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Heart Attack Hamburgers

Music: Kingdom of Rust – Doves

We spent a nice long weekend in Connecticut with my family. One of the best things to do when you’re in the woods is grill food!  Because it was a holiday weekend, we decided to create the most insane burger we could think of paired with french fries and chocolate milkshakes.  Just so you know, I’m still full…

The fries were a little healthier than one would expect.  My father adapted this recipe from Cooks Illustrated and instead of frying the potatoes, you bake them in oil.  They came out crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We cut 8 Idaho potatoes in strips and tossed them in some salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of oil.  We baked them on 350 for 20 minutes and then checked them.  We tossed them and flipped the fries to their other sides until those were browned as well. When they are perfectly crispy, throw them in a brown paper bag for a few minutes to absorb any extra oil.

For our burgers, we basically just topped them with a bunch of yummy stuff. We bought the our burgers from a local meat market, Amity Meats in Woodbridge, CT.  We topped them with blue cheese, sauteed mushrooms, Niman Ranch thick-cut bacon, melted onions, shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Slap that between a bun or some toast and voila…you got yourself a burger!  On the sides we served baked beans, sauerkraut and corn on the cob.

When I was a little girl, my mother worked at night, leaving my father and I hours of play time. He would make me play drums for our living room band and we would finger paint on the kitchen floor (only to have my mother come home later and panic).  I was sort of a picky eater and he would serve me food out of oversized sea shells.  Our favorite meal was fries and chocolate milkshakes (my father’s first job was as a short order cook).  My grandmother gifted us these silver straws with little hearts on the end of them that made sipping shakes all the more fun. I was overcome when they pulled out these straws were placed in our shakes this weekend. Brought back a lot of memories!


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Shaking Beef and Seasame Asparagus

I couldn’t help myself, I had to recreate the Shaking Beef from The Slanted Door…even though it wasn’t a great meal.  I was shocked when I googled “shaking beef” and Charles Phan’s recipe showed up in epicurious.  I paired it with some Jasmine rice and a nice asparagus dish. It came out SO well and will absolutely suffice when I have a hankering for The Slanted Door. I had to alter a few things due to what wasn’t in my cabinets but this is what I did:

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Best Sandwich Eva with Polenta Fries

Music: Broadcast – I Found the F

I’ve talked about this sandwich before but I was craving it and couldn’t get to New Haven…so we made it at home. We paired it with polenta fries which were delicious and an easy alternative to french fries (although no more healthy).

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Sunday Night Dinner (on Saturday!) – Happy Christmastide Party

Music: The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping

On Saturday, James and I threw our (now) annual Christmas party.  We made a traditional Italian dinner of Manicotti and Meatballs.  Does anyone remember Saturday night? It snowed…a lot. And there were a gaggle of Manhattanites that braved the G train to come to our Brooklyn winter wonderland.

It was also our friend Brian’s birthday.  For this occasion I thought I would make him a croquembouche (he has an affinity for French pastry – I guess, who doesn’t?).  I’d been wanting to do this for some time…we had one at our wedding that was scrumdiddlyumptious.  I’ll post a picture but the recipe will come on Thursday.

So we opened our tiny table and put two leaves in to fit 10.  It basically took over our whole apartment but we sat down to a formal dinner complete with Christmas crackers, crowns and some inappropriate conversations and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We even sang a carol or four (after a couple Kir’s each) in three-part harmony…I love having talented friends (aka, nerds). We finished the night with a Hall and Oats sitting dance party.  Those two are REAL hit-makers! (direct quote from Melissa). Continue reading


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Beef Tenderloin and Potato-Leek Gratin

Music: Counting Crows – Round Here

John and Kristen are getting married! Woot woot. We had them over for dinner to celebrate their engagement and hear their tale.  We are very excited for their wedding and look forward to it with much anticipation.

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Sunday Night Dinner! Beef Bourguignon, Homemade Baguette, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Haricots Verts

Music: Talking Heads – Radio Head

Last night we celebrated my father-in-law’s Birthday.  Whoopie! We made him a special dinner reminiscent of his honeymoon in France.  This was a combination of the classic Julia Child recipe, Ina’s and some stuff in my brain.

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