Welcome to YESvember!

Chilehead Monthly Logo Novembe

This month definitely needs a new name. It is such a negative to say NOvember. So for the rest of this column we are only going to refer this month in the positive and rename it as YESvember. Hey, it is such a great month with the beautiful colors of Autumn spreading across our great land. It is also a great foodie month with Thanksgiving bringing such great traditional dishes, and a chance for the Chilehead in all of us to spice up some of the dishes. Well, most families would object, but if you have a good turkey-enhancing table sauce or two, then you can still put the THANKS in Thanksgiving.

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The Freakie Foodie – Nov. 2015

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Ancient Aliens Sous Vide Potatoes

I have to admit that I am fan of the show Ancient Aliens – especially Giorgio Tsoukalos and his crazy hair. If you aren’t familiar with either, just do an image search on Google for “Aliens” and you will see what I mean.

I also like to tinker and build things, and recently I built my own sous vide controller. For those of you who have not yet been exposed to the wonder that is sous vide, it is essentially cooking vacuum sealed food in very precisely controlled water bath. Chances are if you have eaten in a restaurant recently, at least one of your dishes was prepared this way. The reason is simple, the tight temperature control allows one to cook food at exactly the right temperature very slowly so that food cooks evenly all the way through and cannot overcook. Once the food is fully cooked, it is usually finished on a grill or in a skillet to give it an appetizing appearance and external texture.

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