Thursday, October 27, 2011

Roasted Yams w/ Toasted Spice Rub

Old School classic dishes never go out of style. Seriously how many times in life have you heard someone say, “I’m a simple Meat & Potatoes kind of person?”  These kind of people are not hard to please, they do not require pretty little dishes filled with acute ingredients, not at all. They want FOOD, real food that will fill you up and put you to sleep quickly afterword, no muss no fuss.

With our Kitchen Staff gearing up for all of the year-end Holiday madness, that seem to keep us stuck at the table and far from the gym, we wanted to give you a recipe that puts a slight spin on a lovable old classic dish.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes or Yams are easy to make and a great addition to any meal.  The Toasted Spice Rub that you apply only further enhances the natural Earthy flavors and compliments whatever protein you may be having for the evening, whether it be Roasted Turkey Breasts or Maple Glazed Salmon, these babies go the distance.
Kids especially love these as they are a great substitute for French Fries or any other Fried side item kids love so much.

The great thing about the spice rub is that it can go on a wide variety or foods and will hold in a air tight container for roughly 6 months.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Recipe Of The Day: Smoked Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup, is one of those things that you shouldn't live your life without knowing how to make or at the very least where to get a bowl of it thats worth eating. The weather is getting cold outside which means that it is time to prepare for the colder months that lie ahead. First things first, be smart and fully stock the bar in your house, because as we all know a perfectly blended libation is crucial to any great evening.

Second make sure you stay full of hearty and healthy meals that aren't overly heavy or else you will be asleep as soon as it gets dark outside. This recipe is perfect because its full of spicy flavors, warms you up on those cold days and it goes well with a wide variety of drinks.

The added smooth creamy texture from the avocados and smokey after tastes from the chipotle and cheeses creates a well rounded dish that needs nothing to accompany it but a strong cocktail.
Enjoy this dish like we do with a Hurricane, Rum & Coke, Sangria or Hennessy straight.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fried Soft Shell Blue Crab w/ Spicy Homemade Mayo

There can never be too much Seafood on the dinner table, has always been my motto.  Whether it be flash fried, lightly sautéed, grilled, baked, raw or any other method of cooking, Seafood is always welcome in my home. Recently, an old friend of ours ate Soft Shell Blue crab for the first time at a popular sushi spot in Hollywood, fell in love with it and needless to say they hit us up the next day for a recipe they could try out at home.

I mean what’s not to love, delicious crab that has been fried (hopefully with some great seasonings) to perfection alongside a strong mixed drink?  If you have ever been fortunate enough to visit the East Coast then you should know how popular and important these babies are to the environment and ecosystem. Enough of our planet green speech though, you already know what time is on our test kitchen, we try to keep things simple for you at home because we hate to hear that you loved a recipe but hated how long it took to make.

With that said, this recipe is easy, quick and packs a bit of kick with the addition of the homemade Mayo. We like to serve it alongside a seasonal salad w/ candied walnuts and a strong mixed drink such as a Hennessy Black on the rocks or a Seagrams 7 & 7.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On The Scene... Sportie LA, Melrose, CA

Seafood Bisque w/ Homemade Croutons (Made Easy)

Today is National Seafood Bisque Day. Seafood Bisque is something that mystifies many people because of the deep rich and creamy flavors that come out of the dish. There is nothing like serving up a dish to your family and friends that sounds like it costs an arm & a leg and required hours of painstaking labor in the kitchen. A dish like this does wonders, especially when the weather continues to cool off across Nation.
With this version here you get all of the same hearty flavors at a fraction of the cost and time.
The key to this is to make sure you have all of your ingredients ready at one time, you will hate yourself if you have everything going and then realize you still need to remove the lobster or shrimp from their shells.
Serve this up alongside some warm Sourdough Bread and a cold glass of whatever tickles your fancy.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Recipe Of The Day: Smoked Sausage & Seafood Gumbo

Today is a holiday we all must take a moment and observe. I do not care what region of the Country / World you may hail from, but today we are celebrating National Gumbo Day.
To someone such as myself who hails from Southern California, a melting pot of cultures to say the least, Gumbo has become a simple, yet intricate staple in my household that must be enjoyed with family friends and loved ones quite often. 

Incorporating all of the greatest flavors from seafood, to sausage and oftentimes some lovely chicken, Gumbo deserves to have numerous volumes of cookbooks written about its beginnings in Louisiana and all of the wonderful different versions that can be found in various corners of the world.

Originating in the 18th century and combining some of the worlds best culinary influences from regions such as France, Spain and West Africa. Oftentimes Gumbo is considered a derivative of the French dish Bouillabaisse, this dish requires a bit of attention and a certain amount of love to create its incredible deeply layereds flavor, but have no fear our recipe makes it easier than lacing up your own shoes.
Enjoy this dish today, tonight and often.
You will feel the love from your guests when they finish (and when they pass out on your couch from being stuffed full of this delicious delicacy aka "The Itis".)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Toasted Angel Food Cake w/ Grilled Peaches

We are all about being honest here at The Supreme Plate. So let us be honest, it is not always in someone’s best interest to attempt to make all of the required dishes for a party, plus the desserts by themselves without a little help or planning. Have you ever found yourself cooking for a group of people, working meticulously with your time, only to find that there isn’t enough of it and something will not be getting made?

Today being National Angel Food Cake Day, we wanted to make a dessert that uses an actual Angel Food Cake, but in a way many would never think of trying to eat it.

Our Recipe Of The Day is Toasted Angel Food Cake w/ Grilled Peaches and it is something that must be tried out in every household, especially with Thanksgiving waiting right around the corner.

To take the pain out of having to first make the cake, we are going to substitute in a classic Duncan Hines box mix (for those of you who know how to make an Angel Food Cake with no hassles from scratch by all means use your recipe) to eliminate a good hour or so worth of work.

The greatest part about this recipe is the Grilled Peaches. Make sure to have your grill hot and ready, plus oiled up so that the peaches don’t stick to it. After a few minutes on each side those Peaches are going to look and smell so wonderful you might not let em even make to the plate to be served with the cake.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

IE Food Truck & Brew Fest

Today was a great day in the Inland Empire. The Sun was out, Food Trucks were serving some of the greatest eats known to mankind and a few classic drink companies were on hand to supply the needed fluids to keep everyone from overheating (and we did see a few cases of that going down throughout the day.)

With over 50 great Food Trucks setting up shop and numerous Beer and Alcohol vendors on hand, today's event was a complete success in my eyes and in thousands of peoples stomachs. Crowds began gathering early in hopes of avoiding long lines at the trucks many people have been dying to eat off of, with that said we knew it would be an interesting day to say the least.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Recipe Of The Day: Baja Fish Tacos

Today is National Taco Day and you know you can never go wrong with some juicy delicious Tacos filled with whatever your heart desires.
Our Southern California roots come alive when we bite into these crunchy, yet still juicy Fish Tacos.
When putting these together just make sure your oil is good and hot or else you will be left with the soggiest of fish, and remember our theory from day one people: Nothing Good Comes From Soggy Food!
The smoked paprika and cayenne are kicked off from the juice of the lime and the salt combination so please be prepared to devour more of these than you had originally planned to eat (meaning make extra.)
The prefect side dish for these is our classic Red Beans and Rice.
Please enjoy these with a great strong mixed drink, there is no other way to eat a plate of Baja Tacos than with a cold beer or strong mixed libation.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

ROYBGIV - Pancakes & More by Henry Hargreaves

I'll have the Knitted Sundae

Creative... Parmesan Cheese / Pesto Pencils

It Ain't Where Ya From It's Where Ya At...

Soulful Sunday - "Aint No Love Lost" Curtis Mayfield

Soulful Sunday - "Kung Fu" Curtis Mayfield

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Food Holidays of October

October is more than just Halloween and Pumpkin smashing at its very finest. October is home to a wide variety of National Food Holidays both odd and amazing. As October draws closer and closer we feel that it is our duty to hit you off with a list of all the wonderful National Food Holidays that take place during the month that you should enjoy as much as we do.
Eat up, drink up, relax and enjoy trying different things with your loved ones and friends. In these trying days and times it is all we can do to help save us all from going insane.
Thanks for staying down with us and helping us achieve our goals one by one, we couldn’t and would be able to do any of this without our faithful readers.
For a detailed list of daily holidays take a peak at our easy to follow National Food Holiday calendar after the break.

October is National:
Eating Healthier Month
Eat Country Ham Month
National Apple Month
National Applejack Month
National Caramel Month
National Chili Month
National Cookie Month
National Dessert Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Festival Month
National Popcorn Month
National Pork Month
National Pretzel Month
National Seafood Month

The 1st Week of October is National No Salt Week & National Chili Week

The 2nd Week of October is home to:
National American Beer Week
National Food Bank Week (The Most Important Week of Them All!!)
National School Lunch Week
National Pasta Week

The 3rd Week of October is home to:
National Kraut Sandwich Week (Disgusting However You Look At It)
National Pickled Peppers Week

The 4th Week of October is home to:
National Chicken Soup for the Soul Week

Here is a complete breakdown of all of the glorious gastronomical holidays to await us in the Month of October:
October 1 World Vegetarian Day
October 1 Pudding Season Begins
October 1 Homemade Cookies Day
October 2 National Fried Scallops Day
October 3 National Caramel Custard Day
October 4 National Taco Day
October 4 National Vodka Day
October 4 Cinnamon Roll Day
October 5 National Apple Betty Day
October 6 National Noodle Day
October 7 National Frappe Day
October 8 National Fluffernutter Day
October 9  Moldy Cheese Day
October 9 Submarine / Hoagie / Hero / Grinder Day

October 10 National Angel Food Cake Day
October 11 National Sausage Pizza Day
October 11 World Egg Day
October 12 National Gumbo Day
October 13 National Yorkshire Pudding Day
October 14 National Chocolate Covered Insects Day
October 15 National Chicken Cacciatore Day
October 15 National Roast Pheasant Day
October 16 World Food Day
October 16 National Liqueur Day
October 17 National Pasta Day
October 17 Four Prunes Day
October 18 National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 19 National Seafood Bisque Day
October 20 National Brandied Fruit Day

October 21 Apple Day
October 21 National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
October 21 Caramel Apple Day
October 22 National Nut Day
October 23 National Boston Cream-Pie Day
October 23 National Canning Day
October 24 National Bologna Day
October 24 Good & Plenty Day
October 25 National Greasy Foods Day
October 26 Pumpkin Day
October 26 Pretzel Day
October 26 Mince Meat Pie Day
October 27 National Potato Day
October 28 Wild Foods Day
October 28 National Chocolate Day
October 29 National Oatmeal Day
October 30 National Candy Corn Day
October 30 Buy A Doughnut Day
October 31 National Candy Apple Day
October 31 Trick or Treat for UNICEF Day