Goodbye… For Now

Well folks, this is it. This is the last post I need to do for my Online Journalism class and I gotta say Im having mixed feelings about that.

I’ve really enjoyed doing this every week. Having to do posts for this blog has forced my think of new things to make and I have found a couple new dishes that I really love.

But, I also had to worry every week about if I enough groceries to make something for my blog. Then, if I didn’t, what kind of creative post I could do instead.

I will still post things here every so often, just not every week. I’m not going to stop cooking, and I’m sure people out there would like to see what I’m making (I’m talking about you Mom), so I’ll post whenever I make something good.

Thanks for all the visits, here are my greatest hits:

Thanksgiving

Chicken Tikka Masala

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Omelette

Ham, Eggs & Chips

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Some Chicken Chili For a Cold Winter’s Night

As a semester comes to a close, everyone is scurrying to get all of their work done. People spend hours at the library and in study groups getting ready for their finals. I, however, spent most of my time on Monday in the kitchen making chili for my friends.

The temperatures dropped well below freezing last night as I began to think of things I could make for a nice study break pick-me-up. I found the perfect fit with my famous chicken chili.

I started making this chili about two years ago when I was first starting to get serious about cooking. I found the recipe online, but by now my recipe bears little resemblance to the one I found just a few years ago.

This chili was one the first things that I ever made that I let my friends try. Before that I mostly cooked just for myself and sometimes for my family. My chili was the first dish that I was ever really proud of.

So, with everyone’s heads buried in textbooks, mine was hovering over cutting boards and boiling pots of chili. One of my favorite things about this chili is that once you get everything cut up and into the pot, you can just let it sit there on the stove. It takes our hours to cook but most of that time you can just sit back and relax, only getting up occasionally to stir the pot.

I got a late start so the chili wasn’t ready until around 11:45 p.m. and everyone started coming over. I was worried that people would be too tired or too busy to come over, but most of the people I invited came. They were not disappointed.

“Oh my god! This is the best chili I’ve ever had,” said Josh Carter. “So much better than the junk my parents make.”

I have to agree with Josh, it was the best chili I’ve ever made. We were later joined by my old friend Anthony Ciarnella, who had just gotten done with a study group at 12:30. He was tired, but he didn’t want to miss the chili.

“I’ve been working since 10 a.m.,” Ciarnella said. “I really should stop by here more often.”

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The 1st Annual Glassboro Gourmet Thanksgiving Spectactular

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Some Quick App Links For Your Saturday

One of the best parts about my family’s Thanksgiving is that we don’t have to wait for the turkey to be done to eat. When we get to my aunt and uncle’s house, there’s always a big spread of appetizers and hor’dourves waiting for us. With the Gourmet’s very own Thanksgiving dinner on its way, I thought it night cool to look up some delicious app recipes that I or one of my guests could make. Here they are.

– Bacon wrapped potatoes from The Kitchn… I don’t think I need to say any more.

– I’ve been looking for a good stuffed mushroom recipe for a while. I think I found one I might try. It’s crabmeat stuffed mushrooms from Love My Philly .

– I love a good spinach and artichoke dip. Domestic Pursuits has a good recipe.

– These Atomic Buffalo Turds make me wish I had a smoker. In fact, a lot of things on BBQ Addict make me wish I had a smoker.

– Can’t beat a good hummus. I found a recipe at the Pioneer Woman, but if I make it, I might add some spice.

One thing I like about Thanksgiving appetizers is the variety. The main meal is pretty standard… turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. I love everything about Thanksgiving dinner, but the appetizers give you a chance to get a bit more creative without losing the tradition of the main meal.

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BREAKING NEWS– Anouncement of the 1st Annual Glassboro Gourmet Thanksgiving Spectatular

Well, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is less than a week away, and I figured we could start celebrating a little early. So, on Monday November, 22, The Gourmet will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner in a super-secret location (We don’t want any crashers. That food is for me!)

It’s a bit of a potluck, so if someone comes without some food or at least some wine, they are getting thrown out. The whole point is to show that we can put on a whole Thanksgiving in our apartment at school. If we can do that, then there’s almost nothing you can’t do.

After the festivities are over I will be posting some pictures as well as some interviews with people at the dinner. I am so excited for this and not only for the fact that it means that I get TWO Thanksgiving dinners this year. I’m just excited to get all my friends together to see what they can do in the kitchen.

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Gourmet Birthday Cake

My perfect girlfriend made me this perfect cake for my birthday. It was a wonderful surprise. Seeing as how much I post thing that she made, she probably should have just made this blog for herself. I promise birthday posts are done for at least a year.

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The Perfect Birthday present: STEAK

I turned 22 last Thursday and to celebrate getting old my girlfriend took me to the restaurant/carnivore pilgrimage site, Fogo de Chao in Philadelphia.

Fogo is a Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse, which means that there are people walking around the restaurant with big skewers of meats and give you as much as you want. They give you a little card that is green on one side, and red on the other, and when you are ready for meat you turn it to green. You are then bombarded with 12 different kinds of meats that Fogo’s “Gaucho” chefs slice right off the skewer for you.

Just take a look at a few of the meats they offer.

Ribeye

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Sausage

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Brazilian cut of steak called Alcatra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures come courtesy of www.fogodechao.com. Visit the site if you’re ready for your mouth to water.

Fogo offers something that you definitely can’t make in our dorm room and is an eating experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend it.

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