Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Korean Soy Bean Sprout Bap (KongNaMul Bap)

When we go to B-Won our favorite Korean restaurant one of the side dishes that we love are the soybean sprouts or KongNaMul Muchim.   This recipe uses the soybean sprouts in a main dish.  The fun thing about this recipe is that it’s all cooked in your rice cooker!  With the gochugaru based sauce mixed in after cooking you get an amazing fast Korean dinner!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Slow Cooker Korean Spicy Chicken Stew (Dak Bokkeum Tang)

As most of you know my daughter Bay was adopted from South Korean in 2000.  Well, since that time 
Korean food has become one of my passions.  Both eating and cooking it.  I've put a few of my recipes on
my blog like bulgogi, chapchae, kimchi pancakes, kimbap, and dak bulgogi.  Lately I've been trying to expand my Korean cooking skills even more.

One of my favorite stews at our local Korean restaurant is the Kimchi Chigae, it's spicy and filled with kimchi, tofu and pork.  This is a similar dish but filled with chicken and vegetables.  It's spicy, although I toned down the gochugaru powder to only 1 tablespoon so it wouldn't be to hot for my daughter. I personally love to have it so spicy that tears are rolling down my face! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Visions of Sugarplums ~ Day One ~ Chicken Pozole Verde

Hi, and welcome to the first day of "Visions of Sugarplums"!  
Join us all week long for wonderful recipes, paper crafts,
family traditions and even some giveaways!  Be sure to
follow the links below to visit my friends who are also

New Mexico holds a special place in my heart.  My
husband Jim and I were married in December of
1989 and Santa Fe was our honeymoon destination. 
We have since gone back on our 20 thAnniversary
and just can’t get enough of the fairytale atmosphere
surrounding the Square this time of year.  It must have
something to do with how romantic it is with the
scent of pinon wood, the big snowflakes,  the
beautiful churches and the streets lined with farolitos. 
The streets are aglow with the small sand-filled bags
lit within by votive candles. 

One of my favorite New Mexican traditions is
to have Pozole on Christmas Eve.  Pozole is a
spicy corn stew that is known as the ceremonial
dish for celebrating life’s blessings.  New Mexicans
have been enjoying pozole for centuries.  There
are many variations; some make it with chicken
rather than pork.  While pozole in Southern New
Mexico is always made with red chile, it’s not
uncommon to find northern pozole made with
green chile.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tessa Kiros ~Eggs with Bread and Butter

This week on IHCC it's all about Orange.  This may be a little
on the yellow side but it is sorta orangey-ish...right?  
Anyway, I chose this simple breakfast dish because I made
it a while back for my daughter and she loved it and asks
for it most mornings.  Bay is all about the yolk.  That's why
this is one of her favorite breakfasts.  The pieces of toast
get coated with all the beautiful golden orangey yolk,
getting some in every savory bite.

Now........I admit I went about it a different way than Tessa.  
In her cookbook Apples for Jam she has you boil an egg for
about 2 1/2 minutes.  I am here to admit I can't seem to get
an egg the way I like it when I boil it so I cheated and fried
mine sunny side up.  I feel no shame cheating on this one
because just the technique is different but the end result is
the same.    

Monday, November 7, 2011

Pork Schnitzel with Lemon and Rosemary and Hassleback Potatoes

It's "Potluck" this week over at IHCC and I chose Tessa's Pork Schnitzel out of "Falling Cloudberries".  
I've had my eye on this recipe for a long time and was glad to have an excuse to try it.  I stayed true to the
recipe but I did add some lemon zest to the egg mixture.

I don't know what I was expecting  this dish was fantastic and had my husband cheering my
praise!  The pork was very flavorful, tender and juicy.  Jim has already made plans to have this in sandwich
form with either some German mustard or a spicy aioli.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pesto Alfredo Pizza Rolls

I mentioned when I made my German bierocks
how good my kolache dough was.  Well, I wanted
to use it another savory way so I decided to make
some Pizza Roll Ups.  They are like cinnamon rolls
except they have pizza ingredients in them.  It’s 
like a calzone but easier and more fun to make!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Spaghetti con Zucchini

It's time once again for my weekly Tessa Kiros recipe.  This week the theme over at IHCC is Pasta.  When I saw this recipe in Tessa's cookbook Twelve it reminded me of a similar recipe I'd been wanting to make out of Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook.  

I really loved the combo of the fried zucchini with the parmesan and spaghetti.  The thing that sets Tessa's recipe apart is that she states to sprinkle on some chili oil as a finishing touch.  I've had a bottle in my pantry for ages just looking for a recipe to use it in. I served this with a marinated chicken breast that I cooked over charcoal.  The combo of the smoky, juicy chicken with the slightly spicy, sweet zucchini pasta was amazing.  I was surprised that such a simple dish could have such an impact on my family.  All of us came back for seconds!  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pesto/Hamburger White Pizza with Garlic Sauteed Spinach and Mushrooms

I enjoy coming up with new pizzas for my family and this one is really delicious!  It's got all my favorite things.......pesto, alfredo, garlic, mushrooms and cheese!   I tried to make a fast weeknight version of a spinach alfredo pizza and tried to add as much flavor as I could along the way. 

Jim loved the hamburger pesto mixture I added.  He said that he couldn't quite tell that it was hamburger because all the pesto goodness had melted into the meat. By sauteing both the spinach and the mushrooms in garlic butter before adding them to the can imagine, right?  Right!  Garlicky, Pesto-y goodness! Oh my!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mika's Deluxe Fish Sandwich

                                         ~No Recipe Required~

This is one of my easiest weeknight dinners.  I haven't
posted it before because I thought it was too simple.  
Now I realize that other mom's like me may enjoy a fast
and tasty meal their families will LOVE!  My boys request
this sandwich often on the weekends they are home from 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Bread with Cinnamon, Brown Sugar and Walnut Topping

I love quick breads especially in the Fall.  There's 
something very comforting about eating a piece of 
cinnamon-y Apple bread with a hot cup of coffee 
when the weather outside is turning colder.  This 
week at IHCC the theme is "Harvest Moon Foods 
Celebrating Fall's Bounty/Halloween themed foods" 
out of any Tessa Kiros cookbook.

I picked this apple bread with cinnamon, brown sugar 
and walnut topping.  This bread was a little different
than others I've made in the past.  It had the addition
of ground cardamom that gave it a wonderfully
warm addictive flavor.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Taco Rice Bowls


   ~No Recipe Required~

This is one of my all time comfort foods. It's like nachos
over rice. So easy but so good! I usually make jasmine rice
in my rice cooker and taco meat using my homemade
taco seasoning mix with a bottle of dark amber bock beer
instead of water to add flavor.  Then you just add anything
you like....

This time I set out shredded sharp cheddar, black beans,
salsa, guacamole, lemon wedges, sour cream, green
onions, cilantro and black olives.  I also had some cute
orange and black "Halloween" tortilla chips on the side.
Just put the rice and meat in your bowl then pile on the
toppings!  I like to put cheese on mine then microwave
it for a few seconds to melt the cheese then continue
with the other toppings.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

German Bierocks

I'm touching base with my German roots again today!
I made bierocks years ago with frozen bread dough you
get in the freezer section but it never turned out quite
like I wanted it to.  I've learned the trick is in the dough,
ever since I made my kolaches I've been using the
kolache dough for just about everything!
It seems to be a dough you can't screw up which makes
it a perfect dough in my opinion!  The beauty of it is.....
this dough works amazingly well in sweet or savory dishes.  
Don't be afraid to fill this dough with other fillings as well.
My husband and I already have a list a mile long with
potential ideas using this dough.  The process of making
and filling does take a while but it's all very easy and
definitely worth it in the end.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black-Eyed Peas with Spinach and Cornbread

This week we are cooking "Peasant food"
over at I Heart Cooking Clubs.  I thought
this black-eyed pea and spinach dish looked
fairly rustic so I chose that out of
"Falling Cloudberries" by Tessa Kiros.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pear Berry Crisp

We are still cooking with Tessa Kiros over at IHCC but this
weeks theme is "from the orchard".  With Fall in the air this
yummy Pear Berry Crisp just seemed to shout "make me"
from Tessa's Apples for Jam cookbook.  I loved that it was
so fast and easy to make.  I told Jim that this is a perfect
dessert to have for company this Fall because you just throw
it together and your house smells heavenly while it's cooking.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tailgating at Oklahoma State University

Yesterday we met some of our best friends Kevin and
Jennifer in Stillwater to tailgate with my boys.  Both Tyler
and Tanner attend Oklahoma State and were really anxious 
to show them around the campus. Luckily we gave Ty and
Tan our tent to set up on Friday afternoon so we got a great 
spot!  We were right on Hester street which is the street the
band, players and cheerleaders make their procession to the

We brought lots of good food and I had to bring my famous
cheese ball.  It's one of Kevin and Jennifer's favorites!   I have
been making it since I was a young girl.  It's the only cheese
ball I ever make.  It's so good and very additive!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fun Dough from Apples for Jam

This week at IHCC the Tessa Kiros theme is "potluck".  Well,
I took that to mean we could do anything.....anything at all.  
I chose to make the Fun Dough in Apples for Jam.  I had so
much fun.....errr.... I mean Bay had so much fun playing and
making the dough.  She wanted to make it blue.  My daughter
hates, and I mean HATES pink, so that was not an option.  

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Carrot Cake with Walnuts and Cream Cheese Frosting

Yesterday was my husband Jim's birthday.  For his cake I decided 
to make this Carrot Cake from Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros.  
If you remember,I made cupcakes out of it last year for Jim's 
birthday.  What can I say, why mess with a good thing? Right?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Semi-Homemade Wicked Pickles

My friends Khris and Jeff introduced me to Wickles Pickles one
night we were having get together to watch some Oklahoma City
Thunder Basketball.  I instantly fell in love with the sweet, spicy
dill pickles.  Fast forward a couple of months and I found a recipe
on Christy's Southern Plate blog about "Candied Dill Pickles". 
Hmmmm..... I thought.  That sounds like "wickles" without the heat.
I can fix that I thought.  I have a whole jar of red peppers I that I
got at the Asian Market across town.  I always keep them on hand
to add a pop of color and spice to the top of certain dishes.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ahi Tuna Burgers with Asian Mayo, Arugula, Crispy Shallots and Pickled Ginger with Sweet Potato Fries

For Mother's Day this year I received the cookbook "My Father's 
Daughter" by Gwyneth Paltrow and I've been eyeing this recipe 
since May and finally got around to making it today.  I had to make 
a special trip over to my favorite fish  market because I wanted to 
use the best quality ahi  tuna.  You was totally worth the 
trip across town!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kolaches with Homemade Peach Vanilla Bean Jam

A few weeks ago I ran across a recipe for Peach Vanilla Bean Jam 
on Annie's Eats.  I told Jim about it and he came home with some 
of the sweetest peaches I've ever seen.  We made the jam that 
weekend.  We are weird that way, we love to can things as a couple.  
That is weird.  It sounds weird.  Anyway, we try to can as often as 
we are able.  Our favorite things to give a nice hot water bath to are 
pickles and jams.    

Greek Pizza

Friday night I was in the mood for an Gyro but Friday's are normally Pizza nights at our house.  Well, I can solve that little problem.  Greek Pizzas!!!!!!!!  Jim had gone around the corner and picked me up a 1/2 pound of Gryo meat and some Tzatziki sauce from our little Greek place down the street so I was well prepared.  

I have to say they were great!  Bay and I even had a piece cold for breakfast this morning.  I know some people don't like that.  Some people gross out even more when I tell them how good cold pizza goes with hot coffee.  I know, I know......ewww.  I'm just weird enough to think it makes sense.   As my dear Florida mom would say.........we had the breakfast of champions!  That's basically anything not considered normal breakfast fare. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boozy Bum Chickens with Homemade Cajun Seasoning

The week prior to Labor day I was intrigued by a new Irish chef named Donal Skehan.  I promptly checked my local library to see if they had a copy of one of his cookbooks.  They did!  They had his first cookbook called "Good Mood Food".  Donal says he isn't a chef but a home cook.  It shows in his recipes.  They are fresh, tasty, easy recipes perfect for my style of cooking. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cornmeal Dusted Chicken Broccoli and Cheese Braid with Thyme and Rosemary

Well........once again I have been scanning Pinterest to get some dinner ideas and came across this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Braid.  I love making these braids, they are so much fun to make! 

I pretty much made the original recipe but I had to put a couple of my own tweaks here and there.  The main thing I did different was to use the no seam Pillsbury dough and to add cornmeal to the parchment 
before I set the dough on it.  This kept the dough from sticking and added a great crunchy texture to the bread which can sometimes get a little soggy.  I also added garlic and thyme (because they are my favorite!) 
to the chicken to mixture for added flavor.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Parmesan Eggs in a Croissant Nest with a Dijon Cream Sauce

I first spotted this idea when looking around on Pinterest. If you 
haven't heard of Pinterest you are in for a treat. I can get lost on
that site for hours!  I've found some of the best ideas, recipes,
crafts and more on Pinterest.  Let me warn you is 
HIGHLY addictive!! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Long Boy Burgers

When I first saw these long boy burgers
over at Sunshine and Bones I knew I would
love them.  That's because I've used the
techinque before.  Do you remember my
Korean Open-Face burgers?  Here's a pic
to remind you...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Soyrizo Breakfast Burritos

There are so many great recipes out there that have Chorizo as an ingredient.  
I was so sad because I couldn't use Chorizo because of it's high fat content.  
I know there are lots of people that have to eat a low fat diet for health reasons 
and I'm one of them.  That's why I'm so excited about Soyrizo!  I'm probably 
the last person on the planet to hear about this stuff but I'm definitely on the 
bandwagon now!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Homemade Big Mac's and Bay's Gotcha Day!

Those of you who regularly read my blog knw that my youngest child 
Bay was adopted from South Korea when she was a baby.  Well, she 
came home to us exactly 11 years ago today.  It's her "Gotcha Day!"   
We celebrate by giving her a gift, this year it was a pair of Ariat boots that 
she has been dying for just like mine.  I also made one of her favorite 
meals, Homemade Big Macs!  

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

It is so hot in Oklahoma!  Last week this was the 7 day forecast!  Can you believe it?   I seriously think we live in hell.....

One way I've been beating the heat is to make cold pasta salads for dinner. A few weeks ago I posted my Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad and now I've got a new Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad.  It's absolutely yummy and very addictive!   I like to pour some extra buffalo sauce on top before serving to
kick up the spice even more.   To make it even more special you can sprinkle some crumbled blue cheese chunks on top.  You will like it so much you will be fighting over the leftovers like my husband and I did.  Sadly, I have to report that he won......(insert sad face here).

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cornmeal Crusted Cherry Tart

This morning I wanted to make something special for my daughter Bay.  She and I were the only ones at home.  Jim and Ty had to work and Tan was spending the night at a friends house.  I know Bay loves cherries and luckily I had a can of cherry pie filling on hand.  I had to make something up that used stuff in my pantry because we haven't been to the grocery store yet this week.   This is what I came up with.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Flank Steak Tacos with Grilled Cabbage and San Francisco

Last Sunday was our last day of vacation.  I hoo!  

Anyway, Jimmy made our dinner and did a fabulous job!  While 
we were away we happened to see a Grill It! episode with Bobby 
Flay.  Jim was intrigued and decided to use this recipe to 
marinade to make some flank steak tacos.  

Monday, August 1, 2011

I'm being featured today.....

Hi everybody!  Sorry I haven't posted much lately but I've been in 
San Francisco this week on vacation (I'll have pics soon)  but I wanted 
to take a minute to let you know that  Kyna over at Great Expectations 
is featuring me on her blog today.  She has picked one of my very
favorite breakfasts to post potato skin eggs.

Anyway, Kyna has an amazing blog so head over and check it out!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad

I have been looking for a great tuna pasta salad recipe for years!  
I'm not joking........  I think my obsession all started when my boys 
were little and we would take them to Chuck E. Cheese.  They had 
a tuna pasta salad on their salad bar that would make me want to 
take the boys there way more than was necessary. While everyone 
else had their plate piled high with pizza, I would have a giant blob 
of tuna pasta salad and crackers.
Over the years I've tried all kinds of different recipes and ingredients 
and nothing I tried would turn out quite like I was hoping. Then I found 
a recipe from the Whole Foods Market Cookbook. The first time I 
made it as a sandwich.  I could tell right away that it would be awesome 
with some pasta added to it for a light, cold summer supper.  It is amazing, 
even better than that mouse place.  Now I'm thinking.......Chuck E. Who?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Teriyaki Burger with Grilled Pineapple and Bell Pepper Rings with Provolone

I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July!  We had an awesome day!  
To start the day off Jimmy took Bay and I to Panera Bread for a yummy 
breakfast.  We ate outside because we took Bindi (our Papillon) with us.  
Later for lunch we took both Bindi and Chip (our Chocolate Lab) to the 
lake for a picnic lunch.   The dogs loved getting out of the house and 
romping all over the the park.  We had all afternoon to goof off because 
both Ty and Tan had to work most of the day.  Mom came over about 3 
while the rest of the family was in the backyard swimming.  Finally,we 
started on dinner preparations.    

Jim and I had make the Teriyaki burgers a week before and tweaked the 
recipe and it turned out awesome!  My mom said it was the best burger 
she had ever eaten.  I have to agree!  We served it with homemade sweet 
potato fries and a low fat ramen noodle salad.  It all had a slightly Polynesian 
feel and went great together. 

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