Saturday, January 06, 2007

Dinner at Home

Chili con Carne
Giao made his fantastic chili for the playoff party we are having tomorrow, and we decided to have some for dinner since it looked so good.

Roasted Asparagus with Truffle Oil and Parmasean Cheese
These asparagus were roasted on 350 until tender, then drizzled with truffle oil and sprinkled with parmasean.

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Lunch at Home

Brocolli Cheese Soup with Rotisserie Chicken
We simply added some chopped, leftover rotisserie chicken to the leftover brocolli and cheese soup for a nice, hearty lunch.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Burrito
Scambled eggs, bacon and cheese wrapped in a low carb tortilla, pan fried and topped with a nice salsa.

Fresh Blackberries

Greek Yogurt with Splenda and Vanilla
Fage brand Greek yogurt is the best yogurt we've ever had. It is super thick and has a great tang. You can substitute it for sour cream, or as we did in this case, you can add a bit of vanilla and Splenda and eat it with fresh fruit.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Dinner at Home

Rotisserie Chicken $5
These chickens from Costco are such a good value. They are juicy, delicious and cheap. You can eat them as is, or you can use them in salads or soups.

Brocolli Cheddar Soup
A tasty soup that takes no time at all.

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Lunch from Manhattan Hub, San Francisco, CA

Cheese Steak (low carb style)
Tasty, although the salad dressing was a bit too sweet.

Chicken Cheese Steak
Giao asked for chicken AND steak. They gave him chicken only. He was disappointed.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Dnner at Home

Sausages, Peppers and Onions with Ricotta Gnudi
Sausages, peppers and onions are a nice, easy, weeknight meal, but this time I decided to try these gnudi (I saw a recipe in a food magazine). Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to let the dough rest properly and then I left the water boil too vigorously, so they kind of fell apart. They tasted good though.

Sausages, Peppers and Onions:
-8 sausages, sliced in rounds (I used pre-cooked chicken jalapeno sausages.)
-4 large bell peppers, sliced
-1 large onion, sliced
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1 can diced tomatos
-1/2 can chicken stock
-salt and pepper to taste

Sautee the onions, peppers and garlic over low heat until beginning to soften. Add tomatos and chicken stock and simmer, covered for 30 minutes.

-1 lb ricotta
-3/4 cup soy flour
-1 tb garlic powder
-1 ts salt
-1 ts pepper
-1 egg

Thoroughly mix all ingredients and let the dough rest in the fridge for 1-24 hours. Roll into balls and boil in salted water for 8 minutes. Drain and add the gnudi to the onions, peppers and sausage mixture. The sauce will coat the gnudi nicely.

Green Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette

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Lunch at Work

Leftover Meatballs in Artichoke Cream Sauce
Still good the next day.

Leftover Chicken Salad

BBQ Pork


Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Dinner at Home

Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic-Dijon Vinagrette

Ricotta-Basil Meatballs with Artichoke Cream Sauce
Usually I make meatballs with with ground turkey, but we had ground beef this time.

-1 lb ground beef
-3/4 cup ricotta
-3 cloved garlic, minced
-1 handful chopped fresh basil
-1 egg
-salt and pepper to taste

Thoroughly combine all ingredients with your hands. Roll into balls that are 1 inch in diameter. Sautee in a large pan on medium high heat in batches of 10 or so, until cooked through. Drain on paper towels.

-6 large tomatos, diced
-1 large onion, diced
-6 cloves garlic, minced
-1 jar marinated artichoke hearts, diced
-1/2 cup cream
-1 large handful fresh basil, chopped

Sautee onions and garlic over low heat until soft and translucent. Add tomatos and artichokes and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes or so, covered. Add the cream and basil and stir for a few more minutes. Add the meatballs and coat thoroughly. Sprinkle liberally with fresh parmasean, if you have it.

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Lunch from Osha Thai and Leftovers at Work, San Francisco, CA

From Osha:

Tiger Prawns
Garlicky and tender. Yum.

Chicken Satay
The chicken was moist, but the peanut sauce was FAR too oily this time.


BBQ Pork and Cauliflower Salad

Leftover Steak and Leftover Sesame Noodles


Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Dinner at Home

Pan Fried New York Strip Steak with Cauliflower Salad
The steak was marinated in worcestershire and steak seasoning and simply pan fried in a bit of oil and butter for a few minutes on each side. We like it rare.

Fresh Blueberries
A great, healthy dessert.

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Pre-Dinner Snack at Banana Island Restaurant, Daly City, CA

Ever since we got back from Singapore we've been on a mission to try all of the versions of roti prata in the Bay Area. We heard that Banana Island in Daly City had roti canai, the Malaysian version from which roti prata was derived. We were a little relieved that this was not the best we've had, since we really don't want to have to drive to get our fix.

Roti Canai $3.50
Roti Canai is thinner and crispier than roti prata, and ths dough was oddly sweet. The curry was very coconuty and creamy. The curry was better than the roti.

Claypot Seafood Noodle Soup $6
This was not very good at all . This was more of a claypot than a soup, but the "broth" was very corn-starchy and therefore gelatinous. It was basically flavorless.

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: 1


Can't find helath code violations.

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Lunch at Work

Dijon Chicken Salad with Greens
A nice, filling lunch. The chicken is salty enough on its own, so there's no need to add extra.

Chicken Salad:
-1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
-1/2 cup mayo
-3 tb dijon
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1 packet splenda
-1/2 onion, diced

Stir all of the ingredients except the chicken and onion together to make a dressing, then stir everything together. Serve over greens.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Dinner at Home

Steamed Mahi Mahi, Chili Edamame and Sesame Noodles with Quick Pickled Cucumbers
A quick meal with many components.

Steamed Mahi Mahi
-2 mahi mahi filets
-1 tb oyster sauce
-1 tb soy sauce
-1 tb hoisin sauce

Stir the sauces to combine and coat the filets with the mixture. Steam fish for 5 minutes, or until the flesh flakes with a fork.

Chili Edamame:
-3 cups frozen edamame, pre-cooked
-2 tb chili garlic sauce
-2 tb soy sauce

Sautee all ingredients over medium heat until edamame are heated throughout.

Sesame Noodles:
-2 packages shirataki noodles, boiled and drained
-1 tb soy sauce
-1 ts sesame oil
-1 ts sesame seeds

Stir all to combine.

Quick Pickled Cucumbers:
-1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced
-2 tb rice vinegar
-1 packet Splenda
-1 ts chili powder
-1 ts black sesame seeds

Combine all ingredients except sesame seeds and let marinate for 30 minutes. Drain cucumbers and stir in sesame seeds.

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Lunch at Home Restaurant

We've heard about Home on several occasions but had never made a point to go. So when we happened by it, we couldn't resist. It was a semi-upscale diner with a smallish menu. The service was very slow, but they were packed.

Cobb Salad $10
A HUGE salad chock full of fresh, flavorful veggies, creamy blue cheese, tender chicken and crispy bacon. Better than expected.

Bacon and Egg Croissant Sandwich $9
Good quality ingredients made for a hearty, tasty sandwich.

Food: 1
Service: 1 (the service was REALLY slow, but they comped our beverages to make up for it)
Decor: 0

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Brunch at a Friend's House, San Francisco, CA

Deviled Eggs
This 1950's classic was our contribution to the brunch.

-a dozen eggs, hard boiled, peeled and halved lengthwise
-1/8 cup mayo
-2 tb dijon
-1 tb garlic powder
-1 ts paprika, plus a bit to dust
-salt and pepper to taste

Pop the yolks out of the halved, hard boiled eggs and put in a bowl. Combine with the rest of the ingredients and either spoon the mixture into the now empty whites, or make a pastry bag by cutting the tip off of a ziploc bag. Dust with paprika.

Good bacon, bad picture. Nothing says a good party like free-flowing bacon.

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Dinner at Home

We decided to have a decadent little New Year's Eve dinner for ourselves...

Steamed King Crab Legs
We got these at Costco and they were really tasty. The meat was sweet and tender and they came pre-cooked so all we had to do was steam them to heat throughout.

Lemon Garlic Butter
1 stick of butter, 1 head of garlic (minced) and the juice of 1/2 lemon all heated on low until the garlic is crispy. A great dipping sauce.

Lamb Chops with Garlic Lemon Sage Butter
These lambchops were cooked on medium high for 2 minutes on each side (all 5 of them). Then we took the leftover garlic butter and stirred in some fresh chopped sage and poured it over the top of the lamb chops.

Cauliflower Salad
This was a great alternative to greens-based salads. It was tangy and lasts for days without fear of wilt.

-1 head cauliflower, cut in flowerettes and boiled until tender-crisp
-1 bell pepper, sliced
-6 pickled asparagus spears, cut in bite size pieces
-1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
-20 cocktail onions, peeled and boiled for 10 minutes, then halved
-2 tb balsamic vinager
-2 tb olive oil
-salt and pepper to taste

Thoroughly combine the oil, vinager, salt and pepper and pour over all of the other ingredients. Mix well and let sit for at least 1/2 hour before serving, to allow the dressing to seep into the veggies.

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Lunch at 4th Street Bar and Deli, San Francisco, CA

We went to watch football at 4th Street Bar and Deli, now also known as the "non-jinxy bar" since the Eagles seem to win when we watch there.

Wings $13
16 wings for this price is not bad. The wings are small, but the sauce is nice and hot.

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Breakfast at Home

Steak and Egg Scramble
We used the leftover steak from Perbacco, onions, peppers and cheese to make a tasty scramble.

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