Homemade gyro. I substituted the lamb with beef since lamb is quite $$…still delicious! Going to have to learn how to make pitas next. #groundupgourmet #gyro #greek

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Interesting take on the breakfast sandwich @wafflescafe. Not sure if the waffles do it for me but it was still yummy!

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bacon blanket

Staying warm with the help of my #baconblanket


Smokeshow Cookout 2010 Round 2 – Authentic Slow Smoked BBQ

Now that I have covered the prep part of Smokeshow 2010, It’s on to the delicious part of the Smokeshow – slow smoking and the finished product.

My day started at 7:30 AM, now that’s dedication right?

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the setup

Smokeshow Cookout 2010 Round 1 – Prep time

Smokeshow 2010 was a  great success!

This year I think it’s safe to say that all the food was substantially better minus one thing…the ribs (almost a complete disappointing failure). More on that later.

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avocado and turkey

Submitted Recipe! – Baked Turkey, Avocado, and Brie English Muffin

Today Ground Up Gourmet got its second submitted recipe!

I still haven’t gotten around to making Beer Cheddar Cheese soup, sorry Leah.

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Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, & Arugula Pizza

I present you with the one of the most disfigured yet delicious pizzas ever. This thing fought me to the end in terms of getting from a dough ball to plate, mostly due to the fact that I did not have a pizza peel. I implore you to buy a pizza peel if you are trying to make pizza on a pizza stone!

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

This is the third time I made this beast of a pizza and it always proves to be a crowd pleaser, and feeds a lot of people. This time the fillings I used were hot & sweet sausage, caramelized onions, mushrooms, red & green peppers, sautéed garlic and of course sauce and mozzarella cheese.

One of the first things you will need a well seasoned 10” cast iron skillet, deep dish pizza pan, or some other heavy pan. I used my cast iron skillet because it holds the heat so well.

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Christmas Dinner – Beef Wellington & Potatoes Au Gratin &

Happy New Year!!
This year my brother made Beef Wellington and I made Potatoes Au Gratin. Everything turned out AMAZING. Check out the pictures below:

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ingredients - mint, cucumber, dill

Dill, Mint, Yogurt, & Cucumber Soup

Looking for something cold and refreshing? Well the answer just may be dill cucumber soup with a hint of mint.  I always wanted to make this soup and last summer presented the perfect opportunity. My dad grew a ridiculous amount of cucumbers as you can see from my Garden Post, so I already had the most important ingredient.

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Homemade potato chip

Baked Rosemary & Oregano Potato Chips

I just finished my last class before thanksgiving break and had a hankering for potato chips. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any and I’m dead broke so buying some didn’t seem like the best idea. What I did had however, was a 20 pound bag of potatoes – not really sure what I was thinking when buying that.

This recipe is actually really quick and makes some really tasty and healthy potato chips.  First start out by preheating your oven to 450.

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Grill Cheat Sheet

Grilling Cheat Sheet: Cooking Times, Heat, & Flavors

If you have read any of my other posts you can see them i’m a huge fan of grilling. I found this GREAT Grilling Cheat Sheet that covers almost all the basics of mastering the grill: heat, cooking  time, and compatible flavoring techniques.  For the original copy go to RealSimples PDF to download the file.

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Watermelon, feta cheese, mint salad

Watermelon, Feta Cheese, & Mint Salad

So I’m sitting in bed, under 2 blankets, next to my window, cold from the New England weather, and trying to enjoy some quality Food Network programming while I dig through some old pictures. Thankfully, I stumbled across a few that make me think of summer and all its warm sunny goodness. The recipe I found would be a watermelon, mint, and feta cheese salad. Even though this turned out to be a FAULURE, it still looks tasty right?

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Chicken pouch

Tin Foil Pouch Chicken & Veggies

How to Make Moist Chicken Breast the Easy Way

I haven’t stopped cooking in the last few weeks, that’s for sure. I’ve had some failures along the way including my prosciutto rolls stuffed with roast asparagus, mozzarella, and herb filling. I thought it was going to be a flavor bomb but it turned out to be lacking texture and just plain BLAH. I’m definitely going to tackle that one again.

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The ingredients

Homemade Baileys Cream

I completely forgot that I took pictures for this back in December and was about to make it again until I stumbled across a missing memory card. I love making my own Baileys; it’s delicious, cheaper* and for some reason seems to shock people when you say you made your own Baileys Cream.

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Anthony’s Garden & Classic Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato Sandwich

So I lied, I wish I could take credit for this garden oasis but all credit must go to Big Joe, my dad. He has been going at the garden thing ever since I can remember. It was always a struggle between “Those damn raccoons, deer, rabbit, opossum, squirrel, etc.” eating everything, but  he finally perfected his strategy and during the last 5 years his garden has produced some of the most amazing tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, eggplant, and green peppers to name just a handful. 2 years ago we must have gotten a crazy batch of zucchini seeds because one grew to be at least four feet long – no joke.

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Clamming On The Long Island Sound

 Clamming – Rake, Clean, Shuck, EAT & Repeat

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going clamming on the Long Island Sound with some of my closest friends on Melissa’s boat. I’d tell you the location of our clamming spot but this honey hole definitely needs to be kept as secret as possible.

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Enchantment of the Seas

Caribbean Exploration Part 2

So, here is part 2 of my Carribean Cruise – Long overdue.

Everything on the islands was AMAZING. Except for one dish that turned out to be quite unappetizing – Mofongo. After coming home and doing a little research it seems that this Mofongo was indeed  prepared in a traditional manner. This consists of taking fried green plantains and mashing them together with seasonings such as garlic, olive oil, and bacon.

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Caribbean Exploration Part 1

Hello again!

I’m back from my amazing vacation in the Caribbean and I have lots of mouth watering food to share with you. Thankfully my quest for the elusive fried fish sandwich was fulfilled along my insatiable appetite for EVERYTHING.

Our itinerary was 2 days at sea, San Juan, St. Thomas (traveled to St. John too), Dominican Republic, Haiti, and then 2 days at sea.

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Not your classic looking salsa...

Two NEW Ways to Use Blueberries!

Ever since I heard our local blueberry farm was open for picking I have been anxious to get up there, nothing better than searching for big juicy berries while watching the sun sink below the mountains on a weekday night. This past week they even had some local blues band playing, and people bring picnics to sit and enjoy the music while gathering the freshest blueberries around.

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