Story by Susan Hozak and Ben Myhre
Photography provided by Ramshackle Pantry
Comfort foods, and history, and pictures that make you salivate, OH MY! How have I not known about this new hero of mine living right here in Fargo, N.D.? One visit to the Ramshackle Pantry website or Instagram page and you will be inspired to quit your day job and become a chef for all your friends and family.
There is so much useful and fun information on the Ramshackle Pantry website. I highly encourage you to visit it yourself. I will take you through some highlights and some recipes I curated that I think are perfect for this winter and socially distanced Super Bowl parties...and of course, a recipe to fill that taco craze that is hitting us from everywhere!
What You Will Find On Ramshackle Pantry
"We love sharing comfort food recipes and classic drinks. I believe there is something special in heritage recipes and exploring what made a recipe great. So, I tend to look at these beautiful recipes and try and explore their history. Sometimes, we have fun and work to make some variations of the classic recipe. With all of our recipes, we provide detailed recipe instructions with photos."
I am sharing with you highlights of four recipes - included are the weblinks to all recipes because there you will find stories to the history behind them, tips when cooking, and lots more useful information. Some even had videos with them!
Caldo De Queso Recipe
Caldo De Queso is a delicious Mexican soup that really deserves a place right next to classics like chicken noodle soup. It has a a dose of spice and little cheese dumplings that are an oasis of flavor swimming in a delicious chicken broth.
Classic Bloody Mary Recipe
Whether you are looking for a brunch cocktail or just a bloody mary fan, this Classic Bloody Mary Recipe is a tasty one and a meal in a glass.
BBQ Jackfruit Tacos with Mango Salsa
Looking to count calories or just want some super flavorful tacos? Try these BBQ Jackfruit Tacos and don’t forget to make this mad-delicious mango salsa!
for jackfruit tacos:
Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub Chicken Wings
This delicious wing recipe calls for spices a normally stocked pantry already has, so it is simple along with flavorful. We include a tasty chili-lime dipping sauce that complements the wing recipe perfectly.
for chicken wings:
In 2012, Myhre's hobby for cooking culminated in his wife and him writing a fun cookbook called Fifty Shades of Bacon. This book was co-authored with Jenna Gisvold and has sold over 30,000 copies and went on to be featured on the Today Show, Allure Magazine, an appearance on Food Network, Seattle Kitchen Podcast, Eater.com, and many more.
"That little book was a fun parody project that I did not expect to take off, but it really reinforced to me that maybe my place was still supposed to be in the food and beverage industry." Ben Myhre
Ben's Philosophy on Food and Drink
"Obviously, simple sustenance and taste are the most important things in a recipe, but there is more to food. Food is something we all share and it can bring people together. It can bring people together at a dinner table to share this common need we have that maybe goes beyond mere nutritional requirements. Food and flavor HAS brought the world together. Learning about classic recipes and ingredients, for me, is a way to learn about the world and the history we share. The tomato journeyed from South America to Europe and pizza was born in Italy. Pizza traveled to New York and then made the journey across America. Here I am, in Fargo, North Dakota making a sauce that really has a world story. From humble recipes to fancy dancy ones, they all tell an interesting story."
Getting Around and Reaching Ben
If you are interested in working with Ben or have any questions, please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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