3.07.2009

Imperial Valley Fair

The Diner is still on the road for another day or so, hence a few more flavors from the road. We continue at the Imperial Valley Fair.

This past week there were a few competitions that my friends on staff got involved in, the first was the Salsa Contest. We all went out and supported Scott and his “Mama’s Smokin’ Sauce - Hot Sweet Smooth & Succulent.” He had a great time and won second place! Not bad in a town where every one is a salsa connoisseur. Scott makes it for friends and special occasions, packages it in a Crown Royal bottle –see the label, IT IS smokin’! (Mama is more diner-friendly as a small image than a big one, so forgive me if you can't see her as well as you would like!)

The ingredients on the label are listed as follows: “Donteventhinkaboutit, Youwishyouknew, Onlymamaknowswhat, Superdoubletopsecret & a wholebunchofgoodlovin’”

Scott actually has some traditional ingredients like tomatoes, crushed red pepper and garlic in the sauce. He also has some non-traditional ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, clover honey, molasses, anchovies and if you want to convert it from sauce to salsa just add the secret ingredient – green cabbage finely chopped. The sauce is hot but not burning, sweet yet tangy. It’s delicious.

Then yesterday was the One Day Salad Contest and our friend Jake entered his special salad. Now keep in mind that Jake is a youngin’ so the salad is hip, original, and not the most nutritious I’ve ever sampled, but good.

Here’s the recipe:

Jayk’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Salad (The Girls in the office spell his way, silly Girls!)
1 head of iceberg lettuce, broken into chunks
1 - 8 oz. bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
3 cucumbers, sliced
Juice of 4 lemons
2 cups of Chamoy (this is a Mexican candy/ketchup product this is uses as the dressing base)
Pico de Gallo, to taste
Salt, to taste

Throw all of it into a bowl and mix.


Jake didn’t win yesterday; he said the judges were too old to appreciate his youthful invention. They thought it was beautifully displayed and great flavor, but too hot for their taste. I tried some; the Cheetos were getting soft by the time I got to the salad, so if you try it serve it fast! The Cheetos helped flavor the dressing and the salad tasted pretty good. It was a little lacking in overall “redeeming nutritional value,” but would be fun as part of a hors d’oeuvres party. You go Jake!

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