Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hanukkah Starts This Week. Get Your Latke Game Up Too Par w/ These Potato Latkes (Just Like Grandma Makes)

2 large russet potatoes
2 shallots, minced (4 tablespoons)
2 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 TBS all-purpose flour
1 tsp dried tarragon
2 tsp fresh chives, snipped
1 tsp dried mustard
2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup vegetable oil
Fresh chives, for garnish
Sour Cream for garnish
Apple Sauce for garnish
Sugar for garnish

National French Toast Day: Chocolate & Strawberry Layered French Toast

Nothing says “get your ass out of bed” better than waking up to the smell of French Toast (well that and a few cracks of a wooden spoon on a cheap metal pot, but don’t get us started on our previous years of drumming school.) French Toast is something that many of us grew up eating but for some reason, not many of us can make it. That stops now with our help ladies and gentlemen, for we are going to give you one of the easiest recipes, that will turn your old bread into something spectacular to eat on a Sunday morning such as this.

With it only being a few days after thanksgiving I know many of you out there are thinking why would I want to load up on carbs, sugars and stuff of that nature and all I can ask you is, why not? Take yourself back to your childhood days with these delicious pieces of sweetly flavored crustless bread layered with strawberries and chocolate. Today if you haven’t figured it out is “National French Toast Day” luckily it fell on a Sunday, because not many people have the time to cook this dish before running out the door to go to work or school.

Enjoy this will a Mimosa, you will thank us for it.

Soulful Sunday - Al Green "Love & Happiness"

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Recipe Of The Day: Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

There is nothing like crispy golden roasted potatoes. This time of year just calls for them, but the sad fact is that a lot of people do not know how easy they are to make.
I used my Grandmothers old school recipe and enhanced it by adding a bit of cayenne and paprika to the mix.
Check it Out and Enjoy it this Thursday.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Footwork - Air Jordan 1 High "DayBreak"

Air Jordan is releasing the Air Jordan 1 High Daybreak in stores soon, but only in girls sizes which will for sure deny a lot of men from being able to cop themselves a pair, unless you know how to rock that conversion scale to find your according size. Basically for the slow folks out there, if you wear a 9.5 in men’s, you most likely need a women’s 11, get the picture?

The Air Jordan 1 High Daybreak/Ink-White is heading for stores in girls’ sizes only. The shoe features “daybreak” (fuschia) over the upper, including a toebox and side panel that feature a floral mesh pattern, with ink (darker purple) on the laces, outsole and tongue tag and a white midsole to break up the purple a bit.

Pretty fly if you ask me

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Recipe Of The Day: Crispy Eggplant Parmesan

The weather is finally cooling off. Have you ever noticed how a change in the weather can quickly redirect the thoughts you have towards eating? I know that as soon as summer hits I have this wild urge to eat lime and lemon flavored foods and load up on seafood where as soon as the weather becomes cooler I find myself turning towards soups casseroles and dishes like that. 

Today I felt like putting some Eggplant Parmesan together and it came out quite nice. Even took a pretty little photo to go with it. The great thing about this recipe is that it comes together rather quickly and even easier than you would expect it too.

Enjoy this with friends over some good Red Wine or strong Hurricanes with a good quality Rum.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

National Fast Food Day

Today is National Fast Food Day. This is one of those things that we don't really need in our lives but let us face the facts that without Fast Food spots, a lot of people would be out of work and hungry. Who wants some Popeye's Chicken, I know I do.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Goodie Mob - Soul Food

There is nothing like Soul Food, and this is one of the most Poignant songs about Soul Food and how hard life is when your trying to make it through your day on an empty stomach.
Too bad so many people slept on Goodie Mob, they actually started many of the trends and terms that you currently hear coming out of the south and they always had a message in their music.

National Vanilla Cupcake Day - Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Lemon Meringue Frosting

The way the world looks at food is constantly changing. A few years ago professionals would have never thought that Cupcakes would take the world by storm the way they have.
With shops popping up in every city, operated sometimes by people with little to no experience, but a fondness for those little cakes sometimes the customers are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to the finished products.
Needless to say with a bit of help the perfect patisserie can be found and turned into your go to in a clutch bakery of choice whenever an event arises that calls for cupcakes or anything sweet.
But for those who like a little adventure in their life, it is much more fun to take a moment to learn how to do something for yourself, in the end you can put your own twist on it and have a sense of self pride in what you have created.
This recipe is simple, and delicious. A light, fluffy and moist vanilla cupcake topped off with a Lemon Meringue frosting that will perfectly cap off any savory dining experience.
We used a bit of red food coloring to make our Cupcakes Pastel Pink, but you can choose to do them in whatever color you like, it will not affect the flavor (just go easy on the food coloring whatever color you do choose.)
Enjoy them today on the great holiday that is National Vanilla Cupcake Day.

Monday, November 8, 2010

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Simple Pleasures
Italian peasant chic in Beverly Hills
For a high-end Italian restaurateur, Scarpetta's Scott Conant has a fairly simple driving force in cooking: Take Italian ingredients and elevate them "a bit."

This coming from a man whoearned three stars from theNew York Times, based in large part on his spaghetti with tomatoes and basil (pictured; $26).

As in all great Italian cooking, this style of pared-down simplicity at Scarpetta--which added a Beverly Hills location late last month--tastes far better than any high-concept dish made from a litany of ingredients and sporting a swath of foam.

Foie gras, sweetbreads and aged beef grace the menu, but the elevation Conant refers to is exhibited best in dishes inspired by Italy's tradition of peasant cooking.

Polenta ($15), historically gruel eaten by the working masses, loses its proletarian grit here: Its texture is luxuriously creamy and the taste of corn still creeps through. Oh, and there are truffled mushrooms served on top, but we would've gladly eaten the polenta on its own.

The filling in the stuffed pasta casonsei ($23) is redolent of iron, earth and smoke, the puree of beets and smoked ricotta recalling long-braised beef. The packets of pasta are sauced with poppy seeds and pistachios, adding their own deceitful, nutty foil to one of the meatiest vegetarian dishes we've come across.

Scarpetta, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-860-7800 or (map/directions)

Classic Throwback Video - MC Lyte Cappuccino

Here is a classic video from one of the rawest female MC's ever, using the term Cappuccino low key to warn the kids about the dangers of drugs and drug dealing.
You may be asking yourself why did we put this up, well today just so happens to be National Cappuccino Day.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grilled Prawns & Fresh Pepper Sauce

Southern California weather is a trip. It goes from hot to hotter and in the Fall and Winter seasons we get more of the same. The great thing about having one long Summer, is that on almost any day of the week you can find someone outside, grilling up some great food. California’s abilities to transform seafood into art is nothing short of amazing. 

Our close proximity to the Ocean allows the entire state to be supplied with delicious, fresh seafood year round. The problem is that a lot of people are simply scared to try to cook what they aren’t familiar with. Shrimp or Prawns are one of the easiest things coming out of the ocean to cook. 

Requiring little to no time to cook them up perfectly, shrimp should be a staple in anyone’s diet (unless your allergic to shellfish that is.)
Allergies and religious beliefs aside, nothing beats perfectly prepared fresh shrimp, dipped in something spicy that is followed with a strong alcoholic libation.

Fresh Pepper Sauce:
1 ¼ Cups Olive Oil
1 Grilled Yellow Bell Pepper, Peeled, Seeded And Finely Diced
1 Grilled Poblano Chile, Peeled, Seeded And Finely Diced
1 Grilled Serrano Chile, Peeled, Seeded And Finely Diced, Optional
¼ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped
¼ Tsp Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Splash Red Wine Vinegar, Optional
2 TBS Finely Chopped Fresh Cilantro Leaves

Grilled Prawns:
24 Prawns, In The Shell, Preferably With Heads
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl, cover, and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours before serving.
Heat your grill to high.
Toss the prawns with the oil in a bowl and season with the salt and pepper. Grill the prawns for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until just cooked through. Remove to a platter and immediately spoon the sauce over shrimp with a slotted spoon. Serve hot.