Tinier things are always so cute. That's why I chose to work with mini quail eggs instead of regular eggs.. the good news is that even though the egg shell is all brown and speckley--they taste exactly the same as normal eggs. Phew.
I love Chef Jonathan Sawyer's animal style poutine at The Treehouse Tavern downtown Cleveland, I wanted some so bad today.. but I was feeling too lazy and poor to make the trip down to East 4th. Unfortunately I didn't end up using real cheese curds. I couldn't find a place close enough that sold them!! I've never actually seen any place that sells them and like I said I didn't feel like traveling too far or spending big bucks because well, let's just say Sundays are my lazy days. I ended up using a soft provolone cheese and it tasted just fine with everything. I also ended up using freezer isle french fries! Ore-Ida has a newer designed package of "Country Style French Fries" that says, "Sea salt & Olive Oil". They honestly tasted really similar to home made french fries--nothing like gross freezer aisle french fries, I swear! So if you don't feel like going through the process of peeling potatoes (yikes) and deep frying them, then don't worry! Go buy the Ore-Ida's, no one will ever know. ;)
So poutine can come with plenty of different toppings, but my favorite has always been animal style... which means fries with gravy, meat (pork belly), and cheese. It's kind of awesome that you know it can't be good for you with all of the carbs/grease, but at the same time it's just way to fricken' good to care.
I don't want poutine, I NEED POUTINE!!!!! <3
Pork belly: Where do you buy it? How do you make it? What the heck is it? Pork belly is a slab of meat that comes directly from the fat belly-part of a pig, it's so deliciously juicy. You can buy a slab of from local meat markets...you definitely can't buy it at Giant Eagle or other chain-style grocery stores. If you live in the Cleveland area, I would suggest going to the Westside Market in Ohio City, or Hall Brother's Meat in Olmsted Falls.
Pork belly can also be cooked a bunch of different ways. My method was cooking it in the oven for 3 and a half hours, so that the top fatty part turns sort of crunchy. Once it's cooked you can slice it and put in on sandwiches or steamed buns, it can be used in ramen, or on tacos.. or it can just be eaten plain! The options are endless.
I've been seeing a lot of videos lately that show people taking unique approaches to different types of "sushi", and this one was by far the most interesting. I decided to give it a shot, and it turned out delicious! It's basically a cheese burger wrapped in bacon, rolled up just like sushi. It's topped with crunchy onion straws and glazed with barbeque sauce.... so much awesomeness.
PS-- even though grease isn't the best thing it the world for you, the bacon sushi is low-carb! :)
You could use a sushi roller to help roll up your bacon, ground beef, and cheese, but you can also do it with your bare hands just as easily. The more careful you are when you roll it up, the better the results. It was so fun to make! Food is my favorite kind of art.
Very excited about this sauce because it sort-of reminds me of pesto-- but less 'basil-ey' and more of a neutral flavor from all of the parsley and garlic. Chimichurri also does not contain pine nuts so I am able to eat it without getting hives all over my face!! :)
Drizzle it all over your steak, it's even good on chicken too. It's the perfect compliment to juicy and tender meat. This recipe makes about a cup of sauce so if you're a sauce lover you might want to double up.
I experiment with how I like to eat noodles at least once a week with different ingredients I find hiding in my kitchen cupboards. This recipe is pretty simple, but I love it because sometimes I just want a big bowl of noodles without a whole lot going on. Comfort food at its finest! I always boil a large pot of water on the stove and then put a skillet next to it on the simmer burner. Then I add a bunch of different things into the skillet and experiment with different flavors one lick at a time until I'm content with the overall taste of the sauce.
This sauce is a mixture of sour cream, chili oil, tomato sauce, butter, red pepper, and garlic. The smell alone is enough to get me so excited!! Deliciously light red and spicy, perfect for smothering on noodles. If you are feeling carnivorous, you could always add some chicken.
Holy. Sh*t. This is the best meat I've ever had.. why have I never cooked rack of lamb before? I feel like such a dumbo for just now starting to explore my carnivorous taste-buds. LOL @ Chrissy Teigen's post last year saying "Please make lamb more people. It makes you seem fancy when you're really just a lazy trash bag." I have to agree with her though.. too good.
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