Alabama Tamale

This is a dish that combines Montgomery and Monterey: spicy chorizo with masa, southern greens, and Alabama white BBQ sauce. Three keys: make sure you give the greens enough time to soften, allow the steaming to fully cook the masa, and don’t overcook the chorizo; also use high-quality chorizo like Happy Family (did I just…

Reuben Fritters

I love Reubens as followers of this blog will attest. I have done Reuben egg rolls, Korean Reubens, and even a New York Reuben. My usual issue with the original Reuben is its portability – it’s messy to eat this big sandwich on the run. So let’s make Ruben fritters. All the same flavors just…

My quick guide to weird meat (the organs)

My family were hunters, and we used the whole animal. Another kicker is my dad worked as a butcher as a second career. So, it was not unusual that the organs were part of the meal, much to the dogs’ chagrin. Hearts, livers, gizzards and brains were all fair game. Most people don’t like the…

New Jersey Disco Fries in the air fryer

This is the state dish of New Jersey and was popularized in the movie Saturday Night Fever (kids ask your parents). There were diners that served these to people who were coming back from discos in New York City. (Again, ask your parents). I found it a little bland and heavy, so I added some…

Gooey Butter Cake

This dessert is uniquely Saint Louis. Like ribs and fried ravioli, this is a must eat item when visiting Saint Louis. Now, many people make some changes to this, and I’m no different. I add some nuts and some bourbon vanilla. I hope you like it. 1 box yellow cake mix4 eggs, divided1/2 cup butter,…