November 28, 2014

Happy (Early) Thanksgiving Everyone!

Baking Apple Pies in the Oven

Aaron asked me if I would make a couple of my apple pies for Thanksgiving with my family tomorrow.  It's been awhile since I baked this particular pie recipe.  He brought it up three or four times, each entreaty accompanied by ever-escalating puppy dog eyes, so I knew he wanted me to do it even though I was planning on making some sort of specialty cake in the spirit of the honey lemon bee hive dessert I baked a few years ago; maybe a giant pumpkin or spice cake, in the (appropriately enough) sha … [Read more...]

You Should Try the Wood-Fired Italian Neapolitan Pizza at Il Lazzarone

Il Lazzarone Pizza St Joseph Missouri

We met up with friends at a new wood-fired Italian Neapolitan pizza restaurant that opened 45 minutes north of Kansas City called Il Lazzarone.  This is the same group with which we regularly try new restaurants, though I've been terrible about posting them all over the years.  We sat inside for hours talking about everything from economics, rental properties, trust law, and oil stocks to the Catholic Church, steam saunas, and the new health care reform costs. (As a side note, the latter resul … [Read more...]

We Had Our First Korean Bibimbap Last Night

Joshua Kennon Assembling Bibimbap

We made Korean Bibimbap for dinner last night as we sat down to watch more episodes of Let's Eat but I'm just now going through the pictures, a day later.  Although, technically, it was slightly less than authentic because our local supermarket didn't have any bean sprouts!?  (How is that even possible?)  The produce guy knew they were out immediately upon asking so I'm not sure what happened to the shipment but we decided to go through with the plans, anyway, using spinach, marinated beef, zuc … [Read more...]

A Korean Spicy Pork Stir Fry Recipe for the Brave

Maangchi Spicy Pork Dwaejigogi-bokkeum

Being a cold, rainy, October Sunday, we stayed at home, wrapped up in a sweater and blanket, working on our respective projects.  Aaron wanted to give Maangchi's Spicy Stir-Fry Pork, or Dwaejigogi-bokkeum 돼지고기볶음, a try, and I'm always up for a new Korean recipe, especially one from her since the Dakgangjeong we made for my mom's birthday was so delicious.  The spicy stir-fry pork not only looked tasty, it gave me a chance to casually suggest we start a new Korean drama, which I haven't been able … [Read more...]

Cooking with Lard and the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland

Disneyland Carnation Cafe Baked Potato Soup

My earliest memories in life are in the early 1980's.  At that time, the older generation who cooked the food at family gatherings, church dinners, and social events in small town America that made up the fabric of my childhood was born between the late 1800's and the mid 1920's.  There was a certain common thread that ran through the food, arising out of preparation techniques unique to the farmhouse and the list of ingredients that were available at the time.  It's hard to describe unless you'v … [Read more...]

Surprise, America! Your Meat Is Held Together By Meat Glue and Some Hershey’s Isn’t Even Chocolate, Anymore

Ian's Not Maple Syrup Joshua Kennon

It's possible your beef, pork, lamb, fish, or chicken is really a bunch of scraps held together by something known as meat glue, or transglutaminase enzyme.  The next time you go to the store, you may want to check for it so you know what you are actually buying. In theory, there is nothing inherently wrong with it as it can allow you to create dishes that otherwise wouldn't be possible.  The problem is that, when used to make bigger cuts from scrap, it can introduce bacterial risk in the m … [Read more...]

I Have to Work Late Because I Played Tales of Xillia 2 All Day …

Gaius

I had so much work to do today, but I'm going to be up all night finishing it because I ... uh ... may have spent six or seven hours playing Tales of Xillia 2, which was released last week.  When I woke up, I just didn't feel like going anywhere or doing anything so I threw on comfortable clothes, grabbed a cup of coffee, made myself a plate of white cheddar, honey, and golden raisins on baguette slices, paired it with a big glass of milk, and went to the living room to lose myself in the world o … [Read more...]

Slow-Roasted Vegetables, French Onion Soup, Fresh Bread, Aged White Cheddar, and Plum Cheesecake

Joshua and Aaron Cheese Plate Closeup

We spent the day at home working on a project we need to get done for the one of the businesses.  As usual, we're big believers in concurrent time management so we used the opportunity to test slow cook recipes and soups because they could largely sit without a lot of attention for long stretches at a time.  My task was to come up with two classic slow-roasted root vegetable dishes that can become part of our permanent recipe collection, ready to grab whenever we need them. The first of these … [Read more...]

The AGA Cooker – How a Blind Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Created One of the World’s Greatest Stoves

Aga Cooker 1

In 1912, one of Sweden's greatest inventors, physicist Gustaf Dalén, was blinded during an accident involving pressure containment for his gas accumulators.  He had created a device for use in unmanned lighthouses.  This device lit itself at night and extinguished in the morning, improving marine safety, thereby saving countless lives and immeasurable property.  Despite the setback of losing his vision, he continued to work, always thinking of new ideas for improving the world.  Before his death, … [Read more...]

Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls and Guittard Chocolate

Chipotle Salsa Recipe

We're working on making our own homemade version of Chipotle's burrito bowl so we can throw them together fairly quickly (make the salsa in advance, pre-measure the ingredient portions, and all you have to do is a handful of steps in less than 20-30 minutes whenever you want to mass produce them).  The final product turned out to be amazing, though I think the corn salsa recipe is slightly off (the person from whom I borrowed it uses too much lime and it lacks sweetness; I can fix that in … [Read more...]

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