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Old 07-11-08, 04:33 PM   #1
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Friday Foo Foods

So. How would you like it if your roommate knocks on your gaming door and asks if you would like ....

a finely cooked angel hair pasta with a vodka/pesto sauce inclusion with an asiago cheese and garlic infused foccacia that I thinly sliced and lightly toasted with a little garlic oil and served with a small dipping bowl of vodka/pesto sauce and all with a fresh thinly scraped Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over all?

hehe - his answer: Good Gawd Patty - NOOOO! But, just a little and - is there more bread?


hehe. I love getting back into my cooking days ---- found several ingredients (used a vodka sauce from a shop that handmakes some special yummy ravioli - hence the "Ravioli Shop" - made my own pesto though) on my ride this afternoon. Note: Dinner kind of evolved during my ride - stopped at a used CD shop I always go to - bought a few - talked with Ratty (Stacey) who talked about a band Black Parade - couldn't find that.

And so .... Friday Foo Food Dinner!!!!

Yum.

So ... any of you have an extra special over the top kinda roomie like me? (was that cheesy or what?!)?

And so what's on your Friday Foo Food Plate?
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I am enjoying the beer group right now. In a bit, I am going to enjoy the grilled sausage group and the grilled chicken group, and maybe the popsicle group. I do not have a room mate. None of the ones I have had could cook. They would more likely suggest a trip to Hooters or the like
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I am enjoying the beer group right now. In a bit, I am going to enjoy the grilled sausage group and the grilled chicken group, and maybe the popsicle group. I do not have a room mate. None of the ones I have had could cook. They would more likely suggest a trip to Hooters or the like
hehe also I enjoyed the old faaaa-rt beer group peeps on my Friday meander - stopped into the bar and imbibed and called Ratty - but then moved on ....
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I am following the Canadian Food Guide this evening and ordering a Pizza (sausage, tomato, onions and double cheese). It contains items from the meat, vegatable, dairy and grain groups. Food perfection ... although, Tude, your dinner sounds fantastic ... especially the vodka/pesto sauce. Hmmm, I wonder if they'd put that on my pizza.
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I'm one of those kinds of people who likes to order something different all the time and if I really like it - rather dissect it and remake it. I had this vodka/pesto sauce at a not really good restaurant - and I'm sure the combination was probably due to a running out of a product situation but I have to tell you - it worked.

Especially when I did a chiffonade of basil (roll basil leaves up and thinly slice them) into the sauce before serving. Yum. Have never seen this presentation before but I have to tell you - it works!!
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Wow, you sure know how to spoil your roommate! It sounds like you know how to make good fuel food as well. There's a kick ass Italian Market across the street from us that sells good vodka sauce and homemade pastas as well. They also sell some of the best chocolate I've ever tasted, amazing balsamic vinegar and my favorite organic olive oil. Oh yeah, I'm a total olive oil snob.

Enjoy your dinner!

How did you make your pesto, btw?
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Wow, you sure know how to spoil your roommate! It sounds like you know how to make good fuel food as well. There's a kick ass Italian Market across the street from us that sells good vodka sauce and homemade pastas as well. They also sell some of the best chocolate I've ever tasted, amazing balsamic vinegar and my favorite organic olive oil. Oh yeah, I'm a total olive oil snob.

Enjoy your dinner!

How did you make your pesto, btw?

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2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or soooooo)
1/2 cup Olive oil (roommate has EVOO - I'm only a fan of this when it's fresh - after - it just seems to smell like some old linseed oil - ick - so I tend to just go for the middle of the road olive oil)
pine nuts
garlic cloves, finely minced (most recipes this size call for 3 cloves, however - I'm a GARLIC HOLIC and YES I know it.) I do at least 5.

And this is blended in the food processor.

5 cloves --- unless I have some of the garlic that I'm waiting for from the three elderly German guys at the public market - they are a trip to talk too!!!! Plus they opened my eyes as to the many types of garlic available - meaning not just the regular garlic at the store or that big elephant bland garlic that is sold - noooOOOooOOo - these guys sell about 15 varieties of garlic and I forget my favorite one's name - but it is small, compact and has an almost purplish "sheath" and it is POTENT and STICKY and AWESOME!

hehe, hey didja ever guess I luv garlic?

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Approximate

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or soooooo)
1/2 cup Olive oil (roommate has EVOO - I'm only a fan of this when it's fresh - after - it just seems to smell like some old linseed oil - ick - so I tend to just go for the middle of the road olive oil)
pine nuts
garlic cloves, finely minced (most recipes this size call for 3 cloves, however - I'm a GARLIC HOLIC and YES I know it.) I do at least 5.

And this is blended in the food processor.

5 cloves --- unless I have some of the garlic that I'm waiting for from the three elderly German guys at the public market - they are a trip to talk too!!!! Plus they opened my eyes as to the many types of garlic available - meaning not just the regular garlic at the store or that big elephant bland garlic that is sold - noooOOOooOOo - these guys sell about 15 varieties of garlic and I forget my favorite one's name - but it is small, compact and has an almost purplish "sheath" and it is POTENT and STICKY and AWESOME!

hehe, hey didja ever guess I luv garlic?


That sounds like heaven. Pesto is some tasty stuff. I made a very interesting version a while back that including lavender, fennel, walnuts and the main staples (minus the cheese). So good!!!

Those old guys sound awesome! Do they grow the garlic themselves? Isn't it great to buy from the local community? I'm so looking forward to the Farmer's Market tomorrow.
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That sounds like heaven. Pesto is some tasty stuff. I made a very interesting version a while back that including lavender, fennel, walnuts and the main staples (minus the cheese). So good!!!

Those old guys sound awesome! Do they grow the garlic themselves? Isn't it great to buy from the local community? I'm so looking forward to the Farmer's Market tomorrow.
Lavender!!! - how absolutely yummy that sounds - Lavender soooo hits the back of your tastebuds and infuses towards the front so nicely - I will think about that one!!!

Yeah - I've decided to hit the farmers mkt tomorrow morning too - too early here for those guy's garlic though - at the end of the season I normally stockpile myself (putting them into a brown paper bag in a less humid part of the fridge) and make a cache of sophrito too as I have the peppers available). But I will probably run into some early veggies.

AND THEN it's off to catching the dreaded SHUTTLE bus with Mom to go over to the best art show in Rochester. I hate shuttles. I hate mobs of people. I hate mobs of people in stifling heat. Ugh.

But it's her birthday (75 - whoot!) and so I shall try and keep up with her - which is what it will be too!
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I love to cook too! Tonight I've made ravioli with a mozarella herb filling. Sauce is a simple olive oil/lemon with plenty of garlic and some red pepper flakes. The ravioli should be just about ready now too. Gotta go get the water on to boil and finish it up.
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Lavender!!! - how absolutely yummy that sounds - Lavender soooo hits the back of your tastebuds and infuses towards the front so nicely - I will think about that one!!!

Yeah - I've decided to hit the farmers mkt tomorrow morning too - too early here for those guy's garlic though - at the end of the season I normally stockpile myself (putting them into a brown paper bag in a less humid part of the fridge) and make a cache of sophrito too as I have the peppers available). But I will probably run into some early veggies.

AND THEN it's off to catching the dreaded SHUTTLE bus with Mom to go over to the best art show in Rochester. I hate shuttles. I hate mobs of people. I hate mobs of people in stifling heat. Ugh.

But it's her birthday (75 - whoot!) and so I shall try and keep up with her - which is what it will be too!
The lavender was a really nice addition. Quite an interesting flavor, and it paired nicely with the raw butternut squash soup that I used it with. Mmmmmm.

Garlic has an impressively long shelf life. It's definitely something I always have on hand.

We were able to get some greens last time we went. Even a zucchini too. I can't wait to see what's in store tomorrow.

Good luck with the crowded commute. Hopefully some quality time with mom will make up for that, eh?
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Pork chops,
Collard greens,
Sliced tomatoes from the garden with salt and pepper,
Apple sauce,
Iced tea with mint and lemon,
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MMMM, I just made a Chicken Stir fry in the Wok.

2 chicken breasts cut into strips, Broccoli, Snap Peas, Water Chestnuts, carrot, and fresh Indiana Silver Queen Sweet corn. Added in some noodles and brown sauce and oh man! It was great!
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I love cooking, and used to be an over the top amazing roomie as well. However, as my interest in living here with her dwindles, I find myself only offering up the nearly spoiled milk, and an occasional brat off the grill. No more fancy cooking from me. The energy now goes toward feeding my overnight-working friends pre-shift, and being the occasional amazing cooking date.

My specialty fatty treat food is champagne chicken, I'll have to dig up the recipe.
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I love cooking, and used to be an over the top amazing roomie as well. However, as my interest in living here with her dwindles, I find myself only offering up the nearly spoiled milk, and an occasional brat off the grill. No more fancy cooking from me. The energy now goes toward feeding my overnight-working friends pre-shift, and being the occasional amazing cooking date.

My specialty fatty treat food is champagne chicken, I'll have to dig up the recipe.
Oh Please doooo dig up fatty chicken recipe!!

And TQ

That's what I was doing before I came home. Hit the old faht bahr for one and then splurged and (hated the ugly Friday afternoon city FUGLY traffic) and went to a great English Pub for something different.

Hobgoblin have had before and is good, but the Cream Flow was awesome. Silk actually ...

http://www.theoldtoad.com/beer.html

Made even better as I was able to lock my bike up outside at the brew area and bring out my beer to drink. Yum!!



I shall next try this!

Terrible - Dark brown body sits under a sumptuous head of foam. Fruity aroma enhanced by hints of roasted malt and Madeira. Full bodied with a long lasting flavor. Savour it on a cold evening by the fire. 10.5% ABV. Canada / Unibroue / 24 oz
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I ate out, at the Big Rib Bar-b-que and Blues Fest at Highland Park. There was more meat there than you can shake a stick at. Maybe your roomy can pay you back by paying your entry tomorrow? They'll have live music on stage from noon til nine, and plenty of guarded places to lock up your bike.
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I ate out, at the Big Rib Bar-b-que and Blues Fest at Highland Park. There was more meat there than you can shake a stick at. Maybe your roomy can pay you back by paying your entry tomorrow? They'll have live music on stage from noon til nine, and plenty of guarded places to lock up your bike.
I plan on going there early afternoon - then meeting Mom to take her to the movies for her birthday (Indiana Jones!) and if I don't make it back - will probably hit there Sunday if they're still there and I think they are.

Corn Hill Arts Fest is on this weekend. Too bad as that is a big draw - and away from a new thing.

I see Sticky Lips is featured there at the BBQ fest - those guys rule (even though I used to cater with Beale St which is also excellent stuff) - they rule because I live nearby and pass them just about every day - and every dam time I go to pass them - someone just HAS to open up a big cooker and all this HORRIBLE smoke and grill smells go down the street - mainly towards me as I nonchalantly bicycle by them.

Dam them!
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I had a modified Canadian diet on Friday. Instead of ordering pizza, went to the local pizza restaurant and had a hand stretched pizza topped with kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, red capsicums, gherkins and cheese and washed it down with a Budvar.

Tonight's dinner was a mince stir fry with red cabbage, snow peas, capsicums, onions, garlic and a black bean sauce on jasmine rice.

I'm now having a cup of Earl Grey tea and am thinking of opening the bag of peanut M&Ms sitting beside me.
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Boring yesterday - I don't find much energy to cook when I get home from work,
unless we're having people over for dinner. Today, however, I'm making a chicken,
potato and veg pie for lunch, (something like what I documented here:
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... and a cinnamon and raisin babka, not unlike this:
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