September 25, 2014

Herb Garden Fried Rice

With beef spinalis!

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September 24, 2014

Salmon and Kale Curry

Man, I love sous vide salmon.

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September 20, 2014

Salmon and Beet Salad

Sous vide salmon is the best salmon. Also, it's possible that the ATK beets that failed last time were the fault of the beets - these were great.

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September 14, 2014

Carrot Carbonara

A bit too rich. Needs tomato. Using some cauliflower soup as sauce improved it too.

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September 13, 2014

Smoked Cauliflower Soup

Leftover BBQ cauliflower (that didn't soften on the grill...) whizzed up in the Vitamix with onion and cream.

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September 06, 2014

Steak and Tortellini 2

So good, I made it again, this time with sous vide steak.

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September 03, 2014

Pancake Dinner

Good excuse to have maple syrup but sadly lacking in bacon :((((

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September 02, 2014

Kale Tortellini and Steak

Kirkland 4-cheese tortellini is almost TOO cheesy! They got me with an in-store sample with the Kirkland pesto as well. Definitely better than the Olivieri stuff. Kale, garden tomatoes and pan seared steak round out the meal.

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August 29, 2014

Hickory BBQ Chicken with Green Coriander Seed

This was my first time using green coriander seeds - it's not available in stores so these are from the garden cilantro plants. I put them on the chicken and from the (neighbor's garden) tomato salad - they have a distinctive citrus flavor that's pretty strong and not at all similar to cilantro leaf.

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August 28, 2014

Pan-seared Spinalis

Pan searing can actually give a better crust than grilling, because of the increased contact surface area. The modern 15-second flip gives a better cook than the traditional steakhouse flip-once technique as it prevents the outer layer of meat from overcooking. Not practical in a restaurant because of the constant attention required.

I was going to BBQ but the pineapple was horrendously under-ripe and I had to toss it. On the plus side, pan-searing = mushrooms!

The spinalis muscle is the super tender and super flavorful muscle between the rib eye and the rib cap. Best part of the animal.

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August 22, 2014

Soup and Ham Sandwiches

Steamed picnic ham stock goes into the split pea soup and doubles as sandwich meat. I made a lot of this for the parents and froze the rest for a day when I didn't feel like cooking.

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August 20, 2014

Tomato Bocconcini Salad

Mini-bocconcini was on sale, as were some variety tomatoes that actually had distinct flavors. I marinated the non-authentic cheese to give them some more flavor and added some garden tomatoes. Delicious, but not light... I ended up eating all of the cheese. Basil and parsley from the garden.

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August 16, 2014

Cherry Wood Grill

The cauliflower didn't really soften... maybe I need to par-cook it a bit - other than that, things were good. Two chickens for $10.

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August 14, 2014

CB Sandwich and Salad

Beef tenderloin was on sale. After trimming and slicing steaks for the parents, I sous-vide-ed the chateaubriand to medium rare, seared and sliced. Great for sandwich meat. Crazy amounts of croutons were on sale from Costco ($3). English muffins at Freshco ($1). Tomato from the neighbor's garden and salad greens from Jen's fridge after she went camping.

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August 10, 2014

Beet Salad

Pretty, but bland. A rare America's Test Kitchen failure - braising the beets made them easier to peel but less flavorful than roasting them.

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August 01, 2014

Steak and Bacon

Whenever I have bacon on hand and hot coals, I put some strips on the BBQ. Bacon without the mess.

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July 15, 2014

Smoked Potato Soup

When BBQing, I usually throw whatever I can on the grill to collect smoke. In this case, it was some leftover baked potatoes which were then pureed with cream to make a tasty and interesting cherry smoked soup. This was actually a while ago - I just found it on my HDD.

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July 11, 2014

BBQ Prime Rib

I finally managed to cherry smoke and then sear off a steak perfectly, without overcooking it. This was really good.

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July 06, 2014

BBQ Burgers

This is the first time I've actually done burgers on the BBQ. I find burgers a pain because I have to have all the toppings on hand.

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July 05, 2014

Chicken and Roasted Pepper Sauce

Another sous vide chicken breast, 140F for 2 hours. And a sauce made from roasted peppers and herbs from the planter.

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July 04, 2014

Lobster on Sale

When lobster goes on sale, I usually get a couple, cook and shell them all, and eat them with melted butter and pieces of toasted bread.

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July 01, 2014

Summer BBQ

Everything here was BBQed, except for the basil, which came from plants that I've since killed.

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June 10, 2014

Sous Vide Salmon and Lentil Salad

I made this after coming back from swimming, it was really good!
Sous vide salmon (120F, light brine to prevent albumen), French green lentils dressed with shallots/olive oil/balsamic, dehydrated salami croutons.

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June 07, 2014

Farmer's Market Bok Choy

Monette let me know that on Thursdays there is a Farmer's Market right beside our office! I only had $10 on me but prices were pretty good. I ended up getting a big bunch of asparagus and this bok choy, which I stir fried with hickory grilled chicken.

And also bought a fried meat pie and donut. Sigh.

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June 02, 2014

Sous Vide Chicken Breast

Sous vide will yield the moistest chicken breast you've ever had. This was in at 140F for about 2 hours, then pan seared.

Serious Eats/Kenji has an interesting chart that describes the nature of temperature and salmonella. Basically, you can cook meat for a longer time at a low temperature and get the same bacterial result as higher temperatures for long times. At 165F, salmonella is killed instantly, while at 140F it will take about 40 minutes.

However, when cooking conventionally, you can't tell how long it'll take the centre of the meat to reach the temperature. Therefore, you have to cook it to 165F. However, with sous vide, you can ensure that the centre reaches 140F, and then leave it at that temperature for as long as you want to ensure that it stays at 140F for at least 40 minutes.

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June 01, 2014

Frozen Sous Vide Ribs

I had seasoned, vacuum sealed and frozen a small package of pork back ribs. They went straight into (frozen) the sous vide cooker at 125F for 25 hours. I didn't BBQ these, just broiled them with BBQ sauce. My broiler isn't very powerful, though, so I had to hold the pan close to the element.

The thing with ribs is that when there's a bit of loin meat (lean) attached to the ribs, it kinda gets crumbly, as opposed the juicy meat around the bone.

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May 30, 2014


Salad with all the BBQ leftovers in it. Under-dressed, slightly.

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May 29, 2014

Maple BBQ

Tried BBQ with maple wood instead of cherry. While I still like cherry best, this was really good. I roasted peppers, asparagus, pineapple and chicken thighs.

I'm supposed to swim in 20 minutes... how's that going to go, I wonder?

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May 25, 2014

BBQ Chicken

Cherry wood smoked BBQ chicken, with a homemade ketchup based BBQ sauce. My base for BBQ sauce is ketchup, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. I like to season it with cayenne, cumin, paprika and whatever else is on hand.

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May 20, 2014

Balsamic Salad

When using the BBQ, it always pays to roast extra red pepper and pineapple, which are good in EVERYTHING.

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May 19, 2014

Asian Beef Salad

I actually like salad when it's good. Mix-ins are the key. This one has sweet lychees, red peppers, tender beef and walnuts. It's dressed in Kraft Asian Sesame dressing - which is on the sweet side, but I really like it... enough that I don't bother making it from scratch.

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May 16, 2014

BBQ Prime Rib

My oven has been broken forever. But between sous vide, bbq and large convection pizza oven, my motivations for getting it fixed has been low.

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May 13, 2014

BBQ Steak and Pineapple

It's BBQ season finally! I've settled on cherry wood as my favorite smoke. This steak was sous vide cooked to medium rare and then grilled with pineapple. However, I'm not using sous vide with steak as much anymore because it's tender already and it tends to overcook by the time I get the level of sear that I want.

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May 10, 2014

Sous Vide Lamb Leg

Sous vide lamb leg was a bit disappointing - some parts were great, but there was still some dry-ish areas. Possibly I cooked it to too high a temperature.

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May 08, 2014

Sous Vide Short Ribs

Beef short ribs cooked for a couple days to medium rare and then pan seared. Super unctuous. Served here over a bed of lentils and sweet potato.

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May 03, 2014

Fried Crepe

My neighbor dropped this off for me and I shamelessly begged for more! They kept me fed during a sick weekend when I wasn't really feeling up to cooking. It's a crepe filled with shredded chicken, which is then battered and fried. Really great!

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May 02, 2014

Sous Vide Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand is a roast cut from the beef tenderloin. It doesn't really need sous vide treatment, except that it makes getting the interior nice and even very easy. A quick pan sear at the end completes the dish.

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September 07, 2013

BBQ Beef Ribs and Corn

Still learning. Gotta reduce the salt I think because smoking (cherry wood) seems to add salt. But look at that smoke ring! I enhanced the corn with a sugar brine - it was REALLY good, no butter needed.

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September 05, 2013

BBQ Everything

Steak, eggplant, pineapple.
Gotta dial down on the smoke - these steaks tasted like bacon. And they were a bit overdone. Good, but...

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August 27, 2013

Lamb Curry

The lamb shoulder was simmered in large chunks till super tender. I removed almost every bit of fat by chilling, which also took out a bunch of curry flavor, which I guess is mostly fat-soluble spice compounds. Next time, maybe I'll add back some fried curry paste.

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August 26, 2013

Steak and Salad

"Platinum Angus AAA" steak from Metro was disappointing. Good ratio of veg though - the zucchini was fresh from Jen's garden, which I raided after visiting TImmy.

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August 23, 2013

Pizza and Salad

Domino's half price pizza sale will be the death of my diet. I've been eating it with salad (here with some apple that my neighbor picked). But I can't stop gorging on pizza. I've frozen the leftovers in 2-slice packets, which is more reasonable.

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August 20, 2013

Eggplant Fried Rice

Fried rice cooked at home is actually pretty healthy. I also found some 'beef rib meat' - trimmings from around the beef ribs that the grocery should LEAVE AROUND THE BEEF RIB. It's good, but pretty hard to trim once off the bone.

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August 17, 2013


When we were younger, we used to dive for mussels at a friend's cottage. This is what we would make with them - grilled mussels with cheddar cheese. They don't taste as good as I remember them being.

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August 16, 2013

Shrimp Curry

This curry is relatively low-cal - around 200 calories/serving.

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August 15, 2013

Pineapple Pizza and Salad

The pizza's not homemade, it just has pineapple, spicy salami and mushrooms added to it.

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August 02, 2013

Dinner: Ribs and Kale

I bought a big salami that I use for adding to pizza - but also for frying up crispy strips for pan sautéed kale, which is super healthy. I do these ribs in the countertop oven. The sauce is added at the end, which chars and adds the smoky flavor.

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August 01, 2013

Dinner: Spaghetti

The only pasta worth eating is Dececco. Heh, America's Test Kitchen never included it in their testing but when they finally did, it won handily. No surprise, it's not even close.

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July 20, 2013

Dinner: 'BBQ' Beef Ribs

I don't actually have a BBQ so this was done in the toaster oven. Homemade-ish sauce based on balsamic, sugar and ketchup.

Gout? What gout?

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July 05, 2013

Dinner: Steak Frites

This is a bit of a pattern in summer - partially cooked at home (steak, asparagus) and restaurant leftovers (5Guys fries).

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July 04, 2013

Dinner: Chinese Duck

It's a good thing I don't live near to a Chinese grocery - I'd never cook. $20 of duck or roast pig can be stretched to five or six meals.

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June 21, 2013

Dinner: Duck and Greens

I don't remember when I cooked this.

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June 20, 2013

Dinner: Macaroni and Stew

Mornay sauce makes the best mac and cheese. The stew was just OK though. Serves me right for trying the 'stew beef' cubes at Costco. Never a good move.

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June 15, 2013

Dinner: Nachos

Home fried nachos. I guess it's Mexican theme week.

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June 12, 2013

Lunch: Bean and Avocado Salad

Need to eat like this more often. Lightly dressed in cider vinegar dressing.

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June 10, 2013

Dinner: Tacos

Heating the corn tortillas in a hot pan softens the otherwise stiff tortillas.

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June 09, 2013

Dinner: Lobster Tortellini

Costco also sells this lobster tortellini at a pretty reasonable price. My only complaint is that sometimes it sticks to itself in the packaging and tears.

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June 06, 2013

Dinner: Salmon Curry

Costco salmon - you're not supposed to, but I totally eat it as sushi sometimes. I blame Jen and her brother. But poached in curry sauce is good too.

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May 25, 2013

Dinner: Ribs and Veg

I should always try to eat this much veg. Beets, greens, squash.

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May 24, 2013

Dinner: Chicken Soup

Being single, a 3-pack of Costco chickens gets split in the following: roasted legs/thighs, fried wings, brined breasts for sandwiches and carcasses for soup.

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Dinner: Chicken Soup

Being single, a 3-pack of Costco chickens gets split in the following: roasted legs/thighs, fried wings, brined breasts for sandwiches and carcasses for soup.

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May 23, 2013

Dinner: Chicken Sandwich

Brined, butterflied chicken breasts make the most delicious chicken sandwich.

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May 22, 2013

Dinner: Shrimp Tacos

Tacos are quick, but you kinda have to have a lot of ingredients. Gotta find a more attractive way to pipe guacamole.

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May 21, 2013

Dinner: Angus Fettucine

Costco occasionally has antibiotic/hormone-free beef. Availability seems sparse... I'll buy it when I can.

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May 20, 2013

Dinner: Tostadas

The local grocery sells fresh corn tortillas super cheap. I don't often fry them. But I did some nachos as well since I was using the oil.

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May 19, 2013

Dinner: Pan Chicken

Jacques Pépin style - cooked in a covered skillet with salt and pepper.

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May 18, 2013

Dinner: Luxury on Sale

Roasted garlic crusted filet, seared sweet potato, pickled sweet peppers.

This was tasty and hey, you can have a filet mignon dinner for just under $4 - every single thing was on sale.

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November 14, 2012

Squash Soup

For some reason, I only like to eat soup at home - not usually in restaurants. This is a great soup that doesn't take long to make - peeled squash (7 cups) is microwaved covered till tender and then 'roasted' in the pan with leeks, veggie/chicken stock, water and some seasoning with a pinch of cayenne. So you don't have to roast a lot of squash, which isn't easy for me without a working oven.

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August 10, 2012

Tomato Salad

This is not why I'm fat - tomatos and basil from my neighbour's garden. I bought a new camera, a Sony RX100. It seems pretty awesome so far. It's supposed to perform really well in low light so we'll see how it works at La Pergola in Italy!

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February 20, 2012

Steak and Stir Fry

Not why I'm fat - lean tenderloin steak and a whole bunch of veg. I should do this more often.

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February 02, 2012

Frozen Pizza?!

These are the only frozen pizzas I like - McCain's Ultra-thin. They're only 750 calories for a whole pizza before I add stuff to it. Cheap too, at the sale price of $3.

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January 04, 2012


This bisque was super rich, made with lobster and shrimp shells. I left the shells on the shrimp because lately I'm on this kick where I enjoy the intense flavor of sucking on the shrimp shells.

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January 02, 2012

Christmas DInner No. 2

Mom mostly made dinner number 1 - turkey with the trimmings. It was delicious and the leftovers did not last very long. I did this dinner for dinner number - prime rib with yorkshires, root veg, gravy and maple balsamic salad. The prime rib was buttery... it did not last long enough!

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December 24, 2011

Ginger Roast Pork

If I lived near a chinatown, I'd probably never cook. Heh, my parents left with with roast pork, 6 spring rolls (apparently 12 for $2 at FoodieMart!), doubles and roti. I can really stretch the pork over a lot of rice and mix with the ginger scallion oil. It doesn't look like much, but it's delicious!

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December 19, 2011

Roast Chicken Dinner

I gotta learn portion control. I wish I could say that I only ate those 2 quarters, but the truth is I probably ate like 4 of them. If not more.

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December 16, 2011


This was just OK. The crust was meant for pie, so it was a bit sweet. The egg custard kinda overcooked.

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December 11, 2011

Shrimp Pasta

This is a favorite standby - pasta with olive oil and garlic... and some shrimp and asparagus for added goodness. I'm on a bit of an asparagus kick, you'll see it a lot. Makes pee really smelly.

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December 09, 2011


I figured, "Instead of going to a restaurant, why not buy a live lobster and steam it at home?"

Steamed for 12 minutes. Delicious with garlic butter.

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December 06, 2011

Chicken Bagel

Nothing special, but yummy. Sliced cremini mushrooms at Costco are a great deal... so are the bags of shallots - much bigger both by the bag and per shallot.

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November 22, 2011

Lobster Pasta

Lobster pasta made with frozen lobster tail meat. I think I'll stick to whole lobster from now on, it wasn't very tasty.

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November 19, 2011


After a couple of horrible experiences at Baton Rouge (worst value ever!) I will stick to home made ribs with home made bbq sauce. MUCH better. Also, less text = more room for pictures!

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November 18, 2011

Ginger Fried Rice

1oz of ginger, 1 bunch of green onions, processed.
Add a ton of salt.
Then pour 1 cup super hot peanut oil over it all.
You now have delicious ginger sauce that's good on everything, especially vegetables.

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November 16, 2011

Chicken Bagel

I brined the chicken breasts before pan frying them to keep them juicy. Bagels from Costco are better than grocery store bagels, but not as good as Jewish bakery bagels. Sadly, I don't have any of the latter near by.

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November 15, 2011

Beets and Wings

i once made roasted beets that were the best things ever - these weren't them. They were good, but they were a bit too moist and did more steaming than roasting.

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October 29, 2011

Steak and Veg

This was a good steak. I tried Montreal steak seasoning. Although, there's definitely an optimal time to leave it seasoned... a few hours seems optimal. More than a few days and the sesasoning overpowers the meat. Shorter, and it's just on the outside.

What's really killing me is all the halloween candy that I've been consuming. Damn, it's true - it's the devil's work!!

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Roast Beef Dinner

Cheap roast beef is always hit-or-miss. This one was pretty good, though. I'm limited in size because I'm using my toaster oven. Man, I gotta get that oven fixed... You can tell how fattening this is, but at least I did a lot of veg.

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October 28, 2011

Shrimp Paneer Curry

I love paneer! My aunt gave me a precooked package of muttar paneer to which I added shrimps (gotta have meat) and some red bell pepper. It was pretty tasty, but the bits of paneer were definitely the best. I have to try making some - apparently it's not that hard.

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