Lasagna rolls

I was browsing the C + C Marriage Factory, and came upon her Spinach Lasagna Rolls.  They looked delicious, so I thought I might try them out.

Since we are hard core meat eaters, I altered the recipe a bit.

What you need:  lasagna noodles, 1 package frozen chopped spinach, 15 oz. Ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan, 1 egg, 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage, salt and pepper, shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce.

I preheated the oven at 375°.

Combine the spinach, Ricotta, Parmesan, egg, Italian sausage (cooked, of course), salt and pepper.  Spread the mixture on cooked lasagna noodles, and roll.

Cover the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish with tomato sauce, place rolls in, and cover rolls in tomato sauce, and mozzarella.  We like to keep mozzarella around the house, so I don’t really know how much I used, but the original recipe said 1 tbsp per roll.

For better pictures, go to Christina’s post.  I kept an eye on the rolls once they went into the oven, and pulled them out when the cheese was nicely melted.  I’d say around 30 – 40 minutes.

As for the tomato sauce, I don’t have the ambition to make my own, but I do have a favorite jar sauce.

I like to mix together the Carmelized Onion and Roasted Garlic with the Fire Roasted Tomato and Garlic from Classico.  I think mixing the two sauces tastes better.

But I’m sure making your own would taste even more better.

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Korean Thanksgiving

Ok, so this a lot late, but last Wednesday was Korean Thanksgiving.  The hubs and I went to Colorado Springs to visit my mom and dad.  I only got to take a few pictures before we sat down and ate, and I actually didn’t get pics of the main dishes, like the ribs and fish, because I was too busy stuffing my face and basking in the glow of my mom’s cooking.  My bad.

Here we have my mom’s homemade kimchi.  I swear I’m going to go down the next time she makes it to take photos.  She always tells me afterward.. “Oh, I made some kimchi yesterday, want to come by and get some?”

Then we have sesame leaves.  My dad has a super green thumb and plants a garden every year.  Sadly, I did not inherit his green thumb, and can make a plant wither and die by looking at it.  The leaves are left raw, and smothered in a garlic/pepper flake mixture.  It’s really fragrant, and there is nothing else like it, so I’m sorry, but I have no comparisons for you.

My mom made a little salad, with a dressing that my husband absolutely loves.  I’ve tried making it, but he says it’s not as good as hers.  And like I’ve said before, my mom eyeballs everything, so if I ask her how to make it, she just tells me to mix it all together and add more of this and that until it tastes good.  Not helpful!  Seriously, her measuring instructions include, until it covers the bottom of the bowl, or until it’s a little salty – that’s not a measurement!  Anywho, the dressing inlcudes balsamic vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, Korean red pepper flakes, and dashi.

And the last picture I took before committing the sin of gluttony.  A Korean ‘pancake’.  Korean pancake batter (comes premixed, like Bisquick), chives (that my dad grew), and sliced jalapeños (that my dad grew).  Fried in a generous amount of oil, and cut up into squares.  There’s a dipping sauce that goes with it, but I didn’t get a pic.

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Korean Steamed Chicken

First off, it’s not really steamed.  It’s the name my mom anointed it with, and I’m just translating it.  Deal.

The ladies in my family suck at measuring.  They eyeball.  And so I eyeball.  So if you feel like making this, adjust to your liking.

What you need: whole cut-up chicken, sesame oil, soy sauce, water, Bonito fish soup stock, Korean chili powder, garlic, potatoes, onion, jalapeño peppers.

I went to the supermarket and picked up a chicken.  It will have the spine and giblets in there too, but I usually don’t use them.

So take the chicken out, and boil.  Since the skin is still on, it will render out some of the fat.

Meanwhile, mix together 3 – 4 tablespoons of sesame oil, 1 – 1.5 cups of soy sauce, 2 – 2.5 cups of water, 1.5 teaspoon of fish stock, 2 – 3 generous tablespoons of Korean chili powder (depending on how much heat you like), 2 tablespoons of minced garlic.  Mix it together, and take a small taste.  Dip your little pinky in there, or use a spoon; just give it a taste.  It should be a bit salty, garlic-y, with a hint of sesame oil and some heat.  You don’t want it too salty, because it will boil down and the flavors will concentrate.

Now, peel and chop your potatoes.  If you are potato crazy like me, you’d use 6 or 7.  If you are normal, you’d use around 4 or 5.  I just quartered them.  I cut the onion into eighths, but I had a massive onion.  So go with one giant monster onion, or two regular sized ones.  As for the jalapeños, I used 3 because they were a bit hot.  If they’re mellow, you could use more.  Oh, and cut off the stem.

Drain your chicken, put it back in the pot, and pour the mixture on top.  The mixture should come up about halfway.  Bring it to a boil, then lower the heat to medium low, and let it do it’s thing for a few minutes.  I do stand there and essentially baste the chicken.

Now toss in the potatoes, onion and jalapeños.  Mix it around a bit to get everything coated.  Then cover.  I move things around every few minutes to make sure everything get cooked evenly and gets equal exposure to the sauce.

Once the potatoes are done, then it’s time to eat.  I like to just serve it with rice, of course.

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My comfort food

My grandma was poor.  Like, raised 7 kids during a war kind of poor.  Needless to say that she didn’t have a whole lot of luxuries, and sometimes food would be a luxury that she couldn’t afford.  So she made do with what was cheap and available.

And out of necessity came this little dish that’s become something that her kids and grandkids make when you want something quick and easy.  I quite literally can’t think of anyone in her bloodline that has not eaten or made this.  I call it lazy man’s fried rice, because well, you never fry the rice.

All the measuring is done with the spoon you will be eating with, because I didn’t just decide I hate doing dishes – it was inherited.

What you need: rice, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, seasoned and roasted seaweed (I guess this could be optional).

Yeah, that’s it.  Fry up the egg (sunny side up, and however many you want depending on your hunger level), put it on the rice, pour on some sesame oil and soy sauce to taste, sprinkle on some seaweed, and you’re good to go.

I think of it as ugly delicious.  Because once you mix it up, it looks pretty ugly.

It’s not much, but it reminds me of my grandma, and that always warms my heart.

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Grapes

The other day, my momma came by and dropped off a bunch of goodies from H Mart.  Among the various groceries, there were grapes.  These aren’t your normal pop ’em off and eat them kind of grapes.  You gotta work for these grapes.  You have to put in a little bit of effort to eat them.

They are a variation of Concord grapes and are really popular in Asian countries.  In fact, when my mom first moved here, and got some grapes from the store, she was flustered because she couldn’t peel them.

These specifically are Niabell grapes.  Kyoho grapes are also really similar.  But with both types, you have to get the flesh out of the skin.  The skin is edible, but not that great, kind of like a watermelon rind is edible, but not that great.  You get?  They’re also seeded.

The trick is to put half the grape into your mouth, and then apply a little bit of pressure with your fingers to get the flesh out.

Be sure to eat these with a little bowl nearby so you can discard the skins and spit out the seeds.  They definitely taste like grapes, but juicier and a bit more sour.

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The easiest thing you’ll ever make

Garlic mayo.  When I was sifting through the internet for a garlic mayo recipe and saw this one, I almost fell out of my chair due to happiness.  It is so ridiculously easy, that you look at it and say, DUH.  So here it is:

Garlic Mayo

1 cup mayo, 2 cloves garlic minced

Mix

I even took pictures if you felt like it was too complicated.

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A trip down memory lane

Since I’m a loser, and haven’t made dinner the last few nights, I have nothing to share with you.

So I’ve decided to take you on a trip down memory lane.  August of 2009, I took a trip to Korea with my mom to visit my family.  And while there, I pigged out like you wouldn’t believe.  I made trips to the store and markets with my Aunt and couldn’t stop taking pictures to share with my husband (he couldn’t make it).

This is the first night there.  What better way to celebrate than to eat??

Delivered fried chicken in a spicy sauce.  EVERYTHING is deliver-able.  Even McDonald’s.  You read that correctly, delivered McDonald’s.

Something that grosses out my husband.  Dried squid.  I call it squid jerky.  My husband calls it disturbing.

Fresh fish at the outdoor marketplace.

Fresh peppers at the market.  This is kind of my fav photo.  See that little lady in the corner?  I don’t know her, but doesn’t she look amused by me?

The revolving sushi bar.  Where your sushi comes to you.  You pick the plate as it comes around, and the color of the plate tells you how much the plate is.

Banana milk.  Chocolate milk and strawberry milk can’t touch this.  This is the Best.Milk.Ever.

Delivered Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet).  I told you everything was delivered.  Even the plates and silverware.  Once you’re done, you place them outside your door, and they’ll come pick it up later.

Different types of seaweed.

Different types of kimchi.

The pictures aren’t the best quality, because all I had was my little digital camera, but click on them for a bigger view.

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Jager Schnitzel

On Saturday, the hubs and I went to Helga’s German Restaurant and Deli in Aurora, CO to try it out.  We both got the Jager schnitzel and I got Spatzle and grilled tomato with cheese while he got Spatzle and Kroketten (fried potato dumpling) for our sides.

So yeah, it was huge and it was pretty good.  Their Jager schnitzel  is rolled in flour and grilled, then braised in a Hunter’s sauce (gravy, white wine, mushrooms and tomato sauce with other goodness) and served with fried onions and mushrooms.

All in all it was pretty good, and I definitely want to go back for their bratwurst sampler.  So our verdict for dinner was:

Jager shnitzel = good

Spatzle = mediocre

Kroketten = good

.5 liter of beer = good

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Daffy apples

I’m not super into Halloween.  Never really have been.  But the one thing that I absolutely love about this time of year, is the fact that my local grocery store starts carrying Daffy Apples.  I was first introduced to them in college, and have been in love with them since.

Their red candy apple is my favorite, because it’s a soft caramel-y candy apple.. yum.

I think I could eat it for dinner and be happy.  Seriously.

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Sunflower cupcakes

While my culinary past is littered with failure and defeat, I do have a few things up my sleeve that I’m proud of.  Not because they are excellent, but because they turned out looking ok, and were edible.  That equals success in my book.

Behold my Sunflower cupcakes:

I got the idea from Hello, Cupcake! and kinda sorta pulled it off, but am happy with the results nonetheless.

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