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Week 8, Meal 1: Sauteed scallops over butternut squash and pear puree with arugula, pear and hazelnut in honey cider vinaigrette

In his notes to me, Chef Brian described his butternut squash and pear puree as “delicious baby food.”

Really, though, Week 8, Meal 1: Sauteed scallops over butternut squash and pear puree with arugula, pear and hazelnut in honey cider vinaigrette is more than than just Gerber for grown-ups.

It’s luxurious and velvety, sweet and savory, and best of all, it looks like it took some work to make, but it’s one of the easier dishes we’ve done on the blog. Continue reading Week 8, Meal 1: Sauteed scallops over butternut squash and pear puree with arugula, pear and hazelnut in honey cider vinaigrette

Week 7, Meal 1: Grass-fed beef burger with bacon, caramelized onion compote, arugula and over-easy egg

Only I would seek out a healthy version of a bacon and egg burger, but it looks like Chef Brian has gone above and beyond yet again with Week 7, Meal 1: Grass-fed beef burger with bacon, caramelized onion compote, arugula and over-easy egg.

Brian says: “When I make a burger it is easy to get carried away with sauces and cheese and tons of bacon. On this one you have compote with a great bacon and onion flavor that the red wine will enrich. The egg takes the place of the sauces and cheeses, which can make the calories get out of control.”

I wrangled whatever the calorie count is down a little while increasing the healthiness of the meat by using grass-fed beef instead (about 250 calories for 4 oz.; Read: Benefits of grass-fed beef). I also went with a reasonably low-cal roll, at 170 calories per piece.

Learn how to prepare this beastly burg after the jump. Continue reading Week 7, Meal 1: Grass-fed beef burger with bacon, caramelized onion compote, arugula and over-easy egg

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 6, Meal 2: Red chicken enchiladas with queso fresco and pickled red onion

It’s funny how authentic Mexican food contains very little soupy sauce or loads of cheese.

Take Week 6, Meal 2: Red chicken enchiladas with queso fresco and pickled red onion for example. These are hearty enchiladas, complete with tons of smoky red sauce and a smattering of cheese crumbles — a far cry from the calorie-laden enchies at El Torito, Cafe Rio, etc.

Try these when you’ve got the craving for great Mex, without all the fat. Continue reading Week 6, Meal 2: Red chicken enchiladas with queso fresco and pickled red onion

Week 6, Meal 1: Shrimp tacos with shaved green cabbage, pasilla pepper salsa, lime sour cream and queso fresco

Living in Southern California, you’re always surrounded by amazing Mexican food — real Mexican food, not that Taco Bell shit. Because of that, it’s nearly useless to try and make Mexi dishes at home when there’s probably a taco truck down the street doing it 10 times better.

But I didn’t feel that way with Week 6, Meal 1: Shrimp tacos with shaved green cabbage, pasilla pepper salsa, lime sour cream and queso fresco.

The pepper-packed spice mix, vibrant pasilla salsa and tangy lime sour cream elevate this taco from simple made-at-home fare to something far beyond what I thought I could do to Mexican food at home. Continue reading Week 6, Meal 1: Shrimp tacos with shaved green cabbage, pasilla pepper salsa, lime sour cream and queso fresco

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

Week 3, Meal 1: Roasted Chilean sea bass with basil pesto in tomato broth with squash and cherry tomato

Chef Brian told me I could use tilapia or halibut for his first fish dish, roasted Chilean sea bass with basil pesto in tomato broth with squash and cherry tomato, but I decided to splurge and go for the expensive stuff.

Nearly $20 later, I was the proud new owner of 10 oz. of Chilean sea bass from Santa Monica Seafood.

I questioned the steep purchase, which sucked up nearly 1/5 of my weekly grocery budget, all the way until I tasted the oily, decadent fish, bright broth and crisp veggies.

This, friends, is a winner — made better by the fact that I cooked this incredible meal at at home.

Go me. Well, Wifey Nadia helped a lot, so, go us. Continue reading Week 3, Meal 1: Roasted Chilean sea bass with basil pesto in tomato broth with squash and cherry tomato

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