Cooking with ‘the oldies’, Wisteria Lane*, Veracruz Corn, a celebrity, New York, and FOODalogue…curious?
As I see it, cooking has 3 components: skill, visual, taste.
Skill is the actual process of prepping the food; visual, the presentation and serving; and taste, of course, is the “proof of the pudding”, eating (hopefully with gusto). A sub-component of ‘skill’ is either following instructions or creating a new recipe. As many readers know, I’m not much of a recipe follower because my personal kick comes from the creating component.
When I was in NY recently, I asked my friend, Carolyn, what I could do to help her prepare the menu for a dinner party she was throwing that evening. She handed me a celebrity cookbook and asked me to make Veracruz Corn.
I discovered this is a recipe worth following (with a few exceptions). It was so good, I knew I’d want to make it again — and to share it with all of you. Get the recipe online or get the book on Amazon.
Can you say creamy, crunchy, cheesy, spicy goodness?
The FOODalogue variations: Instead of making aioli, we folded the chipolte/adobo sauce into mayonnaise. We also went lighter on the jalapeno and chipolte – and, trust us, it had plenty of heat.
To Carolyn: Thanks for getting me to ‘go by the book’. And for a great time!
Oh, and about cooking with ‘the oldies’…did you see that cute tabletop jukebox. We rock n’ rolled while we chopped and slopped.
*Wisteria Lane is the fictional name of a street where the characters of the American drama television series Desperate Housewives live. Eva Longoria is one of the stars.