Episode #75 was a very special episode of our cooking show, Hot Kitchen. We put out a call on facebook for our viewers to send us their favorite date night recipes. All of our participants won a free copy of our e-cookbook Date Night at Home and winning recipes were to be featured on the show and crosslinked through the blog and credits.
Chef Chris Nicholson’s Roasted Salmon with Tomato Avocado Salsa
Mamma Ozzy’s Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese
John‘s Chocolate Souffle
The shoot went very well. We had some comedic moments when I realized I had forgotten a couple of ingredients, but thanks to a well stocked pantry we were able to make workarounds!
I’ll tell you about them because they are educational and really funny. The first workaround was that we needed a little sweet liqueur to drizzle over the souffles. When shopping I forgot to go to the liquor store- duh!! So with a little coconut milk, honey, coffee, and 151 rum, I magically made “coffee cream liqueur.” It worked perfectly, in fact it was a dead ringer for some nice coffee cream liqueres I have tasted.
The other workaround was that I forgot freakin’ jalapenos for the avocado salsa. (Really?!) By this time it was about one in the morning and the store was closed. However, I did just have a little pepper fest, so I actually had plenty of dehydrated jalapenos! I rehydrated the prettiest one, and it came back perfectly. The pepper was seeded, chopped, and added to the salsa with no degradation of flavor!
The result was incredible food and a flawless shoot. As a bonus I saved money by being creative and maintaining a stocked pantry.
The 151, by the way, is an absolute must in our Hot Kitchen. We don’t drink it; it is exclusively for lighting food on fire and as a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants liqueur maker.
Dried peppers are another absolute must in the kitchen. They are a pain because they must be rehydrated, but WOW are dried peppers a culinary lifesaver.