A BLAST Cooking for the Roommates
By Dave Hoffman
As the only person with any experience in the kitchen amongst an apartment with 4 roommates, my job as the house chef comes as both a pleasure and a challenge. We’re poor artists and college students from all different walks of life, so it is important to fill our stomachs without emptying pockets. I’m a food lover and restaurant enthusiast, so for me it is essential that my food is not only good, but that the experience is memorable.
Growing up with a Buffalo native as a mother, it comes as no surprise that one of my favorite dishes is buffalo wings. Time and time again I try to teach my roommates how to create my edible masterpiece but it goes nowhere. Last night, the game changed when I broke out my bottle of BLiS BLAST hot sauce and whipped up some wings.
It all starts with evenly spreading out the raw wings on greased baking sheets. Laying out raw chicken may seem like a simple task but somehow my roommates always manage to lose half the chicken to our dog. This is usually the point I thank them for their enthusiasm and agree to take on dinner myself. I then put chicken in a 400F oven for about 45 minutes, flipping it once, until the wings are cooked and golden to perfection. Then I toss the baked wings in a combination of my BLAST hot sauce, melted butter and a little minced garlic.
When the scent of spicy, mouth-watering wings fills our crazy little apartment, all my roommates begin to suddenly become some of the most helpful and efficient people in the world. Within seconds blue cheese is poured out, and paper towels are ready to go. I like to serve my wings with a healthy portion of maple-roasted sweet potatoes and fresh rolls, both of which are low cost but yield beautiful results. There is nothing like making your friends happy by making them food you love. And despite the time and sweat that goes into it, it’s a rewarding process every time.
- 12 Full Chicken Wings
- 3 Ounces Unsalted Butter
- 1 Small Minced Garlic Clove
- 1/4 Cup of BLAST Hot Sauce
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Kosher Salt
- Evenly place wings on greased baking sheet
- Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown dipping once.
- Meanwhile melt the butter with the garlic over medium low heat.
- Combine garlic butter, BLAST hot sauce, and wings in a large bowl.
- Toss it, serve, and enjoy!
A BLiSful Birthday Tart
By Jan Guarini
It was my daughter's birthday and I wanted to surprise her with something out of the ordinary. My memory took me back in time to when she shared with me her time spent in Paris. Shortly after that I came across a recipe by Patricia Wells for this chocolate tart. It was very ambitious of me to try something of this magnitude.
The ingredients included heavy cream, pure maple syrup, butter and honey among others which were all very indulging and rich. When she stepped out for a few hours I started chopping nuts and dried fruits. I prepared the tart pan with a rich buttery puff pastry dough.
While that waited, a saucepan hit the flames for the rich filling to be mixed and blended. Into the saucepan went the butter, honey, brown sugar, B Grade BLiS pure maple syrup, chopped nuts and chopped dried fruits. Next the gooey mixture filled the tart pan lined with the puff pastry and then into a pre-heated oven ready to be baked to golden perfection. While the tart was cooling I began the next step, which was to make the chocolate ganache. Another saucepan was waiting in the wings to be lled with chocolaty richness and deliciousness. First heavy cream was heated until it gently melted the bittersweet chocolate into an ocean of velvety chocolate lushness. That was then poured over the tart already lled with the gooey filling.
The tart was then tucked away in the fridge hidden for a birthday surprise later in the evening. After dinner we celebrated and enjoyed our chocolate tart outside in the gazebo. It was not your ordinary birthday cake, which made it extra special and quite memorable. Every bite was rich and satisfying. The dessert denitely took us back to Paris in our minds and hearts but mostly in our palates.
8 oz all-butter puff pastry
3 T butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 t fine sea salt
1 T honey
3 T maple syrup
2 T walnuts, coarsely ground
2 T almonds, coarsely ground
2 T hazelnuts, coarsely ground
2 T dried apricots, minced
2 T dried figs, minced
2 T candied orange peel
1 C heavy cream
8 oz bittersweet chocolate
Full Recipe: http://www.patriciawells.com/Patrica