Thai Grill and Basil Fried Rice

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.

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More Wallpapers

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

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

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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Plants, Brownies, Etc

No recipe post today, just some comments and various things
that are too small to make their own post. 
2 site updates, plants, and brownies.

First off, I know fans of mandoline’s slice are probably
pretty disappointed one hasn’t come out in awhile.  Well not to worry, there will be a few coming
around soon.  Mandi was in LA for a week
and then we had friends visiting so she hasn’t been able to get one finished.  There will be a post with wallpapers, and a
mandoline slice, definitely coming next week and the week after.

Second.  I know we
have been doing a ton of fatty, cheesy, fried deliciousness lately.  I’m sure people are looking for more of a
light summery meal or salads because it is that time of year.  Well again – never fear cause TFIMB is here
to help! Tomorrow I have a nice Caesar salad, and next week I will have a few
healthy things up as well.

Next I have an update on my plants.  I am having mixed results with my herbs and
tomato plants.  The herbs are doing great
and we have already begun using them in meals!  More on the plants, and the brownie pics, after the jump.

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Memorial Day Brisket

Impulsive Purchases. We all have them. Most grocers put
candy and gum by the register to promote impulsive purchases.  It works on Mandi; she always leaves the
store with a candy bar.  I think they
should put the meat section right at the registers because I would always leave
with extra meat.  All of my impulse buys
happen to be large chunks of meat!  My last
one resulted in this
.  This past Saturday
I called Mandi from the store:

Me: Hey
Mandi: what’s up
Me: nothing.   Ummm   I just bought a brisket.  I don’t know why.
Mandi: uhhh  sweet?
Me How the hell do you cook a brisket
Mandi: I don’t know
Me: Go online and get me a recipe so I know what else to
buy.
Mandi: Naa, Im gonna go back to watching friends half
awake.  SEEYA!

Luckily, I had everything I needed at home!  Thanks to a loosely followed Paula Deen
recipe
, we were in business.

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Seared Tuna Taco

I have really wanted to sear tuna lately.  Why? I have no idea.  For some reason it has been one of those
dishes that gets stuck in your head and you can’t stop thinking about it until
you finally make it yourself!  But what would
we do with this seared tuna?  I didn’t really
want to put it in a salad.  The brainstorming
began at 2:30ish between Mandi and I over email.  Mandi wanted avocado because Thursday is
usually taco night and if she couldn’t have tacos, some avocado would at least
ease the pain.  I thought mangos would be
a nice compliment to the lightness of the tuna. 
After looking for awhile online, I was reminded of a raw tuna nacho
appetizer I had at Mesa Grill in New
York
.  I saw a
recipe that included an avocado and a chipotle crema and decided to make these,
wing a mango salsa, and put it all on a corn tortilla.  The results were delicious!


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Calzones

Calzones are the oft neglected brother of the pizza.  When faced with the option of calzone or
pizza, most people I know would choose the pizza.  But what most people don’t realize is that at
home it is 10 times easier to recreate a delicious takeout calzone then it is a
takeout pizza.  And what’s better is you
can do it with leftovers!  Last night we
made these calzones because we had made pizza over the weekend and had
pepperoni, peppers and onion leftover. 
Mandi made some cheesesteaks for a work event and had a bunch of
leftover cheesesteak filling.  These
would also be good with a filling of leftover Buffalo wings, pasta, sausage,
chicken parm, taco meat, or really anything you could think of!  My opinion is that the wackier the filling
the better the calzone. (Disclaimer: this is the opinion of Dan only and not
the opinion of Mandi. Also TFIMB is not responsible for your awful chicken
parm-pad thai-taco-mozzarella stick calzone with orange flavored dipping sauce)


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Quiz – Cereal Mascots

Because my last quiz was so popular, and also because I am a
little behind in the cooking department, I have another one for you all
today.  Today’s quiz asks you to guess
the cereal name, and mascot name, for each of the cereal mascots below.  There are 20 pictures and therefore 40 available
points for correctly naming the mascot shown and what cereal he sold.   Scroll down after the pictures to see the
answers.  Some are very obscure and one
is fictional so don’t feel bad if you miss some.  Feel free to post your score below if you
think you are smart.  If you get above
30, lay off the sugar in the morning! Click below to start the quiz.

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Breakfast Pile

I haven’t put any breakfast posts up, but in my interview I
mentioned that breakfast is my favorite meal to cook.  I think this is because it is very relaxing
to me.  There are no cameras around, it
is a weekend morning, and I am in relaxation mode making an omelet for Mandi or
a few egg sandwiches before heading to the beach.  I decided to put some of my favorite
breakfasts up here.  They are all very
simple, nothing crazy or innovative, and most involve eggs.  Today we have the infamous “breakfast pile.”  I’m sure everyone has made this before. A big
pan of scrambled eggs with any and everything breakfast related mixed in.  Make no mistakes; this meal is made for
hangovers.  This is the perfect breakfast
for when you don’t feel so good when you wake up, but you have plans for the
day that need to be carried out.  The breakfast
of champions.  It is also helpful to have
a lot of leftovers in the fridge.

The most important thing when making the breakfast pile is that it’s not a recipe, it is an order of operations. 
Similar to the FOIL method when learning math (first, outer, inner,
last), there is a breakfast pile method I like to call the VEMCH method
(Veggies, Eggs, Meats (cooked), Cheeses, Herbs).  Once you own this method, you can put
whatever you want in here.

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