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Breakfast for Dinner

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Breakfast for Dinner

What do you do with a stale loaf of bread and a fridge full of wilting vegetables? I made a savory bread pudding–some might call it a strata. I call it breakfast for dinner.

It is very easy and I’ve made it a few times with different ingredients. It clears out the fridge quite well. At a very basic level, all you need is stale bread, some sauteed veggies, cooked meat if you please, enough eggs + milk to cover your bread mixture and some cheese to top it off. Read more…

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Soto Ayam: Indonesian Chicken Noodle Soup

March 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Soto Ayam: Indonesian Chicken Noodle Soup

The first time I went to the Netherlands, back in 2003, I fell in love with Indonesian food. When I worked for a Dutch company, I made sure to eat Indonesian food every time I visited headquarters, south of Amsterdam. Everywhere you turn, there’s an Indonesian restaurant.

Indonesian food seems to be to the Dutch what Chinese food is to Americans (except for the history of colonization). The best thing about Indonesian food in the Netherlands is Rijsttafel–“rice table”. Its the best way for the novice (me) to sample everything that Indonesian cuisine has to offer. You get a little bit of everything in smaller portions: egg rolls, chicken noodle soup (soto ayam), sates, curries, salads… Read more…

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Chickpea & Bacon Soup

March 24, 2012 1 comment

Chickpea & Bacon Soup

More soup!! I’d never heard of such a soup until I tried it at one of my go to lunchspots, Specialtys (their cookies are too good). If you like split pea soup, I’m pretty sure you’ll also like this hearty chickpea and bacon soup. Read more…

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Lobster Salad w/Creamy Citrus Dressing

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Lobster Salad w/creamy citrus vinaigrette

This weekend, I ordered a lobster and wild mushroom frittata at brunch. Though it was rather mediocre, it inspired me to steam my first lobster.

Later in the day, we stopped at the Asian seafood market and picked up a 2.5 lb lobster. When I got home, he went straight into the freezer for a nap while I looked up how to steam a lobster. I settled with 1-2 inches of water, a pile of salt, and a few slices of lime. When the water started to boil, I snipped off the rubber bands securing his claws, dropped him into the pot and put the lid on. The freezer treatment must have worked because he was a lot less feisty than the crabs that I don’t usually have enough space for. Read more…

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Seriously, Best Lasagna Ever (thank you Smitten Kitchen!)

March 2, 2012 5 comments

Holy crap this is good. Ps you can't see my salad

You have to make this! I don’t normally eat a lot of lasagna: I never order it at restaurants and we have it at home rarely. However, Smitten Kitchen posted a recipe and hailed it as her culinary Mount Everest, which piqued my interest. Soon after, Tuna Toast called it The Best Lasagna Ever. Boy, were they right!! Something that’s often a dense gut bomb was transformed into a light but comforting meal that had me looking forward to dinner several nights this week. Call me Garfield.

It takes some time to put together, but the methods aren’t difficult. The bolognese I knew I could handle. However, pasta was new for me. I got a KitchenAid pasta attachment for Christmas last year and had yet to use it. I’d previously attempted bechamel twice for moussaka and failed both times. Deb’s directions seemed straightforward so I went for it. We hibernated last weekend after consecutive weekends out of town, so I had the time to enjoy the process. Read more…

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Beef Goulash

March 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Goulash & Polenta

I know, it has been a while. I’ve been traveling a lot, both for work and for fun. Spent a weekend in Sonoma sipping wine and relaxing with friends. Went to Seattle for work and actually spent a little time in the city for a change. Had some beer in Denver. Went to the Salt Lick for their famous Texas BBQ (for those of you who don’t want to drive, its also available at the Austin airport). Spent three days at the Dallas airport. Made a second trip to Austin to run my first half marathon in over four years! Slowest time ever clocked, but a finish is a finish. Celebrated with dinner at Paul Qui’s Uchiko restaurant. Read more…

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