While the macaroni is boiling make the cheese sauce by melting a stick of butter in a pan and stir while adding a tablespoon of flour (rue). Then add 2 cups of milk and about 4 cups of cheese.
Add whatever seasoning you like. I used salt, pepper, paprika and truffle oil
After 7-9 minutes drain the pasta, put back in the same pot, add cheese sauce and a little more cheese. Mix
Add to a baking pan with a little more cheese on top and place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes
10 minutes before the mac n cheese is done I’ll add some crumbled bacon and throw it back in the oven
While the mac n cheese is baking start on the sliders.
I love the pork and beef combination in burgers. It’s not as popular but the pork adds another dimension of flavor and texture. For these I used half ground Berkshire pork and half 80/20 ground beef. I also added a little bit of tomato paste in the mix. After I shape the patties I season with salt and pepper.
Slice some onions
Then add everything on a hot cast iron skillet. Since the patties are small I cooked em for about 3 minutes on each side and let rest while the onions finished caramelizing.
While everything was cooking I toasted some Hawaiian rolls and combined everything together with some ketchup and Philippe’s hot mustard.
If you’re a glutton make sure you add the mac n cheese in the sliders
At first thought driving to Austin, TX for SXSW was going to be hell, 19 hours crammed in a rental car through the desert non stop with Alex and Glenn. Seriously it turned out to be one of the best road trips I’ve ever had. Here’s a couple of random pictures I took of people and friends…
Right when we got into town we met up with Nick and Skeme
U-N-I. I see you Anoush don’t be scared, soon you’ll owe me $100
Game Rebellion from Brooklyn, NY
The biggest Kanye West fan…
12th Planet‘s music makes my head explode
Chuck from The Cool Kids
Yelawolf has a catfish tattooed on his arm. So dope
Diamond Nick is killing the game. Skateboarding for life
Shawn Chrystopher (download his new EP!) and Sober Evan
Drunk Evan walking up on a random stage and singing
Glenn just needs a hug
My only pic of Fashawn and Hecktik. I think Heck was too busy looking for swine.
Check out the backpack
Seriously SXSW was a great experience for the music, I definitely recommend going out there if you can.
One of the best parts about SXSW was the street food, at any corner off 6th Street you can stumble out of a bar and come up on some good ass meals. Here’s a couple of places we tried…
$6 Brisket Plate
Big Top Dogs
$5 Beer Brat with Saurkraut, Mustard and Jalapenos
$5 Beef and Lamb Wrap. This was Alex’s favorite. The funny thing is he said he hates lamb and thought it said “beef or lamb” it’s actually “beef and lamb.” Sorry I didn’t say anything buddy, I knew you would like it.
$2 Korean BBQ Beef Taco with Kim Chi
The Best Wurst
$5 Italian with Grilled Onions
I can never complain with my career (if you want to call it that), I travel and connect with amazing artists, musicians and great people in general. The only part that’s hard is traveling for work when you’re always on a mission to try different food from different places. So of course even though I was in Austin for work, I still was in search of the best BBQ. But by the end of the trip I realized there’s too many good BBQ spots in Austin and everyone has their opinion on whats best. It’s all about the quality of beef in Texas and no matter what it’s always going to taste different from what we have in California. Ruby’s was a perfect example. They cook all their meat in brick pits and their beef brisket is all natural and steroid-free. The all beef sausage is from the Southside Market in Elgin which is known as the Sausage Capital of Texas. So of course I had to try the brisket and sausage sandwich.
I’ll give up my left pinky toe to eat one of these everyday for the rest of my life…
Alex got the pulled pork sandwich…
This was one of his first real meals so it definitely made him happy. Can you spot his new tattoo???
512 West 29th Street
Austin, Texas 78705
I just got back from a road trip to Austin, TX for SXSW (South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival). Please check back soon!!!
This salsa is fat-free and easy to make, just 3 simple steps…
Clean 6 tomatillos, one onion and 2 jalapenos (chop up jalapenos and onion)
Blend (add cilantro and salt to taste)
Lately I’ve been reading up on Indian, Middle Eastern and North African cooking techniques and cuisines. What fascinates me is the slow cooking of stews, braised meats and the use of spices and ingredients I’ve never even heard of. The great thing about knowing cuisines from around the world is being able to infuse them together in your own cooking. Here’s some basic tacos I made with tandoori chicken.
Make the marinade with yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander, cardamom, salt and pepper.
Some people just love to cook or cook for a hobby, well here’s the reason why we NEED to keep doing it…
I remember being 14 years old listening to Aloe call Power 106 and rap on the Roll Call. He would kill it and was definitely one of the reasons why I fell in love with hip hop at such a young age. He’s also a perfect example of someone that followed his dreams and stuck to what he was passionate about and consistantly made great music. Just to update some of you that don’t know, he’s signed to a big independent record label and made the theme song to HBO’s How To Make It In America.
You click below and download this song for free but make sure you support this amazing artist and buy his albums
Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
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