Moving week

20130816-075757.jpgI moved to the sunny side of the Bridge, Oakland! As stoked as I was to cook in my new kitchen, I realized while I had a couple good friends helping me put my furniture together that I was missing so many essentials. Shit that you need to get your cook on. Knives (where are you knives?!), olive oil, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, garlic, all my seasonings, etc. This was my effort to slap together a bomb ass meal for my boys with what I had.

    Ingredients

1 bag TruRoots Ancient Grains Fusilli
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 spicy Italian turkey sausage
4 kale leaves
1 jar Rao’s Homemade Marinara

Being water to a boil and cook the pasta. Stir occasionally while preparing the sauce. Then drain.

Heat the coconut oil on medium-high. Squeeze the turkey sausage out of casing and onto the pan. Break up the sausage as much as possible. Cook until browned. Tear kale and stir pieces into the turkey sausage until tender. Stir Rao’s Homemade Marinara into the pan. Reduce heat to medium and cook until sauce begins to bubble.

Mix pasta and sauce and enjoy. Nom.

SF Street Food Festival

It’s our favorite time of the year: The San Francisco Street Food Festival! Sample foods from the best food trucks and restaurants that SF has to offer! Bring cash, come hungry! See if you can find @msminoc or @napier_says, we’ll be giving free belly rubs. 😊 #sanfrancisco #sf #sffoodfest #sflife #foodstagram #foodie #gluttonsanonymous


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Americana

Anytime someone asks us to make comfort food I get all giddy inside. You can imagine my excitement when our new foodie clients, Ariel & Max (not from The Little Mermaid), told us that they wanted to have an Americana BBQ picnic-style wedding. Challenge: Our bride is vegetarian. Our groom is from a Jewish family and many of them do not eat pork. Challenge accepted. Here’s what we made -

Refreshments

ImageStrawberry Lime Basil Mini Ice Pop served over Cucumber Lemonade in mason jars

ImageCherry Lime Shrub – gin, cherry shrub, lime juice, simple syrup, sparkling water, snow ice, topped with cherries

Hors d’Oeuvres

ImageCast Iron Pan-fried Corn Cakes – heirloom tomato relish, lemon basil and mozzarella

ImageEggs in a Basket – deviled quail egg, pickled shallots, chive, potato basket

ImageCaramelized Pulled Pork Shoulder – homemade potato chip, pickled carrot, fresno chili piccallili

The Grill Station

ImageHouse Gound Kobe Beef Sliders, Miniature Kosher Beef Hot Dog, Mac ‘n Cheese in Coquettes. I wish you could’ve heard all the noises of excitement when we brought these little guys out. I loved hearing Max’s dad turn to his wife and say “Why don’t you make mac ‘n cheese like that in mini coquettes?” We didn’t forget Ariel… we made veggie versions of all these treats for her. I personally tasted them and they were amazing. I’m not gonna lie. I pretty much personally taste everything. I hover around the kitchen waiting for stuff to be done so I can “taste” it before it goes out.

First Course

ImageFamily Style Heirloom Watermelon & Tomato Salad – hass avocado, red onion, white balsamic reduction, micro herbs

Entree

ImageCreekstone BBQ Beef Short Rib & Mary’s Southern Fried Chicken. Mary’s Southern Fried Seitan for our bride.

Sides

ImageAsparagus & Carrot Slaw – mint, red onion, lemon vinaigrette

ImageRoasted Herb Marbled Potatoes in mini cast iron skillets

ImageSummer Orzo & Bean Salad – summer beans, fresh garbanzo, edamame, summer icicle radish, feta, snappy vinaigrette

ImageImageCornbread Madeleines served with Farmed Honey Comb & Clotted Cream

Dessert

ImageMini Summer Cherry Pie Bites. More squeals of joy. It turns out people get really excited when they see mini foods.

ImageBanana Bourbon Bread Pudding

ImageStrawberry Shortcake Push Pops

And now you may enjoy your foodgasm.