TheFoodAss | General | Wednesday, November 29th, 2006


I’m not a terribly big fan of “chineese” food. It is usually a scam. A buncha sauce, a heap of mixed flavor rice and a sprinkle of “your stomach hates you too” MSG. But if I WAS going to eat some standard fare chinomerican takeout it would mos def be from Fast Wok. They pile on the meats and veggies and even turn up the spice to a decent amount if you ask… Still, that’s a big IF.

Thanksgiving With Me

TheFoodAss | General | Monday, November 27th, 2006

Thanksgiving = One of the best holidays evar. This year I volunteered to cook dinner for my family, at my new place. All told it was my mom and her significant other, my dad and his significant other, my crazy sister, my girlfriend and myself.

We scheduled for Sunday, and by this point, the girlfriend and I had already visited 2 thanksgivings, my mom 1 and so on.. When you’ve got multiple families involved, you get LOTS of turkey.

I decided, since MY dinner was after everyone else’s, I would try to have a little personality in the menu. This is what I prepared:

  • SUPER Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Spanish rubb’d/brined/charred turkey breast
  • Sour Orange Sauce
  • Stuffed acorn squashes

My mom’s brought tasty pumpkin and apple pies. My dad, the red wine for Sangria and some green beans. I stole recipe for the turkey and the sauce from that asshat Bobby Flay (here). I got the idea of stuffing squash from Alton, but he used pork. I used Stove Top Whole Wheat (I LOVE stove top, true story!)
The first thing I noticed, is that squeezing two cups of fresh orange juice by hand SUCKS, and takes like 12 medium oranges.


And using a reamer on that many oranges makes your hands hurt.. alot.


Oh well. Next time I would probably use Simply Orange or something. Anyway, I didn’t snag pics of everything because once I got started on the turkey breast, and the squash and what not, well, it got sorta crazy and I could not snap snap away and cook at the same time. So not alot of piccies for you, my bad.


The final plate (paper, we only own like 6 real ones). I also learned that chimney starters in interior courtyards… well, the smoke does not dissipate quickly.


All in all, it cost $79 to feed 7 +1 plate leftover for a friend of my crazy sister. The turkey was awesome after being brined for 2 hours, and grill charred, and THEN roasted. The squash was good, and even though I didn’t know too much about the sour-orange sauce… It was superb as well. Bobby is totally still an asshat though, I mean, just watch him for a few minutes. Geez.


Double Parmesan Oven Fries

TheFoodAss | General | Friday, November 24th, 2006


I used Alexia brand frozen julienne style fries here.

They are tasty, and organic. The package states 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, and using that method they brown up pretty good for being in the oven. As long as your stir them at least once. I change it up a bit by broiling them all for the last 5 minutes on high. Just before that I add a heap of grated parmesan. When I pull them all out, I plate the mess up and ad another heap of shaved parmesan, a little garlic powder and some red pepper or cayenne pepper, but that’s just me.. Double parmesan = double awesome.

Makin’ Sammies On The Griddler. A How-To Video!

TheFoodAss | General | Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Yum yum! Fresh baguette. Mozarella, peppers, turkey, spices… oh my. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

Quicktime only right now, my bad.

It’s Spice Day!

TheFoodAss | General | Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

So, being that I lived out of my car for the past three years, I had a pretty poor selection of spices. Always completely annoying to me, was while cooking a friends house and having to rummage through their completely lackluster selection of “Came with the rack” spices. Gag me with a spoon. I mean, countries were formed, and wars fought on the search for quality spices. People gave up their lives in the hunt for robust flavors! Now we just push all of that history aside and settle for the 3 year old freeze-dried ass garlic powder and cumin that comes with your matching spice rack. That’s the devil talking people.

Even when the majority of modern Americans DO resort to picking up a new spice to add taste and zing to a new dish, they are most often from the big box. Over priced, and watered down. You think Columbus floated across oceans for months on end just to rape and infect the indigenous people of faraway lands? Helll no y0! Let’s not settle ok. Spices are important to me. To you, and to anyone with a veggie or piece of cow and some heat.

Knowing all of this, I was SO pumped to be able to buy my first REAL set of spices. Oh sure, I had spices before when I lived in apartments, but the sucked, like me…. I was fat, and didn’t understand flavor (unless it was in the form of a “roll” or “bite” or “pocket”)

Off to Penzey’s we go:


Penzey’s absolutely KILLS the big corporates in price, value and most importantly.. flavor (spices DO exist for the sole purpose of adding flavor after all).

I spent $50 on spices give or take, most of the small jars are in the $1.00 range, with some of the more exotic up towards $2 and $3. Compared to my local craaaaazymart thats like $1 cheaper each. Not shown are my Cinnamon (Cassia really, but Penzeys even tells you that!) sticks, Seasoned Salt, Nutmeg nutters and bay leaves and stuff. Now all I need is a RAD spice rack. I LOVE spice day!

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