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June 2008 Archives

Fresh Ricotta

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I have always wanted to make cheese at home. But you know how those things go... it's just something that I talk about but keep putting off. Yesterday when I saw ricotta in our recipe I decided to stop putting it off and give it a try! Ricotta is a great intro to home cheesemaking because it is fairly simple. Now that we've tried it, I have the feeling we will start making it all the time because it was easy and so delicious! I have seen Mario make this before and planned to use his recipe, but we ended up using one from my new favorite food site - playing with fire and water. The only ingredients were milk, buttermilk, and salt! The main difference is the acid used to help the milk separate into curds and whey. In Mario's recipe, lemon juice is the acid but in this recipe it is buttermilk.





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S'Mores

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Going away parties are always bittersweet events. You go and have a great time, but in the morning you have fewer friends. Todd and Joy are heading home to Canada tomorrow and had a beach party last night to say goodbye. I decided to take some pics to post here for 4 reasons. First, nothing I have on the site is simple, so sometimes people think I can't eat normal food. Like I have to spend 2 hours cooking dinner or I won't enjoy it. I think no matter how immersed you are in the food world, if you cant eat a hot dog, you've crossed the line into snob territory. Second reason, Mandi loves s'mores. So do I, but not as much as her. Last summer every time we lit the grill she would have a s'more appetizer. In my opinion, it is the best desert flavor combo. Whenever I ever see a s'more dessert at a restaurant I have to try it (and I usually don't get dessert). We even tried to make a s'more ice-cream cake once and bought a mini blowtorch for it but it didn't turn out that good. The third reason for me posting these pics is to say goodbye to Todd and Joy. I have worked with Todd, and Mandi has worked with Joy, for over a year and they will be missed in the office, at the work events, and of course, at the parties and bars. The final reason for this post is I'm wicked behind on cooking since our return and I had nothing else to put up! Click below to see the rest of the pics.





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BBQ

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One of the many highlights of my trip home was the last day. Steph hosted a BBQ so I could see a bunch of people from the area that afternoon. Fun times were had by all. We ate cous cous salad, corn on the cob, jalepeno poppers, pancetta wrapped peaches, scallops, and of course, ribs! Recipes / links are at the bottom of the post.





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Iceburg Wedges

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Were back!  And what a great vacation it was!   Wanna hear about it?  Here goes.  Ribs 4 times, potato salad, peaches wrapped in bacon, pasta salad, scallops, taco dip, chicken wings, cheesesteaks, qdoba burrito, cheese fries, cheese fries, mcdonalds 4 times, steak egg and cheese bagel from there, sausage egg and cheese from dunks, finagled another bagel, 2x taco bell, (once drunk at 1:30 am with my family?) clam chowder, clam chowder, chili, fried fish sandwich, beef burros, boneless wings from petes (still good), soft pretzel, pizza, pizza, pizza, pizza, spicy basil pad Thai, spring rolls, kobe flat iron, tuna tartare, sweetbreads, bone marrow, and about 400 or so beers.  I'm sure I missed stuff; we had about 4 meals a day.  And NOW it is time for a diet!  Starting off my diet today I have an iceberg wedge salad with a blue cheese dressing.  Blue cheese dressing!?!  You can't have that if you are trying to be healthy!!!!!   Relax folks, we only used 4 oz. of blue cheese (<200 calories each) and made the dressing with low fat yogurt and buttermilk.  It was delicious!

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Vacation

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Hello loyal readers of TFIMB.  I wanted to let everyone know that there will be a week and a half hiatus of posts because Mandi and I are off to Boston and Springfield for a week's vacation that includes...
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Mexican Party

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Last weekend was the 7th annual Mexican party hosted by Amy and Cheryl.  Mandi and I were lucky enough to go last year, and this year TFIMB was the corporate sponsor (without actually giving any money).  A great time was had by all and I took some pictures of the festivities.  There will be no recipes today except for one vague one for the pork that everyone requested.

Dan:  hey you think i could get the pork recipe for the post today?   im not going to put up any recipes except that one cause it was such a big hit.

Amy: There wasn't a recipe actually.  I put a Mexican dry rub on it that I bought at Target (Archer Farms).  In the bottom of the pots, I put a mixture of orange juice, lime juice, garlic and oregano.  Roasted at 425 for about a half hour to brown a bit, then took it down to 300 for about 5 hours.  Each Boston Butt was about 5-6 lbs.  Oh my god, I'm hungry!






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Chili Cheese Corn Dog Fries!?!?

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My sister has made the most heart attack inducing, cholesterol raising, trans-fatty incredible meal that she wanted to share with the world the only way she knew how, with a guest post on TFIMB!  She will take over for the rest of the post and I may have some comments in red.

Since the 1st Celtics playoff game vs. the Atlanta Hawks, there has been a feeding frenzy at my house.  One of our regular group, who has been there for every game, could easily take on Kobayashi in a hot dog eating contest. Since the beginning of the playoffs, he's been talking about the chili and cheese corn dog fries that he saw on Phantom Gourmet.  My promise was that they would happen when we made it to the finals.  Well, here we are, game 2: the C's vs. Lakers.  





Taco Burgers!

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Mandi always claims she hates burgers.  I think one of the reasons is that when I make them, they always end up huge and have no direction.  I put in whatever is in the fridge and they end up tasting more like meatloaf than cheeseburgers.  Now that grilling season has begun, I am trying to make more focused burgers and turn around Mandi's opinion. My first attempt was a taco burger.  An obvious choice due to her love of tacos!





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Beef Stroganoff

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I think Beef Stroganoff is kind of a wintery meal for most people.  For Mandi, she craves it when she is sick.  I know in the afternoon when she isn't feeling too well.  She says to me, "can you make me something yummy and eggy noodley tonight?"  I hadn't made her stroganoff in awhile so I decided to go a different way with it which was a real risk because if Mandi is in the mood for something, it can be very specific.  I wanted to make a Jamie Oliver recipe I saw him make on the mushroom episode of Jamie at Home.  I usually make this sans mushrooms but I wanted to add some today.  I did not have the fresh mushrooms or venison he uses, but I was looking more for a method anyways.


(Note about the recipe.  It is really lame that this recipe is only available in the US.  It doesn't even make sense to me.  I just had my friend who lives there get it and email it to me.  I was going to post it on here but I don't want the food network or Jamie to get mad at me!!)





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Thai Grill and Basil Fried Rice

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Ive been craving thai flavors every day for the past 2 weeks.  The problem is the thai place here is very limited.  It is so awesome, but there isn't a ton to choose from.  In a totally unrelated note, I've been seeing grilling on food network and on the blogs every day.  This time of year, grilling is the hot topic.  I love grilling, but I am always seeking out things that aren't the normal grilling fare.  I decided to marinate some steaks in a green curry paste, grill and serve them with a thai style basil fried rice.  Searching on google for basil fried rice, I found this awesome video of two women making a great fried rice exactly how I wanted.  We used the Jamie Oliver green curry recipe we usually use for thai recipes to marinate the steaks.  I had really wanted to use a flank steak for this meal, but apparently Bermuda was out of flanks steaks and I had to settle for the more expensive and, IMO, less delicious tenderloin.



More Wallpapers

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Here are some more wallpapers I have made.  A lot of these are plant based, just because I have the herbs growing and I think they are beautiful right now.  The thai basil one is different for dual monitors, so take a look if you are considering using it.  The tomatillo one looked dumb for dual monitors, so I only made single ones.  If you use the raw pork belly one.  You have a problem!!!  A delicious problem.  Remember for dual monitor people, choose one of the superwide ones and make sure to set the display to "tile" to make the wallpaper span both screens.  Leave me a comment and let me know which ones you use!




 
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Black Bean Avocado Bowl

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I wasn't sure what to call this really...  Quinoa salad?  Mexicany rice bowlish thing?  I settled on Black bean avocado bowl.  It came about when Mandi and I were brainstorming about quick easy healthy weeknight meals we could completely make AND eat in a half hour and run after.  This would actually be great as an alternative to pasta salad at a BBQ and would also travel really well, but we just had it as a quick and healthy weeknight dinner.





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Margaritas

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One of the most frequently asked questions here on TFIMB is "what is that delicious looking drink I see floating around in the background of the pictures, and how can I make it?"  I have decided to start putting up some drink recipes on here from time to time starting today with 2 margaritas.  First we have a frozen pina colada margarita, followed by a more basic margarita on the rocks.




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