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Knife Fight on Esquire TV

i started recording this show last week. i really like it a lot. WAY more than chopped due to lack of (totally) ridiculous ingredients. IMO its the best of the non-series cooking shows out there right now (because top chef is still the best overall)

Oct 24, 2013
mattstolz in Food Media & News

BACON WILL KILL YOUR SPERM

this is the best news ever.

Your Favorite Frozen Treat

from the truck, I'm a big big fan of the tollhouse cookie ice cream sandwiches.

my most-eaten frozen treat though is either bananas (make sure you peel them before freezing!) dipped in peanut butter or arctic zero (to make up for the times i eat the tollhouse cookie sandwiches! haha!)

Jun 27, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

that sounds very good. what kind of oatmeal cookies are they, crispy or chewy?

Jun 24, 2012
mattstolz in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

this could actually be a major step forward for all mankind.

Jun 24, 2012
mattstolz in Chains

Sweet Point Bakery and Cafe

Stopped by here the other day after some tacos at Mercadito... easily one of the best chocolate chip cookies i have had that isn't from Levain (the ultimate cookie IMO). was warm, gooey, packed with chocolate, and very big and thick!

that's all ive ever had from there, but thought it was good enough to be worth mentioning. also, theres a $10 of food for $5 deal for there on LivingSocial right now.

Sigh................ Cooking Channel and Baron Ambrosia

this.

Jun 10, 2012
mattstolz in Food Media & News

Red Light ...Little River

i was pretty excited to see this on Groupon yesterday. definitely snatched up a couple of those

" bad for you food" that you

this officially goes up as my favorite idea to have ever gotten from chowhound.

Jun 03, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Rush Hour

if they can just hold on a few more years....!

Jun 03, 2012
mattstolz in Not About Food

Rush Hour

at the store closest to me, which can have notoriously slow lines, it is much more important to pick the right cashier than the right number of people or number of items in their carts.

as for the older talkative people, i figure if theyre 90 and still able enough to do their shopping on their own, they have darn well earned the right to sit there and talk all they want.

tonight though, i did have one couple in front of me, where the husband told the wife they forgot something while still in line. but they waited all the way until all their items were scanned and the cashier had told them their total to actually announce that one of them was going to go get it. I understand if you forget something and run to get it while in line or when they start scanning, but if theyre done, then sorry i think you need to stand in line again. or at least pay for whats been scanned already and let the next person go while you grab it.

Jun 02, 2012
mattstolz in Not About Food

" bad for you food" that you

i have a serious addiction to almost all frozen treats. ice cream and gelato at the top of the list.

Jun 02, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Did you know it was National Doughnut Day?

i know dunkin donuts was offering a free donut when you bought a coffee today... but im not a huge fan of their coffee OR their donuts... so not super helpful info haha

Jun 01, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

you are granted a magical wish

First, I think i'd go a different route than what everyone else has mentioned. id want to be the one at the stove/cutting board/mixer for all this. cooking it for close friends and family.

breakfast: Pecan sticky buns; a good cheesy, garden of an omelette, and banana granola chocolate chip pancakes smothered in almond butter

lunch: pizza party!! roasted veggie pizza, bbq chicken pizza, and a cheesy,, gooey chicken and artichoke calzone

dinner: homemade pasta with a super long cooking ragu. preferably short rib, lamb, or rabbit. with lots of good crusty garlic bread

dessert: (in my wish, these last all day) homemade dark chocolate resees, at least four flavors of ice cream, giant, gooey, underbaked warm chocolate chip cookies, and plenty of fresh fruit

oh and i WOULD allow mom to make her chicken and dumplings. because it rocks.

note: if im going to restaurants, this changes drastically. starts with the fried banana sandwich at the breslin, the ouva modernese at locanda verde, then for lunch is the fried chicken biscuits at yardbird in miami, with a side of their cheesy grits, and for dinner, chicago style deep dish at Ginos east. between meals we'd stop at levain bakery for some cookies, Jeni's splendid for some ice cream, and 11th st annex in fort lauderdale for their banana cake! also, momofuku pork buns would have to make it in there somewhere... and there would have to be an endless supply of thick cut, crispy bacon...

Jun 01, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Around the World in 80 Plates [Split from Top Chef thread] [spoilers]

i think its time to cancel this series recording for me. people going home with the decision not really being based on how they cooked... if i wanted to see people in exotic places scheme on how to vote someone out of their tribe, id watch survivor season XVIXMC or whatever theyre at now

May 30, 2012
mattstolz in Food Media & News

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

i really was a fan of the dark w caramel and sea salt. give it a try!

May 29, 2012
mattstolz in Chains

Yardbird's Midnight Chef's Table Series

if i can convince someone else to join me, maybe ill see ya there! make sure to report back and let us know what was on the menu!

Home Made Instead of Purchased

shouldnt portion control depend more on the calories you are consuming and not the amount?

May 25, 2012
mattstolz in Home Cooking

Wine Dinners in Dade/Broward

more deliciousness for those lucky enough to attend this week!

Wine Dinners in Dade/Broward

as i mention in the review, this event is really worth staying up late.

btw, Chef Timon is there THIS Friday (May 25th)!

I think I'll go shopping for organic food then go kick a homeless person.

well, obviously paula deen. but the question is, paula deen and WHO ELSE

May 20, 2012
mattstolz in Food Media & News

I think I'll go shopping for organic food then go kick a homeless person.

this article reminds me of the south park about hybrid cars and "Smug"

May 19, 2012
mattstolz in Food Media & News

Yardbird's Midnight Chef's Table Series

Got a email about this earlier in the week, and jumped at the chance, because this is one of my favorite Miami spots. SO glad I did.

The rundown for the unaware:
midnight each Friday night for the next 5-6 weeks, Yardbird will be hosting a different Miami chef to bring new flavors to their diners. $40 per person for the whole meal, which last night was 11 family style dishes and a cocktail (read: a TON of food). All guests are seated at one communal table, and throughout the meal chefs Jeff and Kenny were hanging out with all of us, talking food, life, and southern flava.

As the intro night last night, the menu was guided by chef McInnis and (of upcoming related Swine Southern Table and Bar and Top Chef fame), Chef Kenny Gilbert. Went down as follows:

-Deviled eggs topped with sturgeon caviar. Both local, both delicious. always a classic.
-Toasted brioche with fig jam, foie torchon, and brittle. with grilled peaches interspersed.
-Creole Squash stuffed with Pimento cheese and bread crumbs
-Slow smoked BBQ Alligator ribs. a new one for me. totally delicious.
-BBQ Baked Black beans. Black beans with boston bean flavor. a fun play on a classic
-Yardbird's classic cheesy grits
-We were then presented with two roasted suckling pigs. which were taken back into the kitchen and chopped, then served with a microgreen salad and plantain bbq sauce.
-Chef Jeff then told us our suckling pigs had a brother, which was divided into three bites: first, part was braised, and used to make pulled pork croquettes. Then part ground, and combined with veal to make meatballs, and finally, spiced, and turned into homemade chorizo.
-after bringing around to-go boxes (we were all EXPLODING at this point, and there was enough left for each of us to make an entire meals worth of leftover box), we were presented with dessert: chocolate banana bread pudding with caramel ganache,creme fraiche, pistachio crumble, graham crumbs, and chocolate crumbs.

overall, it was a INCREDIBLE meal. fun, delicious, and good company. Most of all, it was a amazing deal. 40 bucks and I am still full at noon the next day. Where else can you have that happen with Top Chef quality food in Miami Beach??

In the pipeline for next week: Chef Jeff will be joined by Chef Timon from Sugarcane. If you havent considered it yet, you should start. seating is limited at these events (they had room for about 30) and absolutely worth the late night (our food-barrage ended at about 2am).

Were any of the others at the table fellow chowhounders?? id love your take on it as well! Also, would be fun to meet some of you at a upcoming midnight dinner!

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

haha these tend to start out with snack intention and turn into a full blown meal for me.

May 17, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

very sorry to hear that. cuz you really are missin out

May 17, 2012
mattstolz in Chains

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

but the question is, would you get giada or mario to be your celebrity spokesperson?

May 17, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

May 17, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

totally agree. while i love the natural pb, the non-natural is best or spoon-eatin'

May 17, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

give me my spoon and my skippy, youve got a happy man.

May 17, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

when asked yesterday how i was doing i responded with:

well i have a spoon and a jar of Skippy... how do YOU think im doing??

May 15, 2012
mattstolz in General Topics