Cooking

Can You Say SpatchCock?

What the hell is a Spatchcock? It’s definitely not the first thing that popped into your head I assure you.

No, it's not a sexual technique, but it is a technique…

It is a way to prepare a bird, such as a turkey, chicken, or game hen for grilling, baking, or broiling.
This technique allows the bird to lay flat, about the same thickness throughout, which allows it to cook evenly.

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I’m introducing spatchcocking now because I have a great EASY new recipe I just tried that knocked my socks off. And I guarantee you, if you cook this for your dates, it might knock off far more than her socks!

Try this ASAP!

BROILED LEMON BUTTER GARLIC CHICKEN

What You'll Need:

  • 1 chicken (Spatchcocked, and brought to room temperature)
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted but not hot
  • 5 or 6 cloves of garlic, minced and/or mashed. Use more garlic if ya want!
  • Zest of 1 lemon, and the juice from it
  • 1 lemon cut in half for broiling

How to Make It:

  1. Bring oven to broil for at least 10 minutes to get really hot.
  2. Spatchcock the chicken. Mix the butter, garlic, and lemon zest together.
  3. Separate the skin of the chicken from the meat GENTLY by running your finger underneath all over the chicken without breaking the skin.
  4. Stuff the lemon butter mixture under all the skin, coating the meat completely.
  5. Broil the meat for 10 minutes skin side up, 10 minutes skin side down, then 10 more minutes skin side up.
  6. Once it registers about 165 degrees, take it out and let it sit for at least 10-20 minutes. (If you don’t have a broiler, try baking at 450 degrees for apx 45 mins to an hour)

Then eat the hell outta that bad boy!

Saucy, Sexy...Saurkraut?

Yep! Sauerkraut! I just made a batch of the freshest tastiest most mind blowing sauerkraut I have ever eaten.

And it was SOOOOOO easy! Do yourself a favor and make a batch of this stuff ASAP.

Keep it on hand in the fridge for up to a year and you will have a great tasting side for so many different dishes.

I made mine with a great big ole head of purple cabbage.

I like the way it looks as it can be very eye catching on the plate. It doesn’t taste all that much different than green cabbage sauerkraut, so you can go either way.

Besides being incredibly tasty, sauerkraut, and many other fermented foods, like kombucha, yogurt, strong aged cheeses, and kimchi, are very good for you.

Due to the natural bacteria that are produced in the lactofermentation process, the food is preserved along with many vitamins, and probiotics that aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Add a little sauerkraut sauteed with onions to a nice grilled pork chop. Slap some on your next hot dog with lots of mustard. And, of course, you simply must have some with your brats and potatoes for that awesome Oktoberfest feast!

I just had some, sauteed with onions, for breakfast with Italian sausage and eggs. Deeeelish!

homemade-sauerkraut-recipe

What You'll Need

  • One head of cabbage, sliced thinly, except for a couple leaves, save those
  • 1 tbsp salt (for really big cabbages, add a little more salt)

How to Do It

Put the cabbage and salt in a big bowl, turn on the TV and watch your favorite Sci Fi and massage the hell out of the cabbage for 10 minutes. Really get in there! You are working the salt into every nook and cranny of the cabbage. You are also extracting moisture. So massage it like you are on a date!

After 10 minutes, put the cabbage in jars. I used a few pint sized mason jars.

Pour the liquid evenly into the containers.

Now with the extra leaves you saved, cut them down to fit into the tops of the jars. These will act as a sealant to keep the kraut submerged in it’s liquid. Put a leaf on top of the kraut and press down til the liquid covers it.

Then put on the lid. That’s it!

Now, store the jars in a relatively cool place away from sunlight, NOT the fridge yet.

For the next 3-5 days, open the jar up once a day to let out the fermentation gas that will build up.

Otherwise you could have a 911 kraut emergency on your hands. After the 3-5 days, store the kraut in your fridge. And ENJOY!

Keep Spicin' It Up!

Gettin' Saucy, Argentinian Style

I love Argentina! Even though I haven’t actually been there yet, I know I do. Why?

Three words Malbec, Parrilla, and Tango.

You may already know of all these things, but what you may not know is of another tasty addition that makes Argentinean meats really pop – Chimichurri sauce. It is incredibly tart tangy savory and succulent and will be a welcome addition to your FoodGame repertoire. ENJOY!

What You'll Need:

How to Make It:

Put all ingredients in a blender or processor, blend till coarse, do not puree!

You can add, oregano, cilantro, onions, cayenne, or whatever else you want to try. But this is your base, experiment from here and enjoy. Serve over any kind of meat, preferably grilled.

Keep Spicin It Up!

Get Cookin' with this Sexy Oil

Get Cookin' With This Sexy Oil!

I have a cooking/sexy tip for you this week. And it involves one of my favorite ingredients, grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil has many uses.

1. Cooking

Well, this use is fairly obvious. You can cook with it, as it has a high smoke point and makes a decent vinaigrette. But, actually for cooking, I prefer olive oil. Blame my amazing culinary memories of our Italian Honeymoon.

Olive oil is cold pressed and has been used for centuries. It truly is nutritional and beneficial in many ways. The benefits/dangers of cooking with grapeseed oil are still unknown really and it is usually pressed using hexane and other unnatural junk. So go for cold pressed to be safe.

I use grapeseed oil for general simple stuff, as other oils like canola and corn oil are pretty full of GMO crap. I also use coconut oil and grass fed butter a lot. Add these into your cooking rotation and you will be very happy indeed.

2. Massage 

Oh yes, grapeseed oil makes a GREAT massage oil. A little bit goes a long way. I have tried other oils and they just don't measure up. Olive oil gets very tacky, coconut oil coagulates when it cools and makes a creepy mess, and Vaseline is just wrong (I was young and it was handy, don't judge.)

Commercial massage oils are expensive and not always natural, full of chemicals and nasty junk. Grapeseed oil is good for you, silky smooth and you can add your own natural scents. Just add a few drops of rose oil for a nice aroma or a little peppermint oil for a nice peppy "zing."

3. Lubrication

Yep, just like with massage oils much of the commercial lubricants out there are full of chemicals that you can't pronounce. These are things you know you don't want to eat. So if you don't want to put these things into your body why would you put those things on your most sensitive sexy tidbits?

I would recommend you do not put too much peppermint oil in this particular delivery system as the tingle may turn to a raging fire down below. Not that I would know this....

Also be careful adding anything that might compromise the strength of any birth control apparatus you may be utilizing, do your homework!

Oh, and one draw back of grapeseed oil is that it will stain your sheets. But that can happen anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. Of course, there's always the option of covering your bed in plastic sheeting. If you aren't afraid of scaring your date in a Dexter-esque nightmare, I guess it could be a bit of kinky slippery fun. Just don't break a hip.

Keep Spicin' It Up!

 

 

Leftover Datin' Lovin'

o last night went pretty great, right? You had a beautiful lady over for dinner. A dinner you cooked, that was amazing, by the way. Your company was so riveting and the attraction was so amped up that your lovely vixen stayed the night.

Yes, that was quite the evening, my man.

When the morning comes you have yet another opportunity to wow her with your creative culinary prowess. Breakfast!

I have shared many great recipes for breakfast with you in the past, so today I want to share a general idea. One that will save you some headaches and some money while taking care of your luscious house guest.

You made something incredible last night and chances are there are some leftovers. Why not keep the awesomeness flowing and the memory of last night’s tastiness at the top of her mind. You can do that by incorporating some of last night’s dinner into your tasty breakfast via an omelette, a scramble, or even a fritatta.

I recently made an incredible dish of beef ragu inspired from my Honeymoon trip to Italy, a really simple dish that will be in my upcoming book, “FoodGame – the Ultimate Recipe for Dating Success.” The dinner was a big hit with my beautiful wife, evoking our homemade dinners while living for a short time in the Ligurian hills of Moneglia.

The next morning, and a couple days after, I had the good fortune to have enough ragu leftover to make some seriously hearty breakfasts that kept that memory alive for days. It’s a great feeling, bringing the sights, sounds, and smells of that time flowing back into my brain. You can give your date the same feeling with a little taste of last night.

Here’s the quick and easy…

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I usually start with sautéing some onions and garlic in olive oil as a base in a non stick pan.

Then I add in whatever leftovers I want to add. Once warm, I remove the mixture from the pan.

Bring pan back to medium high heat. Add the beaten eggs to the heated pan and let it set for a minute or so. Now you can add the mixture and form an omelette (pictured), or sprinkle mixture over the top and pop it in the oven or under the broiler for a minute for a fritatta. Or just scramble it all up in a big tasty mess!

leftover-omelette-recipe

Whatever you do, the simple addition of the previous evening’s flavor can spark more attraction and keep your date going well into the next day and lead to even more tasty goodness down the road.

Bon Appetit!

Porn, #FoodGame Style

food-porn

Some guys sit in front of a tiny computer screen and look at naked women doing naughty things and get all hot and bothered. I don’t care too much for that type of porn. Not that there is anything wrong with it. As long as everybody is a consenting adult, knock yourself out. But, for me, it’s all about Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and the Travel Channel.

Oh, to see bubbling gumbo writhing and churning, barely able to contain itself until it is bursting over the top and slowly dripping down the sides of the pot!

Cutting into a perfectly grilled thick cut Porterhouse steak, seeing that beautiful hot pink meat, juices seeping out all over the plate, streaking down my chin as I take a greedy sinful bite is simply orgasmic.

Right now, I’m watching a chef slowly drizzle sweet hot cherry gastrique over a sizzling breast… of duck. (Insert Homer Simpson drool noises here.)

Oh yeah. That is my kind of porn. Food porn. Porn, #FoodGame style.

For me, it’s all about the food.

That’s why I focus so much on it in my dating and relationship work. Food is sexy! Food can be a great gateway to actual sexy shenanigans in your own life. But you can’t just throw crap together from a box and expect to impress your lovelies.

When you take the time to actually prepare something tasty, you add a certain level of love that shows and impresses. It also gives you something to talk about. Instead of dreary chit chat about instant potato flakes or Uncle Ben’s whatever, you can wax rhapsodic about the sexy simmering sauces of sultry Colombia, spicy N’Awlins, or savory succulent Paris.

It doesn’t take a lot to really spice up your love life with great tasting food. Easy is the key. Great ingredients, simply prepared, will do most of the work for you. The more complicated you make cooking for your date, the harder it will be for you to impress.

Working too hard can work against you. If you are busy for hours and have too many things going on, by the time your date gets there, you will be pooped. Keep it simple.

And what if, after all that work, she doesn’t rave about your food? You will be really let down. Not a good place to start a date.

So what kinds of dishes will keep you happy and casual while cueing the “Bow chicka wow wow” music? Here’s a few to work with.

1. One pot meals.

Things like chili, cassoulet, soups, braised meats, and oven baked goodies of all kinds, are perfect for making the place smell amazing and keeping you cool and casual at the same time.

2. No cook meals.

Throw together a charcuterie plate of mixed meats like salami, capicola, and prosciutto and some tasty cheeses to pair with a really nice glass of wine.

3. Slow cooker.

You can’t get less stressed than throwing a bunch of great ingredients in a pot and walking away. And that slow simmer all day squeezes out every ounce of flavor you can get from an ingredient.

Take the time to get good ingredients, prepare them simply, and relax. You will find that things will go much more smoothly on your dates. Your place will smell amazing, her taste buds will be tickled, and if you play your cards right, that won’t be the only thing getting tickled.

Bon “chicka wow wow” apetit!

Freeze Food for Fast Fixins'

home-frozen-food

As a rule, I HATE frozen veggies. I almost never buy frozen food if I can keep from it.

But, being all kinds of busy, I know the value of time. Freezing food does not seem to be a valid “quick” solution. But it CAN be….

If you pre-prep certain veggies and greens, you can pop them out, fire them up, and chow down in no time flat.

There’s no end to what you can do with frozen veggies if they are done the right way. Healthy, tasty, and fast.

It may not look appealing in this form, but I can guarantee that the greens I have in here are just as tasty after the freezing as they were when they were fresh. And they will last a pretty long time.

But to get them here will take a little bit of work, not much though, and it’s nothing YOU can’t do.

Step one: Wash your greens, broccoli, or whatever veggie you are working with.

Step two: Chop your veggies up into small chunks, about a 1/4 inch or so.

Step three: Bring a pot of water to boiling, add veggies for about 3 minutes.

Step four: Have a big bowl of ice water at the ready. Remove your veggies from pot to your bowl full of ice water to halt the cooking process.

Step 5: Dry your veggies and bag ‘em!

Step 6: When you are ready, take out however much you want to cook, pop them in a pot, or place directly in a sauté pan and heat up over medium heat. Then use as you wish.

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If you are using a Foodsaver machine, you can even boil in the bag!

Personally, I am a big fan of mixing my frozen greens in with my morning eggs. They add great texture and some great taste.

So, freeze some goodies up for immediate deployment on your next date and spend more time with your lady than with your food.

What is Don't Kill Your Date?

If you didn’t know, DKYD is short for “Don’t Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips).”

DKYD covers all kinds of stuff about the book, panels, TV show we are producing, the whole concept.

So for those of you who are new to us, well, there ya go…

***This is live, it is an 18+ panel, and Spike does use some some harsh language here and there, so be warned….***

And if you’re interested in watching the full panel from Spike Spencer’s “Don’t Kill Your Date (and Other Cooking Tips)” Live from Adelaide, Australia, click here to check out our playlist.

Thanks for watching!

Sexy, Easy, Tasty...No, No, I Mean the Food

So you want to impress your lady with some tasty tasty yumminess, in and out of the bedroom I’m sure. But let’s start in the kitchen shall we? In order to be good date food, a dish must have 3 things:

1. It must be easy to make.

You don’t want to be running back and forth or be completely preoccupied with your cooking duties. You want to be paying complete attention to your date! Therefore, the best dishes should be ones that can be fully prepared ahead of time.

2. It must smell, taste, and look good.

Smell is the herald of taste. When your date walks in to your place, the first thing to greet her (besides you, looking hot in jeans, a t-shirt, and an apron), will be the amazing aroma of a long cooking extravagant meal. She will know that you took a lot of time to prepare this feast just for her. Her senses and attraction to you will be inflamed from the start. Things are looking good for you, my friend! When she bites in to this thing she has been anticipating for so long, she will be completely satisfied… Well, not completely yet…

3. It must impress!

Sure, you can have a Hamburger Helper baking away and it will smell good and taste pretty darn good sometimes. But is that impressive? Uh, no. If you cook up something that sounds exotic, evokes far away lands, and has a sense of elegance to it; then you will escalate the attraction she already feels for you. Not only did you work hard, slaving away in the kitchen all day just for her, but you did so preparing a dish fit for the Princess she is! She will surely have greater interest in rewarding your efforts, because you worked so hard!

Oooooooor diiiiiiiiiid you? (Insert sly grin, with eyebrow cocked here)

Historically elegant (and easily misspelled) dishes with names like Beef Bourguignon, Coq au Vin, Chicken Cacciatora, and Osso Buco, can cause novice cooks to sweat like a chicken on Colonel Sanders’ farm. They not only have amazing names and taste as good as they sound; they are also incredibly EASY to make. All these dishes have one thing in common, they are braised.

And believe it or not, you actually need almost no culinary skill to pull these savory miracles off.

cooking-technique

You pick a meat, brown it all over in shimmering oil over med high heat, then put it in a pot with veggies, herbs, and a simmering liquid (wine, stock, etc), and cook it in the oven (or simmer on the stove) for a couple of hours. That’s basically it. You can find any of these recipes easy enough just about anywhere on that webby thing, my favorites are Saveur and Food Network‘s sites.

The beauty of these dishes is that it fulfills all of our criteria perfectly. You can pick almost any kind of meat you want and it will work. It truly is the perfect way to cook. All the work gets done ahead of time and you get to bask in the savory glow of a tasty job well done, over a glass of wine, and in the company of a soon to be satiated lovely.

braise |brāz|
verb [ trans. ]
fry (food) lightly and then stew it slowly in a closed container : [as adj. ] ( braised) braised veal.

 

Tomato Relish

This recipe is just too damn easy! (I know I say that a lot, but its always true, right?) I am here to help you impress your dates as easy as possible. This recipe packs a vibrant flavorful punch and you can experiment with using it with all kinds of dishes.

tomato-relish

How Ya Do It:

Tomatoes (chopped) any kind will work, but get them fresh and in season!

Season with salt and pepper.

Now add almost anything. Try chopped parsley, cilantro, garlic, onions, jalapeños, etc., etc., and so on!

 Top anything with this super fresh and tasty condiment: fish, chicken, rice, eggs...delicious.

Keep spicin' it up!