Chicken Satay Curry

The other day I bought a large package of chicken thighs thinking about making some chicken satay.  I made a simple marinade for the chicken, and then I realized I didn’t have any skewers.  Crap.  To be honest I was too lazy to go back out and buy some so I turned it into a curry instead.  This is one of those instances when laziness paid off.  The marinade is rather simple, and you could easily skewer these bad boys up and toss them on the grill.  This will make at least 6 servings. Continue reading

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Quick Granola Protein Bars

With all of this cooking, eating, and blogging I’ve been hitting the gym pretty hard lately.  I’ve been upping my protein intake but it’s not always an easy task on the go.  I’m pretty tired of $%^& brick protein bars and granola bars that taste like kids breakfast cereal.  Also, any decent store bought package tends to cost a fortune.  I decided I’d give making a simple granola bar with the addition of some protein a chance.  So far so good.  These are really easy to make and delightfully crunchy. Continue reading

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5 Minute Spicy Hummus

Anytime I have friends around and need a quick snack I’ll throw together this hummus.  It’s fast, easy, and can have quite a kick.  I actually can make this in less 5 minutes, but that’s eyeballing all of the ingredients instead of measuring.  This is not your traditional Mediterranean style hummus.  I am not a fan of tahini, and I prefer to make this without it.  The beauty of hummus is that you can play around with ingredients until you’ve found exactly what you like best.  It’s pretty hard to screw up, and if you do it can probably be fixed. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading

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Pumpkin & Onion “Bhajis”

Amazing

With all of this pumpkin that I still have in the fridge I’ve been playing around with random ideas in the kitchen.  One of the more successful things I made was a take on Indian onion bhajis.  The first batch I made without flour, and they were a bit soft for my liking.  This is the second attempt and they came out perfect.  They’re very easy to make, the key is getting as much liquid out of the pumpkin as possible. Continue reading

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Caribbean Pork

I absolutely love Jerk chicken and pork.  Depending on where you live it’s not always the easiest thing to find when you’re eating out.  After a few less than satisfying meals at some “Jamaican” establishments I started making my own.  My favorite way to cook jerk meats is on the grill, and since I’m currently without, I decided to go a different route.  I thought about the pulled pork I made a little while ago and I came up with the idea “Jerk-Style Pulled Pork”.  Thinking that “Caribbean Pork” sounds a bit better, I changed the name.  This was my first attempt and I am very happy with the results.  Grab some Red Stripes, some friends, and shout “Hooooooray, Pork!” Continue reading

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Coleslaw (That doesn’t taste like $#!%)

I usually find coleslaw to be disgusting, a mayonnaise-doused sloppy salad that creates an illusion of having something healthy at a bbq restaurant.  No thanks.  This is a very simple mayonnaise-free coleslaw that is great with Caribbean food or bbq.  It has a touch of sweetness, a bit of twang, and you can adjust the level of heat. Continue reading

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Simple Coconut Rice

This is a really easy rice dish that goes well with a lot of types of cuisine.  I’ve been eating this lately with Caribbean and Indian food. Continue reading

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Quick Chicken Stock

I’m in the middle of creating a dish with chicken thighs.  I removed the bones from 5 pounds of thighs and to not waste anything I figured I would make a quick stock.  Fresh stock always tastes great and can be frozen for later use.  I plan on using this in the next few days so I’ll just keep it in the fridge until then. Continue reading

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Chardonnay & Onion Soup

When I used to live in wine country I always had some leftover red and white lying around somewhere.  One day, after picking up a lot of onions at the farmers market, I decided to make onion soup.  I had run out of vegetable stock but I had plenty of wine that needed to be used.  My chardonnay onion soup was born.  You can use other varietals if you so choose, that was what I happened to have that particular afternoon. This is very simple, makes a great starter course, and should take less than 20 minutes.  Recipe yields 4 bowls of soup. Continue reading

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Island Spiced Burgers

My weekend plans were screwed by tropical storm Rafael.  I’m supposed to be on the beach, but instead it’s pissing it down outside.  Now what?  I decided to stay in and make some spicy island cuisine.  I had a craving for a good burger and Jamaican food, this burger was the love child of those cravings.  It’s pretty easy to make, as long as you have all the seasonings.  This will yield 2 half pound burgers. Continue reading

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Spiced Pumpkin Soup w/ Coconut Milk & Pan Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

It’s harvest time and Pumpkins are everywhere!  I found this nine-pounder on sale at the market today, so I figured why not make some soup. Continue reading

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Pan Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pan Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fresh Pumpkin Seeds (I had about 1/2 of a cup)

Pinch of Garlic Powder

Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Pinch of Cumin

Salt to taste

Clean off any pumpkin residue from the seeds and rinse under cold water.  Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat and add the seeds.  Dry roast the seeds until any moisture is gone and then add one Tsp of olive oil.  Stir occasionally for about 15 minutes.  When they start to change color add the cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, and salt.  Stir for another 2 minutes and remove from heat.  Allow to cool on a paper towel.  Amazing snack or topper for soups, salads, etc.

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“Carolina-Style” Pulled Pork

I’ve been making pulled pork for years now.  All you need is a nice piece of pork and a little time to spare.  Sounds simple, right?  Well, it can be.  Many BBQ enthusiasts will spend an entire day cooking their pork and making sauce that even family members are sworn to secrecy over.  A while back, I watched a friend make his family recipe Carolina BBQ sauce.  He wouldn’t let me know any of the ratios, but since I bought the ingredients, at least I knew what went in the secret sauce.  I’ve played around with it for years, and now here is my take on Carolina pulled pork.  (Carolina-style is mustard and vinegar based.  If you don’t like either of those flavors skip the sauce recipe). Continue reading

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Getaway Grill Out “The Art of Asado”

We had a chance to get away this weekend.  Once we arrived at our destination and saw the opportunity to fire up a grill, I made a quick stop at a local market.  Grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook.  It’s very social and everything tastes amazing with a little fire underneath it.  Origins of “The Art of Asado” are as follows: man made fire, man dropped food in fire, food tasted better, man made grill and bought a cooler full of beer, the end. Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Skillet Potatoes a.k.a. “The Hash”

An old friend and I used to get together to make brunch.  My dish was always “the hash”.  I would try and push it further every time by adding more chilies and meats until it was almost unrecognizable.  I’ve since realized I don’t want to have a coronary and have toned it down quite a bit.  This is a much “healthier” version of the hash I used to make, but it’s still fantastic.  I take my time making this so expect 30-40 minutes of cooking time.  This can be reduced by pre-cooking the potatoes (boiling or nuking), but I prefer to do it this way. Continue reading

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Quick & Easy Carne Asada Tacos w/ Habanero Salsa

It’s lunch time and I’m in a rush.  I finished off the empanadas so I’m making a quick easy favorite.   If you skip making the salsa this can be made in under 10 minutes.  If the words Habanero and Jalapeño scare you, you’re reading the wrong blog. Continue reading

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Chicken and Pumpkin Curry Empanadas

Ever since a trip to Argentina I’ve had a slight obsession with empanadas.  They can be the perfect on-the-go snack when short on time (or late for work), you can fill them with anything you want, and they’re not difficult to make.  With that being said, this is not the easiest empanada recipe I’ve ever done, but it does produce a tasty turnover.  Also, this is originally a vegetarian curry recipe, omit the chicken if you want to keep these bad boys veggie.  With all Indian recipes, I recommend grinding your own spices whenever possible.  Makes 24 empanadas. Continue reading

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Viva El Gringo Picante!

I finally decided to join the ranks of millions of technologically competent individuals with too much time on their hands.  Welcome to my blog.  I am still unsure which direction this outlet for my rambling will go, but I imagine it will have a large emphasis on food.  For those who know me, I’ve had an obsession with cooking for quite a long time now.  At the very least, this page might serve as my own personal recipe journal.  Bienvenidos y viva la vida picante!

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