You know what happens when you have 5 things in your fridge and 2 of them have already gone bad?  Frozen Mexican Rice with Pepperoni and Shredded Cheddar Cheese… aka… Hood Jumbalaya.

You know what happens when you have 5 things in your fridge and 2 of them have already gone bad?  Frozen Mexican Rice with Pepperoni and Shredded Cheddar Cheese… aka… Hood Jumbalaya.

Good Morning, Sausage and Peppers.  Every time I cook, a lesson is learnt… and going forward I’ll remember to use white onions instead of red onions here.  

@ The Apartment - Hoboken, NJ

Good Evening, Matzah Pizza.  Surprisingly, you still taste pretty damn good…

Good Evening, Matzah Pizza.  Surprisingly, you still taste pretty damn good…

Seder Numero DosEverything from the night before, Roast [Beef], French Fries

That Spot Where I Grew Up At - Brooklyn, NY

Thoughts: Yea. French Fries.  My Seder >= Your Seder.  The roast beef was pretty ill, as well.  Love my family. 

The First Seder - Matzah Ball Soup, Sweet Potato Pie, Turkey, Knishes & Wine

@ That Spot I Grew Up At - Brooklyn, NY

Thoughts: Almost any meal my fam hosts ends up looking like Thanksgiving, and this Seder is no exception.  My dad makes the best chicken soup… and he doesn’t even eat it.  These matzah balls were the size of a 3-year old’s head (awesome).  Kosher for Passover marshmallows are just too big*.  Turkey was good, and was graciously accompanied with gravy.  The wine was a cab sav, which everyone but myself hated.  Seriously… after one glass, it tastes fine.  

Did I purposely leave out any matzah shots?  Yes.  Big shoutout to My First Haggadah, too… helps us wrap things up in about 15 minutes.

*lie: there’s no such thing as a marshmallow that’s too big.

Grilled Sopressata with Cheddar Cheese on a Martin’s Potato Slider Bun

@ The Apartment - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: This is strictly the product of seeing what’s in the fridge and realizing that your potato rolls will go bad in a few days.  You might think that these three ingredients don’t go with each other at all, and you may be right.  Still, I threw these sliders on the panini grill and they came out crispy, cheesy and full o’ flavor.  It was actually a pretty good breakfast.

Parents’ Birthday Dinners - Homemade Fried Rice, Homemade Beef w/ Brocooli and Carvel Ice Cream

@ That Spot Where I Grew Up - Brooklyn, NY

Thoughts: I love my family.  and I love embarrassing photos of my family… which I took a ton of, but because I love them so much I’ve decided not to post them.  Instead, I’ve chose to highlight some of my dad’s most adventurous cooking for their joint b-day dinner.  The theme was Chinese, as we all love it, and he has a wok he’s been dying to use.  He made fried rice, which tasted good, but something went screwy with the consistency.  He used sticky rice, and it almost turned into a jambalaya of sorts (without the sausage, shrimp and such), so if anyone has tips on perfecting fried rice - please message me.  The beef with broccoli was supergood.  Using fresh broccoli was fantastic.  There was also an egg-roll from Shang-Chai, which he refried in the fry daddy.  I need not say more :)  

Lastly was the always classic ice cream sunday from Carvel.  Man, I miss their vanilla soft-serve…

Disclaimer: Everything cooked during this meal was Kosher, so let it be known that there has been something Kosher posted on the blog (cough cough mom cough cough).  

Bourbon Bacon Popcorn

@ The Apartment - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: Superbowl. F*** Yes. Thanks to Sarah Sprague for the recipe.  This is cooling right now, and is as good as it sounds.

Homemade English Muffin Pizzas w/ tomato sauce, shredded mozz & love

@ The Apartment - Hoboken, NJ

Thoughts: Avoiding a real breakfast today, I whipped up some of these pretty quickly.  Toast the muffin, a little sauce, some mozz, microwave for about 1 minute, throw them back in the toaster.  Great little snack to hold me over in the morning.

Flounder’s Homemade Chili - Beef, Rice and Awesomeness
@ Stueben Street - Jersey City, NJ
Thoughts: Normally, I think all chili just looks nasty and usually avoid.  The exception here is that if you know Flounder, then you know Chili.  Or at least know that he knows chili.  Made pretty much from scratch (minus the beans), it consisted of tender chunks of beef and had a subtle, but welcome kick toward the end.  The conclusion here it tasted much better than it looked.

Flounder’s Homemade Chili - Beef, Rice and Awesomeness

@ Stueben Street - Jersey City, NJ

Thoughts: Normally, I think all chili just looks nasty and usually avoid.  The exception here is that if you know Flounder, then you know Chili.  Or at least know that he knows chili.  Made pretty much from scratch (minus the beans), it consisted of tender chunks of beef and had a subtle, but welcome kick toward the end.  The conclusion here it tasted much better than it looked.