Tuesday, June 16, 2009

81. Spicy Caribbean-Style Cocktail Sauce

Date Cooked: May 10, 2009
Page: 21
Rating: A-

Okay this one should have been posted well over a month ago. We’re talking about a sauce that was made for some tough as rubber poached-shrimp I made. Well better late than never I guess.

As with most sauces they are rather simple to put together. I was a little perplexed when I started this sauce because it seemed light on wet ingredients. Basically I needed to mince scallions, peppers, ginger and garlic and mix them with some lime juice and brown sugar. After mincing for several minutes I figured why not give it a few pulses with the immersion blender. It is the one tool in my kitchen that I unfortunately under-appreciate. A quick whirl and the sauce looked great (and smelled great too!)

Rating: A-. This was one tasty sauce. When I had gone through the ingredient list I wasn’t sure what to expect but the final result was delicious! An excellent mix of sweet and heat. Although I do confess that in a grocery store mix up I grab a rather mild pepper instead of the jalapeƱo required. So after the initial tasting a little hot sauce was added to spice it up a little.

Monday, June 15, 2009

It’s Getting Dusty Around Here

Okay I somewhat apologize for my absence but these past few months have been hectic. I work in the beleaguered auto industry for one of the recently bankrupt companies and while my job still remains and I am busy in spite of all the doom and gloom, the stress does take a toll and you end up watching the pennies a little more. On top of that, we had several large outdoor projects to accomplish around the house this year which consumed a lot of time and money… but with all these excuses I am still excited to cook and look forward to a hopefully more relaxing summer with the opportunity to get in some serious grilling (a chapter of the book I have not cooked much from yet).

So for those who still check in every once and a while. Thanks for your patience and the posts should start back up soon!
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