Monday, December 19, 2011

Steak, BBQ Chicken Skewers, and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Skewers?! I think I'm in Heaven!!

filet mignon (right), bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers (left) and bbq chicken skewers (far left)

Steak is always good- ALWAYS. Hence, I couldn't resist celebrating the end of finals and the beginning of our marvelous winter break (YAY) with some good old steak- Filet Mignon to be exact (yeah, I'm fancy). Accompanying these fine pieces of steak are BBQ chicken skewers and bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers- wait, BACON-WRAPPED ASPARAGUS?! Am I out of my mind? No, no I'm not. In fact, these bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers have become my latest obsession ever since I I found my inspiration at Disneyland's small BBQ eatery directly across from the Indiana Jones ride (aka best ride ever!). So if you're willing to give these a try, here is the basic recipe:

1. Soak skewer sticks in cold water
2. Pan fry some bacon so that they are just slightly cooked but not crispy (don't worry- they'll get crispy on the grill!!)
3. Cut pieces of bacon in half (this depends on your preferred bacon to asparagus ratio)
4. Cut asparagus into pieces roughly 1.5 inches in length and place in a bowl
5. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus, add salt and pepper to taste and toss well
6. Wrap a 4-6 pieces of asparagus in a piece of bacon and strategically skewer the bacon to hold the bundle of deliciousness in place.
7. Place skewers on a hot grill for about 10 minutes, turning halfway, or until the asparagus starts to sizzle and the bacon starts to shrink and get crispy.
8. Lastly, try basting the skewers in BBQ sauce after they are done grilling for an extra oomph! Trust me- it's delicious!!

Typing up instructions on how to make these skewers makes my mouth water! Guess what I'm having for lunch tomorrow! :) I wish I got a better picture of the bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers but I was too excited to devour my fillet mignon and delicious skewers that it slipped my mind. However, I managed to snap this picture before I stuffed my face like a starving dinosaur:

bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers drizzled in bbq sauce (top)

So if you or a loved one is craving bacon, I strongly suggest that you give this recipe a try- its the BOMBdotCOM :) Oh, and if anyone is wondering, the Filet Mignon was grilled medium rare to perfection thanks to this cool webpage that I found for grilling tips and recipes.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Leftovers = Amazing Burritos

BBQ and Mexican Casserole in a Spinach Tortilla
Back again with another delicious meal! This particular dish was concocted a while ago, but...just looking at this picture makes me hungry for it again!

Some back story on this...our apartment decided to throw a huge barbecue to welcome everyone back for another wonderful year of college! What we didn't know is that BBQs are a lot of work. A LOT OF WORK. Stressful at first, but the outcome was awesome and fun. So much food and laughter and catching up with the bestest people! It was a potluck BBQ because obviously, we're college kids and we're not made of money so our guests brought their own dishes to share. 

Unfortunately (or fortunately I should say), I bought tooooooo much meat and so we grilled everything and gave some away and had a lot of leftovers. So what do you do with leftovers? Throw 'em in a tortilla and chomp away! 

How We Did It: 
We got some Mexican casserole leftover from our dear friend who lives upstairs (shout-out to Aletha!), chopped up the leftover meat, cooked some rice with salsa, and stuffed it into a burrito with some shredded cheese.

Delicious couldn't get any easier.

Hugs! - Lardy

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Juicy, Tender and Medium Rare- What More Could You Wish for in a Steak?

ribeye steak seasoned to perfection and grilled medium rare

This steak was actually the first steak I've ever grilled! It looks pretty good, doesn't it? And it even tasted as good as it looks - on second thought, possibly even better. It was so tender and juicy and flavorful that I didn't even need to touch that A1 sauce (and for those who know me, that's impressive)!

Lards and I actually didn't make this dish together- I grilled it with my boyfren for a romantic dinner date out by the pool but I'm totally down to remake this dish with Lards since it was such a success :) But to be honest, my boyfren and I had no idea how to season a steak properly so we improvised. We pounded the steak (because that's what the experts always do on the Food Network) and haphazardly salted, peppered, garlic-salted, cayenne-peppered our steaks to our hearts content and let it sit for about an hour. Then we grilled it for about 8 minutes total and the steak was miraculously cooked medium rare- just the way we like it!

I wish I wrote down how much of each ingredient I used but honestly, I had no idea what I was doing! But here's a general list of ingredients I used- just use common sense to figure out amounts:
Garlic Salt
Cayenne Pepper (not too much!!)
McCormick's Steak Seasoning
Love (the more the better)

Happy grilling :)

Make Yourself a Sandwich Yo! (with YUMMY Basil Mayo)

turkey, bacon, spinach with basil mayo
So sorry for the lack of updates recently! Me and Shells have both been busy with midterms. Ugh, college life, but now we're back!!

This was actually made quite a while ago. Simple, delicious, and incredibly easy. A touch of basil mayonnaise will add a kick to any sandwich!

Basil Mayo Recipe

1 cup of mayonnaise
1 cup of roughly chopped fresh basil
2 cloves of minced garlic (I did more because I like garlic, but it's up to you)
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne red pepper
salt and pepper

1. Put the basil, garlic, and cayenne red pepper into a food processor and pulse. (I just wing it with this because no matter how much I pulse it, it's never smooth so I settle for slightly less chunky)
2. Add mayo to the food processor and blend together until well incorporated. (Don't forget to scrape down the sides once in a while!)

And that's all folks! Easy right?! Hope you enjoy! 

Hugs! - Lardy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Two and a Half Hour Transformation: Chicken Carcass to Meal

homemade chicken soup

Lards and I went to Costco with our roommates to stock up on food and other essentials (i.e. toilet paper). Along with the many unnecessary items in our shopping cart, Lards and I ended up buying a delicious rotisserie chicken. And for the next few days, we ate EVERYTHING with rotisserie chicken- sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and salads. Finally, we officially ran out of tender, juicy rotisserie chicken meat. But instead of throwing out the chicken carcass, one of us (ME!) had a stroke of genius and decided to make chicken soup with the remains!

So Lards and I did a quick search for chicken soup recipes and gathered our ingredients: a few stalks of celery (stolen from roommate), two tiny packets of baby carrots (also stolen from roommate), a large onion (probably our roommate's), and other seasoning essentials.

After two and a half hours of simmering away, our apartment was filled with the sweet aroma of homemade chicken soup and Lards and I were chowing down on good old-fashion comfort food- and it was delicious.

You may have noticed that a few of our ingredients were stolen from our roommate... so I feel that it is appropriate to say thanks for allowing us to mooch!! :) You're the best, Suraj!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Beginning of the End...of our Skinniness

bacon wrapped chicken over rice
Guess what guys!  This was the first dish that Shelley and I made together and it basically led to the creation of BOMBdotCOM!  So Shelley wanted to make a rice casserole, which is a fairly easy dinner dish to make so we decided to 1-up this dish by making bacon-wrapped chicken on top of it. Honestly though, bacon makes everything better. In fact, bacon makes the world go 'round! 

This dish wasn't completely unhealthy though! See the broccoli in the dish?! Mmmmm healthy.

So you may have noticed that there's a missing part of our casserole....well that was all Shelley's fault...okay okay actually it was my fault. I just couldn't resist! But can you blame me?! 

Hope you'll continue joining us on our delicious food adventures! 

HUGS! -Lardy