Obedient Ingredients

A place to put cooking ideas to the test.

According to this blog, yes.

And from my expert eye, it DOES look very good.

Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese

Fancy Schmancy Grilled Cheese - This is seriously the best grilled cheese sandwich you will ever have! Brushed with a garlic, red pepper flake, and thyme infused butter and stuffed with three different cheeses, this crispy and melty sandwich will be a household favorite! TheGarlicDiaries.com

(Source: http://www.thegarlicdiaries.com/fancy-schmancy-grilled-cheese/)


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2016 Snack Bracket: Round 2

The second round of the Third Annual Snack Bracket is here.

Oh Snacket. The emotions it stirs.

“I will personally end the tyranny of Samoas. Give me Tagalongs or give me death.”

Thank you for participating in and spreading the first round of this year’s Snacket. I’m glad some of you liked it. I enjoyed this comment:

“The 2016 Snacket is wonderfully-organized thus far, and I appreciate the layout. This really ought to go out to the masses, and by “masses,” I don’t mean those friends/acquaintances reached by grassroots, word-of-mouth, send-to-everyone-in-your-social-circle means. No. I mean every U.S. citizen. Get me a presidential nominee who will make the Snacket a mandatory annual test. It would be like the Census, except much more fun. (…At least until the sweet 16 and beyond, when things get wonderfully anarchic.)”

For the first Round, we didn’t have any big upsets. That usually points to some good ranking by the Snack Bracket committee (which convenes in Geneva a month before the Snack Bracket is created).
In Sweet-Small, #10 Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds narrowly beat out #7 Junior Mints, 55% to 45%. Junior Mints were ranked #5 two years ago and #4 last year, but they can never catch a break.
In Sweet-Large, #14 Nutella was winning for several days, but #3 TJ’s Brownies with Sea Salt barely won 53% to 47%. No upsets in that region.
Salty-Small showed us 7 seeds are not safe. #10 Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips barely beat #7 Lightly Salted Nuts. Any nut you wanted!! The power of pepper, I guess.
Salty-Large is where things got messy. THREE UPSETS!
  • #9 Ruffled Chips w/ French Onion dip trounced #8 Buffalo Chicken Dip, 58% to 41%
  • Two new-comers #11 Soft Pretzel beat out #6 String Cheese, 59% to 40%
  • And #10 Pizza Bagel Bites beat out #7 Chex Mix, with a rousing 64% to 36%.

 

Overall, though, you were all pleased with how things were seeded. Look at the comments!

“Seriously issues with the underrating of delicious salty snacks. That low for a soft pretzel!? This is the season for upsets.”

“For a full year, I had forgotten how painful these choices were… until now. It’s only the first round, and you’re making me choose between buffalo chicken dip and ruffles and onion dip!? And Cheese Puffs as a 16 seed!? It already hurts.”

“I can’t believe veggies and hummus are a #2 seed. If only they’d been up against something less gross than jalapeño poppers…”

Nutella is a 14 seed? Who made this bracket!?”

“I feel like the committee needs to take a hard look at seeding. Some products were grossly overseeded/underseeded.”

As for the match ups themselves? Well, that was science that brought them together. You can’t argue with science, though some of you did:

“How dare you make me choose between chips and guacamole and spinach artichoke dip. HOW DARE YOU.”

 

“I am disgusted that you would put Trader Joe’s bite-sized brownies with sea salt against Nutella. Have you no mercy?”

“Having to eliminate veggie straws or movie theater popcorn in the first round?! Brutal. That’s a choice you can’t feel okay about making until the sweet 16.”

“Also, fig Newtons are so good, but putting them next to Samoas never gave them a leg to stand on!”

“Reading that I had to choose between Chips and salsa vs tater tots made my heart stop. “Crappers, how will I choose!?” I thought. I really didn’t like that feeling of my heart stopping, and maybe tater tots are more likely to lead to that? Hmmm is the universe telling me to go with the chips?”

 Next year I think I’ll put it to a vote which snacks sound be included.

“The Snacket Selection Committee will rue the day that they somehow decided E.L. Fudge cookies were not worthy of a tournament bid. FOR SHAME. SHAME. Sleep with one eye open, committee, for I am hiding in your closet and am ready to pounce. Meowwwww”

“Also, where the hell are combos!?!? Those bitches are snackable as hell.”

“not enough reese style candy. seriously, there are dozens of other reese type candies that would win the whole bracket. nutrageous? fast break? puffs (the cereal)? dark chocolate? big cups? sticks? xmas tree shaped? pumpkin shaped? even sugar free reese’s would win”

 
Also, over 135 people votes in Round 1!! Keep spreading the word!
Last word: this whole thing is a ruse to expose those individuals who voted for Altoids. What’s wrong with you?? I have your names, emails and social security numbers and Obama will read them out loud at his next State of the Union address. 
 
Good luck in Round 2!
 


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How to Throw a Grilled Cheese Party

Grilled cheese is so much fun. They are simply the best food themed party I’ve had/thrown. It was popular when I hosted a party like this before. Maybe that’s why 54 people showed up to the 4th Annual Grilled Cheese party last month.

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How it works:

Host provides sliced bread, butter/mayo for spreading, and tomato soup.

  • Guests bring the ingredients for their GC recipes they will be making.
  • Each guest prepares 2-4 sandwiches, then each sandwich is cut into 6 pieces.
  • Have a prep station for guests to assemble their sandwiches, while 2-3 other guests make their sandwiches on the stove top.
  • When the Sandwich is finished, put it in the oven with the rest of the sandwiches that are staying warm. Keeping the oven at warm or 200 F keeps them warm, the bread crisp and the cheese gooey.
  • When the oven is full/everyone is finished making their sandwiches, cut them up and serve them.

Also, here’s an important poll that can lead to some very heated debate:

(It’s Kraft Singles, not craft singles. Like, those are very opposite things. I cannot change the poll though.)

Read on to see all the types of sandwiches represented…

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Christmas Food Pics

Just some pictures from the food we ate at Christmas.

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Homemade pizzas:

Margarita

Pesto, chicken, cherry tomato (soaked in garlic, oregano and EVOO) and caramelized purple onion

Chorizo, Manchego, Fried Potato, spicy-garlic-smoked paprika aioli, spicy jam

Pear, blue cheese, walnut and honey

Cuban food:

Black beans with deliciousness or Frijoles negros

Sweet fried plantains “Maduros”

Yuca with onions/garlic/citrus or “mojo”

Guayava cake

Pork. Delicious pork

Homemade daiquiris (rum, simple, lime, shaken over ice)

Merry Christmas!

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Grilled Cheese Party

My kind of party goes like this:

1) Invite a bunch of friends over.

2) Say that you will provide sliced bread (Italian white) and tomato soup. Also butter and mayo.

3) Each guest will need to bring their own cheese and any other ingredients they want to use for their creation.

That’s right, it’s a grilled cheese party.

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Queso Fresco: Type of Milk

Making homemade cheese. It’s such a breeze. I want some now, please. The freshness will appease. Make sure you don’t … sneeze…on it…

Ok, I’m done.

Making a good queso fresco may seem daunting, but once you actually give it a try, it’s not that intimdating. It is labor intensive, yes, but it only requires three ingredients! One is salt. One is an acid (vinegar). The most important one is milk. We’re going to make homemade cheese, but which kind of milk should we use?!

Does the fat content in milk make a difference when making queso fresco?

We will test making cheese using whole, 2% and 1% milk.

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