White Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Grilled Chicken

Dangerous!  This is a word that can accurately describe certain parts of Philadelphia.  More frequently than I care to read or hear in the newspaper or radio are episodes or sprees of crime happening in the City of Brotherly Love.  Where’s the love you may ask?  Apparently not in north or south Philly where, according to my very unscientific media-based observation, a huge portion of our city’s crime takes place.  One of the more recent and prominent episodes involved the “Kensington Strangler,” in which a 22 year-old man assaulted and strangled to death three women over a one month period.  While there should never be any “fame” in crime, Philadelphia does have its fair share of infamous criminals.  Many of these criminals, including “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone, spent time in Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, once the most famous and expensive prison in the world.  According to it’s website, Eastern State Penitentiary is “known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true ‘penitentiary,’ a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts.”  Eastern State Penitentiary is no longer a prison and is now a museum open everyday from 10am to 5pm.  It is an impressive place and is definitely worth checking out, especially around Halloween.

White Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Grilled Chicken (from L.A. Times)

Dangerous is not only a word that describes the past and present criminals of Philadelphia, but also this macaroni and cheese.  It will be known for its “grand architecture” (white truffle olive oil amongst other things) and it’s required self- “strict discipline” to avoid over consuming such a flavor- and calorie-rich dish.  It is possible that enjoying this dish will inspire “penitence” and “true regret” and create a yearning to immediately resume healthy eating and an exercise regime.  There are 2 types of cheese – Boursin Garlic and Herb Gournay cheese (oh so good!) and mozzarella , one quart of heavy cream, crispy pancetta and bread crumbs sauteed in pancetta fat.  I’m not recommending enjoying such a rich dish as a daily ritual, but it is worthwhile making this on a special occasion.  Trust me, it’s dangerously good!

I recommend adding some fresh mozzarella cheese to this prior to serving (not part of the original recipe) and serving it with some sort of fresh vegetable (see next post) and a great wine (perhaps a cabernet or a rioja or a zinfandel).


Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings
February 8, 2011, 8:53 pm
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This past weekend was the Wing Bowl in Philadelphia.  Wing Bowl began in the early 1990s with 2 contestants and 150 spectators and has grown into an event where 25 contestants competing for the Liberty Bell Trophy with the enough spectators to fill the 20,000+ seat Wells Fargo Center where both the 76ers and the Flyers call their home.  From what I read (I did not attend), it’s quite the event.  People begin showing up around 4am and fill the stadium by 5am.  The event starts soon thereafter with the procession of the competitors and their “wingettes.”  Last year’s champion, El Wingador, a fat man with a bleach blond mullet, was carried in on a throne.  El Wingador later ate 254 wings, but lost by 1 wing to winner “Super Squibb.”  Celebrities in the crowd included hot dog eating champion Kobayashi and adult film star Ron Jeremy.  To read more on this event click the link above.

Wing Bowl was not my ultimate motivation for this post.  Luckily, the Super Bowl was the same weekend.  The Super Bowl is the greatest excuse to drink beer and eat incredibly unhealthy food while simultaneously watching great football and commercials.  Wings and several IPAs totally fit the category of unhealthy food and drink.  And for the record, I enjoyed watching the Packers beating the Steelers.  I would rather see any other team win then Pittsburgh!

Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings (from Serious Eats)

If you have never had Sriracha, shame on you.  Unlike ketchup, Sriracha is good on everything.  Thus, wings that combine the flavors of Srirach, orange blossom honey and lime should be out of this world.  Turns out, this was a fairly accurate description based upon the critique from my friends Saoirse Owens, Priya Patel and Radnor Law.

The recipe is good and requires no deviations or comments.  Just be careful not to burn yourself when frying the wings. The initial placement/drop of the cold, raw wings in the hot vegetable oil can cause the oil to splatter.  Serve warm with carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing.

Balsamic Chicken Wings (from Food Network)

Think of this as a bonus to this post.  I didn’t want this post to have a generic title like “Chicken Wings” so I put this one following the Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings.  It’s place in the post or it’s lack of attention in the title does not indicate that this is bad or even second best to the first recipe.  It is quite good as well and merely has a different taste than the Sriracha wings.  These may even be considered “healthier” than the Sriracha wings since they are baked rather than fried.

Again, no deviations from the recipe or comments to share.  Follow the recipe and serve with carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing.