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 way he is able to contrast that neon pink flesh against eggplant, cous cous, beets … whatever.
Week 18, Meal 1: Fennel, black pepper, and parsley crusted ahi tuna over eggplant and pomegranate caponata with pomegranate balsamic drizzle is yet another stunner from his repertoire of food that’s both beautiful to look at, and delicious to eat. Continue reading Week 18, Meal 1: Another gussied up fish dish
I’m married to a Jordanian/Russian who is mostly in touch with her Middle Eastern roots, so it’s safe to say I know my way around some pita bread by this point.
And while I’m usually smothering it in hummus, then cramming as much grilled meat into the bread as possible, Chef Brian has me going Greek with Week 16, Meal 2: Turkey gyro with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce. Continue reading Week 16, Meal 3: Turkey gyro, the diet hero
I love Fat Dude cooking nights where I come away from the kitchen feeling like I put together something that people would pay big bucks for at a fancy restaurant.
Week 16, Meal 2: Fennel Crusted salmon over braised fennel, onion, and carrot with roasted fingerlings is one of those dishes. Though it didn’t take much work to put it together, the sweet, light broth and assertive fennel/pepper mix make this a quick fish dish to keep on hand when you’re looking to impress with both flavor and presentation.
Follow the jump to see how the magic happened. Continue reading Week 16, Meal 2: Super salmon bowl
I promised myself when we started this blog that I’d be open to new foods and be willing to revisit ingredients or dishes I’ve never had a taste for, or have flat out never liked.
I can thank Chef Brian for my new found love of tomatoes and turmeric to name a few, but he’ll probably never get me to appreciate seared ahi tuna (I usually try Wifey Nadia’s seared fish before cooking my fillet all the way through).
And another dish I’ve never really liked? Meatloaf.
Of all three dishes on our American menu, Week 15, Meal 2: Turkey meatloaf with pan-roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans was the one I was least excited for.
Little did I know how much a little BBQ sauce can change things. This recipe was the best one! Continue reading Week 15, Meal 2: Turkey meatloaf with pan-roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans
Few words can describe the beauty of homemade spaghetti and meatballs as well as “simple” and “perfect.”
Though Chef Brian’s light and fruity pomodoro sauce has a handful of ingredients, the time-tested combination of carrot, onion, celery, rosemary and thyme is aromatic enough to make your head spin.
His turkey meatballs follow suit, pairing the same herbs with a couple of cheeses, egg and a whole lotta lean turkey.
Rounding out our week of making romantic meals by cooking with aphrodisiacs, here’s one inspired by “Lady and the Tramp.” It’s Week 14, Meal 3: Whole wheat spaghetti Pomodoro with turkey meatballs and shaved Parmesan. Continue reading Week 14, Meal 3: Simple and perfect spaghetti and meatballs
If there’s one thing I can trust Chef Brian with wholeheartedly, it’s putting together a badass marinade for some chicken.
He set the bar high with a garlicky, herbaceous marinade for Week 1: Chicken and apples, and then he managed to blow my taste buds away with the spice mix on for the tandoori chicken tacos we did for Fusion Taco Week.
He managed to do it again with the smoky punch of chermoula, the paprika and herb-filled marinade of Morocco. Here’s Week 13, Meal 3: Grilled chermoula-marinated chicken over stewed chickpea and tomato. Continue reading Week 13, Meal 3: Grilled chermoula-marinated chicken over stewed chickpea and tomato
BWHAHAHAHAHAHA! I made stock (for the first time) and then an awesome soup with it!
For the first meal of Week 12, we’re whipping up one tasty bowl of noodles that is as comforting as it is hearty. If you’re a fan of Vietnamese flavors — citrus, spice, heat and fish sauce — this is one dish you won’t be able to slurp down quick enough.
Grab a bowl and some chopsticks, and warm up to Week 12, Meal 1: Pho with oxtail, flank steak and filet mignon. Continue reading Week 12, Meal 1: Pho with oxtail, flank steak and filet mignon
It was nice to come home yesterday to a kitchen filled with the smell of pork that has been slow cooking in tomatillos all day.
The flavor of Week 9, Meal 3: Cuban braised pork shoulder with peppers and onions over black beans and rice was even better than the smell though.
I’ll say, for an unorganized, lazy dude like myself, these recipes have been a pain in the ass to put together — I was up at 5:30 a.m. yesterday browning pork! — but once it’s on the fork, it makes all of the hard work worth it. Continue reading Week 9, Meal 3: Cuban braised pork with peppers and onions over black beans and rice
The last time I had short ribs in a restaurant I paid $23 for the plate.
They were great, but I’d argue the ribs I made at home were much better, for much cheaper.
I struggled last week with The Fat Dude Diet, but one bite of Week 9, Meal 2: Red wine braised beef short ribs over spinach and cauliflower puree erased the exhaustion and laziness that prevented me from cooking to my full potential last week.
Let’s get down to business, y’all. Continue reading Week 9, Meal 2: Red wine braised beef short ribs over spinach and cauliflower puree
I’m digging the idea of using the slow cooker this week for my meals, but it’s a little bit of give and take.
On one hand, the meal is ready when I get home — not to mention the house smells great when I arrive — but it’s not easy prepping for a Crock Pot meal when you’re on a time crunch.
I was able to get through Week 9, Meal 1: Ground turkey and black bean chili and I enjoyed a well-spiced chili that was great on another cold winter night. Continue reading Week 9, Meal 1: Ground turkey and black bean chili