Category Archives: Food Recipe

Hold The Avocado Please

I’m all about avocados. They are delicious, creamy, full of good fats that are great for your health, and mild enough in flavor that they fit well in a lot of different dishes. There aren’t too many foods that are equally good in sushi, tacos, and ice cream.

 

As big of a fan as I am of avocados; I have to say I think it’s time to give it a rest. Just ease off of the avocado gas pedal a little bit. Slow down the avocado freight train. Not every dish needs an excessive amount of avocado.

 

One avocado dish I see circulating the internet that perfectly expresses our nations current overload on avocado is, ” The Bacon Wrapped Egg Stuffed Avocado“.

 

It is exactly what it sounds like. An avocado is pitted and pealed; a poached or soft boiled egg is placed inside the cavity. It is then closed back up, wrapped in bacon, and sauteed in a pan until golden; then it is sliced into and the perfectly runny yoke of the egg comes spilling out of the center.

 

I can understand the initial appeal. First of all: bacon. Bacon is really glorious. There does seem to be some logic in bacon being that magical ingredient that automatically makes a recipe amazing.

 

Next comes a creamy layer of avocado; this is a pretty thick layer. After that comes the creamy egg white, and finally the creamy egg yolk.

 

That’s a whole lot of creamy. The only textural contrast you have is the crispness of the bacon, and then you are left wit a mouthful of smooshy, warm avocado followed by smooshy warm egg, and runny yolk.

 

I’m not a fan of the trendy food term ” mouth feel”, but the mouth feel of this dish frankly is really off putting.

 

The moral of the story is this: texture matters, and just because it’s trending on social media; doesn’t mean it’s a great food idea.

 

The next time you are looking for an avocado fix give this recipe for Fried Avocado Tacos a try instead.

 

Green Meals

Add a little green to your meals with a few St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Corned beef and cabbage is a meal that makes you think of the holiday like none other. Consider putting the beef in a crock pot or a Dutch oven to make it a bit more tender. Root vegetables also go well with the meal. A delicious Irish stew with potatoes, carrots and herbs is a comforting meal for the family. It’s filling, and you can freeze the leftovers for a meal for another day.

 

Shepherd’s Pie isn’t usually something that you would think of having for the holiday, but it’s an idea that you can make your own. Add a few green vegetables, such as green beans or peas, to give a green look to the meal for St. Patrick’s Day. Melted cheddar and butter on top looks like gold at the end of the rainbow. Irish soda bread is a staple for those who enjoy the holiday. The orange zest and currants in the bread give it a sweet taste. This is a bread that can be made ahead of time and shared with family and friends if you want to make several loaves. Spinach pancakes and eggs are a way to have a green day for St. Patrick’s. The spinach gives the pancakes moisture, making them fluffy instead of dry like you would find with flour or a pancake mix. Chop a few chives to put on top for a delicious breakfast that the family can enjoy.

 

A Delightful New Gourmet Sandwich Shop Is Now Open In Manhattan

One of the best things about reading food-oriented articles is that they can really stimulate the appetite. A few minutes ago, I read an appetizing current article about the incredible sandwiches being served at the new Make Sandwich restaurant in NYC.

 

Make Sandwich is located on Fourth Avenue at Union Square, and is becoming well-known for the unusual combinations it serves between two slices of bread.

 

The article mentions how Make Sandwich has hired chef Josh Sharkey to be culinary director, and oversee the sandwich shop’s food offerings. Previously, Mr. Sharkey was the chef/owner of the now-closed Bark Hot Dogs restaurant in Brooklyn.

 

In addition to providing a tantalizing menu of specialty sandwiches, the restaurant gives customers the option of creating their own tasty sandwiches. A wide variety of sandwich fillings are available, as are side dishes such as apple-date slaw, and lettuce and parm salad.

 

For a breakfast sandwich, Make Sandwich offers the combination of egg, maple-ginger sausage, cheddar cheese, pimento cheese, and chile ketchup on a brioche roll.

 

A grilled chicken and chorizo sausage sandwich at Make Sandwich features Oaxacan cheese, pickled onion and jalapeno, avocado, smoky mayo, and cilantro. An Italian meats sandwich is filled with salami, prosciutto, mortadella, provolone, jardiniere, red onion, tomato and Italian dressing.

 

Make Sandwich has a pork belly and pickle sandwich, and a real steak sandwich with salsa verde and olive oil. Their turkey sandwich comes with avocado, lettuce, tomato, pickled apple, smoked gouda cheese, and chile-celery mayo.

 

For vegetable lovers, this Union Square eatery offers a zucchini and falafel sandwich, as well as a spinach and artichoke option.

 

For dessert, Make Sandwich has triple chocolate cookies and vanilla gelato on the menu. These sweet treats can be ordered individually, or combined into an awesome ice cream sandwich.

Get Up And Go Sandwiches Remain Favorite Meal For Most In 2017

Let’s be frank here; busy Americans really want to eat healthier every time a new year swings around. We might not have tons of time to chow down, especially for breakfast and lunch.

 

That’s why the humble sandwich remains the delicious, quick and easy meal to make within five minutes or less. It can get fancy or stay truly basic; whatever you desire, the sandwich is the original portable meal and perfect for 2017.

 

Trendy restaurants like Egg Slut in Los Angeles have patrons waiting in long lines, just to buy the favorite gourmet Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich.

 

This ain’t your mama’s fried egg sandwich, boys and girls. The ingredients are sensual-sounding and make for the ultimate sexy egg sandwich.

 

Consider Egg Slut’s hardwood smoked bacon over medium egg, cheddar cheese and chipotle ketchup in a warm brioche bun.

 

Of course, you could make your own version of Egg Slut’s Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich. It’s quick, simple to make and a filling, healthy meal.

 

Here’s our spin on the classic sandwich:

 

2 slices smoked bacon

1 egg

2 slices bread

2 slices cheese

ketchup

chipotle

butter

 

As bacon is frying on medium low, crack egg and slowly pour onto middle of bacon, as close to center as possible. Crack fresh pepper on top. Continue cooking until bacon becomes crisp and egg white opaque. When done, remove to plate.

 

Spread ketchup and chipotle on to one slice of bread and add cheese slices on top. Cover with remaining slice and spread butter on both sides. Begin grilling sandwich in pan in bacon fat at same medium low heat. Grill both sides until golden brown. Then remove, and carefully open sandwich, so you can place bacon and fried egg onto bread. Cover sandwich and slice in half.

 

Enjoy.

 

Fruitcake Can Be The Best Holiday Treat

It’s that time of year again, the fruitcake jokes will be rolling out faster than a tube of wrapping paper. We’ve heard them all, we know the connotation behind the dessert, but did you know that it doesn’t have to be the joke of the holiday season? It’s true, delightful and fantastic fruit cake exists, but there is one catch. You have to make it yourself. Huffington Post recently highlighted their top six fruitcake recipes that meet their qualifications for the ideal tasty treat of the season, and they are all worth taking a look at.

The one that catches most people’s attention is the traditional Holiday Fruitcake. It’s packed with dates, raisins, glazed cherries and walnuts. It is delightful right out of the oven and great a few days later with a little brandy sprinkled on top. It even makes a fantastic gift. To make it you’ll need:

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sour cream

1 cup chopped dates

2 cups raisins

1/2 cup chopped glazed cherries (to shake things up you can substitute dried sweetened cranberries)

1 cup chopped walnuts

2 cups AP flour (divided into 1/4 cup and 1 3/4 cup)

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg (at room temperature)

grated rind of one orange

1 teaspoon of salt

1-2 ounces Brandy (optional)

Start by preheating the oven to 325°. Place two pans of water on the bottom shelf of the oven. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with greased parchment paper. This makes removing the cake from the pan after baking much easier.

Mix the sour cream and baking soda together in a small bowl and set aside.

Combine dates, raisins, cherries and walnuts with 1/4 of the flour, set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar together then add eggs, orange rind, and sour cream mix. Add in the flour and salt till it is well combined then finally add in the fruit/nut mix. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake in the oven on the upper rack with the two water pans evenly distributed below it, for one and a half to two hours until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.

This classic and enjoyable recipe is a great dish to serve this holiday season. It has all the classic flavor and taste of delightful fruitcake and is sure to delight all those who try it this year!

 

The Best Turkey Recipe

One of the best parts about life, in my opinion, is food and eating. Food and eating brings a feeling of euphoria. The best part about food is the taste of the best dishes around. If you are looking for an easy turkey recipe for the holidays, this is the place to be.

 

The Best Turkey Recipe

 

The total time for this recipe is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes. The prep only takes 10 minutes while the cooking takes 3 hours. You first need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, you need to pull the neck and giblets out of the cavity of the turkey. Be sure to get rid of the liver and save the giblets for the gravy. Next, take a paper towel and be sure that the bird is dry before you season the turkey up with seasoning salt and pepper for a flavorful taste. Next, you will want to fill the cavity with a combination of herbs and vegetables of your choice. The best to use are chopped onions and herbs to give it an extra kick of flavor. After you complete all of these steps, you will need to place the turkey breast-side up in a roasting pan. Be sure to cover the turkey with melted butter to keep it nice and moist. After you complete these steps, cover the turkey with tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 2 hours depending on the size of your bird. For a 10 to 12 pound turkey it would be 2 hours. You will need to add an extra 15 minutes for every pound after that. After the 2 hours are finished, take the turkey out of the oven and cover it with more melting butter and heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the turkey for another hour. Now, pull your turkey out of the oven and let it cool off for a few minutes while making your gravy. There are several recipes that you can find about how to make the best gravy at Food Network. Food Network is a great place to visit for a variety of recipes ranging from main dishes to desserts.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

The Best Turkey Recipe

One of the best parts about life, in my opinion, is food and eating. Food and eating brings a feeling of euphoria. The best part about food is the taste of the best dishes around. If you are looking for an easy turkey recipe for the holidays, this is the place to be.

 

The Best Turkey Recipe

 

The total time for this recipe is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes. The prep only takes 10 minutes while the cooking takes 3 hours. You first need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, you need to pull the neck and giblets out of the cavity of the turkey. Be sure to get rid of the liver and save the giblets for the gravy. Next, take a paper towel and be sure that the bird is dry before you season the turkey up with seasoning salt and pepper for a flavorful taste. Next, you will want to fill the cavity with a combination of herbs and vegetables of your choice. The best to use are chopped onions and herbs to give it an extra kick of flavor. After you complete all of these steps, you will need to place the turkey breast-side up in a roasting pan. Be sure to cover the turkey with melted butter to keep it nice and moist. After you complete these steps, cover the turkey with tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 2 hours depending on the size of your bird. For a 10 to 12 pound turkey it would be 2 hours. You will need to add an extra 15 minutes for every pound after that. After the 2 hours are finished, take the turkey out of the oven and cover it with more melting butter and heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the turkey for another hour. Now, pull your turkey out of the oven and let it cool off for a few minutes while making your gravy. There are several recipes that you can find about how to make the best gravy at Food Network. Food Network is a great place to visit for a variety of recipes ranging from main dishes to desserts.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!