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Friday, June 13, 2008

Sign of Things to Come + Cookbook Update

Happy meat

I was eating cold slices of leftover grilled steak and just had to take a photo.

I love happy meat!

The arranged slices are out of order – I had already eaten half of the steak by the time I noticed. But wouldn’t it have been fun to arrange them in order, fan through them like one of those kids flip sketch books and see the range of facial expressions!!

Or damn. If I wasn’t so hungry, I could have sold these meat slices on EBay.

I could be a rich! famous! or just stupid and the subject of endless mockery.


but I do like happy meat. and there are SO many jokes that are running through my head right now but I’ll just keep to myself because my mother reads my blog now.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had my food smile at me:

eggs smile


Thank you Washington Post!

Food columnist, Kim O’Donnel from the Washington Post interviewed several female food writers and bloggers to share their favorite ways to cool off in the kitchen — suppers that are raw, uncooked or using as little stovetop power as possible.

Come read our answers! Bea of La Tartine Gourmande and Rachel of Coconut and Lime also contributed!


Cookbook update!

(rubbing hands excitedly) I’ve got 44 out of the 100 recipes ready for testing!!! I’m drafting email to send out to you all right now. I’m also including a little “Cookbook Update” tab in the box to the right, up on top….to keep you posted.

But I’ve created a new website with the recipes, notes, photos – and it’s in a blog format so that you can submit comments, questions, etc. I’m really excited to have you guys start!

The site URL will be emailed to the list of testers who have signed up. If you are interested, please comment below and I’ll add you to the list.

65 Responses to “Sign of Things to Come + Cookbook Update”

  1. glow — 6/13/08 @ 4:51 pm

    Your recipes are the best! I’d love to be a tester for your new site and I can’t wait to purchase your new book when it comes out! :)

  2. Barry — 6/13/08 @ 4:58 pm

    That is pretty damned funny though I’m thinking if Jesus made an appearance there instead you’d a cleaned up on eBay.

    Can’t wait to test recipes!

  3. Sowjanya — 6/13/08 @ 5:21 pm

    I cannot wait to get the link. I think you can totally make 1000 bucks if you put it on ebay and may be be on jay leno ;)

  4. Lan Bui — 6/13/08 @ 5:22 pm

    That is so fun!

  5. Fran Magbual — 6/13/08 @ 5:23 pm

    Wow! To be smiled at by your food has to be a good sign. It at least means you’ve been treating your food well.

  6. meeso — 6/13/08 @ 5:32 pm

    :)) Bad-ass!!!

  7. courtney — 6/13/08 @ 5:33 pm

    Cant wait ro test!

  8. rhesuspieces00 — 6/13/08 @ 5:37 pm

    You should definitely submit your smiling food photos to the Consumerist Flickr pool:


    (my other favorite blog)

  9. blondee47 — 6/13/08 @ 6:24 pm

    oh jaden i want to help test recipes….and ahem..and i quote ‘the hot one frome steamy kitchen” (crap now i forgot the exact quote)…ageism

  10. blondee47 — 6/13/08 @ 6:27 pm

    a thought because i don’t actually have my own blog so no where to vent…what do u and readers think of the closing of Tablespotting? it is such a pity and a loss for all bloggers and their readers

  11. iron stef — 6/13/08 @ 6:29 pm

    ADORABLE! I had a smiley slice of bread once. I named her sandy and gave her eyes. Then she became a sandwich and fulfilled her destiny!

  12. pamm kesselring — 6/13/08 @ 6:32 pm

    I can’t WAIT for your cookbook to come out. I would love to be a tester for your creations. Put me on the list.

  13. blondee47 — 6/13/08 @ 6:45 pm

    i meant Tastespotting

  14. We Are Never Full — 6/13/08 @ 6:48 pm

    adorable!! at first i thought that was photoshopped. soooo cute!

  15. syrie — 6/13/08 @ 6:57 pm

    Congrats on your new site. It looks fantastic.

  16. syl — 6/13/08 @ 6:58 pm

    you should add your happy meat to here!

  17. patti — 6/13/08 @ 7:02 pm

    like woah…now go and buy a lotto ticket!

  18. Kitt — 6/13/08 @ 7:12 pm

    Happy food is good food! Looking forward to testing some.

  19. kat — 6/13/08 @ 7:57 pm

    happy meat is always a good thing :)

  20. RecipeTango — 6/13/08 @ 7:57 pm

    We’re interested in testing your cookbook recipes. Please give us access to that super-secret site of yours! Congrats on all of the progress!

  21. Lisa — 6/13/08 @ 9:19 pm

    Yeah! I can’t wait to get that email also! I’m excited about being a tester!

    I won’t tell you my hubby’s response when I told him you had happy meat….let’s just say it was R rated, lol…..but funny!

  22. Meg — 6/13/08 @ 9:40 pm

    I’d love to test if you’re still in any kind of need.

  23. Mary Coleman — 6/13/08 @ 10:15 pm

    I’d love to be a tester!! Count me in!

  24. Asianmommy — 6/13/08 @ 10:23 pm

    Haha! Food that smiles at you–what a great marketing concept!!

  25. betty q. — 6/13/08 @ 10:56 pm

    You got room for another dessert tester? Please sign me up!!!

  26. Mike — 6/13/08 @ 11:01 pm

    lol, happy meat. Its hard to fight my immaturity and to end this comment there.

  27. Jen Da Purse Ho — 6/13/08 @ 11:45 pm

    I would love to test! :D please consider me!

  28. Christine — 6/13/08 @ 11:46 pm

    Now that’s not something you see everyday. Perhaps next time before we devour our meat, we should look a little closely for any subliminal messages. Fun!

  29. Single Guy Chef — 6/13/08 @ 11:50 pm

    That’s so funny. My meat never smiles. :(

  30. Christina — 6/14/08 @ 12:13 am

    Can I please be added to your list of testers? I love your recipes for the Chinese BBQ turnover pastries, steamed black bean short ribs, and firecracker shrimp. I can’t wait to try more recipes of yours. I am going to get the Vietnamese coffee press this weekend to try out your ice coffee recipes – Yum!

  31. Kricket — 6/14/08 @ 2:11 am

    Aw, man, I’d kill to be a tester but I’m going to be starting a new job in China soon and I have NO idea what the local grocery will provide.

    I remember your account of your trip to China… any suggestions on dishes to eat over yonder? Roast duck is a must since I’ll be in Beijing, and my personal goal is to munch on a fried scorpion because I chickened out last time (my first trip!). I’ll be on a tight budget ’cause it’s an intern position on local economy pay, but when I come home to Albuquerque in three months I’d like to bring a lot of new recipes back with me. :)

    Good luck with the book! May all your steaks be happy, heh!

  32. Amanda — 6/14/08 @ 9:28 am

    Please add me to the cookbook list so I can live vicariously through the testers!

  33. Dani — 6/14/08 @ 6:35 pm

    I’m interested!

  34. Wendy Withers — 6/14/08 @ 9:51 pm

    I’d bet me and my mom would love to test the recipes!

  35. Julie — 6/14/08 @ 10:17 pm

    I’d love to be added as a tester!

  36. cookinpanda — 6/15/08 @ 11:08 am

    Jaden, I would love to test recipes if you still need testers!

  37. AndiJ — 6/15/08 @ 11:17 am

    I would be interested in testing for you!

  38. Wade — 6/15/08 @ 7:31 pm

    Jaden, it’s looking great. My fiancee finally made it here from Thailand and she will be a regular visitor to your site.

  39. Lynn — 6/15/08 @ 7:56 pm

    A meat flip book – LOL! Can’t wait for your cookbook. Maybe it should include instructions on how to make a meat flip book.

  40. Cristina — 6/15/08 @ 10:36 pm

    I want to test!!!

  41. kookikat — 6/16/08 @ 6:25 am

    would love to be tester if you still need any…Yeah to happy food! :)

  42. Ann — 6/16/08 @ 12:39 pm

    I cannot think of a chef who better deserves to have her food smile at her. Clearly a sign of VERY good, clean Karma. (or, happily fluffed food!) :)

  43. Deepa — 6/16/08 @ 3:32 pm

    Hey Jaden! Love ur site and have tried most of your recipes! Would love to be your tester!

  44. Lauriel — 6/16/08 @ 4:42 pm

    Hello hello! I’m a huge fan of your detailed, lively cooking narrative and your food tips are wonderful! I spend most of my time making asian food and when I’m not, I’m either shopping for it, reading about it (Eileen Yin-Fei Lo is one of my fav authors), or photographing it. I’d be honored and excited to test your recipes!

  45. Cindy — 6/16/08 @ 9:22 pm

    Oh yeah,
    Horray to the new weblink so that we can check regularly now!

  46. GCS — 6/16/08 @ 10:19 pm

    Funny how we automatically associate images in food with Ebay!

    If you need another tester count me in. Do we get assigned recipes? I’m guessing everything is explained at your magic weblink?

  47. Adeline — 6/17/08 @ 5:52 am

    Do give me your link when it’s ready! Thanks… :)

  48. JustM — 6/17/08 @ 7:46 am

    Count me in XD would love to test

  49. Sun — 6/17/08 @ 9:49 pm

    Ooh, I’d love to test out your recipes, too! Maybe it’ll get me cooking more. :-)

  50. Morgan — 6/18/08 @ 7:44 pm

    Hey Jaden – so much fun to taste sake with you – your website rocks, and I am certain your beef was smiling at you for being so neat. :-)

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