Men Who Cook!

Jim cooked!

Jim makes 3 things really well. His specialties are a club sub (made with field roast), mac and cheese and “macho nachos”. These are serious comfort foods in our house and I love that he makes them. But for the Men Who Cook Challenge, he decided to go all out. In order to keep quiet in the kitchen (and keep my hands busy), I took as many photos as I could of his work-in-progress. It’s really kind of a funny feeling to watch someone else turn the kitchen into a disaster area, but I’m convinced if I’d jumped in, this dish wouldn’t have been as terrific as it was.

In Jim’s words, his dinner creation is “Smoked Mexican Tofu with Tomato Stuff and Grilled Apple and Jalapeno Relish Chutney Topping.” Yes, he likes long names. One of the songs he wrote years ago was called “All My Friends Hate it When I Write Songs When the Title is Too Long.” Enough with the jabber, on to the photos! Here’s the step-by-step process.

Jim in one of his favorite shirts with some of his favorite ingredients


Marinating the tofu


Marinating requires concentration

Going into the smoker

Testing a jalapeno

Working some magic on the grill

Happy that his magic worked


Getting the plates just right requires ninja skills

This dinner was incredible! His chutney relish stuff was the perfect sidekick for the smoked tofu and smokey tomato sauce. Jim had so much fun doing it that he offered to cook me dinner once a week! I gave him a little break after this one, but I think I’m going to hold him to it.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted September 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Jim is the bomb!!! I love the dish and the pictorial. It makes me want to hang out with you guys all over again. I think I’m going to need that recipe. Thanks for taking this on with such gusto Jim. I’m smiling all over.

  2. Posted September 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Kim, I’m thanking you! Jim is feeling so much more adventurous in the kitchen after this…. and he’s always offering to cook if I’m not motivated. This event was such an awesome idea.

    Yeah…. we need to get together again!

  3. Posted September 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    lol, what a great photo spread. I love the ninja plating skills! It would be so great to have someone else take over the cooking once in a while.

  4. Posted September 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    FAB!!! But he STILL didn’t get a dish named after him? Evil woman!

  5. Posted September 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Ok, ok, you’ve got a point, Liz. That can be Jim’s couscous on the side.

  6. Posted September 7, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    so awesome! i miss having a man who cooks for me sometimes haha… it would come in handy right abouuuuut…now. his dish looks very yummy, by the way!

  7. Posted September 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow, nice! I keep my dude out of the kitchen or we would have grilled Cheezly every night.

  8. Posted September 8, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Hey Jim, can you come over and cook for me, too? And don’t forget to bring that awesome grill.

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