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Winter cooking

I’m in a funny mood today.

When I was growing up, I didn’t eat very much meat. I didn’t (and mostly still don’t) like the texture of it. Fish and seafood was a-ok, but not meat. Or ketchup. Or mustard.

I had to have been a lot of fun to accompany to a McDonald’s. I’d have to special order a cheeseburger with nothing on it except cheese, and it’d take a long time. And they’d inevitably get it wrong. Eventually, I switched to the fish sandwich, no tartar, because they had to make that from scratch and they messed it up less.

When they released the Cheddar Melt, I was very thrilled – there was nothing for them to take off, and so nothing to get wrong! I loved them.

As an adult, I’d never eat at a McDonald’s, and if I did, I’d have to eat their salad or something because I’m super picky about meat and fish quality (it needs to have some).

Tonight, I found myself in the mood for a Cheddar Melt. So I’m making one. I couldn’t find Rye hamburger buns, so I made them myself. They are cooling on the cooling rack, waiting to be toasted later. I figured out how they did the onions (teriyaki sauce, who knew?) and I’ll start those in a bit.

I looked around for the cheddar sauce recipe, and found a lot of dreck out there, so I’m going to make my own with a roux and some milk. The meat is from Eastern Oregon ranchers and purposefully a little less lean than I normally get.

I’ll let you know if it turns out! I’m so excited. I’m having a Hopworks IPA with it, french fries and a green salad.


Damned if you do

We were waiting for some friends outside of Toro Bravo and I decided to go look at the list of shows coming to Wonder Ballroom. There had been a very well-dressed man in a suit who had been waiting outside just as long as we had. I started reading the shows the shows to Brian that I thought he might be interested in seeing, and just as I was about to say it, the gentleman in the suit said to me “Oh, you guys should go see the Damned!” heh. Made me laugh – and if I wasn’t a student again (and hence cash poor) that would have been the one show I’d want to see (well, I’d think about Skinny Puppy too). I still have vinyl of the Damned, how funny I could walk now to go see them.

Still haven’t figured out who the dapper man in the suit was, but it’s those sorts of random things that make me really happy! Oh, and Toro Bravo, yum! Can’t wait to go back for more tapas, what a great restaurant with amazing service!

Empanada Dough

I’m making squash and black bean empandas for dinner tonight.

Here’s my version of empanada dough:

Empanada dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup partially frozen butter (cut into small cubes, place them in the freezer until nearly frozen)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar


  1. In a large bowl sift together flour and salt.
  2. Blend in the cold butter cubes using your fingers until the mixture resembles pea-sized coarse meal.

  3. Whisk egg, ice water and vinegar in a bowl.
  4. Gradually add to flour, stirring until just incorporated (you don’t want to over mix or it will be tough, it’ll end up a bit lumpy).
  5. Put on a lightly floured surface and bring dough together with your hands. Gently knead with your hand once or twice (just to bring the dough together – don’t overwork it!!).
  6. Form the dough in a semi-flat ball.
  7. Cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap. Chill for at least one hour (can be chilled for up to 8).