Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ribeye Steak, Spanish Rice And Chipotle Beans

Ribeye Steak, Vigo Spanish Rice And Chipotle Beans

Ribeye With Onions, Vigo Rice, Chipotle Beans
On Sunday, Allen and me bought a ribeye steak from Dines Farms at the Riverdale Y Market and cooked it earlier this week.

I seasoned the ribeye on both sides with kosher salt and mixed the following spices and rubbed it on:

1 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika

1/2 teaspoon Mexican Oregano

1 teaspoon Cumin

1 tablespoon Ground Chipotle Powder

1 tablespoon Black Pepper

Ribeye Cooking On Foreman Grill
We cooked the ribeye on our Foreman Grill to medium-well and added chopped onions. The ribeye was placed on a cutting board to rest for about 5 minutes.

Ribeye Resting
For the spanish rice, we always use Vigo Spanish Rice and cooked it with stuffed manzanilla olives. Our side dish was chipotle beans that we just heated and served. This was a quick and super yummy dinner.

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-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce

El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce

El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce
9000 on the Scoville scale, El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce (4 oz.) has a great kick. Not for the heat whimps (like my wife, hee hee) as this sauce is really hot. I first saw El Yucateco on Facebook doing some blog research. I was unable to find it locally yet as I searched and one day I saw it for sale at the Bronx Milk Plant grocery. I picked it up immediately and have used it on a lot of Mexican foods and some Dominican food also.

Wings with El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce
High in heat this is recommended but too hot for most if you do not like spicy green heat. The first thing I noticed before the heat kicked in was the green freshness of the Green Habanero they use. This fresh taste was the first time I had a green hot sauce or even salsa for that matter that tasted so fresh. It was like they had just made it today when I opened the sealed bottle. I made some awesome Green Habanero Wings (see photo) with this and they were good.

I am looking forward to cooking with more El Yucateco Products as well. They have many sauces and some other condiments also. Splash it on (in moderation) chicken, burritos and egg dishes also. I had some on my poached eggs one morning. I really am into the heat from this sauce. El Yucateco Green Habanero is very good and will heat up your kitchen.

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-Allen/Two Frys

Monday, August 13, 2012

Riverdale Y Sunday Market

Riverdale Y Sunday Market

Yesterday, Allen and me went to The Riverdale Y Sunday Market to pick up some veggies and fruits and we ended up with a lot more as you will see below. The market is every Sunday from 9:00AM - 2:00PM at MS/HS 141, Independence Avenue & West 237th Street. We encourage residents of the Riverdale community to shop the market and support the vendors.

The Riverdale Y Sunday Market
Our first stop was visiting the Migliorelli Farms stand and I bought peaches.

Allen checking out tomatoes from Migliorelli Farms, Tivoli, NY

Such a great selection of veggies from Migliorelli Farms, Tivoli, NY

Migliorelli Farms from Tivoli, NY

Migliorelli Farms from Tivoli, NY

Peaches Bought From Migliorelli Farms, Tivoli, NY
I bought some lovely strawberries and Allen got field tomatoes from The Orchards Of Concklin in Pomona, NY. They also sell baked goods: donuts, brownies, cookies and pies.

Blueberries from The Orchards Of Concklin, Pomona, NY

Different Kinds Of Tomatoes From The Orchards Of Concklin, Pomona, NY

Lovely Strawberries From The Orchards Of Concklin, Pomona, NY

Pies From The Orchards Of Concklin, Pomona, NY
Donuts From The Orchards Of Concklin, Pomona, NY

Field Tomatoes And Stawberries We Got From The Orchards Of Concklin
We headed over to Hollengold Farm from Accord, NY and bought two onions that were picked yesterday. They were down to just a few onions but next time I will buy a bunch. I washed the dirt off them real good and cooked them with some pork chops last night. The onions were so fresh and tasted great.

Got Some Onions From Hollengold Farm, Accord, NY
Hollengold Farm, Accord, NY

Onions From Hollengold Farm
Next up was Bread Alone from Rhinebeck, NY and Allen bought Organic Sour Rye Bread. They also sell a nice selection of pastries and pies.

Bread Alone From Rhinebeck, NY

Organic Sour Bread From Bread Alone
Allen got more hot sauce and Citrus Chili Dry rub at Guyank Brand, LLC (GYB) Sauces, Jellies, and Spices. Allen had a nice time chatting with K. Chasten.

Guyank Brand, LLC (GYB) Sauces, Jellies, and Spices

K. Chasten and Allen holding up Guyank Brand, LLC (GYB) Hot Sauce

Guyank Brand Sauces And Rub
I got some plums and Strawberry Butter Jam from Wright's Farm Market from Gardiner, NY. I bought an oatmeal raisin cookie and ate it on spot like the cookie monster and Allen got Homemade Old Fashioned Dilly Beans.

Nice selection of jams, pickled goods and pies from Wright's Farm Market, Gardiner, NY
Beautiful Fruit From Wright's Farm Market, Gardiner, NY

Wright's Farm Market, Gardiner, NY

Plums And Strawberry Butter From Wright's Farm Market

Homemade Old Fashioned Dilly Beans From Wright's Farm Market
Allen bought some sour pickles and pickled sweet peppers from Dr. Pickle. They sell a variety of pickles, pickled veggies, mushrooms, peppers, sauerkraut and more.
Pickles From Dr. Pickle

Sour Pickles From Dr. Pickle
Pickled Red Peppers And Sour Pickles From Dr. Pickle
Allen bought a Ribeye from Dines Farms and we are cooking it for dinner tonight.
Ribeye From Dines Farms, All Natural, Antibiotic Free
The last stand we visited right before the market closed was The Cheese Guy from Yonkers, NY. Allen chatted with Brent Delman and bought some more cheese. Allen first tried and purchased some of the cheeses at the Riverdale River Fest and we are big fans of his cheeses.
Samples Of The Cheese Guy Cheeses! Yummy.

Allen With Brent Delman/The Cheese Guy

Monterey Jack, Parmesan, Aged Goat Cheddar From The Cheese Guy
To check out these fine companies, go to:
Bread Alone -
Dr. Pickle -
Guyank Brand, LLC Hot Sauce -
Hollengold Farm -
The Cheese Guy -
The Orchards Of Concklin -
Wright's Farm Market -

-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bourbon Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs With Chick Peas Over Rice

Bourbon Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs With Chick Peas Over Rice

Bourbon Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs With Chick Peas Over Rice
Last week, Allen bought a bottle of Guy Fieri Bourbon Brown Sugar Sweet & Sticky Barbeque Sauce for some chicken wings he brought to grill for a family BBQ. We had enough left in the bottle so I used them with chicken thighs for dinner last night. This meal was full of flavor and not much work so give it a try. The pic of Guy's BBQ sauce is from an older post when we first purchased his sauce line. We have gone through about 5 bottles of this sauce and our local Stop & Shop now carries it so we do not have to order it online anymore. I used curled parsley from Allen's indoor herb garden, but you can use cilantro instead.  If you use cilantro in the chick peas and use my spice mix, omit the cilantro powder.

Chicken Thighs
4 Chicken Thighs (skin on, bone in)
1 cup Guy Fieri Bourbon Brown Sugar Sweet & Sticky Barbeque Sauce
1 Onion
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
Vegetable Oil
2 tablespoons Curled Parsley

Chop onion in 4 quarters.

Wash chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season chicken thighs on both sides with kosher salt and black pepper.

Place thighs in ziplock bag, add onion quarters and BBQ sauce, zip and shake until well blended. Place ziplock bag on plate or dish in fridge.

Marinate for 3-4 hours.

Take out chicken for about 20 minutes before placing in oven to allow it to come to room temperature before cooking.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Coat thin layer of vegetable oil in glass dish.

Place chicken and contents of ziplock bag (onion quarters and BBQ sauce) in a baking dish.

Cook for about 50-55 minutes turning thighs half way.

Chop some curled parsley and sprinkle over thighs before you serve.

Guy Fieri Bourbon Brown Sugar Sweet & Sticky Barbeque Sauce
Chick Peas
1 15.5 oz. can Goya Low Sodium Chick Peas
1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
1 tablespoon Curled Parsley
Kosher Salt
Whatever spice mix you like (see my spice mix below)

When the chicken has about 15 minutes left, place chick peas and liquid in pot on medium-low heat.

Add tomato paste and stir well.

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (optional) and stir.

Add your own spice mix or you can try mine:
Take a small glass bowl and add the following spices:
1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Cilantro Powder
1/4 teaspoon Mexican Oregano
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Ground Chipotle Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

Combine spices and add to pot, stir well.

After 8 minutes, turn heat to low and simmer for 7 more minutes.

Chop some curled parsley, add and stir well right before you serve.

Serve chick peas over a bed of rice with chicken thighs.

We use a rice cooker and use White Rice Extra Long Grain.

Season rice with Coarse Himalayan Pink Salt or Kosher Salt if you don't have this on hand.


-Sophia/Two Frys

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold Hot Sauce

Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold Hot Sauce

Chicken Wings made with Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold Hot Sauce
As with most of the sauces from Heartbreaking Dawns, this one will go fast in a heat lovers pantry. Heartbreaking Dawns Classic Gold Hot Sauce (5-oz.) was named 1st Place Red Sauce at the New Orleans Hot Sauce Show. I had Classic Gold Hot Sauce on my homemade spaghetti and was impressed with the amount of the nice Habanero kick it gave to my wife's homemade pasta sauce. With ingredients like golden habanero peppers, onion, tomato, green bell pepper, carrots and more this sauce is a real winner. The golden habanero peppers are what gives this hot sauce the great kick it delivers.

The expert cooking and combination of ingredients by Chef Johnny and Nicole McLaughlin give it a wonderfully crafted hot and spicy flavor. I also had this on wings, rice and beans, eggs, and a lot more. This sauce compliments many foods and is highly recommended by myself and Two Frys. The Heartbreaking Dawns company originally caught my eye as I was looking for local hot sauce companies in the NY area, and I found in them a real winning sauce company with top shelf sauces.

The above picture features chicken wings we made in a January post with this hot sauce. It was a hit with my wife and I and we loved this hot sauce! As a matter of fact, I used up the entire bottle already so it is time to get some more.

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-Allen/Two Frys

Friday, August 10, 2012

Paula Deen Hot Sauce

Paula Deen Hot Sauce

Paula Deen Hot Sauce
After hearing Paula Deen on an episode of Next Food Network Star say when she eats spicy food she does not like food to hurt her, I was surprised she had a Hot Sauce line. As Paula Deen claims on her website, the sauce has a good amount of flavor but not much heat. The sauce can be used straight and is still not hot, just flavorful.

Being a fan of hotter sauces I thought, what could I do with this condiment great in flavor yet low in heat? I figured it out by making pulled pork using a generous amount of Paula Deen Hot Sauce as a flavor enhancer with my spices. The pulled pork turned out really good with a little kick but even that was tolerable for the more mild fans of pepper sauces. Also, this hot sauce complimented homemade beans and rice my mother in law made me as she uses no picante in her beans, just bell peppers.

Paula Deen Hot Sauce has good taste and flavor and is for the low mild scale sauce fans, not true heat seekers. The bottle sized at 8.5-oz. I recommend using this hot sauce to flavor up food without "heating" them up. I also used this hot sauce on Paula Deen Cheese Biscuits Mix my wife made earlier this year. I also recently made some nice wings with this sauce.

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-Allen/Two Frys

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival - The Grand Market

Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2012

Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival The Grand Market - Bally's
The Grand Market, lobby area
Allen attended The Grand Market at Bally's on Friday for a bit before he headed over to the Define "Cheese-Steak" event. We attended the Saturday session from 12:00 - 4:00PM with my brother and sister in law and had a great time. Allen and me also went on Sunday from 12:00 - 4:00PM and I took most of my pictures this day and did our shopping.

Chef Diane Henderiks
The Grand Market features food oriented companies selling everything from hot sauces, chocolate, brownies, peanuts, pecans, peanut butter and much more. Some restaurants from the Atlantic City casinos offered samples, and many wine and spirits companies had samples available for consumption. There were companies selling cookwares, knives, kitchen cabinet companies, etc. This year The Grand Market took place in three rooms back to back in the 6th floor of the Bally's Ballrooms. The Grand Market is one of the festival highlights and there were four sessions so people could squeeze a session or more in with other scheduled events.

Allen with Beverles Jenkins from Hot Wings On The Run
Hot Wings On The Run

Hot Wings On The Run
At The Grand Market you get to sample many kinds of food, desserts, hot sauces, taste wines and spirits and shop for many things. This year I was so happy to see more food vendors and I had a great time shopping.

Chef Ron Duprat With Allen

Chef Ron Duprat's Gourmet Hot Sauces

Some Yummy Fritters We Tried
When you entered The Grand Market, the first room featured a stage for chefs to do food demos and seating. On Saturday, we watched Chef and Nutritionist Diane Henderiks cook up fish tacos with tilapia and a nice pico de gallo salad.

Orchid, One Hot Mama's Sauces 

Hank Sauce

Hank Sauce
We loved Hot Wings On The Run and had a great time tasting several of their hot sauces and speaking to owner Beverles Jenkins. Allen purchased Hot Wings On The Run BJ's Green Hot Sauce, Smoked Honey Barbeque Sauce and Trini Hot Pepper Sauce. We cannot wait to cook up some recipes with the sauces!
Baker's Southern Tradition Peanuts

Baker's Southern Tradition Peanuts
"Top Chef," season six contestant Chef Ron Duprat sells a variety of hot sauces and we enjoyed tasting them and bought Chef Ron Duprat's Gourmet Hot Sauces Pineapple Curry, Papaya Scotch Bonnet and Peppa Sauce.

Peanut Butter & Co

Peanut Butter & Co
I was happy to meet Orchid Paulmeier from season seven of "The Next Food Network Star," and owner of One Hot Mama's American Grill, Hilton Head, SC and her line of sauces and BBQ rub. There was always a long line here to meet her and try her sauces. Orchid was a sweetheart and let me take a pic of her. I bought One Hot Mama's Original Recipe Backyard BBQ Rub Down, One Hot Asian Sauce and Perfect 10 Sauce.
Brownies Squared

Heavenly Dips
We really liked the hot sauce varieties at the Hank Sauce table and Allen tried a bunch of samples and bought Hank Sauce Camouflage Hot Sauce which is sweet, tangy, and zesty. This sauce had a hidden heat that creeps up on you but is not overwhelming.

Rex And Allen

The Story of Rex

Rex-Goliath Wine
We are big fans of Baker's Southern Tradition Peanuts and it is our third year in a row buying their products. Allen bought Lightly Salted Southern Blister Fried Peanuts and Devilishly Hot Ghost Pepper Peanuts (yikes). I bought Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts, Dark Chocolate Covered Peanuts, White Delights White Chocolate Covered Peanuts and ChocoScotch Covered Peanuts. The Baker family run a peanut farm in North Carolina and they make the best peanuts we have ever tried. They ship so you can order from their fine selections online. See link at the end!

Duck Cooking From Maple Leaf Farms
Speaking of peanuts, we love peanut butter and sampled many of the selections available from Peanut Butter & Co. We bought White Chocolate Wonderful, The Heat Is On and Dark Chocolate Dreams.

Allen Loved The Lobster Bisque From Fin, Tropicana
I loved the brownie I tasted from Brownies Squared in Mays Landing, NJ. I bought some Coconut Macaroons, Fudge and a Brownie Pop.

The Melting Pot - Yummy!
I am a fan of 2 Chicks With Chocolate from meeting them last year and had to get my chocolate fix. I bought a box and got to choose 25 different chocolates to indulge in. I also got 2 bars - Dark Chocolate Coco Loco Bar! and Solid Dark Chocolate.

2 Chicks With Chocolate

2 Chicks With Chocolate

2 Chicks With Chocolate
I am crazy about Coconut and we tried samples of Coco Life Coconut Water. I prefer the one without the pulp. Yum!

Coco Life

Pecan Jacks
The Melting Pot A Fondue Restaurant in Atlantic City was a favorite table. The sample plate had melted chocolate to dip cake, rice crispy, chocolate and coconut marshmallows and brownie bites.

Lovely Salad From Harrah's

Gourmet Blends Barrel Aged Balsamics & Oils
Maple Leaf Farms were selling Duck and the lady I spoke to was cooking duck when I was there and it smelled so good. They were giving out samples but when I was there they ran out and were cooking more duck. 

Bally's Beautiful Ice Sculpture
Heavenly Dips offered many samples of all natural dips. Allen tasted a few of the dips and thought they were yummy!
Master Organic Farms, Grand Master D. Straga. These Chefs Posed For Me :)
Nanking Asian Fusion, Bally's
These are links for some of the vendors we visited. We encourage you to support them!

Chef Diane Henderiks:
Hot Wings On The Run:
Chef Ron Duprat:
Orchid, One Hot Mama's American Grill, Hilton Head, SC:
Hank Sauce:
Bakers' Southern Tradition Peanuts:
Peanut Butter & Co:
Brownies Squared Bake Shop:
Coco Life:
The Melting Pot A Fondue Restaurant:
Maple Leaf Farms:
Heavenly Dips:
Gourmet Blends Barrel Aged Balsamics 7 Oils:

-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys