No - Guy Fieri did not roll in with the classic Camaro to see a local food joint. Rather, we decided that for dinner we would try something from an episode we saw recently; pot roast sandwiches with gravy and onion rings. This came from episode 83 of Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" where the show profiled a place in Chicago called The Depot. It was great. A nice break from the traditional Sunday dinner pot roast. My favorite thing about this was the onion rings, which I actually took from a different episode of the same show.
Having grown up as a french-fry kid, I now prefer good onion rings over fries (though as you can see, on this night we made both). They were crispy, crunchy golden-brown perfection. After years of trying different recipes for onion ring batter, including a laborious recipe which called for whipped egg whites to be folded in, this batch was perfect. This was the culinary equivalent of pitching a no-hitter in baseball, a 300 game in bowling, or getting a tripe-double in basketball - but in the Diner Food category. In honor of the onion rings and the Olympics, I thought about hanging one of the rings from a ribbon and putting it around my neck - except there weren't any left. After achieving such a state of perfection, one might be tempted to do as Henry David Thoreau did when, as a laborer in a family pencil company, decided that after making a pencil he considered to be perfect, quit his job. Given that onion rings are much tastier than pencils, I am not tempted to quit and move on but to make more! I may share the onion ring magic on a future post. In the meanwhile, give me a call or post an inquiry.