Joshua and Aaron Thanksgiving Dinner at Fleming's in Newport Beach, California

Thanksgiving Dinner at Fleming’s in Newport Beach

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! This year was a bit different for us.  Aaron and I made a decision awhile ago that we were going to do something we haven’t done since we were college students in our early twenties: skip making Thanksgiving dinner dishes from scratch and, instead, go out to a restaurant.  It felt strange since we cook so much but it was the right call and an easy decision for two reasons. 

Aaron Birthday Cake Scone Recipe

Italian Pasta, Birthday Cake Scones … We Are Breaking in the Kitchen in Newport Beach

While there is still a lot to get done, much of which will take months as remaining items are crossed off checklists on weekends and during evenings when we have a bit of personal time – hanging pictures, organizing the closets, ordering window treatments, filling in the last few pieces of furniture – our place in Newport Beach is coming along nicely.  After returning from Missouri, where we had been for several weeks in order to continue our planned personal and professional relocation from the state, we finally stocked the kitchen and broke in the appliances beyond our usual breakfasts by cooking one our favorite recipes, the Marcella Hazan tomato sauce with onion and butter over penne, which I first wrote about more than five years ago.

ChanChan Chicken Tenders - Small - From Chan Chan Food House in Irvine

We Had Lunch at Chan Chan Food House in Irvine, California

Today, we were in Newport Beach knocking some things off our task list.  We haven’t had a chance to really explore anything in the surrounding area, nor do we expect to until at least a couple of months after we’ve completed the move as we need to execute it with speed and precision, but we did figure that we could take our lunch break to check out one of the local Korean restaurants.  We settled on a place called Chan Chan Food House in nearby Irvine, California.  We didn’t know what to expect but the food looked delicious and the reviews were good.

Homemade Rum Raisin Ice Cream with Cinnamon and Vanilla

Homemade Rum Raisin Ice Cream

I’m not sure what it was but a few nights ago, I had an overwhelming urge to begin planning our meals for the next two months, a big part of which I wanted to feature older recipes that don’t get their due. This autumn and winter, we’re going to cook like it’s 1700 – 1950; Shepard’s pie, German Christmas cakes, Yorkshire pudding, perhaps an Apple Dowdy from Colonial America. I want to go back and make things that get most of their flavor profile extracted from a handful of key ingredients; fruits, nuts, meats, liqueurs, or spices. Rum raisin ice cream was on that list.

Stuffed Pepper Recipe with White Rice, Olive Oil, Roasted Onions, Ground Beef, Garlic, Diced Tomatoes, Monterey Jack Cheese, Black Pepper, and Fresh Parsley

While I picked up some shares of Johnson & Johnson stock for one of our personal accounts today and worked on the launch of the global asset management business, Aaron decided to make a stuffed pepper recipe he told me last night he wanted to try. I’m so glad he did because they are incredible. You need to make them yourself.