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“Beefcake” Pasta Salad

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“Follow your dreams, you can meet your goals, I’m living proof.” – E.T.C.

January has not been a good month for blogging.  It’s the high season in the Caribbean and we’ve had lots of visitors.  Every time I’ve tried to cook and blog about it I just can’t seem to find the time to put it all together.  I’m forcing myself today to put up what I just made for lunch.  I don’t cook pasta all that often, but when I do, I always enjoy it.  This a great lunchtime dish, for me it’s pre-gym workout fuel.  This dish has a good balance of carbs and protein to get me through the next hour or so of lifting.  In the words of Eric T. Cartman, “Beefcake!” Continue reading

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“Man Flu” Soup

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So gracias to a co-worker of mine I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather.  Yes, that means man flu.  The number one symptom of man flu is whining and thinking your going to die, when it’s really just a puny little cold.  Guilty as charged.  Nothing makes you feel a bit better when your a bit down than some nice spicy soup (winning the lottery aside).  I made a couple of pots of this the past few days and I’m starting to feel right as rain.  It really should be called “I threw whatever I had in my fridge soup”, but I thought this title was more fitting.  Anyway, here it goes. Continue reading

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Easy Baked Rotini

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Sometimes you just need pasta, yesterday was one of those days.  Baked pastas are always a crowd-pleaser, relatively easy to make, and taste amazing.  If you’ve never tried your hand at one, now is the time.  It’s a very simple concept: noodles, sauce, and cheese.  How you go about those three ingredients is what separates the good from the extraordinary.  For this particular dish I used rotini, mainly because I happened to have in the pantry.  You could easily do this with ziti, penne, or any other similar style of pasta.  The important thing is to make a sauce that you’re proud of, and the rest of the dish will follow.  This will serve at least 6. Continue reading

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Cheesy Jalapeño Biscuits

I stayed away from baking for a long time.  I always found that there was less room for improvisation than in just cooking.  A little of this, dash of that, and you might just end up with a brick or a door stop.  You also need a reliable oven, which I did not have in any of my last few apartments. I’m past that now, here’s my first non-pizza baking post, chew on these!

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Accidentally Awesome Pizza

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Last night I made an amazing pizza.  Now pizza that you make yourself always tastes amazing, but this one had something special.  I’ve made hundreds of pizzas, and somehow this one rose above the pack.  With the exception of some photos I didn’t bother documenting it… mainly because I was tired and couldn’t be bothered, I just wanted food.  I remember coming home from work hungry, and thinking that I really want a bbq chicken pizza right now.  I didn’t have any bbq sauce, but we did happen to have some dough leftover from making a pizza two days before.  It was brilliant.  Afterwards I wrote down what I remembered doing, knowing damn well that I didn’t measure anything.  If anything this is for me to remember what made this so special.  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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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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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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