|Sauce or Soup?|
They come from gritty neighborhoods in Portland, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago and Seattle and they have spread forth through our country and onto our television sets in a blitzkrieg fashion. They have waged an unparalled PR campaign and convinced us that pomegranates are more important than pigs, that compotes should be the leading man and carne the character actor. I've had enough. My palate is confused and overwhelmed. It doesn't want new it wants delicious. The taste of a big beautiful cut of beef doesn't need to be hidden beneath a potpourri of fruits and vegetables. It needs to be bathed in it's own fats and dropped on a plate. If you want to put a little something on the side to add a little kick, that's okay, but we don't need to slather it in a bunch of crap. I have long assumed that ketchup and mustard were invented to cover the poor taste of low quality sausages. I long ago removed those crutches from life. Today we have wonderful hot dogs and sausages that need nothing. If you want to put some toppings on there to make your dog even more delicious I understand, but hiding it's taste is no longer necessary. Our high end meats, like our hot dogs, have improved, as has our access to them, so why are we moving in the wrong direction with this? I refuse to cover my rib eye in anything that would make it taste less like a rib eye.
|My Culinary Heroes|