License to Grill


This ever happen to you? I’m walking through the parking lot of Barnes & Noble looking for my significant other, when I spy a silver Prius filled with the grill of my dreams.
My heart went all a flutter with day dreams of BBQ splendor to come. Birds in the trees sang out triumphant outdoor cooking songs of years gone by. I felt tingly and awash in Chefy happiness, until my joy filled Teary eyes of glee gazed downward, and fell upon the unfamiliar license plate of doom and sorrow. This was not the car of my love. Which meant, “This is not my grill of my dreams”
I could hear the once singing birds in the trees now screaming out in unison,”Nooooooooo!!!” Then they flew away never to be seen again.
Once inside Barnes and Nobles I had a cup a tea and grabbed a foodbook and everything was ok again. ( mostly)

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Happy Egg Day Everyone!!


Happy Egg Day Everyone!! Yes, it’s that time again of the year when we make merry with our little friend, the egg. Me? I got funky with some Flats of eggs today. Don’t bother calling all the King’s Horses and all the Kings Men, it’s too late for that. Some would say it was an actual Morning”Eggapalooza” going on. Toast and Butter were like “Hey go tell blueberry muffin and Mimosa that they are hot!!” And I’m like “whoa whoa whoa!! take it easy!!” Caligula’s chef would have blushed for sure. 😊 ( totally a true story ) 😉

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Breading Eggplant Using The Standard Breading Technique


A quick video to show how to bread eggplant using “The Standard Breading Technique”, This method can be used in most breading and frying situations. Bread crumbs in video were Japanese styled panko bread crumbs and the oil temperature for deep frying was set to 375 degrees.

This video may be informative but is for entertainment purposes only.

Spinach Feta Pie You Won’t be Fed Up To The Eye With


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Made a super yum yum for the tum tum today, a spinach pie with feta in a savory egg cream custard, that was silky yet firm and flavorful. I used sheets of puff pastry that I pre-baked until a speck of golden color was seen, removing from the oven and separating some of the layers of pastry, to be baked further in the oven until completely golden delicious.

Next I lined the bottom of baking pan with some of the crispy tender puff pastry, pouring the baby spinach, cream and egg mixture. concluding with another layer of puff pastry. This layer not as golden as the bottom. Taking in account of more baking soon to come.

Pulled Pork Eggplant Rollatini-ish


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I had an idea for a pulled pork inspired Rollatini for dinner. Instead of the usual fair of ricotta cheese and tomato sauce I would choose a pulled pork that was slow cooked for 6 hours, along with a very good goat cheese from Sprout Brook Creek farm. Lastly I used a modified enchilada sauce that I had worked on over the course of a few months to get it where I really liked it a lot. Made it from scratch using tomato and a few varietals of chillies.

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Why So Blue Pink Bunny?


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Why so blue adorable pink Bunny? I’ve been there Pal (see crazed tiger stage right) and totally sympathize. Cheer up my fuzzy little critter cuz, because? There’s light at the end of this Pisher Price tunnel and it’s called the “Fuzzy Boomerang”. (no kid, not duzy boo boo aang) It works like this; first, you need to wait till you folks are old enough to be ever so slightly roughed up but not so much as to traumatize them into standing in front of your childhood home barking like a Shitzu.
Next you’ll need get a van. Preferably one that is high enough to keep from hitting their head but low enough as not to throw a hip or cause a hernia, or or break your dam iPhone in your back pocket with your “Buns of Steel” again.
I recommend making the extra effort and investment of procuring bubble wrap and packing peanuts. To fill the van prior to tossing folks in. I mean come on they are you folks so take the extra care with them.
When the van is prepped and ready call the restaurant to make the reservations. Try to make them at the nearest and preferably the best (good luck finding a good place never mind the best) “all you can eat” buffet. Why an all you eat buffet? Because they’re like a warm Kryptonite sleepytime hug to parents (non lethal ).
Like drunken bees they’ll just kind of aimlessly roll around going buzz buzz we’re drunkin bees he he he. They are now harmless with all defenses deactivated so act quickly.
Now is not the time to dilly dally. As everybody knows the effects of an American Asian styled buffet are temporary and will were off in 15 minutes maybe less. Unless they hit the dessert section twice then tops you’ve got 23 minutes before they get hungry and snap out of it.

Once thrown into the van (enlist siblings and cousins who’ve gotten similar “Christmas Story-ish” wearable gifts from them to help) Take shoes off by rapidly unlacing, making use of a shoe horn can only help in picking up the pace . In most cases the “Shoe removal” part of the show will just simply be the task of unfastening two Velcro straps in one skilled motion. Once shoes are off slide on and secure oversized Bunny outfits you and your extended family made at your quilting sessions at the local community center. Send copies of your pictures to CNN ‘s AndersonCooper with the rest to be used for annually mailed out Christmas/Holiday cards till they run out or the Governor grants a pardon. 😉 kidding of course. Love ya Mom&Dad.

Picture of bunny kid on swing in left picture is from http://www.imfunny.net

Happy [insert holiday here] !!


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May your travels to loved ones today be effortless.

May your fond memories made today be timeless.

May you always be surrounded by people who love you, and that you are endlessly and always held in their hearts esteem.

Lastly; May your shared meals today wherever you may find them incapsulate my sentiment for you and yours. That you are, at your core, filled so abundantly and have savored so deeply, that the only wordless testament is plainly seen and more importantly, preciously felt on your cheek.
(copywrite Marc Lamash 2013©)