Journal

2017 - Week 36 Cooking Results

Bratwurst Reuben (Need to use the other rye bread in the freezer)

Yep, good stuffs.  My own kraut, some really good Alpha Tolman, and other good things.  this is a fantastic sandwich.

BLT (probably the last of the season)

*sigh*  The season is mostly done.  It was fun while it lasted.  We'll see you again in a year BLTs.

Egg and Chorizo Burritos

Simple and good.

I cracked open the Momofuku Milk Bar book to make chocolate crumbs and chocolate chocolate cookies.  And made Sambal Oelek cashews (1 cup cashews, 2 T butter, 2 t Sambal Oelek).  As a side note here, I don't know if it's amazon effect or that Whole Foods has a better source, but there is a $4+ / pound difference between Hy-vee ($14 something / pound) and Whole Foods ($10 something).  I didn't believe it the first time I saw, but when I went back and checked...yep.

Anyways the cookies turned out really well, I went to a few stores to find glucose, but had no luck there.  They turned out pretty well even using Corn Syrup.  I've got another batch ready to go for today for a block meet up (in the fridge already).

2017 - Week 35 Cooking Results

Stir Fried Pork with Green Beans and Cashews

Fresh Green beans from Grade A Gardens, some pork tender loin and a good recipe.  Easy win for an evening.

Citrus Brined Roasted Chicken Thighs Salad (roast one day, use next day)

I made entirely to many thighs, however I did make a nice simple chicken salad.  Little Celery, little mayo, mustard, and sriracha.

BLTs

Om Nom nom.

Mutton Burgers

I remember that some lockers may not know the difference between lamb and mutton, specifically on this package.  Good stuffs.

Beef and Rice Bowl

So I have this jar of miso sauce, and I spiced up the beef with Sambal Oelek and the miso. it made for a nice simple topping to rice.

2017 - Week 34 Cooking Results

Fresh Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce & Pizza

Let it be known, always choose good mozzarella, because if you don't, it really is detrimental to the pizza.  This was my own fault, as I forgot that I needed the cheese.  Luckily I was able to get enough parmesan off what was left in the fridge, but even so, I should've taken the trip to get fresh mozzarella, rather then the "fresh" mozzarella at the normal grocery store.  It detracted from the experience as a whole.  That being said, the tomato sauce was good.

BLTs

Om nom nom.

Roasted Tomatillos, Peppers taco salad.

Good Stuffs.  Funny story.  The peppers were a bit hotter then I expected and I should've used gloves.  Needless to say, there was quite a bit of extra washing after the fact.  Even so, good stuff.

Lola Burgers

I do like the add of the pickled onions.  Plus I got to make a Gibson or two or so.

Cuban Beef Casserole with Corn Scallion Biscuit Topping

Slightly modified from the recipe for the purpose of incorporated the leftover roasted tomatillos and roasted peppers.  I did quicken things up but using my food processor to quicken up the biscuit topping, however in doing that, the lid has broke again (making it unable to turn the lock so it'll spin, thank you mr knife), so that'll need to be replaced.  Anyways it turned out pretty well.  Lots of leftovers.

2017 - Week 33 Cooking Results

Chicken Tikka Masala (using fresh Tomatoes)

So an small army of children and my sister Emily and her husband, and my lil' brother Isaac showed up at my house.  Since it was the day after Isaac's birthday I let him pick the dinner, approved it with Emily, then interpreted it from there.  With the fresh tomatoes and some roasted tomatoes.

Finished with some picked that morning watermelon.  Thanks to Jordan at Grade A Gardens for letting me come out and get one.

Funny thing, my nieces and nephews spent some time burying watermelon seeds in the dirt that the city had put in to fill in the added curb.  So far, no watermelon plants, however, it did rain last night...  So who knows.

Grilled Cheese with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Leeks

Whole wheat bread, Prairie Breeze, fresh tomatoes (I still had some left) and some sautéed leeks.  Good stuffs.

Italian Sausage  Burgers with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Leeks

Again, still had fresh tomatoes, and used that and the sautéed leeks.  Easy simple meal.

Fresh Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce & Pizza

Delayed until today.  Forgot to make the dough in a timely fashion.

Tomato and Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches

Added an egg, good stuffs.

As an added bonus, walking around the Farmer's market, I thought about robiola, tomatoes, english muffin bread and some pancetta.  Made for a good dinner.

2017 - Week 32 Cooking Results

BLTs

Om nom nom nom.

Black Bean Breakfast Tacos

Simple, easy, pretty good.

London Bangers

This had a nice flavor to this.  Served these with a simple spinach salad.

Spiced Beef Pitas

I didn't make patties, I made loose meat, and it worked out pretty well.  Surprisingly good with the spice mixture, certainly something to use the leftover pumpkin pie spice.

Chicken Salad with a bit of Fennel, maybe separate fennel

I used a little bit of fennel.  a lot of asian type of flavors.  Turned out pretty well.

Gochujang Marinated Skirt Steak

I didn't have the paste, I had a sauce.  I allowed the meat to marinate for a day or so.  That being said, it had a nice flavor to it.  I enjoyed the little taco type of thing that I had.  Good stuffs.

2017 - Week 32 Cooking

Tomato season is here!  Tomato Season is here!

Tomatoes this week from Butcher Crick Farms.

Yesterday I parked in the 4th and Grand parking garage to go to the market.  It was much easier to get into and out of then the 3rd and Court garage.  Though there is a short walk across Cowles Commons, I think this may be my new choice of parking