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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Grilled Sweet Corn With A Chili Lime Butter And Queso Fresco

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First I take a stick of room temperature unsalted butter, the zest of 2 limes, and 1 tablespoon of chili powder and 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, and 1 squeeze of fresh lime juice. I mix all that together and spoon it all out onto a piece of plastic wrap. I roll it up tight and twist the ends in opposite directions so it seal the compound butter tightly inside, then I refrigerate the butter until it hardens. I then turn on my grill pan and make sure it’s hot and ready for the corn which I removed the silk from by pulling the husks back enough to make them easy to grill.Image

I just think leaving the husks on gives the corn a rustic appearance. To the corn, I brush a light coating of Canola oil and set them on the grill, turning them every minute or so. You want to check them to see how their doing and that you’re getting those nice grill marks.Image

When I take the corn off and they have the grill marks on all sides, I take my compound butter that has the red and green specks running all through it out of the plastic wrap, and rub it all over the corn. It melts beautifully as it hits the hot grilled corn. Yummy!Image

Now I make it snow Queso Fresco all over the top. Served simply with a few lime wedges.Image

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4Rivers And The Coop

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Most of you know that barbecue aficionados will tell you that barbecue differs from region to region. Depending on where you live, then that’s the style of barbecue you will swear by.

That’s what makes this one so unique. 4Rivers is a Texas-style smokehouse here in Orlando that opened its doors in 2009 in Winter Park, Florida. The loyalty to this barbecue is what you would expect from fans of a rock band. These barbecue lovers all have, I love 4Rivers, the bumper sticker on their cars. I’m not talking about a few people, I mean hundreds of them. They put this sticker, on their cars,  not so much as an advertisement, more like a statement. It’s what I’ve named a “food cult”.  It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s professing a love for something in the way of barbecue and you want everyone to know you love it.

Now John Rivers has a number of 4Rivers locations. I mean, this is going to be big I can feel it.

If you think he couldn’t top this he’s just opened The Coop a southern affair, also in Winter Park. Everything you love about old southern food and with him behind this well…     I just don’t have any words. yes I do, “it’s a roller coaster for your taste buds”.

The Coop

For more information on either of these places visit their websites at www.4rsmokehouse.com or www.asouthernaffair.com.

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The Basement Orlando / The Attic

ImageWorking in the hospitality industry, I enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine with friends after work. A comfortable stop, where you can unwind after work. I have found just the place,  it’s called “The Basement”, which is nestled right underneath “The Attic”. The service and atmosphere are just what the doctor ordered.

The Basement’s menu offers food know as Chi-Phi. Chi-Phi is a Chicago and Philly style fusion.

The bartenders, Chad and Ryan make you feel as though you are part of their family from the very first time they meet you. The Basement is located on E. Pine Street in downtown Orlando. Here’s a view of the inside and outside of The Basement. For more information visit their website at www.thebasementorlando.com.

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