March 30, 2012

Quick Tip: How to Make In-N-Out Burger Grilled Onions

In-N-Out Burger is my favorite fast food. In fact, when people ask me what I love most about living in California, I always reply back with "having In-N-Out Burger, the San Jose Sharks, and fantastic weather."

Many people (myself included) have tried to recreate this amazing burger, but failed to reproduce the symphony of flavors, texture, and quality ingredients. Well, I'm proud to say that I've nailed one important part of the recipe: the grilled onions.

They are part of a not-so-secret-menu item at In-N-Out Burger called "animal style." They probably call it that because people turn into monkeys at the thought of these melting morsels of sweetness!

These grilled onions are also great on philly cheesesteaks and hot dogs!

March 12, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Ice Cream Cake

How delicious and decadent does my cinnamon roll coffee ice cream cake look? Chewy and sweet rolls add the perfect texture to support the amazing flavor combination of cinnamon, coffee, and chocolate. I basically turned a Starbucks coffeehouse into a dessert. 

I know what you're thinking. That looks amazing, but the calories dude..and isn't it time consuming?

Everything in moderation, including moderation. I've lost 40 pounds in the past year by just exercising regularly and having a more balanced diet. I still eat In-N-Out Burger and desserts like this.

This took 5 minutes to assemble. I used store bought ingredients to cut down on time and fuss. Got a favorite cinnamon roll recipe? Feel free to use it instead. Don't like coffee or chocolate ice cream? Put your favorite flavor in. My goal is just to give you a new dessert idea. Let your imagination run with it! 

March 6, 2012

Easy Cheesy Thai Comfort Pasta

Everyone has those days when they need nurturing comfort food, but don't want to spend more time in the kitchen than on the couch. I recently had one of those days when the bi-polar California weather went from 78 and clear to 54 and rainy within 24 hours. I came up with a dish that combines the comforting flavors and texture of spaghetti with the ginger-y, peanut-y, and spicy flavors of Thai food. It really hit the spot.

But you know what? This dish would be great as a quick lunch or a party entree without the hassle. Although my recipe is made for 1 hungry hockey fan, you can easily scale the recipe up based on how many people you plan to serve.

Get this. It only takes 5-15 minutes before you're back on the couch and doing a 'Friends' DVD marathon. Don't believe me? I have proof after the break.