02/09/2016: ZACH IS BACK!!!

Welcome back, Diners!

WOW, it has been quite a long time since I last posted and I apologize for that. I have been super busy with school, work, my future, and everything in between but since I will be graduating soon (16 days to be exact), I have decided to get back on here and start blogging again.

The new and improved Dinner with Zach will be comprised of tips and tricks that I have learned, fun factoids, and some of my everyday adventures in this culinary world. I haven’t decided on a set schedule but I promise to do at least one post every week about something dealing with cooking, right after I finish up school and get everything settled on that end

 

So check back soon for my first post of being a college graduate!

 

Stay Hungry :)

 

-Zachary

 

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7/26/2013: Yetty’s Pizzeria

7/26/2013: Yetty’s Pizzeria

Hello Diners!

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Last Friday, the dads and me wanted some good old italian cooking. That’s when the dads remembered Yetty’s Pizzeria. Looking at the outside, it looks like a cute little “ma and pa” place that would be selling trinkets and antiques. However, on the inside, the complete opposite. The interior is a nice little pub/cafe with the respectable decor.

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The food there is italian/cafe/pub/bar food. When I say this, I mean that there are all classic italian dishes, pub dishes, cafe dishes, and bar dishes. We decided to stick to classic Italian food.

042I ordered a grilled chicken and sun-dried tomato alfredo. The sauce was perfectly mixed and crafted with mozzarella, parmesan, and another cheese that I could not seem to tell what it is. It was a little salty, creamy and stuck to every inch of pasta and chicken there was. The tomato added a nice bite to the whole dish as well as added that change in flavor that lets you continue eating it without getting bored.

046My dad decided to go for a nice fish fry. The halibut was breaded and fried great and was served with some fries. The fish was nice and flaky, but still held up to the fork. The fries were crunchy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. The flavors complimented each other very well.

044My step-dad ordered a classic Italian dish: Spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce had a beautiful color and smelled delicious. My step-dad said that the spaghetti were cooked just right and that the meatballs did not overpower the flavor of the sauce.

 

This place was very comfortable and very lively. A must if you want a nice place to eat with friends and just have fun!

See you at dinner again!

-Zach :-)

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7/24/2013: Breakfast for Dinner!?

7/24/2013: Breakfast for Dinner!?

Hello Diners!

Sorry for the little break, been busy spending time with the dads and finalizing some plans for the rest of my summer, but I’M BACK!!

 

So, last Wednesday, the dads and me decided to switch it up and have breakfast for dinner! I stayed home from work so that everything would be ready when they came home.

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My dad ordered Egg-In-A-Hole (cut a hole in bread, crack a egg in the whole, cook it all together), and some of the greens that he had in the fridge.With the egg in a hole, I used some French Peasant Bread (you find it everywhere here in New York), and a normal egg and toasted it on a skillet with a little margarine to brown it.

 

002My step-dad ordered some pumpkin spice pancakes, and I decided to make an extra stack of pancakes for myself. I put cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and all-spice into the pancake mix then cooked them on a skillet like normal.

 

 

When serving it, I used a little pumpkin butter on my pancakes while Stephen used margarine. The pancakes were so fluffy and moist and the pumpkin brought out the spice of the pancakes nicely. The dads said that there meals were equally delicious and were appreciative that I cooked for them.

I love cooking for others, because it means that I get to share my passion with the people I love and that brings tremendous joy!

Dine with me again!

-Zachary

Eat.Live.Love.”

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7/22/13: Our Asian Cuisine Dinner

7/22/13: Our Asian Cuisine Dinner

Hello Diners!

047A few days ago, I promised the dads that I would make a version of Chicken Stir-Fry using panko bread crumbs on the chicken.  So when we went to the store the previous day to get stuff to grill, I got everything I needed to make this meal. I stayed home from work that day so that the dads would come home to finished dinner. I started with the vegetables, sauteing them in some sesame oil, starting with the sugar snap peas, then adding the carrots, then the bell peppers to ensure they all cook evenly. While that was cooking, I brought the water to a boil for the egg noodles. I salted the water before and after the noodles went in to help them not stick to each other. As the noodles went in, I breaded the chicken and started pan-frying them.  It got a little crazy when everything was to be taken off the heat around the same time, but I found a solution. I drained the pasta and mixed in the vegetables, then I added my sauce that I made earlier in the day that consisted of soy sauce , ground ginger, and orange zest. I timed it all perfectly, because as the last batch of chicken was finishing cooking, the dads arrived home from work. We decided to eat this asian-themed dish with chopsticks and they complimented their dishes with a glass of raspberry wine ( the colors worked great with it). To see if the flavors matched, I had a little sip of the wine and then tried my dish. The sweetness of the wine complemented the salty flavors of the soy sauce and the sweet, crispness of the vegetables. I would call this dish a success and I would definitely make this again soon!

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Dine with me again!

Zachary :)

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7/21/13: Another Grill Day!!!!

7/21/13: Another Grill Day!!!!

Hello Diners!

043Today was a grilling kind of day again! So my Step-dad told  me to think of some stuff to have for dinner and then we will go get it. So I was sitting there,thinking, and that’s when it hit me: let’s have a pork loin, some potatoes, pineapple, and corn (my step-dad suggested that). So we went to the store, picked up everything, and went back home. Since it was still early, the dads decided to go for a walk while I get everything ready. I boiled/mashed the potatoes, cut the pineapple (because we bought a whole, fresh one to grill), and coated the corn and broccoli (my step-dad can’t eat corn) in a compound butter containing garlic greens, thyme, and chives. When my dads got home, I asked Dad if he could grill the stuff up, and then they took their showers and we ate dinner. The flavors of the pork were amazing (we bought it pre-marinated because we didn’t have that much time for it to absorb the marinade flavors), and they mixed beautifully with the sweetness of the pineapple and corn, and the butteriness of the mashed potatoes. It was a delicious match and I am glad that we all had a part in the process. Cooking, to me, is a great bonding activity because each person is a responsible for a part of something that turns out delicious and amazing.

 

Dine with me again!

Zachary :)

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7/20/13: Alpine Restaurant

7/20/13: Alpine Restaurant

Hello Diners,

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So even after all that adventure and fun at the renaissance festival, the dads decided that we should go visit my grandpa and grandma since we were close to the area. So, they called them and planned a dinner at a restaurant called Alpine.When we arrived to my grandparents’ house, we sat, talked for awhile, and relaxed then we all went to the Alpine restaurant for dinner.This place was a strong country feel to it, especially with the decor and atmosphere of the staff and food.

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When I sat down, my dads told me that I should order their Jack Daniels Delmonico, so I did. Every entrée comes with an All-You-Can-Eat salad/soup bar, so we all got up and got some salad and soup. They had a turkey and noodle soup then a southwest steak soup, along with bread and crackers. Their salad bar contained the normal salad mix, along with macaroni salad, chocolate pudding and some other salads and vegetables.

041When our meals came out, I was not expecting a giant piece of steak sitting in front of me with great grill marks and a nice, sweet, peppery sauce to accompany it. My steak was grilled to perfection, medium rare and tender. The sauce brought  out the sweetness of the steak while adding a little of pepperiness to it. By the time I finished, I did not want to move, let alone get in a car and ride for an hour and a half back to our house

It was a delicious meal and I am so glad I got to see my grandparents again!!

Dine with me again!

Zachary :)

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