Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chili

The first time I ever had chili was at Wendy's. So I have no frame of reference as to what chili is supposed to taste like:

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I make chili like I make spaghetti. It is a fluid recipe, depending on what I have on hand. I imagine that most home cooks do that for chili, and spaghetti.

Yohboh said it was a very nice hot bowl of goodness that warmed him up this chilly Sunday.

Sharp Knives

I recently got my knives professionally sharpened because if you are entering a time where you will be doing a lot of cooking, don't you want sharp knives?

One downside to sharp knives is when you nick yourself, it does not hurt but BOY does it bleed. I sliced where my thumbnail and thumb meet. It bled like crazy.

Do you sharpen your knives?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Seafood Feast

So last night we had Dungeness Crab
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and snapper.

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Baking Insomnia

So I had a cup of coffee fairly late and now I am wide awake. What did I do? I baked 60 of these muffins.

Biggest Irony? I cannot eat them.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Culinary Circle of Hell

Our side by side refrigerator's freezer has just died.

I have just moved 40 pounds of butter.

Yeah, I am grumpy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Perfect Bag of Candy

You know how you buy a mega assortment bag of candy and there is always one that you do not like? This is the mythic candy bag where I like everything:

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Heath Bar, Milk Duds, Take Five and Rolo.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sweet Potato Casserole

This is another recipe from my late grandmother in law. I have changed it through the years. I added marshmallows because some people do not believe it is a sweet potato casserole unless there is a burned sugar carapace.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Five 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:
Marshmallows
Pralines

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 21, 2010

Pre Thanksgiving

Yohboh and I host a potluck every year. We eat until we burst.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Cranberry Apple Casserole

This recipe came from my late grandmother in law. I doubled it here. I love this because it is like a dessert in the middle of a meal.

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Cranberry Apple Casserole
12 ounce bag of cranberries
3 granny smith apples, chopped into cranberry sized pieces
1 cup of white sugar

1 stick of butter melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup of flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven at 350. Combine the first three ingredients in a buttered casserole.

Combine the next five ingredients and put on top of the cranberry mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes until it is bubbly and the topping is brown.

Can be served at room temperature.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fish

Fish is so much more tastier with the skin on.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kitchen Essentials

What are your kitchen essentials? What are the ingredients that you MUST have?

For me:
One good sharp knife
One cutting board
Kosher Salt
Olive Oil
Butter
Limes
Freshly Ground Pepper
Brown Sugar
Dijon Mustard

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Chinese Food

When Yohboh and I got married, we had out rehearsal dinner at Pung Mie. Sadly, Pung Mie closed its doors and a new restaurant cropped up. We tried it out tonight. It is called The Ocean Villa Asian Cuisine. I had the ma pa tofu. It was excellent, very spicy, and very hot. They also made an excellent salt and pepper scallop.

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I forgot to take my camera but I did get a picture of the card.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Kitchen Chores

For some reason, I really like to de seed a pomegranate. Wonder why?

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Doritos

I have not had a Dorito in a long time.

But I came across this and had to wonder, why would they make a Dorito taste like a cheeseburger?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hot Tofu Soup

It was a cold, yucky windy day. I had tofu soup.

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It made my day a little better.
Cho Dong Tofu House
(770) 220-0667
5907 Buford Hwy
Doraville, GA 30340

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Leftover Pizza

I like to make this pizza right before I throw away stuff from the fridge. It is all the leftovers on a pizza. For some reason, it tastes better in pizza form. This is peppers, eggplant, pepperoni and onions.

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