Easy Recipes

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!

A Tuna...Omelette? Yep!

I know, I know, it sounds weird, but it is actually very tasty and easy to make. I walk you through the simple steps to get a heart healthy breakfast on full of da flavaaaaa!!!

Here’s the How-to Tuna Omelette

What You'll Need:

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How to Make It

  1. Put a little of the olive oil from the tuna into a med-high heat nonstick pan.
  2. Add onions, and a little salt, sauté for a few minutes
  3. Add tomatoes and garlic, sauté for a few minutes
  4. Add tuna and warm up for a minute. Then remove to a plate.
  5. Add eggs to the pan. Allow them to set for abut 30 seconds before you pull the sides toward the middle allowing the runny eggs to cook.
  6. Once the omelette starts to firm up on top, add the onion tomato mixture.
  7. Grate Parmesan cheese on top.
  8. Fold the omelette over and serve.

Eat that bad boy!

And, as always, keep spicin' it up!

Poached Eggs on Sautéed Greens and Cannelini Bean Puree

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Not only is this a great tasting and beautiful dish to serve to a lovely lady in the morning, but it’s also on the Slow Carb diet that is so popular these days.

That means that it has no flour, sugar, or dairy. It is also nut free, so you have lots of coverage in the safe arena for this one. It might even be Paleo happy, but I’m not into that one. You decide.

This is a very simple recipe and you can make the bean puree well ahead of time and use it in tons of tasty dishes, including to thicken soups, or as a dip for crudités. It adds your Slow Carb bean component to almost anything you can imagine. Enjoy!

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Bean Puree

What You'll Need:

Put the beans, garlic, and lemon in a blender.  Blend. As you blend, slowly drizzle olive oil in until you reach your desired consistency. Add S&P.

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Sautéed Greens

What You'll Need:

Sauté onions in oil for a minute, then add the garlic, then the greens. Sauté till wilted. Add S&P.

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Poached Eggs

Here’s the trick to making great poached eggs…Vinegar! And having the eggs pre-cracked in separate bowls.

Bring a pot of water to a simmering boil (small bubbles everywhere, but not rolling).

Add a teaspoon or so of vinegar to the water. This helps the eggs coagulate quickly.

Drop eggs in one at a time, gently, in a clockwise manner. After about 2-3 minutes, they should be set and ready to go.

Turn of the heat and remove eggs. Start with the first egg you put in and work clockwise. Drain with a paper towel to remove excess water.

 

Porn, #FoodGame Style

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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!

Pan Seared Linguica

It doesn’t get easier! Linguiça is a fabulous Portuguese Sausage that will work as any regular smoked sausage will. But saying you are cooking up special International sausage just makes you sound cool.

What You'll Need:

  •  Pound or so of Linguiça, sliced

  • One onion, sliced

How to Make It:

Heat pan up over med high heat

Add onion, sauté for a few minutes

Add sausage, and stir fry til nice and brown on the edges and your place smells like a Portuguese street vendor cart

Serve with some crusty bread and wine.

Steamed Artichokes

Artichokes can seem like a pretty adventurous proposition...and that is awesome! Because they are really super easy to cook.

You will look like a culinary rock star with mad skills

She doesn't have to know any different. Throw in some equally easy dipping sauces and date success is assured.

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What You'll Need:

How to Make It:

Thoroughly wash and drain the artichokes. Then, cut the tops and the stems of the artichokes off.

Top the artichokes with tons of chopped garlic.

Cut the lemon in half and squeeze all the juice over artichokes.

Drizzle olive oil and salt and pepper over artichokes.

Steam artichokes over simmering water or in a steamer till the leaves come off easily and the base of leaves are soft and tasty

For the Dipping sauce:

I recommend melted butter with garlic and lemon or ranch dressing with some hot sauce mixed in for kick. Explore whatever you want!

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

This one has a few more ingredients than I usually use in one easy dish, but it is completely easy to make. You literally put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir.

You can NOT screw this awesome dish up!

I recommend adding some grilled chicken, fish or steak on top to make it a great main dish, or keep it as is and do what you will. You can experiment with the amounts of all these ingredients to match your own personal taste.

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What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup of cooked Quinoa, let it cool (Here's how to cook it)

  • 1/2 cup of cucumber, seeded and chopped into very small chunks

  • 1/2 cup tomato, seeded and chopped into very small chunks

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped into very small chunks

  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/2 cup chopped mint

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

  • 1 teaspoon of

How to Make It:

Juice of a lemon and olive oil, mixed to make a vinaigrette (just whip together in a small separate bowl until it thickens).

Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix everything together in a bowl…. Done!

Told ya it was easy. Keep spicin' it up!

Beet and Sweet Potato Gratin

Mmmmm, cheesy tasty root veggie goodness! Impressive to the eyes and even more impressive in the tummy.

I used beets and sweet potatoes here, but you can use carrots, potatoes, turnips, any kind of root veggie you want.

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What You'll Need:

  • Beets, sliced

  • Sweet potatoes, sliced

  • Onions, sliced

  • Garlic powder

  • Cheese (Swiss, Cheddar, Gouda, whatever you like)

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • Paprika

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How to Make It:

Preheat oven to 350.

Slice all the veggies very thin, I used a mandoline.

After you oil the baking dish (so veggies won’t stick) layer the beets, then sweet potato, then onion.

Add some garlic and salt and pepper.

Then add another layer of beet, potato, onion, and spices, repeat til you get almost to the top.

Top it off with your cheese, sprinkle with paprika, cover, and it’s ready for the oven.

Leave it in for about 45 minutes, then take off the cover, cook for another 10-15 mins. til browning on top.

Let it cool a bit, then slice it up and serve the tastiness!

Garlicky Potatos with Swiss Chard

Make this amazing side dish for any meat or fish dish for your date. As always, it's super easy.

What You'll Need:

  • Potatoes, chopped in 1 inch chunks

  • Swiss Chard (or other greens), chopped

  • Garlic, 4 cloves, chopped in thin slices (a la “Goodfellas”)

  • Olive Oil

  • Nutmeg powder (grated fresh is the best!)

  • Salt and

How to Make This:

Boil potatoes for about 7 minutes.

Heat sauté pan on med high heat.

Add oil.

Add garlic, sauté for a minute.

Add potatoes and sauté for 5 mins or so.

Add greens, sauté till wilted.

Sprinkle nutmeg, salt and pepper on top, serve it up!

Sautéed Asparagus and Tomatoes

Well it doesn’t get much easier than this!

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What You'll Need:

  • Asparagus

  • Tomatoes, chopped (not from a can)

  • Garlic, chopped

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt and

How to Make It:

Heat oil in sauté pan.

Add asparagus, sauté til it starts to brown, stirring occasionally so it does not burn.

Add garlic and tomatoes.

Sauté til tomatoes break down and asparagus is cooked through.

Add salt and pepper and eat those bad boys!