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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 stickier now than it was before I added the flour? What is going on here?!

The worst part? I have two more pizza recipes to get through. I’m either going to screw ’em up, or go pro by the end of the week.

But first, check out how bad I screwed up Week 17, Meal 1: Fresh tomato, ricotta, Parmesan and arugula pizza after the jump.

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Week 15, Meal 1: BBQ chicken with Dijon potato salad

Aside from sandwiches, BBQ is pretty much the best thing in the world.

That being said, I was pretty worried when Chef Brian approached me with his idea to do no-fat, no-sugar barbecue sauce.

I make my own at home and in my version, the first handful of ingredients include bacon fat, molasses and brown sugar. So when Chef Brian approached me with his recipe I was super skeptical that he could pull off the un-pull-off-able.

But, surprise, surprise, he passed with flying colors. The sauce, based off lots of peppers, spices and apple juice, packs some punch of front then mellows from the sweetness of the juice.

Here’s Week 15, Meal 1: BBQ chicken with Dijon potato salad. It’s magic on the grill as far as I’m concerned. Continue reading Week 15, Meal 1: BBQ chicken with Dijon potato salad

Week 11, Meal 3: Orecchiette with lamb ragu and ricotta cheese

While Week 11 was all about pasta, really, this meal could do without.

Just ask Wifey Nadia and our guests Jamil and Justine, who, after having a bowl of Week 11, Meal 3: Orecchiette with lamb ragu and ricotta cheese, all grabbed seconds to spoon-gorge on the clove-and-mint spiked, lamb-packed sauce. Continue reading Week 11, Meal 3: Orecchiette with lamb ragu and ricotta cheese

Week 6, Meal 3: Tortilla soup

I don’t know where in the world you’re reading this from, but I’m writing from sunny Orange County, California where it wasn’t summer until fall and it wasn’t fall until December.

So far this month we’ve had stunning heat and heavy rain, but yesterday we had a beautiful day that started out with light rain dripping from a dull blue sky. I saw some sun in the afternoon, and at night, it was nice and cool near the mouth of the canyon where I live.

It was a day for soup, and lucky for me Chef Brian was serving up a comforting bowl of steamy broth packed with meat and veggies and topped with cheese.

Snuggle up to Week 6, Meal 3: Tortilla soup. Continue reading Week 6, Meal 3: Tortilla soup

Week 4, Meal 3: Huevos Rancheros

I’ve gone through many highs and lows in the kitchen in the four weeks since this blog’s inception.

I think back to night one when I spent nearly four hours getting the hang of prep work, cook times, burner sensitivity, etc. That was a frustrating day which made me question the stupidity of launching a blog where cooking nightly is mandatory.

I remember Week 3’s Chilean sea bass and the triumph I felt with each buttery bite of fish, each sweet sip of tomato. Putting together Week 4, Meal 3: Huevos Rancheros gave me that same great feeling.

It’s the first time I’ve made any Mexican dish at home that isn’t a quesadilla or doesn’t have this stuff in it. Legit Mexican at home — another notch in my kitchen’s belt.

Speaking of highs and lows, only a handful of times in these four weeks have I not wanted to cook — last night being one of them — but as always my loving wife made me put down the Call of Duty, get my ass of the couch and get to work.

And it’s always worth it in the end. Both in taste, and on my waistline.

Now let’s cook some huevos y’all. Continue reading Week 4, Meal 3: Huevos Rancheros

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