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Fried calamari with garlic aoili

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If you’re a seafood lover like me, fried calamari is one of your favorite appetizers. I always order it at restaurants, and as I bite into each awesome morsel I wonder how hard it would be to make them at home.

Turns out, it’s pretty freaking easy. I found a package of frozen calamari at Wegmans and sliced them up, fried them, and served them with some homemade garlic aoili (also surprisingly simple to make!)

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Popcorn chicken (made with real popcorn!)

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How was your memorial day weekend? Mine was fabulous!!!

I went to my second cousin’s Bar Mitzvah in NYC, and the party was beyond amazing. As in, I had caviar, lamb chops, center cut sirloin, pizza with truffle oil, dim sun, crab cakes, cheese of every variety, and there was an open bar, of course đŸ™‚

I got to introduce the boyfriend to my family, and I was able to impress everyone with how much I’ve matured in the past year, as well as bore them with details of my new job.

You heard me correctly. I have a new job. 

YAY!!! Only weeks before my current research grant ran out, I was offered a full time position doing super exciting clinical research. I made those brain cupcakes after my interview two weeks ago, and they ended up being the good luck charm I needed! So there’s going to be a lot of changes in the next few weeks, and I have no clue how my schedule will adapt to blogging/cooking/photography. But hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up, because I can’t imagine my life without it.

And while I was recovering from my food induced coma this weekend I found this recipe for real popcorn chicken in my sister’s Parents magazine, and immediately tore out the page. I imagined it would be a fun thing to make, and I was right! Continue reading


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Date night: Moroccan food and Casablanca

I’ve mentioned before how much of a cinephile I am, so it’ll come as no surprise then that when I heard that they were rereleasing Casablanca for one night in theaters to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this classic film, I jumped onto Fandango and bought my tickets immediately.

It would be too easy for me to dive into what makes this film so amazing, but this isn’t a film blog (idea for a spinoff blog maybe?), it’s a cooking blog. So to tie everything together, Kevin and I decided we would whip up a delicious Moroccan meal before we went to see the movie. It would be our first successful date night, seeing as how our Valentine’s day dinner plans were foiled by the sudden and violent onset of my stomach flu. đŸ˜› Continue reading


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Fried chicken with cayenne and paprika

Believe it or not, this was actually our second attempt at making fried chicken. The first time Ken found a recipe online for spicy siracha marinated fried chicken, and seeing as how much we love siracha, we went for it. I was busy making the carrot cake for Thanksgiving, so I didn’t really read the recipe. But I may have turned the heat up too high by accident, and the second the chicken touched the boiling oil it blackened. We then had to cook it for 20 more minutes, watching disparingly as it got darker and darker and darker.

By the time it was done it was charred beyond recognition. We were laughing so hard the whole time, because when you ruin dinner that badly, the only thing left to do is laugh. That, and heat up a can of spaghettios.

But this time we succeeded beyond my wildest dreams! No joke, this chicken was so easy and amazingly delicious, I was floored. It is going to become part of the regular rotation. So if you’ve never fried chicken before, try it!

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