Archive for October, 2010

Fried Chicken at Hill Country

Fried Chicken at Hill Country, NYC. The crispiest, most succulent, fried chicken i’ve tasted in ages. And don’t even get me started on their pies!

Bob Blumer Fried Chicken

World Gumbo Cook-off

It’s a tradition amongst professional cyclists that after the most important races are over, the team leaders switch roles and act as domestiques (the French cycling term for worker bees who pave the way for their leaders), for the team members who support them. As an avid cycling fan, it gave me great pleasure to act as domestique last weekend for William Morrison, the intrepid director and my co-conspirator on Glutton for Punishment.

If you have seen the show, you might recall that last season in Glutton we traveled to New Iberia, Louisiana, where I entered the World Gumbo Cook-off. I made a lot of gumbo and a lot of friends, and even managed to shock the locals by placing 2nd in the professional seafood division.

In fact we had such a good time that Will and I promised to return this year and host a fund-raising event for the chamber of commerce. Over the course of the past year, Will got so into making gumbo, that he decided to enter the competition himself. That’s where I came in as his sous chef. In between book tour dates in Toronto and Calgary, I hopped on a plane to Louisiana to laisser les bons temps rouller. And boy did the good times roll. Those Cajuns sure know how to party.

Canadians With Attitude

The theme of this year’s competition was “Roux Dat”, which Will interpreted as some form of hip hop call. As evidenced by the photo, we embodied our team name “Canadians with attitude” (CWA). At 4 am Saturday morning (not my favorite part of the “good times”) we lugged our ingredients to the site. And when the cannon sounded at 6:30, the roux flew. Four hours, lots of stirring, and several Bloody Mary’s later, Will was serving up an awesome chicken and sausage gumbo with multiple layers of flavor and heat. He also walked away with a prize for his booth design. No doubt next year he’ll be chasing a speeding wheel of double Gloucester cheese down a cliff.

Asta la pasta baby,