Showing posts from May, 2011

Taco Bell Wild Sauce

About around 1995, Taco Bell introduced their newest hot sauce at the time called Wild Sauce. A spicy, tangy mix which was beyond most Americans palettes at the time. When originally introduced, the only way to get wild sauce was to order Wild Tacos, where the sauce was added. In the spirit of beer drinking Americans, they were sold in either 6-packs or 12-packs. After its initial limited time offer run, it disappeared only to reappear in packet form for a short duration several years later. Eventually Taco Bell decided to discontinue the Wild Sauce in favor of their new Fire Sauce. The problem is there's a huge cult following online for Wild, and I think if they were to bring it back, it would be hugely popular with America's new love for hot foods due to the infusion of Latin culture within the last twenty years. Till that happens, we do have this alternative home-made Wild sauce recipe that was passed on to me and I made a few tweaks to. I've also found other uses othe…

Tony Packo's Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, home of the world famous Tony Packo's, I'd be disowned by my hometown if I didn't mention a recipe for their signature dish: Hungarian cabbage rolls. If you're not familiar with the restaurant, you can ask the cast from the hit series M.A.S.H. who scripted in references to the restaurant into almost every episode of the show. Presidential signatures dating back to the restaurant's founding in 1932 line the walls as well most everyone from Hollywood.

Our family recipe however, which is so similar, descended from Europe just as as I'm sure Tony's did. It's that one family recipe that's been passed down from generation to generation and very near and dear to my heart. As a child I'd come home and immediately know what was for dinner the moment I hit the front yard. It put a smile on everyone's face and was a comfort food that reminded us how great life was. Re-inventing it for a whole new generation is an honor, perf…

Cheese Stuffed Meat Ball Recipe

Having completed another semester from college, and months of physical education class, carefully watching what I ate- we decided to celebrate by frying up some stuffed jalapeƱos and rellenos to celebrate. Having some leftover sausage and cheese that we decided not to let go to waste, this is when we accidentally stumbled upon something wonderful. Deep fried, cheese stuffed meatballs. This isn't the healthiest recipe I ever published, but then what's the point in living if you can't occasional experience taste nirvana?

Cheese (I like extra sharp.)
Ground Sausage
Flour (and/or breading)
Oil for fryingMethod:
It's a rather simple process. Shred your cheese and mix in a bowl with the ground sausage. Form meatballs with your hand, then coat in egg, then flour and fry over a medium-high heat.
We ended up making meatball sandwiches with some grilled onions and mushrooms too, but just by themselves the meatballs rival any I've ever had.

Domino's Zingy Italian Marinara Pizza Sauce Recipe

Here's a quick and basic recipe for Italian Marinara that you can use to top pizzas, sandwiches, spaghetti or to just keep some around just for dipping sauce.

Feel free to make it your own? Sweat some onions in olive oil or add a bit of wine or vodka into the mix. This basic zingy Italian gravy works as the perfect base on our Domino's Pizza recipe. If you're a carnivore and love meat in your spaghetti try using a chopped up pepperoni or bacon in your marinara. It's a distinct familiar flavor that gives your pasta a truly eclectic taste.


28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
28 oz. can of drained diced tomatoes
6 cloves garlic (minced)
3 teaspoons of sugar (or 3 sugar substitute packets for diabetics)
¾ teaspoon of lemon juice
¾ teaspoon of salt
¾ teaspoon of oregano
¾ teaspoon of onion powder
¼ heaping teaspoon of basil
¼ heaping teaspoon of thyme
¼ heaping teaspoon crushed red pepper
¼ heaping teaspoon of black pepper 
Method: Mix all ingredients in sauce pan and bring to…