Friday, December 26, 2008

Photos from our Christmas Dinner

Antipasto Salad

Salad Shooter
Creamed Spinach and Twice Baked Potatoes

Standing Rib Roast
Rib Roast

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Rigatoni Stuffed with Ham

The stuffing:
8 ounces ham
1 onion
2 slices of bread
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup romano cheese
1 teaspoon italian seasoning

1 pound rigatoni

1 jar tomato sauce

8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded.

Take the first six ingredients and grind them in a food processor

Boil the rigatoni until it is less than al dente. Drain it. Cool it. Put the stuffing in the rigatoni. This part is a pain in the ass but I watch TV while I do it and it seems to be soothing. It took me about 25 minutes to do it today.

Pour 1/3 of the sauce on the bottom of a 8 X 13 baking dish Put your little stuffed rigatoni in the dish until you get a layer. Pour 1/3 of the sauce. Top with 1/2 the shredded cheese. Repeat the rigatoni layering, saucing and cheesing.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes until it is all bubbly and yummy. It is supposed to make eight servings but yohboh really loves this and it lasts two days.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Menu for Hope

For the past five years, Pim has been hosting a charity on her blog called Menu for Hope. Please take a moment and see if there is anything that you would like to buy a raffle ticket for. There is some great stuff!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Meatloaf, Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Potatoes and Squash casserole

Monday, December 15, 2008

I made up a marinade for fish

Ginger, Garlic, Soy sauce, sesame Oil, Lime Juice, Honey

Friday, December 12, 2008


So while I was in Southeast Asia, I had mangosteens. Those I liked. They are like if a sweet melon and a peach had a baby. YUM!

Also I had a pink dragon fruit. DELICIOUS!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Narita Sushi

When in Japan, you eat sushi. It was pretty good.

Airport Sushi

Airport Sushi

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


We ate durian in Singapore. Durian tastes like if rotten coleslaw was made into a warm egg custard.


Yohboh loved it.
Yohboh eating Durian

I did not.

Yohboh's birthday

Yohboh celebrated his birthday in Thailand. We went to Thai @Siam on Naiyang Beach. Robert totally hooked us up.

Birthday Beef

Birthday Lobster

Semi Freddo

Yohboh blowing out the candles on Semi Freddo

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A recipe without a picture again

Sweet Potato Casserole

Three pounds of sweet potatoes
One stick of butter
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 tablespoon cinnamon
10 gratings of fresh nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark rum

For the topping:

Bake the sweet potatoes in an oven until they are mushy. I do this for about an hour at 350.

After the potatoes are cool enough to touch barely, slip off the skins and make sure you get all the syrupy stuff that comes with them. Mash them with all the other ingredients. You can melt the butter, but the potatoes are so hot that the butter will melt.

Put in a 9X13 pan. It does not need greasing. Add the topping. I did 1/2 marshmallows and 1/2 pecans.

Bake 350 until the marshmallows are puffy and golden.

It is interesting to see who goes for the marshmallow (in my mind, the kiddie side) as opposed to the praline side (more adult).

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pre Thanksgiving

We do a potluck every year. This year we had:

Mac and Cheese
KC's mac and cheese

Green Bean Casserole
J and K's Green Bean Casserole

Sweet potato casserole
Minjenah's sweet potato casserole. Let me know if you want the recipe!

Roasted Turkey
Roasted Turkey

Deep Fried Turkey
Deep Fried Turkey

And pies!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Recipe without a picture

So I am all about veggies lately. I like to make all my veggies with bacon. Here is my default recipe:

Veggies by minjenah
Two strips of bacon
1/4 cup of onion
1 pound of veggies (like kale)

Fry the onion and bacon together until the onion is soft and the kitchen smells like bacon. Add the veggies and three ice cubes. Cover tightly for ten minutes. Season to taste. YUM

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Meat and three

So lately, I have been all about the meat and three. That is a meat and three veggies. This was tonight's selection:

Flat Iron steak, twice baked potato, turnip greens and crowder peas.

I really like my vegetables with bacon. All of them.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Why is this $111? How is this different than a French Press? Is it the nifty neoprene jacket?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pizza Night

So yohboh asked for pizza tonight. And I complied. It costs less than a dollar to make two pizza dough rounds. I created a new pizza:

Goat Cheese and Caramelized onion pizza
This is a goat cheese and caramelized onion pizza with garlic oil and cracked black pepper.

I could give you a recipe but I just did.

Yummy! The pizza was so good.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What's for dinner

Fried Green Tomatoes


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pork Roast

Roast Pork
It's whats for dinner.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Last of the Basil

There is a freeze warning this evening so we took the last of our basil to make pesto.

The Last of the Basil

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Spinach Dip

So yohboh had some football to watch. You cannot watch football without something to nibble on. So I made this:

spinach dip

Spinach Dip
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
10 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted and all excess moisture squeezed out
10 ounces chopped canned artichokes drained
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350
Combine the first five ingredients. Pour into an oven safe dish. Top with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Deep Fried Turkey

We deep fried a turkey today
Deep Fried Turkey


Thursday, October 23, 2008


When it is windy and cold outside, I like to bake. Today, it was gingersnaps. The house smelled heavenly.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Suffering succotash


I made succotash.

I have never made succotash before. For such a great word to say, it's a boring recipe. Corn and lima beans. Sounds better as SUCCOTASH!

Wouldn't that be a great porn star name? Suck O Tash.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tasty Beef

I got this:
for dinner:
which yohboh liked:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes

Dinner at Beef and Chocolate had no beef or chocolate tonight.

Fried Green Tomatoes
Just Fried Green Tomatoes

Bento Joy

Did you know Ebay has COUPONS? So I got a 25 dollar off coupon for 25 dollars so I got myself this:

It is the cutest thing evah!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Pea Soup

Split pea Soup is one of those things that looks nasty but is very good.

Pea Soup

Pea Soup
The toddler really liked it.

Monday, October 13, 2008


My dinner
Country Style Ribs, sweet potato, squash and broccoli.

Eating dinner
The Toddler ate it.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Noodle Bowl

Noodle Bowl
This noodle bowl is ramen, scallions, cilantro, asparagus, and thinly sliced beef.

Noodle Bowl
The toddler ate it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fried Rice

Fried Rice is a leftover recipe. It is a great use for those half chopped onions and bits of meat. This was our dinner.

First I chopped up some leftover crudite and added half an onion.
Fried Rice

Then I took some SPAM (I like Spam, don't be hating) and chopped it into cubes..
Fried Rice

Then I defrosted some shrimp.
Fried Rice

Then I chopped up some kimchi.
Fried Rice

Pulled out some leftover rice from Monday.
Fried Rice

And added some leftover Grandma's Grain:
Fried Rice

Then I took a large skillet and browned up some cubes of Spam (I like Spam!)
Fried Rice

Added some garlic and ginger
Fried Rice

Added the chopped up veggies and kimchi
Fried Rice

Added the two kinds of rice
Fried Rice

Added two eggs to get it to meld together
Fried Rice

I added the shrimp last because who likes overcooked shrimp?
Fried Rice

And the toddler liked it
Eating dinner