Month: July 2014

Texas Chili Cheese Fries

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How do you take a food truck and carnival classic and transform it into home fare? Simple. You put Chef Lisa on it and she creates these off-the-charts delicious Texas Chili Cheese Fries, a meal in itself. Spice-coated, crispy baked (not fried!) French fries are smothered in a ribbon-winning, hearty homemade chili, sprinkled with sharp cheddar cheese and finished with a spicy pico de gallo (tomatoes and jalapeños and parsley!) fresh salsa.

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Cheers! It’s Wine & Cheese Week

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You may have heard it through the grapevine – we here at Bite Me More enjoy our wine and that’s why we’re so excited to have a legitimate excuse to imbibe – yes, it’s time for a Wine & Cheese Party, complete with cheesy fare (Two Tomato Caprese Salad, superb sips (New York Sours) for everyone, and of course, a the perfect playlist for wining and dining.

Terrific Two Tomato Caprese Salad

Meatless Monday

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This amazing Two Tomato Caprese Salad is going to help you can save the airfare. Forget flying across the ocean to ogle leaning towers and wave Italy’s green, white and red flag. We’ve got a sky-high stack of oven-roasted tomatoes, plum tomatoes, freshl basil and marvellous mozzarella that’ll satisfy your need for a “primo insalata grande.” Si. Great salad.

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Eggplant and Zucchini Ratatouille Tart

Meatless Monday

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I give Julia & Jacques (as in, Pepin) their due as French food gurus, however I would be remiss if I didn’t include Lisa in this list of culinary luminaries. One bite of her Eggplant and Zucchini Ratatouille Tart – flaky buttery crust, tender eggplant, zucchini and onion, creamy ricotta cheese, sweet Roma tomatoes – and you’ll be tipping your beret to Chef Lisa.

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“…Paris is a moveable feast.”
-Ernest Hemingway

Reel It In: Tips for Buying Fresh Fish

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When it comes to buying fish, many tread in murky waters. Having a procedure and knowing what to look for when scanning your options is key in selecting fish that is fresh and fine to eat. To help ensure you stay afloat in this process, we have compiled four simple steps to follow when swimming down the fish aisle:1. Start off on the right foot. Ensure you are shopping in a reputable store or market.

2. Sniff away. Fish should not smell fishy. It should smell like the ocean or clean water. If the fish is smelly, back away.

3. Survey the many fish in the sea. You’re looking for firm, clean flesh and shiny scales that rest closely to the skin. The gills should be red and wet, not slimy or dry. If the flesh looks at all dull and/or the gills discolored, hold the line and walk on.

4. Gaze into their eyes. Fresh fish should have clear, bright, and slightly bulged eyes. If the eyes are cloudy, this indicates the fish is past its prime. Sunken eyes indicate a fish that is dehydrated.

5. Get touchy feely. If you press the flesh of the fish and the skin does not bounce back, move on down the line.

Once you’ve hooked that perfect specimen, why not try one of our delicious recipes to take you fresh out of the water and onto your plate:

Grilled Swordfish with Olive Relish

Jerk Cod with Pineapple Salsa and Coconut Rice

Walnut Crusted Halibut

Sweet and Sour Halibut

Sweet Citrus Spiced Salmon

Mushroom-Crusted Sole

Crunchy Baked Sea Bass

Sizzling Tilapia with Mango Salsa

 

Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin

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Our highly caffeinated Chef Lisa always has a cup of Joe at her side, so it should come as no surprise that she’s taken her favorite grinds and brought them to this most special cut of beef, the tenderloin. This Coffee-Crusted Tenderloin is a pull-out-all-the-stops star, a juicy, super-flavorful and tender (hence the name, tender-loin) main course guaranteed to have everyone buzzing with praise.

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“If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?”
-John Cleese

Baked Lemon Cod with Orange Jicama Salad

Meatless Monday

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Think the only way to get your family to eat fish is to serve up the frozen sticks? Think again, especially considering this delicious, elegant and utterly simple Baked Lemon Cod with Orange Jicama Salad. Not only does this mild white fish take on a zesty lemon flavor, but it’s also paired with a refreshing and crunchy orange jicama salad.

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“I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don’t like eating fish. And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.”
-Britney Spears

Comp-Eat Your Heart Out!!!

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Here at Bite Me More, we love some good ol’ competition every now and then. There’s nothing like a friendly rivalry to ignite the fire within us, keep us on our toes and whisk us away into the heat of the moment. With the Fourth of July approaching, we can’t help but get excited for what is probably the most buzzed about competition in the food world, and that is Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. This Thursday, thousands will travel to New York’s Coney Island to witness one of the world’s most “unique sporting events” that has grown to such fame it is even broadcast on ESPN. Last year’s male winner, Joey Chestnut, consumed a whopping 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes to beat his own world record. We can hardly fathom it. Will you be watching to see if he can do it again?

If you can believe it, this sport has everything from laid-out rules to thought-out tactics, preparation and recovery. And it doesn’t just stop at hot dogs – throughout the United States, Canada and Japan (countries where competitive eating is most popular), food will run the gamut from hamburgers to pies, pancakes, chicken wings, pizza, ribs, and even turkey in honor of thanksgiving. While at once we are disgusted, we are also simultaneously fascinated by the determination and digestion capabilities of some humans.

On the one hand, we are tempted to say have some fun and conduct some eating competitions of your own, but on the other, perhaps this is one feast you should not try at home. But if your eyes are bigger than your stomach, or if you’re keeping the heat in the kitchen in preparation for your family meal, here are some recipes and decor to consider for your main event:

A Star-Spangled July 4th Party

Hot Diggity Dog Party

Oven Baked BBQ Ribs

Chipotle Burgers with Creamy Coleslaw Recipe

Lemon Meringue Pie

Sweet and Sticky Honey-Baked Chicken Wings text