Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cooking With Us - e34 - Beef Stew

With Avocado - coup de grace!
Over arugula, before adding avocado :)
Hi all!!

I know it's been a while, but we've had a heck of a lot going on lately!

Still, once I'd made this stew the first go round I knew it would be a perfect Cooking With Us post :D

The images you see show how it looked the first time, and the colors of the first attempt were just gorgeous!

^ Also from the first time!
So maybe Theron was right, and I added too many beans this go-round.

Even still, it's a delicious treat, which (I'm guessing here) takes about 40 minutes to chop up everything for it if you're doing it on your own, and about 6 hours to cook in the slow cooker.

All the same, it's so worth it!

As always, watch hi-res, full screen, and Please Share and Subscribe!
And if you make it, let me know how it turns out! :)

The photo essay, recipe, and transcript follow.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cooking With Us - e33 - Cauliflower Cheese Things

This past Sunday, my crazy husband decided he was going to do his first podcast all by himself.
He recorded it with his iphone, and edited it in Avid - his first time editing!
I think he did a great job for it being his first editing gig ^^
Also, these 'Cauliflower Cheese Things,' as he titled them, are delicious!

Yes, the first part of the audio is in reverse, because he's crazy.
And yes, it got on my nerves... but he's a cutie, and my sweetie, so I could only be mad for...
a little while ;)

Watch and enjoy!

Some photos and a link to a jumping-off point recipe after the cut.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cooking With Us - e32 - Fig Stuffed Pork Tenderloin


Thanks to my amazing friend's reminder,
"Isn't it time for another KumoCafe? I miss seeing them..."
So - we have another Cooking with Us for you guys!

Ok, granted, I did put up a photo post recently, so that qualifies as seeing a post ;D 

(And you should really check it out if you haven't - b/c Pasta Puttanesca is amazing!)
But you all certainly must miss watching our glorious skillz in the kitchen, right?

So this time, thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration, we knocked out a perfectly awesome new recipe.

This beauty is a pork tenderloin stuffed with roasted garlic, gorgonzola cheese, sage
and figs which have soaked in bourbon, 
then wrapped with twine, and covered with rosemary, thyme, and oregano. 

Can we say yummy?  

Yes indeed!

So, per usual, click the video, high res and full screen it, and share -
for the love of that is all that is good, share!
And subscribe.
Also - I'm always interested in feedback and ideas.

More info on music, pix etc, after the jump!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pasta Puttanesca with Theron's Homemade Egg Pasta!

Greeting, friends!

It's definitely been longer than I'd intended between blog posts, and that's my bad!  Sorry!

Theron and I have been rather busy traveling to Chicago and Texas for the holidays, getting over being sick, and then celebrating Christmas and New Years Eve with our friend Leigh who I hadn't seen in seven months!

Belated-Christmas and on-time New Years Eve with Leigh

Home-made Pasta Puttanesca!
To the right, you can see the delicious pasta puttanesca we made this weekend.  By we, I really mean Theron. It was his at-home date for me, but more on that later.

For Christmas I got him pasta attachments for his kitchen-aid mixer, and all Saturday evening he was literally just like a little kid playing with a new toy!

It was fun to see him so happy, and happy to see the results turn out so well!  This is an amazing dish, and you certainly don't have to make the pasta yourselves!  But since we did, let's start with that!

If you want to skip the pasta and go straight to the sauce (you'll be skipping some cute pix of my hubby!) click here.

The Pasta

We made a simple egg-pasta recipe that came in the manual for the kitchen aid attachments.
You start with four large eggs.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Cooking with Us - e31 - Fruit Tarts

Woot Woot!

Hi Guys!

Today marks the two year anniversary of
my first blog post ever on KumoCafe.com!

So I busted my bum to make an update ready for today!  In the following video, Brigly and I tried our hands at fruit tarts, for the first time ever!

As you can see on the right, they weren't the most perfect, but they were still darn good.
- A valiant first effort, if we do say so ourselves!

Please watch the video in full screen, Hi-res, and of course - share, subscribe, and comment!

When you're taking on a job as big as a pastry
(you guys know I cannot bake!)
it's important to have the right helper.
As you can see, Brigly is making sure the butter is at room temperature.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cooking With Us - e30 - Brussel Sprout Butternut Squash Stir Fry

Ahoy mateys!

This time I did an off the cuff stir fry using somewhat seasonal veggies, and it turned out darn good and healthy!

Also, I cooked some chicken in Mrs. Renfro's salsa - which if you haven't tried - is fantastic!
(The salsas, but cooking with them rocks too!)

As you can see from the video still - I'm a big Mrs. Renfro's fan!
This is a short one which I enjoyed making with Mr. Brigly.
It gave us some quality time to cook together before the big puppy got home! ;)

As always: share & subscribe... After you, of course, watch this in high-res n full screen!

More info/pix/etc after the jump!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cooking With Us: e29: Beet and Chickpea Salad

Hola gang!

Welcome to another episode of Cooking With Us!

This time we decided to make something super healthy using beets - which is typically thought of as a summer vegetable, but is pretty grow-able all year round, especially in more northern climes!

So I made a "salad" of sorts using beets, chickpeas, and a variety of other goodies!
What you get is something healthy, flavorful and delicious served warm or cold!

Below is the video you should watch High-res, full screen, and like, and share! And subscribe ;D

As always, the photo essay, recipe, and transcript are after the jump!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cooking with Us: e28: Ness's Chardonnay Cupcakes

Hi Gang!
Guess what?
If the title didn't tell you how awesome this is already,
you're in for a super-delicious treat!
My twin sister visited and we made her exceptionally awesome 
jam-filled chardonnay cupcakes with powdered sugar frosting!

Twinkies! And Cupcakes! ;D
Now, I know I am always telling you to watch the video high rez and full screen,
 but this time you really do have to! 
How could you miss out on our awesome opening song and dance number?
Or our cracking up in the middle?
Or Brigly in a top hat?
Need I say more?

I left the original image thumbnail youtube chose (I was planning to use the image above) because it was so darn cute!

After the break, the photo-recipe, recipe, and transcript.
As always, share and subscribe!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cooking with Us: e27: Teriyaki Salmon

For a long time I've had this recipe pinned on my food board on Pinterest!

Teriyaki salmon with sriracha cream sauce, topped with green onions!  What's not to love?

Especially since we caught the salmon ourselves! 

Coming up on Cooking With Us - a really delicious recipe with a bit of a controversial ending (which I found funny!)

I entreat you guys to watch Hi-res, full screen, share, subscribe, and please try and make this yourselves, I would love to know your opinions!

From fresh caught to cooked up!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pizza with Mushroom Cream Sauce, Corn, Ham and Basil!

Hello, Beautiful!
As you might have guessed by now, my video posts are far and away my favorite. Maybe because, in what sometimes feels like another life, I was a video editor for TV shows for 10+ years, and also just because I think they're fun to make, and I love to edit them!

However, for the greater good of all you food lovers out there, I could *not* let our latest creation slip by without sharing!

We didn't photo it to be a post, but I just had to share the fantastic-ness that is the 'mushroom cream sauce, corn, ham, and basil pizza'!

My husband started by making dough from this recipe:

To which he also added equal amounts of dried oregano, basil, and garlic powder. 
It turned out quite good!
(Yes, we made three small pizzas that night, but I am just sharing the most interesting!)