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Week 27: Thai-m for Thai

Chef Brian’s put out quite a few ethnic menus in the past–Italian, Mexican and Vietnamese dishes come to mind most–but one country he’s left alone until now  is Thailand.

“It kinda surprises me that I haven’t done any Thai menus considering I love it so much, but now is as good a time as any,” he wrote to me.

True, this blog was born at a Thai restaurant–in many people’s opinions one of the best, if not the best in the country–yet we’ve failed to bring some of  those flavors into the Fat Dude kitchen.

No longer. Here’s what’s cooking:

Week 27, Meal 1: Shrimp green curry

Week 27, Meal 2: Tom Kha Gai

Week 27, Meal 3: Grilled catfish with Thai tamarind-chile sauce over cabbage slaw

The seafood recipes make two portions and the Tom Kha Gai soup recipe makes four portions. Follow the jump for the shopping list. Continue reading Week 27: Thai-m for Thai

Week 25, Meal 2: I’ve never had fish like this

I’ve had plenty of fish and salsa dishes, but I’ve never had one like this.

For the second meal of Week 25, Chef Brian’s bringing ahi back with a coriander-and-garlic-spiked marinade that had my palate wondering what the heck hit it. The corn and black bean salsa is familiar enough, but a hint of basil elevated the flavors even more.

Add to it the coolness of sour cream, the creaminess of pureed avocado and a whole lot of sour citrus and you’ve got one heck of a fiesta in your tummy. (So yummy, so yummy.)

Without further ado, here’s Week 25, Meal 2: Coriander and garlic marinated tuna over corn and black bean salsa with avocado puree and lime sour cream. Continue reading Week 25, Meal 2: I’ve never had fish like this

Week 25: Mad Fresh Mex

We’re almost halfway through one year of recipes — this being Week 25 and all — but by the look of this menu, my midterm exam has arrived a week early.

Chef Brian’s “Fresh Mex” menu has a long list of ingredients and I’m a bit intimidated by a lot of prep and a lot of cooking going on at once, but after an easy week of making sandwiches I’m ready to jump into the mix in a big way. Here’s what’s cooking, amigos.

Week 25, Meal 1: Marinated pork loin over jalapeno corn pudding, sauteed peppers, smoky ancho sauce

Week 25, Meal 2: Coriander and garlic marinated tuna over corn and black bean salsa, avocado puree, and lime sour cream

Week 25, Meal 3: Chicken tacos with avocado puree, lime sour cream, and grilled corn-jicama salsa

Each recipe makes two servings. Continue reading for the shopping list.

Continue reading Week 25: Mad Fresh Mex

Week 23, Meal 2: Restaurant chops

Because I used to each Chicken McNuggets, like, on the regular, I never had a true taste for great food.

Sure, I knew the difference between fast food and the stuff that comes from nice restaurants, but cooking restaurant quality dishes at home was never something I dreamed of doing until I started this blog.

I love when a dish tastes like it came from the kitchen of a fancy restaurant and Week 23, Meal 2: Grilled lamb chops over asparagus and morel mushrooms with sherry vinaigrette is a meal that smacks of finer-than-home dining.

Continue reading Week 23, Meal 2: Restaurant chops

Week 22, Meal 3: Caper-olive-anchovy surprise

Wifey Nadia is always giving me grief for writing essentially the same intro for Fat Dude posts.

I usually say something like “OMG, blah blah blah … I’ve never tried this food and liked it before, but Chef Brian’s amazing … whatever, whatever … make this dish.”

She’s right about the setup — though I mostly write that way because Chef Brian is amazing and tends to make delicious things from foods I’ve stayed away from or never had — but Week 22, Meal 3: Open-faced grilled chicken sandwich with fresh mozzarella and a tomato and olive relish was one dish where the tables were turned.

“Olives and anchovies, yucky,” she repeated over and over. Then she had a bite of this fancy half-sandwich and in an instant she was converted.

Surprise! Continue reading Week 22, Meal 3: Caper-olive-anchovy surprise

Week 19, Meal 1: Pork ‘n’ slaw

If I’m eating pork ‘n’ slaw, it’s usually pulled pork and coleslaw, with a big ol’ hunk of cornbread to sop up the sauce and juice on the bottom of the plate.

For the first time, those words take on another meaning, with Week 19, Meal 1: Vietnamese pork meatball lettuce wrap with carrot and cucumber salad in fish sauce and lime vinaigrette.

I’m not really a fan of lettuce wraps — they’re kinda wimpy IMO — but three of these wraps, made with big ol’ leafs of bibb lettuce and stuffed full of savory, lemon-y pork did the trick.

An added bonus, I didn’t get the sleepies like I usually do after a plate of BBQ. Continue reading Week 19, Meal 1: Pork ‘n’ slaw

Week 15, Meal 3: “Fried” chicken with collard greens and ham hock

Part of the hesitation to do fried chicken on the blog was because, well, let’s face it, have you ever had oven-baked fried chicken better than the fried version?

There’s just something about buttermilk-soaked, double-breaded chicken going from drab to fab in a vat of hot oil that I never thought could be beat.

Before starting this blog, deep-fry oil and cheese were two staples of my not-so-nutritional nutrition plan. But after several weeks of eating Chef Brian’s dishes – most prepared with only 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of oil per serving – I just can’t eat oily foods like I used to.

That’s where Week 15, Meal 3: “Fried” chicken with collard greens and ham hock comes in handy.

I’ve had plenty of “oven-fried” chicken before, Shake ‘n’ Bake and homespun versions, but nothing has come close to matching the explosive flavor or undeniable crunch of Chef Brian’s baked goods. Continue reading Week 15, Meal 3: “Fried” chicken with collard greens and ham hock

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 13, Meal 3: Grilled chermoula-marinated chicken over stewed chickpea and tomato

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

Week 13, Meal 2: Marinated lamb kabobs with pomegranate, pistachio, citrus and mint relish

Chef Brian’s dishes usually have three or four components, so I was really confused by Week 13, Meal 2: Marinated lamb kabobs with a pomegranate, pistachio, citrus and mint relish.

I saw lamb and I saw relish, but was confused at how such a seemingly simple recipe would satisfy.

One bite of the smoky, lemon-softened meat paired with the sweet-tart, crunchy relish and I was sold.

Sometimes keeping it simple yields the best results. Continue reading Week 13, Meal 2: Marinated lamb kabobs with pomegranate, pistachio, citrus and mint relish

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