NEW EPISODE OF COOKING FOR REAL TODAY!!!!!!
It's called Chow Down and the star of the show is my Chunky Chicken Chowder, perfect if the weather is starting to turn on you wherever you are. A little behind the scenes for you ... The chowder is inspired by a soup I get here often in Brooklyn when I'm feeling under the weather. It's called pesole and actually, my guy goes to get it for me, because this is my go-to soup when a cold has socked me a huge punch and I can't even get out of bed. Traditionally pesole is a soup made with pork, but we get it with chicken to mimic a good ole cold-killin' chicken noodle soup. I've even make it even when I'm not sick, so I give you my version today, not the traditional with pork. A bit healthier and the taste is out of this world! There are huge, plump hominy kernels I simply call white corn or choclo and then what I really like about the soup is locally here in Brooklyn, there's always a huge bone or two in your bowl with meat still attached, sooooooooo gooood! The bone adds flavor, but I love getting to the bottom of the bowl and knawing the rest of my way to health :-).
So, the behind the scenes thing is, to many - that bone in the soup may look unappetizing. Matter of fact it sounded very unappetizing to a member of the production team. There was actually discussion about me not putting the bones in the soup and the final bowl I make for myself. I actually had to make a case for them, even though it may look unappealing to some, it's authentic that way. Gladly, the team agreed I should keep it authentic, ahem Real :-), and the bone stays! To go with the Chunky Chicken Chowder I have my Roasted Tom and Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, these are grilled cheeses for the grilled cheese lover. Roasted plum tomato slices, cilantro, red onions and pepper jack cheese, geez. Hope you really give this one a try! I finish up with a drink only for the heat lovers, it's my Hot Choco Loco. It's chocolaty and it's crazy!!! It's heat on top of heat and I'll just say, it's one of my fave things to have when snuggled up on the couch watching television during cold or rainy weather. I start with 2 jalapenos, but if you are not into it .. maybe try with one? Trust me though ... the heat of two are so on point if you like spicy!
Well, that's it! Food and new tales of eating on today's newest ep of Cooking for Real!! Season 8! Thanks so much for the support!! Hope you like the new season. If you are catching this late because you enjoy internet free weekends ... Catch the show on Monday as well at 4PM!
Cleveland! I'm on the way! I'm getting into a Healthy Food Fight with Aetna and it's been plenty of fun so far! Come out and hang with me at the Ripe! Food and Garden Festival Sunday all day! Just look for the blue and orange Aetna truck!
Don't forget! Today, Cooking for Real: Chow Down at 12noon eastern. Tell a friend!