Sicilian Style Tuna – #GreatAmericanCookIn

This Sicilian Style Tuna will seem fancy to your dinner guests with its robust flavors from the olives, capers and wine, BUT it is straightforward and quick to make.

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  1. Generously season both sides of tuna steaks with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add tuna to the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Lower heat to medium and add shallots to pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes. Deglaze pan with wine. Add tomatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes until liquid begins to reduce. Add olives and capers, cook for a few more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Return tuna to pan for another minute to finish cooking and then transfer to serving dish. Spoon tomato sauce over the top and garnish with toasted pine nuts and parsley. Serve immediately.
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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe


The Uber pulled into my driveway and we saw a large box on my doorstep. That could only mean one thing. Something to evaluate for the blog! If you follow Bachelor Basics on Instagram you know that I have been eating all the tacos and barbecue I could find in San Antonio and Austin. What that won’t tell you is that while I was busy eating all their food, mosquitoes were busy eating all of my legs. Apparently the savage flying critters prefer lean dark meat. After dining out for the last seven days, it was time to dine in, which perfectly coincides with #GreatAmericanCookIn.

colavita garlic olive oil

The box was from Colavita and featured olive oils, balsamic vinegar, pasta, orzo and two pesto/spreads. My creative kitchen juices were flowing and I was itching both from my bug bites and the desire to make my own food.

A trip to the grocery yielded a small pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. But what to make… Continue reading Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe

Not Quite Right Fried Rice


With the exception of a few cooking magazines, most recipe sites present gorgeous pictures that trigger some mild drooling. Then there’s a recipe somewhere near the bottom. So often you never know if a recipe is good until you try it. In this case I’m divulging that this dish is missing something. Fried rice that rivals my favorite take-out spot has been difficult to master.

I have tried a few different recipes and I suspect I am missing a sauce or adding enough oil. So, I figured I would share this latest attempt, which looks good, but fell a bit flat when it came to delivering a powerful punch in the taste buds.

5-Step Fried Rice Process:

  1. Make rice. 
  2. Heat cast iron skillet to super hot. Add vegetable oil. Cook two beaten eggs and remove to a bowl. 
  3. Add a bit more oil. Sauté bag of stir fry veggies. Add to eggs in bowl.
  4. Add titch more oil, diced garlic and red pepper flakes. Add rice. Add 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce. Stir. 
  5. Add veggies and egg. Incorporate. Serve. 

That’s my process. I suspect I’m using the wrong type of oil and/or not enough of it. Anyone use a different combination of sauces other than soy sauce? I figure great fried rice must use more than just soy.

The result isn’t bad, it just lacks the addictive flavor that take-out has. Adding pot stickers from Trader Joe’s added some flavorful pop to the meal, but now I need to figure out how to make my rice as flavorful as those frozen dumplings. 

Best Turkey Burgers – Friday Foodstuffs

Secrets to the best turkey burgers |

My fridge was barren, like Revenant barren. Remnant tomato paste, whole coffee beans, yogurt and a few slices of deli ham would make a horrible challenge basket for a cooking battle. But my freezer was a treasure trove of meal-worthy food. When you’re unemployed your freezer drawers replace the aisles of a grocery. Like Old Man Parker discovering a Red Ryder model air rifle behind a couch, I found ground turkey buried in my freezer. But I needed one crucial ingredient to make the best turkey burgers.

Scrounging around I found a link of chorizo and with that the gears started turning on what to make for dinner.

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How to Make a Mean Chipotle Chili: Recipe

NFL preseason is over. You still think your fantasy football team has a shot. College football is in full swing.

All that can only mean one thing: chili season is here!

I subsist on beans and carbs. This diet may contribute to the hula hoop of personal space my friends often give me and the stares I receive on public transit. No one knows when my next narcoleptic episode will strike.

Continue reading How to Make a Mean Chipotle Chili: Recipe

Quick and Cheap Dinner Ideas for After Work


Cooking during the week is a pain, especially when there are boxes in every corner of my abode. Twenty four days ago I moved into my own home.

Tonight was the third time I have cooked. If you’d like to start a log of what I’ve cooked it includes: a poor attempt at a fried egg, dried pasta with a jar of vodka sauce and chicken patties with sautéed veggies wrapped in a tortilla. Hardly gastronomic fare that would wow judges on any cooking show. I just remembered I also rode out bean tacos for one week. Continue reading Quick and Cheap Dinner Ideas for After Work