04 July 2011 – It’s Been a While

I haven’t posted in a few weeks now or so it seems. I have been cooking and with the cooking comes a little photography. So tonight I will try to sum up the cooking with a few photos.

I will start with a spicy snack.

Peppered Salami with Habanero Cheddar on Crackers

Peppered Salami with Habanero Cheddar on Crackers

Peppered Salami with Habanero Cheddar on Crackers

Peppered Salami with Habanero Cheddar on Crackers

Next on the list is Chicken fingers or Chicken tenders, which ever you prefer. I have cooked a lot of chicken in my day but this time around I wanted to marinate in spiced butter milk and fry in peanut oil. It is the way to go for sure. Crispy, golden, juicy and delicious.

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

The great thing about leftovers is that I get to eat them. I reheated the leftover tenders the next day with some spicy BBQ and Dijon mustard dipping sauces.

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

 

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

A few days later cooking from home I decided on an old standby Lean Cuisine Chicken Fettucini Alfredo – I boosted it will some minced up aged pepper salami. Great flavors going on here – it is worth a try. Continue reading

05 May 2011 – Was This a Holiday?

Wow – how much the world has changed since my last post. A young prince has married his princess. Over three hundred tornadoes ravished the Southern US on a single day and the murderous mastermind of the 9/11 slaughter has by now met his maker.

There is much to be said about recent events and no doubt there will much more written as the details get worked out in the next few weeks, months and years.

So, what was the holiday? Well it is not celebrated every where but CInco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and in areas with larger Mexican populations. Wikipedia tells us the following –

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla.[1][2][3][4] The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride,[5] and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.[6] In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[7][8] Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day,[9][10] the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th.

So, what did I do on this day? Well nothing much but I did enjoy listening to my neighbors who are from Mexico celebrate with music, cerveza and colorful conversation until the early hours of Seis de Mayo. Not too much of a problem as they seem like pretty nice folks on the whole. If I would of had enough food on hand I might of shared my Cinco de Mayo inspired leftovers with them.

I had bought an Easter ham  (for Easter) but I ended up going on the road that weekend so for the past many days I have been working hard to re purpose the ham and make use of it. Mostly sandwiches so far. Who doesn’t like ham and cheese? Well, some don’t for religious reasons and I can understand that. I like it and I like it even more warmed up like in an omelet or an enhanced grill cheese sandwich. But on the evening of Cinco de Mayo I made ham and cheese tacos with Serrano peppers.

  • left over Cure 81 ham
  • fresh soft flour tortillas
  • colby/longhorn cheddar cheese
  • fresh Serrano peppers

A simple, easy and flavorful use of left over ham.

Ham and Cheese Soft Taco

Ham and Cheese Soft Taco

In regards to the tornadoes that recently devastated parts of the Southern US I would like to link out to fellow photographer Jeremy Richter who documented some of the damage in his home town in Alabama. You can see his photos here.

Let’s hope for good events, good food and good photography in the world between now and this day next year.

Cheers,

Lupo

 

 

11 April 2011 – It was Left Over

A quick post tonight.  Last night I made one of my favorite dishes. Chicken Fried Steak … mmm. It is rare to have any leftovers because it is just so darned tasty and the dog has these “you must feed me” brown eyes.

I did however have some leftovers last night and decided today to do something with it. But the question is what to do. Allow me to embarrass myself and explain what I normally do with leftover CFS. I eat it straight out of the fridge …. you heard me. I kind of snack on it between meals or kind of make a time lapsed event of it.

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

Same thing happens with left over pizza.

This time I just decided to make a sandwich of it and it was great but would have been perfect if I had had some Miracle Whip on hand. You know … the stuff that makes Thanksgiving leftovers taste oh so good.

A couple slices of sourdough, some onion and chive cream cheese, leftover mashed potatoes and CFS.

Well, the core of it was stellar and by that I mean the CFS. But as a sandwich I guess I am just too particular to give it a full thumbs up.

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

30 March 2011 – Tacos al carbon – Buffalo Style

I posted recently regarding a quick road trip I took with photographer and friend Bill J Boyd. We spent a few hours shooting Bass Performance Hall and other buildings in Sundance Square over in Fort Worth. Towards the end of the day we caught a great meal at Reata which is on the Square.

I ordered the Buffalo Rib Eye and it was great but I didn’t finish it and the staff neatly packaged it up for the trip home.

Not wanting it to go to waste I decided to put it to good use last night. Not all leftovers are suitable for a total remake but when you have a nice piece of steak your options are pretty broad.

I blogged about Dorm Room Fajitas the other day and had some tortillas, jalapenos, cilantro and salsa left over from the adventure. So I figured I would do what I could with what I had. For Tacos al carbon I would prefer a soft yellow or white corn tortilla but all I have is flour – I will make due. Continue reading