Sunday, August 23, 2009

Inspiration for the 'Chuncheon Alfredo' video

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My dual inspirations for my Alfredo sauce, as seen in the video "Chuncheon Alfredo" were "five-alarm minestrone" from Venenzia restaurant in the northeast South Korean city of Chuncheon and Cajun chicken fettuccine Alfredo by Johnny Garlic's. (See my behind-the-scenes post on Chuncheon Alfredo.) Before Food Network came along, Guy Fieri was known in Sonoma County as the chef/co-owner of a restaurant called Johnny Garlic's. Johnny Garlic's started its life in Santa Rosa, Calif., in 1996 before expanding to Windsor, Calif., in 1999. Its newest location is in Roseville, Calif., near Sacramento. Since I am a fan of all things garlic (except garlic ice cream), I really like this restaurant. My all-time favorite Johnny Garlic's menu item is roasted cream of garlic soup, which is a signature dish. Before I went on a low-carb diet, there were some days when all I would order is a bowl of the cream of garlic soup and dip the complementary foccacia bread into it for a meal. Yum! Johnny Garlic's other signature dish is Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Here's how they describe it on their menu.

Guy's Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo $14.50 Blackened chicken breast in creamy garlic parmesan sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, and scallions. Tossed with fettuccini pasta. All-Time #1 seller at Johnny Garlic's!
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I can understand why it's their "All-Time #1 best seller." I bought enough of it. It's heavy on the hot paprika and course-ground black pepper, which means it actually is spicy. The sun-dried tomatoes provide a touch of sweetness, and the creamy Alfredo sauce provides some temperature control. But this is not a dish for those who get heartburn easily. I really like this dish, but I would have filed for bankruptcy a long time ago if I hadn't developed my own Koreanfornian version of this recipe. After some trial and error (and two different types of Alfredo sauces later), my Chuncheon Alfredo recipe came to fruition and YouTube "fame."

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