Food Review, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese With Wenzel’s Garlic Bolonga

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  I really have not eaten anything extraordinary in a while, but it is time to give out another food review.  Let’s go!

Here I will be reviewing Kraft Original Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Wenzel’s Garlic Ring Bologna.  This meal has had my heart for over 20 years.  It is a meal that my Mother and I take part in once every 3-4 months.  We need to make sure this stays a tradition and a treat at the same time.  To emphasize, it has to be the original mac and cheese with garlic bologna; otherwise, the tradition is not the same!

Kraft is by far not the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had, but the tradition of this dish far exceeds any taste expectations.  I used to eat a lot of bologna as a kid, but now as an adult, I only take part in bologna with Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Atmosphere wise, I’m eating this in my cozy home in my lounging clothes; it cannot be beat.  Attitude wise, nothing out of the ordinary, which is always good.  Taste wise, to some, it is a filler, but to me, this is one of my favorite traditions to take part of.  Delicious and yummy!

Food blogs and food reviews solely do not have to be judged on taste.  There has to be some personal feelings too, which I try to incorporate atmosphere, attitude and taste in my food blogs.   So if you have a similar situation like this, which tradition overpowers taste, good for you.  We are together on this, my friends.  Until next time, good bye.  9/10

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Taco Bell Food Review – 11/22/2017

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

So this food review is a special one.  It is the 10th year in a row, that I have eaten Taco Bell for Thanksgiving Eve.  The tradition stays strong.  So I am going to be a little soft on my food critique.  Here we go guys.

The picture shows food for three.  So my Mom and my older brother also participated in this 10 year tradition, and they have been with me since year 1 in 2008.  This year I went for the core items, so I did not try anything new.  My food is to the right of the paper bag.  I went all out as normal – nacho cheese doritos locos taco, cool ranch doritos locos taco, cheesy fiesta potatoes, nachos bellgrande and a chicken burrito.  I consumed more calories in this meal than one should in a day, but it’s tradition, and I do not care he he.

The food met standards and then some.  I have not had Taco Bell in a couple of months, so it felt good to have it again.  Mexican food gets cold fast, especially in cold climates, so putting it in the microwave definitely increases the quality.  Coming off a stressful three days of pre holiday work, the attitude was all the way there.  Atmosphere wise – in a warm house, enjoying T-Bell with great family.  Very nice!!  8/10

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Food Review – Dog Haus 9-29-2017

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  This will mark the 2nd edition of my on location experience.  So let’s go!
On Friday I visited “Dog Haus” in North Hollywood, CA.  This restaurant is known for specialty hot dogs, specialty burgers and sides.  They are not just another hot dog place, which is very cool.  I love a little mystery when I am trying a place for the first time.
I am more old school when it comes to finding out what I want to order.  I am not one to look up a menu online ahead of time.  I like that “struggling” feeling on trying to decide what I want to get.  I ended up choosing the “Cowboy” hot dog and an order of the chili cheese tater tots.
Ladies and gentleman, this is not your ordinary hot dog and tater tots, that you cook up at your house.  I am talking about gourmet, high restaurant quality food.  A great sign of a great dish is; how quickly do I eat the food?  For those who know me best, the quicker I eat, the more I enjoy it.  Well folks, I devoured this meal like it was my last meal I would ever had.  The great thing about a hot dog is, in one bite, you get to taste all the ingredients; which in this case (other than the hot dog), nacho cheese sauce, bacon, diced up onion straws and barbecue sauce all on a King’s Hawaiian bun.  One bad ingredient can ruin a hot dog, which is definitely not the case here.
That is my intake on the “Cowboy” hot dog.  Now the chili cheese tater tots are next.  What can you say, they were to die for!  Crispy, golden to perfection, tater tots, homeade chili, green onions and nacho cheese sauce all mixed into a savory delicious bite.
Overall, well done, Dog Haus, well done.  10/10
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Food Review – 9/16/17, Everest Area Optimist Cheese Curds

Hello there!

This week we are going a little local on this blog.  This will be my one last hurrah, Summer blog before we start heading in the fall.

This blog is all about Wisconsin Cheese Curds.  We have a local stand in the Wausau area called the “Everest Area Optimist Club” who serves cheese curds, brats, hamburgers and hot dogs about a half of dozen times a Summer.  They’re always parked at Ace Hardware in Weston, WI (Wausau suburb), across from Target.  I found out they were serving food on Friday and Saturday.  The heart was racing with excitement.

I made plans, on Saturday, to visit the Everest Area Optimist Club one last time before the cooler weather hits, and as I expected, I was not disappointed by any means.  That golden beer battered curd was melting in my mouth immediately, cooked to perfection.  This is the curd to get guys.  This is the curd of the Summer!  A great beer battered cheese curd cannot be too greasy, which means they were not cooked long enough, and you should not be able to crunch the curd like a potato chip; that means they were cooked too long.

I experienced the perfect cheese curd, and Wisconsin folks know what I am talking about.  The only thing I am going to gripe about is, they could have been hotter, temperature wise.  They were definitely under a hot light, but they were still perfectly cooked.  9/10

 

Food Review – Opening Sunday NFL 9/10/2017

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to another edition of my food blog.  This week I will be discussing my annual opening Sunday NFL Feedbag Extravaganza!  This is my 9th year doing this, and I want to do this another 9 years at least.  It really should be a holiday.  That’s how popular the National Football League (NFL) is.  The NFL makes me forget about any other sport.  The Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour is even contemplating moving their Fed Ex Cup Playoffs to August, so it does not interfere with the NFL.

Anyway, let’s get to the food.  On the menu this year was:

  • Screwdrivers with Ocean Spray orange juice and Svedka vodka
  • Scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon
  • Pizza dip with italian herb flatbread crackers
  • Mini brownies with Kemps vanilla custard ice cream
  • Buffalo chicken dip
  • Meatballs with barbecue sauce

Here is what I had to say about each item:

A screwdriver is not a fancy cocktail, but it is a great way to start your NFL Sunday Morning.  Three of these, and I am good to go!  Wink, wink… 7/10

The scrambled eggs with cheese and a side of bacon was a great start to the feedbag, but again, it was nothing out of the ordinary.  6/10

The pizza dip, on the other hand, is unique, and I eat it twice a year (the other time being the Super Bowl).  The dish was discovered by my mother in 2015, and it is on the menu every year.  The ingredients consist of cream cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese.  The presentation and quality is just to die for.  Every ingredient in this dish as a combination works to absolute perfection.  10/10

Mini Brownies with vanilla custard ice cream was our dessert this year.  We did not want to fancy this up.  Simple, a lot of times, is good.  This dish worked.  Add a little bit of caramel topping, and it works even better.  7/10

The buffalo chicken dip is the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few at various restaurants.  What makes it great is the hot buffalo sauce.  If I don’t get a little red in the face, after a bite, it is not true buffalo chicken dip.  This recipe does the job extremely well.  The main ingredients are sharp cheddar cheese, diced chicken, ranch sauce and Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce.  The buffalo chicken dip is the favorite every year we for 8 years, but not this year.  I feel terrible saying this, and I apologize to the buffalo chicken dip, but the pizza dip tasted better this year.  I still am giving this amazing dip a 9/10!

Last is the meatballs.  There’s no sugarcoating here; these are bought from the frozen section at the grocery store.  But you still have to put the right amount of sauce (in this case we used Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce), and you have to master the correct Crock Pot setting.  These meatballs are fantastic, and the beauty is, they are not from scratch.  Who would have thought a frozen meatball could taste this amazing?  I am a believer now.  8/10

This is the end to another blog from Matthew D. Kring.  A new blog to arrive on the internet soon.  Take it easy!

Food Review – Taste of Madison Food Festival – Madison, Wisconsin Part 2

Hello again!

Here is part 2 of my blog from the Taste of Madison food festival in Madison, Wisconsin.  This is where you will get to see my feedback on each item I tried this past weekend.  Let’s get down to it…

Burnt Ends from Blowin’ Smoke BBQ – This was a very small portion, but it was definitely enough to get a good taste.  The flavor was a very smoky and juicy piece of barbeque.   Very, very top notch!  9/10

Bacon Chicken Ranch Slider from Blowin’ Smoke BBQ – This had great value, with very tender chicken.  I am a huge fan of crispy bacon.  It could have used more ranch on the slider.  7/10

Grat 3 Cheese Balls from Bonefish Grill – This was the best dish I had at the festival.  The breading was cooked to perfection.  The shredded potatoes inside and the shredded cheese were cooked to perfection too.  Temperature wise, they couldn’t have been more perfect.  Hands down 10/10!

Bulgogi Korean Tacos from Bulgogi Korean Taco – I never had one of these, so I did not know what to expect.  The pork was juicy.  The veggies mixed in well with the pork and taco shell.  Overall, a solid item! 7/10

Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds from Curd Girl – I’m a Wisco boy, born and raised.  As long as it is not a preformed curd, it has a great chance of being good.  They were cooked a little too long because they were sticking together.  Maybe a little too much batter too, but the flavor I cannot complain.  I’m a little harsher on cheese curds than most dishes.  6/10

Deep Fried Cookie Dough from Leia’s Lunchbox – How can you go wrong with this?  As long as it is not cooked too long, it will not be dry.  They did a great job with these.  8/10

Cajun Shrimp from Melting Pot – This dish would have been the closest to being better than the Grat 3 Cheese Balls.  I always start the festival with these shrimp.  I know what I want, and I know what like.  Another solid performance from Melting Pot!  10/10

Triple Mac n Cheese w/Bacon from The Rodeo Wagon – I tried this twice.  The flavor was solid, and the bacon was crispy, but they unfortunately did not cook it long enough or the crock pot/whatever they use to store the mac n cheese was not hot enough.  A great potential dish but just average this time.  4/10

WI Beer Battered Cheese Curds w/paprika sauce from The Old Fashioned – These are the best curds at Taste of Madison!  Non pre-formed curds dunked in fresh homemade paprika sauce.  There wasn’t very much grease on the curds, which means they were cooked well.  Great job Old Fashioned!  8/10

Parmesan Garlic Flavored Tator Tots from Pots n Tots – Pretty simple analysis is that they were well cooked, and they were sprinkled with parmesan garlic.  The garlic was not over-powering the tots, so overall, a good dish, but nothing fancy.  6/10

Buff Chick Slider from Slide Food Cart & Catering – I was recommended this slider by another individual in my party; he said it was buffalo chicken dip in a slider bun.  How can one go wrong with that?  My guy was correct!  They had the right combination of buffalo sauce and tender chicken.  Plus there was some bleu cheese crumbles, carrots and celery in the slider.  The presentation and appearance of the slider was the best of the weekend.  Very very good item!  9/10

Mini Deep Fried Apple Fritters from Ugly Apple – I did not know what to expect with this dish.  Unfortunately these were very disappointing.  There was hardly any apple flavoring and seasoning.  It was a pretty dry item.  1/10

Macaroni & Cheese with WI Ring Bologna from The Old Fashioned – Just like the cheese curds, “The Old Fashioned” dominated again.  This was more of a white cheddar cheese sauce.  Plus you could get a ring bologna for $1, and it was a very big piece.  Great flavor, great cooking temperature, a solid “melt in your mouth” dish.  9/10

Blueberry Vanilla Cheesecake from Grace’s Cheesecakes – Blueberry, vanilla, cheesecake, enough said.  As long as the egg does not dominate the rest of the ingredients, it is going to be fantastic!  10/10

Chicken Kabob from Gyros Express – The chicken must be cooked right, and it has to have solid flavor.  Well, this place nailed both!  If you over cook chicken, it will be dry.  If you do not flavor chicken enough, it will be dry.  “Gyros Express” did both to a T.  Great pieces of chicken!  9/10

There you have it.  Have a great week!

Matt

Food Review – Garlic Beef Enchiladas

For this review, like the last one, it is not something I ate at a restaurant.  In fact, I’ve been dining on these for 15 years.  My mother found the recipe in a “Taste of Home” magazine in 2002.  Then she made them, and little I knew that it would be in my top 5 favorite dishes to eat.  My mom makes them only 2-3 times a year, and let me tell you that is enough.  If I would eat them more often, the legacy of the Garlic Beef Enchiladas would deteriorate, and they would not be as special to eat.

What makes them special is the type of ingredients that are in the enchiladas.  First of all, you cannot go wrong with garlic. Second, you cannot go wrong with sharp cheddar cheese, especially when you add more than the recipe asks for.  That’s what we do in the Kring household, we add extra cheese; we’re from Wisconsin!  To make any recipe great, is the ability to follow a recipe.  Face it, as a society, we are almost always in a hurry, and yours truly is guilty of it.  When it comes to cooking, take your time, relax, and do it right the first time.

I had the pleasure of dining on the amazing dish last night.  I am battling a minor head cold, but I could not pass up on eating these.  Let me tell you, as long as you have your taste buds, you will be able to severely enjoy these with a head cold or not.  They’re very easy to eat.  You can take a small bite and easily enjoy the combination of cheese, garlic, ground beef, onions and tomatoes.

I included the recipe in this blog, and I won’t always do this, but I want you guys to have the opportunity to enjoy these like I do.  Like I said, I’ve been eating these for 15 years, and they might as well have been from a restaurant.  They’re that damn good, and I could not imagine ordering an enchilada anywhere else than my own home.  The taste of the enchiladas triumphs any atmosphere and attitude.  10/10