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Another chili thread...

I know there are a thousand chili threads already but I'm looking for some specific advice..

I've been experimenting with my chili and I've gotten it pretty decent I think but I'm looking to try and get that really deep, smoky flavor, with a little bit of tangy sweetness.

I make mine without beans... just a personal choice. I just don't like the texture of beans in my chili.

I season and brown ground chuck, then saute onions, green peppers and garlic in oil and brown sugar.

Throw all of that in a big pot and add fire-roasted crushed tomatoes and then add chili pepper, oregano, and cumin and then beer (bock is what I seem to like best) and chipotles in adobo (i pour in some of the adobo sauce for heat.)

I've been experimenting with adding coffee/cocoa/simi-sweet choc chips.

Anyway the flavor is pretty good but it's just not very smoky and complex.

Any ideas? I don't have a meat smoker. I've also been trying to add brisket meat too but it keeps coming out too tough.

Apr 01, 2012
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

It's That Time of Year - Make Your Own Cointreau / Triple Sec / Orange Bitters

So I tried the new version and I think it is actually now even farther from the taste of Cointreau. Cointreau has a sweet richness that hits the back of your throat with nice candied orange flavors. I spent about an hour experimenting with all sorts of sugar/syrup combinations with my mixture and I just couldn't get that flavor.. Mine has sort of a bitter, acidic flavor, closer to an orange juice flavor rather than that nice fat candy flavor.

I'm thinking maybe I'll try again and this time start with tangerine and clementine peels and I'll let it infuse for 3-4 weeks and see if it brings out some of those candy flavors.

Any ideas?

Feb 26, 2012
yossarian22 in Spirits

It's That Time of Year - Make Your Own Cointreau / Triple Sec / Orange Bitters

Actually that's just what I wanted to hear. I really wasn't sure about the Navel's.. I stopped at the store tonight and picked up some Tangerines and tangelos and I replaced about half the orange peels with those peels.

I'll let it infuse for a day or two and then report back.

Also do you think it makes much of a difference sweetening it with plain sugar versus sugar syrup? Just wondering if I should go through the trouble of making sugar syrup just for this.

Feb 23, 2012
yossarian22 in Spirits

It's That Time of Year - Make Your Own Cointreau / Triple Sec / Orange Bitters

I love making on the rocks margaritas so I figured I'd give this a try. I put the peels from about 2 navel oranges and a couple strips of lemon peel in a bottle of Gordon's vodka and they have been infusing for about 72 hours.

I just gave it a taste and tried mixing in some sugar syrup to get the taste right. It's pretty good for triple sec but I tried it alongside Cointreau and I preferred the Cointreau. Any tips for getting the taste closer to the Cointreau flavor? Should I just let it infuse longer? should I maybe have used tangerine peels? would it hurt to get some tangerine peels and add it to my mixture at this point?

Feb 23, 2012
yossarian22 in Spirits

Beer Tasting

A dubbel is an interesting idea.. I hadn't considered that. I chose pale ale over an IPA and a porter over an imperial stout with the reasoning that I didn't want to frighten them away from a certain style. I now really enjoy pale ales and IPA's but at first I remember I wasn't really sure if I liked all that hoppiness because it was so different from anything else I'd had. I figured I didn't need a stout and a porter so I went with one of my all time favorites the GLBC EdFitz Porter.

My list is kind of strange because I'm trying to do a few things- get a variety of popular styles, include some of my favorites and some of the beers that were "revelatory" for me and choose ones that I think they will enjoy and want to pursue other beers in those styles.

I'm really excited to see their reactions to the pale ale and the porter since all they've had is the typical underage college swill and I don't think they even have any idea that beer can taste so different.

Feb 16, 2012
yossarian22 in Beer

What Are Your Favorite Beers To Compliment Spicy Chili?

I put Bock in my Chili and I drink it with my chili. Incidentally, good homemade chili is probably one of my very favorite things to drink beer with. I don't know what it is about it... good bock and mildly spicy chili are just so great together.

Feb 15, 2012
yossarian22 in Beer

Beer Tasting

Interesting recommendations. Some of those I've never seen or heard of. I'll have to try to find them.

I think I solved my pilsner problem- just today I saw the SA Noble Pils so I had to pick up a sixer. I know it's not quite a traditional pilsner but it's one of my favorites. And I think it's a fairly popular brew because it says on their website that they're making it a year-long brew.

I am pretty excited for the tasting. I consider myself a "beer geek" but really I've only been in the beer world for a few years so I still have so much to taste. It will be fun to experience my brother and girlfriend's reactions to these different styles and be able to recommend them new things to try.

Also, any ideas on easy foods to serve? I was planning to have (fairly mild) chili because it's one of my all time favorite things to have beer with and I make a pretty darned good pot of chili.

Feb 15, 2012
yossarian22 in Beer

Beer Tasting

I'm a pretty big beer geek but my younger brother and my girlfriend both just turned 21 so all they have ever really had is Bud light/keystone etc. and they would like to enter the world of good beer. So I'm having a little beer tasting party for them. We've got a pretty good beer store where they sell a large selection of single bottles so I'm hoping to get 6 different styles for them to taste. I'm really looking forward to this but I just wondered what 6 you would choose for contrasting styles.

I've got Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and a local bock that i want them to try. So for the other 6 I was thinking-

Samuel Adams Lager- Not the best, I know, but quite a few people I know cite this as their "crossover beer" and I think it's a decent lager and worth a try.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale- for the hoppy selection. I was considering maybe going with a great IPA like the Dogfish Head 90 minute or the SN Torpedo since I think they're both better beers but I don't want to overwhelm them with hops and I think the classic Pale Ale is pretty balanced.

I'd like a recommendation for a good pilsner- I don't drink plisners a lot so probably the best I've had is the Prima Pils by Victory BrewCo. and I'm not completely sure if that's available.. so any recommendations?

Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale- I wanted to include an Irish Red because that was one of the first beers I really liked.

I'm not sure what style to make my last one... I was thinking a good American Wheat Ale because I love some of those during the summer. I know I'd be leaving out all the Belgian styles but I've never been too big on Belgian beers and I'm not sure they'd be the greatest thing for this kind of tasting. Maybe we'd do another tasting where we just do all Belgian Beers.

So anyway.. I just wondered what recommendations/suggestions/ideas CH would have.

Feb 15, 2012
yossarian22 in Beer

Need help with my steak!

flip it back to the original side before sticking it in the oven?

I forgot to mention.. that's what I was doing at first and still didn't get much good flavor.

Oct 25, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

Need help with my steak!

I'm trying to perfect my steaks and I'm running into a few problems. I think the biggest problem could be my steaks to begin with.

I've been buying my meat at my local Kroger because there really aren't any good butchers close. I would really like to get some USDA Prime but I just really can't seem to find anywhere around that has it. (I live in Columbus OH if anybody knows of anywhere..) I've been working with boneless ribeye because its a moderately cheap cut and one that I like from a restaurant.

The method I have been using is to heat my cast iron skillet to a pretty high temperature. I then lightly salt and pepper the steak and brush some vegetable oil on both sides. I then cook it for about 2 min and 15 seconds on each side and then brush a little butter on each side then keep flipping until desired doneness- about medium.

Before tonight my steak just didn't have much flavor. It was okay, but it wasn't that steakhouse-oh-my-god quality steak flavor.. I would rate the flavor about a 4/10. The steak has usually been fairly tender.. maybe a 7.5/10. Then tonight I did the same method and got a better flavor (6.5/10) but my steak came out ridiculously tough.

I think it may be the beef I'm using. But I did it before once with beef that I got out of town that I know was dry-aged.. I think it may have been choice.. but I just didn't get satisfying flavor.

So is there anything I'm doing wrong??

PS- I live in an apartment that outlaws outdoor grills so that's out of the question.. from what I've read though steakhouses usually use the skillet method anyway.

Oct 25, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

Laphroaig Vs. Ardbeg

I've mostly only tried Speysides and the more common blends, but I would like to try a Islay. Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10 are the two that are available to me and in my price range.. which do you prefer and why? Which do you think I would enjoy more as mainly a Speyside drinker?

Also, some folks have told me that what I want is the Laphroaig 10 cask strength.. and it would probably be affordable for me. My fear is that it will be too strong tasting and I want to sort of ease into Islays. Opinions?

I know, I know.. go to a bar and try some. But I really can't seem to find any bars within reasonable distance that have more than a few basic blends and Speysides.

Apr 28, 2011
yossarian22 in Spirits

What should I change about my home bar?

well I usually discourage mixing scotch..

Apr 23, 2011
yossarian22 in Spirits

What should I change about my home bar?

Wow. Thanks for all the info!

I think you're definitely right about the scotch.. rather than get two speysides I should pick an Islay or something else.. I tend to go through scotch fairly quickly just by myself so I'm sure I'll end up having both the Macallan and the Glenlivet as part of the bar eventually anyway.

Apr 18, 2011
yossarian22 in Spirits

What should I change about my home bar?

I guess I didn't really say this.. but I plan on using the bar mostly for entertaining.. and I'm actually a college student so my friends have a pretty wide variety of tastes. I have some friends who like good liquor straight and some who just like to drink some kind of fun party drinks. So I would like at least an decent vodka for friends who like to sip it neat and then a crappy one for those who don't care and just want a white russian or whatever. The same with tequila, it would probably be used mostly for margaritas.

So that's kind of where I'm coming from with this bar.. i just want to have a well rounded bar with a bit of everything for entertaining my friends who usually don't have strong preferences in taste. (I'm probably the snobbiest of my friends when it comes to liquor and beer.

Apr 18, 2011
yossarian22 in Spirits

What should I change about my home bar?

I'm just finishing my bar and now I need to stock it. This is the list I have made, what should I change about it that won't change the price very much?

Rum- Bacardi Gold, white and Captain Morgan (I'm thinking I should probably get a decent sipping rum too)

Gin- Tanquaray, Beefeater, and Seagram's

Vodka- Grey Goose (or Chopin) and Smirnoff's (I really don't care for vodka much)

Tequila- Cuervo Gold and silver (I don't care much for tequila either)

Brandy- Hennessy VS, and E&J

Bourbon- Jim Beam Black, Jack Daniel's (I know it's not actually bourbon) and Maker's Mark

Scotch- Johnny Walker Black, Chivas 12, Glenlivet 12, and Macallan 12 (I know these choices could be better but I want to stock both blended and single malt because I have friends who like both)

plus then all the liqueurs and mixers

what should I change about that?

Apr 18, 2011
yossarian22 in Spirits

Top 10 Chain/Fast Food Items

Not in order of favorites, just as I happened to think of them-

1. Panera Bread- Chipotle Chicken Sandwich
2. Steak n Shake- Spicy Chipotle Burger
3. Buffalo Wild Wings- onion rings with SOUTHWESTERN RANCH SAUCE (best sauce ever)
4. Max n Erma's- Ragin' Cajun Burger
5. Cheddar's- everything I've ever eaten there is incredible
6. Rally's/Checker's- Spicy Chicken Melt (which they just stopped making)
7. Chipotle- burritos
I'm embarrassed to admit it but-
8. Pizza Hut- Pan pizza (pepperoni, onion and bacon) and breadsticks (If I don't have plans on a weekend night sometimes it's my favorite thing to just order one of these and pick up a six pack and sit by myself and watch some TV)

Apr 11, 2011
yossarian22 in Chains

Buffalo Wild Wings Southwestern Ranch copycat

I really have no idea. I've seen some copycat recipes that get copied around the web and it drives me crazy because people will comment on the recipe and say how similar it tastes, but when I follow the recipe exactly it tastes nothing like it!

I've tried to figure out the flavors for myself but I just can't pinpoint it.. it's not salsa-y it's just really tangy and just enough spicy.

mm delicious!

I used to just order onion rings for carryout and ask for 4 or 5 extra little cups of the sauce and then I would just keep it in the fridge but now they charge me 60 cents per extra cup!

Apr 05, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

Buffalo Wild Wings Southwestern Ranch copycat

Buffalo Wild Wings- you can say what you like about it but they serve a southwestern ranch sauce with their onion rings that is just incredible.

Has anyone else tried it? I think it comes with a few other appetizers.. and maybe on a salad? I know its pretty salty but i am just in love with the flavors in the sauce.

Anyway I have never been able to find a decent recipe for it or a decent store bought SW ranch. I've tried copycat recipes on the web and they just don't taste anything like it..

can anybody help?

I've asked if i can purchase just the sauce but they said it comes in a huge 3 gallon bag. I even offered to buy that but they wouldn't sell it to me.

Apr 04, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

Your Favorite Pairing

That sounds amazing!

Apr 04, 2011
yossarian22 in Beer

What do you like to cook for yourself when your spouse or family isn't around?

Oh and I forgot about quesadillas. That's my standard for when I'm not feeling up to something fancy. I love trying to use whatever ingredients I have around in the quesadilla.

and it also goes perfectly with a beer.

Mar 31, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

What do you like to cook for yourself when your spouse or family isn't around?

some kind of seafood. usually crabcakes. maybe some kind of shrimp. and then i'll have some beer and turn on seinfeld.

ahhh. sometimes its better to be alone.

Mar 31, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

Your Favorite Pairing

I don't believe I am.. I'm the son of an Ohioan banker

Mar 29, 2011
yossarian22 in Beer

Inspirational Cookbook

I'll definitely check out Think LIke a Chef. I love Tom Colicchio.

Mar 29, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking

Your Favorite Pairing

hmm interesting. just the cheese by itself?

Mar 28, 2011
yossarian22 in Beer

Your Favorite Pairing

Interesting. Any kind of sauce with the lamb?

Mar 23, 2011
yossarian22 in Beer

Buffalo Wild Wings Southwestern Ranch

Buffalo Wild Wings- you can say what you like about it but they serve a southwestern ranch sauce with their onion rings that is just incredible.

Has anyone else tried it? I think it comes with a few other appetizers.. and maybe on a salad? I know its pretty salty but i am just in love with the flavors in the sauce.

Anyway I have never been able to find a decent recipe for it or a decent store bought SW ranch. I've tried copycat recipes on the web and they just don't taste anything like it..

can anybody help?

I've asked if i can purchase just the sauce but they said it comes in a huge 3 gallon bag. I even offered to buy that but they wouldn't sell it to me.

Mar 23, 2011
yossarian22 in Chains

Your Favorite Pairing

I always see lots of specific pairing ideas and questions but I thought I'd ask what your all time favorite beer/food pairing is.

Give me something that when you eat it you just have to have the beer with it or when you drink the beer it just makes you wish you had some of the food. Pairings that just belong together.

It's a plus if the beer isn't TOO obscure but if that's your all time favorite go ahead and post it.

Mar 23, 2011
yossarian22 in Beer

Inspirational Cookbook

I'm gradually becoming more and more of a home chef but I can't seem to find the kind of cookbook I would like..

I like to cook creatively and I hardly ever follow recipes exactly. Usually I use a recipe to some extent but mostly as a general starting point and I add my own touches to the recipe. But I can almost never just sit there and suddenly think of a good idea for an interesting dish. I need some kind of a starting inspiration.

Are there any books you could recommend that could give some basic ideas for exciting dishes don't necessarily give exact recipes?

Mar 22, 2011
yossarian22 in Home Cooking