Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lost in Space...with Cheese

'Tis a dark dark for scientific endeavour and dairy products as the world's first successful attempt to put cheese in space has been lost after landing.


I can't help but wonder that they lost it on purpose to gain more publicity. Also, the reward for finding the lost capsule is you get to eat the cheese that touched the face of god.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Frat-Boy Gourmet presents: Cooking with Booze! Vodka sauce

Here's a fun, tasty sauce that goes well with cheese tortellini or ravioli

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 medium-large tomatoes
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese
How to make.
  • In a small bowl, combine vodka and red pepper flakes. Set aside for 1 hour.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute bacon, garlic, parsley, basil, salt and pepper until bacon is evenly cooked. Pour in vodka mixture, and simmer 10 minutes. Crush tomatoes, and stir in with 2 cans of tomato sauce, and 1 (8 ounce) can water. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in 1 cup heavy cream and cheese, and cook 2 minutes.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Schrodinger, Aquaman, and Fonzerelli.

Just a random sort musing about Aquaman. The DC comics character that everyone makes fun of, because he was really lame and useless on The Superfriends cartoon that supplies all pop culture knowledge of Aquaman, and really most of the Justice League. In the cartoon his primary abilities of talking to fish and swimming really fast are not especially relevant to any adventure the other land-based heroes would be having. This forced the show's writers to clumsly jam in some sort of marine disaster or a fish monster attack just so he would have something to do. Comlete and utter lameness, in summary.

If you talk to any DC comics reader (forgive my lack of knowledge I was Marvel reader in my youth); Aquaman, in his own books, is a total badass. He fight Lovecraftian eldrich abominations, he chopped off his own hand, he has crazy Conan the Barbarian style adventures under the sea, and does all sorts of cool shit.

But no one reads Aquaman comics, all anyone really knows about him comes from the pop culture references that mock his lameness. So we have a case where the observed charcter is uncool and the unobserved character is cool, resulting in somesort of state where is both cool and not cool at the same time: Schrodinger's coolness.

Yeah, I don't know where I was going with that either, but I figured I'd write it down.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Frat-Boy Gourmet: Chili-sagna

I hope I can turn this into an on going series of easy(ish), cheap dishes that will impress friends and confound the people who thought they taught you how to cook.

Chili-sagna (aka chili lasagna/Scott's twisted fusion cooking experiment #3)
The dish combines chili, guacamole, cheese and noodles in the style of an Italian favourite. Guaranteed to upset Nonas and Abuellas alike.

  • 1lb Hamburger
  • 1 Green pepper
  • 3 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • garlic, black pepper, hot sauce to taste.

Brown and drain burger in large pot, dice peppers (FOR THE HATRED OF GODS ANCIENT AND TERRIBLE, DON'T TOUCH YOUR EYES), and all ingredients to pot, bring to boil then simmer for 30 min-1hr. the longer the better

Guacamole filling
  • 3 avocados - peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 dash ground black pepper
  • 1 dash garlic salt
  • 1 dash onion powder
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the avocados, sour cream, cream cheese and salsa. Blend to desired consistency.
  2. In a small bowl mix the salt, pepper, garlic salt and onion powder. Stir into the avocado mixture.
  • 500g lasagna noodles (not the oven ready kind)
  • 1lb Monterrey Jack cheese.
  1. grate cheese
  2. prep noodles accordeing to box directions
  3. pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  4. spread 1/2 cup chili in the bottom of a 13x9 baking pan
  5. layer noodles, scoop on a thin another layer of chili, cover with 1/3 cheese mix
  6. layer noodles, cover with guacamole filling.
  7. layer noodles, cover with chili and cheese
  8. layer noodles, top in off with remaining chili and cheese
  9. cover with aluminum foil
  10. bake 30 min
  11. uncover, back 15-20 min
  12. let sit 10min before serving, unless impatient.

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