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Archive for May, 2007

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May 30, 2007

Faux Gras with Shitake and Cognac

I bought Michel Richard’s Happy in the Kitchen book a few months back, and while I can gleefully tell you that its my favorite eye-candy boyfriend cookbook, I have only attempted to make one thing from the book, for fear that I could never replicate the dish and please HiK….

May 27, 2007

Date Night a.k.a. $120 dinner + $50 babysitter

Before we had children, my husband and I used to eat out at least 3 times a week. Our evenings wouldn’t even start until 8pm, and it wouldn’t be uncommon for us to have reservations at 10pm. We’d easily spend $300 in an evening for just the two of us. This was downtown San Francisco […]

May 25, 2007

Korean BBQ – Kalbi & Bulgogi

This food blog thing really isn’t good for my waistline. B.B. (Before Blog), the little angel on my right shoulder and the devil on the left used to have a healthy debate, often lasting for a couple of minutes. “Poached Chicken Breast or Gorgonzola Stuffed Hamburger?” The playground was fair, the game was clean. Angel […]

May 22, 2007

Unexpected Luxury

Despite all the fancy-schmancy chopping and twirling that I do, my husband and my favorite summertime dinner is a loaf of french baguette with a hunk of German Cambazola cheese and creamy, dreamy Danish Butter. Yes, I know its spring-time, but when you’re on the coast of Florida and it’s 85 degrees out, its summer. When it is really …

May 20, 2007

How to make sushi temaki handrolls

My Sushi for One dinner Last week I taught a hand-on sushi class with 20 students in the studio kitchen. We had such a fun time making Temaki hand rolls, large inside out rolls and small Maki “cigar” rolls. Of course we had leftover ingredients, so the next evening I had a little Sushi for […]

May 20, 2007

Simple 10-Minute Miso Soup

While writing my post on How to Host a Sushi Party, I surfed the blogs for a good 30 minutes looking for a great tutorial on how to make miso soup using instant dashi. Well, I couldn’t find one that I liked, and in that 30 minutes I could have made 30 gallons of miso […]

May 18, 2007

Strange Search Terms

If I ever need a good laugh, I click on my blog stats and check out the search terms that people typed in to get to my website. This is a nice WordPress feature. Most of the search terms are pretty relevant, but some are just tad off-center. So I thought I would take a […]

May 18, 2007

Lobster Mini-Me’s

Other than our weekend fishing excursions when we were kids, we also used to catch crawfish in the river. Mom used to go to the market, buy a whole chicken to use as bait. Tie a string around the whole bird, lower it in the river and wait. I don’t remember if we simply used […]

May 17, 2007

My First Spam Fried Rice Victim

Max, the exec editor of Creative Loafing (weekly entertainment paper) gave me a shoutout on my Spam Fried Rice post. I thought it was so nice of him that I offered to bring a freshly fried batch of the stuff to his office. And he thought I wouldn’t follow through. Yesterday, I did. How could […]

May 14, 2007

Spam Fried Rice

“Oh no you DIDN’T!!!” Oh yes, I certainly did. —-(ahem)—-

An Ode to Spam in the Style of Seuss
(Green Eggs ‘n Ham)
Do you like Fried Rice and Spam?

Would you? Could you? In a wok?

Would you like them gently tossed?

Would you like them with fish sauce?

May 13, 2007

Bounty and Bagna Cauda

My weekly trip to the organic farm stand. The mango above is one of the best I’ve ever had. Where is it from? Haiti! Who knew? Organic mangoes from Haiti. I had no idea that there are 10 million mango trees in Haiti. I usually am an advocate of eating locally. But I am also an advocate of supporting the small organic farmer. Oh, the dilemma! Go to the massive mega-supermarket …

May 12, 2007

Sprinkling Julienned Bits of Love and Joy

Thanks for all the advice and opinions. I think I’m comfortable enough to use my real name because I generally just stick to writing about food and not the people who live down the street that let their flea-infested dog crap on my front lawn. I figure that if I can make fun of myself […]

May 11, 2007

Is there some massive blogger identity theft ring that I should know about?

I’m a relatively new blogger living in a city whose average age of residents is 76. The most happenin’ place in town is the early bird happy hour at Bob Evans – their menu is popular because it consists of very soft, easy to gum foods like mashed potatoes and pureed Viagra. Not much happening […]

May 10, 2007

Spicy Tuna-Unagi Roll with Chilli Tobiko

Just a photo today…no recipe. I’m teaching a hands-on sushi class next Thursday. If you are in the Sarasota Florida area and want to learn how to make sushi, this is such a fun class….lots of sake & sushi! We’ll learn how to host your own maki-sushi party at home for your friends. On the […]

May 10, 2007

Tandoori-Orange Spiced Pork Chops

Despite pork being the national meat of the Chinese (the word for meat in Chinese is “yook” – which is synonymous to the word for pork), I don’t really eat a lot of pork. Nothing against the pig, its just that I like the taste of chicken, seafood and expensive fatty steak. But this recipe for Tandoori Orange Spiced Pork Chop ROCKS! The chops are seasoned …

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