• Chef'ing

    4th of July Kalua Pork

    With the 4th coming around i volunteered myself to make some faux kalua pork for a get together with Joy’s friends. Since i don’t have an imu i had to go with the crockpot method. The recipe from Pinapple & Coconut seemed pretty simple with just a couple ingredients (none that i had) and thankfully my dad has a banana tree in the backyard. I cooked the sucker over night and it turned out pretty good. I went with tacos since it needs less utensils, and of course needed some roasted salsa and mango pico de gallo. Put all together it was delicious. The past week i’ve been making batches…

  • Chef'ing

    Chef’ing around

    I still try to get my hands dirty when ever i have a little extra time on my hands and wanted to share some of the recipes that i’ve tried and have been happy with. Most of these recipe i halved because i’m not looking to feed an entire family. Braised Short Ribs and Mashed Potatoes   Short ribs are a pretty easy dish to do as long as you have a dutch oven and time. This short rib recipe works pretty well even if you don’t use pancetta, or thyme. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/11/braised-short-ribs-heaven-on-a-plate/ Canned Apricots I’m always bugging friends with backyard gardens for any excess fruits or vegetables. This year Robin’s…

  • Chef'ing,  Friends

    Chicken and Waffle Collaboration

    Ever since my brunch at Bruxie, Jeremy and I have been in a ongoing conversation about making our own Chicken and Waffles and we eventually settled on having a Southern Luau on Sunday afternoon. I spent the entire week purchasing a new waffle iron, researching recipes and testing out different recipes. Jeremy spent his time getting the fried chicken ready and we joined forces at his house to combine what we learned. I eventually setteled on the Belgium Waffle Recipe from The Kitchn. The only adjustments i made to the recipe was to add half of the sugar to the water before adding in the yeast, and adding a little Vanilla…

  • Chef'ing

    Thai Chili Salmon

     Thai Chili Salmon Last night we were debating between going out for dinner or staying in, and eventually while digging through the fridge i figured i could whip something up real quick (minus defrosting time). 2 pieces of Salmon, dry and lightly salt. In a bowl mix together about quarter cup of Sweet Chili Sauce, a couple splashes of Fish Sauce, chopped cilantro, and a dash or two of white pepper. (i’m really starting to measure like my mom). Heat up a frying pan with some oil, and once hot, place salmon in and don’t touch until the fish cooks up half way up the side. Flip the fish, then…

  • Chef'ing

    Kitchen Remodel Part 2

    I was really hoping to get the kitchen project started before Memorial Day, but I had to get the designs approved by the HOA beforehand, and that took another week. Once it did we were off to the races starting with the teardown of the existing cabinets and haul away of the appliances. Our contractor made quick work of the cabinets and this mexican couple were really fast to take away all the debris and appliances for $275. I called around to official junk haul aways and it was going to cost almost double that so i was happy to give it to them. They did a good job of…

  • Chef'ing,  Fantasy Sports,  Friends

    Food Bloggers Super Bowl

    For the actual Super Bowl i was invited to attend the Fantasy Food Blogger Football League’s BBQ at the Ravenous Couple‘s house. It was a good opportunity to meet more of the blogging community and to test out some of my cooking skills. We ended up not staying till the end because we were so tired from the 10K in the morning that we headed home with the lights went out after half time.  I did end up winning the Final Super Bowl Square score with the safety, and put those winning towards next year’s Food Blogger Bowl. I wanted to get a little creative and went into my mind to find…

  • Chef'ing,  Disneyland,  Family

    Gobble Gobble

    Thanksgiving morning i work up at 6:30am as per my usual weekday schedule and left my 6:45am alarm on that work up Joy. Since we were both up, I called him up and took him to Disneyland to make use of our Premium Pass. It was busier than i expected but still got on to Radiator Springs Racers, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Soaring over California in three hours. Once back home it was full speed ahead on cooking for the night’s dinner at Joy’s cousin’s house. I ended up making Porchetta since i’ve been thinking about making it ever since leaving Italy. Joy made some Pecan Candied Sweet…

  • Chef'ing,  Travels

    Paris Day Deux – So Many Macarons

    Macarons are kind of a big deal in Paris, and one of the great debates of the city is Ladurée vs. Pierre Hermé. We luckily were able to try a sampling from both places and in my opinion both were great. Joy said that she preferred Pierre, but i really couldn’t differentiate much difference. I guess it didn’t help since we got 3 different flavors from each place so there was no real baseline to compare, but Joy said that the texture from Pierre was better and it was also true that my favorite flavor was the Mosaic : Pistache, Cannelle de Ceylan & Griottine (Pistachio, Cinnamon & Cherry). With a good…

  • Chef'ing,  Friends

    Let the Birthdays Begin

    I just learned a new term, “Champagne Baby” basically meaning that people with birthdays in and around September most likely were conceived around New Years, hence the Champagne. I don’t know why, probably because i was bored but i decided to bake to celebrate two friend’s birthdays this weekend. I like to mash up things that i think would be good in my head, and 90% someone else has done the leg work for me and put up a recipe online for me to follow already. This time around i wanted to make a keylime cheesecake so i found one that looked simple enough and made a test version of it…

  • Chapters,  Chef'ing

    Giving Thanks, to everyone

    Its already been a year at our home, and our second Thanksgivings dinner with the parents, minus my dad who’s in Thailand for the month. I’m so happy that everyone is still healthy and sarcastic as ever, and that we have time to spend with each other before Joy’s parents retire to Thailand next year. I took some time to do some IT stuff at work, upgrading the server, and organizing things for the upcoming week. The funny thing is that everyone went to work in the morning so there’s wasn’t anything special about the morning, but thankfully the dinner menu didn’t have anything that required lots of cooking time.…

  • Chapters,  Chef'ing

    Spice World

    After weeks of traveling Joy and I are finally back at home, or at least a few weekends worth of dust and laundry to do. For most of the day we spent sweeping, and wiping and just getting everything back in order so that we didn’t have to think about all the dust that our feet would pick up when we walked through the house. It feels great to reset the house back to working order, and for the next few weeks while we’ll be each out of the house for Vegas, golf or another wedding reception to attend. For lunch we used our 2 for 1 coupon for Souplation…