Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cooking With Us - e23 - Ness's Awesome Pizzas!!

My sister, not the results, crazers!
Welcome back everybody!

Y'all are in for a special treat today!

My gorgeous, talented, and much more well-spoken twin sister Vanessa decided to shoot an episode of Cooking With Us for me over the weekend!

Lo and behold - the results look absolutely delicious!!

She made two simply fantastic looking pizzas, and I can't wait to try and make them myself!

I'm guessing y'all will feel the same!

Below is the video, which of course you should watch in high-res and full screen!
And share!
She did a knock-out job, and Justin did pretty dang good as well as her cameraman. 

Thanks you two!

Tell me that's not the best youtube cover photo EVER?  

Since it gives you a sneak peak at both finished products, and my sister again, everything else will, as always, be after the jump!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cooking With Us - e22 - Chicken and Sausage Kabob BBQ

Hey guys! 
And Happy (early) 4th of July!

To the right you can see the final product of the podcast we shot this past Sunday - chicken and sausage shish kabobs!

They were delicious (of course!)
and the podcast was really a blast to make.

I thought this might be a great thing to put up now, so you could have some new, super tasty BBQ inspiration for the 4th!

I admit, editing this podcast cracked me up. There were so many fun moments I couldn't put in because of length, but I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed editing it!

(As always, please view in high res, full screen, and then share! Share on FB, Google+, email, wherever!  And photos, the recipe, and the transcript are after the jump!)


 Always start by smiling ^^

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cooking With Us - E21 - Fancy Grilled Cheese

Hi Gang - ready for another short but sweet (er, savory) episode of Cooking With Us?
What if I told you it involves one of America's most beloved foods - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?
With a bit of a twist of course - we got a little fancy... and a little spicy!

It's always important to have inspiration - which is what the picture on the top right is.
Our inspiration comes from a 'speak-easy' style restaurant tucked away in Culver City, California.
Props to my sister Vanessa for introducing me to it, and their hot (meaning killer spicy)
grilled cheese sandwich!

Below, follow along with our super easy recipe and layering.
Theron's sandwich won our little contest - so it gets to be featured ;)

Uprez, Full Screen - Enjoy!

Photo-essay, recipe, and transcript after the jump! =)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cooking With Us: e20: Lard Nar (awesome chicken stew!)

 Welcome to:

We have a fun and enlightening podcast for you!!
Wanna make Thai-style comfort food?
Here you go!!

This time the main course was Lard Na - so much like comfort food!!

 This is what you're plate will look like if you do it right! 
And Saowanee aint lyin' when she says you'll not be able to stop eating!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cooking With Us - E19 - Fried Shrimp Rolls

Awesome fried garlic-shrimp rolls!
What's that?
Our friend Saowanee's back in town?

Well, you just have to know that means another amazing episode of Cooking With Us!

(Or two in this case, as I split them up again!)

The appetizer we're sharing today is super simple to make and equally delicious.  It's like it was made for parties!

If that above photo of the finished product in a pile doesn't do it for you, maybe the following will.

Dishes from Pier 1 a few years ago, finally put to use!!
Gorgeous, am I right?
Nee put the shrimp rolls in bowls on top of chili garlic sauce because we love spicy food, 
but they can also be served just as deliciously with sweet and sour sauce, etc.

Here comes the video - How to make Fried Shrimp Rolls!
As usual, watch full-res and full-screen. 
Comment, share, and get cooking!

As always, a photo post, recipe, and transcript follow!

And as always, it never hurts to have some friends around to show you a new recipe!
Or to just carry you around your kitchen ;)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cooking With Us - E18 - Peach Pies

Welcome all,
And rejoice! 
For your favorite episodic cooking show on Youtube is back: Cooking With Us!
This time I had a little too much fun with some of my effects in Avid, but was inspired, as can be seen in the image below, by a photo on Pinterest!
Nichole and Josh helped Theron and I out the first go-round!
We set out to make individually pie-crust-wrapped peaches,
 and after only one failed attempt, we wound up with a truly delicious dessert!

Below is the video where you can see Theron, myself, and our awesome Couchsurfer from Vancouver enjoying the fruits (and pastry) of our labor!

You know the drill: Hi-res, full screen, and share!

Our final product looked thusly:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Cooking With Us - E17 - Feta Burger

Finished product, from above
Howdy Everyone!

Sorry that it's been a few weeks, but are you ready for another episode of Cooking With Us?

I went to the market having really no idea what I wanted to make, but somewhere along the way I decided I'd make a sirloin burger with feta, as well as dried red pepper sauce, avocado, cilantro, and mushrooms!

Also, I was really excited and wanted to show off my new shirt ;)


Yes, it may have been a while in coming, but I finally have an 'Official' KumoCafe shirt.


Isn't it awesome?

Now, the only thing wrong with our burger turned out to be the meat, which I bought pre-made at our favorite local meat market. Sadness!
What was wrong with it?  It was just... well... boring!
I mean plain meat is rather plain, after all, isn't it?

Here comes the video, which you should, as always, watch full screen, in high-res, and of course - share everywhere!

Did I mention I was proud of my shirt? 
Yeah, the back has my URL on it. Woohoo!! 

Now, on to the cooking!

First things first: Making the red pepper sauce!

This is what the delicious, home-made sauce will look like when you're done!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cooking With Us - E16 - Chimney Cakes

Working hard in Romania!
This time on Cooking With Us,
we "tried, tried again" to make the awesome dessert known as
Kürtőskalács or Chimney Cakes!  

Üdvözöljük!  To another episode of Cooking With Us!

A little background:

I first had the delicious treat known as 'Chimney Cake' when I visited Cluj-Napoca, Romania back in 2009. 

Cluj-Napoca is located in the Transylvanian region of Romania, where chimney cakes come from!

They now sell 'chimney cakes' in Prague, where my entire family recently tried them, but trust me - those chimney cakes are utter frauds!  So we just had to do something about it!

Luckily, after trial and error, we have a very good recipe to share with you!  And hopefully, some fairly entertaining photos:)

This is what success looks like, people!  - After many attempts, and buying a new 
rotisserie toaster oven, we ended up with a delicious chimney cake!

But back in 2009, it was by sheer luck (some may call it fate?) that on a random evening stroll, a couple of new friends and I happened upon a street vendor selling just that pastry! 

The Chimney Cake!

My search for this tasty treat would never end... and my life would never be the same!

 (Cue dramatic music!)

 Now, please enjoy the video below of our crazy endeavor to recreate the Chimney Cake.

As usual, I suggest watching it in high res and full screen - and share, share alike (or share and like?)!

I told you my husband is crazy - here he is with our second attempt at Chimney Cakes!
Granted, it was 2 in the morning!

You guys like the music I used?  Me too!
I will tell you more about the band and link to their page and music after the post! ^^

 Before you make your chimney cake, envision yourself in the region of its birth: Transylvania!
For me, that just meant having fun with my ani-matte and resize tools in Avid ;)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cooking With Us - E15 - Grape Leaf Casserole

Γεια σας!!
or Yassas! 
I love you, a bushel and a peck!

This 'Cooking With Us' Episode is exactly a year old! 

(As is evidenced by my hair color!)

I never finished it back then because I didn't like the ending.
Since then we've had plenty of odd endings to our show, so I thought - what the heck!

Watch it, read about it, and then make it!  (Just don't use too much lemon juice!)

It really is fairly simple, and absolutely delicious!

Per usual - UpRez, Full Screen, and share!
Photos, the recipe, and the transcript follow :)

And here is what you will end up with:

Trust me, it's scrumptious!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cooking With Us - E14 - Wienerschnitzel and German Potato Salad

At the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany!

Theron and I have recently (well, fairly recently now) returned from a three week trip in Europe!

 The last couple spots we visited were Vienna, Austria, and Munich, Germany.  

For this reason, Wienerschnitzel and German-style potato salad were fresh on our minds when trying to think up our next episode of Cooking With Us

Not to mention, Theron just really wanted it!

So we did our best to recreate authentic German potato salad and German/Austrian Wienerschnitzel - the latter being delightfully simple to make, not to mention delicious!

The video is a bit longer than normal, so my apologies for that! 
 Don't forget to uprez and watch full screen. 
(And, as always, please share!!)

Also - the 2nd camera angle is Theron trying out his new canon point and shoot.
The recipe and transcript will follow, as well as a plug for the rad page I got these recipes from!
 (For the most part!)

 And just for a little added incentive, here is what your finished product will look like:

Yummy yummy!