Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fly Food Graffiti

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes w/ Blueberry Maple Syrup

Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes w/ Blueberry Maple Syrup
Pancakes are just a part of life no child should go without, especially if you come from a family that has their own recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. The powers of a properly made pancake are endless. Whether your having a few pancakes in the morning to start off your day or having some at the end of a long evening to soak up some of your alcohol, pancakes are without a doubt a great meal in and unto themselves.

Today (September 26th) is National Pancake Day and we figured that everyone deserves to have a recipe that didn’t come off the back of a box in their arsenal. Now you can either try out our Vanilla Bean Blueberry Syrup which doesn’t take long to make at all and is delicious enough to bring you back for seconds and thirds or you can go it alone and stick to your store bought brand that won’t ruin anything, the choice is yours.

Regardless of what you put on your pancakes, take the time and enjoy making these with your
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Short On Cash but Need To Show People Some Love This Holiday Season?

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There is nothing like having a friend or family member call you up right before the holiday season, asking to borrow some money because they didn’t buy their loved ones any gifts all year and they are in need of desperate help. holiday gifts

Having a proper plan is crucial when your dollars are low and the importance to get gifts for people ranks high on your to do list. That is where if your broke like most of the Nation you utilize that great thing called “lay away.” For those of you out there who need to cop the latest big wheel set up, remote controlled race car, Barbie doll, PS3 and God only knows what else the kids of today could dream of asking for, consider going to K-Mart and putting a few things on layaway and making your life a whole lot easier today. Their programs are far more affordable for the customers as they don’t tack on outlandish fees that cause you to end up losing your amazing products (like these great Levis) in the long layaway

Heck were not going to do be doing any stressing this year, we already have a few items in mind we would put on hold, seeing as they are always the hottest tickets come Hanukkah or Christmas time. Who knows you may even win big with Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway and find yourself on the receiving end of something special all for thinking ahead and having a big heart. Check out the grid just to see how unfair and unavailable such a great savings opputorunity is elsewhere across the Kmart Free Layaway Grid 09_12.jpg

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Always Classic

Cherries Jubilee Made At Home

Cherries Jubilee Made At Home.
Sometimes the ingredients we choose to use need a little sprucing up before we can actually consume them how we want too. In this case, the cherries we are using to make our Homemade Cherries Jubilee need to be flambéed (or set on fire) to bring them together perfectly with the Vanilla Ice Cream.
Be careful when trying to make this dish at home, its not overly hard to do, but if you have had a few drinks or aren’t familiar with the technique, when the fire does finally catch onto the alcohol, it may surprise you and we’d hate for you to get burned before you get to enjoy your hard work.
Enjoy this tonight when your kids get home from school or by yourself while everyone is gone, we’re sure you deserve some ice cream after a long hard weekend.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Jammy Jams Presents... Once Upon A Rhyme

If you have kids or know someone who does, you owe it to them to buy this or at least put them onto this if you don’t want to spend any money.
It is fly at the very least and just another thought provoking avenue created by someone who had a profound love for Hip Hop.

Hit the Jammy Jams site up and check out a few of the tracks they offer, the Big Pimpin’ rendition sounds eerie at first but by the time you get to Nuthin’ But a G Thang you cant help but love its simplistic melodies.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Supreme Plate Spicy & Crispy Shrimp

For the Sauce -
½ cup mayonnaise
1 TBS plus 1tsp Asian chili sauce (such as sambal oelek)
2 TBS honey
Kosher salt

For the Shrimp -
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 large eggs
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cornstarch
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 ¼ lb small / medium shrimp, (peeled and deveined)
Bibb or Hearts of Romaine lettuce leaves, for serving
Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Make the sauce -  Mix the mayonnaise, chili sauce, honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl; set aside.

Prepare the shrimp: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. 

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl.
Whisk the flour, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in another shallow bowl.

Working in batches, dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, dip in the beaten 
eggs, then return to the flour mixture, turning to form a thick crust.

Fry the shrimp in the hot oil until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature.

Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.

Toss the shrimp with the prepared sauce.
Arrange the lettuce in a shallow serving bowl or on individual plates.
Top with the shrimp and garnish with scallions.

ROTD: Steak Taco Salad

Going into the Fall / Winter seasons, after such a long hot & grueling Summer can be tough for many people. After months of starving ourselves to keep those beach and poolside bodies in shape (yeah right like we starve ever over here) it seems like the winter months hit us fast & hard with all of the fattening dishes we just love to eat.
Much like the animals we take care of, most of us start to put on that “Winter Coat” that we always find ourselves trying to frantically lose prior to Summers arrival next year.

This Steak Taco Salad recipe was taught to me (yes taught for I was not into salads at all prior to making a few very special friends) and has been track tested and proven time & time again at our various backyard BBQs & functions.  

Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you, most of these things you will most likely already have in your home. This light & healthy Salad pulls together quicker than you can imagine, once you have your taco bowl shells and grilled the steak, your in the final stretch of the race.
Full of great flavors, invigorating ingredients (nothing that will make you feel sluggish or in need of a nap after eating,) this hearty dish is the prefect way to say farewell to Summer and the ultimate way to welcome Fall.

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The Animal Style Cheeseburger, Made At Home

So National Cheeseburger Day was the other day and we got a few emails from various states asking us what or who we thought had the best hamburgers...

Answering a question such as who has the best burger to me, Chef Cheeba is impossible because I was raised eating burgers and everyone’s approach to them is drastically different. Up until recent, In & Out Burger was only in California, so the rest of the Nation for the most part had yet to have tasted an Animal Style Burger (mind you, everyone we have ever taken to In & Out has fallen in love with them.) 

We are not saying that In & Out has the best burgers at all, but once you have tried this delicious combination of beef, onions, tomatoes and special sauce all mixed together you will never go back to making yourself a regular burger ever again.
Enjoy this burger often, for it loves you for who you are; a burger eating maniac.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

National Cheeseburger Day - Breakfast of Champions

Classic Recipe of The Day: Black Bean Hamburgers

Today is national Cheeseburger Day. We know that many people out there are cutting meat, especially red meat out of their diets and we didn’t want anyone to feel left out on such a glorious holiday. All across the Nation, the Hamburger is finding itself as the shining star on the menu once again and not much could please us more than that (ok some Peace on Earth might be nice, but we wont hold our breath.)

This recipe uses black beans instead of the typical beef or turkey and a few dashes of some good ol Tabasco to pull it together. Lately we have been omitting the Tabasco and using a really spicy island blend we found while traveling in St. Maarten so if you would like to really change up the flavors and spice levels of things, try out your favorite sauce and make this recipe your own, no one says these things are written in stone somewhere.

Enjoy National Cheeseburger Day!

2 (14oz) Cans Black Beans (drained)
3 TBS Mayonnaise
1 tsp Kosher Salt
½ Cup Bread Crumbs (this recipe uses roasted garlic)
2 tsp Ground Cumin
½ tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Cayenne pepper
2 TBS TABASCO, Original Red
¼ cup Finely Chopped Cilantro
3 TBS Vegetable Oil
4 Hamburger Buns (these are great on a toasted onion bun)
Sides usually include: Sour Cream, Salsa, Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes & mustard

Place One can of beans in a food processor with the mayo, bread crumbs, cumin, oregano, cayenne, TABASCO and Kosher salt.
Pulse a few times until a coarse puree forms.
Transfer the puree to a bowl and stir in the Cilantro and remaining can of beans.

Form mixture into 4 patties and place on a plate covered with saran wrap in the fridge for about 1 hour.

Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium / high heat.
Cook the burgers until the outsides are browned, turning once about 5 - 8 mins total.
Garnish with whatever you like even double stack the patties and make it a black bean double double, animal style.
Serve on toasted buns.

As with all of our recipes, cooking times vary from kitchen to kitchen and person to person.
Our cooking time provided is merely a helpful hint.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Spicy Tomatillo Guacamole

Guacamole in Southern California can be found in thousands of places, so needless to say there are thousands upon thousands of variations that can turn up when thumbing thru recipes in a cookbook or online. This Spicy & Creamy Tomatillo Guacamole recipe incorporates the deep flavors of a few Tomatillos and the spice from 2 small peppers to bring about something different than your used too.
With today being National Guacamole Day (Sept. 16th) and with the Sun shining as bright as it is, I do believe that today is the perfect day to fire up the grill, make a few bowls of this good green Guac and get our complete lounge on outback. 
Yeah we know that Summer is supposed to be over, but in our neck of the woods it has still been in the hundreds this entire week, so we are going to take advantage as best as we can.
Enjoy this with some good salty chips and strong drinks, its sure to soothe the soul in this insane heat-wave.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Infused With Imagination... Bombay Sapphire

Sweet & Salty Chocolate Shake

Growing up I was a milk fiend. I could drink a gallon a day if left to my own vices, the stuff was like crack to me. I would drink milk with damn near any meal (yeah I kept it real Kosher as a kid you can tell) and to this day still drink quite a bit of milk. 

The thing is, you just cant buy any brand of milk because often-times it is full of garbage hormones, drugs and steroids. I like to purchase Milk from reputable stores and from even more reputable brands. Spend a little time having a few taste tests between brands and see if you can tell the difference in what your buying. Well today is National Milk Day and with that we give you the Sweet & Salty Chocolate Milkshake. 

Combining sweet homemade Chocolate Syrup with a dash of Kosher Salt and Milk together will provide you with such a different tasting Shake, you will be truly grateful you tried this recipe out. For those that are truly skilled, bust out the Arbuelita chocolate and make a sauce from that, now that’s the business.

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Spicy Corn Salsa

Heres a spicy corn salsa recipe that pulls together quickly & goes good with most grilled meats and fish, especially alongside a few strong drinks. With the heat still laying its mighty hand upon us across most of the Nation, there is still time to grill up something good and have a good time outside with your family & friends.
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The Supreme Plate Cajun Dry Rub

As crucial to cooking as heat itself, a good rub can completely change the way your guests look at the proteins they are consuming in mass amounts. No one should be forced to tolerate an unseasoned piece of steak on their plate, it is just uncivilized to say the least. But with a bit of The Supreme Plate Cajun Dry Rub, any good dish can be transformed into “something spectacular,” just take our word for it.
Once blended together this little gem of a mixture can stand in a cool dry place, closed tightly of course, for about 2 months.

The Supreme Plate Cajun Dry Rub:
¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 TBS dried oregano
2 TBS dried parsley
2 TBS granulated garlic
2 TBS onion powder
2 TBS sweet paprika
1 TBS dried thyme
1 TBS freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp freshly ground white pepper
¾ tsp cayenne pepper
3 bay leaves, crumbled

Mix brown sugar, oregano, parsley, garlic, onion powder, paprika, thyme, black pepper, salt, celery salt, white pepper, cayenne, and bay leaves in a bowl. 
Pulse in a spice grinder in two batches to a medium-fine grind.
Seal in an airtight container & store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months.
Makes 1 cup

Know-How: If your spice grinder doubles as your coffee grinder, make sure you clean it well after making this rub.
Place a handful of uncooked rice in the grinder, pulse to a powder, and wipe or brush the grinder clean.
The rice will absorb the flavors from spices left in the grinder so your morning cup of coffee won't taste like the great flavors of the Bayou.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lobster Stuffed Bell Peppers

Quick appetizer action.

The Worlds Most Expensive Watermelon

Would you pay anywhere from $3,700 to $10,000 for a rare Densuke Watermelon? Grown only in Japan, these rare watermelons come with a solid black, very smooth skin are sold only via auction. Considering the fact that fresh fruit is really expensive in Japan, if these could be produced in the United States, would the price for them drop immensely? 

Normal watermelons sell for around $30 in Japan and the famous square watermelons can go for up to a few hundred dollars.
Even though this may sound like an insane amount of money to spend on some fruit, think about the fact that a Yubari Melon, once sold in Japan for $12,500.00 US.
Now that is some luxurious eating.

National TV Dinner Day - September 10th

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bouchon Bakery, a Must Own Cookbook.

Cookbooks for some are like prized possessions that they would be lost without. The obsessive desire to perfect something is something many of us have felt, quite a few a times in our lives (that is if your living life correctly.) Whether it be surfing, painting, playing a melody or creating a dish, the desire for perfection sometimes consumes people to the point of breaking their sanity. This rings especially true in the world of foodies who live to recreate the feeling they experienced the very moment they took the first bite of a dish they would no longer be able to live without. In some cases Cookbooks play a major part in helping a foodie deal with their obsession, but what about those restaurants who create moments of paradise that no one else can seem to master? What happens when a restaurant refuses to serve up the secrets from inside its kitchen, and there is no way to get that one life altering treat anywhere else?

Well if you have ever been to any of the 5 Bouchon Bakery locations across America, you may have felt this way before, bt have no fear, for on October 23rd, Thomas Kellers fifth book, Bouchon bakery will be made available to the public. The masterminds behinds the kitchens at Bouchon promise to deliver the exact same recipes that they use to create such inspiring dishes as their Macaroons, Croissants and the World Famous TKO, which is Thomas Kellers take on the Oreo (Thomas Keller Oreo.)
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You can pre-order the book on Amazon and have it delivered the day it hits the shelves or slide on over to your local bookstore and cop it firsthand to avoid any shipping charges.
Whatever you decide to do, get this book, this is a must have for all of those people who say the utterly insane words “I love to Cook but I hate to Bake,” that is usually because they don’t know how or haven’t ever been given a recipe worth re-creating.

Happy 49th Birthday Eazy E

Happy 49th Birthday to the Original King of Compton & Godfather of Gangster Rap:
 Eric “Eazy E” Wright.