Monthly Archives: January 2012

Raising Cane’s Sauce

box combo

Besides In-N-Out, Raising Cane’s is the best fast food I’ve ever had!  Raising Cane’s originated in Baton Rouge by an LSU student who suggested a chicken fingers restaurant as his business plan for one of his classes.  He got a C on the assignment but still went with the idea, and over the past 15 years the chain has been expanding all over the country.  Cane’s even gets an endorsement from Michigan Football stars Drew Dileo (full disclosure: a Baton Rouge native) and Roy Roundtree:

Each combo comes with chicken fingers, crinkle cut fries, Texas toast (delicious), and Cane’s sauce.  I found a recipe for the sauce that Roy Roundtree is raving about!  It’s really simple:

Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup mayonnaise
– 1/4 cup ketchup
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– ground black pepper
– dash of lemon juice

Looks pretty similar huh!?  These are just chicken tenders from Walmart.  The sauce also tasted pretty much the same (I didn’t have lemon juice though).  I think it’s best served cold, and it goes great with chicken, fries, and even bread.

Queso Blanco

I found this recipe on Pinterest!  Pinterest is awesome if you waste a lot of time just looking at things on the internet, like I do.  I pretty much followed the recipe exactly, but instead of using one jalapeno, I used a can of diced jalapenos.  This turned out to be a good idea; on the first taste it wasn’t spicy at all, so then I added another tbsp of jalapeno juice – a trick I learned in high school from stirring nacho cheese at LSU football games!  This would be awesome if you have one of those tiny crockpots meant for keeping dip warm, and also a lot of friends… it’s not fun eating a pound of melted cheese by yourself.

Ingredients:
– half an onion, finely diced
– 2 tbsp diced jalepenos (add a lot more if you like it spicy)
– 12 oz. white American cheese
– 4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese
– 1 Roma tomato, finely diced
– 1/4 to 2/3 cup milk
– 2 tbsp cilantro, minced

Directions:
1.  Heat canola oil on medium-high heat in a nonstick saucepan, then add the onions and jalapenos. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
2.  Add the cheeses with 1/4 cup milk; stir until it’s completely melted.
3.  Mix in the tomato and cilantro; whisk in more milk until you get your desired consistency.

New Orleans Trip!

Geaux Blue!

Sorry about the delay in updates, loyal followers!  I spent New Year’s in New Orleans, Louisiana, where my beloved Michigan Wolverines were playing in the Sugar Bowl for just the second time in history.  A few of my Michigan friends flew down to see the game, which we were undeservedly lucky enough to win.

The other highlight of the trip was eating all the delicious food New Orleans has to offer!  A few of my friends had alligator poboys (1) from Pierre Maspero’s, while I had the crawfish etouffee (2).  Alligator just tastes like rubbery chicken but the seasoning they had on this was so good, my friends said they should have just served it without the bread.  As you can see from the crawfish etouffee, Cajun food isn’t really the most photogenic.  It looks a lot like slop, which is why I don’t have a picture of chicken and andouille gumbo from the Gumbo Shop, which is pretty good for the price ($8.50 for a bowl).

Our last day, we tried to go to the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter, but they don’t take reservations.  When we got there, there was a line outside the door estimated to be about 45 minutes!  We weren’t going to stand in the cold, so next door is Bourbon House, which was able to seat us immediately.  The table shared some oysters, and then I had paneed veal and crab with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus (3).  Yum!  Others had grilled tuna, catfish, rib-eye, or chicken, and everyone was really happy with the meal.  I’d definitely recommend going there.

Finally, the best part of the food in New Orleans is Cafe du Monde!  Located right across from Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde is known for its beignets (basically funnel cakes) and cafe au lait (coffee with hot milk).  We quickly learned that going here when there is any daylight at all is a mistake, since there are huge lines for both eating in and takeout.  Out of the four days I was in NOLA, I ate beignets for three of them and had cafe au lait the other day.

beignets

I had a great time in New Orleans!  Good food, Michigan win, what could be better!?  (Answer: LSU national championship.  Geaux Tigers!)