Saturday, August 09, 2008

Summer BBQ

We had a housewarming party at our new place and took full advantage of the backyard and the grill it came with.

Giao made these delicious sliders using a technique he learned from Alton Brown of the Food Network. Basically, he rolled out the meat in a large baking sheet until it was about 1/4 inch thick, then he seasoned the meat in a single layer with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Finally, he folded the meat over on itself. Then we cut the sheet of perfectly seasoned meat into even squares with a pizza cutter. The sliders were very, very good. They were juicy and they were perfectly seasoned in every bite. For buns, we simply used Costco dinner rolls.

Black Bean Salad
This was a nice side for our meaty sliders.

-2 cans corn, drained
-2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
-10 tomatos, diced
-4 large Armenian cucumbers, peeled and sliced
-olive oil
-lime juice
-salt and pepper

Combine the olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper together to form a dressing in whatever proportions you like (if you have too much, just save it for another salad). Combine all of the ingredients and dress with the dressing. Give the salad and hour for 2 for the flavors to meld. This is best served at room temperature.

Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw
A tasty, non-mayo-y, slaw.

-1 head red cabbage, shredded
-2 carrots, peeled and shredded
-3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
-1/4 cup agave nectar
-1 ts salt
-1 ts celery salt
-1 ts pepper

Combine all of the ingredients except the cabbage and carrots and stir to make a dressing. Pour the dressing over the other ingredients and let sit for an hour or two before serving. Best served at room temperature.

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Homemade Burgers and Spicy Oven Baked Potato Wedges

Spicy Oven-Baked Potato Wedges
Rarely do we cook, or even eat, potatoes, but they came in the CSA box, so we had to find a use for them. These were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.

-6 red potatoes, cut into wedges, lengthwise
-1 ts garlic powder
-1 ts paprika
-1 ts cayenne
-2 ts salt
-a bit of olive oil

Drizzle the olive oil on the potatoes and toss to coat. Add the spices and toss again to coat. Spread the wedges on a large cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake on 350 for about 35-40 minutes, or until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

Simple Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Grilled Cheese Burger with Tomato, Onion, Lettuce and Condiments
The meat was seasoned with only salt and pepper and the burgers were grilled outside. There's not much better than a big, juicy burger grilled in the backyard on a warm summer night.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Lunch from Long Life Noodle Company, San Francisco, CA

Garlic Noodles $9
Aptly named. These were super-garlicky.

Wontons $10
Good, but not great.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

Long Life Noodle Company

101 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Chicken with Pancetta and Cranberry Beans Over Cheesy Cauliflower Puree

I had never used fresh cranberry beans before, but they came in the CSA box and so I had to find something to do with them. They ended up adding a nice texture to this dish.

-5 chicken thighs, diced
-1 cup pancetta, diced
-1/2 onion, diced

-1 lb cranberry beans, shelled
-3 sprigs fresh thyme
-2 sprigs fresh rosemary

-1 recipe Cheesy Cauliflower Puree

Boil the shelled beans with the herbs and pepper for about 20 minutes, until the beans are tender. At the same time, in a wide pan, render the pancetta and caramelize the onions in the fat. Add the chicken and cook until done. Add the boiled, drained beans to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Serve over the cheesy cauliflower puree.

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Ramen with Egg

Giao likes his ramen still almost crunchy and with a poached egg on top.

Pasty from Gracie's Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Breakfast Pasty $3
This contained eggs, and some other stuff Giao can't remember and it was not very good.

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: 1

Gracie's Cafe
241 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94104

No Website
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Oxtail Stew

Hearty Oxtail Stew
This was meaty, not too gamey and very filling.

-3 lbs oxtails
-1 onion, diced
-6 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
-3 turnips, peeled and cut into chunks
-1 can chickpeas, drained
-1/2 cup brown rice
-1 bunch turnip greens, diced
-2 cans diced tomatoes
-water to cover
-1 tb turmeric
-1 tb fenugreek powder
-salt and pepper to taste

Brown the oxtail in a deep pot. Add the onions, carrots and turnips and cook for a few minutes. Add the spices and stir to combine. Add everything else. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for about 2 hours.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Ribs and Salad

Another simple, summer, weeknight meal.

Chili Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
We make these in our beloved Ron Popiel "Set It and Forget It" Rotisserie Grill. Click here for the recipe.

Cucumber, Tomato and Avocado Salad
This hearty, no-lettuce salad was dressed with the juice of 1 lime, a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper. It was a very good salad.

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BBQ Short Ribs and Cucumber Salad

Now that we live so close to the Sunset Super, and we have a big grill out back, we've been eating a lot of short ribs.
Korean-Style Short Ribs
Click above for our marinade recipe.

Simple Cucumber Salad
We used Armenian cucumbers, which are exceptionally crunchy and sweet, to make this simple salad. The dressing was an emulsion of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and whole grain mustard.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Roast Duck from Toon Kee, San Francisco, CA

1/2 a Roast Duck $6
This is Giao's new favorite place for roast duck in our neighborhood. The skin is crispy and the meat is juicy.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0

Toon Kee
2191 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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Pad Thai from Chabaa Thai, San Francisco, CA

We stopped by a Thai place we'd never been to on the way home and Alexis tried out the Pad Thai.

Chicken Pad Thai $8
Decent, but a bit too sweet.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

Chabaa Thai
2123 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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