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Banger and Mashballs


My friend Mark is moving from Manhattan to London in the near future, so a bunch of his friends down in NYC decided to throw him a surprise going away party. I went down for the weekend on the cheap bus to see him off and to cook a UK themed appetizer to help him assimilate to his new setting. Mark wasn't surprised at all, but everyone still had a great time.

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Fail: Bacon Pineapple Jalapeno Ice Cream

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This was a great idea. Fans of the site know that I can't get enough of certain flavor combinations, and bacon pineapple jalapeno is one of them. I mean, I've seen bacon icecream before, and it's a no brainer, cream + bacon = awesome. (x + bacon = awesome?) We've all see the bacon desserts floating around the internet, and they taste great, like a chocolate covered pretzel times 100. So what went wrong here? I made a dumb error that I will tell you about now.

Buffalo Chicken Ravioli with Blue Cheese Sauce


Kim and I went to the Sleigh Bells show in Boston last week. Since Sleigh Bells is a super intense band, we needed an intense meal to eat before hand! Kim and her sister (my roommate) are big buffalo chicken fans, so I always find myself re-hashing the buffalo flavors into different meals for them. I feel like I could do this forever! No big deal, they all come out awesome. The funny thing is, I got the idea for these when I ate them at a fast food pasta place that has a few locations in the Boston area. They were ok, but annoyed me because the buffalo flavor was just strewn about the plate, inside and outside of the ravioli. Why even bother with ravioli at that point? Just make buffalo chicken pasta. My version hides all the buffalo goodness inside the ravioli, and leaves the blue cheese on the outside.

Cheeseburger Slider Steamed Buns


Did you know that true sliders are steamed and not grilled? That's what makes them so juicy and delicious. They are placed on a bed of sauteing onions, and the steam from the onions cooks the burgers. This made me think - why not steam the burger right inside the bun? Why not incorporate Asian style steamed buns into this process, cooking the bread AND the meat at the same time? Well ask no further! This recipe was simple, very cheap, and over the top delicious.

Sarsaparilla Root BBQ Sauce


I walked past some sarsaparilla in an international grocery store and did a double take. After some phone google action, I confirmed my suspicion that this was the "root" in root beer. I grabbed it figuring I would decide what to make with it later. The only idea that really came to me was making a BBQ sauce out of it. I have seen people dump a can of root beer into bbq sauce, so I figured why not?

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Cold Soba with Mango and Shrimp

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Dropped my yen, Into the ticket machine, Just gettin' some noodles, The place wasn't too clean. Just tried to help my man out, But he started breakin fool, goin' off on SOBA VIOLENCE! Soba Violence is a lesser known B-side punk song from the Beastie Boys, listen to it at the bottom of the post! This song didn't make it in my catalog of Beastie food references because I only listed albums. If you guys notice, my past 5 recipes have been either grilled or cold. Its soooo hot out! I think soba noodles are generally better cold anyways. I enjoyed this dish and the homemade noodles really made it stand out. Next time I would make them a little thinner though.

Grilled Gazpacho with Tzatziki Frozen Yogurt


I've had gazpacho a few times, and even made it before(That's a really old post), but I have never liked it. Around this time of year when it is way too hot out, my mind always comes back to it. Maybe i'll like it THIS time! So here we are again, and finally I DID like it this time! I revisited the recipe and decided to make it more like salsa, which I can eat with a spoon. I didn't serve it ice cold like it sometimes is at restaurants, but I put a big scoop of tzatziki frozen yogurt in the center to add to the chill. As you swirled it in, there was a nice contrast of icy yogurt with slightly cool soup.

Grilled Veggie Pasta Primavera


I made a pasta primavera last night with some grilled summer veggies. Its been soo hot out anything but grilling is out of the question! This came out really nice with the flavors of the grill permeating throughout the dish. A fun and different take on pasta primavera!

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Mac and Cheese Stuffed Burgers


A couple months ago, I made a decadent meal with short ribs braised in a chile coffee sauce, and over the top mashed potatoes drenched in cream and butter. It was a comfort meal for me and some friends, not a regular occurrence, but a nice treat after a long week. About a month later, after the post bounced around the interwebs a bit, I received this email:

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