New York, New York: A city so nice they named it twice!
Have you ever been to NYC? I travel there frequently to visit my family and friends that reside in the Big Apple. If you’ve never been, I especially recommend a trip around the holidays– anywhere is immediately more fun when decked out in Christmas lights.
This past weekend was a crazy event that New Yorkers call SantaCon. Everyone dresses up in their best Santa/holiday gear and ventures out to designated bars for one crazy afternoon of fun. I was shocked at the number of people wearing full Santa suits- is it a requirement to own one when living in the city?!
Speaking of my city…
There is one thing in particular that I have NEVER seen in the Burgh when out at a restaurant that I did see this past weekend in New York: a rival ketchup….[Gasp!] If you are from Pittsburgh or have visited – you probably are aware that Heinz runs a great portion of our city, including our condiment selection. It’s what you buy, period. Don’t be a jagoff.
Anyway, as we were sitting at lunch, I noticed a different bottle of ketchup hanging out on the table. The bottle was shorter and wider than its opponent; epicurean looking, if you will. I was intrigued.
Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup. Well then, how did this Sir do in the taste test? One scoop of this incredible sauce [how fun that you can actually scoop it!] and you will be hooked. I promise. Its thick and indulgent and fancy. It doesn’t taste like something you use as an after thought as you would with a typical ketchup. It also is made entirely with ingredients that I can actually pronounce and probably have in my kitchen at any given time.
I’m not telling you to abandon your old ways and kick your old condiments to the curb, but I would like for you to try [or win some– see below!] this ketchup and experience the difference. Add it to your repertoire [fridge]. Better yet- make this awesome BBQ sauce using Sir Kensington’s. Serve it to friends with your favorite appetizers and meals over the holidays. Your guests will be impressed and ask things like:
“What is in this sauce?!”
“It’s ketchup. No- not that one! It’s Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup.”
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup ketchup: I used 1/2 cup Sir Kensington’s Original & 1/2 cup Sir Kensington’s Spiced
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1.5 tsp Worcestershire
- 1.5 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tsp paprika
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Whisk all ingredients together. Adjust to taste. Store in cute mason jars. [sorry i’m obsessed] It’s that easy. If it’s not thick enough for you: put it in a saucepan and simmer it for a while so it reduces. Slather it on bacon wrapped shrimp… I mean that’s what I would do.
What’s your go-to condiment combination? I’m a hot sauce- on-my-eggs kinda girl. Leave a comment below naming your dipper of choice: one reader will receive an awesome sampler pack from Sir Kensington himself!
That’s so New York.