italian boy

italian boy

Thursday, October 27, 2011

sometimes the simplest things are best

Can you ask for a healthier, more vitamin-filled breakfast?  I guess it won't work if you're on Southbeach (the diet) but having a spread like this in the morning is so much more refreshing than pancakes, bacon or even cereal.  I luckily work near a grocery store so it's not difficult for me to walk in for a peach, plum and kiwi in the morning, if not an already prepared fruit salad.  Save the chocolate waffles for a treat when you're snowed in and reach for something simple and fresh.

Monday, October 24, 2011

fried hot peppers and potatoes

I know I've written about this before but it's just so great.  Get some hot peppers, wash and cut them in half removing the stems (leave the seeds if you want it extra hot), drop them in an inch or two of hot frying oil and fry them till they're soft and start to crisp.  Remove them with a slotted spoon or fork, set them on some paper towels to let the remaining oil drain .  Now drop sliced potatoes into that same [now seasoned] hot oil, let them fry till they start to turn golden brown, mix with the hot peppers and you're done.  I will make an entire meal out of this dish but it's also a perfect side for almost anything.  Steaks, roasts, rotisserie chicken... I can't wait to have this with my turkey on Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Awesome bruch idea & not a bad review: Rooster Cafe, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I LOVED Rooster Cafe on Isla Mujeres not far from Cancun.  It's totally American style coffee and brunch, but has some really unique menu items, has wifi, comfy chairs and is in the center of it all.  This breakfast sandwich was sooo creative and such a great idea.  The epitemy of sweet and savory.  Picture grilled ham cheese and avocado sandwich but with strawberry jam an sugared waffles instead of bread.  Great idea and such a treat.  Was perfect with spicy potatoes and fresh fruit.

bacon-wrapped goat cheese-suffed jalapenos

These are so delicious and will go flying of people's plates.  SO simple, you can prep these a day in advance or even fully cook them and just warm in the oven before serving.  Get large jalapeno peppers,cut them in half and fill with goat cheese.  Then wrap with a strip of bacon, secure with a toothpick or two, arrange on some foil then either broil or carefully place in your grill.  Turn once or twice with tongs till the bacon gets crispy and you're done.  
This recipe is very versatile, as you can substitute cheeses or even peppers (if you would like something more or less spicy).  Use your favorite apple-wood smoked bacon, or just a regular cut.  Even think about adding raisins or cranberries to the cheese before you wrap in bacon! 
These are also just as good if you make them earlier in the day or the night before then just heat them in the oven just before serving- no one will know the difference!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I LOVE hanging out with my parents

This is about 4 minutes after walking into their house. We didnt even make it to the table. 

About Me

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Hi there, my name is Giacomo and I enjoy things delicious. Long story short, my parents moved from Italy to NJ where I grew up (and loved it) but found myself in Washington, DC fourteen years ago and haven’t yet found an excuse to leave. Food has always been a huge part of my day and life… from happy times, sad times, holidays, drunken escapades and all the rest in between, I’ve usually spent a good portion of that time putting something in my mouth. I guess I started this blog a little while ago to keep track of what I was cooking and places I’d eat-- simply because my friends were always asking “how do you make this” or “where do you get that” but surprisingly over time I guess real people started reading too. SO, take a look around and let me know what you think. You’ll see that the backbone of lots of my food is Italian but I manage to cover most bases. Thanks for stopping by. BUON APPETITO!

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