It’s a rare occasion to watch a labor of love come to fruition, especially when you’re on the outside, watching someone else’s dream come true. But that’s what I’ve been able to do, watching Jeff Brightwell’s journey to successfully open Dot’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard, in Deep Ellum.
It’s summer in Texas. Time for sweating your ass off. Not caring what your electric bill is, because damn it, AC is life. And yeah, deciding which meat you’ll be BBQing.
That last one is an easy choice: Hot Dogs from Brooklyn Hot Dog Company.
To me, there’s not much better than meat in tube form. Easy to cook, eat and damn tasty. They pair with most everything and can easily be put into a larger bread tube to make it easier to put in your mouth. Perfect food? Damn close to it.
We’ve all had those nights where we just stand in front of the fridge and wonder what the hell we’ll eat. No one can make a decision. If you wait too long, you’ll end up eating bologna without any bread with a handful of almost stale chips. That does not equal a complete dinner.
“What about stuffed peppers?”
I’m a man and a Texan. Two things that almost immediately disqualify the use of tofu as the primary “protein” in my house. Included in a chicken Pad Thai? You see the word “chicken” in that title, right? Then I’m cool. But by itself?
So when wife suggested a bowl with only tofu, I was like, MEH. But I’m a good husband, so we gave it a shot.
This might be one of the easiest meals I’ve made in a long time where the end result tastes like it took hours to prepare. For real, this whole thing, the main and the side, under 10 ingredients and took less than hour to create.
It fits the Paleo and Whole30 lifestyle but doesn’t sacrifice taste. In fact, when people try this, who don’t normally eat this type of meal (my parents), you get that, “OK, I see you fam” glance. It feels nice.