Friday, October 16, 2009

Birthday Dinner

Kirk made borsch for my birthday Sunday dinner. We ate it with black bread from Vogel's bakery in Salt Lake and a green salad. For dessert: an apple/cranberry crumble made from apples I picked off of our landlord's tree. (They said it was okay.)

You all know how to make borsch, right?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Char Sui Pork

I had to post this for Mom:

Yesterday we had Char Sui pork for dinner - we've had it before, but not for a while. This time we put it all in the crock pot and the smell was AWESOME. Nearly drove us crazy. So yummy. Mom can attest to that.

When it was done, I reduced the liquid into a sauce, broiled the meat to let it caramelize a little, and Aaron stir-fried some veggies (onion, carrot, green pepper, and zucchini) with some of the sauce.

Whoa. That was good. The girl says we should put this out for Santa instead of cookies this year.

That good.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Three things I want to post about:

1) Is this blog dead? Do people want to keep it around?

2) I knew I wanted to make a post about salad but don't have any pictures, so I searched google images for salads and found this:

Yes, that is Richard Simmons. If you weren't hungry for salad you surely are now.

3) Usually I don't make salads with meals b/c we eat a lot of veggies in whatever our main dish or side dish is. We just started getting our CSA box which had lettuce and will for most of the year so I decided to throw out some ideas I've had or have seen. Salad can easily been a main dish, or the only dish, in our case. Some good combos:
  • arugula and other baby greens with kidney beans, whole wheat pasta (penne, or shells), tomatoes, green onion, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, Parmesan cheese salt and pepper.
  • taco salad: beans, cheese, avocado, tomato, chips, salsa, cilantro, lettuce, grilled peppers.
  • grilled veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, onion, beets, any others, paired with goat cheese, spinach, and a light vinegar/olive oil dressing.
  • sliced, boiled potatoes (cooked in salt water), lettuce, tomato, croutons, avocado, onion, cucumber.
  • panzanela: french bread cut into cubes and toasted like croutons, cucumber, lemon zest, garlic, tomato, scant onion, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil.
  • cabbage sliced thinly, grated carrot, toasted pine nuts, olive oil, salt, pepper.
  • walnuts tossed with olive oil, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, salt, cumin, and toasted; lettuce, pear slices, Parmesan or blue cheese, onion, and a tart dressing.
All paired with some yummy bread, or cheese toast, or whatever--I love it (salad, not the image).

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Not only have I been into baking cakes this summer, I've just been enjoying cooking in general. I get really excited, and sometimes carried away (our fridge is bursting with fresh produce and other items), in my culinary adventures. My favorite part is making things up or using recipes as mere suggestions. Recently I made some mushroom-filled wontons that turned out especially well.

Note: everything that went into the wonton wrappers was chopped finely. Sautee 1 or 2 shallots in sesame oil, then add 2-3 carrots. Cook until softish. Add 1 package of mushrooms, a one-inch piece of fresh ginger, and about 1/3 of a bunch of cilantro. Add soy sauce, garlic powder, and cumin to taste. Cook without lid, so that the moisture leaves, until the mushrooms are soft. Put1 or 1.5 teaspoons of filling each wrapper, fold in half and seal with water. Fold in corners.

Heat vegetable oil in skillet until a test wonton wrapper browns fairly quickly (med-high heat).

Fry wontons, drain on paper bag. We ate ours with boiled brown rice and edamame. The dipping sauce had sesame oil, rice vinegar, fresh garlic, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and probably something else in it. Maybe lime juice? Sorry, I didn't write that part down.

I just recently learned how to make pad-thai and mango sticky rice. I also made a sourdough starter, for the first time, and have made a few loaves. While absolutely delicious, the loaves weren't sour at all. I'll have to work on that. Hope everyone is well! Jenn

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mom's Day Dinner

Karl made some some great potato latkes. I did the only thing I am capable of doing (cutting up the vegetables). The menu included latkes, applesauce, tossed salad w/croutons and toasted sunflower seeds, watermelon, and some great lemon sodas imported from Italy.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Dinner with 1/2 of the Jorgensen Siblings

Kirk had the idea of a Mediterranean feast for Easter. It seemed like a fitting and delicious idea. I took these photos before everything was done cooking...when we brought it all out to the table, I wasn't thinking of photos anymore, just of eating all the delicious pitas, falafel, tzadziki sauce, veggies, and fruit.

It's been great hanging out with Kari and Karl so much this week.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

chocolate chip cookies

I have become a chocolate chip cookie snob. I don't know that I can even call myself a connoisseur, just a snob. I love them. They are probably one of my favorite desserts, which is saying a lot for a girl who loves dessert and prioritizes it above most other meals. Dinner probably takes priority, but that's the only one. And it should be followed by dessert. Or two desserts.

Anyway, recently someone made us some chocolate chip cookies. I thought they were so bad I didn't even eat them--also not like me. I'm all about free food, especially if it's a cookie. I've had friends mail me cookies that I didn't finish because they just weren't up to par. With all this negative cookie karma I thought I should post my current favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can find it here.

This is what they looked like when I made them (not a great picture, sorry). I promise they were excellent.

Why do I like them? Not because they're small. I actually didn't make them tiny like the recipe says to because the idea sounds ridiculous. I just made them smallish. I like them because they have a perfect butter, chocolate, nut balance. They aren't crispy but also not too gooey. I like that the chocolate is all chopped up. I'm very particular about my chocolate. I use Trader Joe's chocolate, but knowing not all have access to such things, most dark chocolate bars (for serious chocolate lovers) should work.

Kris doesn't like the chopped up chocolate, he likes chocolate chunks or chips better. To each his/her own. The only deviation I recommend from the recipe is the part about the nuts. I used almonds rather than walnuts (either would be good, I just love almonds even more than I love walnuts, and I really love walnuts) and I did cut them up by hand and I didn't cut them until they were super small. We found that if you cut them up super, super finely you can hardly tell they're there.

Besides this I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I add oats to my Mom's recipe. For non-oat cookies I love Mom J's recipe, though I've also added a bit of oats to it. Alright, I'm done with my rant.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lettuce Wraps

This weekend I was in the mood for some lettuce wraps - so we tried out this recipe.

We used ground beef instead of turkey (mushrooms would work great, but I am not a fan of them). Let's see, what else did we do differently... we chopped the water chestnuts, onions and pepper VERY fine and mixed it all together. We omitted the radishes and carrots - carrots are a go for next time, though. It was very tasty.

Aaron thought it needed more chili sauce and sugar in the meat mixture, but I thought it was good, esp. as I mixed up a little dipping sauce of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and hot chili sauce. I thought that made it perfectly spicy.

The kids weren't total fans, but L loves lettuce, and T suffered through it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jeni's Ice Cream

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream is one of my favorite places in Columbus. I hadn't been there in months, and Kirk took me last weekend. It's a local business who purchases most of their ingredients locally. They have some amazing flavors that aren't too sweet. (I got salted caramel with smoked almonds, aka gravel road, and black currant yogurt). They also have these amazing looking ice cream sandwiches...and everything from their logo to the layout of their shop is really nicely designed.

I will really miss this place when we leave Columbus. I judge all ice cream against Jeni's now....and not much of it measures up.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Birthday Feast

Sorry for those of you who missed out on Mom and Aaron's Indian birthday feast. It was delish. Lucky for you, I had my little camera in my purse.

Here's my plate:

Clockwise from the top: Naan (Aaron), jasmine rice (Mom) with potato tiki (yummy spicy, and coconut - me), yellow dal (me and mom), saag (spinach curry - Aaron). Oh, and limeade.

We were in a hurry, so Aaron made the Naan from our bread dough in the fridge - from the Artisan Bread book. It is partly wheat. It was really soft and yummy.

Not pictured: brownies (Mom) and homemade vanilla bean ice cream (Aaron).


Now what have you all been eating? Seriously, let's get more posts up here!