Category Archives: Culinary Creations

Tagalong Doppio

 

Tagalong Doppio

Tagalong Doppio

Spent some time this morning doing some experimenting at The Caffeinery. Jordan’s sweet mother had dropped off a couple boxes of girl scout cookies to share with his fellow baristas and I took it upon myself to get a little creative with a tagalong. It turned out to be a lot more awesome than I had anticipated. The espresso melted the chocolate and separated the peanut butter from the cookie base and created a very interesting double shot.

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Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Cashews w/ Sweet Potato Noodles

Sweet Potato Noodles

Tonight I made a Broccoli, Mushroom, and Cashew stir fry and served it alongside sweet potato, zucchini, and daikon noodles that I created using my spiralizer. I cooked the broccoli, mushrooms, and cashews in a wok over high heat with a bit of peanut oil, minced garlic, and diced chili peppers. Once the broccoli was tender I moved it to a plate to cool whilst adding the veggie noodles to the wok. I seasoned them with a bit of grated ginger, soy sauce, and a touch of the red rooster. Once they started to become softer I added a splash of vegetable stock to work in some steam. Once they were finished I plated them side by side for this picture and then proceeded to scarf it down.

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Pizza Dough Master

Lately I’ve been putting my manual dough making skills to the test in an attempt to render my bread machine useless. As of today, I’ve officially mastered my manual pizza dough recipe to where it destroys my bread machine competition. Now I just need to master a few other recipes and I will only use it as a dough rising device.

So yeah, the two pizzas pictured are BBQ Pineapple (bottom) and Mushroom Moz (top). Delicious creations that I am devouring as I type.

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Doritos Hack #2: Nacho Cheese Popcorn

My original doritos hack/mod became an instant internet sensation that inspired me to create a blog dedicated to my future junkfood hacks. My blog is currently located at the following internet address: http://snackhacker.tumblr.com.

This is my second snack hack featuring Doritos. This time I have opted to use Nacho Cheese rather than Cool Ranch (although any flavor could potentially be used for this particular application). As you can see in the picture, I have crushed up the Nacho Cheese Doritos into a fine powder and then added the dust to a bag of popcorn. Once added, shake the bag of popcorn violently until all of the kernels are covered with the dust. Pour into a bowl and enjoy.

It is important to note that this idea had occurred to me when I was nearing the end of the bag. You know, when there are few chips left to grab and you would normally resort to pouring the remnants into your mouth? Instead of doing that… Just crush up the remnants even finer than they already are, pop a bag of microwave popcorn, and pour the bag of popcorn into the chip bag. Shake and enjoy!

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Dorito Dust

Last night I was at a pub (Savage’s Ale House to be exact) with some friends and we were talking about our various junk food vices. Doritos had taken the spotlight in our conversation being that they happened to be one a common vice. We’re all very aware that these delicious little triangles are not healthy for you but that wasn’t the point of our conversation. We were only concerned with the delicious factor. We were talking about the various ways we have consumed these delicious little triangles throughout our lives. We started with the old standard of putting chips on a sandwich to give it additional texture as well as a flavor component. I had mentioned that I wouldn’t be opposed to having a shaker full of Doritos crumbs on my table and that idea eventually progressed using a grinder and treating the chips like pepper. I thought the idea was hilarious and so the next morning I picked up a discount pepper grinder and made it happen. This picture originated as a text message to some of my friends that were at the pub the night before. I eventually put it up on both facebook and reddit but it has now gone viral. I am seeing my picture reposted everywhere. The majority of the reposts are not even crediting my website as the original source.

One last thing… For all of you health nuts that think I am actually putting Doritos Dust on everything that I eat. I am not obese. I am not an unhealthy person.¬†I’m pretty good when it comes to enjoying junk food in moderation. For the most part I maintain a fairly healthy diet with a few guilty pleasures thrown in every now and then as a means to keep me sane. That being said, when it comes to guilty pleasures¬†Doritos are at the top of my list.

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Pork Stew


Today was a beautiful fall day and I was in the mood for stew. That being said, I wasn’t in the mood for the bland canned bullshit. I wanted something that was bursting with flavor and fullness. You know, the kind of flavor that isn’t found in ready-made microwavable food. Nope. This was going to require real cooking with a guideline recipe and some time.

I haven’t made stew in what seemed like an eternity, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. The concept is simple enough and making stew is entirely within my culinary capabilities. I wanted to try my hand at a pork stew since pork is by far the most superior meat on the planet. It’s so incredibly versatile, unlike beef or chicken. Take a moment to ponder all of the flavor possibilities of pork. A pig can be broken down into bacon, pork chops, and ham. Each one with a unique flavor and texure. You won’t find this sort of flavor diversity in beef or chicken.

Long story short, the stew was pretty typical in execution. I used this recipe as a guideline but I made a few alterations along the way. I used pork rather than beef. I used a raspberry wine and chicken stock instead of the traditional red wine and beef stock. I was in the mood to break all sorts of barriers. It turned out to be delicious. Not that I had any doubts… but sometimes things go awry. It also helps that I used rosemary from my garden.

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