Thursday, January 30, 2014

FBM Dinner Party

I hosted a dinner party for my FBM friends that also turned out to be a house warming. For such a party, I always insist on supplying the food. So for this spread, I put out some meats and cheeses such as prosciutto, salami, and coppa with triple creme brie, gruyere, and Irish cheddar. To accompany all this are some crackers, grapes, olives, and homemade chicken liver pate.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Naruto Ramen

A few months ago before a talk at the 92nd Street Y to see Padma Lakshmi and Renee Redzepi speak, Dr. Mandoo and I needed a quick meal before the event started so I thought ramen would be a good choice. Luckily, we didn't have to wait too long for a couple of seats at nearby Naruto Ramen.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Baking: Chocolate Tart

The chocolate tart came out really good. It was super rich and luxurious. Just a small piece was enough to satiate each person. And it really wasn't too difficult to make. It had many steps but overall I would say it was a medium difficultly. It's definitely worth the try especially if you have people who really enjoy a rich, dark intense chocolate dessert. By the way, this isn't a chocolate dessert that I think a child would like. It's more of a dark chocolate dessert as opposed to a sweet dessert.
Also, this was the first tart I ever made. So there's much to be improved. On to the recipe!
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Dinner Party: Japanese Katsu Curry

A while ago, I had a dinner party in my new apartment with Ms. Pastry Chef, Ms. Cordon Bleu, Mr. HP Sauce, and Mrs. Green M&M. I didn't want to go too crazy with this meal so instead I made a very homestyle meal serving chicken katsu with tonkatsu sauce, Japanese vegetable curry, and rice.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Louro: Uni Dinner

Back way back when I saw an ad for an uni focused dinner hosted by Louro in conjunction with Underground Eats. At $93 per person, I thought it was reasonable since uni is a very expensive ingredient. I think it's more about demand over supply but that's a whole other type of blog post that you'll probably never find here. Anyway, I purchased tickets for both Mr. M&P and I. When we arrived that night, we unexpectedly bumped into TT and CT as well. I should have known they would also participate since they are uni fans as well. After a bit of chatting, I found out that they purchased their tickets at $85 per person without going through Underground Eats. I thought that company sold only exclusive tickets to events. Now I know. And now they're defunct. Money aside, it was time to eat.
Unfortunately we weren't able to sit next to TT and CT. They have given everyone specified seats. Too bad. Anyway, the first course was an amuse bouche of uni, truffle oil, and grapefruit. The truffle flavor overwhelmed everything. The delicate flavor was the uni was masked. Even the strong citrus and bitter flavor of the grapefruit was hardly detectable.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Lunch Week 3: Pork and Pickled Mustard Greens with Rice Cakes and Chinese Broccoli

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Pork and Pickled Mustard Greens with Rice Cakes and Chinese Broccoli
This is truly a classic Asian dish that is the epitome of comfort food. Basically anything rice based is comfort for me. This time, the rice is in the form of cakes. And you'll be amazed by how easy it is to make this dish. Let's do this!
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cookie Swap 2013

Lucky for me, I was able to use the same cookies from my holiday dinner for my cookie swap. You know how the saying goes: two birds, one...blah blah.
Anyway, I served lemon iced cookies, smores brownies, and cranberry pistachio chocolate chip. Next year, I'll keep the lemon cookies (but forgoing the meyer lemons for regular lemons) and skipping the other two cookies. I'll make mini regular brownies instead of the smores kind. And the third one is always an experiment. I haven't found something that I liked enough to keep repeating it.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tasty Eating's Essential Winter Holiday Feast

The year 2013 was the start of many firsts like my first annual holiday dinner. Move over Thanksgiving, you're not the only feast in town. I really enjoy hosting parties and the holidays brings out the big guns. I have saved a stack of recipes just for large groups. This is where they will shine.
Unlike my Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday dinner showcases appetizers as well as dinner and dessert. It changes things up a bit especially the pacing. But knowing my family well, I served these appetizers at 4pm with the plan on serving dinner around 7pm. That's ample time to recover from massive food in mouth shoveling. As you can see above, we served a charcuterie platter with prosicutto, hot soppresatta, provolone, and mozzarella cheese. Grapes to balance things out and some homemade chicken pate for the adventurous.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tasty Eating's Feast of the Seven Fishes

Two years ago, I decided to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve with Mr. M&P for our holiday dinner together. And that was the best decision I made. On that night, I made some of my most ambitious and beautiful dishes to date. It was a lot of hard work but I was very happy with my results. Unfortunately, last year I got so stressed out and anxious about repeating the success of the meal, that I chickened out last minute. In fact, I didn't end up cooking anything and instead we went out to dinner. Looking back, I completely regret my decision last year but it was probably best for my stress level. However, I wasn't going to allow that for this year. I started planning much earlier and prepped myself mentally first then physically later.
And so I present to you, my Feast of the Seven Fishes for 2013. The first course involves a sturgeon and caviar terrine from Paris that I was saving with some butter toasted brioche.
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Monday, January 13, 2014

FBM Holiday Potluck 2013

Another end of the year, another Holiday Potluck with good food, white elephant gift exchange, and drinks abound. It's always a good time at TT and CT's home. Thanks for hosting.
First up, maple glazed bacon and chocolate chip cookies from Beer Boor. Sweet, salty, and smokey. This wasn't only for dessert. It was good at any time.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Lunch Week 2: Sauteed Fish over Pea Puree with Roasted Potatoes

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Sauteed Fish over Pea Puree with Roasted Potatoes
I'm trying to eat more fish this year. I really enjoy it but it's difficult to pull off for my weekly lunch. The shelf life is kind of low and by the end of the week, we're not liking the taste very much. Offset the fast deterioration of the cooked fish, I've decided to cook it every night for the next day. So it'll only be one day old. It's not the freshest but who has time to do that?
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Holiday Ugly Sweater Party 2013: Outback Steakhouse

Starting a couple of years ago, my friends and I have a holiday ugly sweater dinner together. We usually pick a chain restaurant and subject ourselves to terrible food. This year, we picked Outback Steakhouse. Let the gut bombing commence.
First, what's a meal at Outback without a Bloomin' Onion. At almost 2000 calories (1500 from fat) and 4000 mg of sodium, this appetizer is a brick in the stomach. A large onion that is sliced into wedges then battered and fried until crispy and browned. You can taste the salt, spices, and oil. The accompanying sauce is just another bucket of fat. The Bloomin' Onion was invented to please and be addictive. It certainly did that.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Class: Baking Bread with Jim Lahey

Not too long ago, I was invited to a baking class at International Culinary Center (ICC) to learn about bread from none other that Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery fame. Jim Lahey is most notably famous for his no knead recipe for bread. Delicious bread with less work? Oh yes please!
You might not know but bread has been kind of my nemesis over the years. Basically anything with yeast. Biscuits? Pretzels? Bread? All hard as rocks. The only thing I've been able to make decently is pizza dough. But I can't take credit for that. Jim Lahey's no knead recipe for pizza dough is spot on.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday Night: Otto's Tacos

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Otto's Tacos

I went to Otto's Tacos in the East Village from a recommendation from a dear coworker. Disclaimer: he knows the guy that opened it, Otto. But, I'm always on the lookout for a good taco and this place seemed promising. West Coast style Mexican food? Yes please.
We arrived on a wet and rainy night to Otto's Taco which was very small. A few seats are available but most patrons took their order to go. Mr. Matzo was hesitant at the recommendation since he doesn't enjoy Mexican food due to the amounts of cheese. I told him that good Mexican food doesn't use much cheese on their food. And when we arrived, he was happy to know there was no cheese to be found. Instead, we saw housemade masa tortillas filled with our choice of meat topped with cilantro, onions, and salsa of choice. Simple tacos filled with superb flavors.
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Lunch Week 1: Leftover Mushroom Lasagna with Salad

So every Sunday, I head over to the kitchen to whip up a big batch of food for lunch the next week. Yes, I brown bag. And I almost always do it every week unless I become too busy to even buy cold cuts from the deli. I do it for several reasons being health, finance, and laziness. Now, you may think that spending hours on a day off to prep and cook five meals at once is hardly lazy. But let me remind you, I hate it when the time comes to decide what to eat for lunch every day. I work in Midtown so the choices are endless. My problem, the more choices, the harder it is for me. So it's much easier for me to have my lunch ready and already decided.

So my lunch for the week: Leftover Mushroom Lasagna with Salad
The best thing about hosting dinner parties is that I get to make extra without much more effort and eat the wonderful results for lunch the next week. I made a mushroom lasagna for my holiday dinner with my family and it turned out really good. It got even better over time.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Tasty Eating 2013 Review

I have so much to be thankful for in 2013. Lots of great eats, and some not so good. But here, I'm going to reflect on the most happiest of memories.
Casa Mono
Like last year's birthday lunch with Dessert Zombie at Casa Mono. That foie gras dish with 5 different onions were to die for. If you like foie, you would love this dish.
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