Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just bullshitting. Here's some Bob's Burgers stuff.

So, I lapsed. Here's the last four weeks Bob's Burgers specials.
Episode 6: Dr. Yap
Burger 1: "It's fun to eat at the rYeMCA Burger (Comes on Rye w/Mustad, Cheese and Avocado)" It seems like an odd mix, heavy rye bread mated to Avo, which has a bright flavor, but a heavy feel. Odd.
Just one, that episode. Although: Moana-tonin was pretty awesome.

Episode 7: Moody Foodies
Burger 1: "If Looks Could Kale" Bob's made a burger with kale before. It's a running joke of him to use "fancy ingredients, like Kale" according to Jimmy Pesto (a rival cook). I'd imagine it's a burger topped with Kale.
Burger 2: "Little Swiss Bunshine Burger (comes on a buttered bun)" I assume it's with swiss.
Burger 3: "Girls just Wanna have Fennel" Sounds like a burger topped with fennel. The burger looks like the fennel is accompanied with cheese and tomatoes on screen.
Burger 4: "The Final Kraut Down Burger" seems like it'd be a simply burger topped with Sauerkraut. Simple enough...

Episode 8: Bad Tina
Burger 1: "Sit and Spinach Burger" Probably a normal burger of his topped with spinach in place of lettuce, or even on top of it. It's actually a pretty good topping for burgers, I've made it before, it works well.
Burger 2: "Sweaty Palms Burger (Comes with hearts of palm)" I know the reference is to Bob having just seen a stomp parody called "Cake" about patty-cake, culinarily (is that a word?), it would be the flesh of a young palm tree, I believe. Not something I'm too interested in eating, and something I doubt Bob Belcher could get his hands on at such short notice.

Episode 9: Beefsquatch
This one is awesome for some cool burger ideas. I'll probably borrow from this to make some great burgers. He goes into detail about his recipes, for the first time, in this episode. I hate talking about a Loren Bouchard cartoon in this kind of detail, but the man knows what he's doing. Plus, John Lennon was absolutely hilarious in the episode!
Burger 1: "Poutine on the Ritz (comes with poutine fries)" which would be a standard burger served with a side of fries and cheese curds served in brown gravy. Seems a little heavy and ethnocentric for a burger joint on the east coast.
Burger 2: "Onion-tended Consequences Burger" Bob cooks this while the Poutine burger is on the board, so, I don't know what this actually is. It's a burger with caramelized onions, fresh time and goat cheese. It's gotta be hella delicious, though.
Burger 3: "Bruscheta-bout'it Burger" Fresh mozz, basil, oil, vinegar. We can assume that before Gene ruined the segment that it would be a traditional Bruschetta on top of a beef patty, which I can see being very awesome. I definitely have to try that, sometime.
Burger 4: On the board in act 2 it says "Mesclun Around Burger" It, honestly, took me a short google search to find out it wasn't Mescaline. It's a french salad mix of Arugula, Spinach and Lettuce. Not too impressive, in my opinion, since it plays into his pattern. At the same time, I'm critiquing a cartoon burger cook.
Burger 5: "Mediterr-Ain't-Misbehavin' Burger" is made on the show, it's topped with feta and eggplant. It looks like the bun has a purple colored dressing and there's also a green on top of the patty. I can't tell you what's on it beyond what he described, or even how to top one, but, it shouldn't be hard to put something together.
Burger 6: "I'm Gonna Get You Succotash Burger" which is, as far as I can tell, a standard burger joint burger topped with succotash, which sounds great. In the show, it's sabotaged with habanero peppers to trick Gene. At the same time, I'd love to top a burger with succotash, a mix of corn and beans with maybe peppers and onions. Game on German heritage.
Burger 7: "Every Breath you Tikka Masala Burger" which seems to be a burger topped with curry paste and coconut milk. It, actually sounds awesome. It's a shame the show didn't allow this burger to be completed on screen. I'd love to put that together with a lamb patty, to be honest. Curry paste, coconut milk, green onions, goat cheese and lamb patties serves on flat bread would be an amazing burger.
Burger 8: "The Don't Get Creme Fraiche With Me Burger" assumed to be the standard diner burger topped with Creme Fraiche, rather than Mayo or Sour Creme. A sudden throw back to South Park is in my mind... oh... Bob.

That makes up the last bit of Season 2 of Bob's Burgers. I'd love to make all of his burgers, this season. Hopefully, I'll get back to the Cheese & Burger Society burgers soon, too. Man... I am both a bitch to adult cartoons and burgers. We'll see what happens.

Monday, May 14, 2012

More Bob's Burgers!

Well, I haven't been cooking a whole ton, recently. I've found myself attempting to woo girls in vain, enjoying some Scotch and Sodas and finding myself consuming enormous amounts of sandwich shop sandwiches. A little disappointing, all in all, but I'm enjoying the life I'm leading, at the loss of cooking ridiculously elaborate haute cuisine... or, rather, super downhome southern style food, chinese food and fantastic Mexican, considering I'd touched Haute about once in my journeys.

I'm currently letting the Pork Tacos from El Burrito Mexicano settle and watching some fun family guy. Hopefully, soon, I'll be cooking again. This is going to be a live post, I guess, cause I'm planning on posting up last week's Bob's Bourgers specials.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mexican Every Day

Yeah, it's a cookbook, a great one, but it's also my life, apparently. In the last 7 days, I've had Mexican 5 times... wait... no, six. Wowazowy!
Taco Bell twice, Taco Diner twice, homemade once and El Burrito Mexicano once...
so... much... mexican... yummy!

Friday, April 27, 2012

April 27th, 2012: Tamales

Well, I skipped last weeks post about the Big Ben. Sorry about that. I only had cell phone pics and felt that a post about another Cheese and Burger Society burger would be a bit... droll, considering that I've been doing nothing but posting about burgers, as of late.

So, here we are... Friday night. Fridays are what day? Burger day! Not tonight, it's Mexican Wednesday on a Friday!
I made Rick Bayless' Red Chili Pork Tamales. I made a huge mess of the kitchen making this. Coating the Cuisenart in red pepper, filling the mixer with batter and coating the sink in pork grease. I loved the idea behind how to cook the pork. I'm not a huge pork fan, myself. I don't like ham or pork-chops, just bacon and ribs. So, braising the pork in a pepper puree made the pork shoulder extremely succulent, delicate and flavorful. I absolutely loved the pork.

While making it, as per Bayless' recipe, I found that the sauce was all too hot for human consumption... at least human consumption outside of myself, considering I prefer the burn of hell in my food. I

made my own sauce, that was literally Rotel diced tomatoes with green chiles, Chili Verde and cumin. The sauce was delicious, but it turns out that Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilis is actually fairly hot... very hot... as hot as the sauce Rick Bayless had me make! And there's still a can of Rotel "hot" diced tomatoes with chilis in my pantry. How painful will those be?

In his show, Bayless often depicts himself using threads torn off of the corn husks to tie his tamales together while they steam. I tried this and found that the strands were far to short to successfully tie the tamales down. Given that my mother does not own kitchen twine (who does anymore?!) and that the strands were too short, I used gravity as my friend. The folded ends were held down by the weight of the tamale.

I absolutely loved this recipe, actually. I highly endorse this recipe. I did... though... cook it using corn husks rather than banana leaves, which worries me... will Lanie Bayless want to be with a guy who uses corn husks instead of banana leaves?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Bob's Burgers Season 2 specials

Since, I can't seem to find a proper list of the Season 2 specials, I will proceed to watch the entirity of Season 2 so far while drinking Old Style and compiling this list.

Party on, garth.

Episode 1: The Belchies
"I am Mad About Saffron"
I assume it's made with saffron in it, which I can honestly say, would be one of the more expensive burgers I'll make.

Episode 2: Bob Day Afternoon
"Chard to a crisp"
Bob describes this burger as "served with Swiss Chard," I'm assuming that it's sauteed chard, to counteract the bitterness. It sounds very similar to the Kale burger from the first season.

Episode 3: Synchronized Swimming
A bit of a continuity error on this one. In the first 5 minutes of the episode, the board reads "Burger Ala Mode - Comes with ice cream (not on tap)" but changes to "Shake your honeymaker burger (comes with honey mustard) on the next shot.
The first one is because Bob had just installed a soft serve icecream machine in the shop. The second one is easily do-able. A burger with honey-mustard. I'll just have to try and match it up to a Cheese and Burger Society burger.

The first episode of the Season to span more than one day, this makes it, also, the first episode to feature multiple "Burgers of the Day," The second one being "The one yam band burger (comes with yams)."
I don't know if that's a burger with yams on it or as a side. Maybe some sweet potato fries? If, in fact, the yams are on the burger itself, that is a hard flavor to juggle on a beef patty.

The third is the "Do Brussel (sic) Burger (comes with Brussel (sic) Sprouts)" which I assume that the sprouts are served as a side with them, as placing them on the burger itself would be rather challenging.

Episode 4: Burgerboss
"Goodnight and good leek burger"
I'd have to assume the leeks are served on the burger itself, given... well... how else would you serve them. They're not exactly a hot side for meat.

After waking up and taking more pain killers (a life I don't miss, much) Bob finds that the Burgerboss game is missing, in this scene all I can make out is "...(comes with a side of compote)" which I can only assume accompanies a Truman Capote reference. And question how exactly they make compote in a burger diner... this would be a challenge I'd like to take on.
Unfortunately, Bob spends very little time in the shop in this episode, so, we don't see much of the "special board"
The burger in the final scene is the "Band on the Bun burger (comes with wings)" which is an awesome send up to Paul McCartney and the Wings! Definitely on the side in this case.

Episode 5: Foodtrucks
"Chorizo your own adventure burger"
This seems like a great idea for a topping. There's the Cheese and Burger Society's Sheboygan for a starting point for this. Chorizo is a bit spicier than brats, though. So, it makes balancing hard to execute on this one. Bob, you are a challenging chap.

another odd continuity error causes the board to change from "Chorizo your own adventure burger" to "What's the Worcestershire that could happen burger" about five minutes in, which I assume is a burger with Worcestershire sauce in the meat. Pretty sure I've done it.

After Gene blows up the truck, another special appears on the board, this one reading "Where have you bean all my life (served with a bed of beans)" which is strange, that the special changed three times in one day. Maybe we can chalk this up to Louise playing with the board? Obviously, a burger served with some kind of bean side?

Well, looking back on the show... when you see the parenthesis framing the add-on, it indicates that it's a side while the specials that don't feature the parenthesis seem be "on burger." The Yams and Brussels Sprouts seem to be sides while the Chorizo and Swiss Chard seem to be toppings. And, now we have a standardization. And now we have me being a little too into this show.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 15th, 2012: Burger Sunday; New Bacon-ings

Well, I missed Burger Friday this week due to working. And I will, again, this week. So, what did I do? I made "The Gypsy" from The Cheese and Burger Society. I also rolled my "Bob's Burger" theme into this one. I made the "New Bacon-ings" from the pilot episode of the show. "Served with Bacon." I took some liberties with it by making it a much fancier burger than Bob would have served. The Gypsy is a very interesting burger. It mixes a lot of different flavors together, some of which you'd never think would come together well.

The burger is topped with fresh mozzarella and parmigiana cheese. I got the real stuff, not the "shaky" cheese as Paula Small would put it (+5 internets for referencing two Loren Bouchard TV series in one post!). The mozzarella and parmigiana sat atop two strips of thick cut peppered bacon (I believe Hormel brand, I can't quite remember) on top of a 1/3 lbs patty. This construct sat on thinly sliced red onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. The bun was an "Onion Kaiser" bun with ranch dressing. The one gripe I have is that the crunch of the cucumbers mixed with the crunch of the bacon made each bite feel a little odd. Two distinct crunches, one top, one bottom.

Now, I'd never think that Ranch and cucumbers would go well with bacon, beef and Italian cheeses, but I was wrong. The brightness of the cucumbers and Ranch dressing sort of "framed" the other flavors of the burger. I was very impressed with the suggestions of the Cheese and Burger Society.

I really liked it!

Another $20 burger successfully executed.

First picture courtesy of Eater

Friday, April 13, 2012

next burger?
yes, this will be the next burger I make.