialty made by frying chopped cooked beets, potatoes, onions and crisp bacon together until crusty and brown. Traditionally about 85 percent of the volume should be beets. red Flannel hash is usually served with cornbread.

So, I’ve never heard of this, but you can be damn sure I’ll be making it soon! Here’s a recipe I found. Let me know if you want to taste test it with me.

Guinness Beef Stew

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Dinner tonight…. Guinness Beef Stew and mashed red potatoes with an indecent amount of butter in them. I will make this for anyone who asks me.