Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Potato-less New England Clam Chowder



You know what I hate? Potatoes in my clam chowder. Seriously! I always feel like I'm getting ripped off when I get a bowl full of potatoes with one or two clams, and because of that, I started to hate potatoes in my chowder. That delicious starchy vegetable has become a bane in my side, so I decided to get rid of it completely. You heard me right. Blasphemy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Japanese Curry

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I think I picked up on another craze in addition to the burger craze. It's curry!

Being a weirdo, I've never really had Japanese curry before. That is, it has never crossed my mind to order curry when sitting at a Japanese restaurant. I had, however, tried a spoon or two of the curry off someone else's order. It had never strike me as good enough that I would pass ordering sushi for curry, so I continued to eat just sushi to meet my Japanese food requirement. Stupid, I know. That's just like only eat phở and say that I always eat Vietnamese food. Silly me.

To rectify this problem, I made Japanese curry found over at No Recipes. Don't worry, he provides recipes.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Turkey Pesto Burgers

I love turkey. I felt bad when our neighborhood had some super cute wild turkeys roaming...


Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Grilled" Romantic Heart

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The below conversation happened in Vietnamese:

My mom: Do you want some lettuce?
Me: What kind of lettuce?
My mom: Your favorite lettuce, remember? [in English] heart romantic!

That was how my mom referred to hearts of Romaine. It's incredibly cute. From now on, I'm going to call Romaine lettuce heart romantic lettuce instead.

Let me tell you about a silly little love affair between the beautiful and delicate Heart Romantic Lettuce and the bad bad Delicious Bacon boy who stopped the sweet lettuce in her track via a heart attack.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Brownie Roll Out Cookies

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I've been baking a lot lately. I don't know why but I find baking simple cookies a relaxing activity. So when Helen sent me this brownie roll-out cookie recipe from Smitten Kitchen, I felt like I had to make it right away...because I was um..."stressed out" and needed some relaxing.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Inside Out Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes



So I baked these cupcakes for a very special person who loooooovvvvveeeees Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. They're cute little chocolate cupcakes filled with a chocolate custard and topped with a peanut butter and cream cheese frosting! They're absolutely amazing! And if you know me, I don't even like chocolate very much, much less something so decadent!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Vegetable Kurma

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A while ago, I made some chicken kurma with a recipe from Serious Eats. Although it was quite delicious (I made it for Brendan and he didn't complain), when I showed the recipe to my friend, Ruby, she thought that it was quite "ghetto." I'm all for ghetto recipes because I have no standards, or rather, really low standards. However, I decided that it'd be a good idea to try and make some kurma from a not-so-ghetto recipe.

I found this recipe from Edible Garden for a vegetable kurma. My friend, Nur, also had it bookmarked!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Caramelized Onions, Mushroom, and Spinach Quiche



So you might think this is a break from the burger experiments, but I kid you not, I've been eating hamburgers non-stop. Last night I had a mushroom and caramelized onion burger. Yup. This morning I decided it would be a great idea to make a quiche with mushrooms and caramelized onions. This is my first quiche, and I didn't follow any recipes. Dave predicts that it will be disgusting. We'll show him!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Burger Experiment #3

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To continue on with the Burger Experiment spreadsheet, I decided to make curry burger because it seemed easiest to make for a lazy dinner.

I decided to use Thai red curry paste because it's something I already had in my cupboard.