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Eat This!

Have your Sunday breakfast with Sam every week.

EAT THIS! is Sam’s new hour long weekly radio show. “People want to eat well, but for sure don’t want it to be complicated or take forever. This is all food talk: what to make for dinner, what’s awesome for brunch, what to take to a bbq – that kind of thing. If you can eat it or drink it – we’ll talk about it.

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Sun Aug 17th: Dorm Food Survival List – Download

Aired on August 17th 2014

Here’s a handy one-sheet guide to keep the college kids on track, well… food wise anyway.

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Aug 10th – The ups & downs of the restaurant biz with Urban Solace

Aired on August 10th 2014

10am today, I interview Matt Gordon of Urban Solace Restaurant about the ups & downs of the restaurant business.

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Aug 3rd: Grab Some Nuts Day – Honey Walnut Shrimp recipe

Aired on August 3rd 2014

I don’t deep fry, that’s why God invented restaurants. So this is the restaurant style version, minus the deep frying – and it’s still really damn good.

(Not Deep-Fried) Honey Walnut Shrimp recipe
Watch me make it
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Aug 3rd: Grab Some Nuts Day – Chili Nuts recipe

Aired on August 3rd 2014

Another of my nut favorite recipes, so easy if you have friends coming over last minute.

Chili Nuts recipe
Watch me make it
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Aug 3rd: Grab Some Nuts – Homemade Peanut Butter recipe

Aired on August 3rd 2014

Yes, you heard me right it’s National Grab Some Nuts Day and we celebrate with a few of my favorite recipes.

Homemade Peanut Butter
Watch me make it 
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Aug 3rd: Interview with Tommy from Catalina Offshore Products Fish Market

Aired on August 3rd 2014

Today we talk fish, and cooking whole fish with the pro, Mr Tommy Gomes from the one and only fish market Catalina Offshore Products.

www.catalinaop.com

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July 27th: Tomato & Yellow Pepper Gazpacho

Aired on July 27th 2014

I know what you’re thinking – cold soup deal is a foo-foo dainty little thing that belongs at an old ladies garden party. Wrong – it’s big and bold and full of flavor and deserves to be made.

Tomato & Yellow Pepper Gazpacho recipe

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July 27th: Chipotle Compound Butter

Aired on July 27th 2014

A simple and most delicious way to dial the flavor of almost any protein (steaks, chicken, pork, seafood) way the hell up.

Tequila & Chipotle Compound Butter recipe

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July 27th: Chipotle Tequila Shrimp

Aired on July 27th 2014

So good, creamy & wonderful. Serve this on rice, pasta or by itself.

Creamy Chipotle Tequila Shrimp recipe

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July 27th: Margarita recipe

Aired on July 27th 2014

The Margarita may have been born in Mexico in the 40′s, but it came of age in my kitchen in the late 80′s. Don’t change it, just make it. And please use a decent tequila. I have this theory – crappy tequila makes a crappy Margarita. Oh, and be a little careful, they’re kinda strong.

Sammy-Boys Margarita recipe

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July 27th: Sangrita

Aired on July 27th 2014

Drink this along side your really good tequila. Its awesome….try it!

Sangrita recipe

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July 27th: Ahi Poke

Aired on July 27th 2014

I am a huge fan of poke and we make this often. You should too.

Ahi Poke recipe

Everyday Tomato Sauce

Aired on July 20th 2014

Whether you use this for pasta, spooning on top of a poached egg or dipping crispy raviolis into – just make it.

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Gochujang & Bacon Fried Rice

Aired on July 20th 2014

Gochujang, Korean ‘red chili paste’ is so good you could put it on old shoes and it would be amazing.

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Gochujang Salmon

Aired on July 20th 2014

Gochujang is Korean red chili paste and my new best. It’s Sriracha-like, but better with a more sophisticated flavor. And this recipe goes from nothing to the table under 15 minutes flat, no lie.

Recipe

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Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Crispy Gnocchi Two Ways

Aired on July 13th 2014

Quickly boiled then pan fried makes these little gems even better than normal. And btw, I’m not sure I’ve ever used ‘gems’ to refer to food before.

Crispy Gnocchi Two Ways recipe

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Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Grilled Pesto Shrimp

Aired on July 13th 2014

2 ingredients – OK, technically 3 if you count the stick. Larger shrimp like at least 31/40′s are great. That just means there are between 31 and 40 shrimp per pound.

Grilled Pesto Shrimp recipe

Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Shrimp with Pesto Linguini

Aired on July 13th 2014

Easy, easy, easy. So why not make it?

Shrimp with Pesto Linguini recipe

Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Pesto Pizza

Aired on July 13th 2014

It only takes 10 minutes.

Pesto Pizza recipe

Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Pesto Garlic Bread

Aired on July 13th 2014

Does this really need an introduction?

Pesto Garlic Bread recipe

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Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Pesto Meatball Pizza

Aired on July 13th 2014

Perfect food to feed the masses at any World Cup Final party you might be having to today – frozen meatballs, pesto & French bread turn into a wildly good pizza-kinda-thing.

Pesto Meatball French Bread Pizza

 

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Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Pesto Grilled Cheese

Aired on July 13th 2014

My first bite and I was like “what the hell…I should have done this years ago”.

Pesto Grilled Cheese recipe

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Jul 13th (World Cup Final) Pesto Day: Fresh Basil Pesto

Aired on July 13th 2014

It’s Pesto Day – and this time of the year basil is everywhere, so grab a bunch and start making – cuz once you do the world becomes your (pesto) oyster, figuratively speaking of course.

 

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Jul 13th (World Cup Final): BMI

Aired on July 13th 2014

Click here to find out your Body Mass Index (BMI)

 

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July 6th – Hotdog/Burger Day – Stuffed Lamb Burger

Aired on July 6th 2014

A different version of the typical grilled burger.

Stuffed Lamb Burger recipe

July 6th – Hotdog/Burger Day Rewind – Hotdog-on-a-Stick

Aired on July 6th 2014

A super simple hot dog on a stick, Sam style!

Hotdog on a Stick recipe

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July 6th – Hotdog/Burger Day Rewind – Pastrami Reuben Dog

Aired on July 6th 2014

I love a Reuben, but always make it with coleslaw instead of sauerkraut. So it just makes sense that if I was going to turn it into a dog I would do the same.

Pastrami Reuben Dog recipe

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July 6th – Hotdog Day Rewind – Sour Cream Dogs and Chipotle Beans

Aired on July 6th 2014

Sour cream and green onions are classic right? Wait until you try it with hot dogs. You’ll be wondering why you haven’t done this sooner…

Sour Cream & Green Onion Hotdog recipe

Chipotle Beans recipe

June 29th EAT THIS! – Grilling Day – Grilled Tuna Burger

Aired on June 29th 2014

There are cheeseburgers, chicken burgers and even tofu burgers – so why not a fresh tuna burger?

Tuna Burger recipe

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June 29th EAT THIS! – Grilling Day – Grilled Pork Loin Burger

Aired on June 29th 2014

A great change from the usual ground up stuff.

Grilled Pork Loin Burger recipe

June 29th EAT THIS! – Grilling Day – Grilled Clams & Mussels

Aired on June 29th 2014

This is some of the easiest and cheapest fun you can have cooking with a grill.

Grilled Clams & Mussels recipe

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June 29th EAT THIS! – Grilling Day – Grilled Big Ass Shrimp & Chimichurri Steak

Aired on June 29th 2014

Chimichurri is the garlic-parsley marinade that originated in Argentina- and it rules. Make sure you reserve some extra for dipping or drizzling.

Here’s my recipe for Big Ass Shrimp & Chimichurri Steak.

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June 29th EAT THIS! – Grilling Day – Tri Tip with Tomato Pepper Sauce

Aired on June 29th 2014

This trip tip is crazy good by itself, but served with the tomato/pepper stuff…it’s insane. Here’s my Tri Tip with Tomato Pepper Sauce recipe.

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June 29th EAT THIS! – Grilling Day – Greg Rempe & The BBQ Central Show

Aired on June 29th 2014

Lots of Grilling talk with Greg Rempe & The BBQ Central Show getting you ready for July 4th.

Listen to Greg’s show Tuesdays, 9-11pm Eastern

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June 22nd EAT THIS: Lobster Tacos

Aired on June 22nd 2014

Simply add rice and beans (and a few drips of butter on the lobster once its in the taco) and you’re set — a springtime Mexican fiesta for your family and friends. Watch me make Lobster Tacos

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June 22nd EAT THIS: Lobster Tails

Aired on June 22nd 2014

There’s this big mystique about lobster being hard to cook. Frankly it’s no more difficult than a grilled peanut butter and jelly – it’s just more expensive. Try it and see.
Grilled Lobster Tails recipe
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June 22nd EAT THIS: Soup Dumplings in NY

Aired on June 22nd 2014

Also, on my trip to NY I had to most amazing soup dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai.
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June 22nd EAT THIS: “The Great Burger” in NY

Aired on June 22nd 2014

On my trip to New York, I had a ”The Great Burger” at The Burger Joint at the Le Meridian
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Father’s Day Foodie Gift Ideas – Summer Food Cooking Class

Aired on June 8th 2014

Sam the Cooking Guy Cooking Class:

We Love Summer

Saturday, August 23rd – 6:00pm

Class Location: PIRCH at UTC Westfield, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego,  CA 92122

Tickets & Details here.

 

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Father’s Day Foodie Gift Ideas – Grilling Cooking Class

Aired on June 8th 2014

Sam the Cooking Guy Cooking Class:

Let’s Hit The Grill 

Saturday,  July 26th – 6:00pm

Class Location: PIRCH at UTC Westfield, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego,  CA 92122

Tickets & Details here.

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Roasted Poblano Soup

Aired on June 8th 2014

Something magical happens when you roast chiles. And don’t be put off by having to roast them – it’s simple and you’ll be so glad you did.

Get the recipe here.

Watch Sam make this.

 

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Scrambled Eggchiladas recipe

Aired on June 8th 2014

This combines so many of my favorites into one perfect breakfast: eggs,  refried beans,  tortillas,  eggs – you get the idea.

Get the recipe

Watch Sam make this.

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Father’s Day Foodie Gift Ideas

Aired on June 8th 2014

Mantry

The modern man’s pantry.  It’s an American Artisan Food of the month club.

 

Carnivore Club

Think meat of the month but with handcrafted cured meats from around the world.

Cool Bar stuff

It’s the 50′s & 60′s all over again and cocktails are king.  why not give the old man a couple bar toys to keep him happy.

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Dad’s not in town?  Send him some amazing products from the sea – he’ll be glad you did.

 

 

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National Doughnut Day – Raspberry Doughnut Trifle

Aired on June 1st 2014

Doughnut Trifle. Layers of cake donuts, whipped cream (not that gross canned stuff), vanilla pudding, and fresh raspberries make a delicious dessert that can easily be made for one, or a whole house-full!

Raspberry Doughnut Trifle recipe

Watch Sam make it

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National Doughnut Day – Doughnutmisu

Aired on June 1st 2014

Think Tiramisu, but with powdered doughnuts – yes, it’s that simple. And a pretty bitchin name I might add…

Doughnutmisu recipe

Watch Sam make it

 

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National Doughnut Day – Hot Buttered Doughnuts

Aired on June 1st 2014

The combination of the cold ice cream and warm, crunchy on the outside, glazed donut is… you guessed it: stupid good.

Hot Buttered Doughnuts recipe

Watch Sam make them

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National Doughnut Day – Easiest Doughnuts Ever

Aired on June 1st 2014

Stunning deep-fried doughnut in the kitchen. You will not believe how easy it is and we guarantee that it’ll impress your family and friends.

Easiest Doughnuts Ever Recipe

Watch Sam make it.

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Memorial Day Grilling: America’s Top Ten Burger Toppings

Aired on May 25th 2014

America’s Top Ten Burger Toppings

 

Memorial Day Grilling: Steak with flavored butter

Aired on May 25th 2014

Steak with Chipotle Lime Butter 

A tender steak topped with a great butter flavor.

Memorial Day Grilling: Grilled Shrimp recipes

Aired on May 25th 2014

Asian Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Pesto Shrimp

Memorial Day: Mac and Cheese Sam style

Aired on May 25th 2014

What kryptonite was to Superman, this macaroni is to me. It is my one, true weakness. If I make it – I can eat the whole thing…

Mac & (Blue) Cheese with Bacon

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Sunday May 18th: KITCHEN TIP DAY – Part 2

Aired on May 18th 2014

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Wild King Salmon from Catalina Offshore Products I had every intention of cooking it, but it was so damn good just as it was, with a little soy, chili oil and sesame seeds. Oh my…
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Here we go with the KITCHEN TIPS:
Freeze Liquids in Useable Portions

  • Use ice cubes trays or small tupperware to freeze things like broths – so you don’t have to use an ax pick to get the small amount you need.

Freeze as Flat as Possible

  • Freeze things flat and stack them – use large ziplock bags, remove as much air as possible and lay them flat – you’ll get much more in this way.

Use squeeze bottles

  • For anything like olive oils, salad dressings, vinegars, citrus juices – whatever.  They’re super handy and super inexpensive.  Find them at any chef store.

Defrost Meat on Aluminum

  • Save time defrosting meat on any kind of aluminum sheet tray or skillet. Aluminum is a great conductor of heat and will thaw frozen meat much faster than a wooden cutting board or wood or stone countertop.

No need to peel potatoes before boiling them

  • The skin will just slide off once they’re cooked.

Combine salt & pepper

  • Since you often need salt & pepper together, make a combo In a small bowl and keep it handy

Freeze meat

  • to make it easier to slice for stir-fries and stews.

Homemade Mayo recipe
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Sun May 11th: IT’S KITCHEN TIP DAY

Aired on May 11th 2014

  • Mis en place – to put in place
    Do all of your cutting of vegetables and meat and make your sauces before you start cooking.  It’ll take away the last minute rushing and make everything better.
  • All parts of a dish should be seasoned
    If it’s salmon on top of sautéed spinach, or chicken on mashed potatoes – don’t forget to season what’s on the bottom.  Eating them together is one thing, but there’s nothing worse than a bite of an unseasoned component.
  • Roll citrus
    Use you hand to roll hard citrus on the counter to break up the membranes inside and get more juice out of it. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan
    All ingredients should fit comfortably in one layer, so use a pan that’s big enough for the job, and cook in batches if necessary. If you’re trying to sear food, overcrowding ends of steaming it and that’s no bueno.
  • Take meat out of the fridge before cooking
    Whenever grilling, searing, or sautéing meat, always take met out of the fridge at least a half hour before so that it comes to room temperature, ensuring a perfectly cooked piece of meat every time.
  • Let meat rest
    If you slice into your meat right after it comes off the grill, the juices, still circulating with residual heat, will leak out onto your plate.  So let the meat rest covered with foil.  Wait 5 minutes before biting into burgers or grilled chicken, 7 minutes before cutting into steaks, and at least 15 minutes before carving a turkey or a larger roast. 
  • Cook Pasta Less
    Whatever the package says, cook pasta about 1 minute less than the  instructions – and cook it the rest of the way in the pan with sauce. 
  • Sharp knives
    Get your knives sharpened – everything will be better.
  • Season meat and fish evenly:
    Sprinkle salt and pepper as though it’s “snowing.” This will keep it from clumping up or ending up with too much seasoning in some areas and none in others.
  • Clean as you go
    Enough said
  • Make your own vinaigrette
    Bottled dressings are a waste of money and calories. Make your own vinaigrette by whisking together three parts oil (olive, canola etc) with one part vinegar (balsamic, red-wine, or rice), plus salt and pepper.  Then add garlic, Dijon mustard, minced shallot, fresh herbs, or honey or whatever.  You’ll be glad you did. 
  • For Dressings, a Jar’s Your Best Friend
    Don’t be put off making your dressing because chefs say you must use fancy technique – just put the ingredients in a mason jar, shut the lid and shake like crazy.
  • Cushion your cutting board
    Put a damp kitchen towel under your cutting board to keep it from rocking or slipping while you’re cutting or chopping.
  • Prepare plates beforehand
    Warm plates in the micro for about a minutes or put salad plates in the freezer for 2 or 3 before serving.
  • Pat meat and fish dry
    Pat meat and fish dry before cooking. Surface moisture creates steam when it hits a hot pan or grill.  Your searing will be much.
  • Taste as you cook
    The best tool in your kitchen is your mouth. Taste a dish at least a couple times during the cooking process, adjusting the seasoning as you go.
  • Blend butter and olive oil
    Try cooking with a 50:50 combo of butter and olive oil. Butter adds flavor and the oil keeps the butter from burning.

 

Rack of Lamb

Aired on May 4th 2014

Rack of Lamb…can you think of anything more delicious??? Ok maybe you can, but this will be on your list if you try it. And for sure…you’ll be on someone’s good side if you make it for them.

Rack of Lamb recipe

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Feta Stuffed Lamb Burgers

Aired on May 4th 2014

Stuffing burgers is an easy way to add your favorite flavors into a melty, cheesy pocket in the middle of the burger, and trust us when we say there is no exception to that with these lamb burgers.

Watch Sam make them

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Garlic & Mustard Chops

Aired on May 4th 2014

If there’s an easier way to make these – I’m not sure what it is. And whether you broil (like we did), pan fry or grill them – just make them. And make a lot of them because they’re so good…

Watch Sam make it

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Homemade Ice Pops

Aired on May 4th 2014

 

You simply fill popsicle molds and put ‘em in the freezer. And by the way – if you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use a Dixie cup or any small cup with a popsicle stick, skewer or even chop stick.

 

 Homemade Ice Pops recipe

 

Ice Pops video 
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Interview with Danna Korn, author and gluten-free guru

Aired on April 27th 2014

We start today’s Eat This! talking to Danna Korn, author of ‘Living Gluten-Free for Dummies’ and ‘Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies.  When it comes to gluten free sensitivity issues, it would be hard to find someone who knows more than Danna.

www.dannakorn.com

 

 

San Miguel de Allende

My recent trip to San Miguel de Allende

Aired on April 27th 2014

In honor of my recent trip to this unbelievably beautiful world heritage site, we talk Mexican food and who doesn’t like that?  Ok, maybe my dad.  In fact, he hated a lot of stuff.

 

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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos

Aired on April 27th 2014

These are ridiculously good.

Get the recipe

Mex Beer Can Chicken

Aired on April 27th 2014

Maybe the juiciest chicken ever. Oh no – I am so not kidding.

Get the recipe

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Mexican Bruschetta

Aired on April 27th 2014

This could also be called a ‘Mexcian Garlic bread’. Whatever you choose, just make it.

Get the recipe

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Chorizo & Cheese Torta

Aired on April 27th 2014

I had this in Cabo recently and couldn’t wait to try it myself when I got back.

Get the recipe

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Queso Fundido Con Chorizo (melted cheese & chorizo)

Aired on April 27th 2014

So really, aside from the fancy name this is just melty cheese with chorizo – that happens to be damn good. BTW, you can sub ‘soyrizo’ for the pork chorizo if you want no animal, less fat and less flavor – but have it still taste pretty good.

Get the recipe

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Curry Day: Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Aired on April 20th 2014

This is easily one of Mrs Cooking Guy’s most requested meals.

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Curry Day: Thai Chicken Curry

Aired on April 20th 2014

You are so going to love this. My sister-in-law Cheryl sent it to me. When you go to the store to buy the coconut milk, better buy 2 cans. Because if this recipe tastes like anything…it tastes like “more”. This is a perfect place to use that already grilled and cut up chicken you buy at the store – no one will know except you and even you won’t notice.

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Curry Day: Grilled Pork Loin Burgers

Aired on April 20th 2014

A great change from the usual ground up stuff.

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Curry Day: Coconut-Lime Chicken Wraps

Aired on April 20th 2014

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Curry Day: Curried Shrimp

Aired on April 20th 2014

Eating this makes me feel 10 years old again…at home…my mom in the kitchen…my dad watching Walter Cronkite…my brothers trying to stuff my head into the toilet…ahh, the memories. This is the perfect ‘cold-weather-sitting-in-front-of-the-fire-and-watching-a-great-movie’ kind of food.

Get the recipe

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Curry Day: The Best Chicken/Egg Salad

Aired on April 20th 2014

This is a favorite in our house. I like to put it out on a plate with bagel halves and let everyone make their own.

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Curry Day: Artichokes

Aired on April 20th 2014

It’s easy to forget about these prickly, goofy-looking things in the supermarket. But they’re so good you shouldn’t – they make a great appetizer. Sometimes we have them right with the rest of our dinner. Don’t forget about the artichoke hearts after…

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Grilled Caprese

Aired on April 12th 2014

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Inside Out Grilled Cheese

Aired on April 12th 2014

This recipe is amazing and SO ridiculously easy to make. Quickly throw it together to bring for lunch – I just heated up the leftovers about 6 hours later and they were just as good.

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Grilled Lox & Fontina

Aired on April 12th 2014

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Crab & Avocado Grilled Cheese

Aired on April 12th 2014

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Mushroom Spinach Grilled Cheese

Aired on April 12th 2014

 

This was the crew’s favorite when we shot Grill Cheese Day – and for good reason. It’s crazy delicious…

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Brisket Grilled Cheese

Aired on April 12th 2014

How do you spell comfort food? I spell it: B-r-i-s-k-e-t G-r-i-l-l-e-d C-h-e-e-s-e. btw – check the site for the brisket recipe

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Pesto Grilled Cheese

Aired on April 12th 2014

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Chicken Enchiladas

Aired on April 6th 2014

Ok, so there’s a little whipping cream in this – just don’t eat the whole thing yourself, ok?

Recipe

Ginger Scallops

Aired on April 6th 2014

The key to scallops is NOT to overcook them.  The easiest way is to make sure your pan is HOT and turn them once they’re nicely browned.

Recipes

BBQ Chicken Packs

Aired on April 6th 2014

Delicious little packages of BBQ chicken and cheese and you don’t even have to wait until your b-day to open them!

Recipe

Empanada

Aired on April 6th 2014

There’s a ton of Spanish influence on the Filipino culture, and this is a perfect example of that.

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Brisket Empanadas

Aired on April 6th 2014

These little empanada miracles came from Sunday night fridge leftovers. It could be leftover chicken, leftover cheese  and chilies… anything leftover in the fridge can make work, well, nearly everything.

Recipe

National Chip & Dip Day – Won Ton Chips

Aired on March 23rd 2014

These are perfect to use when you have a flavorful dip you don’t want to take add additional cracker taste to.

Won Ton Chips recipe

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National Chip & Dip Day – White Bean Dip

Aired on March 23rd 2014

Searching for a hummus-like you can make in an instant? Perhaps not, but this little gem is so damn good you should just make it. And unlike hummus, there’s no need to find tahini.

White Bean Dip recipe

National Chip & Dip Day – My Mom’s Lox Dip

Aired on March 23rd 2014

So simple yet so delicious. Man, she’s good.

My Mom’s Lox Dip recipe

National Chip & Dip Day – Queso Fundido Con Chorizo

Aired on March 23rd 2014

So really, aside from the fancy name this is just melty cheese with chorizo – that happens to be damn good. BTW, you can sub ‘soyrizo’ for the pork chorizo if you want no animal, less fat and less flavor – but have it still taste pretty good.

Queso Fundido Con Chorizo recipe

National Chip & Dip Day – Bacon, Beer & Cheese Dip

Aired on March 23rd 2014

Cheese & beer & bacon. Really, do you need anything else?

Bacon, Beer & Cheese Dip recipe

National Chip & Dip Day – Artichoke & Alouette Dip

Aired on March 23rd 2014

If I can get down to 1-ingredient recipes some day, I’ll be very happy. But until then, this simple and delicious little 2′er will have to suffice.

Artichoke and Alouette recipe

National Chip & Dip Day – Artichoke & Red Pepper Dip

Aired on March 23rd 2014

We make this all the time…you should too.

Artichoke & Red Pepper Dip recipe

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National Chip & Dip Day – Crab Dip

Aired on March 23rd 2014

You can buy expensive crabmeat at your favorite seafood joint, but as long as you find yourself a really good quality canned version you don’t need to.

Crab Dip recipe

National Chip & Dip Day – BLT Dip

Aired on March 23rd 2014

All your favorites – in a dip. And the best part is that it’s served in ‘L’ like a bowl. Save some bacon for the top.

BLT Dip recipe

 

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My broken chair!

Aired on March 16th 2014

Picture of me recording the show with a broken chair

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Asparagus Day – Asparagus & Pea Pasta

Aired on March 16th 2014

Quick, fresh, light and delicious – make it, so easy.

Get the recipe here.

Asparagus Day – Smokey Asparagus Sticks

Aired on March 16th 2014

If you’re looking for something great to stir up the ‘blue hairs’ at a snotty society event – this could be it. Finger food at it’s finest…

Get the recipe here.

Asparagus Day – Simple Roasted Asparagus

Aired on March 16th 2014

What goes better with a great rack of lamb…or anything else for that matter?

Get the recipe here.

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Crab Day – Crab Dip

Aired on March 9th 2014

You can buy expensive crabmeat at your favorite seafood joint, but as long as you find yourself a really good quality canned version you don’t need to.

Crab Dip recipe

Crab Day – Crab Omelet

Aired on March 9th 2014

Being a guy, of course I like eggs. And if I was single, this would be my “hey, know what I could make for you tomorrow morning’ kinda of pick-up-line. But I’m married and would never use a line like that. Honest honey…

Crab Omelet recipe

Crab Day – Crab & Bacon Pasta

Aired on March 9th 2014

Pasta, crab, bacon and peas…what?

Crab & Bacon Pasta recipe

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Crab Day – Crab & Avocado Benedict

Aired on March 9th 2014

 

Buy decent crab – and that doesn’t mean having to go down to the docks. You can great crab at the supermarket – look for the pasteurized kind in the refrigerated section.

Crab & Avocado Benedict recipe

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Crab Day – Crab with Bernaise Sauce on a Steak

Aired on March 9th 2014

A super delicious and romantic dinner…unless you’re my wife who doesn’t like sauces. Bernaise (sort of a non-lemony Hollandaise) goes brilliantly with beef and crab.

Crab with Bernaise Sauce on a Steak recipe
Watch Sam make it

Crab Day – Crab Manicotti

Aired on March 9th 2014

Crab, cheese & spinach – all crabby, warm and bubbly. Could it get any better?

Crab Manicotti recipe

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Crab Day – Crab Roll

Aired on March 9th 2014

You’ve heard of a lobster roll? It’s basically lobster salad in a hot dog bun. This is sort of the same thing except with crab – hence the name. And hence the lower price…

Crab Roll recipe

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Crab Day – Mini Crab Cake Sandwiches

Aired on March 9th 2014

Two things that have always bugged me about most crab cakes – they’re fried in a bunch of oil and almost always have a ton of mayo in them. Mine are baked, not fried and have zero mayo. Plus these are easy to throw together, easy to cook and even easier to eat. Who loves ya baby?

Mini Crab Cake Sandwiches recipe

Crab Day – Crab Quesadilla

Aired on March 9th 2014

There’s good crab and there’s bad crab. If it’s spelled with a ‘k’, as in ‘krab’ – stay away. It won’t be crab – but it will be krappy.

Crab Quesadilla recipe

Poached Eggs

Aired on March 2nd 2014

My final meal would be anything that had a poached egg on it. Period. Enough said.

Sam’s Poached Egg method

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Asian Tots

Aired on March 2nd 2014

Not sure what it is about tots, but they are one of the best things ever – and at times maybe the best thing ever. Good alone, but better with something, these are dog simple with sweet chili sauce and cool sour cream. By the way – do you think dogs are offended by that expression? BTW you can use Sour Cream or Non Fat Greek Yogurt.

Asian Tots recipe

Watch Sam make Cool Asian Tots

Homemade Tots

Aired on March 2nd 2014

Who doesn’t love tots?

Homemade Tots recipe

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Mushroom Mushroom Burger

Aired on March 2nd 2014

This is great for the vegetarians and meatatarians out there, perfect for Meatless Monday.

Watch Sam make the Mushroom Mushroom Burger 

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Talking Seafood with Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore Products

Aired on February 23rd 2014

We talk with Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore Products about all things seafood.
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A little bit about Catalina Offshore Products:

The majority of their seafood is sourced from the pristine waters of Southern California and Baja California. Most fishing is done with hand lines to save the environment and maintain our natural resources. They buy their fresh seafood directly from reputable fishermen whom they have trained in the strict handling procedures necessary to preserve exceptional freshness and optimum quality. Every boat contains chill tanks to ensure exceptional freshness, and they pick up their fish as soon as it comes to the harbor or beach. All of their sushi grade offerings are extremely high-quality products that are used in sushi bars – some as far away as Japan! Their fresh-frozen seafood is kept in -20 degrees coolers until it is ordered. Their 25,000 square foot processing plant is HACCP compliant, and all of their products and procedures are FDA approved.

In 2012, Catalina Offshore Products expanded by opening our Seafood Education and Nutrition Center. Led by fishmonger Tommy Gomes, it features a walk-in fish market as well as food demos and special events with guest chefs. In San Diego? Stop by and see them sometime!

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Simple Roasted Chicken

Aired on February 23rd 2014

A simple roast chicken is one of the great joys in life – and the perfect day to make one (or two) is a Sunday. Because then you have leftovers to use in so many ways all week.

Get the recipe here

Potato Day: Hash Browns

Aired on February 16th 2014

Onions, red pepper and bacon – how can you not like this? I make it with “Ready Crisp” bacon because you can throw it in at almost at the last minute without any necessary pre-cooking.

Hash Browns recipe

 

 

Potato Day: Potatoes Anna

Aired on February 16th 2014

 

This comes out with crispy, really well seasoned layers of a potatoes in a sort of big tart thing. Holy smokes…

Potatoes Anna recipe

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Potato Day: Mashed Potatoes Three Ways

Aired on February 16th 2014

Let me get this out of the way – it’s OK to use frozen or packaged or dried mashed potatoes. It is. They are really quite good. Plus, by the time you add a bunch of extra ingredients – even your grandmother couldn’t tell they weren’t from scratch. This is just a guide – you can add almost anything to mashed potatoes – goat cheese, sour cream, bits of roast beef, rice pudding, quickly sauted vegetables, crunchy rice noodles – by the way I was just kidding about the rice pudding.

Mashed Potato 3 Ways recipes (CHIPOTLE MASHED/HORSERADISH MASHED/CARAMELIZED RED ONION MASHED)

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Potato Day: Potato and Leek Flatbread

Aired on February 16th 2014

Flatbread pretty much just means very thin crust pizza – and this is a delicious one. Many supermarkets now sell balls of raw pizza dough – or you can make your own. Either way you’ll like this.

Potato and Leek Flatbread recipe

Potato Day: Roasted Potatoes

Aired on February 16th 2014

This rules – enough said.

Roasted Potatoes recipe

Potato Day: Steak & Mashed Potato Quesadillas

Aired on February 16th 2014

I love steak and mashed potatoes…so why not throw them together in a quesadilla?

Steak & Mashed Potato Quesadillas recipe

Potato Day: Potato Chip Cookies

Aired on February 16th 2014

These were sent in by viewer Lori and came from her Grandma Thora. Sweet, salty and crunchy – these are really really good.

Potato Chip Cookies Recipe

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EAT THIS! Feb 9th – Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Aired on February 9th 2014

Cauliflower pizza crust with a spinach, goat cheese, and garlic topping.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe

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EAT THIS! Feb 9th – The mighty Chicken Waffle Sandwich

Aired on February 9th 2014

Ah yes, the iconic chicken & waffles. A magical combination when served separately – but when turned into a sandwich with bacon & coleslaw…look the hell out.

Chicken Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Watch Sam make the Chicken Waffle Sandwich

EAT THIS! Feb 9th – Crab Cake Sandwich

Aired on February 9th 2014

Two things that have always bugged me about most crab cakes – they’re fried in a bunch of oil and almost always have a ton of mayo in them. Mine are baked, not fried and have zero mayo. Plus these are easy to throw together, easy to cook and even easier to eat. Who loves ya baby?

Crab Cake Sandwich Recipe

EAT THIS! Feb 9th – Kale Chips

Aired on February 9th 2014

Yum. Not enough? Ok…yum and healthy.

Kale Chips Recipe

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Aired on February 9th 2014

golden retriever – Hayley

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EAT THIS! Feb 9th – Posole with Kale

Aired on February 9th 2014

Think vegetable soup – but better I think. Hominy is just giant softened kernels of corn. And don’t forget the lime juice at the end – it makes it.

Posole Recipe

Watch Sam make Posole

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EAT THIS! Feb 9th – Roasted Corn & Kale Salad

Aired on February 9th 2014

Kale – the cardboard of the salad world. But marinating it in this dressing and using avocado help make it so delicious – not to mention healthy. It’s our new favorite.

Chopped Kale & Roasted Corn Salad Recipe

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EAT THIS! Feb 9th – Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Aired on February 9th 2014

Use it for a sandwich, taco, quesadilla, benedict, nachos, on top of fries – basically everything.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

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EAT THIS! Feb 9th – Brisket Empanadas

Aired on February 9th 2014

These little empanada miracles came from Sunday night fridge leftovers. It could be leftover chicken, leftover cheese and chilies… anything leftover in the fridge can make work, well, nearly everything.

Brisket Empanadas Recipe

Watch Sam make Brisket Empanadas

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Big Game Food – Honey Garlic Spareribs

Aired on February 2nd 2014

Need to take an appetizer to someone’s home? Bring these baby’s along and they’ll be talking about you all night. You don’t even have to say where you got the recipe. Just send me an email telling me how good they were.

Honey Garlic Spareribs recipe

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Big Game Food – Seattle Salmon Skewers

Aired on February 2nd 2014

Huge flavor but so damn simple. Skewers of seared salmon with an oh-so-delicious sauce of sweet chili, soy & lime juice.

Seattle Salmon Skewers recipe

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Big Game Food – Denver Omelet Nachos

Aired on February 2nd 2014

Think Denver Omelet, but turned into nachos. Genius? Aw shucks, why’d you have to go and embarrass me by saying that?

Denver Omelet Nachos recipe

Big Game Food – Bacon Beer Cheese Dip

Aired on February 2nd 2014

Cheese & beer & bacon. Really, do you need anything else?

Bacon Beer Cheese Dip recipe

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Big Game Food – Hot Sweet Wings

Aired on February 2nd 2014

Make them on a moments notice by keeping a bag of wings in the freezer – you don’t even need to defrost them. Just yank ‘em out and throw them in the oven, it’s a piece of cake.

Hot Sweet Wings recipe

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Big Game Food – Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Aired on February 2nd 2014

This has all the great taste of those spicy little chicken wings except in a pizza and with no bones.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza recipe

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Chinese New Year – Tomato Beef Chow Mein

Aired on February 2nd 2014

What can I say… a boyhood favorite.

Tomato Beef Chow Mein recipe

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Big Game Food – 5 Spice Grilled Chicken

Aired on February 2nd 2014

So easy but so really good. You can find Five Spice seasoning in any supermarket spice aisle. And if you can’t – go yell at them and tell them you want it.

5 Spice Grilled Chicken recipe

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Chinese New Year – Scallops with Hoisin

Aired on February 2nd 2014

You know how I feel about using frozen shrimp – I think they’re just great. I’m the same with scallops – buy a bag and keep them in the freezer for a last minute deal. They defrost in about 3 minutes under cold running water. Hoisin is available from ANY supermarket in the Asian food section.

Scallops with Hoisin recipe 

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Chinese New Year – Asian Ribeye

Aired on February 2nd 2014

These simple ingredients make for a classic Asian flavor that’s good on a ton of things.

Asian Ribeye recipe

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Me with my boys at Dim Sum

Aired on January 26th 2014

Me with my boys at Dim Sum
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Chinese Astrological Sign

Aired on January 26th 2014

According to Chinese Astrology, your birth year tells you more than just your age. Find out what your Chinese zodiac sign reveals about you now.

Find Your Chinese Astrological Sign

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Chili Pork Pot Pie

Aired on January 26th 2014

Hearty and delicious – and it works just as well with ground beef or turkey.

Chili Pork Pot Pie Recipe 

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French Dip Au Jus

Aired on January 26th 2014

French Dip Au Jus Recipe

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Brunch: Huevos Rancheros

Aired on January 19th 2014

Amazing Mexican breakfast item huevos rancheros. Rather than frying the tortillas and using refried beans (which are less healthy than the black beans we use here) makes this vegetarian item perfect for anybody. Don’t forget to leave the yolk runny!

WATCH SAM MAKE IT

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Time’s 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time

Aired on January 19th 2014

Burger historians and experts determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large.

The List 

Lunch Ideas: Warm Cabbage Salad

Aired on January 19th 2014

Bacon, mushrooms, blue cheese and that cool looking Napa cabbage you’ve never known what to do with. In fact, you could make a meal around this I think. Ok, I don’t think – I know. I’ve had it by itself and it’s terrific. And how come people don’t say ‘terrific’ all that often anymore? By the way my friend Dave says NOT to use a vinaigrette (which apparently blows).

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Lunch Ideas: Tuna Christo

Aired on January 19th 2014

This is the less sophisticated cousin of the classic “Monte Cristo”, but easily as good.

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Lunch Ideas: Fish Stick Tacos

Aired on January 19th 2014

No laughing – I have not lost my mind and these are really good.

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Lunch Ideas: Mashed Potato Tacos

Aired on January 19th 2014

You know those left-over mashed potatoes you don’t know what to do with? Well here’s the answer…

RECIPE

Lunch Ideas: Shrimp Tacos

Aired on January 19th 2014

I say it all the time – keep a bag of raw, unpeeled shrimp in the freezer for easy last minute recipes like this. The chipotle/sour cream/lime mix that goes with this is so good. But don’t get all freaked out with the chipotles, they’re not weird. You just buy them in a little can for about a buck and a half in the supermarket. Actually, buy 2 cans – I also use them in my Chicken Enchiladas.

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Lunch Ideas: Chimichito

Aired on January 19th 2014

My friend Mark makes these awesome restaurant style burritos, that I like to turn into a cross between a burrito and a chimichanga. They’re cool cuz they’re baked – not deep fried.

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Lunch Ideas: Tuna Casserole

Aired on January 19th 2014

This is old school food at it’s best – one bite and you’ll be thinking of lava lamps, the Dick Van Dyke show and shag carpet. Taste it again for the first time!

RECIPE

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Lunch Ideas: Pesto Grilled Cheese

Aired on January 19th 2014

My first bite and I was like “what the hell…I should have done this years ago”

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Lunch Ideas: Mushroom Spinach Grilled Cheese

Aired on January 19th 2014

This was the crew’s favorite when we shot Grill Cheese Day – and for good reason. It’s crazy delicious…

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Lunch Ideas: Grilled PB & J

Aired on January 19th 2014

This is not as goofy as it seems. If you like a PB & J, and who doesn’t?…then this is a must-try. Give it a whirl for lunch one weekend.

RECIPE

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Lunch Ideas: Antipasto Sandwich

Aired on January 19th 2014

Everyone has had an antipasto salad – right? Well…how about an Antipasto sandwich?

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Lunch Ideas: Crab Rolls

Aired on January 19th 2014

You’ve heard of a lobster roll? It’s basically lobster salad in a hot dog bun. This is sort of the same thing except with crab – hence the name. And hence the lower price…

RECIPE

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Lunch Ideas: Open Faced Hot Crab Sandwich

Aired on January 19th 2014

I have 3 words for this recipe: hol-y-crap!

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Lunch Ideas: Hot pastrami Wrap

Aired on January 19th 2014

This was an instant classic in my house and has become the Sunday afternoon crowd snack of choice for sporting events or Tivo’d showings of Martha Stewart’s Apprentice. Ok so maybe the crowd is a lot smaller for the Martha showings. Fine then, it’s just me – you happy now?

RECIPE

Egg Day: Pastrami Breakfast Burrito

Aired on January 12th 2014

This is almost a near perfect breakfast.

RECIPE

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Egg Day: Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Aired on January 12th 2014

Don’t shy away from brunch because you think you have to stand in the kitchen and make 3 dozen fried eggs or a million pancakes. This easy frittata throws together in no time, and is made even easier if you use my favorite ‘Ready Bacon’.

RECIPE

Tamale Hash Baked Eggs

Egg Day: Tamale Hash & Baked Eggs

Aired on January 12th 2014

If you don’t count the salt, pepper & oil – there are only 4 ingredients, and it’s soooo damn good.

RECIPE

Egg Day: Lox Eggs & Onions

Aired on January 12th 2014

OK – so maybe this is more in my ethnic camp than yours – but it’s a Jewish classic. Don’t question it – just make it.

RECIPE

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Egg Day: Baked Scotch Eggs

Aired on January 12th 2014

This is a baked (and still delicious) version of the normally deep-fried pub treat.

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Egg Day: Fried Egg Sandwich

Aired on January 12th 2014

An old standby – yes but so good. Try one my way…

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Egg Day: Crab Omelet

Aired on January 12th 2014

If I was single, this would be my “hey, know what I could make for you tomorrow morning’ kinda of pick-up-line. But I’m married and would never use a line like that. Honest honey…

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Egg Day: Egg Drop Soup

Aired on January 12th 2014

Instant comfort. You could always add a little cooked chicken or some veggies – but you don’t need to.

RECIPE

Egg Day: Fridge Fried Rice

Aired on January 12th 2014

The quantities here are pretty much up to you. You will not make any mistakes – trust me. The key is to add what you like – basically just clean out the fridge. If you love mushrooms, add a bunch. If you hate mushrooms, give ‘em to the dog and add something else.

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Tomato Egg Stir Fry

Egg Day: Tomato Egg Stir Fry

Aired on January 12th 2014

Eggs and tomatoes never tasted so good.

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Egg Day: Crab & Avo Benny

Aired on January 12th 2014

Buy decent crab – and that doesn’t mean having to go down to the docks. You can great crab at the supermarket – look for the pasteurized kind in the refrigerated section.

RECIPE

Egg Day: Pastrami Benny

Aired on January 12th 2014

Just thinking about this is almost too much to handle.

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Egg Day: Manedict

Aired on January 12th 2014

I love traditional the traditional eggs benedict, but sometimes you just want more. And this…is more. But just because it’s called a MANedict, doesn’t mean women can’t have it – they can, and should. Btw, if you don’t want to deal with poaching eggs, it works great with simple fried eggs too.

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Egg Day: Blender Hollandaise

Aired on January 12th 2014

Hollandaise can be used for so many things and this one is simple, simple, simple.

RECIPE

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Egg Day: Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Aired on January 12th 2014

Think devilled eggs are old-school and don’t belong in contemporary life? Think again junior.

RECIPE

Egg Day – The Basics: Hard Boiled Eggs

Aired on January 12th 2014

Does this really need a description?

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Egg Day – The Basics: Poached Eggs

Aired on January 12th 2014

My final meal would be anything that had a poached egg on it. Period. Enough said.

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Egg Day – The Basics: Over Easy Fried Eggs

Aired on January 12th 2014

An over easy egg is one of the great joys in life – and learning how to make one without breaking the yolk is important.

METHOD

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Las Vegas Visit – Fat Choy

Aired on January 12th 2014

Fat Choy

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Las Vegas Visit – Palace Station The Oyster Bar

Aired on January 12th 2014

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Healthy Day – Tomato Sauce

Aired on January 5th 2014

Whether you use this for pasta, spooning on top of a poached egg or dipping crispy raviolis into – just make it.

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Healthy Day – Tuna & White Bean Salad

Aired on January 5th 2014

I like to make this and keep it in the fridge. Then when I need a snack, it’s not only filling & delicious, but it’s super healthy for you. Low in fat and calories but high in protein.

RECIPE

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Healthy Day – Simple Grilled Chicken

Aired on January 5th 2014

A chicken breast can be tricky to cook cuz it’s fat on one side and thin on the other. I like to flatten out the chicken so it cooks evenly – and then it has a million uses.

RECIPE

Healthy Day – Caesar Dressing

Aired on January 5th 2014

So delicious, just make it and use for everything.

RECIPE

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NYE COCKTAILS – The Pinky (Champagne, Vodka & Chambord)

Aired on December 29th 2013

Everyone loves this, that’s all to be said.

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NYE COCKTAILS – Peach Bellini

Aired on December 29th 2013

These are usually made with pureed peaches but try this my way. They’re really good!

RECIPE

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NYE COCKTAILS – Black Velvet (Champagne & Guinness)

Aired on December 29th 2013

Guinness and champagne – one of my favorite ways to drink Guinness. But for God’s sake there’s no need for expensive champagne.

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NYE COCKTAILS – Champagne Cocktail

Aired on December 29th 2013

A classic that’s perfect for New Year’s – and way simple. Bitters are just a vegetable extract that’s used in making a bunch of cocktails – you can find it at the supermarket.

RECIPE

 

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NYE PARTY FOOD – Wild Hibiscus Flowers

Aired on December 29th 2013

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NYE PARTY FOOD – Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Aired on December 29th 2013

Think devilled eggs are old-school and don’t belong in contemporary life? Think again junior.

Watch Sam make it

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NYE PARTY FOOD – Shrimp Cocktail

Aired on December 29th 2013

Shrimp cocktail.  BTW, the ‘right’ way means making it all yourself.  Simply and deliciously.  Not buying the pre-made sxxx from the store.

Watch Sam make it

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NYE PARTY FOOD – Whole Beef Tenderloin

Aired on December 29th 2013

Think one long filet mignon before it gets cut into individual steaks. And here’s my thinking – one giant steak is easier to cook than about 10 small ones.

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NYE PARTY FOOD – Crab Legs

Aired on December 29th 2013

This is a great opening to a romantic meal for two. Don’t be put off thinking crab is difficult to deal with – it’s not.

Watch Sam Make it

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SOUP DAY – CIOPPINO

Aired on December 15th 2013

Think fish stew – unless that sounds gross. Then just think super delicious seafood in a glorious, rich tomato broth (which is basically a fish stew)

RECIPE

SOUP DAY – PESTO GARLIC BREAD

Aired on December 15th 2013

Does this really need an introduction?

RECIPE

SOUP DAY – GARLIC BREAD

Aired on December 15th 2013

Someone said this was too basic. So if it is, then I want to know why people are still buying that horrible already-made kind in the supermarket? I like to make this on a long French loaf.

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SOUP DAY – LIST OF THE BEST SOUP TOPPINGS:

Aired on December 15th 2013

  • Crème Fraîche
  • SOUR CREAM
  • WHIPPING CREAM
  • OLIVE OIL
  • CRISPY DICED BACON
  • PARMESAN
  • SPRING ONIONS
  • LEMON JUICE
  • TRUFFLE OIL
  • SESEAME OIL
  • CHILI OIL
  • RED PEPPER FLAKES
  • TORTILLA CHIPS
  • FINELY DICED CRSIPY FRIED CHORIZO
  • ROASTED WALNUT OIL
  • TOASTED CHEESEY FRENCH BREAD
  • GARLIC CROUTONS:
    Toss whole wheat bread (or whatever you prefer) in a frying pan with hot olive oil, add salt and pepper and then a good dash of garlic powder, cook until slightly golden.

SOUP DAY – TOMATO BASIL SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

You can bust this out in about 3 minutes. And it’s excellent cold or hot.

RECIPE

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SOUP DAY – EASY CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

This one’s all good – which makes it sound like some of my other recipes are all bad – and that’s not true. I just mean this is extra good. OK, I’ll stop now.

RECIPE

WATCH SAM MAKE IT 

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SOUP DAY – EGG DROP SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

Instant comfort. You could always add a little cooked chicken or some veggies – but you don’t need to.

RECIPE

WATCH SAM MAKE IT

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SOUP DAY – CURRY PUMPKIN SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

Tis the season…the COLD OUTSIDE season that is.

RECIPE

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Sake Martini

Aired on December 15th 2013

This is one of my favorites.

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SOUP DAY – CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

Chicken soup – the healer of all things bad. And if it isn’t – is sure is still damn good…

RECIPE

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SOUP DAY – ROASTED RED PEPPER SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

Feel free to make this using fresh red peppers and going through the whole roasting, steaming, peeling, cleaning and chopping process. Or – you could just use the delicious ones that are already roasted and in a jar and be done in about 15 minutes. But it’s up to you?

RECIPE

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SOUP DAY – FRENCH ONION SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

Rumor has it that years ago a beautiful French woman named Marie was desperate for a divorce from her husband, but he would not consent. So to annoy him, she started cooking with the food that he hated most, onions. She put them in everything – sandwiches, salads, breads and yes, soup. Unfortunately, the plan backfired because the soup was so delicious, her husband asked for it everyday, and of course, he would never leave her. There’s a moral here somewhere, I just can’t think of it.

RECIPE

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SOUP DAY – THE WORLD’S BEST FRESH PEA SOUP

Aired on December 15th 2013

This is not that thick, army green gross stuff. This is fresh, bright and really delicious. But if you want the old-school version, I’m sure you can find it in a can in the back of an old supermarket somewhere…

RECIPE

WATCH SAM MAKE IT

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Christmas Gift – Carbon Steel Wok

Aired on December 8th 2013

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Christmas Gifts – 9″ ScanPan

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Interview with Chef Moeller – Dining at the White House

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Christmas Gifts – Empire Mayo

Aired on December 8th 2013

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Christmas Gifts – Honey Comb

Aired on December 8th 2013

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Christmas Gifts – Stu’s Bloody Mary Mix

Aired on December 8th 2013

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Christmas Gifts – Himalayan Salt Brick

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Christmas Gift – Bacon Jam

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Christmas Gifts – Southern Food of the Month Club

Aired on December 8th 2013

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Christmas Gifts – The Mantry

Aired on December 8th 2013

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Christmas Gifts – 50 States, 50 Food Gifts

Aired on December 8th 2013

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My Thanksgiving cooking timeline

Aired on December 1st 2013

My Thanksgiving road map to excellence plan

Thanksgiving Leftovers – Stuffing Quesadilla

Aired on November 24th 2013

Until you try it, you can’t make fun of me. Well, you can – but just not about this.

RECIPE

STUFFING OMELETE

Thanksgiving Leftovers – Stuffing Omelete

Aired on November 24th 2013

You’re laughing right? Well I’m serious about how good this is – so don’t laugh until you’ve tried it.

RECIPE

Thanksgiving Leftovers – Turkey Tacos

Aired on November 24th 2013

I mean really – there are only so many turkey sandwiches or pot pies you can eat with leftover turkey before you want to poke your eyes out. Try these, ok?

RECIPE

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Thanksgiving Leftovers – Turkey & Stuffing Benedict

Aired on November 24th 2013

I love traditional Eggs Benedict, but this made such a hit in our house it’ll now be a regular breakfast item.

RECIPE

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Thanksgiving Leftovers – Stuffing Bruschetta

Aired on November 24th 2013

Weird…maybe. Good…of course. Will you make it? I hope so.

RECIPE

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Thanksgiving Leftovers – Baked Stuffing Balls

Aired on November 24th 2013

They’re like ‘one biters’ of crunchy, stuffing perfection. Don’t leave out the sour cream & hot sauce…that makes it.

RECIPE

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Hanukkah – Beef Brisket

Aired on November 24th 2013

It’s fantastic and arguably better the next day for sandwiches.

RECIPE

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Thanksgiving – Bacon Cornbread Stuffing

Aired on November 24th 2013

I start with Mrs. Cubbison’s Seasoned Corn Bread Stuffing – and add.

RECIPE

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Turkey 101: Thaw, Brine, to Stuff or Not, Twine, Season, Cook

Aired on November 17th 2013

Fresh or Frozen?

  • Plan ahead if you’re cooking a frozen turkey. The safest way to thaw a bird is in the fridge; count on 24 hours for every 5 pounds of turkey.  So a 20 pound turkey will take four days.

Brine

  • Brining adds flavor and moisture to any poultry – I never miss this step.  Just be sure to add the 24 hours (or an hour a pound if you don’t have a day) to your planning

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon of apple juice
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 tablespoons each dried sage & rosemary
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups Kosher salt
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled & cut in quarters

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes partly covered
  • Allow brine to cool completely
  • Put rinsed turkey (without the bag of giblets etc) into a brining bag or non-reactive pot and add the cooled brine
  • Seal bag or cover pot and refrigerate up to 24 hours or an hour a pound if that’s all you have
  • Remove turkey from brine (throw away brine), rinse turkey and pat dry and cook as normal

To Stuff or Not to Stuff:

  • Turkeys cook more evenly if they’re not stuffed. A handful of aromatics (lemons, onions, thyme and garlic) or fresh herbs inside the bird adds lots of flavor.

Twine:

  • Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey. A tied bird cooks more evenly.

Season: 

  • Brush the outside of the turkey with melted butter or oil and sprinkle well with salt and pepper.

Cook:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Use a v-rack to sit turkey on in roasting pan, or scatter roughly chopped chunks of onions, carrots, celery and garlic on the bottom of the pan before setting the turkey on top.  As the veggies cook, they’ll add a ton of flavor to the drippings. Cook 15 minutes per pound, at 350 degrees and baste about every 45 minutes.  Watch the browning – and if it gets too dark, cover the affected areas with foil.
  • Should be 160 degrees in the breast when done. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil for up to 30 minutes before carving.

 

DEEP FRIED Turkey

Deep Fried Turkey

Aired on November 17th 2013

First things first – this may be one of the best turkeys you’ll ever have – but be aware that 4 or 5 gallons of 350 degree oil is a very dangerous thing. Caution is the word of the day. That having been said… read more.

DEEP FRIED TURKEY RECIPE

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Roast Turkey Breast

Aired on November 10th 2013

Much less fuss than all the fanfare required for a whole turkey – but still super delicious.

RECIPE

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Restaurants Like Balthazar Should Absolutely Not Fire Their Bathroom Attendants — They Should Hire Them As Waiters

Aired on November 10th 2013

“Importantly, I did not blame the bathroom attendants for this: Balthazar’s bathroom attendants in particular did their jobs well.

Instead, I blamed the “idiot bosses” at restaurants like Balthazar who were apparently hallucinating that their clients enjoyed this service.”

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Edamame Mash

Aired on November 10th 2013

Superbly delicious change from mashed potatoes.  Edamame mash is not only great in flavor – but it’s nearly radioactive in color – fantastic!!!

How to make it

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Edamame Bread

Aired on November 10th 2013

Edamame is not just a snack while you wait for your sushi. And blended with a couple other things it makes a delicious topping and a great change from garlic or cheese bread.

How to make it

 

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Ghetto Latkes

Aired on November 10th 2013

These potato pancakes are about a 1 out of 10 in terms of difficulty and about an 11 out of 10 in terms of taste.

How to make it

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Thanksgiving – Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

Aired on November 7th 2013

How To Make Pie Crust video

Basic Pie Dough Recipe

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Makes 1 pie crust

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 4-5 tablespoons ice water

METHOD

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (with the flat beater) stir together the flour, sugar and salt
  • Add the butter and mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles small peas
  • Slowly add just enough water and mix on low until the dough pulls together – but don’t overwork the dough or it will be tough
  • Remove dough from bowl, pat into a ball and flatten into a disk
  • Lightly flour your work surface, and dust the top of the dough
  • Using a rolling pin, roll into a 12 – inch circle, with flour as needed to prevent sticking, use as needed

 

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Thanksgiving – How to make the perfect Pan Gravy

Aired on November 3rd 2013

Quick How To Make Pan Gravy video

Pan Gravy Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Pan drippings from one roast turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD

  • Combine chicken broth, wine and herbs in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, turn down heat to medium and cook until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.  Turn off heat, remove herbs and discard.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add flour and whisk continually to form a thick paste – keep stirring until flour is a light brown color.
  • Pour drippings from roasting pan into a fat separator and add to simmering broth.
  • Slowly add broth/dripping mixture into the butter flour mixture, and whisk continually over medium heat continually so no lumps form. When all liquid has been added stir in garlic powder and let simmer 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • If it’s too thick, add a little more chicken broth or water – If it’s too thin, simmer a little longer to reduce.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper just before serving.
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Thanksgiving – How to carve your turkey

Aired on November 3rd 2013

How to carve a turkey video

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Thanksgiving – Turkey Brining & Twining Video

Aired on November 3rd 2013

Quick “How to” Brine and Twine your turkey video

Turkey Brining Recipe

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes (includes cooling time)
  • Makes enough for one turkey.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ gallon apple juice
  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 tablespoons each dried sage & rosemary
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups Kosher salt
  • 1.5 cups brown sugar
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled & cut in quarters

METHOD

  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes partly covered.
  • Allow brine to cool completely.
  • Put rinsed turkey (without the bag of giblets etc) into a brining bag or non-reactive pot and add the cooled brine.
  • Seal bag or cover pot and refrigerate 8-10 hours or up to 24.
  • Remove turkey, rinse, pat dry and roast.

 

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Thanksgiving – Thawing your turkey

Aired on November 3rd 2013

Refrigerator Thawing

  • Allow 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey. NOTE: Turkeys need to be thawed in the refrigerator or by cold water thawing.

Cold Water Thawing

  • Thaw breast side down, in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely.
  • Change water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled.
  • Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb
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My South African Safari – Leopard

Aired on October 27th 2013

Look at those eyes!

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My South African Safari – Rhinos having lunch

Aired on October 27th 2013

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My South African Safari – elephants

Aired on October 27th 2013

maple bacon salad

Warm Butternut Squash & Crispy Bacon Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Aired on October 27th 2013

The title kinda says it all doesn’t it?

 RECIPE

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Pasta with Pumpkin & Sage Cream Sauce

Aired on October 27th 2013

A flavorful pumpkin sage cream sauce, on borsetti pasta. The ingredients are common, the steps are simple, and the results are fantastic.

HOW TO MAKE IT

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Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Butter

Aired on October 27th 2013

You should really think about giving your pancakes, a fresh Fall season twist and add pumpkin. It’ll require some leftover pie filling and not much else so give it a shot and see how you’ll instantly become a hero of the day.

HOW TO MAKE IT

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Curry Pumpkin Soup

Aired on October 27th 2013

Tis the season…the Fall season that is.

RECIPE

Corn Recipes (Re-run)

Aired on October 20th 2013

To find all of today’s Corn recipes, please scroll down to bottom of this page, dated Aug 18th.

(Today’s is a re-run, because I’m currently being chased by a Bull Elephant on Safari)

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20 Weird Fast Food Menu Items

Aired on October 13th 2013

Click through for a few other strange fast food menu items from around the world.

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America’s Worst Cities for Food Lovers

Aired on October 13th 2013

If you consider yourself a die-hard foodie, these cities will leave a bad taste in your mouth.

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Veggie Fajitas

Aired on October 13th 2013

A killer veggie fajita. Yup, that’s right, no meat, but don’t worry they’re just as delicious. Make them, try it, even your meat-a-tarian friends will like it.

RECIPE

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Eggplant & Tofu Stirfry

Aired on October 13th 2013

Stirfry is one of those amazing things that everyone should be doing. It requires a cheap wok, a good amount of heat, and whatever veggies you want to throw in there. Pair it with an efficient rice cooker and you have dinner that is simple and healthy. Try this Eggplant & Tofu recipe…

RECIPE

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GRILLED EGGPLANT PARMESAN

Aired on October 13th 2013

Traditionally eggplant is breaded & then deep fried for this sandwich – but we’re not doing that. We’re going natural and all delicious. I wanna make one just thinking about it…

RECIPE

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Curry Roasted Cauliflower

Aired on October 13th 2013

Curry roasted cauliflower – delicious and healthy.

HOW TO MAKE IT

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Spinach, Mushroom Grilled Cheese

Aired on October 13th 2013

This was the crew’s favorite when we shot Grill Cheese Day – and for good reason. It’s crazy delicious…

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Grilled Asparagus Toast

Aired on October 13th 2013

Grilled Asparagus Toast and an OEE.

HOW TO MAKE IT

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Grilled Veggie Burger

Aired on October 13th 2013

The mother of all veggie burgers. And rather than creating some traditional patty full of twigs and devoid of any flavor, Sam makes a true ‘veggie’ burger by combining a host of grilled veggies into a sandwich, then topped with a goat cheese pesto sauce to bring all the flavors together.

HOW TO MAKE IT

 

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Aired on October 13th 2013

This is a piece of cake to make, so to speak. In a hurry you may want to just have the asparagus by themselves-they’re so great.

RECIPE

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Mushroom Mushroom Burger!

Aired on October 13th 2013

Mushroom burger topped with mushrooms. Or in other words, “The Mushroom Mushroom Burger”.

HOW TO MAKE IT

Grilled Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

Aired on October 6th 2013

An amazingly stupid sounding, but fantastic combo. I like using the raw dough you can buy – but it works well with a store-bought crust like a Boboli (see #10 in directions if you do).

RECIPE

BBQ Chicken Calzones

Aired on October 6th 2013

This is made with chicken and bacon, but could just as easily have pepperoni, or ground beef or whatever you normally like on (or in) a pizza.

RECIPE

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Potato Soup

Aired on October 6th 2013

It’s fun because your guests get to customize it themselves with a choice of cool toppings. Think baked potato – but way better. It’s so good, just serve a salad with it and you’re done.

RECIPE

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Football Watching Food – 5 Minute Beer Bread

Aired on September 29th 2013

No light, airy little breads for me. I like a heavy, dense loaf – still warm with butter. Plus, you make this in about 5 minutes – what could be better?

RECIPE

Football Watching Food – Red Beer

Aired on September 29th 2013

My friend Matt makes this with tomato juice, but I prefer Clamato. Either way it’s great.

RECIPE

Football Watching Food – Sammy-Boys Margarita

Aired on September 29th 2013

The Margarita may have been born in Mexico in the 40′s, but it came of age in my kitchen in the late 80′s. Don’t change it, just make it. And please use a decent tequila. I have this theory – crappy tequila makes a crappy Margarita. Oh, and be a little careful, they’re kinda strong.

RECIPE

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Football Watching Food – Baked Ravioli

Aired on September 29th 2013

Keep extra ravioli in the freezer and you’ll be set for a last minute, unexpected gathering. Buy the larger ones – you eat these with your fingers and the bigger ones are more fun.

RECIPE

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Football Watching Food – Baby Sausage Rolls

Aired on September 29th 2013

Too simple? Perhaps. Not fancy enough? Perhaps. Delicious? You betcha. These little snacks have been pleasing the British for centuries – so who are we to argue?

RECIPE

Football Watching Food – Shrimp BLT

Aired on September 29th 2013

This is a great variation on your typical BLT. Messy but great. Go on…ignore the mess and just enjoy!

RECIPE

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Football Watching Food – BLT Pizza

Aired on September 29th 2013

You can use a pre-made pizza crust for this – but ‘ready to use’ dough is a better way. Lots of places now sell the dough all ready in a bag – all you do is take it out and shape it – and it’s killer.

RECIPE

Football Watching Food – BLT Dip

Aired on September 29th 2013

All your favorites – in a dip. And the best part is that it’s served in ‘L’ like a bowl. Save some bacon for the top.

RECIPE

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Football Watching Food – Smokey Bacon Guacamole

Aired on September 29th 2013

Really – you’re not doubting this are you?

RECIPE

Football Watching Food – Chunky Guacamole

Aired on September 29th 2013

There’s guacamole, and then there’s ‘guacamole’ if you know what I mean – and chunky is the way to go. There’s no magic to this, it’s just really good. And it totally beats the pants off that store bought stuff.

RECIPE

BLACK BEAN SALMON

BLACK BEAN SALMON

Aired on September 22nd 2013

Only three ingredients, but it tastes like fifty. The black bean & garlic sauce is available in the Asian aisle at any supermarket. Look for the Lee Kum Kee brand.

RECIPE

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OLD SCHOOL – Mac and Blue Cheese

Aired on September 22nd 2013

What kryptonite was to Superman, this macaroni is to me. It is my one, true weakness. If I make it – I can eat the whole thing…

RECIPE

OLD SCHOOL – French Onion Soup

Aired on September 22nd 2013

Rumor has it that years ago a beautiful French woman named Marie was desperate for a divorce from her husband, but he would not consent. So to annoy him, she started cooking with the food that he hated most, onions. She put them in everything – sandwiches, salads, breads and yes, soup. Unfortunately, the plan backfired because the soup was so delicious, her husband asked for it everyday, and of course, he would never leave her. There’s a moral here somewhere, I just can’t think of it.

RECIPE

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My trip to London & Paris

Aired on September 22nd 2013

From my travel’s to London and Paris last week – here’s the evidence I promised – typical scene from a London Pub. All these people standing with their beers, outside, just so they can smoke!

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OLD SCHOOL – Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Aired on September 22nd 2013

Think deviled eggs are old-school and don’t belong in contemporary life? Think again junior.

RECIPE

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OLD SCHOOL – Tuna Casserole

Aired on September 22nd 2013

This is old school food at it’s best – one bite and you’ll be thinking of lava lamps, the Dick Van Dyke show and shag carpet. Taste it again for the first time!

RECIPE

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OLD SCHOOL – Fresh Pea Soup

Aired on September 22nd 2013

This is not that thick, army green gross stuff. This is fresh, bright and really delicious. But if you want the old-school version, I’m sure you can find it in a can in the back of an old supermarket somewhere…

RECIPE

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OLD SCHOOL – Bananas Foster

Aired on September 22nd 2013

This is some amazing old school stuff (I almost said ‘old school shit,’ but that wouldn’t have been appropriate.) Just don’t burn yourself…

RECIPE

OLD SCHOOL – Tequila Sunrise

Aired on September 22nd 2013

This is definitely an old school cocktail. It reminds me of this one night we were all over at….oh never mind.

RECIPE

Pantry Essentials contined…

Aired on September 22nd 2013

Any Asian sauces.

The list can be long, but should definitely:  Hoisin, teriyaki, chili sauce & paste, sriracha, black bean sauce, sesame oil and soy.  A simple stir fry or even a plain piece of fish will be wonderfully elevated by pretty much any one of these.

Pre-cooked Polenta (in a tube)

Slice a piece, season with kosher salt, pepper and then add some kind of seasoning like oregano or rosemary.  Then just grill or pan fry with a little olive oil until lightly browned and crispy.

Capers & Olives

Whether added to a pasta sauce, pizza or turned into an appetizer – you gotta have ‘em.

Marinated Artichokes: 

For appetizers, pizza or alone as an appetizer.

Egg Drop soup

Egg Drop Soup

Aired on September 15th 2013

Instant comfort. You could always add a little cooked chicken or some veggies – but you don’t need to.

Recipe

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Aired on September 15th 2013

This one’s all good – which makes it sound like some of my other recipes are all bad – and that’s not true. I just mean this is extra good. OK, I’ll stop now.

Recipe

Sesame Noodles

Aired on September 15th 2013

This is so good either alone or as an accompaniment. In fact, it’s a perfect match for the Asian Scallops.

Recipe

 

 

Artichoke & Red Pepper Dip

Aired on September 15th 2013

We make this all the time…you should too.

Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Aired on September 15th 2013

Fresh or you could just use the delicious ones that are already roasted and in a jar and be done in about 15 minutes. But it’s up to you?

Recipe

Avgolemono soup

Avgolemono Soup

Aired on September 15th 2013

A wonderful little Greek soup – just like Mrs. Kronopoulos, the wonderful little Greek woman who used to make it for me.

Recipe

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Baked Risotto

Aired on September 15th 2013

The thing that makes risotto a pain in the ass (oops, can I say ass?) is that you have to baby-sit it by stirring, stirring and stirring. My recipe is not traditional, but it’s also not a pain in the ass. Give it a whirl.

Recipe

Fridge Fried Rice

Aired on September 15th 2013

The key is to add what you like – basically just clean out the fridge. If you love mushrooms, add a bunch.

Recipe

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CHIPOTLE BAKED BEANS

Aired on September 15th 2013

Burgers, dogs, or anything grilled – this is a delicious addition. Tri it with the Chili Rubbed Tri Tip. Get it..tri it? Man, am I funny…

Recipe

White Bean Chicken Chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

Aired on September 15th 2013

We make this every year for Halloween because it’s a nice change from regular chili and really delicious.

Recipe

Tuna & white bean salad

Tuna & White Bean Salad

Aired on September 15th 2013

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Pantry Staples

Aired on September 15th 2013

What ya need:

Beans – dried & canned

Of course a great source of good protein, but also super flexible.  They go in a lot of things – but don’t forget they can stand-alone as a great side or main dish.  Plus there are a jillion types: cannellini, chickpea, black, black eyed, pinto, Great Northern, etc.  Just know that the dried beans need soaking overnight – so if you’re pressed for time, canned would be the way to go.


Rice

White, brown, Arborio (for risotto) – they’re all essential.  Perfect for all kinds of things: a stir-fry, salads, a side, in a casserole – the list goes on.  But make your life easy and get a rice cooker, you’ll be glad you did.  You’ll also be glad you didn’t buy ‘instant rice’ – so don’t.


Dried Pasta

Dried pasta is cheap, stores well and becomes a meal in minutes.  Just get a good variety of shapes, and don’t forget both types of cous cous.  If you can, go to a good Italian market cuz they’ll have some stuff you’ve never seen.  And while you’re there, get the canned tomatoes that are next on the list:

 

Canned tomatoes: whole, diced, crushed…whatever

What can’t tomatoes go in?  Sauces, soups, stews and braises all benefit from any kind of tomato. And since I’ve sent you to a good Italian market for your pasta, get all your tomatoes there too.  And don’t forget the whole San Marzano tomatoes – they are stupid good.

 

Beef, Chicken, Vegetable Broth

You’re not really wondering what to do with this uber important item are you?  If you are, just know the base of most every soup starts with one of these.  Need more help?  Just go to my website and type the word ‘broth’ into the recipe search box and see what happens…

 

Any Asian sauces:

The list can be long, but should definitely:  Hoisin, teriyaki, chili sauce & paste, sriracha, black bean sauce, sesame oil and soy.  A simple stir fry or even a plain piece of fish will be wonderfully elevated by pretty much any one of these.

Pre-cooked Polenta (in a tube)

Slice a piece, season with kosher salt, pepper and then add some kind of seasoning like oregano or rosemary.  Then just grill or pan fry with a little olive oil until lightly browned and crispy.

 

Peanut Butter

Clearly  this is not just for dipping your fingers into and licking.  Wait – did I say that out loud?  And if you mix it with some soy, Asian chili paste and some chicken broth to thin it a bit – you’ll end up with a super simple and delicious sauce for noodles, chicken etc.

 

Dried mushrooms

They need hydrating, but are fantastic.  On top of fish, asparagus, mixed into rice – it’s all good. 

 

Capers & Olives

Whether added to a pasta sauce, pizza or turned into an appetizer – you gotta have ‘em.

Marinated artichokes

For appetizers, pizza or alone as an appetizer.

Anchovies

Just because. 

 

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Sept 8th – Grilled Veggie Burger

Aired on September 8th 2013

No twigs here, this is a true ‘veggie’ burger by combining a host of grilled veggies into a sandwich, then topped with a goat cheese pesto.

Recipe

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Sept 8th – Weird fast food

Aired on September 8th 2013

From Pork and Seaweed Donuts to the Japanese Kabocha Pumpkin Burger… check out this Top 20 of weird and strange fast food menu items from around the world.

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Sept 8th – Mushroom Spinach Grilled Cheese

Aired on September 8th 2013

This was the crew’s favorite when we shot Grill Cheese Day – and for good reason. It’s crazy delicious…

Recipe

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Sept 8th – Vegetable Fajitas

Aired on September 8th 2013

Man I love these. You can add a bunch of other stuff like salsa, cilantro or whatever – but I like ‘em (as Billy Joel would say) “just the way they are.”

Recipe

Sept 8th – Simple Roasted Asparagus

Aired on September 8th 2013

What goes better with a great rack of lamb…or anything else for that matter?

Recipe

Sept 8th – Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms

Aired on September 8th 2013

This is a piece of cake to make, so to speak. In a hurry you may want to just have the asparagus by themselves-they’re so great.

Recipe

Tofu with Eggplant

Sept 8th – Spicy Hoisin Tofu with Eggplant

Aired on September 8th 2013

Ok, I know what you’re thinking…”Tofu Sam, really? No…really.

Recipe

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Sept 8th – GRILLED EGGPLANT PARMESAN

Aired on September 8th 2013

Traditionally eggplant is breaded & then deep fried for this sandwich – but we’re not doing that. We’re going natural and all delicious. I wanna make one just thinking about it…

Recipe

Cedar Plank Salmon

Sept 1st – Cedar Plank Salmon

Aired on September 1st 2013

This is very impressive looking when done, not to mention easy. I know I say that a lot but it really is. You can find the untreated cedar planks at your local lumberyard.

Recipe

Sept 1st – Whole Grilled Filet of Beef

Aired on September 1st 2013

Serves about 15

1 whole fillet of beef, about 4 pounds

6 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon each Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

  • Remove filet from fridge about 45 minutes before cooking
  • Clean and trim the filet, removing the silver-skin and excess fat
  • Combine the garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary with 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Rub oil/garlic mixture all over tenderloin
  • Heat your grill well and cook the filet, grilling until its cooked to your liking (medium rare is perfect, so look for your thermometer to read 130 degrees)
  • Allow to sit at least 15 minutes before serving

 

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Sept 1st – Blue Cheese Red Onion Quesadilla

Aired on September 1st 2013

Think about this – melty blue cheese married to caramelized red onion that’s been sweetened with a little brown sugar. On second thought – don’t think about it – just make it.

Recipe

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Sept 1st – Tequila Sunrise

Aired on September 1st 2013

This is definitely an old school cocktail. It reminds me of this one night we were all over at….oh never mind.

Recipe

Sept 1st – BLT Dip

Aired on September 1st 2013

All your favorites – in a dip. And the best part is that it’s served in ‘L’ like a bowl. Save some bacon for the top.

Recipe

Bruschetta

Sept 1st – Bruschetta

Aired on September 1st 2013

A perfect appetizer, and it’s yours in no time.

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Sept 1st – Red Beer

Aired on September 1st 2013

My friend Matt makes this with tomato juice, but I prefer Clamato. Either way it’s great.

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mashed pot taco

Aug 25th – Mashed Potato Tacos

Aired on August 25th 2013

You know those left-over mashed potatoes you don’t know what to do with? Well here’s the answer…

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not fried honey walnut shrimp

Aug 25th – (Not Deep-Fried) Honey Walnut Shrimp

Aired on August 25th 2013

I don’t deep fry, that’s why God invented restaurants. So this is the restaurant style version, minus the deep frying – and it’s still really damn good.

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Thai shrimp noodle soup

Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Aired on August 25th 2013

This is easily one of Mrs Cooking Guy’s most requested meals.

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Aug 25th – Curried Shrimp

Aired on August 25th 2013

This makes me feel 10 years old again…at home…my mom in the kitchen…my dad watching Walter Cronkite…my brothers trying to stuff my head into the toilet…ahh, the memories.

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Aug 25th – Shrimp BLT

Aired on August 25th 2013

This is a great variation on your typical BLT. Messy but great. Go on…ignore the mess and just enjoy!

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shrimp tacos

Aug 25th – Shrimp Tacos

Aired on August 25th 2013

I say it all the time – keep a bag of raw, unpeeled shrimp in the freezer for easy last minute recipes like this.

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bbq shrimp po boy

Aug 25th – Shrimp Po Boy

Aired on August 25th 2013

A classic New Orleans-type of sandwich. But instead of a pain in the ass deep-fried concoction, it’s done on the grill.

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Aug 25th – Pesto Shrimp

Aired on August 25th 2013

2 ingredients – OK, technically 3 if you count the stick.

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salt pep shrimp

Aug 25th – Salt & Pepper Shrimp

Aired on August 25th 2013

Put this in front of your friends – they won’t believe it! You can say “Yeah, I made it – I mean I made that!” No one has to know it took about 5 minutes in the kitchen but you.

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bbq shrimp

Aug 25th – BBQ Shrimp (no BBQ required)

Aired on August 25th 2013

At the absolute last minute you can have an awesome, delicious and fun meal. But it’s a shame to eat these alone – turn them into a party.

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Aug 25th – Shrimpy

Aired on August 25th 2013

It’s butter and shrimp. Period. Okay…an ass load of butter – just don’t eat the whole thing yourself.

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Aug 25th – Asian Grilled Shrimp

Aired on August 25th 2013

That’s kind of a lousy name for this recipe. What I mean are shrimp that are grilled and have an Asian flavor. Not shrimp that are grilled by an Asian…oh well.

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jambalaya

Aug 25th – Jambalaya

Aired on August 25th 2013

Simple as pie, or in this case Jambalaya – which normally tends to not be so simple.

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shrimp fooyung

Aug 25th – Shrimp Foo Yung

Aired on August 25th 2013

Who doesn’t like a good Egg Foo Yung? And this one with shrimp is…stupid good.

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Aug 18th – Hooters Bans San Diego Mayor

Aired on August 18th 2013

Embattled Democratic San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should not expect to be served at San Diego area Hooters anytime soon…

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Aug 18th – Corn and Shrimp Chowder

Aired on August 18th 2013

So good, so simple, so quick. Made even easier by keeping a bag of raw shell-on shrimp in the freezer and a can of corn in the pantry…

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Aug 18th – Steak and Corn Soft Tacos

Aired on August 18th 2013

I love this. A lot.

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Aug 18th – Corn, Jalapeno & Cheese Biscuits

Aired on August 18th 2013

Don’t like the jalapeno heat? You could leave them out – but I wouldn’t. I think it’s time to start appreciating new flavors – just try a little less of the them…

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corn salad

Aug 18th – Corn Salad

Aired on August 18th 2013

You can use either fresh corn that you grill or a can of corn – and trust me…the can is very easy and still really really good. Don’t knock it until you’ve made it…

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macque choux

Aug 18th – Maque Choux

Aired on August 18th 2013

This Maque Choux is something special from down in Louisiana. On top of the Creole, corn, cream, bacon and the rest, this is truly something unique…

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sam's kettle corn

Aug 18th – Kettle Corn

Aired on August 18th 2013

Sure you can buy this at the fair, but is the fair on right now? Cuz if it’s not – I’ve got you covered. So say goodbye to that microwave business and get this happening…

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Aug 18th – Grilled Chili Lime Corn

Aired on August 18th 2013

Don’t even question this – just make it. I made it for my brother-in-law, Brian ages ago, and he’s still talking about it…

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chopped kale corn sal

Aug 18th – Chopped Kale & Roasted Corn Salad

Aired on August 18th 2013

Kale – the cardboard of the salad world. But marinating it in this dressing and using avocado help make it so delicious – not to mention healthy. It’s our new favorite…

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mex corn

Aug 18th – Mexican Street Corn

Aired on August 18th 2013

Stupid good.

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Aug 11th – Texas Restaurant Bans Kids After 7pm

Aired on August 11th 2013

After an incident with several gregarious children, one Houston restaurant has decided to put the new policy into effect.

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Aug 11th – TGI Friday’s fined for ‘scamming’ guests with cheap liquor

Aired on August 11th 2013

TGI Friday’s was fined $500,000 for “scamming” customers into paying for top shelf liquor—and then serving them the cheap stuff…

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Aug 11th – Heirloom Tomatoes

Aired on August 11th 2013

Dear @specialtyproduce these heirloom tomatoes (actual color btw) are stupidly amazing

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eat this mex brushetta

Aug 11th – Mexican Bruschetta

Aired on August 11th 2013

This could also be called a ‘Mexcian Garlic bread’. Whatever you choose, just make it.

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Aug 11th – Red Beer

Aired on August 11th 2013

My friend Matt makes this with tomato juice, but I prefer Clamato. Either way it’s great.

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Aug 11th – Vodka Caesar

Aired on August 11th 2013

This is essentially the Canadian version of a Bloody Mary. Its made with Clamato Juice, but don’t worry it’s not like drinking a bowl of clams. I like to make it a martini shaker, get it really cold and mixed and then pour it into my glass.

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gaspat

Aug 11th – Gazpacho

Aired on August 11th 2013

I know what you’re thinking – cold soup deal is a foo-foo dainty little thing that belongs at an old ladies garden party. Wrong – it’s big and bold and full of flavor and deserves to be made.

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kaplan

Aug 11th – Kaplan Special

Aired on August 11th 2013

My mom’s old school breakfast – it’s perfection on a plate. And if you don’t like it, you’d basically be saying you don’t like my mom – and I don’t think you want to say that.

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chip sand

Aug 11th – Tomato & Potato Chip Sandwich

Aired on August 11th 2013

I’ve been eating this about once a month since I was 18. It’s the perfect late night food. And the mayo is important – so either the Japanese Kewpie mayo, Heinz Salad Cream or even Miracle Whip is preferable to regular mayo here.

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ceprese

Aug 11th – Caprese Salad

Aired on August 11th 2013

This is one of the favorite salads in our house – even the kids love it. A second option would be to substitute small yellow ‘pearl’ tomatoes and red ‘grape’ tomatoes along with the tiny rounds of mozzarella.

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Aug 11th on Eat This – Brushetta Pasta

Aired on August 11th 2013

My friend Sara reminds me that technically, bruschetta means ‘grilled bread’ and NOT the tomato, basil garlic deal that you put on top. Happy Sara? That having been said, this recipe is bruschetta pasta – pasta with tomatoes, basil and garlic – as apposed to pasta with grilled bread.

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Aug 11th on Eat This – Roasted Tomato Pasta

Aired on August 11th 2013

This is a totally fresh, not heavily-sauced pasta. The roasted tomatoes are so damn good, you’ll be lucky if they all make it onto the pasta.

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chow mein

Aug 11th on Eat This – Tomato Beef Chow Mein

Aired on August 11th 2013

A boyhood favorite.

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tom egg stir fry

Aug 11th on Eat This – Tomato Egg Stir Fry

Aired on August 11th 2013

Eggs and tomatoes never tasted so good.

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