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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!

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.

Chorizo and Kale fork soup

Chorizo and Kale fork soup

I know, I know… There aren’t a whole lot of people out there that get excited about kale. I get it. I understand. However, I feel like the delicious potential of this leafy green is often overlooked due to it’s tendency to cause horrendous gas and/or mulch-like diarrhea.

I must that that I, myself,  was worried as to whether or not these two ingredients would play well together. But despite the odds, they actually complimented each other rather nicely and resulted in a delicious and semi-nutritious dish. I bet it would have been even better had the chorizo actually been decent and not just some imitation sausage covered in chili powder and sold as chorizo.

That’s all you get. I’m not much for typing up recipes being that I hardly ever follow them.

Smoked Pork Loin

Smoked Pork Loin

Yesterday I smoked a chicken. Today I smoked a pork loin. The pork loin ended up being far more delicious than the chicken but I believe that is due to the fact that it’s easier to smoke a pork loin. Chickens are hollow and have extremities of various sizes that cook at different times. A pork loin is just a solid piece of meat. It’s easier to control. So yeah, my neighborhood has smelled like smoldering oak and seared flesh for the past couple of days but so far no one has been complaining. haha