July 24, 2014

Baking Pain de mie Bread in Pullman Pans

Finished Pain de mie sandwich bread from Pullman pan

I normally like richer, specialty breads - the heavy kind you find in some European bread shop, each for its own purpose and recipe - but a recent trip to the grocery store made me curious about the type of ordinary bread most Americans are eating.  After looking at the nutrition label of several major baking companies, I was disgusted.  They read like something out of a chemistry class; high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, calcium sulfate, mono and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono and d … [Read more...]

Skillet Lasagna Is Not My Thing

Pan Lasagna

We have been trying new recipes, again.  One of the dishes that was on the list was a skillet lasagna.  It's popular because you can take ingredients you have at home and quickly put together a home cooked meal without a lot of effort.  I was hesitant because, in my opinion, the entire appeal of a lasagna dish is the layer of cheese, golden brown from slowly roasting in the oven.  However, I was game.  It was delicious, and I see why people like it, but, nope.  I am a baked lasagna guy.  On to th … [Read more...]

This Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Is Delicious, Cheap, Nutrious, and Easy to Make

Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Ingredients List

We made omurice this afternoon because it's Saturday and that means the family comes over to watch Korean dramas.  They are in the final episodes of Rooftop Prince, one of my favorite shows of all time, and those of you who see it know the main characters are obsessed with this particular meal. Omurice is one of those dishes that everyone should have in his or her repertoire, ready to pull out at a moment's notice.  It's cheap, delicious, easy, and nutritious.  Just as important, it's in … [Read more...]

Dakgangjeong and Cupcakes for Mom’s 52nd Birthday

Korean Chicken Dakgangjeong 닭강정 with Rice Joshua Kennon

My mom has been enjoying the adventures of Rooftop Prince, so for her 52nd birthday, she wanted to come over, watch a few episodes, try a new Korean recipe, and hang out with us.  My dad was in a golf tournament in the morning but she and my youngest sister pulled into the driveway at 11:23 a.m., ready to go.  Aaron and I were already in the kitchen working on Dakgangjeong (닭강정).  We settled on it since the ingredient list looked amazing, and mom had requested something with poultry for the sake … [Read more...]

My Quest for the Perfect Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup Joshua Kennon

I'm studying the so-called peasant dishes, again; those culinary traditions that pack a lot of flavor and yet cost next to nothing to make, such as leek and potato soup, freshly made pasta with butter and sage sauce, the always popular soubise (it may not look like much but it's mouthwatering), and Saag Paneer.  My quest for today, in between Aaron and I working on a project that is going to take us several hundred hours, was to test different egg drop soup recipes. I've always loved egg drop … [Read more...]

Japanese Gyoza with Spicy Sauce

Japanese Gyoza with Spicy-Sauce

Nudiustertian, when done with our responsibilities, Aaron and I went to see Disney's Maleficent in theaters.  Yesterday, in the late afternoon, one of my sisters came by the house and mentioned wanting to see it, so we offered to go back and watch it a second time.  Later that night, she hung out for awhile, watching a Korean drama in the other room while we worked.  Before she left, she mentioned that she's been wanting to learn to cook.  She wanted to know if we'd be interested in making a Japa … [Read more...]

The Famous California In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Cheeseburger, Fries, and Chocolate Shake

We fly out tomorrow morning, so we decided to call it a trip, check into a hotel near the airport, and get up early so we can sit in the gate without having to rush or fight traffic.  I'm going to try and get some work done, maybe read a bit.  I bought 5-6 new books on the journey and already started plowing through two of them. Before that, though, there is business to which we must attend.  You know that old saying that a man is only two skipped meals away from anarchy?  I'm now pas … [Read more...]

Bill’s Pizza Palm Springs Deserves Its Cult Following

Joshua's Hammer and Sickle Pizza at Bill's Pizza Palm Springs

After driving to Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, we decided to try a highly rated restaurant in Palm Springs called Bill's Pizza since 1.) we wanted to get out and explore the city, and 2.) we hadn't eaten hardly anything for 7-8 hours so we were starving.  They ranked towards the top of entrants in the international pizza competition with one of their entries and have attracted a glowing, almost cult-like following among certain foodies.  Unequivocally, their reputation is well deserved.  Even l … [Read more...]

Carthay Circle Has a Three-Course Dinner with Reserved World of Color Tickets

Summer Pineapple Coconut Semifreddo Carthay Circle Disneyland

You know I love The World of Color.  There is a restaurant called Carthay Circle that offers a three-course dinner.  If you dine there before a certain time, it includes a reserved ticket to a premium viewing area so you can watch the show from one of the best spots without having to stake out your place hours beforehand.  If any of you are ever going to attend the show, I highly recommend going this route!  Not only is it easier, you can try the new dessert menu, which just debuted this week … [Read more...]

Korean Beef Bulgogi and Family Night

Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps

We tried a Korean beef bulgogi recipe for dinner this afternoon, which is available online for free and is incredibly easy to make.  This would be a great first recipe for someone who didn't know how to cook so if you've been thinking about getting started in the kitchen or on the grill, give this one a go.  The entire thing cost less than $5 per person, had less than 600 calories per person, and was delicious with the lettuce and rice we used as wraps.  We'll definitely add this to the virtual r … [Read more...]