Vacation

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 my cousin’s wedding.  I am sorry because I know you all will miss my daily musings […]

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Mexican Party

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!?!?

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.  

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Taco Burgers!

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

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

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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1680 X 1050   1280 X 1024   1024 X 768

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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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