|I feel like this book was loved... just not so much by me.|
This was one hundred and one percent a swing and a miss.
I want to apologize to Mrs. Franklin Ussery, Jr. of Alice, Texas. I did not do your recipe justice. Revert my awful, awful wine substitution if you are curious but please for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster do NOT repeat what I did.
|My shame incarnate.|
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup grated onion
1/3 cup presifted flour
1 1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Dash of garlic salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
Dash of ground cloves
|So Very Wrong|
Melt butter in a saucepan. Sauté onions until golden. Sprinkle with flour. Gradually stir in wine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and smooth.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer for 5 minutes.
This strictly speaking is an alphabetical cheat. In between deciding to start this up again (ie pulling out the next cookbook and pouring over it) and this post, I was gifted a collection of cookbooks. Thank you to the fine folks who make that happen by the way. So I should be cooking from 30 Minute Kosher, but America Cooks has plagued me.
Why you ask? Well, it is a very complete cookbook with lots of reference materials, basic methods, cross references, variations, and so much more. But something about this one just did not speak to me. It is a huge book and I generally skipped the pork/beef to keep the wifey happy... and found nothing I wanted to make for dinner.
Aside: this is a common problem. I find many older cook books to have a craptastic poultry section unless you are cooking a whole bird.
So I went to the sauces and just made something for which I "had" the ingredients.
And let us just be honest here. The fuck up has nothing to do with Mrs. Franklin Ussery, Jr or the rest of the kind, wonderful women of The General Federation of Women's Clubs. Oh no. I own this mistake. Take a look at the chapter listing:
- Hearty Sandwiches
- Quick Breads
- Yeast Breads
- Egg and Egg Dishes
- Cheese and Cheese Dishes
- Fish, Shellfish and Other Foods Prepared Like Fish
- Poultry and Game Birds
- Sauces for Fish, Poultry, Meat and Vegetables
- Stuffings and Garnishes for Fish, Poultry, Meat and Vegetables
- Dumplings and Other Starch Substitutions
- Rice and Rice Dishes
- Pasta Dishes and Sauces for Pasta
- Salad and Salad Dressings
- Pies and Pastries
- Frostings and Fillings
- Dessert Sauces
|Can I interest you in a side of jellied vinegar and hatred with your nuggets?|
Because I have been on a sauce kick. I eat chicken nuggets a lot. They are quick, easy, and (assuming you buy the right ones) reasonably healthy. But there is only so much barbecue or honey mustard one can eat. So I like to mix up my dipping sauces. Lately it has been brown sauce and I thought this might be my "next" thing. I was wrong. So very foolish and wrong.
|This smelled delicious. It was such a promising start.|
Now that I have gone on at length about nothing important, let us actually talk cooking. I substituted red wine vinegar and dried minced onions (the kind you find in the spice aisle) for red wine and grated onions. Also I did not have any ground clove, so gone. I do not think the dried minced onions was a bad substitution. * - I adjusted the quantity according to the side of the minced onions bottle. I forgot to write it down hence the unknown quantity in the recipe. Anyway they cooked quite nicely. This smelled wonderful... until I added the vinegar.
Once I added the vinegar this stung the nose. I love vinegar but I have my limits. This tastes like vinegar with a faint hint of beef and onions.
And the real kicker? Practically speaking, it is garbage for dipping. Way too thick.
|Pretty sure if I pulled this out of the fridge, nothing would have moved days later.|
In hopes of saving some face I slathered it all over some chicken thighs, let set in the fridge for an hour or two, and baked. This was not horrible, but just kind of bland ironically. Not much came though.
|How the fuck do you have an 1/8 teaspoons?!?|
Also as might be obvious, I halved the original. Not because I meant to, but I only had that much ingredients. Sigh. Let us face it, I was bound and determined to get this cookbook off my list and that was all that mattered.
I want to apologize to anyone who took the time to read this entire rant.
There are too many recipes and cookbooks I want to try. I will almost certainly never revisit this and give it a fair chance. Sorry again Mrs. Franklin Ussery, Jr. of Alice Texas!