Food Blog Recipes



April 2014



Beer Battered Onion Rings with Smoked Paprika Aioli

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I remember going to a chain restaurant, which shall remain nameless and shamed, that had an appetizer of onion rings for $9.00… NINE DOLLARS!  If I can remember right I think it came with a grand total of 8-9 large onion rings.  To put this in perspective, for $9.00 I could buy 15 – 20lbs of onions and instead I received the outer layer of just one.  Appalling, I know.  And even worse was that they weren’t nearly as good as what I’m going to give you here.

Great onion rings are easily achievable for anyone and the secret is the beer.  Is it the flavor of the beer? No, it’s the bubbles believe it or not.  The carbonation in the beer gives you that airy, crispy outside just like a tempura, which operates on the same idea.  Also, once you have your perfect onion rings, don’t dirty them up with ketchup.  Try this simple aioli and bring those rings right up to restaurant quality without the ridiculous price.

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April 2014



Broccoli Rabe & Bacon Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust

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For a long time I tried to make my own pizzas.  I tried multiple dough recipes, sauces, toppings and definitely made what I would define as pizza, sort of, but nothing that I would let friends and family see or eat… or know about.  But finally after a long crusade in quest of pizza knowledge, I emerged enlightened and forever changed.  Seriously, this shit bugged me for a few years, but I can honestly say that I feel very comfortable with making a great dough now, which is the real secret to great pizza.  Build it and they will come, to the dinner table to eat up this pizza.

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April 2014



Spicy Sesame Beef and Soba Stir Fry

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Spicy Beef Soba Stir Fry Final

I bought a wok about 7 years ago and I could probably count on one hand how many times I’ve put it to use.  Great intensions turned into a big dusty pan hanging on the end of my shelf.  Well, with my recent dive into cuisines that are outside my comfort zone, I finally have a chance to redeem my wok and myself.  I had randomly bought some soba noodles during my Chinatown visit a few weeks ago and now having them, they inspired me to make this stir-fry.  I have to say, that having made it now and seeing how easy, fast and ultimately superior to take-out in every way it is, I have a lot more redeeming of my wok to do.

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March 2014



Spiced Grilled Chicken Wrap

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Spiced Chicken Wrap

I’ve never really been much of a chicken wrap person.  I think mainly because they are so damned boring.  They’re just a way for a sandwich shop to charge you the same price and take away your bread.  Robbery at it’s best; paying them to rob you.  I think if you’re going to sacrifice the bread and highlight the ingredients inside, then shouldn’t those ingredients be… highlighted?  Shouldn’t they be special?  Just grilling chicken and putting some lettuce, tomato and a dressing on, isn’t doing the chicken inside justice.  This chicken died for you, honor it.  This is seriously the way I think.

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