Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Yes, I DO Have Problems, Thanks for Noticing.

Yikes, sorry for not posting for so long, three loyal readers. This whole single-mommy act has been a bit draining lately, and blogging has been at the absolute bottom of my list. But tonight after cooking a real meal and not something from a box or the freezer, my tummy is full and my tastebuds are delighted (homemade guacamole does that to me), and I get back on the bloggy horse. And off we go.

I have to confess something. It's a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but it's a huge skeleton in my culinary closet. Yesterday, I was watching Sam the Cooking Guy- have you ever watched him? I love him. I used to watch him when he was on the public-access cable channel, and I can't tell you how happy I am that the folks at Discovery picked him up. Anyway, yesterday he was making guacamole (which very blatantly inspired my guacamole-making tonight), and the ingredients were very straightforward: avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice, cilantro, chipotles. It looked yummy. EXCEPT. Here's the thing...deep breath... I've never had chipotles... because I'm scared of them.


Stop laughing. Yes, I am scared of chipotles. I know that they are smoked jalapenos, and I am not scared of jalapenos nor smokiness, but I AM scared of chipotles. For some reason, I think they are going to taste suspiciously like mole sauce, which I think is vile. Chocolate is not meant for use in savory dishes no matter what the ancients say. And while I KNOW intellectually that mole and chipotle are nothing alike, and that there is no chocolate in chipotle, I can't bring myself to try it. I am afraid. Very afraid. And I know this really affects my culinary cred (what minuscule amount I hallucinate that I have) because chipotle is the biggest flavor trend since, I don't know, wasabi. I mean, there's an entire chain of restaurants called Chipotle. Have I been? No. Hear it's good, but uh, yeah, that whole chipotle thing kind of gets in the way.

Help.

7 comments:

Rob and Michelle said...

Probably 6 months ago I saw a Rachael Ray episode with chipotle seasoned steaks and it looked so yummy. I went out and bought a bottle of ground chipotle, but then realised, I don't really like steak so much, so what am I gonna put it on now? It smells okay, except I don't really love the smokiness of it and I'm sure it would be great on lots of things...but like you, I'm not brave enough to try it -and peraps ruin a perfectly good meal!! Besides, I use my Emeril's Baby Bam rub on just about everything and don't know that I want to switch. :D

Lindz said...

I've tried chipotle and it is not good. I really don't like it.

I love Sam too. I use to watch him all the time when I lived there and I missed him and then I found him again. I think he so good. I'm glad we share the same feelings.

Holly said...

well you are one step (or a few hundred steps) ahead of me because I didnt even know that a chipotle was actually something to eat. I still kind of don't know what it is even reading this post. But I have eaten there...and it's allright. I did get a salad, don't ask me why. maybe a burrito or something would be better.

Motorcycle Grandma said...

Chipolte - the restaurant - I've been there once. Not that impressed. I do have a bottle of Chipolte in the cupboard. I didn't buy it. Seems as though one of my kids did and failed to take it with them when they moved out. Maybe I'll add a touch to my guacamole the next time I make it - or not.

PookaB said...

Hi! You don't know me, but I was blog-surfing, and found your blog, which, by the way, is one of the most entertaining things I've read in quite a while! Kudos! I can't help in your chipotle dilemma, seeing as how I haven't had the guts to try one either. But why not? The restaurant is yummy...

Mary said...

Mole can or cannnot include chocolate, which by the way is delicious in savory. I have a chili recipe that calls for coco powder. It is delicious. Just a little makes you go what is that??? Maybe I snuck it into something you've eaten here and you didn't know it????

Suzanne said...

I LOVE chipotle! Take a can of chipotle in Adobo sauce and pour it over a pork roast and cook it in the crock pot. Then take the meat out, shred it and discard the chipotle. Use the shredded meat in tortillas with mango salsa...YUM!