Battle Burgers!

May 31, 2010

So it’s been another long time between posts, but for this one I pulled out all the stops.  I’m entered in the fifth battle this year on Foodie Fights – Battle Burger, so I tried to come up with something not only delicious, but also different from anything out there.  I love Mark Bittman’s column, The Minimalist, and when the battle was announced to be burgers, on the same day he posted a couple of burger recipes that push the envelope beyond just straight up ground beef.  Not wanting to crib from such a widely read column in a competition, I didn’t do any of those, but used it as a jumping-off point to create what I am dubbing Rudebwoy Surf and Turf Burgers.  Surf and Turf because the meat is a mixture of  beef and shrimp that I ground in a food processor (a recent acquisition after my grandmother got a new one for Mothers’ Day) and rdebwoy because they are seasoned with Jamaican-inspired jerk spices and dressed with banana mayonnaise.  I served them up to a bunch of my friends at a cookout and they were a huge hit.  I’m usually something of a purist as far as burgers go; this was my first time making them with any kind of seasonings in the meat mixture, and definitely the first time serving them without ketchup and mustard, but they were phenomenal.  Even though a real rasta wouldn’t touch these due to the shrimp, these burgers had a great spicy Caribbean flavor complemented perfectly with the creamy and slightly sweet banana mayonnaise.  Beef and shrimp may be a bit of a non-sequitur, but if you won’t take my word for how great they were, you can check out the reaction shots!

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Chickpeas in Tomato Yogurt

February 26, 2010

Indian food is one of my absolute favorites, and while it’s basically easy to just make up an approximation of a curry by stirfrying some vegetables with curry powder and coconut milk, I feel like every time I try to make Indian food for myself and my friends that it always has this kind of amateur-ish, illegit quality to it, analogous to that fruity yeast-y taste that homebrewed beer can have.  This, on the other hand, is nothing of the sort.

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NOT Cream of Cauliflower Soup

February 19, 2010

I love soup.  In the winter months there are few eating experiences that are as pleasant as a piping hot bowl of soup with a chunk of homemade bread.  Fortunately for all, there are few eating experiences as easy to achieve.  You can put almost anything into a soup and be sure that it will come out wonderfully.  Vegetables, pulses, meats, and cheeses are all delicious simmered up in a broth and can be made as hearty or rich or brothy as you want by pureeing or adding cream or roux or chopping your ingredients large or small.  In the soup world you are limited only by your imagination.  Unfortunately though, it seems like when it comes to broccoli and cauliflower soups, people always stick to the old chestnut creamy, cheesy soup.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it; that has been one of my favorite soups for as long as I’ve been alive.  I just wanted to make a soup showcasing cauliflower without resorting to the standby.  This spicy roasted cauliflower soup with French lentils is a perfect winter warmer.

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What I’ve Been Up To

February 18, 2010

Well I haven’t gotten around to updating this blog as much as I’ve wanted to this winter, but I have been cooking the whole time. I took a bunch of pictures of food, but I never typed up the recipes and have since forgotten the recipes for a bunch of them. Whole photo shoots are languishing on my hard drive, so I thought that in lieu of an actual recipe post I’d upload some photos that I’ve taken between my last post and now. Sorry again for this cop-out, I have a post about soup that I’m going to put on the site pretty soon and a whole head full of ideas of things that I will make. I’m really going to try to put something on here every week, so keep checking back if that’s something you’d like to see.

This is our shelf where we keep our teas and vitamin supplements and usually bananas.  The shelf is above our sink and is usually nicely lit.  You can see that mortal and pestle in the recipe for sweet potato chowder.  Featured prominently in this photo are some jalepeno peppers that we grew in the garden behind our house.  This picture is from late October to early November times, the peppers were the last thing left and they sat up on this shelf for a while before I ended up roasting them and making enchiladas.

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Everybody must get sconed

January 3, 2010

Here’s another one from the vault.  I made these back in October again, for a bake sale for my school’s chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to man the table at the bake sale; I had just gotten back from the NLG conference in Seattle and, like every time that I fly, I managed to come down with a killer sinus infection.  Still, sniffling back nuclear neon green boogers, I made these scones to for the Guild to sell and raise some money to put on some events.

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Chow-duh! Say it!

December 30, 2009

Well it’s been another long time in between posts, but I now have an entire semester of law school under my belt and can maybe start posting again with a little more regularity.  This is a soup I made back in the beginning of October, but didn’t get to write up until now.  My awesome sister gave me a cookbook for my birthday with a bunch of different soups in it, and this is kind of an amalgam of a bunch of different recipes from that, plus a little of my own imagination.  It was really good this fall; the batch I made was enough to eat for dinner one night and then to bring to school for lunch for the rest of the week, and I think it would be equally delicious in these frigid winter months.

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I want those Risotto brothers dead!

October 14, 2009

Acorn Squash Risotto

I’m back again!  I know that in the movie, it’s probably the Rosato brothers, but whenever I watch Frankie Pentangeli gripe to Michael, I always imagine him just having a real big problem with some guys who just make risotto all the time because of how trendy and popular it is.  Or was I guess, it’s not 2006 any more.  Or 2004.  I guess I was thinking something along the lines of the “risotto wars” between Onstad and Téodor chronicled beginning here in his blog.  Judging from the food trends these days (and by food trends I mean what they make on Top Chef always), maybe it would be the Ceviche brothers.  What am I talking about?  Anyways, tonight I made a risotto with some acorn squash.

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Roundup Cop-out Post #1

June 18, 2009

My house!

Courtesy of Google Maps, here is the primary reason that I haven’t updated this since April.  A few weeks ago, I moved out of my mom’s house and into this beautiful upper in North Buffalo with two of my best friends.  It goes without saying that a move, even only 20 some miles away, is time- and brain power-consuming and so this blog thing has really been at the back of my mind.  An added snafu with this whole move is that I no longer have access to my mom’s digital camera to take pictures of the delights my new roomies and I have been cooking up (and we have been cooking up some delightful delights).  Maybe someday soon this summer I’ll be able to throw up some pictures and recipes for noodly salad dishes, whole wheat breads, day-long smoked pork shoulders, and crispy pizzas.  But for now, in order to satisfy my loyal readers (hah!), I’m just going to throw up some links to stuff that has interested me lately.  A lot of it is jacked from other blogs, so if you go down that list on the right here, you’re bound to see some repeats.  Sorry.

Bike Messenger – Here’s a book review David Byrne (yes, the one you’re thinking of) wrote a while back for Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities, a book that’s real close to my current sensibilities.  I just love David Byrne and bicycling and the idea of developing policy to make cities more friendly to bicyclists.  Triple whammy!


Sesame Noodles with Red Cabbage – I really like Macheesmo, and this cold noodle dish is basically exactly what I concocted myself when I wanted something similar the other day.  I made mine with cucumbers, green cabbage, yellow peppers, and bean sprouts.

Raekwon – “New Wu”Only Bulit 4 Cuban Linx 2 has been “coming soon” since right after the first one dropped it seems, but my hopes are high that it will actually come out this august when they’re saying it will, with this new banger as evidence.

Rust Belt Renaissance – This August I am going to be starting my 1L year at the University at Buffalo Law School, and as of late, my area of interest has been ways to shape policy in the Buffalo-Niagara region to revitalize the area (see the interest in Pedaling Revolution).  This is an article about a conference starting today here that was written by a good friend of my ex’s that appeared in last week’s ArtVoice.  I wish I had a spare $25 to check this thing out.

Broken Social Scene – “New Country” – Too bad I’m not allowed into Canada. One of my all-time favorite bands since I caught them as a last-minute act at Thursday at the Square six years ago, Broken Social Scene, played a surprise show in Toronto as part of their label’s NXNE showcase. Not only that, but Leslie Feist played with them for what must have been the first time in almost the same amount of time that I’ve known the band (You may know her from the iPod commercial or her appearance on Sesame Street). Anyways, here’s a video of them playing a song together.

Urban Farming, a Bit Closer to the Sun – Finally, a story from yesterday’s New York Times about Urban Farming.  This also fits into my interest in revitalizing Buffalo and the surrounding area.  There are a lot of grassroots organizations and projects going on right now to localize food-production and decrease sprawl by using land more efficiently.  This is especially relevant to Buffalo where we have hundreds of acres of land that’s not being used right now with abandonded and derelict houses on it (Here’s a bonus link from Bruce Fisher: The Green Zone.  Also, check out his blog: The Fisher Variations).  Now thankfully we have things like Urban Roots and the Wilson Street farm springing up to encourage community and urban agriculture.  In other cities, you have people creating green roofs and restaurants using their space to produce their own produce.  It’s exciting!

Thanks Joe George!

April 29, 2009

Curried Carrot Soup with Honey and Yogurt

Post number 2 for today is a soup that I knew I had to make as soon as I saw the recipe in the Artvoice that came out last Thursday.  There’s a local chef named Joe George that writes for that paper a lot, as well as the magazine Edible Buffalo, and for his own awesome blog, Urban Simplicity where he talks about cooking, bicycling, and all kinds of things of interest to Buffalonians or anyone else.  His Food for Thought column in Artvoice is something that I always look forward to, and this one about honey provided three great looking simple recipes, including this absolutely delicious curried carrot soup.

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April 29, 2009

Farfalle Primavera with Ramp Pesto

Well it looks like today is going to be another double post day, because I’ve been meaning to throw this one up since I made it the day before yesterday and I wanted to post it before I wrote about the soup I made this morning.  This one is another super-trendy entry, by my estimation at least, judging from all the stuff I’ve seen on Taste Spotting and Foodgawker with ramps in it, but oh well.

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