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things I've made recently that were awesome [May. 11th, 2010|06:13 pm]
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I made Pork Loin Chops with Mushroom Chutney the other week, which I got via the weekly newsletter of The Splendid Table. It was quite easy and quite flavorful. I used boneless pork chops and balsamic vinegar with less sugar instead of red wine vinegar. My only problem was overcooking the pork chops. Damn, boneless meat cooks so much faster! I loved the combination of the prunes and the mushrooms (I used shiitake). Yum.

On another day I made the Garlic and Herb Tomatoes from the cookbook Barefoot Contessa at Home, and felt like I'd died and gone to heaven. Burst of garlicky goodness is love. I didn't follow the proportions of the recipe because I didn't have an entire pint of tomatoes and I didn't have any thyme on hand, but I don’t think it matters. Just add GOBS OF GARLIC and everything will be good.

I borrowed Harumi's Japanese Cooking by a cookbook author who seemed to be highly regarded online, Harumi Kurihara. Flipping through the cookbook I was underwhelmed for the most part. There just weren't recipes I wanted to cook. I ended up making one recipe, Beef and Vegetable Rolls. Okay, this recipe? Is awesome. It was a bit of a hassle (gotta steam the veggies first then saute with beef) but man oh man was it good. The sauce was so tasty! Definitely put a good amount of the ichimi togarashi. I might try making something else out of this book, but I may not. The only other recipes that make me look twice require deep frying, which I dislike doing after accidentally spilling hot oil on the floor after making tonkatsu once.

I need to get into the habit of taking pictures of my food. I'm just not a camera person. :P

[User Picture]From: flyby311
2010-05-12 06:23 am (UTC)
Mmm, sounds tasty. I'll probably try that tomato thing tomorrow. XD
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-05-13 06:28 am (UTC)
Oh, it is awesome. Enjoy!
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[User Picture]From: leviosa8
2010-05-12 07:56 am (UTC)
"I need to get into the habit of taking pictures of my food. I'm just not a camera person."

Just do it! It takes less than one minute. I am far more interested in the pictures of my friends' cooking than in those a pro has taken for a culinary website. ; )
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-05-13 06:29 am (UTC)
The thing is that I don't remember to take a picture before I eat it. It just doesn't occur to me to take a pic of things in general. :P
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