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The Queen’s Feast

The first part of planning any event in my family starts with one question, “What are we gonna eat?” And what’s the point of celebrating anything if there isn’t a massive amount of food involved?

The full spread, be jealous.

So as this past Mother’s Day approached I asked the moms in my life(Mom, wife, sister) what they would like to gorge themselves on for their day of days. My sister Nicole, replying first, said her “Wildest Mother’s Day food dream is an Italian spread. Like a Jersey Shore Sunday dinner where you have to unbutton your pants halfway through.”, followed by more graphic descriptions of being fed meatballs while laying down and being worshiped like a Roman Goddess. Being as she is the most recent mom in the family, breastfeeding, and therefore the hungriest, everyone else agreed that her idea was the best and I set out planning a feast fit for the queens these moms are.

Beef and Pork Meatballs in Marinara, Parmesan, basil, & parsley

Normally, I would just do all the shopping and cooking, then have my dad and brother-in-law pay me back, but being a new mom(read: Housedad) myself I decided to delegate some of the shopping and prep to them instead, and it couldn’t have worked out better.

Antipasto Tray!

It’s amazing how less stressful cooking copious amounts of food can be when you relinquish some control. But if I’m being real, it was just a little control, I can’t let that shit go completely or the whole world might fall apart. Right guys???

Penne with Bolognese, Spicy Italian Sausage, Parmesan, fresh basil

As most family holidays go at home, we ended up eating an hour later than planned, but as you can see the food was well worth the wait. My brother in law, Danny, brought some amazing hand-carved wooden bowls he picked up from a friend who was foolishly giving them away, which really added to the rustic, home-style feel of the meal.

Bowties with Roasted Garlic- Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce, mushrooms, Pecorino Ramano, Baby heirloom, fresh basil

Overall, the mom’s said they had a great day and a meal worth the carb coma that inevitably followed. The only thing missing was an Italian Grandma’s seal of approval, but I guess I’ll have to wait to check that off my bucket list.

Grilled veggies Papa cooked perfectly!
Marinara, Roasted Garlic- Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce, Pesto

*All pictures by Danny Offer. Follow his other work on Instagram

Asian Chicken Tacos

Asian Chicken Tacos by Chef Michael Reese

Of all the meals I’ve made for friends and family over the years, this is the recipe that has been requested over and over again. Though I have shared it with people over the years, I have never actually written it down.

I usually would respond with a half-assed text or a quick phone call describing how prepare the tacos. When word got out that I would be posting recipes on Lookie Boo, I was inundated with requests for this specific recipe. “Michael, I’ll give you anything you want! My firstborn, money, cars, diamonds, naked pictures, ANYTHING for that taco recipe!” Well Beyonce, your request has finally been fulfilled.

*Special thank you to our Brother-in-Law, Danny Offer for taking these spectacular photos. Follow his other work on Instagram

When I first started making these tacos I made everything from scratch, no shortcuts, no kids, and all the time in the world to do whatever the hell I wanted. As our family has grown and spare time has basically withered away into dust, I’ve had to pare things down to the essentials, such as buying the ten+ ingredient sauce I was just trying to clone anyway. Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki, this sauce is pure liquid glory and super cheap.

Whether you are short on time, don’t wanna buy all the ingredients separately, or maybe don’t really know how to cook at all, buying a quality, prepared item can be your best friend. Plus, once you have tasted the end result all your “not from scratch shame” will go away, so just chill the eff out.

The first step is marinating the boneless, skinless, chicken thighs. Grab your chicken, a ziplock bag, and the Soy Vay. Before you throw the chicken in the bag, make sure to check each piece to make sure the butcher removed all the bones, sometimes you might find little pieces that are not fun to bite down on.

Place the chicken in the bag, dump in the sauce and throw it in the fridge for at least 6 hours. You can use chicken breasts if you really hate yourself, but not only does thigh meat taste a million times better than its dry ass cousin the breast, it costs half the price too. You’re welcome.

About an hour before you are ready to eat it’s time to get the rest of the food ready. Full disclosure, the chicken is best prepared on the BBQ, but seeing as though i do not currently own one I opted to roast it in the oven and it still tastes amazing. Preheat your oven to 425° or light your grill while you start the next few steps.

Next it’s time to make what has come to be known as “Glory Sauce”. In a medium bowl whisk together mayo, Soy Vay, lime juice, Sriracha, and set aside.There will be extra sauce, so drizzle it on the tacos, take shots, rub it all over your body, whatever. Just try not to use it all before its time to eat, everyone loves extra sauce!

Slaw Time! If you really want to plan ahead you can cut it all up in the morning, but if you have decent knife skills it shouldn’t take but 15 minutes to prep. Contrarily, if you are lazy or pressed for time you can just buy a couple bags of precut slaw mix. Grab a large bowl, add in the cabbage, carrots, green onions, cilantro, then dress the slaw with 6-8oz of “Glory” and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

I usually make a giant batch of slaw and only dress about half of it so I can make fresh slaw for left overs. Depending on how thick you sliced the cabbage the slaw will reduce by about half the size, so scale according to your needs. This is where purchasing precut can be a negative, as it is generally cut super thin on a machine and makes for a more drastic reduction in size after dressing, often leading to a soggy and depressing finished product.

Once the slaw is in the fridge, pull the chicken out, place it in a single layer on a sheet pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165° in the thickest thigh. As I mentioned earlier you can also grill the chicken, so cook it according to your skills and convenience.

While the chicken is cooking take this time to prep all the toppings of your choosing. My personal favorites are sliced avocado, jalapeños, cilantro, lime wedges, and Tapatio Hot Sauce, but sky’s the limit so do you.

Pull the chicken from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes, heating your tortillas while you wait. I usually just warm them in a cast iron pan, but if you are cooking the chicken on the BBQ just quickly heat them directly on the grill. 

Now hurry up and finish, your guests are hungry as hell! Dice the chicken, throw some tongs in the slaw, grab your plate of toppings and let your guests build there own!

Recipe Copyright © Michael Reese 2017. The recipe and pictures may not be copied or reproduced without permission.

Print Recipe
Asian Chicken Tacos
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, Fusion, Mexican, tacos
Prep Time 30-60 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 6-8 Hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
Slaw
Glory Sauce
Garnish
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, Fusion, Mexican, tacos
Prep Time 30-60 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 6-8 Hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
Slaw
Glory Sauce
Garnish
Instructions
Make ahead Chicken Prep
  1. Place chicken in a gallon ziplock bag and pour in the sauce. Marinate in the fridge for 6-8 hours.
Creamy Teriyaki Sauce
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl.
Slaw
  1. Dump all the slaw ingredients into a bowl, toss it with your desired amount of sauce and hold in the fridge while you cook the chicken
Chicken
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Drain and place the marinated chicken on a sheet pan and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 165°F
  3. Once cooked let cool for about 5 minutes then chop the chicken into strips
Recipe Notes

Time to eat! Warm your tortillas with your preferred method and place 1-2oz of chicken in each one. Top with Slaw, a drizzle of extra sauce, and whatever toppings your taco loving heart desires!

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#HouseDad

Dearest Lookie Boos,

Michael here, the slightly lesser half of Tiffany Reese, (creator of Lookie Boo & Baby Mama).  I’m excited to announce that I will be joining Tiffany on this blogging adventure!

Recently, our family has gone through some major changes and as a way to introduce myself, I thought I would share a little bit of our craziness with you.

If you would of told me a few months ago that I would now be a stay at home Dad, I would of told you that you’re crazy, and maybe sprinkled in a few expletives for good measure. Yet here I am, seven weeks in, driving the kids to and from school, cleaning, cooking, attempting to keep up on the laundry (sorry babe), and about a million other things I am trying not to forget.

HOW
THE
HELL
DID
WIFE
MY
DO
THIS?!?

You see I was a “regular” working Dad, Head Chef at a popular local pub, grinding through 12+ hour shifts  5, 6, 7 days a week for over eight years. Basically, I lived there.

As the kids have gotten older they have only become more aware and inquisitive as to why I was always working. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve disappointed them because I had to work. But we needed money for rent, groceries, health insurance, a car, blah blah blah, you get it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know how anyone can have any semblance of a family life when working so many hours. Unfortunately, putting family first meant spending very little time with the people I love most.

But then my amazing, talented, beautiful, independent, determined, badass of a wife somehow found time to apply (and go through what seemed like a million interviews) and land her DREAM JOB! A “real” job with “real” hours and almost unlimited growth potential.

The caveat was I would need to quit my current high-demand job, in order to step in and support at home.  Tiffany’s job requires commuting & traveling (lucky!)…..and we have three kids under 7. Who wants to work a job just to give all of your income to childcare?

So now I’m here, Michael Reese, House Dad…

To say that being a stay at home parent is hard is an understatement. Moreover, there is a learning curve I’m still trying to to crawl my way up. Parenting isn’t even the hardest part, I feel like that has always come natural to me. It’s the weird, no-rhythm multitasking that hasn’t quite clicked in my head yet.

Ask me to cater a dinner for 100 people tomorrow and I’ll have it for you by noon. But tell me I need to do the laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, pick the kids up, do homework, and put dinner on the table all roughly at the same time, how exactly does this get done? Oh, and someone pooped their pants? Ya, I’ll get right on that…

Father Daughter Dance, on a Friday night!

Am I struggling? Yeah, completely falling on my face half the time. Is it worth it? Every second. I’m the luckiest man alive! Tiffany thanks me for “letting her” have the chance to fully pursue her passions and desires, but really I should be thanking her for giving me the chance to be home with our kids, the chance to really get to know them and hopefully have a positive influence on their lives. Not just be the overworked, tired dad, who falls asleep as soon as he sits down. I know I’ll get the hang of this, and for laundry’s sake, hopefully sooner than later.

So what kinds of posts can you expect to see from me in the future?  I will mostly be focusing on content related to Food (of course), Men’s Fashion and #HouseDad life. Have a recipe request? Let me know. I look forward to joining Tiffany on this ride and continuing to build upon Lookie Boo’s 5+ years of awesome content.

-Michael

SoCozy Hush

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SoCozy. All opinions are my own and not edited by the sponsor.

I was so excited to walk into Target and find the newest line of products by SoCozy, Hush. The Hush line is formulated specifically for your littles with a sensitive scalp and skin! If you aren’t familiar with SoCozy, let me introduce you.

If you bottle over 22 years of experience and expertise about kids’ hair, you’ve got the SoCozy line of products created by Cozy Friedman, the woman who founded the first children’s hair salons in New York City. Before buzzwords like parabens and phthalates, Cozy adopted a higher standard for her products that relies on quality and integrity, not chemicals and preservatives. Today, that standard is a promise: “no nasties—ever,” and that means peace of mind.

SoCozy is So Smart, So Safe, So Easy and So Cool.

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So Easy: Because being a parent isn’t always easy, SoCozy makes hair care that is. These simple, fun, multi-functional products streamline tub time to make styling a snap.

So Cool: Take a strand. SoCozy encourages and supports individuality. For all kids and any hair type—SoCozy’s mission is to build confidence and inspire originality.

Ruby has been the perfect test subject for each of these new products. Recently, she has decided to grow her hair out and as her hair has grown, so has her scalp sensitivity. So a huge thank you to SoCozy for addressing our sensitive kid’s scalp needs!

The Hush 2in1 Soothing Shampoo and Conditioner is love at first smell. It’s a Gentle purifying cleanser, specially formulated with sensitive skin and scalp in mind. Ru is very picky about her scents, but approves of SoCozy. Plus the bottle comes with a soft bristled brush to help pick up dirt and flakes of dead skin, eww, and it leaves Ru’s head and hair looking healthy and smelling amazing.

The Hush Sensitive Scalp Serum Balancing Treatment is a non-greasy, leave-in formula that helps calm an irritated scalp, working to stop itch and reduce dry flakes. The Serum works like a charm, I just rubbed a small amount into Ru’s scalp and it has drastically helped her dandruff situation.  Added bonus for new moms, Hush Sensitive Scalp Serum is even great for Cradle Cap! Truth be told my husband has even used it for the sensitive skin under his beard with awesome results too!

Hush Sensitive Detangler Ultra-Gentle Leave-In was the product I looked forward to the most. The only thing worse than trying to comb out your own tangled mess is trying to comb out your over emotional-trying to grow her hair out-kindergartner’s tangled mess. Ever feel like ripping your own hair out trying to comb your child’s? Me too! Now thanks to SoCozy, Ru and I can comb in peace. A few sprays on her damp hair and the comb glides through like a hot knife through butter. Thank you SoCozy, you are truly glorious.
The Hush Sensitive Styling Foam  is a Lightweight mousse that provides natural-looking hold without disrupting the balance of a sensitive scalp. This mousse provides the perfect finishing touches for your sensitive scalped little, helping reduce frizz and hard to tame hair all day. Just use a couple pumps,  style as normal,  and you are good to go! SoCozy is available at Target and offers a wide variety of haircare products.

Smartbuy Glasses 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I am a little bit obsessed with designer eyewear.  Glasses, sunglasses, it really doesn’t matter, I LOVE THEM ALL! My little fashionista Ruby has followed in my footsteps and wants all my eyewear for herself too.  Good thing SmartBuyGlasses has a style for everyone in the family, free shipping, 100 day Returns, and 14 day best price guarantee. Even better, for every pair of glasses you buy SmartBuyGlasses gives a pair to someone in need with their Buy One, Give One Charity.

My new Salvatore Ferragamos!

The glasses Ruby picked out are these adorable glasses by Kenzo. Ruby loved that she received a perfect pair of glasses, AND was able to gift a pair to a child in need.

Want to see  more? Check out SmartBuyGlasses for more!