I totally did not plan to make a Cinco de Mayo themed post
today.  I had tamales all lined up to go,
and I woke up and was like…hmmm today is Cinco de Mayo…  crazy! 
We made these because Mandi was scouring the internet for other things
to steam.  Once we bought the steamer she
decided that she wanted every meal steamed from that point on.  The thing about tamales is you are supposed to
use a metal pot steamer.  This is because
they take over an hour and a half and the bamboo starts to get really soggy at
that point.  This is fine, it still dries
out and everything, you just have to be careful with it.  They came out great for us and we even got some
nice bamboo flavor in the tamales that was delicious.  In a totally unrelated side note to TFIMB
fans, check out the web comic xkcd from today and also from Friday.  They are both food related, slightly nerdy,
and hilarious as usual.  Be sure to mouse
over to see the alt text.

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Cuban Night

We went to Amy’s for a Cuban dinner party this past weekend
and it was a great time.  I have never
had some of the ingredients and flavors she worked with and I was excited to
try them all week.  Mandi went over and
helped her take pictures and cook in the afternoon, then we all showed up
around 7.  Amy will be writing the rest
of the post, but I may leave a few comments in red.  Also the Recipes (as usual) are at the bottom
of the post.

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Wonton Soup

Ever since Heidi made dumplings a week or so ago, Mandi has
been asking me every day “when can we make dumplings?”  Well when she came home with a new bamboo
steamer, I knew it was time.  The other
reason I knew we should make them, is that they actually had Pork Shoulder at
the store.  In Bermuda,
this is a rare find for me. (side note- because of this, there will be 3 pork shoulder
recipes in a row, HA!) 

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As I was making these meatballs, I was a bit worried about
posting the recipe.  My mother told me
the recipe, as my grandmother had given it to her.  I didn’t know if there was some sort of
embargo or block on passing it out for all to see.  Would I be blacklisted by my family and never
given any recipes again?  No more Gnocchi
secrets or Lasagna tips?  No more making tortellini’s
for the holidays?  I didn’t know what to
do.  Then last night I was watching Molto
Mario (Re-Runs on fine living!) and the weight was lifted!  Mario made meatballs almost the exact same
way as my family!  This did 2 things, for
one, it made me proud because Mario is as authentic as you can get for Italian food,
and 2, it released the ban on the recipe because it is no secret, its already
out there for the world to see via Mario Batali.

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Chicken Pot Pie

With the warm weather and summer feeling here in Bermuda, It may seem odd that I am making chicken pot pie.  There are however 3 main reasons for making
it.  1. We needed to re-up on chicken broth
in the freezer and pot pie is the perfect thing to make the day after making
broth. 2.  It is still a bit cold in Massachusetts where most
of my friends live so they can make this. 
And 3. We got a cool new knife rack for the kitchen and we needed Gareth
to help hang it for us.  Having concrete
walls, it is tough to hang everything and Gareth can do it easily.  He always asks us for things like chicken pot
pie, shepherds pie, and bangers and mash, so we thought it would be a good way
to get him over and help us.

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We made Persian food this week.  Neither of us are Persian or have ever been
to the area, and I have never even tried this type of food so I don’t even know
if it came out authentic tasting, but I do know it was delicious.  Mandi has had Persian once before.  she was at her friend Nooshin’s house.  Her mom made some delicious Persian dishes
for dinner when we all lived in Boston.  Now Noosh has moved to LA and we have moved
here.  The reason we cooked this meal, is
because Mandi is going to visit Nooshin in LA next week and wants to cook her
something to remind her of home.  What a
nice girl.

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TV Chef Kitchen Quiz

As fans of TFIMB know, I like to make the occasional quiz
for people to send to their friends and challenge each other.  This one popped into my head yesterday and I whipped
it up for you all!  Name the celebrity
chef or show based on their kitchen or workspace!  sorry some are so blurry! I had to rip a few off you tube.

Score –

0-5 – wonn wonnnnnnn

6-10 – decent

10-13 – prettyyyy prettyyyyyy prettyy good

14-16 – you watch way too much food TV

Click below to start the quiz! But don’t scroll to far down,
the answers are down there.

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Post Beach BBQ

This is probably our favorite after beach BBQ.  We make it after a long day of beach when you
need something hearty and flavorful, yet light and summery at the same time.  My parents were down visiting and we had just
gotten back from a long day at the beach. Click below for more

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Pork Belly Macaroni and Cheese!

Mandi and I had been wanting to make mac and cheese for a
week or 2.  We knew we didn’t want to go
out on the weekend but rather keep it low key so we decided to make the macaroni
and cheese on Friday night and watch the top chef I had downloaded.  On Thursday while shopping for tacos, I was
minding my own business in the store when what did I see but a pack of
beautiful slabs of pork belly!  This is a
rare find in Bermuda so I snatched it up without
even thinking of what we would do with it. 
After brainstorming for a bit, we decided to incorporate it into the mac
and cheese we had been craving.  We decided
that a BBQ Sauce flavor would help bring the pork belly and mac and cheese
together as one.  It is hard for me to do
this post today because now I am craving this again! It was one of the best
things we have made in a very long time and now im starving for a huge scoop of
pork belly mac and cheese! Click below, you will be glad you did

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Tuna With Pesto

Since there was a public outcry after my last healthy post (apparently
2 slices of bacon makes you a fatty) I decided to post another one today.  Sometimes when I am trying to be healthy, I
ruin it because I crave pasta all the time. 
I generally do not like whole wheat and whole grain pastas.  For some reason however, when I put a pesto
on a whole grain pasta, I really enjoy it.

This recipe is a combination of Giada’s Swordfish and
Spaghetti with Citrus Pesto
, Heidi’s Pesto techniques, and some tweaks of our
own (putting the citrus in the fish instead of the pasta, using whole grain
pasta, fish selections).  I find it
important to cite my sources so that I don’t pull a Cindy McCain.  I’m so Topical!

Click below for the recipe and pictures.

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Arugula Salad

We had a pizza party last weekend and we had a ton of
leftovers.  We used them in a variety of
ways, one being this salad.  We had the arugula
leftover because we had planned a salami arugula pizza but people got full and
we cancelled that one.  The only thing we
ended up buying for this salad was the fennel.

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Mandi loves cheesesteaks. 
She has been dying to share her recipe and process here with everyone.  So much so, that we needed to take pictures 3
SEPARATE TIMES in order to get them perfectly right!  That was fine with me because they are so
delicious that I don’t mind eating them multiple nights in a week. Click below for more!

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