Linguini With Roasted Beets, Fresh Tarragon and Caraway Seeds
February 21, 2011, 4:01 pm
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This past week was Valentine’s Day and apparently, according to CNN Money, Philadelphia knows how to celebrate.  Their ranking is based upon the amount of money spent per transaction on Valentine’s Day.  In Philadelphia, individuals spend $134.93, earning 4th place on the list.  At the top was Phoenix at $160.41 followed by Houston ($149.78) and San Francisco ($149.19) and then Philadelphia.  New York City rounded out the top five at $130.30.  Supposedly, while Phoenix and Co spent the most, NYC is the sexiest based solely on lingerie sales while San Francisco and Boston tied based on the number of marriage proposals.  These are fun statistics, but I hope no one actually bases love/romance on money spent!  In keeping with this theme, there was a great article in the Miami University Student Newspaper about the culture of dating and how technology is changing the way we date.  Today’s post maintains the Valentine’s Day theme although really only through the association of the color red with the holiday, but gesture of preparing a meal, as well as the flavor of the dish, well exceeds the $135 you might spend elsewhere for Valentine’s Day.

Linguini with Roasted Beets, Fresh Tarragon and Caraway Seeds (from Food and Style)

I don’t necessarily find the color of this pasta appetizing, but then again, you should never judge a book by it’s cover.  Beets are a very under-appreciated vegetable.  The flavors of (cooked) beets are sweet.  I’ve primarily only had them pickled and accompanying several other items as an appetizer.  However, caramelized beets in the with of balsamic vinegar and caraway seeds are incredibly more delicious. The combination of the three presents the beets with a “deep, rich and earthy flavor.”  The blog which created this recipe, Food and Style, also suggested pairing it with a wine called “Le Cigare Volant” from Bonny Dune Vineyard.

As for my suggestions, make the beets a day or two ahead of time.  Otherwise, this is a very time consuming recipe.  Lastly, serve the dish with any red wine that you love, although the Le Cigare Volant was pretty good.  Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!


Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings
February 8, 2011, 8:53 pm
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This past weekend was the Wing Bowl in Philadelphia.  Wing Bowl began in the early 1990s with 2 contestants and 150 spectators and has grown into an event where 25 contestants competing for the Liberty Bell Trophy with the enough spectators to fill the 20,000+ seat Wells Fargo Center where both the 76ers and the Flyers call their home.  From what I read (I did not attend), it’s quite the event.  People begin showing up around 4am and fill the stadium by 5am.  The event starts soon thereafter with the procession of the competitors and their “wingettes.”  Last year’s champion, El Wingador, a fat man with a bleach blond mullet, was carried in on a throne.  El Wingador later ate 254 wings, but lost by 1 wing to winner “Super Squibb.”  Celebrities in the crowd included hot dog eating champion Kobayashi and adult film star Ron Jeremy.  To read more on this event click the link above.

Wing Bowl was not my ultimate motivation for this post.  Luckily, the Super Bowl was the same weekend.  The Super Bowl is the greatest excuse to drink beer and eat incredibly unhealthy food while simultaneously watching great football and commercials.  Wings and several IPAs totally fit the category of unhealthy food and drink.  And for the record, I enjoyed watching the Packers beating the Steelers.  I would rather see any other team win then Pittsburgh!

Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings (from Serious Eats)

If you have never had Sriracha, shame on you.  Unlike ketchup, Sriracha is good on everything.  Thus, wings that combine the flavors of Srirach, orange blossom honey and lime should be out of this world.  Turns out, this was a fairly accurate description based upon the critique from my friends Saoirse Owens, Priya Patel and Radnor Law.

The recipe is good and requires no deviations or comments.  Just be careful not to burn yourself when frying the wings. The initial placement/drop of the cold, raw wings in the hot vegetable oil can cause the oil to splatter.  Serve warm with carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing.

Balsamic Chicken Wings (from Food Network)

Think of this as a bonus to this post.  I didn’t want this post to have a generic title like “Chicken Wings” so I put this one following the Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings.  It’s place in the post or it’s lack of attention in the title does not indicate that this is bad or even second best to the first recipe.  It is quite good as well and merely has a different taste than the Sriracha wings.  These may even be considered “healthier” than the Sriracha wings since they are baked rather than fried.

Again, no deviations from the recipe or comments to share.  Follow the recipe and serve with carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing.