Week 33, Juice 2: Beet-fennel-O.J.

I’ve seen beets with oranges plenty of times on the menu, so it’s not much of a stretch to throw beets and oranges into the juicer together. The additions of zippy anise, earthy spinach and sweet carrots make this the most vegetal juice on our menu–kind of like V8 but better … more like V12. […]

Week 33, Juice 1: The Green-Apple

This was my first official “juice” so first, a few thoughts: I don’t know if it’s odd or not, but one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is cut fruits and vegetables. It’s calming to me, so, upfront, I really enjoy this aspect of making juice. Also, it’s pretty crazy to see […]

Easy, refreshing watermelon juice

I’m getting ready to start publishing the recipes for the Fat Dude Juice Bar, but in the meantime, here’s something else to quench the thirst. I’ve been making a habit of keeping the fridge stocked with fresh fruit, but one thing I was unable to get through this weekend was a basketball-sized watermelon that I […]

How-to-make: Hatch Crack Chile Sauce

Hatch chiles are in season, so there’s no better time to find a bunch and grub on them. I had an excellent hatch burger at the Playground recently (listed on the menu as “For Cool People Only”) and after that, I was left craving the flavor and heat even more than I thought I would. […]

Week 32, Meal 3: Fourth-place fish

Every once in a while I have a bad day in the kitchen. I went 75 recipes without cutting myself, and then one week I sliced up my hands pretty good three times: once with a knife to the tip of my finger, once on my food processor blade in the dishwasher and once on […]

Enfrijoladas locas!!!

My buddy Dave introduced me to enfrijoladas recently at a Santa Ana restaurant called Potzol den Cano and I have a continual craving for this dish, which is essentially enchiladas, but with bean sauce. It’s possibly the best way to use beans ever. Wifey Nadia hates enchiladas because she’s not down with the red sauce […]

Week 32, Meal 2: Sweet and sour chicken

Chef Brian’s pretty awesome at “magic tricks,” or at least that’s what I call them. Every once in a while, he’ll introduce a new technique to me that blows my mind. Some of my favorite tricks of his include corn pudding and salsa verde broth; Week 32, Meal 2: Italian Sweet and Sour chicken over sauteed […]

Week 32, Meal 1: Fall harvest

One of the most rewarding parts of writing this blog is getting to turn Chef Brian’s recipes–which I never get to actually see before I cook them–into a very tasty reality. The first dish of the “Killer Kale” menu is a shining example of that. Week 32, Meal 1: Honey-sherry marinated chicken over roasted butternut squash, […]

Week 32: Killer kale

Off the top of my head, I can come up with a shortlist of foods we should all have regularly: blueberries, almonds, green tea, dark chocolate, salmon and … kale. I hardly ever ate it before, but the leafy green has been used a few times here on Fat Dude. Full of vitamins and minerals, […]

Week 31, Meal 3: The fiesta bowl

When I first started this blog, cooking was one of the worst ‘chores’ I had to do. I always felt like it was such a pain in the ass to cook my own meals everyday, so instead, I would hit the drive-thru. It’s hard sometimes not to get bored or tired of cooking at home–I […]

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