Monday, January 25, 2016

Peking Duck part 1

Hello everyone! Sorry for not posting in forever (only two posts in the past four years ... how sad)! I will try to get better at that, especially now that we're trying to cook more and healthier since my wife is pregnant.

However, this next meal is not very healthy ... but it is delicious!

Since Chinese New Year is coming up soon and we're getting together with some friends, I decided it was time to try out making Peking duck!

This is not a sight you see every day! The upper two are completely frozen, so they'll need some time to thaw and then dry. The one below is drying and will be cooked soon as my initial testing duck.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saturday, February 9, 2013

What's for dinner: Pork Carnitas

This is what happens when you're hunkered down inside for the day because of a blizzard - you cook food! (And try to make it pretty) Slow cooked pork carnitas, duck fat fingerling potatoes, black bean soup, with a dollop of greek yogurt.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What's for dinner

Hi everyone,
Sorry I haven't posted in like, forever. Things got busy with getting engaged and then married and then figuring out how to be a good husband. But! Still experimenting with food. So (with some prodding from joyosity) I decided I would try to start posting again, in a more abbreviated fashion. I'll just post mostly pictures and if people want to see the recipe I can post in the comments or something.

Up right now: kimchi pajeon (pancake) with cheese on half of it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


So I believe I first read about this on, which is a paleo blog.  For anyone who has read up on the paleo diet and is a foodie, the thought of giving up all grains and the tasty foods that they are in can be overwhelming.  For me, one of the biggest things I would miss is pizza.  And there have been many attempts to create a paleo-friendly pizza, including ones with cauliflower crust, coconut-flour crust, etc.

But none have really whet my appetite as much as the meatza!  Basically, a meatza is a pizza with a meat crust.  How could it get any better than that??  Let's find out ...

First, I started with not just ground beef, but ground Italian sausage (spicy version, of course).  I love eating this stuff, especially for breakfast.  But it is rather oily ... so I think it's not the best suited for this application.  Spread it out like a crust (rectangular is optional but easiest since most of the packages of ground meat come in a rectangle) and put it in the oven at 350 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes, until browned like this:

Yeah ... a bit too much oil there for my tastes, so I soaked some of it up with some paper towels.

While the ground sausage was cooking, I sauteed some chopped shallots over medium heat with a little butter until they were cooked through.

Then I spread some tomato sauce, grated cheese, and the sauteed shallots on top of the ground (cooked) sausage base.  Back into the oven at 350 for approx 8 minutes!

Fresh out of the oven - mm looks really tasty!

I have to say, this was quite delicious.  I would definitely make this again (and I have!).  It makes me not miss pizza that much.  A couple of variables I have played with:
 - Trying to get the bottom of the "crust" more done
 - Using less fatty meat so that the bottom is more crust-like
 - Adding different cooked and raw toppings

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quick Slow Cooker Dinner

Using a slow cooker is a great way to save time and money, especially in winter, when stews are awesome.  Coming home to a hot meal that requires no preparation after a long day of work is so so nice.

Quick and easy!  I whipped out these ingredients in the morning - leeks, celery, carrots, and stew meat.  Chop chop chop!

Everything into the slow cooker with some salt and pepper and butter (of course).  Set on low and leave for work!

After work - voila!  Tasty meal for all of 10 minutes of prep work.  I think I set my slow cooker to shut off to the "warm" state after about 8-10 hours.

Here's a picture with the flash in case you don't like the other picture.