December 22, 2014

My Day In Pictures

The My Day In Pictures articles are to keep friends and family updated on what is going on with my life. It was instituted at the request and for the benefit of one of my favorite people in the world, one of my aunts who is a retired telephone operator and lives a few hours away from me.

It’s Time to Make Christmas Candy as Gifts!

Making Almond Clusters Josh and Aaron Kennon Green

We're making Christmas candies, chocolates, and cookies as part of our gift strategy this year.  I'm probably most excited about trying my hand at the Jacques Torres Nougat Montilimar, which is going to require a deft hand.  (It looked promising, and we stopped in one of his chocolate shops in New York a few years ago so I have a general idea of what to expect.)  I'm also going to try cherry cordials, amaretto liqueur cake, rum cake, and a few holiday breads.  Aaron wants to give truffles a go.   … [Read more...]

Do Any Of You Have a Steak Brandy or Cognac Butter Reduction Recipe?

Searing Chuck Roast for Dutch Oven Recipe

Ten or eleven years ago, I went to a steakhouse in Omaha, Nebraska during a trip home from college.  The chef that day had decided to make either a brandy or cognac reduction sauce using the drippings from the beef.  Feeling adventurous, I decided to order off menu and see what it was like.  The word incredible doesn't even do it justice.  I remember them mentioning there was butter in it.  It had a high, bright flavor, most likely lemon, which offset the almost obscene level of richness in the s … [Read more...]

A Really Easy Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Recipe You Might Want to Try

Closeup of Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Josh and Aaron

I mentioned yesterday that I baked a caramel pecan apple pie.  We had some surplus homemade pastry dough and granny smith apples from the two granny smith apple pies I made on Thanksgiving, using my favorite apple pie recipe.  I wanted to try something different, and needed to find another apple pie recipe that didn't require a top crust as I had just enough to cover the bottom of a pie pan to use the leftovers.  I began the search, ultimately settling upon a perfectly rated derivation from a pub … [Read more...]

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...]

Varsity Letter Manufacturing and Dragon Age Inquisition

Mount Olympus Awards Letterman Jackets Machines

My posting schedule has fallen behind because it's crazy around here.  Three of my younger siblings have birthdays this week (three of the four Kennon children are now 30 years or older, which is an odd thought), I'm going to visit my grandmother several hours away, I'm swamped at the office since this is our busiest quarter, more family is coming to visit because of Thanksgiving, and Dragon Age Inquisition was released. The only redeeming feature of the time crunch resulting from that last … [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 All Won the Lottery (Yet People Still Think the World Is Going to Hell)

Grocery Store Tomatoes

I've been busy with family stuff lately, and, as part of that, taken several trips to the grocery store over the past few days.  I was standing in the produce section looking at the fruits and vegetables when I experienced a sense of awe.  It's a human tendency to take for granted the things into which one is born but it really is incredible when you take time to reflect upon, and appreciate, the inheritance we all enjoy because of the men and women who came before us. There is no historical p … [Read more...]

It’s Been Two Weeks of Birthday Parties and Cakes

Niece Birthday Kennon

Both of us have eaten more cake in the past ten days than we have in longer than we can remember.  We attended a birthday party for our niece, who turned seven years old this month.  That is something I find hard to believe because it seems like yesterday I was posting about her 3rd birthday on the blog for Aunt Donna. We gave her several books, her very first game of Monopoly now that she is old enough to play it, and made a contribution to the custodianship we established for her at the fami … [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...]

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...]

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