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Heidi Done Good: A Rare Moment of Props For The R-J

As many of you know, I’m a wee bit critical of our Twinkle In The Desert’s primary newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, because it’s usually a steaming pile of shit. Not just any shit.  The kind of shit a person with lactose intolerance has after slamming a milkshake, kind of shit.  However, I’m not so much of an asshole where I can’t give props when props are due, and because of my hyper-critical nature towards our city’s most popular birdcage liner, I think it’s only fair that I make an extra effort to spew praise when deserved.

The R-J’s primary food writer, Heidi Knapp Rinella, recently did a feature on what “secret ingredients” 25 different chefs in town, both on and off The Strip, use at work.  It was quite amusing, not so much as to what they actually use, but to see the pussies that say something lame like “salt” or “butter.”  Really?  Your secret ingredient is butter?  Julia Child blew the lid off that motherfucker way back in the day…try again.  Why are some chefs so uptight when it comes to talking to the media or the like?  Isn’t that whole era of uppity spotless chef’s whites over now?  Loosen up, people!  It’s good for business.

The best answer by a mile was provided by a banquet chef and garde-manger at the Luxor, Matthew Scovill, when he said “ranch-dressing powder.”  Ranch dressing powder! That, my friends, takes a mighty set of balls to admit to a newspaper that you sprinkle a little bit of the Hidden Valley in your food.  THAT is a secret ingredient!  Big props to Chef Scovill for playing fair and giving us a little somethin’ somethin’ to talk about.  And good article, Heidi.  I wish the powers-that-be allowed her to do more like it.

Check out the article at – http://www.lvrj.com/taste/secret-agents-102418014.html?ref=014

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

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