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Not Grilled Cheese, it’s THRILLED CHEESE!

Oh you know I crack myself up.  And I have really done it this time, I tell ya.  What happens when you make a grilled cheese with pesto, Parmesan, calamata olives and tomato?  It’s a Thrilled Cheese!  And just wait for the special surprise ingredient.  Come with me…

Um-yum-yum-yum, Um-yum-yum-yum...

Um-yum-yum-yum, Um-yum-yum-yum...

What’s that?  CLOSER, you say?  How’s THIS?

So thrilled, I was shaking the camera a wee bit... sorry.

So thrilled, I was shaking the camera a wee bit... sorry about blurriness.

Yes, just when you thought grilled cheese had become frightfully passé, here comes the greatest thing to happen to it since– since PESTO!  And just WAIT for the awesome alternative to butter I used.  Follow me, my friends… Read the rest of this entry »

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Contact

So I keep saying I want you to send me your recipes and pictures and all other sundry (what the hell does that mean, really?) items, but I don’t give you my CONTACT INFO!  How unfriendly of me.  So…

Good Ol’ Fashioned Email:
sam@thehappyproblem.com

Websites and Such:
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wuv,
Sam

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Mozzarella, Basil, Tomato Sandwich – God Save the Queen!

Need a quick, beautiful, tasty sandwich that will make you feel like royalty? Get’cher Farmer’s Market loot and combine with some fresh, floaty mozzarella and some healthy wheat bread, and you’ve got it! Witness: Mozzarella Basil Tomato Sandwich – or as I’m calling it, the God Save the Queen!

Like flags in a royal procession...

Like flags in a royal procession...

Yes, if your mouth isn’t watering now, you’re just not human. Or a dog or a bug. (Because I think bugs would like this sandwich, too.) But I digress! This sandwich is also so easy to make that you can do it with only one ankle. (I know this because on Wednesday night, I broke my ankle. Yes. So there’s not a lot of tossing and whipping around the kitchen happening for this Punky Chef at the moment.)

At least it looks punky, eh?

At least it looks punky, eh?

So, get ‘cher boot on and here we go. Now, technically, this combo would be called a “Caprese Sandwich”, but we’re calling it a “God Save the Queen,” because my good friend Carolyn has told me I should name all of the Punky Chef creations after punk bands and punk themes. Trouble is, most punk bands have names like the Velvet Underground, which makes me think of mold in the fridge. (However, it would be the PERFECT name for a red velvet cake recipe, but I don’t like red velvet cake, so I will never make it for you.) Or you could name something a “Sid n’ Nancy,” but then all we think of is heroin and blood, and that’s not very appetizing, though it could make a great cocktail, I suppose. Even the thought of eating something called a “Sex Pistol” – well, I don’t have to tell you.

But then I thought, wait – there is nothing so classic and filled with pageantry as a fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomato sandwich, and what else is classic and filled with pageantry? THE QUEEN! So we arrive at the title for this fabulous and fast sandwich – and you can imagine the most famous Sex Pistols song, or you can imagine carriages, crowns, and receptions. Either way, it’s damn tasty, so let’s get started!
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Shout Out to Brussels Sprouts!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Eeew, gross.  Brussels Sprouts.  How can you even suggest–?”  Well pipe down, pipe down, people.  Actually, they are like wittle teensy cabbages and ACTUALLY they are awesome.  So as a tasty and STUPIDLY EASY punk rock side dish, I now present to you: Cabernet-Steamed Savory Brussels Sprouts!

Green!  Purple!  Purple!  Green!  Ahh...

Green! Purple! Purple! Green! Ahh...

Yeah, I know, who’d a’thunk it, right?  Brussels Sprouts!  I swear I had never eaten one in my life until recently, when my good pal, and occasional Farmer’s Market companion, Brooke saw them gleaming on a table and went “Ooohh” and “Aaaah” and cooed about how great they are.  I was like, “Whaa???  Who likes Brussels Sprouts?  Who can even SPELL “Brussels Sprouts”?” But Brooke was adamant.  So I tried them a few nights later at a restaurant and realized they ain’t so bad.  In fact, they might even be GOOD, if made differently than how this particular restaurant had made them(!).  Because this is what they look like in the “raw”:

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And how great is THAT?  Little peppy bright green and yellow happy pods – that’s what they are, I tell you!  So take a deep breath, open your mind, and here we go… Read the rest of this entry »

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Snappy Sweet n’ Salty Spring Salad!

Yeesss, Spring is upon us people, and nowhere is that more evident than at my local Farmer’s Market, where sugar snap peas were on the tables this week.  So, in honor of the ‘snaps, I bring you: Snappy Sweet n’ Salty Spring Salad!

I'm not sure what little animal I was trying to make on top there.  Maybe a fish?  Caterpillar?  Maybe just a feathered earring.

I'm not sure what little animal I was trying to make on top there. Maybe a fish? Caterpillar? Maybe just a feathered earring like your Anthropology professor used to wear. Either way, not very appetizing.

I am a HUGE sugar snap pea fan, and it’s one of the only vegetables that remains stubbornly seasonal.  Yeah you can get strawberries anytime of the year, and we pretend that leeks and potatoes are a winter thing, but we all know they’re just hangin’ happily in the produce section all 365 days.  But Sugar Snaps?  Oh no, people.  They are SPECIAL.  They do not let us in to their snappy, crispy, sweet little world unless they feel like it.  (And unless it’s Spring.)  So let’s celebrate the ‘snaps with this crunchy, yummy little salad!  I combined the crisp of veggies with the crunch of walnuts and pepito seeds, and the sweet of the ‘snaps with the smoke of the nuts and the salt of the… well, of the salt.  Come with me… Read the rest of this entry »

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Grilled Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan

Need a super-easy side dish to make your main course that much more “dishy?”  Witness Grilled Asparagus with Shaved Melted Parmesan!

Dishy dishy!

Dishy dishy!

Oh people.  Oh yes.  Oh you are SO glad you are about to know about this.   I first saw my idol, Ina Garten, do a version of this on her Barefoot Contessa show, but then she put scrambled eggs on top which I thought was weird, so never mind that right now.  This side dish has everything: it’s healthy, it’s easy, it’s amazingly yummy, it makes your pee smell bad – what else could you ask for?  (Yeah, I said it.  I went and ruined it like that.  Well, you’re just going to have to be strong for me.  Believe me, as soon as you taste this heaven-sent side dish, you’ll forget all about the pee reference anyway…)  (Ooops.)  (Let’s move on.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Savory Free-Range Turkey Meatloaf Burgers

Ready for a tasty Spring weekend meal?  This could add some thrill to your grill!  (Or some lovin’ to your oven!)  Witness: Savory Free-Range Turkey Meatloaf Burgers!

Serve it UP, people!

Serve it UP, people!

Oh yeeaaaah, so you think you know how to make a burger, huh?  Well think again, my friends.  Here is a burger that is healthier, better to the environment and nicer to animals, (I mean, if we’re going to eat turkeys, might as well eat HAPPY TURKEYS, right?  At least, they were happy before we slaughtered them…)  And hey – this burger is way YUMMIER than regular burgers!!  Get ready for the free-range turkey meatloaf burger.  CAN I GET A “UNGH”?!!  (Or would that be “an” UNGH?) Read the rest of this entry »

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