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Citrus-Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Goat Cheese

In Dinner, Great Left-Overs, Lunch, Recipe, Side Dishes by Tom0 Comments

It’s purple and delicious and so easy to make.  Buying a whole head of cabbage always seems like a like you  are singing yourself up for a lot of work, slicing, coring, shaving, etc.  But seriously this goes from ingredients to table in barely 30 mins, and it doesn’t really take that much effort at all!  This recipe for a braised cabbage with apples and a bit of citrus is simple and quick to make… and best of all, it keeps very well and can be enjoyed cold.  Add a bit of goat cheese to transform this beautiful cabbage into a fancy savory treat.  Let’s cook! Inspiration:  Lemonade LA Cookbook Tom’s Flavor Notes:  Clean, fresh, PURPLE, slightly sweet Ingredients: 2 lb Red Cabbage (1/2 of a big one) 4 small organic apples – diced 1 onion – diced 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper 4 ounces of crumbled goat cheese Step by Step Recipe Instructions – Citrus-Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Goat Cheese Get your big knife out and chop the cabbage in half.  Trim out the core and discard.  Turn the half cabbage over onto flat side and cut into 2-3 wedges.  Shave each wedge to create cabbage ribbons. Dice up the onions and apples.  Sautee over medium heat in an extra large fry pan or even a heavy wok with a lid (as I did).  Cook until onions become translucent and slightly soft. Add cabbage to pan and turn to combine.  Add red wine vinegar, orange juice, honey, pepper and salt.  Adjust heat to low and cover to braise for 20 minutes.  Stir occasionally. Once soft, but not moooshy, remove from heat.  If enjoying warm, add to plate and top with goat cheese. For a cool version, store in tupperware and chill for a few hours. I would hold the goat cheese until plating too. Let’s Eat! Tools Needed Chef Knife Cast Iron Wok (or just big ole Fry Pan w/ Lid) Printable Recipe Citrus-Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Goat Cheese   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins   Sweet and Purple with a bit of savory goat cheese! Author: Tom Schmidt (eatwithtom.com) Recipe type: Side Dish Cuisine: Veggies Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 lb Red Cabbage (1/2 of a big one) 4 small organic apples – diced 1 onion – diced 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil ½ cup red wine vinegar ½ cup orange juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper 4 ounces of crumbled goat cheese Instructions Get your big knife out and chop the cabbage in half. Trim out the core and discard. Turn the half cabbage over onto flat side and cut into 2-3 wedges. Shave each wedge to create cabbage ribbons. Dice up the onions and apples. Sautee over medium heat in an extra large fry pan or even a heavy wok with a lid (as I did). Cook until onions become translucent and slightly soft. Add cabbage to pan and turn to combine. Add red wine vinegar, orange juice, honey, pepper and salt. Adjust heat to low and cover to braise for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Once soft, but not moooshy, remove from heat. If enjoying warm, add to plate and top with goat cheese. For a cool version, store in tupperware and chill for a few hours. I would hold the goat cheese until plating too. Let’s Eat! 3.2.2925  

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San Francisco Travel Tips with Tom & Priscilla

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Fun Places to Visit When Exploring San Francisco – Tom & Priscilla San Francisco was a whirlwind of a trip. A trip revolved around food to be exact. The annual Singapore Day happened to be in San Francisco this year (2016), with the biggest highlight being the delicious Singapore street food, with cooks and ingredients brought in directly from Singapore. Just for the food alone, we impulsively bought air tickets to visit. This trip was short, really short. We arrived late Friday night in Oakland, and were up extra early on Saturday morning. Trying to pack in as many touristy stops as possible, we stopped by Fisherman’s Wharf, walked to the Marina District for breakfast at Seed + Salt (a little café serving up delicious gluten free, vegetarian, organic, local, etc. food), admired homes on Marina Boulevard, and took a stroll along the beachfront for the classic Golden Gate Bridge view. We underestimated how far the bridge was and soon realized there was not enough time to get to the bridge and walk across it. Next time! As we left the beachfront, we found ourselves at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, lost in the beautiful pavilion and walkways, and watching the different birds in the lake. Singapore Day in San Francisco Finally, we peeled ourselves away from the touristy distractions, and started making our way to the Singapore Day event in the Dog Patch neighborhood. Knowing little about San Francisco, we were surprised to find the Dog Patch neighborhood to be industrial with huge decrepit warehouses. A little hard to believe a national level event was hiding in one of these grimy buildings, but we knew we were in the right place when we saw crowds of people heading in one direction. The event was indeed located in one of these massive abandoned looking warehouses, complete with broken windows and graffiti. The façade seemed scary, but the inside was simply a barebones large event space. Nothing fancy, just a large open space for big events. Stepping inside, there were exhibitions on Singapore government initiatives, interactive games for children, performances from artists and even a mini National Day Parade. Priscilla bumped into old friends not seen in years, and together we immediately bee lined to the food area. The lines were extremely long, not surprising knowing that food had always been top priority for Singaporeans. We stood in line for as many booths as we could, managing to get Tom’s favorite stingray, roti prata and rojak before food ran out. Foodie Tour of San Francisco California We continued our jam-packed agenda to explore the city, which was still very much food focused. We made our way to the Mission District, and really loved the energy and many intriguing restaurants and shops. The one thing that struck us about San Francisco was the number of local, one location only stores. There weren’t big franchises and chains around every corner as in Chicago (e.g. Dunkin Donuts). We stopped by Tartine Bakery, a quaint little bakery that was almost too quaint for how famous it was. Tom was a huge fan of their beautiful books describing the process of making high quality breads. So here we were, standing in the line that started at the counter inside, went out the door, and wrapped around the street corner. Tartine Bakery usually sold out of their breads and pastries well before closing time, but luckily there was still a good selection for us to choose from when we got to the front of the line. The pastries were well made and just lightly sweet, which really highlighted their strength in making quality dough, instead of masking sub par pastries with loads of sugar and other distractions. Down the street, we found Bi-Rite Creamery. The line was intimidating, almost a couple blocks long. So instead, we went to a side window next to the store that offered a limited selection of ice cream but with no wait. We got a delicious basic ice cream sandwich – great treat on a beautiful sunny day! We took a walk to the Lower Haight area, attempting to burn off the calories we ate all day to get ready for the next meals. Walking around San Francisco was more strenuous than expected, with steep hills that constantly challenged our stamina. Priscilla also brilliantly decided to wear “cute” shoes, and paid dearly with blisters and a limp. As we huffed and puffed our way to Lower Haight, the buildings and stores got progressively older and more dilapidated. There still weren’t a proliferation of chain stores, just mom and pop stores that looked a little worn out. Our friend recommended Toronado, simply telling us we would find it cool. Standing outside the bar, we looked at each other skeptically – was this the right place? We checked the sign a couple times and reconfirmed our friend did say Toronado. From the outside, the bar seemed real dark, and the half door gave a glimpse of the bar’s dive-y vibes. We pushed each other through the door, sat down at the bar, stared at all the stickers and beer tap handles everywhere and observed the seemingly intimidating crowd (think leather jacket wearing biker types). It was not too busy, so the bartender took time to talk about the beers and why people are takings shots of bitters at the bar. Before we know it, we had one too many beers and the night was slipping away. Dive-y it might be, but it had a pretty solid selection of local beers, at least for us out of towners. Mission District For Dinner We headed back to the Mission district to pick out a dinner spot from amongst the many interesting options there and settled on Cha-Ya, a vegan/vegetarian Japanese restaurant that was simply and tastefully furnished. 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Whole Fish Sous Vide Red Snapper – Super Tasty & Easy Recipe

In Dinner, Easy Impress, Paleo Friendly, Recipe, Techniques by Tom0 Comments

I am from the midwest and generally the fish we get around here, we done caught’em ourselves!  Large Mouth Bass, Catfish, Crappie, etc., etc. And believe me, I’ve got some pictures of me (and my family) with their biggest catch on my phone.  Fishing is just one of those things that create some of the most vivid and fun memories of the good ole days of sunrise fishing with my family… Fishing is quite an animalistic experience of man vs. fish and it’s a battle of the wits to see who survives.  Ok, maybe a bit dramatic but outsmarting a big one will forever give you a bit of pride that you’ll never forget. Nowadays, I don’t get out to go fishing, but Whole Foods does bring in a few nice ones (and puts them on sale!) every now and then.  This week we found an interesting looking Red Snapper and decided to give it a go in the Sous Vide.  I adapted the recipe from a few basics I found online.  Once you get the basics for a whole fish in the Sous Vide (temp 130°F & time 60 mins) you can add whatever spices you like! I took this Red Snapper a bit more down the Asian inspired route and it turned out simply delicious. We were totally impressed by how flavorful and moist the meat was, while maintaining a nice flakiness. Let’s Cook! Ingredients 1.5-2lb Red Snapper Whole Fish (gutted and cleaned) 2-3 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons french thyme 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon olive oil Tools Needed Sous Vide Machine – I use the Annova Sous Vide 12 Qt Plastic Tub with Lid – Rubber Maid one works well or just any container to get the fish in and covered with water Food Saver – I like the sealed bags even though zip locks would do… Seems a little stronger and less likely to spring a leak Roll of Bags for Food Saver – These have worked great for me and fit a fish! Red Snapper Whole Fish Recipe for Sous Vide Instructions 1. Set up sous vide bucket and fill with warm water. Set to a temperature of 135°F 2. Rinse the fish and make sure there are no guts in the body cavity. This can make the surrounding meat ultra bitter and unpleasant. 3. Create your seasoning blend, add ginger, garlic powder, thyme, sesame oil and olive oil to bowl and combine. 4. Rub seasoning mixture on fish and add some to the body cavity. 5. Create a food saver bag that is plenty long enough for your fish plus about 5 inches. This will give you enough bag to attach to side of sous vide container. 6. Put seasoned Red Snapper fish into your long bag and seal with food saver. I used the vacuum seal setting and cancelled the vacuuming once most of the air was out. I didn’t want it to crush the fish… 7. Put fish into sous vide water and set timer for 1 hour. 8. After 1 hour, remove the bagged fish from the sous vide bucket and transfer to serving dish. 9. Take a few pictures for Instagram and… Let’s Eat! Whole Fish Sous Vide Red Snapper – Super Tasty & Easy Recipe   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 10 mins   Easy recipe for whole Red Snapper Fish in Sous Vide Author: Tom Schmidt (eatwithtom.com) Recipe type: Sous Vide Cuisine: Seafood Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 1.5-2lb Red Snapper Whole Fish (gutted and cleaned) 2-3 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons french thyme 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon olive oil Instructions Set up sous vide bucket and fill with warm water. Set to a temperature of 135°F Rinse the fish and make sure there are no guts in the body cavity. This can make the surrounding meat ultra bitter and unpleasant. Create your seasoning blend, add ginger, garlic powder, thyme, sesame oil and olive oil to bowl and combine. Rub seasoning mixture on fish and add some to the body cavity. Create a food saver bag that is plenty long enough for your fish plus about 5 inches. This will give you enough bag to attach to side of sous vide container. Put seasoned Red Snapper fish into your long bag and seal with food saver. I used the vacuum seal setting and cancelled the vacuuming once most of the air was out. I didn’t want it to crush the fish… Put fish into sous vide water and set timer for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the bagged fish from the sous vide bucket and transfer to serving dish. Take a few pictures for Instagram and… Let’s Eat! 3.2.2925  

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Homemade Yogurt Sous Vide Method (Cow or Goat Milk)

In Breakfast, Desserts, Essential Homemade, Recipe, Techniques by Tom0 Comments

There’s yogurt and then there is HOMEMADE yogurt.  You’ve got to try this recipe to get a taste of the fragrant and deliciousness of a freshly crafted yogurt.  Yogurt, probably super difficult to make, right?  They sell so much pre-made in sooo many different flavors, but none stand a chance against the homemade version.  This dish has become a little treat we enjoy nearly every day now and we simply eat it plain!

Sous Vide Yogurt Recipe for Home made Easy how to with mason jars Annova

Yogurt Recipe for Sous Vide

The origins of our yogurt making date back to a recent crusade to find digestive health.  We had been reading the SCD Diet and along with that, they recommended a homemade yogurt with specific cultures.  GI ProStart Yogurt Starter is the brand we have been using with great success.  If you just want to get your feet wet and try this without ordering a culture, just grab a container of Fage yogurt for the starter. This is one of the few yogurt brands without lots of thickeners and non-sense added.

I recently began making our yogurt with the Annova Sous Vide machine.  The results have been pretty awesomely creamy and consistently fermented each time.  I have also made batches of yogurt the old fashioned way with a cooler and warm water added every few hours.  This kinda works, but the Sous Vide is by far an easier way to get great results.

For the milk, we have made delicious yogurt with both grass fed whole cow’s milk and whole goat milk.  The cow’s milk tends to have a bit of a creamier and more gentle flavor.  The goat’s milk goes a little more sour and maintains a bit smoother texture.  Try them both and let us know how they turn out for you.

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Eating in San Diego – Travel with Tom and Priscilla

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San Diego Travel Blog
 
Dark, rainy and cold – that is not the usual description for San Diego, but unfortunately, that was how San Diego was for us. California ended its four-year drought with a rare rainy weather, meanwhile we decided to escape the Chicago winter, thinking we could use some warm weather in San Diego. So…there was no beach weather for us and we wore our sweaters and raincoats everyday.
 
Awesome fish tacos in San Diego CA
 
Trying Airbnb for the first time, we picked a relatively cheap lodging in the Chula Vista area, about 10 minutes from the border with Mexico. The stay was surprisingly nice, and might actually be much better than hotels and for half the price at least. Our host left us snacks and drinks, and pretty much freedom to use most of her home. She worked in a hospital and left for work early in the morning, and was asleep by the time we got back. We went days without meeting her, and for a while, thought we would never get to meet her in person. There was this strange feeling we were pretending to be someone else, leading a parallel life. Finally, we caught up with her one early morning before she left for work and got to know her. How could a hotel beat the intimate experience and a chance to be immersed in the local life in a cute home in a random suburb?
 
Salud Tacos San Diego
 

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Chicken Hot Wings – Oven Roasted and Cooked to Perfection

In Dinner, Easy Impress, Essential Homemade, Grain-Free, Paleo Friendly by Tom0 Comments

Do chicken hot wings have their own place in the food pyramid? I think they might have left them off the bottom… Maybe they just ran out paper when they were drawing it.

Glorious chicken hot wings, how I love thee. If there ever was a food that could brighten even a dark Chicago winter day, it would have to be the perfectly roasted chicken wing, with magic dust of course, and finished with some Frank’s hot sauce. Worries disappear as you get covered in hot sauce and the lips start to tingle. BLISS.


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I perfected this recipe while living in CHI-Town (Chicago for the rest of y’all) in a classic high-rise condo building. It’s nice enough, but they forgot to put a balcony with a grill on our unit! Consequently, I have been relegated to preparing my favorite chicken wings in the oven. My love for wings and chicken makes this one by far the most tested recipe.

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For years I have oven-roasting these famous wings on aluminum foil lined pans, but recently switching over to parchment instead. I have heard from a few people about how aluminum might hurt the brain… I would much rather kill my brain cells with booze rather than aluminum foil!

Be careful, these wings are bound to impress your friends, so buy plenty if sharing. I have seen 100 pound girls demolish upwards of 20 wings, seriously.

These wings are also great un-sauced for those with a little less tolerance for the spicy.

Let’s Cook!


Recipe for Oven Roasted Chicken Hot Wings with Franks Hot Sauce and Magic Dust


Ingredients

Hot Wings
3 pounds high quality chicken wings
1/2 cup Magic Dust seasoning (Check out the recipe!)

Sauce
2/3 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
1/2 stick butter (not margarine folks…)


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Aeropress Inverted Brewing Method – Chicago Coffee

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Best Aeropress Brewing Method by Joshua from Everybody’s Coffee Chicago

Nothing starts the morning off like a cup of coffee. Or really, the afternoon… or the work week… or even the weekend! With so much coffee, shouldn’t it be awesome? Joshua from Everybody’s Coffee in Chicago is a coffee aficionado who has studied, and perfected the art of the Aeropress inverted brewing method. People come from around Chicago to enjoy his brews, I’ve seen them at the shop… This video and recipe outline the step by step instructions to craft an amazing cup of coffee that doesn’t suck, right at home!

Videographer Tom Schmidt in Uptown Chicago Everybody's coffee brewing recipe and method for inverted

The recipe video begins by explaining the grind size and how it should look (like a coarse sand) for the best result. We used the Hario Ceramic Slim Mini Mill hand grinder with 6 clicks from closed on to get the perfect grind for this variety.


“If your coffee tastes too acidic, grassy/vegetal, or weak, go down one click at a time (a finer grind) & if your coffee tastes too bitter, drying, or harsh, go up one click at a time.” -Joshua


Turn the Aeropress upside down and toss in the grounds. Josh then shows us how to use the Bonavita Kettle to properly moisten the grounds with a swirling motion. This sounds a little silly at first, swirling and pouring slowly… but it helps to open up the flavors and get the hot water more evenly throughout the Aeropress chamber. Can’t argue with results… Once the chamber has reached capacity, give it a gentle stir with a metal spoon or the included stirrer. Replace the lid and LET IT BREW!

Josh uses a basic kitchen timer to track the brewing time which totals just about two minutes, 1:40 for brewing and about :30 for the plunging. He makes it look so easy… that you will definitely have to try it at home. To really geek out on the Aeropress, stop by Everybody’s Coffee and pick Josh’s brain or look up the World Aeropress Championship (no kidding!) for creative and crazy recipes.

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DIY Bokashi Composter Instructions and Images

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How to build your Bokashi composter and start composting today!

We moved to the suburbs and now I am composting.  We simply eat a ton of veggies and generate some serious green waste.  It makes me sad to send the scraps from high quality food off to a landfill to be buried with batteries and plastic bottles for eternity.  I spent money on that organic trash yo.  This lead me to begin the COMPOST QUEST!  We are living in a town home with a professionally landscaped yard, so I am not sure where I will put it once complete, but hey it won’t be in the dump.

How to make a Bokashi Composter in your suburban home easy!

First off I bought a rotating composter to put on the porch.  This filled up within about 3 weeks.  Now it’s brewing for a while.

Then I bought a worm factory for the garage.  The worms are hungry, but don’t knock out the compost as fast as I was hoping.  Also not as stinky as one might think.

Now I am off to try the Bokashi composting method!  There are a few great resources for supplies and buckets to compost, but they carry a significant price for a 5 gallon bucket with a spigot.  This lead me to make a few Amazon and Uline orders so that I could DIY the Bokashi composter.

The Bokashi method boasts some major advantages over traditional composting, such as the ability to compost meat and dairy scraps, smell free, faster, etc.  Can’t wait to see if it is true…

Let’s build a Bokashi Composter!

How to make a Bokashi Composter in your suburban home easy!


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Coconut Macaroons Recipe – Lynnette Astaire

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Lynnette Astaire’s Coconut Macaroon Recipe


Let’s face it when you get hungry, you gotta eat something… And you can’t just bake a chicken or make a fresh kale salad every time the HUNGER strikes! These coconut macaroons sweet, filling and store well for at least a week. That is if you can resist eating them all at once…

Recipe Inspiration: Lynnette Astaire – LiveLynnette.com

lynnette astaire featured on Eat with Tom chicago food blogFor this post we’ve brought in the lifestyle expert and healthy food queen Lynnette Astaire to help us out with a healthy snack recipe. She is a true health fanatic and loves to share her tips and tricks for a great life on her site www.livelynnette.com. The content is raw, real and super funny! Her recent Beyonce 7/11 parody video had me cracking up as her and a friend lip-sync the song on the beach in Mexico.

This recipe was inspired by one of Lynnette’s favorite snacks from Whole Foods. The only problem was, she loved them so much that the pre-packaged price tag was eating a hole in her pocket. With a bit of ingredient list research and a few Google searches, voila Coconut Macaroons on the CHEAP!!

This recipe includes almond flour (or meal) to keep it gluten free and gives it nice nutty flavor.  This is a new ingredient for me, but it is a fun one!  Angela the Baker first introduced almond meal to me with the Peach Crumble recipe where she combined it with ground up quinoa for a tasty grain-free topping.

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Quinoa, Black Beans, Cucumber and Avocado with Eggs Recipe

In Gluten-Free, Great Left-Overs, Lunch, Recipe, Side Dishes, Vegetables by Tom4 Comments

Quinoa Recipe Healthy Eating Ideas - Avocado Black Beans Cilantro Cucumbers Easy Lunch


Quinoa Recipe for a quick lunch


This dish with Quinoa, Black Beans, Cucumber and Avocado with Eggs is light, but hearty enough to refuel your tanks and support your journey to greatness. The combination of the vinegar, limes and cilantro creates a wonderful freshness that reinvigorates your soul through your daily grind.You never know, a great idea might even hit you over the head after lunch when you are NOT a wandering zombie in an afternoon coma…

Lunch is often a “human maintenance” meal for me. This translates to: I need food that fuels me through the rest of the crazy day, without leaving me ravenous or sleepy an hour later. Since I love to eat, it also kills me to just grab some junk food and call it okay. So I have been on a quest to find a lunch “supplement” that is filling, enjoyable, and healthy.

This recipe evolved from a bean and quinoa salad dish that my mom regularly makes at home. From that inspiration, I added some avocado and eggs to make it a little more savory and substantial enough to call it a meal.  Without the eggs, it can also be a great side dish.

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I like to use organic dried black beans cooked via the pressure cooking method, but you can use canned ones. I recommend spending the additional nickel and grabbing the organic ones if available. The organic version will have fewer preservatives and I usually feel less “musical” after the meal. Even if the upgraded beans are a couple bucks, you are nowhere near the cost of a cheeseburger! Treat yourself!

This is a great meal to partially prepare ahead of time, especially the beans and quinoa. I like to make a large batch of beans and quinoa, and store them (separately) in left-over containers in my fridge. They last for about a week without getting funky. With these prepped, you can pull together all kinds of healthy meals on the quick (and cheap).


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