The Garlic Ginger Shrimp Blues

I really wanted to call this post Cooking to Forget but I could hear Stacey’s voice in the back of my head as I wrote it.

“Soooooo dramatic, Todd”

So, I decided to go with the (slightly) less dramatic title, even though it is still every bit as much of a “VagueBook” post as the initial one.

Truth is, things at CampGarcia have been a little tough of late and outside of the obvious, friends, family, not living in Russia, two things really help to lift the weight of the world.

Cooking and Stacey’s smile.

If you listen hard enough, you can actually hear Stacey’s eyes roll at that sentence…

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Getting Crabby in Baltimore

If you hadn’t guessed, food blogging is not my main source of income…or any income to be honest.

Waiting on you Foodnetwork and/or Travel Channel!

In my spare time when I’m not cooking and writing about cooking, I work at an eCommerce firm…digital commerce firm as a Senior Account Executive. High-level (business type phrase) I work to help people sell their goodies online using our goodies and everyone feels good…ie.

One of the coolest perks of my job is travel, I get to travel a lot. I used to hate flying, terrified of it. But once I realized that on the other side of the flight there was a new city with new food and cultures to experience, I got over it…also I have to fly a lot.

This week’s trip brought me to Baltimore and more importantly…to the wonder that is Blue Crab.
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Something Simple This Way Comes…

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of this podcast called Lore. It’s a good short podcast for the trip to and from the office and it’s generally very interesting.

If the title didn’t give it away, the content of each episode centers around “lore”. Stories of ghosts, folklore, haunted houses and witchcraft etc…

Which freaks me out. Like, legit freaks me out. I have the imagination of an over imaginative 5 year old so these stories stick with me a bit. In fact, the other night I was checking our apartment doors for the fourth time before bed (stupid cats making stupid scary noises), I saw three stacked paint cans that looked like a little goblin.

I stopped, gasped an audible “Oh no” and turned the lights on in a panic. Rediculous.

Well, you’re probably wondering what this has to do with food. I think that a lot of people scare themselves into thinking they can’t cook and just like my paint can goblin, it’s not the reality.

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Biscuits and Groovy

I hate baking. Well, I don’t hate it, but since I’m not very good at it I try and avoid doing it whenever I can.

Which is why I was surprised to find myself making Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits on Sunday night. Well, maybe not that surprised.

Well, maybe not that surprised…considering no one forced me to do it and I went to the store to buy the necessary ingredients…but you get my point.

“But why would you bake if you dislike it so much?”

That’s a great question fake person I use to further my blog posts. I’ll tell you why.

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Pazole for MamaG

Solo cooking in MamaG’s kitchen.

It’s not something I get to do often, but I got to do it last weekend.

MamaG was sidelined, recovering from knee surgery. She’s now partial bionic and will soon be more bionic once she gets the other replaced.

If you’ve ever gone through knee surgery, or any surgery for that matter, you know that cooking food is not high on your “To-do” list during recovery.

Since food is a necessity and good food is something my Mom had always given me when I felt bad, I figured the least I could do was go and feed her and my dad.

Also, guilt…cause of them raising me and all that.

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Basque me no more questions

I was on the road last week doing businessman type things with other business people in an attempt to win new business for my company.

The secret to having a good business meeting is to end it with a good meal.


People buy from people and the best way to get to know a person is to share a meal with them…and maybe a drink, or three. You’ll build trust and a rapport and at the very least you’ll come away with a few good stories.

It’s also nice if the people you’re eating with take you to a local restaurant with good food and a great history.

Thankfully, the people I was meeting in Reno knew just where to take me.

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Porchetta and Guitar Hero: A love story

You know that old relationship you had in high school. The one that, at the time, you thought was perfect and could never end.

The two of you were inseparable. You’d write notes and leave them in each other’s locker, you’d let them wear your favorite Starter jacket all week and you’d always…always figure out a way to cheat “spin the bottle” to get a kiss in public without succumbing to PDA.

Well, this story is kinda like that…but with Guitar Hero and Pork and…ok it’s nothing like that, I just didn’t have a good intro this week.

If you’re not totally annoyed by that and want to cook a pretty solid pork dinner, please read on.

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