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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Veggie Pasta Salad

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Veggie Pasta Salad
I love making this Veggie Pasta Salad and it is so refreshing during hot summer days. Even though it is September, NY is in the brink of a heatwave and this pasta salad was fitting for Labor Day. This recipe is very easy to put together and it is so yummy. The only thing bad about this recipe is you do not want to stop eating it. The tangy dressing, the crunch of the veggies and great tasting pasta make this a satisfying and hearty meal. The more time it is chilled in the fridge the better, so go for at least 3-4 hours or more if you have the time. Recipe below.

Peppers, Broccoli, and Onions sauteeing

1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced

1 Orange Bell Pepper, sliced

6 Radishes, sliced and halved

1 bunch of fresh Broccoli Florets, cut

1/4 Yellow Onion, chopped

1 cup Shredded Carrots

1 container Grape Tomatoes

1 bunch of Parsley, roughly chopped

Veggie Pasta Salad, chilled and ready to be eaten!

Coarse Salt

Cracked Black Pepper

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup Light Italian Dressing (or more if desired)

1 bag Wacky Mac Veggie spirals (Tomato, Beet and Spinach Blend)

Veggie Pasta Salad, so yummy!

In a huge pot, add salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil in bowling water and cook veggie spirals 1 minute shy of Al Dente according to package directions.

Drain and set aside.

Season broccoli, peppers and onions with salt and pepper.

Add olive oil to skillet on medium heat and sautee broccoli, peppers and onions for 5 minutes or so.

Cool veggies.

In a large bowl, add veggie spirals, broccoli, peppers, onions, carrots, radishes, tomatoes and combine.

Add Italian Dressing and combine.

Add Parsley and mix together.

Cover and chill in fridge for at least 2-3 hours before you serve and add a little more dressing to taste if desired.


-Sophia/Two Frys

Friday, September 9, 2016

Apple Pie

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Apple Pie
I asked my coworker Carole what she would like me to bake for her birthday, and she requested Apple Pie. She is not a fan of tart apples so for her pie, I used 6 Gala Apples and 3 Granny Smith Apples and 3 Gala Apples for our pie, which is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. For the pie crust, I use Ina Garten's (see link below) Pie Crust recipe and instructions. You can make the pie crust a day or two ahead and keep it covered in the fridge until ready to use. Bring the pie crust to room temperature before rolling out the dough. I use Paula Dean's apple shape cutout that I put over the crust. I doubled the recipe and the one below is for the sweet-tart pie, but use Gala or any other sweet apple you prefer. The crust is light and flaky, and I reduced the sugar by 1/2 cup and you wouldn't even notice it since the lemon juice and all the spices develop the flavors together beautifully. The sweetness is balanced by the tart Granny Smith Apples. You really need to make this Apple Pie! Recipe below.

Apple Pie Ingredients
3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced

3 Gala Apples, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup Turbinado Sugar + 1 teaspoon to sprinkle over the crust

1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed

2 tablespoons, All Purpose Flour (King Arthur)

1/4 teaspoon, Coarse Salt

1 teaspoon, ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon, ground Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon, ground Allspice

3 tablespoons, freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Egg beaten + 2 tablespoons water for Egg Wash

2 tablespoons Butter, cold and cut into small cubes

Apple Pie slice

See link below for Ina Garten Pie Crust recipe.

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Lightly beat egg with a fork in a small bowl with water; set aside.

Peel and slice apples using a corer and add to a large bowl.

Add lemon juice and combine.

Add the sugars, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and and mix the ingredients.

Place apple mixture into pie dish over crust.

Add butter cubes over the apple filling.

Top with second pie crust. Take excess crust and tuck in and seal together, and with the tines of a fork press down all around the crust.

Make 4-6 slits on the top of crust and add decorative apple cutout.

Brush the crust lightly with egg wash and sprinkle turbinado sugar over the crust.

Bake Apple Pie for 40-55 minutes until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. My pies took 50 minutes to bake.

Cover the edge of the crust with a pie shield or with cut strips of aluminum foil and remove after 20 minutes to prevent burnt edges. If you do not own a pie shield, I recommend you purchase one. I use Mrs. Anderson's Pie Crust Shield.

After you take the Apple Pie out of the oven, let it cool completely on a wire rack for 2 hours before serving.

For the Ina Garten Pie Crust recipe, please visit:


-Sophia/Two Frys

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Asian BBQ Chicken Legs

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Chicken Legs with Hoboken Eddie's Asian BBQ Sauce
I love chicken legs and baked them using Hoboken Eddie's Asian BBQ Sauce. It is as Eddie describes it on the label, Asian BBQ is "a sweet non-smokey Asian BBQ finishing sauce." I marinated the chicken for three hours, and then baked the legs for 50 minutes. The results were amazing! The chicken legs were sweet and tangy, and packed with a robust Asian inspired flavor profile from the ingredients below. Some of Asian BBQ ingredients are: ketchup, distilled vinegar, grape jelly, brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Cherry peppers, Cajun seasoning, and chili powder. The heat is mild, and I love the balanced taste from the combination of the ingredients. Nothing overpowers and the chicken is so satisfying, and sticky, finger licking good. I will use the remaining sauce on stir fry soon. Please see below for recipe.

Chicken Legs with Hoboken Eddie's Asian BBQ Sauce

Organic Chicken Legs  (I used 5 legs)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Coarse Salt

Cracked Black Pepper

1 cup Hoboken Eddie's Asian BBQ Sauce

Chicken Legs with Hoboken Eddie's Asian BBQ Sauce

Wash and pat dry chicken legs. 

Place on a plate, sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil, and season with coarse salt and cracked black pepper.

Add seasoned legs to a large ziploc bag, and then Asian BBQ Sauce. Seal and gently massage chicken. 

Place ziploc bag over a plate and marinate in fridge for 3-4 hours.

Remove from fridge 1/2 hour before baking.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Add marinated chicken legs to glass baking dish making sure to use all the sauce in the ziploc bag and pour over the legs.

Bake for 50 minutes and then turn over half way through cooking time.

Remove from oven, and let chicken rest for 5 minutes. 

Serve with a side dish.


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-Sophia/Two Frys

Friday, September 2, 2016

Zucchini Mushroom Spaghetti

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Yummy Zucchini Mushroom Spaghetti with Ground Turkey
I have been cutting back on pasta lately but earlier this week, I had a serious craving for spaghetti. After coming home from work tired and hungry, I made Zucchini Mushroom Spaghetti with Ground Turkey in 30 minutes. Omit the ground turkey for a vegetarian option. The zucchini and mushrooms elevate the pasta, and the healthy ground turkey rounds out this dish. It is a comforting meal, hearty, yummy and filling. I did not add onions or garlic, but add if you desire. I highly recommend this spaghetti recipe. See recipe below.

Zucchini Mushroom Spaghetti

1 lb. Organic Ground Turkey

1 lb. Spaghetti (I used Barilla Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti)

1 jar Pasta Sauce (I used Barilla or make homemade if you have time)

1/2 teaspoon Tomato Paste

3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 cups Sliced Shiitake Mushrooms

2 Zucchini, each sliced and halved

Bunch fresh Parsley, roughly chopped

Coarse Salt

Cracked Black Pepper

1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning

1 Bay Leaf

1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Ground turkey, mushrooms and zucchini cooking

Roughly chop a bunch of parsley; set aside.

Clean mushrooms with a paper towel.

Slice zucchini and then each slice in half.

Season mushrooms and zucchini with coarse salt and cracked black pepper.

With a skillet on medium heat, add 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and when hot add ground turkey.

Cover and cook for about 7 minutes stirring often, and then add sliced zucchini and mushrooms. Continue cooking.

After 5 minutes add pasta sauce, tomato paste, bay leaf, and Italian seasoning. Stir, cover, and simmer on low heat for 6-7 minutes.

This is the pasta I used. Barilla is my fave.
On high heat, bring a large pot of water to boil.

Add coarse salt.

Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.

Add the spaghetti and cook to Al Dente, according to box directions.

Before draining spaghetti, reserve about 3/4 cup of starchy pasta water.

Drain spaghetti and return to pot.

Remove bay leaf and add ingredients in skillet to pasta pot, then the reserved pasta water, and stir.

Add shredded Mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese and combine.

Add parsley and combine.

Add more Parmesan cheese over the top if desired.


-Sophia/Two Frys

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

J&K Brenner's Garlic Lime

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By J&K Brenner's Sauce and Spice Co.

J&K Brenner's Garlic Lime Hot Sauce on a monster burrito
I met Kendall and Jordan Brenner years ago at the Brooklyn Chile Pepper Fiesta. I have been a friend and fan ever since. I am always happy to see Kendall at local events when I run into him. J&K Brenner's All Natural Original Garlic Lime Hot Sauce is a great sauce in their versatile and ever growing product lineup of spicy goods. Garlic Lime has a medium heat and a thin consistency. It has the liquidity of a Louisiana style hot sauce. I like the bold flavor profile of the sauce, but wish it was just a tad thicker.

J&K Brenner's Garlic Lime Hot Sauce works great on Mexican foods like burritos (pictured), and added to thick spicy salsa to kick it up a notch. Garlic Lime is not too heavy on the lime, but offers the right balance and a fresh taste. The bold flavors of the Habaneros and garlic shine through. Some of the spicy and savory ingredients in Garlic Lime are: Habanero Chiles, garlic, onion, cider vinegar, lime juice, natural lime flavor, and kosher salt.

J&K Brenner's Garlic Lime Hot Sauce
All in all, Garlic Lime is a great sauce to add medium Habanero heat to your fave dishes. I also use Garlic Lime on steamed vegetables as it pairs well. Garlic Lime also compliments rice dishes bringing up the heat and rounding out flavor. The Brenner's line of hot sauces and spices are highly recommended by Two Frys. I also enjoy the newer BBQ and Dipping Sauces they now offer. Future coverage on these sauces are upcoming on Two Frys. Try out Garlic Lime and bring it to your dinner table today. Keep up the great work J&K Brenner's AKA Hot-Cha-Waa-Cha Sauce and Spice Co. Get some!

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-Allen/Two Frys

Monday, August 29, 2016

Terlingua Smoked Chipotle

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By Terlingua Sauce Company

Terlingua Smoked Chipotle
Terlingua Smoked Chipotle Sauce comes from my hometown in Livermore, CA. Terlingua has unique artwork on their bottle labels, and I love the whole Southwestern Spaghetti Western design. The art has a skeletal gunslinger with Chiles and an armadillo in a graveyard with Chiles. The artwork is great, and the different hot sauce varieties all feature unique artwork.

The Smoke Chipotle is a flavorful sauce. I used it on Mexican food: tacos, Spanish rice, black beans, and on Two Frys Burrito Bowls (pictured). I enjoyed the flavors from the blend of peppers, cilantro, salt, onions, vinegar, liquid smoke, and spices. The texture of the sauce is a medium thickness, and the bottle comes with a dripper insert.

Terlingua Smoke Chipotle
The flavors are good and well developed in this savory hot sauce. On the heat scale, Terlingua is mild to medium. Terlingua is a sauce most can enjoy without the major burn of some sauces on the market. I like the taste, but am not a fan of liquid smoke in hot sauces. I use liquid smoke in meats, but do not care for it in hot sauces.

Close-up of Terlingua Smoke Chipotle on Two Frys Burrito Bowls
The liquid smoke is overpowering for me but otherwise, Terlingua is bold and has a robust flavor profile. I actually smell the liquid smoke above any smoked peppers and wish it was the opposite way around. Terlingua offer other sauces so be sure to check out the "Site 300" Sauce, as well as the Barbeque Sauce product line. This was a great first time tasting of a hometown hot sauce. I look forward to new sauces from Terlingua and when you order online, get more than one at a time.

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-Allen/Two Frys

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Defcon Buffalo Cauliflower

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Defcon Buffalo Cauliflower
As an avid fan of things hot and spicy, I recently made Defcon Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower. I had some Defcon Defense Condition #2 Wing Sauce in the fridge and used the remainder of the bottle to marinate cauliflower. The Defcon Defense Condition #2 is the medium heat product in the Defcon Wing Sauce line. The fuller flavors of the wing sauce are complimented with the heat of more cayenne than the Defcon Defense Condition #3. The Defcon Defense Condition #2 really brings up the heat and flavor a good notch. I used approximately 1/3 of a bottle (8 oz.) of Defcon Defense Condition #2 and added it to a zip lock bag with one head of cut up cauliflower. I let this marinade in the fridge a few hours to let the sauce sink into the cauliflower. Massage the bag thoroughly to get the sauce fully into the florets.

Defcon Defense Condition #2 Wing Sauce Medium Heat

After a few hours of marinating, remove from fridge and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. While you are prepping the cauliflower, heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake cauliflower for 10 minutes and flip cauliflower florets (large and medium size cuts work best) and bake the other side for an additional 10 minutes. Check cauliflower and if needed bake for 2-3 minutes more until done.

Defcon Buffalo Cauliflower
The finished result will be an excellent tasty appetizer or side dish that's a real crowd pleaser. This can be done with any of the Defcon Wing Sauces. Do not forget Defcon Sauces are great for cooking all types of food and veggies, not just chicken wings. Defcon make the best wing sauces in the USA. Highly Recommended.

Defcon logo

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Bacon Taco Sauce By Voodoo Chile

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Bacon Taco Sauce By Voodoo Chile Sauces & Salsa

Bacon Taco enhancing our homemade Two Frys Burrito Bowls
Voodoo Chile Bacon Taco Sauce is a definite great addition to your pantry. This is similar to the great Porcus Infernum yet has a great southwestern style taste. This sauce is full of flavors and the Mexican Oregano really adds to it. The Bacon flavors of Porcus are here with the Mexican/southwest flavors that I enjoy. The tomatoes along with the spices combine to make a smooth mid heat sauce. I had the Bacon Taco Sauce on Homemade Burrito Bowls (pictured), Tacos, Omelettes, and even Nachos (oven baked of course). The Bacon flavor adds a lot of flavor to any foods, and this sauce can be used in both cooking and as a condiment or a wonderful dipping sauce. This is one of the sauces that has a focus on flavor not just heat, and I am a fan of this big time! 

Truth, I know as I have tried a few Bacon Sauces and Voodoo takes the cake!
Anyone can make a hot sauce but not all can make a great tasty, flavor filled, savory sauce like Voodoo makes. My bottle did not last long and I recommend ordering a few at at time as you will run out if not. I have been following Voodoo Chile for a few years now, and am thrilled that they are quickly becoming a great producer of many unique and flavorful hot sauce products. I have always said from my first taste that "Porcus Infernum is the Best Bacon Hot Sauce on the Planet." Well, the Bacon Taco lands right up there with Porcus. This is a great sauce from great folks at Voodoo Chile Sauces in the good old USA.

Pic from Voodoo Chiles
Magic Ingredients: Pasilla Peppers, Ancho Peppers, Mexican Oregano, Cumin, Tomatoes, Coriander Seed, Lime juice, and Sweet Onions.

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Bacon Taco is Highly Recommended by Two Frys.

-Allen/Two Frys 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Vacation Food Tour

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Allen and Sophia at Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, CA
On Monday, we returned home from a 16 day vacation in Northern California visiting our family. Allen and I had a wonderful time and we took a lot of pics at places we ate and food we baked and cooked. We did not get to take pictures of everything we ate, but what follows are some highlights. Before we left Allen's hometown for our trip to Bass Lake, Yosemite and Mono County, I baked Blueberry Muffins to take on the road.

Every time I go to Yosemite, I am amazed by the beauty in front and all around me. We were lucky to have the beauty of the snowcapped Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains around us during our time in Twin Lakes. We spent 6 glorious and relaxing days at a cabin in Twin Lakes Estates (scratch that off my bucket list), and while there we grilled, cooked and baked. I baked a S'mores Pie, Brownie with Reese's Pieces and for Father's Day, Funfetti Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting. It is great sharing food with the people you love and being surrounded by nature and all its beauty.

Here is Allen with our dearest friend Mike at Anita's Mexican Taqueria in Livermore, CA. We had a nice time with Mike and it was so great to see him during our brief visit together.

Allen and Mike posing with El Yucateco and Tapatio hot sauces
Allen's Mom made us a super yummy BBQ Pulled Pork in her crock pot and Allen shredded the pork. We made sandwiches with it and I made a salad to go with the pork.

BBQ Pulled Pork
We were very happy to spend a day visiting Allen's Aunt Jeanne and her doggie Buddy in Oakland. We toured Oakland and visited Lake Merritt, had lunch at Los Cantaros Restaurant and Taqueria and dinner with her and our cousins Rob and Sheri at Holly's Mandarin. Both lunch and dinner were delish!

Aunt Jeanne, Allen and Buddy the doggie
Allen's Burrito
Sophia's Burrito with no cheese or sour cream
Close-up of Sophia's Burrito
Dinner at Holly's Mandarin was a great time visiting with Rob, Sheri and Aunt Jeanne. We really had a blast together and the food was amazing!

Rob and Allen
Pot Stickers
Lettuce Wraps
Chicken with Mango and Veggies
Pork Fried Rice
Green Beans with Garlic Sauce
My side order of Brown Rice
Beef with Broccoli
Lamb with Mushrooms and Veggies
There's a very cool place called El Pollo Loco we went to in Pleasanton, CA with Allen's Mom and Dad one day for dinner.

Sophia's burrito bowl sans the cheese or sour cream
Allen's butterfly grilled chicken, mac n cheese, coleslaw with salsa and sweet serrano peppers on the side
Allen's close up
The day we got to Bass Lake to stay with our sis Kristen for a few days, we went to the local Farmers Market. Allen and his Dad tried Munch N' Grub Meltdown Beef Jerky and it was real HOT! We ended up buying some jerky too and they gave Allen the Habanero Beef Jerky, which will be reviewed soon!

Munch N' Grub Meltdown Jerky
Dude from Munch N' Grub with Allen holding up Meltdown

I love the area of The Forks in Bass Lake and they make awesome burgers. We sat outside and our view was beautiful Bass Lake.

Sophia's Burger - no Fries
Allen's Cheeseburger on Sourdough Bread with French Fries
We had dinner at South Gate Brewing Company in Oakhurst the day of one of the final games of the Warriors so this place was hopping, literally. The food was great!

Photo bombed by this dude! Sophia, Allen, Mom, Dad
Allen's Pizza
Allen's yummy Clam Chowder Soup
My Fish and "Chips" - Sweet Potato Fries with Root Beer
While we were at the cabin, we went to Bridgeport to get 2 of Nugent's High Sierra Bakery's famous Sheepherders Bread and some Haystacks (Coconut Macaroons). Yum! The bread was so fresh and the Haystacks were crunchy on the outside and soft and full of coconut goodness inside.

Nugent's High Sierra Bakery - Bridgeport, CA
Yummy looking desserts
Allen's Sheepherders Bread Sandwich

On June 19 (Father's Day), we made a rustic cabin dinner at the Twin Lakes Estates grilling for Dad and I baked a Funfetti Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting. I made a salad and cooked the mushrooms in butter and seasoned with salt and cracked black pepper. The London Broil, Carrots, Squash, and Onions were all grilled.

Funfetti Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting for Dad
Close-up of Funfetti Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting
Father's Day Dinner
Grilled London Broil
Grilled Squash
Grilled Onions
Grilled Carrots
On the day we went to Mono Lake, the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery and Hot Creek Hot Springs Geological Site, we ate lunch at Zpizza in Mammoth Lakes. It's not as good as NY Pizza but it did taste great. Mom had a beautiful salad instead.

Zpizza employee putting pizza in oven
Kristen's ooey gooey Pizza
Sophia's Pizza. Yum!
One night at the cabin I baked a S'mores Pie. I used a Graham Cracker crust and baked it, then added chunks of Hershey's Chocolate, and topped with Marshmallows and placed in the oven for a few minutes for the chocolate to melt and until the marshmallows toasted. We devoured this pie and you really need to eat it warm out of the oven. To make the crust from scratch and for the recipe instructions, go to My Cupcake Addiction.

S'mores Pie just out the oven
S'mores Pie almost gone
Allen and I cooked for the family at the cabin Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) Bolognese and salad. We bought almost all the Zucchini at the local grocery store and Allen's Mom ordered a Spiralizer just before the trip. For dessert, I baked a batch of brownies and Kristen said we should add Reese's Pieces so I added 2 small packages, and folded them into the brownie mixture just before baking it. The Reese's Pieces peanut butter melted beautifully and it was a decadent way to end the meal.

Zoodles cooking, no steamer so just strain in collander and pat dry with paper towels
Bolognese Cooking
Zoodles Bolognese ready to serve
Sophia's Zoodles Bolognese with Salad
Allen's Zoodles Bolognese with Parmesan Cheese
Just baked Brownies with Reese's Pieces
Piece of brownie - so yummy!
On the day we were coming back towards Bass Lake, we stopped at Pizza Factory in Oakhurst, CA for dinner. I ordered a small individual Veggie Pizza and Allen, Kristen and Dad shared a large Cowboy Pizza. Super delish!

Allen being silly with Sophia at Pizza Factory
2 slices of Sophia's Veggie Pizza
Allen, Kristen and Dad's Cowboy Pizza
On our last day with Kristen at Bass Lake, we went to Ducey's on the Lake for Allen's birthday breakfast celebration.

Family pic at Ducey's on the Lake, Bass Lake, CA
Allen's birthday pancake and balloons Kristen got him
Allen's birthday pancake
Sophia's very Veggie Breakfast. Shared with Kristen ;)
Allen and Sophia at Ducey's on the Lake
Our last weekend in Allen's hometown we went with Mom and Dad to eat Burgers at In-N-Out-Burger, a must do when in town!!! I did not get French Fries, but drooled over Allen's. Sigh.

Sophia's Burger
Sophia's Burger, yum!
Allen's Cheeseburger and French Fries
-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys