Archive for March, 2010

Crazy sushi – made by us!
March 31, 2010

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We decided to have a food adventure. Yes, we decided to make our own sushi. Sam has tried this before to no success, but he figured, by teaming up with Nina, there was no way it could be bad. She made the ingredients, while he made the rice and the sushi. We’ll go through the recipes one at a time.

For those you deciding to make sushi, make the rice earlier, or you will go hungry like we did. It took over an hour to make and then had to cool. Meanwhile, all we wanted was to eat. Planning. You should plan that.

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We started with a bacon sushi roll. We said, “Why should it only be seafood?” This was the easiest one to make, as the cream cheese with chives that we used made it easier to roll. Instead of bacon, we got lazy and used real bacon salad toppers. Here are some of Sam’s rolling tips:

Make sure the rice is wet.

When you put the nori on the mat, put it rough side up.

Leave a 1/2-inch border around the entire border of the nori. This will make rolling easier. Try to line the nori with the rice and push it down so it’s flat.

Line your ingredients vertically along the left edge. This will make rolling uniform and give you a good looking roll.

Roll a little bit at a time. Make it tight, but not too tight.

Anyways. Back to our bacon roll.

It was decent. It actually got better when we added ginger and soy, which added some sweetness. Next time we make it, we’ll use tomatoes or roasted red peppers.

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Buffalo chicken sushi – we used some breaded chicken and soaked it in Frank’s Buffalo sauce. Sam went willy nilly silly with the bleu cheese, which became one with the rice, so this was like a big piece of cheese. Which wasn’t as good as it sounds. Less cheese next time and some small strips of carrot.

Next time, as well, we will season our rice. We learned that one, too.

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Crab sushi – Nina wrote down that she overcooked the crab. I liked it. She didn’t. The crab, that is. They came out OK, but we kind of threw this one together. We’ll come up with a better recipe.

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Pork sushi – This was the best one. We used a BBQ pork chop from Nina’s leftovers, then added in some cucumber. The sweetness of the BBQ and ginger mixed to make a delectable flavor. Sweet sushi is different. Cool, too. Cucumber adds a clean taste to this to balance it. We really did something with this.

Most people are content to just go out and eat. Not us. We make crazy food. Generally, it involves bacon. Then, we watch documentaries about Harlan Ellison or episodes of Bones and CSI. You can be jealous. It’s OK. We understand.

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FISH FRY WEEK FIVE
March 28, 2010

This week, we went to…

St. Maximilian Kolbe, Homestead
Ash Wednesday and Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., social hall (formally St. Ann Church), 363 W. 11th Ave. Extension. Fish sandwich, fish dinner, shrimp dinner, crab cake dinner, baked and fried seafood platters, haluski, potato pancakes and more. Specialty dinners include linguini with seafood or clam sauce, scallops, fried clams and lasagna. Takeout available, call 412-462-1743.

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We are breaking this down one thing at a time.

Pierogies: They had potato and cheese inside and were made more like pasta. Not hard and fried. Nice, soft, melty pierogies. They were cooked just right, with sweet butter and onions. Not cooked to death. Just, well, perfect. These may have been the best we have ever had. And trust you me, we eat a lot of them.

Haluski: We were told these are the only potato haluski of any Catholic diocese fish fry in town. They were mild, not overpowering like other haluski we have had. We’re not the biggest fans of haluski, but we liked this.

Potato pancakes: These were close to the haluski. Good, but not Nina style. But not bad.

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Macaroni and cheese: The only words we have are “really amazing.” So much cheese, just swimming in cheese. And us? We want to swim in this. It was like a sleeping bag. A hug from your mom. Almost perfect…the best mac and cheese we have ever had, even in restaurants. Yes, we are going back next week and getting big ones to freeze for when we get the need for mac and cheese, so you know. It will be gone in a few days.

Cole slaw: This wasn’t as chopped up as the one we had last week, which was the best. Now, we have a tie. This was crunchy and pretty great.

Baked seafood platter: This had scallops, some whitefish and shrimp. Nina was happy that the shrimp were classy. They were depooped. And cooked properly. You know, Nina grew up on a boat. So she has rules about eating seafood, now living so far from the water. And she liked this.

Fish sandwich: We got four big pieces of fish that was all handbreaded. They even threw in a thick roll. Just well made fish, tasty and such a good deal, too.

After weeks of fish fries, we are pleased to declare St. Maximilian Kolbe the winner. We will return next week and give you a review of their lasagna, fried clams and more. And soon…we will be hitting county fairs. Yes, does your community have a fair? We want to go. Come meet us. Buy us elephant ears and lemonades. We will regale you with stories of food and conspiracies and you will be taken by the adorableness of us. We will honestly make you sick.

FISH FRY WEEK FOUR
March 22, 2010

This week, we went to:
Madonna del Castello Catholic Church
When: Ash Wednesday & all Lenten Fridays except Good Friday
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: 2021 S. Braddock Avenue in Swissvale, PA
Menu: Fried and Baked Fish Dinner includes side dish with dessert, fish sandwiches, shrimp basket, Pasta e fagioli, Haluski, Macaroni & Cheese
Cost: Dinner: $7.50 – Children: $4.00
Takeout Phone Number: 412-271-3959 (Delivery till 3:00 p.m. within local area)

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We have a new best fish fry. These guys were the most efficient place we’ve been to. Plus, they made some of the best sides we’ve had. Nina said that the cole slaw was as almost as good as her mom’s. High praise. The fish was good. But the sides. Mac and cheese was good. The pasta e fagioli was really nice. Apple sauce. And a chocolate cake that was so tasty.

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On a Friday afternoon with the screen doors open (fixed thanks to the common sense ingenuity of Nina) and the breeze and the sun, this was the perfect meal.

There’s one week of Lent left. We would advise you all to go to this fish fry, take it home and enjoy it with someone special to you. You will not be let down.

5 Guys in Waterworks, Pittsburgh, PA
March 15, 2010

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Every once in awhile, you want a hamburger. And Nina summed it up best. If you want a burger, and you don’t want to wait, and you want it affordable, you go to 5 Guys.

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Pay no attention to the cuddly bear of a man in this shot. Focus on the burger. Mmm. Burger. Nina had a mini bacon cheeseburger with peppers and pickles. Sam had a big one with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and mayo. They both split fries. Sam usually doesn’t like fries, but these were like fair fries.

Note: Do you run a county fair? Nina and Sam want to come to your fair. Send us free tickets, we’ll hype it and review it here. Thank you.

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Yes, Nina takes some arty pictures.

Our Five Guys experience was wonderful and we’ll go back whenever we get a hankering for a hamburger.

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FISH FRY WEEK THREE
March 8, 2010

We missed week two. Fuck you, snow!

But week three?

We enjoyed the fuck out of it.

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This week comes from…
Dravosburg VFD
When: Ash Wednesday & Every Friday During Lent
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Start Date: 2/17/2010
End Date: 4/2/2010
Location: 598 Ravine Street in Dravosburg
Menu: Fried and baked fish, halusku, pierogies, soup, fries, mac and cheese, cole slaw, crab cakes & shrimp
Cost: $2.00-$8.00
Takeout Phone Number: 412-466-2405

We got there super late. Like 7:30. But nobody does Lent like West Mifflin. Don’t believe us? Look at Sam’s neighbor’s house:

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They made sure we got some food. Sure, there weren’t big buns left. Sure, they were out of mac and cheese and cole slaw. Sure, the fries were soggy. But the cheese balls, haluski and fish sandwiches were amazing. They provided us with ample fuel for an evening of naked women, singing Prince and having fun.

Oh, Dravosburg VFW. We love you so much. You fight fires and make amazing fish and greasy foods. God bless y’all and yinz.