Fat Dude does Solvang: A food and wine extravaganza

Back when I was writing for Food Frenzy, my co-blogger/homeboy Jeff traveled to exotic locales including Europe and … er, St. Louis while I sat at home and lived vicariously. I gave up travel each year, mostly for the time and expense  required to go to the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, but that doesn’t […]

Week 18, Meal 3: The chicken and the egg

I don’t know which came first, the chicken or the egg — I just know they both taste great together, especially with a little mound of crispy prosciutto piled on top. For our finale to No-noodles Italian week, Chef Brian uses his powers of telepathy to read my mind and craft the perfect menu out […]

Week 18, Meal 2: Not your everyday chicken dinner

I love basil for its lemony fragrance and cooling flavor, but I’ve mostly used the leaves as a garnish to pasta dishes in the past. Week 18, Meal 2: Black pepper and parsley crusted chicken breast over green beans in basil vinaigrette with cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, garlic and pecorino romano is a dish […]

Week 18, Meal 1: Another gussied up fish dish

Sure, it’s rewarding to make great-tasting food at home, but there’s always an extra level of satisfaction when I put together something that looks like it belongs on some fancy restaurant menu. Now, Chef Brian might disagree, but I think he’s at his best when he’s working with ahi tuna. There’s just something about the […]

The wrong side of the weigh-in

I was so angry when I saw the scale this morning, I nearly didn’t write this post. But that wouldn’t be fair to myself, or the people who read this blog. But man, it’s not easy typing this. I was so excited to get back into the swing of things last week. I walked on […]

Week 18: No-noodles Italian

Back before Pizza Week took me like a million days to get through, Chef Brian and I had talked about ways to switch up the food I was eating, as a way to push past the plateau that I was am stuck on. His first thought was to go low-carb for a week, just to […]

Week 17, Meal 3: Western slice

If I’m ordering pizza, chances are it’s not going to be BBQ chicken pizza. It’s nothing against BBQ chicken, it’s just that Canadian bacon tastes better. But for one night only, I indulged in Chef Brian’s Week 17, Meal 3: BBQ chicken pizza, made with the leftover no-sugar, no-fat BBQ sauce from a few weeks […]

Week 17, Meal 2: Pear … pizza?

I know how Chef Brian does it – he’s a chef, duh – but it’s still always surprising to me when the weirdest sounding meal on the menu turns out to be fantastic. Such was my luck with Week 17, Meal 2: Caramelized pear, fontina, prosciutto and arugula pizza. And if you’re wondering about yesterday’s […]

Week 17, Meal 1: I suck at making pizza

I knew there was a reason I always ordered pizza from Rubinos. It’s because making pizza at home, if you have no prior experience working with dough, can be one of the most frustrating kitchen experiences you can have. Where did all that flour I just put on the counter go? Why is this ball […]

A move in the right direction

I have a lot to say, but I feel like I’d be complaining way too much while simultaneously burying my own shortcomings in the lede. These last couple of weeks at work have been a roller coaster and you can read more about that here if you would like. Blogwise, I’m working on getting back […]

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