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Hot buttered rum [Nov. 4th, 2011|11:38 am]
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St. Louis is gifted with like, four different food magazines (free!) most of which are pretty awesome. This month was an expose of BUTTER (one of my favorite foods!) among which was a recipe for hot buttered rum. I made the trashier, easier version of it...

Hot Buttered Rum
1 stick butter
1/2 lb brown sugar
1 tsp pie spice
nutmeg (if you like it)
splash of rum

Combine the above to make 'base'.

Mix 1 T (or more) base and 1 shot rum in bottom of irish coffee glass. Mix in hot water, top with whipped cream if desired. Good without.
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White Trash Julia Childs [Mar. 15th, 2011|12:30 pm]
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This is completely a product of Julia Childs on Netflix, and a blurry early-morning search for omlette filling. Regardless, I suggest you give it a try. I suggest getting the tastiest potato chips possible, and thicker ones. My favorite for the last several years are Trader Joe's salt and pepper chips, as they're substantial, crunchy, and remind you that pepper has a flavor other than dust.

Potato Chip Omlette

2 eggs
2 tsp butter (or half a tablespoon)
1/3 c potato chips (the bottom crumbles in a bag work best)
Pinch of salt and pepper for the eggs.

Heat a pan. Beat your eggs together with salt and pepper to taste. Melt the butter in the pan until it stops frothing. Pour eggs in pan and swirl in a circular motion,hopefully getting your eggs moving a bit. Pour on the potato chips and continue doing the swirly move. Jerk the pan towards you a few times to (hopefully) get your omlette looking omlette like. Serve! It's really much taster than you would expect (I've had three in the last two days at this point), thought that's probably a combo of too many eggs and the deliciousness of butter.
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Posting because omnomnom, this was the perfect summer meal [Jan. 16th, 2011|09:19 pm]
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Roast chicken with roast sweet potato and a zucchini and almond salad.

I've always avoided roast chicken out of a vague fear of death or something. However, my former housemate kitty_ryan swears that, actually, no, a roast chook was easy. And she was right!
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Fostered Bananas [Nov. 30th, 2010|08:28 pm]
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In a fit of desperation this evening, I put together dessert from what I had. This is a mix of a banana's foster recipe and a ricey yoghurt recipe from my Indian cookbook. As bizarre as it may see, the result is cool and creamy, warm and syrupy and remarkably satisfying. The sugar I used in this was jaggery, which is, I believe, palm sugar. Brown sugar can be substituted, if you don't have any or don't know where you could get some.

Fostered Bananas

1/2 c flattened rice (or cooked rice if you haven't an indian store nearby)
1 T sugar
1/2-1 c plain yoghurt (depending on how much you like the stuff)
1/4 t cardamon

1 banana, sliced
1 T butter
2 T sugar
1/4 c whiskey (or brandy, or rum)

If you're using flattened rice, add 1/4 c hot water and let it reconstitute. If using cooked rice, continue without water. Mix together yoghurt, cardamon, and sugar with rice. Mix some more - the rice should break down just a bit, and the sugar get well mixed in.

Heat butter in small pan. Add banana and fry until both sides are browned a bit. Add sugar and let the sugar heat up - about 1 to 2 minutes. Add alcohol and shake like mad! (don't splash yourself). If you're fancy and have a gas stove, tilt the pan to set it alight. Continue shaking and cooking for a minute, and pour over rice-yogurt mixture. Consume.
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Eggs on Rice - breakfast, lunch, or dinner of champions [Aug. 11th, 2010|10:30 am]
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This has been my staple mean for the last several months. It's inexpensive, quick and easy to prepare, and relatively high in nutrients (add some stir fried veggies for extra oomph). The trick is getting some great rice - jasmine rice by the 10 lbs is a good option at asian stores, basmati or otherwise at the indian or pakistani stores - and some furikake that you like. I personally enjoy the stuff with sesame, seaweed, and masago (flying fish roe) or salmon bits. A jar of furikake is enough to last you at least 20 eggs-on-rice meals, and at around 3$ each, that makes things pretty affordable.

Eggs on Rice
2 eggs
2 c cooked rice of your choice
1 tbsp chili sauce (or to taste - this could be anything from siracha to sweet chili sauce to something really mild)
1 Tbsp furikake (found in the japanese section of big supermarkets, or at asian specialty stores)
1 T oil (sesame gets you extra points)

Make sure your rice is nice and hot - spread it out in a two-fried-egg sized bowl or on a plate. Sprinkle with chili sauce.

Heat oil in skillet. Crack eggs into oil to fry sunny side up (or over easy if you're that kind of person). Before whites have a chance to set, sprinkle with furikake. Finish cooking to desired doneness and spread over rice. Devour.

I like it with the yolks still runny and golden.
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Sushi! [Jun. 27th, 2010|08:04 pm]
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So Twiller and I made sushi. It was... delicious but messy as all get out.

so I am hoping one of you out there has some sushi-making advice.

Things I noticed:

The rice was hella sticky and kept sticking on my fingers.

Those seaweed wraps are fragile as all getout.

I do not know how to make inside-out rolls (I tried, it... was messy) and those would be a better choice for our household.

It's very possibly I could eat the entire container of sesame seeds all on my own. Maybe mixed in with the rice. Those are DELICIOUS.
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Raspberry Smash [May. 20th, 2010|08:20 pm]
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Raspberry coulis + liquor = worlds best alcoholic beverage ever

Raspberry Smash:
1 c raspberries (frozen are fine)
2 T orange schnaps or gran marier
2 T sugar
1 T lime juice
Vodka (1-2 shots)

Basically this is raspberry coulis plus vodka (or liquor du jour) plus ice and lime

Microwave raspberries until mushy. Mush them through a sieve to get thhe squishy raspberry bits out. Add all other ingredients and stir. Imbibe with liberty.
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Help! [Apr. 26th, 2010|01:44 pm]
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Okay guys, I'm turning to you for help.  Over the weekend, I had one of the best chicken dishes I've ever experienced - it was called Chicken Riesling and it had grapes and apples mixed in with the sauce.

Seriously best chicken I've ever had.  Has anyone heard of this or know where I can sort of get something close to it?

EDIT:  Never mind, I found it!  Chicken Riesling and I'll be trying this out myself this week.
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Good lord that's a lot of greens. [Apr. 2nd, 2010|04:53 pm]
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So Twiller and I are signed up for a test-month with the local co-op grocery/farm thing. (Where we pay money and they give us fresh veg/fruit)

and I come to you, my favorite livejournal community about cooking and food because HOLY CRAP what I am going to do with all these greens.

I got:

A huge head of romaine lettuce - it is as large as my own head.
Swiss chard - the stems are yellow. They're really pretty!
Russian kale
Teh Dreaded Cilantro which is actually pretty good fresh so maybe not so dreaded

Also, baby broccoli and carrots which I know lots of things to do with.

So what the heck do I do with the chard?! also the kale although that's pretty good raw so I can always salad it with the spinach and the romaine lettuce

(also got some grapefruit, oranges, apples dates and strawberries. I'd never eaten a date before. Oh my god SO GOOD.)
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Omlette Pizza [Jan. 28th, 2010|08:30 pm]
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This was dinner. It was good.

3 eggs
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of salt
flavorful cheese like brie
2 c lettuce
butter or oil for pan

Preheat oven to 350. mix eggs, salt and garlic. Heat oil or butter in pan and drop egg mixture in it. Spatula eggs about in the pan to help it cook. Put the cheese on top and into the oven. 5-10 minutes should do it - it'll puff and the cheese will melt. Top with lettuce.

(wow, this looks like a lame recipe in retrospect, but it's awesome)
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