Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Shrimp Wonton

50 Wonton skins
20 large shrimp, (deveined, peeled and cut into small pieces)
1/3 bag of cole slaw mix (which is really just cabbage and carrot, pre-chopped, a trick I learned from my mother-in-law, which saves a lot of time)
3 scallions, chopped
1 Tbsp of sesame oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce
white pepper
1/3 cup of chopped fresh shitake mushrooms

Sautee the cole slaw mix, scallions and shitake till soft. Pulse a few times in food processor till the mixture is well chopped, but not mush.

Sautee the shrimp till just cooked. Pulse in food processor till it's finely chopped.

Mix the veggies and shrimp together and add all the seasonings.

Place a teaspoon of filling into the wonton wrapper. Use water to seal the edges by folding the wrapped in half, over the filling. You can then fold the corners inward, or leave it as a triangle. 49 more to go!

Boil or fry. Make sure your wonton are well sealed if you plan on boiling. You can also freeze them, but place wax paper between layers if stacking and try not to have them overlap too much or they'll stick to each other.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Toasted Marshalls

Available April 2nd @ $15 each thru Rotofugi (post via Toysrevil)

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Killer Brown Sugar Cookies

Anyone who adds the words "killer" in front of their recipe better live up to those expectations. This one definitely did. I was baking them to bring into work, but I think I ate almost a 1/4 of them before forcing myself to pack them away. It just might be my new favorite cookie.

Note on the recipe: I couldn't find rum extract, so I just used good ol' rum instead.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Be a taste tester for a Food Network show!

Why couldn't Food Network have these events while I was unemployed?!

Be a taste tester for the show "The Restaurant" in Brooklyn on April 2nd or 13th, both @ 11:30am. You can't have any food allergies. You'll get to try competing chef's dishes and comment on them. Everyone will be on camera for this show. Tickets are free, you just have to register for Onset Productions.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

White Bean Dip

1 can Navy Beans
1 scallion
1 clove garlic
1/2 Tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 lemon juiced
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
Dash of paprika
Freshly ground pepper

Rinse the beans. Throw everything into a food processor and serve. It's a nice alternative to hummus.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Calamondin Tree

My calamondin tree arrived tonight!!! It's a lot bigger than I expected, and I need to buy a bigger pot. I opened the package and was overwhelmed with the most amazing smell, something like a mix of jasmine and oranges. As you can see there are already 5 or 6 fruit, not to mention a ton of buds.

What the heck is a calamondin? Most of you may know it as a lucky orange plant. The fruit resemble tiny oranges, and don't get much bigger than the ones you see in the photo. They're extremely sour but great for seasoning seafood, or anything you would use a lime for.

I highly recommend the online seller I bought it from. She contacted me immediately, shipped the item right away by Priority mail and gave me instructions on how to care for the plant:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pineapple Orange Sorbet

Since the weather's finally getting warmer, I sort of skipped spring and went straight for a summer dessert. I was going to try making an orange cake, but never got around to it. I still had all this fruit lying around, so I scoured the internet for what looked like the best sorbet recipe and stumbled across this one, on allrecipes.com. I LOVE freshly squeezed orange juice, so it was really difficult not to drink the 2 cups worth the recipe asks for. The final product was a little bit sweeter than I'd like it, but since it's hard to judge the tartness of your fruit, I'd recommend sticking with the recipe.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

King Crab for Two

My husband had the awesome idea of picking up $50 worth of giant King Crab legs at Costco this weekend. We ate half with his family on Saturday and the last 3 legs tonight. I'd actually never had them before. All I did was break them into segments, and marinate them in olive oil, white wine, garlic and a few dashes of hot sauce. These were parboiled when we got them, so I poured the whole marinade with the legs into a pot and steamed it for 6 minutes. Add a loaf of sourdough to dip in the juices and you have a mini feast.

"I Like to Eat" show

For those of you who don't know what a Labbit is, it's a vinyl DIY toy that usually comes in white, that you can then decorate to your liking. These happen to be by the artist Kevin Olson for his solo show "I Like to Eat." I really really want the pink Snowball labbit. These are all on sale, by the way. Read more about it through Toysrevil.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Banana Bran Muffins

Monday morning muffins! I've always been a morning person, so getting up early to bake is never really a problem for me. Plus, it makes the apartment smell awesome. I even made 12 mini muffins to share with whoever happens to be at work first. Want the recipe?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tangy Tomato Soup

It's a nice lazy Sunday. I just want to throw things into a pot and do a whole lot of nothing. No shopping for fancy ingredients. I made this recipe based on items I happened to have on hand:

6 plum tomatoes
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with chilies
1 celery stalk
1/2 onion
1 garlic clove, crushed
1.5 cups broth (I used chicken)
1/4 lemon, juiced
basil, (a handful)
1 tsp salt

Roughly chop the tomatoes, celery and onion. Place in pot, with crushed garlic clove and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature to low and simmer for 15 min. Add broth and basil, simmer for another 5 min. Use an immersion blender, or pour into a blender/food processor and blend till smooth. Stir in salt and lemon juice. This recipe is going to vary depending how sweet your tomatoes are. If you find it too tangy, add a touch of sugar.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

tempura sushi! (why not)