Monday, February 27, 2017

Pizza with Egg - Video Recipe

Pizza for breakfast? Heck yeah! Or if you are a late breakfast eater like I am, then this goes down deliciously mid-morning after a second cup of joe. So check out my short video recipe below for a Pizza with Egg to see how quickly it all comes together.
Pizza with Egg - VIDEO

Play it here, video runs 1 minutes, 24 seconds.

Of course you can have a Pizza with Egg anytime of day. I never thought to try an egg on pizza until a vacation bike tour in Italy many years ago, where I first got an Egg Pizza at a restaurant in Venice. (Click here to see a video of my fun vacation time in Italy.)


I'm surprised egg is not used more often on fast food pizza. Like the first slice into a Mexican Huevos Rancheros where the runny egg mixes with salsa and refried beans, or a Southern breakfast of sunny side up eggs with biscuits and gravy, it's all about mixing in a creamy egg yolk. And you have it all with a hot pizza right out of the oven.


It's a rich eating experience hitting all the right savory pleasure points with egg yolk, melty cheese, and pungent basil with tomato sauce.

Lately I get precooked pizza crust cheaply at the Dollar Tree store a couple blocks away. While not the best pizza crust I've tried, the added toppings help make up for any dough deficiencies. If you find a tasty precooked pizza dough, do leave a comment and tell us all about it.


The trick to using a precooked pizza crust is to not overcook, or it will dry out like a cracker. I cook my Pizza with Egg for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees in a preheated oven. As soon as the whites of the egg are solid and cooked, and the egg yolk still runny, I immediately remove the pizza. Of course, be careful taking that first hot bite!


You could use fresh pizza dough from the deli case too, just back time it, that is, if it takes 20 minutes to cook the dough, then top the pizza with an the egg during the last 10 minutes of baking.

If you can't find individual pizza crusts then slice a whole pizza crust to the size you like and work with that. It's easy enough to use the other half later, that is if you can stand the wait.Or make a whole regular size pizza and add 2 or 3 eggs on the toppings.


I find many types of tomato sauce at dollar stores. Everything from portabella mushroom to meat flavored, and chunky eggplant to just plain tomato sauce. There are even jars of "Pizza Sauce."


Get what you like in the can or jar, although I find a jar of tomato sauce easier to refrigerate and spoon from.





I kicked my Pizza with Egg up a notch with fresh leaves of basil. I like to have a basil plant on my windowsill to pull leaves off. They go great in a Thai-style Basil and Chicken Stir Fry (my recipe is a click away here) and mixed into any favorite spaghetti dish.


You only need a few leaves as they are much more pungent than dried basil. But it's okay to sprinkle on a favorite Italian dried herb into any pizza tomato sauce you use.


Mozzarella is the preferred cheese for pizza toppings and I get small packets from 99c only Stores and Dollar Tree stores. For a serving or two, the small packets are a perfect serving size at about 3 to 5 ounces each.


I also find dried parmesan but it's not as good as what you find in a typical grocery deli case.


And many types of processed cheese can be frozen for later use. I like to freeze grated cheese because it defrosts in just a few minutes, as apposed to blocks of cheese. If what you find on sale is a block of cheese, just shred it with a box grater and freeze grated cheese in a Ziploc for later use.

Eggs aren't as cheap as they used to be, especially if you use cage and hormone free. But I can still find regular eggs for around half a dozen for a buck. Every once in a while they are on sale for a dollar per dozen.



Top the pizza with one egg, or add a couple of them if you like. I like my egg yolks runny, but you can cook it a few minutes more, until similar to a soft boiled texture.


And what's great about making your own mini-pizza is you can add as much cheese and tomato sauce as you like (or can afford.)


Tangy tomato sauce with pungent fresh basil leaves and melty cheese is the perfect platform for a fried egg. And it's so easy to do if you use packaged single serving sizes of pizza crust that are precooked, like I do. Or if you have a leftover slice then break an egg over it, and heat the slice in a toaster oven.


Give my latest cheap$kate recipe a try, I know you will like it -- ciao and buon appetito!

My YouTube video link for viewing or embedding, just click here

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine Day Recipes - Videos & a Photo Story

Please sit down and have a glass of wine, and how about a tootsie massage? Here, let me hold your hand and guide you through my luscious menu of Valentine Day Recipes. Well, you are in the right place for a romantic read. If the following recipes look enticing to you then click on any name and you will be directed to my food blog recipe pages.

First up let me set the scene with a video of the Amorous Epicurean on the prowl for budget aphrodisiac ingredients to create a perfect romantic dinner date. Allow me adjust your seat cushion -- there, lean back and watch it below.

Shopping for a Romantic Recipe - VIDEO


You will want to start your romantic evening meal with an appetizer - a plump and pleasing Steamed Artichoke is the perfect dish to share with each other. Just swipe a steamed artichoke leaf into my creamy Ginger Mayo Dip and feed the tender petal end to your amour. Your appetite will surely build as you get to the delicately delicious artichoke heart. My Steamed Artichoke appetizer is just a tease.
Cooking & Eating an Artichoke - VIDEO


A lovely Pear and Spinach Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing looks good on the plate and will impress your true love with its lightness and fresh flavors. And it's the perfect prelude to the main course.


I think Italian food is the most sexy of cuisines. Tender swirling ropes of pasta sliding through a rich creamy sauce will soften any hardened heart. Just click on any recipe name below to see my luscious photos and read my tender prose.

There is nothing like a creamy warm egg yolk to stoke the fires of desire, and the Flirty Chef's  Spaghetti alla Carbonara is the perfect mood-setter. With the first bite your date will swoon with pleasure. A sprinkling of crumbled bacon over the pasta is gilding the lilly, but sometimes you need to go all the way!


In my Spaghetti alla Carbonara Video below I took a couple of cheap shortcuts. I used bacon bits, but you could substitute real bacon or kick it up a notch with sauteed panchetta. Also, fresh shaved parmesan cheese will be more pleasing than the dried brand I used. And finally, I added a blended raw egg -- for a more romantic presentation, just gently place the egg yolk on a mound of  steaming pasta.

Would you like another glass of wine before you watch my Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe video below? Oh, don't worry about driving - I'll call Uber for you.
Spaghetti alla Carbonara Recipe - VIDEO


There, wasn't that edifying? Staying on the creamy theme, I can also recommend my Fettuccine Alfredo.

It's pasta with butter and cream -- simple and direct. You could mix in some fresh steamed veggies like broccoli for color and crunch -- just see how easy it is to do by clicking here on my Veggies in Cream with Pasta.

For something lighter, lose the cream and serve my stripped down pasta recipe of John Cassavetes Red Pepper, Olive Oil and Garlic with Spaghetti. It's a spicy tongue-tingler any tough guy can knock out.

Or if you want to channel your inner domestic goddess, then tie on the apron, get out the pot holders, and bring in a hot casserole dish of my luscious Baked Pasta with Cauliflower & Cheese to the dining room table. Just check out the tempting short animated video below to see the yummy details.

Baked Pasta with Cauliflower & Cheese - VIDEO


A close second to the most sensuous of nibbling is a tender fish fillet on rice, or Sushi. Raw seafood will quicken a lovers pulse, and if you chase the sushi down with a few warm cups of sake the temptation to stay the night may be overwhelming.


My Sushi recipes are quite easy to do when you follow my directions. I even have a recipe for those averse to raw fish, a California Roll (in the hay,) that's made with cooked fake krab, creamy avocado and sliced cucumber. Seafood Rolls and Sushi are handheld bites meant to be shared with your amour.

California Roll -VIDEO


Hawaii is the destination for romancing the palate. It was a picture perfect sunset, at a beach bungalow in Kauai, as I grilled fresh fish and prepared a meal for my love, Amy. After dinner I retrieved the hidden engagement ring, got on one knee, and asked her to marry me. It was many years ago, but seems just like yesterday.

Make your own romantic Hawaii-themed date night with my exotic Island classic: Lau Lau. It's a banana leaf-wrapped package of deliciousness. The aroma of slow roasting pork will fill the kitchen and dining room, stoking the appetite of desire. Slowly unwrap the package of tender Lau Lau for your beloved. You won't need a Lei of plumeria flowers to steal a kiss when you serve my savory dish. So click here to see the luscious photos and easy-to-follow recipe text. And aloha to love.

Hawaiian-style Lau Lau

Of course, you can't have a romantic dinner date without the sweets. And I have a simply delicious deconstructed dessert that I call Mini-Banana Puddings. It's the perfect finger food to woe your loved one. All you need is to lay out some vanilla wafers and stack with a spoonful of pudding and banana slices, finally topped with Hersey Chocolate Kiss. You could also drizzle on any sweet topping like: chocolate syrup, caramel, and other favorite candy pieces or sprinkles.


After a ravenous night you will need a replenishing morning meal. And the Don Juan Gourmand's palate-pleasing Fried Egg on Breadcrumbs with Asparagus will satiate any food lover.

It looks good on the plate, but be sure to make plenty, as your sweetheart will ask for seconds!

Another morning after meal is my French-style Omelet. It's a labor of love that you may want to practice making a couple of times to get right. Like lovemaking, the more you do it the better you get! And I have all the right moves a click away here.

Here are a few more romantic entrees you can try (just click on any name): Chef Zakk's Tuscan Primavera - Cajun Style, Chicken Stroganoff, Julia Child's Crepes Suzette, Baked Chicken with Grapes, Shepherd's Pie, Portabella Crab Rockefeller, Coconut Crusted Fish & Mango Salsa, Pork Bourguignon, Vegas Eggs Benedict, French Cassoulet, Stuffed Poblano Chiles, and Roasted Mint Chicken.

Next it's 99 shades of cheap, so, au revoir, -- and I'll leave you with my most outrageous Valentine Day photo story called:

The 99 Cent Lover




All items cost 99.99 cents (okay, $1)


Monday, February 6, 2017

Mac & Cheese with Caramelized Onion & Herb - Deal of the Day

This a one rich and very creamy macaroni and cheese meal. And they pack a lot into the container, so I was full when I reached the bottom. I liked my latest Deal of the Day find: Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese with Caramelized Onion & Herb.


If you are looking for diet food, keep moving - you can see an oil slick when this meal is bubbling hot. And the cheese is not low fat either. Carbs? Yep, and plenty of gluten, too.


The taste leans towards the sharp flavors of cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. Herbs are listed, but they are barely there, at least in taste.

The cooked macaroni is a little on the mushy side. I microwaved in one minute increments, so as not to overcook it, knowing that typical frozen pasta is notorious for being too well done in the factory processing stage.


While a little soggy, the mac still had a little resistance when bitten. There is a nice chewy hard band of cheese on top that usually comes with oven baking.


Now, for caramelize onion? Hmmm....not very much really. The package shows crispy brown onions on top, as you can see they are not there. When I found them, they were minuscule and mixed into the macaroni and cheese.

You could detect an under-taste of cooked onion the more you ate the meal.


I would have liked bigger bites of sweet caramelized onion - that's why I bought this frozen meal.

A microscopic piece of caramelized onion. 

The ingredient list is small for typical frozen fare and this meal is not over-processed.


Now I'm not complaining too much. While a tasty version of homemade mac and cheese, it just falls short of what's described on the package. But I would still get this frozen fare anytime. It could have scored a perfect 9 if the tease of package advertising was truthful.

So on the Cheap$kate Dining Scale of 1 to 9, 9 being best, I give Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese with Caramelized Onion & Herb a hearty 7 ! Well worth the price of 99.99 cents.

 Shooting Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese with Caramelized Onion & Herb.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Superbowl Recipes - Touchdown!

Head to the end zone for a long pass of recipes from The Culinary Quarterback. Are you ready for Superbowl Sunday? The Fried Pig Skin Lovin' Chef has some tasty football food that will leave enough green in your wallet to buy an extra keg for your tailgate party.

Just click on any recipe name below to see what I mean. There are no fumbles in this recipe list!

Next to pizza and hotdogs, Fried Chicken is a fan favorite and no one fries chicken better than Southern cooks. Atlanta Falcon locals will approve of my version, too.

I've come up with a crunchy coating that will empty the bleachers and have fans storming the kitchen! Get Superbowl Sunday going with my Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe or use my special flour and spice mix for regular bone-in chicken parts. Fry up a batch of chicken to hand off when the coin is tossed to start the game.


Bring more Southern flavor to your kitchen, know matter what State you are in. Fans will take a half-time break and huddle around your cast iron pot of my fragrant and spicy Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya and Cajun Gumbo.

 Mom's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

You gotta serve BBQ if you are tailgating on game day in the parking lot of NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. Fans, I have the prefect recipe for you, a succulent and smoky BBQ Pulled Pork recipe.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

I use regular BBQ sauce, but you will want to serve a local mustard/vinegar/brown sugar sauce for your home team. My Pulled Pork recipe is easy and cheap to make, of course. Just check out the video below or click here to see all the tasty recipe details.



If a meaty bowl of Homemade Chili and a mug of icy cold beer are what you crave on game day then you've come to the right place.


New England Patriot fans will eat up my riff on an East Cost favorite Lobster Roll -- a cheaper Scallop Roll. This recipe is so scrumptious it was featured in the Huffington Post website! Click here to see the write up.

  Scallop Roll

 If game day is freezing cold, then throw another log on the fire and gather in front of the big screen with a steaming bowl of my cheap$kate New England-style Clam Chowder.


Or go straight up the middle with a tray of Teriyaki Spam Musubi. Weave through the living room backfield with a pile of Mexican Carnitas Tacos (slow-cooked pork) and you'll be lucky to make it through without being sacked!

If fish is on your mind then hook your bleacher bums with some of my homemade Sushi Recipes. Try tackling a Spicy Tuna or California Roll. How about setting up a sideline station of chopped veggies and fresh fish and roll your own delicious Hand Rolls? It's easier than you think, and I have simple photo-illustrated instructions a click away, here.


While everyone's watching the pre-game show send in any of my delicious sideline sides and appetizers, including: Bacon Wrapped Dates and Brussels Sprouts, Tomato & Basil Bruschetta, Deviled Eggs, Portabella Mushroom Fries, Sweet Fried Plantains, Ceviche with Avocado and Black Beans, and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce.


Start Superbowl Sunday with a couple of omelet recipes, including my French-style Cheese Omelette



And just click here to see my Veggie Frittata recipe that will feed all your hungry team players (again, just add some ham pieces to fill out the frittata.)


Sandwiches and Game Day are meant for each other. Los Angeles locals know an LA Street Dog will not get flagged. And, everyone will huddle around sandwich plates of gooey, cheesy Patty Melts, hearty Meatball Subs, Homemade Deli Pastrami, Falafel Pitas, and steaming Sloppy Joe's.


If you're looking for one pot meals, so you don't miss any action on the field, just check out my Pork Bourguignon, French Cassoulet, Chicken Tinga StewMr. Patti's Red Beans & Rice, Baked Pasta with Cheese and Cauliflower, Baked Lasagna with Ground Chicken, Shepherd's Pie, or Sausage & Sauerkraut with Beer recipes.

Baked Lasagna with Ground Chicken

 Looking for a sneak-play recipe? How about a different twist on Buffalo Wings with my African Spiced Water Buffalo Wings? This original recipe features chicken legs, but you can substitute wings.


The Cheap$kate Chef's Turkey & Black Beans Chili recipe will add extra points on your scoreboard for flavor. Make it spicy, but be sure to have an ice chest full of brews for all your bench-warming guests. And don't forget to send in from this Whisk Welding Coach a most versatile of plated plays, the Pita Pizza -- a varied list of toppings you can use would fill the coaches chalkboard.

Pita Pizza

Tired of stale, soggy stadium hot dogs? I have a great and easy Corn Dog Recipe made with Vienna sausages -- but you can use regular wieners. There will be no fumbles as your hungry guests dip these crunchy coated pig skins into my tasty honey-mustard sauce.

Since you have the fryer going you might as well make a batch of my Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. They're as light and airy as the Goodyear blimp.

So get your backfield in motion and click on any of my tasty treat names above to watch an instant reply of recipes from my blog. Your guest will be cheering you on -- from their cheap seats!
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