Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Theme is Green–Pan Fried Green Chili Peppers

First of all, a quick plug for the Kickstarter for +5 Food Of Eating, a geeky/nerdy cookbook to be written by the very cool Tiffany Simmons. Full disclosure, I am involved with the project as a tester. I will not be receiving monies directly from the Kickstarter however, so I’m not going to get rich off of this if it becomes one of those amazing Kickstarter smash hits. I do think it will be an amazing project though, so if you like the idea, you should give it some love!

Now to the post proper!

I do often think about themes for food; different types of cuisine, food for certain kinds of parties, food for movies, comfort foods, fried foods, and many more such categorizations have all been highlighted at various points. This is the first time I’ve considered color as point to highlight.

Do not get me wrong, I definitely appreciate color. The appealing redness of a rare steak contrasted with it’s perfectly browned exterior, the vibrant pink hue of strawberry ice cream, the calming yellow of sweet lemon curd, and the muted brick color of oven dried tomatoes are all visually appealing. But I have yet to cook with color as the goal in mind.

So, with the notion of color in mind, I’ll pay tribute to the color green, with a very simple but delicious treatment of the green mild chili peppers. The chili peppers are pan fried with garlic, salt, and drizzled with a squeeze of lemon.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Japanese Mexican Fusion–Alpha Version of the Yakisoburrito!

A second day of posting in a row? Crazy? Maybe so, but I’m just trying to make up for lost time.

But on a more exciting note, today’s post is another Cast Iron Therapy Original! Well, an alpha version of one anyway, there are definite improvements that can be made.

Now, prepare yourself for some stream of consciousness style meandering narrative, or just skip to after the picture if that’s not your thing.

I wanted to make something regional initially, and a few ideas bounced around in my head as to what regional things were good in the area. Were I a lot further south in California, I could do a California Burrito, so there was that bouncing in my head.

At the same time, I wanted to try using some things from the farmer’s market as well, as that is pretty regional.

Going back to the idea of California however, there’s California Cuisine, which is “marked by an interest in fusion cuisine.” So, how about a fusion dish that uses local goods, and is partly inspired by the California Burrito. And… oh let’s fuse it with yakisoba while we’re at it.

In the end, this is regional from a very broad interpretation. It’s from the region of my brain.


I truly hope that I am not doing something horrific that the Japan and Mexico will hate me for doing in working on this recipe.

Ok, thanks for bearing with me in that really long introduction! Now for the recipe.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

We’re Well into Summer, Time for Strawberry Ice Cream!


Those are dried strawberries I’m garnishing it with by the way.

Another post, another absurdly late response to the 52 weeks of cooking challenge. I’ll be honest, it’s been pretty rough lately, I started an online course and I just started doing night classes to get my teaching credential. Not to mention all manner of freelance projects I can’t share at the moment!

I’m definitely keeping busy and I’m thankful for it, but it is definitely a drain on the ability to meet my ideal post quota.

Enough complaining though, I’ve got ice cream! Please note that I’m assuming you have an ice cream maker. There are other ways to handle it when you don’t have one, but really, if you like making ice cream, it is worth the investment. I’ve been using an older model of the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker for a number of years now and I have no complaints.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July Folks

I’ll leave aside most of the political commentary and just hope that everyone is having a good day of food, family, friends, and fireworks.

Since fireworks are illegal in my city, you’ll have to make do with the floral fireworks.

50 imaginary points to your House if you can identify this flower!

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And here’s a bonus flower with a bit of a firework like look to it. It’s dill!

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Everyone, have a safe and fun holiday.