Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Where do you like to Eat?

Well Platypi Muse likes to eat in the Inland Empire and now he likes to talk about it. Just so you know, Brian is also a contributor (albeit ONCE!) to the Wampus. I know I should be working but when I'm reading my coders' blogs, I read all my blogs at one time, right? Well Mr. Brian had to go and start yet, ANOTHER blog. The best part is that he gave me some link love in there and this is something I have always wanted to do. He beat me to it.

Ya'll go read and come here for your recipes....and please people....stop making Godzilla cakes. It's the most popular search that brings people here, but it's starting to make me feel like ya'll don't like my other stuff....it is all about me after all.....

Go tell Brian where you like to eat in the Riverside / San Bernardino areas and let's see what he thinks about it. (Brian, have you tried that Niko Niko Sushi in Corona? Good eatin')

Friday, April 04, 2008

Ben & Jerry's Cake Batter is pretty awesome...

This tastes exactly like cake and chocolate frosting. Weird! It's just like how Jelly Belly Popcorn tastes just like buttered popcorn.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

ThinkGeek :: Spazztroids - Caffeinated Breakfast Cereal

mmmmmmmm, coffee and cereal mixed together.
This is exactly what I need in the mornings....thanks Josh for the link.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Cake for Godzilla

OK...so I had a post about my almost 3 year old's (aka Godzilla) 2nd birthday party. Just so ya'll know, I refer to my kids as nicknames because I'm weird and I don't want to put their names up on the internets. I'm sure I've slipped a couple of times, but you'd have to search through the blog to find 'em.

Anyway....I get a lot of traffic from people looking for Chicken Parmesan and Godzilla Cakes. In trying to show someone the cake for my youngest monkey.....I noticed that the photo was no longer available. It was on my wife's photo bucket and she has apparently deleted it from there. Now just for you people that come here looking for a cake and get the big ol' "no longer available" square, here it is.

We had a good time that day. I'm sure there will be more to come........

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

In honor of March Madness!

So, I made these on Super Bowl Sunday, but I cannot for the life of me remember what I did. I know there was butter and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce involved. I think I baked them in butter, Worcestershire, cayenne, salt & pepper, then when they came out, I just poured the BBQ sauce over them and coated the wings. This is why I need to post as soon as I cook....otherwise I forget.....or I should at least write it down. Them was good eatin'!

Now I would be remiss if I did not plug the bracket of choice......mine. I need more people to join in the fun! Make a bracket and let me know who you think will be cutting down the net.

Repeat Offender: Pesto Pizza

Now previously, I did these as a grilled flat bread pizza, but who has time for making their own dough when Trader Joes rocks the pizza dough like they do?
Anyway, I make my own pesto sauce, slice up some red onions, mozzarella and tomatoes and pop the sucker in the oven....voila!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

BBQ Chicken w/twice baked potatoes

This was fun to make. I've never done it before, but this is what I made for my wife's birthday dinner when her folks came up from Oceanside.

Now the chicken was a Caddywampus standard of crispy skinned indirect heat BBQ-ing and the corn was also cooked husk on, directly on the grill. The twice baked potatoes...let's take a look on how this was pulled off.

First, I popped the potatoes in the oven for about an hour, pulled them out and cut each one in half, scooping out the meat into a bowl. While those potatoes were baking, I sliced up some ham (didn't have bacon) and browned it in a skillet just to get it crispy, chopped up some green onion and shredded some sha'ap cheddah cheese. Then with some milk and a stick of butter and a couple o' table spoons of sour cream, whipped it all up together and re-filling the potatoes. What came out was pretty dang good for a first try. I topped it off with a bit more cheese, the ham and green onions then popped those bad boys back in the oven for about 20 more minutes (or until the cheese begins to bubble/brown).


Top Chef 4

Why is it that Top Chef has a lesbian with a faux hawk or mohawk hair do? And how did this girl's girlfriend get on there with her? I say both of them should go, but the faux hawk chick looks like she actually knows how to cook as opposed the girl from last year.

The good thing is that last night they got rid of the right person right away. Nissim bugged me from the get go. She was just whiny and anti-social. How do people like that get on the air? It almost makes me think I could be a "top chef". What am I saying? I can't even frost a cupcake for pete's sake!

I like the kid from New Zealand and the foul mouthed guy even though he's going to be going home soon....the one that's going to win is Richard....he does that "molecular gastronomy" crap that seems pretty cool. It's very much anti-caddywampus, but cool all the same.

Be Good and Be Good At It!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

the new BLT

I tried something new with this. Try some fresh basil, a fried egg, avocado, and a slice of American cheese (although a good Havarti, Gouda, Muenster or Jarlsberg would have done the job, too). It was done on whole wheat bread, but I really like this on Sourdough. (but who can afford two types of bread all the time?)

It has been dubbed a BBLEACT.....the new BLT

Monday, March 10, 2008

Pepperoni Pizza Omelette

Need I say more?

New stuff on the way

Hey my faithful three!

I haven't been spending too much time online the past couple of weeks and just wanted to let you know that I have some interesting recipes coming. Just to whet the appetite, "Pizza Omelet" is one of the items. Can you dig it?

And just for needing a picture, what do you think about this (thanks to Kevin Leggett for the photo).

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I wanna wok and woll all night....

Ya'll, Trader Joe's is the best. I have to declare that I did NOT make the orange chicken from scratch; however, I did prepare it. It's one of those "toss in the oven, microwave the sauce and toss together" meals.

The stir-fry noodles and veggies on the other hand....that was all me (with a little help from some store bought stir-fry sauce). I don't think I really NEED to tell you how I did it...do I? Well I chopped up some of the veggies and put others in whole in a HOT oil in a HOT wok. Next, I added a little (too much...whoops) sauce and mixed well. Then, I put that in a bowl on the side, tossed in some left over angel hair from a couple of nights ago (with a skosh more oil) tossed in a quarter cuppa hot water then added the saucy veggies. Toss and serve. I even garnished it with some orange slices to make it look all purdy and such.


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chicken in a Balsamic Pear Sauce

This was so good. My wife, Juilie received for Christmas, a subscription to Good Housekeeping and this was in the issue with Dr. Feel and his wahfe. (I will not like that door knob.) Anyway, I did serve couscous, but not the other stuff...I like my julienned veggies better.
Here's what you need:
  • 1T (+ 1t) EVOO
  • 4 sm. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (approx 1 lb.)
  • 2 Bosc pears, unpeeled, cored and 1/8th'ed
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 3T Balsamic
  • 2t Cornstarch
Here's how you do it:
  1. Heat EVOO in 12" skillet (med. heat), add chicken and cook until done. Transfer to plate
  2. a.Cook pear wedges 3-4 minutes in same skillet (or until lightly browned & tender) 2b. mix balsamic, chicken broth and cornstarch while pears are cooking
  3. Pour balsamic mixture in with pears, bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat for 1 minute (until it begins to thicken).
  4. Return chicken (and any run-off juices from plate) and heat through.

NOTE: cans of chicken broth are 14 oz. what do you do with the other 6 oz? well, you boil that (along with 2oz water) and use that for the couscous. (Honey, I forgot to add the water last night and that may have been why the couscous was a little dry....my bad! It was still an amazing dinner.)

Well there you go.....the good, the bad and the yummy!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New Years Eve

Need I say more? Oh yeah...those were hand toasted almonds, by the way. Them was good!

Baked Bacon

Now don't be thrown off at the beautifully fried egg to the left. It's the bacon on the right ya'll need to give a shot.
Placing it on a baking sheet, sprinkling a generous amount of brown sugar, black pepper and chili powder and putting it in a 350 degree oven for say 10 minutes (if I remember correctly).
My, my, my (music hits me...so hard...makes me say 'oh my lawd'....MC Hammer)
Go DO IT and enjoy!

Tri-Tip..it's what was for dinner

Just thought I would throw out my attempt at being like Mattbites only in a 3rd rate kind of way. He's a real food photographer. This was my attempt at doing a sauce as well. Don't you like the presentation?

Tri-Tip seared and finished in a HOT oven w/julienned zucchini and carrots.

It was good.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Craving Crawdads-I need them in Riverside, CA


Can someone help me find some of these to serve at the wampus? I have a craving.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Well, every year we have a party to celebrate the birth of Jesus. My oldest reads the story of Mary, Joseph and the gang, we break bread, then go carolling.

The food was good, especially the slow cooked pulled pork and beef. The crock pot saved the day! Also was the cream cheese dip w/bacon and stuff....we went through two of them.

I should also note that the salad brought by the Meloni's was particularly yummy because it had pears and candied and roasted walnuts.....phew....I had 2nds.

Later ya'll!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

which one is "Greater than"? (>, <)

No, that's not a face from Southpark, but it's a question. I know this is a "food blog" and not a personal view blog, but they come together at some point, right? Well, while on Shaun Groves's blog, I saw Jesus>War. Now we know that Jesus is greater than war, but we also need to remember that Jesus is greater than our pie holes.

So, we need to eat less, give more and pray even more-er.

Have a good time and let me know how it goes for you

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Eggs, Bacon, Chips and Beans

Yes, folks, this is what the Caddywampus is about. Simple foods that are good. Now, the kids across the pond have different ideas about what mixtures as good food, but I'm sure they would say the same of Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles.

However, I say....I found a blog that was right up my alley. Eggs, Bacon, Chips and Beans (chips = Fries) goes to many different establishments and orders up the four ingredients. How much fun is that? That's like how I like to order a French Dip wherever I go. Just to see which one is better. (Well, I used to, but I haven't done it in a long while.) What better than a plate of side dishes?

Anyway, visit EBCB and enjoy the stories of whose is better than whose in London, England.