Sunday, March 29, 2009

Recipe #24: Maine Lobster with Tarragon Butter

Sure, I've had lobster. Red Lobster. But taking a live, snapping, wiggling, maine lobster and dropping him head first into a pot of boiling water for 13 minutes then serving with a pad of fresh tarragon butter (butter, tarragon, salt, lemon, booyah) is a some what different experience. Different like playing a playstation 3 instead of a sega genesis. Different like an iphone instead of a brickphone. Yup, that's Maine lobster versus Red lobster.

Kind of supercalifragilisticexpiali-delicious


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Recipe #23: Chicken Piccata

I'm such a man whore. First Rachel (Ray), then Giada (Delaurentes) and now Ina (Garten). Will my trust ever stick to one! I really thought I had found an epicurean equal , but with the success of this Chicken Piccata, aka Fried Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce, my taste buds now lean to Ina! Just check the photos *single tear* and I think you'll understand...


Friday, March 13, 2009

Recipe #22: Clam Chowder...or is that "Chowda"?

Wow, yesterday was some s**t huh? Snow? Again? Seriously people, i'm thinking about moving to London (according to the movies, the most trusted source of international information, it doesn't snow there, only rain ;). In the mean time though, I needed a serious pick me up to warm me up and a bowl of hearty soup with a glass of red wine sounded like the perfect idea. Clam Chowda anyone?


The Ingredients: Celery, Carrots, Clams, Potatoes, Garlic, Onions, Butter, Half & Half and Red Wine (if I drink it while cooking that makes it an ingredient right?)

The Dish: Serve with two pieces of crusty bread and you got yourself one helluva satisfying meal

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Recipe Blog #21: Basil and Sun-dried tomato Pork Chop with Baked Potato

Apologies on the long wait for scrum-delium-cious photos (been 2 months since my last recipe post!) but learning to cook for one ended up being much trickier then I expected.

"Why don't you make some Chilli again?" Nope, I end up wasting whole pots.
"How about that Roasted Chicken?" Naw, ended up tossing almost a whole bird.
"Fresh Marinara Sauce?" Even this Italian food lover has his limits on spaghetti.

So I decided to go back to my roots and make one of my very first recipes. The always tasty and easy to portion Pork Chop! Kicked up a notch or two of course. :)


The ingredients (San Marzano Tomatoes if you don't know :P)

Getting a nice sear on them before they start simmering.

Added the basil and sun-dried tomatoes.

And the final delicious product! (Notice the healthy portion of sourcream in the baked potato. A must.)

Recipe #19: Melted Parmesan Shrimp Crustini

So Phil, his home girl and I make plans to have dinner at my crib. I cook and he brings the beer. Everything was going great but they get to my house and I realize I don't have a pot to boil water in. Needed for spaghetti. Yeah, i'm dumb but whatever. It ended up being a blessing because Phil agreed to eat whatever I freestyles in the kitchen and I came up with this nice little recipe. Thanks for trusting Phil!


Shrimp drizzled with olive oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes on an olive-basil brushed slice of wheat bread. Covered with shaved parmesan and melted in the oven. Then served on a red lettuce make it look fancy. :)

Recipe #17: Aglio olio peperoncino with Parmesan crusted chicken

So I've come to realize something about cooking and clothes again. They both have "standards". Case and point, "Aglio olio peperoncino" which basically translates to "garlic oil and pepper noodles". You could call it the "red zip up sweater" of the cooking world. It goes with everything, doesn't stand out too much and add some great pizazz!

You may recognize it from an earlier recipe of mine where I paired it with garlic and lemon shrimp (see recipe #4) but this time I tried it with Parmesan crusted chicken. And much like the red zip up sweater, it was all good times. :)


Recipe #16: Chilli

With the temperature slowly dropping we all know it's a sign of Fall. And of course Fall means two things.

1) Better outfits
2) Chilli

It would be strange to put pictures of myself in new outfits so instead I'm posting about the Chili! *phew* Again, like the burger, I'm really happy with how well this turned out because it adds a plethora of options to my repertoire. Chili dogs, chili burgers, chili mac. Me likey.

"Goodbye summer I'd hate to see you go. I wasn't ready for the autumn winds to blow"