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Lifted from Top Chef Masters: Susan Feniger’s Tailgaiting Tacos

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, partly due to my growing distaste for doing the dishes (and thus not cooking to avoid this) and partly due to my forgetting the password to my WordPress account.  I don’t have real pictures of the dish, only those lifted from Bravo.com but they’re pretty accurate representations of what it ends up looking like.

Instead of beef, I used shredded roast chicken from Westside Market as well as firm tofu for the vegetarian/vegan option.  I would highly recommend beef instead of chicken.  The entire time I was eating this, I was thinking “something is missing”…it was the taste of beef.

The recipe isn’t written out on the Bravo site but they do have a Hulu video with Kevin from last season’s Top Chef making the dish….which apparently I can’t embed.  Carla would have been so much more fun to watch in these instructional videos…

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Spring Break Recap

I decided to stay on-campus for break to get some work done.  I didn’t get any done, and now I regret not going anywhere this year :[  But we did eat pretty well.

I made (from L to R, row 1 then 2):

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Dear Quick Fixes…Sorta,

This week was midterms week part 1 which meant that spending more than 45 minutes on making dinner would be just stupid.  So I tried to stick to some quick and easy recipes, which these all are for the most part.  Well…except for the shrimp; it’s not that they’re difficult to make but I had to stand there and flip the shrimp, not to mention cooking them in batches.

The first thing I made this week was polenta.  I used 1/2 cup of polenta for two people.  My method of cooking polenta is to boil about half a pot of water, then whisk in the polenta.  I’ve never been able to get the no-stir polenta recipes to work without a whole mess of it sticking to the bottom.  So I stood there and whisked for about 20 minutes while I read for my 20th century American politics class.  Multi-tasking!  I topped it off with some blue cheese, a fried egg, and some pancetta!

The second is coconut fried shrimp with spicy chilli mayo from Steamy Kitchen yet again.  It wasn’t super fast but I was craving coconut shrimp (I used to get my fix from the former Swish but ever since they became Vine, they don’t have this dish).  It was so so so delicious and if Obama was my friend, I’d make it for him.  The spicy mayo was good too but I also added some blended sundried tomatoes!

The last one is from the fail-proof Gourmet magazine: oven-fried panko chicken.  This was easily the best non-roast chicken I’ve made at home and easy to boot!  You just coat the chicken (I used all breasts) in softened, seasoned butter; roll them in panko crumbs; and bake for about 30 minutes at 450 degrees.  It is so quick and super delicious!  Substituting the  butter for the egg is really brilliant because it makes the crust super light and airy like real fried chicken would be (I promise you won’t be able to tell that it’s baked because it’s sooo crunchy).

I’ll loved all three meals but the Gourmet recipe wins!  It was simple, delicious, crunchy, and super juicy.

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Dear Peyton Manning 2.7.10,

I’ve never been into football but the foods associated with the superbowl–nachos, dips, wings and potato skins–really appeal to me.  For dinner tonight, I went a slightly healthier route: baked wings, tortilla soup, and a baked potato with sour creme and cheddar cheese.

The tortilla soup recipe is from Simply Recipes.  It’s deliciousss, gratifying in this cold weather, and pretty simple–just some onions, garlic, jalapenos, chicken broth, and a can of tomatoes.  You top it all off with some home-made tortilla chips, sour creme, cheddar, and chicken.  I did make one change to the recipe: I put the stock in first and reduced it down by 1/3.  Then I added the tomatoes and simmered it for about 1 hr. on low heat rather than the 30ish min.  It gave the soup better texture and taste.

The wings recipe from Steamy Kitchen (a really great food blog) was also super good and very simple.  The wings are just rolled in a brown sugar and spice mixture; then they bake for about 40 minutes in the oven.  They charred slightly but were still good to go.  For those looking for a crispier wings recipe, I have a really simple wings recipe: pour some flour on a plate (maybe 1 cup), season it liberally with salt and pepper (garlic powder too if you want), roll the wings in the flour mixtures, then pan-fry it until golden brown (make sure you have 0.5-1 inch of canola oil in the pan).

I creepily made Esther take a picture with me.  She told me to erase it; I decided to put it up on the world wide web.  Please still be my friend!  & thanks for the delicious lime popsicles and for coming!!

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