Food Review – Homemade Jambalaya

Alright, alright, alright:

We have ourselves a homemade recipe of Jambalaya to blog about. Every Jambalaya dish is a little different so here are the ingredients to this particular dish:

Shrimp

Shredded Chicken

Andouille Sausage

White Rice

Cajun seasoning

Louisiana hot sauce

Garlic

Green Peppers

Green Onions

Diced Tomatoes

Tomato Sauce

A great dish of Jambalaya has to blend perfectly. If it’s too spicy, then you will scare most eaters away. If it isn’t spicy enough, you will scare eaters away too. No single ingredient should dominate a Jambalaya dish. In this dish, that I tried, no ingredient stands out. They all mesh to perfection. I personally can handle spicy foods, but I keep a very open mind for blogging purposes. The non spicy eater would definitely love this recipe, as well as the spicy eater; perfect amount of spice!

So, the ingredients go very well together. You don’t need any type of bread to go with it. The dish is very fine on it’s own. 8.5/10

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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 – Mel’s Drive-In Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

Alright guys,

Here we go! This is my 1st blog during my visit in Southern California. I decided to blog on my latest food adventure. I went to Mel’s Drive-In in West Hollywood, CA this afternoon. As seen in the beginning of HBO’s “Entourage”, I never thought I would ever eat here.

I have a friend, who I met in Wausau, and now lives in Los Angeles, made the suggestion of going to Mel’s. I am very glad she did. I knocked off another iconic Los Angeles establishment. The best part, is the food was very delicious!

Atmosphere – It was all there; hot and humid Southern California weather, eating outside basking in the sun. As a Wisconsin resident, I was a little kid who got the candy in the candy store. Plus I am not working, and neither was my friend.

Attitude – I was very excited to eat here. I was ready to go! On the other hand, are the employees ready to give me a great customer service experience? They sure were! They were on their game, checking in on us frequently. I was even asked if I wanted a refill of Diet Coke to go. I have never witnessed this before, and I wish other restaurants followed this.

Food – I ordered a short-rib grilled cheese sandwich with onion rings. The rib meat decides the fate of the sandwich. I do not like any type of meat that I have to chew extensively in order to swallow it (ask my immediate family anytime). This is definitely not the case here; it was made and cooked to perfection! It melted right in my mouth, and I felt I could have eaten the sandwich in 5 bites! The onion rings were a thicker breading version, and when you have an onion ring like this:

A: There could be too much breading

B: The actual onion can be undercooked

Both A & B passed with flying colors. Well done!

So, Mel’s passed all three of my phases of a solid food review. It is very difficult to achieve perfection. Trust me, I am a perfectionist. This is as close to a perfect comfortable experience as you can get.

9.5/10

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 – 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

 

Food Review – Good Ole Fashioned Grill Out Good Mood Food

Hello Everyone,

I am back for another edition of food reviews.  This time, I am reviewing some food that we ate at home.  I’m talking some classic Summer grill out food!

On the menu was some hot dogs stuffed with colby cheese, that we purchased at a meet market in Wausau, WI, called “Country Fresh Meats”.  Second was corn on the cob drizzled with butter.  Last was a classic Summer favorite, watermelon!

The trick with grilling these cheese dogs, is you cannot get them charred, otherwise you will lose most of the cheese.  Once you have this down pat, then you are golden!  Then get your butter put on the corn, as soon as you can, while the temperature on the corn is hot, so you can get that maximum amazing flavor.  For the watermelon, no trick, just indulge, and enjoy the heck out of it.

Now, let’s rate!  Atmosphere – very decent, nice hot Summer day eating outside in my backyard.  Attitude – very good, no complaints.  Food – very good, comforting.  Overall, it won’t top an experience like Kroll’s West, but it does the job well.  8/10