Strawberry season in Oregon. It is a coveted time that I eagerly await each year. Now, I grew up in California where sunshine and berries are plentiful almost year round. I will say Cali strawberries are tasty, however, they’re crap compared to Oregon berries.
Yes, crap. The berries you can get at the supermarket are good. They’re big, red-ish, usually sweet and look pretty when delicately laid on a cake. But Oregon berries… They’re smaller, usually a deep dark red and are bursting with sweet goodness. Seriously, you could make jam with them without adding a single grain of sugar. Slice some into a cup of honey greek yogurt and you have a most delicious, healthy treat. But summer is coming and I think that all dairy based treats should be in frozen form for optimal body temperature regulation!
Berry stands are just starting to pop up all over out here, but I was in a rush so I grabbed a few cartons of berries from the store just to try this recipe out. Needless to say it was very successful and I will be making these over and over and over while the Oregon berries are here. I even ordered more popsicle molds to accomplish this! Continue reading “Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Delight”
For my birthday this year (July 17th, wink wink, remember for next year) I was given a day with a professional cake decorator to create my own masterpiece since I’m very much getting into cake making but lack some crucial skills. So together, Myself and Liz from the Artisan Cake Company in Portland, OR, sculpted this beautiful GIR Cake! Continue reading “I’m makin’ the cake! The GIR Cake!”
It doesn’t matter how busy you get, there’s always time for food… cause you kinda need it to live! So here I am, up for air from my busy days to give you a little food. This is a little dish I’ve had for years. After becoming a huge anime nerd in the late 90’s (Go Sailor Moon!), my hobbies led me to become obsessed with Japanese cuisine for a while. Not so much the anime fiend anymore, the craving for things like teriyaki, miso soup, sushi, ramen and more have stayed and branched into other areas like Chinese and most recently, Vietnamese.
But, back to where it started! Being heavily into all things Japanese I jumped at any chance to eat at what had become my favorite restaurant that served giant plates of chicken teriyaki and vegetable tempura. While the main course was delicious in of itself, the little salad I would receive before hand is what woke up my mouth with excitement. Enter Sunomono, or Japanese Cucumber Salad!
It’s a tart, tangy and sweet dish with very few ingredients and is good almost any time of the day. Cucumber, vinegar, lemon juice, little sugar and NOM, you have an awesome snack that isn’t half bad for you. Even my mom, who previously disliked cucumbers, likes it. So take that!
There’s nothing like having a good cookbook. A source you can trust for recipes aplenty. I found myself in the bookstore the other day, browsing as I do (You can really only ever browse when you have no money…) and found myself in the cookbook section. So many books dazing me with their colorful covers. I’m sure the staff thought I had gone comatose and other customers took wide paths around the drooling mannequin that I was. After a loud gaggle of women passing awoke me from my dream state, I picked up a few books and thumbed through them to see if there was a collection I’d want to purchase.
Alas, the internet has jaded me. Where were the comments, ratings, and search button? How would I know that this recipe would suit me right out of the book? Would it be too spicy, too bland? Do I need to do a little kitchen dance to get the dough to rise properly? After having treated myself to so many delicious meals, how could I force myself to endure possible mediocrity?! So home I headed, empty handed, but happy in knowing the internet can provide me with the foody goodness I seek and all for free.
So that brings me to the best cookbook ever. My laptop. A wifi connection, a place out of harms way in my kitchen and I have a cookbook of thousands of recipes. Not to mention its other abilities to keep you entertained while you cook! Load up YouTube for some funnies or how to ice that cake you’re baking, read the news or fire up Pandora for some music to go with my magic dough dance. And if you have the kitchen demons like I do, throw a little cling wrap over it. As you can see for mine, it’s on the bar ABOVE my working area so it stays fairly clean.
Remember, if it loads web pages, you have the Best Cookbook EVER.
Oooo spooky! This is my pumpkin I carved for Halloween of course. Cutting it close, as always! It’s a very mean Jack Skellington from the Nightmare Before Christmas. The cool thing about pumpkin carving is it can be a crafting AND a cooking project in one! After my boyfriend expertly gutted Jack’s head for me, he went about prepping the seeds for cooking while I put a smile on that face! I love pumpkin seeds for a salty crunchy treat and you should too! Here’s how we make ours so they’re salty through and through. Continue reading “PUNKINS”