Dammit!  My nephew and full time employee took the day off yesterday…so I had to watch the store all day.  I was all amped up to go to Pilgrim TV office, but I could not get away from work.  There seems to be some unknown force of nature keeping me away from this place.  Dare I say I will try again on Monday?

Today is home video day.  No HD film making here, just my little Digi camera with a 10 minute video built in. I have enlisted my 14 year old nephew, Dakota, as my sous chef.  I guess the TV show wants me to have 2 sous chefs, as sort of a family thing.  I will probably have my 12 year old niece be the other one, but for today just Dakota. 

Portabella Mushroom Tacos, with homemade corn tortillas and mango salsa will be the dish I am entering in the competition.  Picture your favorite Carne Asada taco, but I substitute Portabellas in place of the meat.  I prepare the mushrooms as if they were a fine piece of steak.  Why?  Because my wife duped me 17 years ago when she pretended to be a carnivore for our first 5 years of marriage.  Now, she has gone full vegetarian for the past 10 years or so, and I have to be creative in making veggie dishes that satisfy, and these tacos do!  

I challenge anyone to make a veggie taco that doesn’t leave you hangin, in fact I am challenging 3 professional chefs on this silly reality TV show.   Maybe not so silly though, there are cash prizes for the winner.  Also, I do watch all of these cooking shows all of the time and I love them.  I don’t know why I am acting like I am above a reality show?? It will be fun for sure…and I always say… “The pursuit is usually more rewarding than the thing you are pursuing”  (not going to win any literary awards for that quote, but you know what I mean…I am working with a Jr. High education over here)

Vegetarians are a huge pain in the ass!  Try going out to a fine restaurant where nothing on the menu is suitable for the Queen vegetarian, veggie soup…uh huh…no it’s made from chicken stock. “I’ll just have a side of mashed potatoes, and some steamed vegetables.”   But, out of necessity comes inspiration…sometimes even genius.  Once in a while a chef prepares something on the fly for my wife that even blows me away.  I hardly ever cook meat at home anymore, my mother is rolling over in her grave! 

So, it is Portabella tacos…Genius!