Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rules are Meant to be Broken

Guest Post - S.J. Perry

I have always found it interesting how various regional recipes try to impose their rules on everyone else. I remember posting my burger recipe on Serious Eats and having a number of people criticize the recipe. 

As a matter of fact I think I remember someone calling it a meatloaf recipe. I was deeply hurt. Well, not really I have pretty thick skin and can dish it out with the best of them. 

Recently I posted a recipe for what I called a Michigan dog. Well it did not take long for someone to let me know my recipe was not a recipe for a Michigan dog but rather for a Texas Chili dog. Well, to be frank, I am Canadian. I have never been to Michigan or Texas. Hell, I just like hot dogs with meat sauce. 

Anyway I have figured out a way around this. Now on my own personal blog I just post recipes one of two ways. Either I write “The Arrogant Chef’s Dog Recipe” or something like “The Cornwall Dog” since I am from Cornwall, Ontario. And if you don’t try it, don’t criticize it. 

So here goes, this is “The Arrogant Chef’s Lobster Roll Spectacular.” Remember that this is a local recipe from Cornwall, with lobster caught in the St. Lawrence River… (try to Google that one.)

The Arrogant Chef’s Lobster Roll Spectacular
1 tablespoon butter, softened
top split hot dog rolls
4 lettuce leaves
1 1/2 pounds cooked and cubed lobster meat
½ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 dash hot pepper sauce
2 green onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch of fresh chives
½ cup chopped fennel

Instructions:
Remove lobster meat. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, green onions, celery, lime juice, hot sauce, and chives. Stir in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Combine lobster meat and fennel and toss with enough mayonnaise to moisten. Place lettuce leaves in the rolls and heap with lobster mixture. Serve on a toasted New England Style bun. Give it a try. It is a Cornwall speciality!

Ok wait, just in case you are going to spend time searching this one there is no lobster in the St. Lawrence.
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