Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cooking With Us - e46 - Campfire Beer Brats

Since September 12th was Theron's 35th birthday, we decided to go on a camping trip!
Theron thought it would be fun to shoot a 'Cooking with Us' the night we arrived,
so we turned to a friend's suggestion that was very exciting to Theron:
brats (and cheese) cooked in beer!

 The fact it was in the 40's and basically pitch black outside while we cooked
over a persnickety campfire made it difficult to say the least!
But, the end result definitely paid off!

As you can see from this still, our brats cooked gorgeously!
Please watch it full screen, high-res, and share!
Also, make these! You won't regret it! 
Well, your waistline might :)

 You have to agree this looks amazing and fun!
Jump right in after the cut :)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cooking With Us - e45 - Coconut Milk Stew

Original stew, leftovers.
Hola Gang!
I'm gonna try to make this update short and sweet.

About a week or so ago I made a coconut milk stew from somewhere in the depths of my imagination.  
Leftovers: first stew on bottom, second on top
Theron had just bought a rice cooker and decided to make Jasmine rice to go with it, so I wound up cooking my stew for a couple hours in a pressure cooker while waiting for him to clean the new rice cooker and prep the rice.
I used the same (from what I remember!) recipe to make the following stew, but the two stews were completely different, predominately, I think, due to cook-time.

Theron liked the prior stew more, I think because it had  a more homogeneous, sweet flavor.
I preferred the second one for the exact opposite reasons: each distinct flavor seemed highlighted more.

Either way, it's a great stew, and good both ways - so cook it for one to two hours, and see which you prefer! - Remember, this timing is based on using a pressure cooker.

Watch the video full screen, high res, share, subscribe.

Here's another gorgeous photo of our delicious, colorful stew:

 Photo essay, recipe, and transcript after the jump.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cooking With Us - e44 - Thai Style Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hey gang,
Sorry it's been a while since my last update.  Life has once again gotten in the way!
In fact I have shot about five and edited one show that I decided I didn't like enough to use.

Thankfully, Nee, as usual, pulled me out of my rut and not only gave me a delicious snack and fun video to share with you guys, she also invaded our house with a bevy of college gals from Thailand who were here doing a work program.  My house was full of foreign chatter and lots of giggles. For a while, everything sounded like a really fun anime!

So, today I share with you hard-boiled eggs served with Thai sauce. So darn good.
And you may not believe me, but I am seriously the furthest thing from an egg fan!
However, these eggs were so good that Theron and I made them again last night!

The ones we served when the group was over are pictured on the top right!
Theron, of course, decided to take out half the yolk and put the sauce inside. He's clever, that one.
So the bottom-pictured egg was what we ate as part of our dinner last night :)

Here is the video! Subscribe, share, and above all: enjoy!

Photos and recipe after the jump:)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cooking with Us - e43 - Two Grilled Cheese Paninis

Corned beef and cabbage
This time we have a treat for you!  Well, two treats, but one - in my humble opinion - just turned out way better than the other.  (Though I think I might try the first again.)

What did we make? 
First, we tackled a corned beef and cabbage grilled cheese sandwich using Irish cheddar that we 'panini'd' on the bbq pit.

Roasted carrots with havarti

Second, we successfully made a surprisingly delicious roasted carrot, pickle, and jalapeno grilled cheese with havarti.  This one was better also because after we 'panini'd' it on the pit, we popped it into the toaster to crunch-ify the bread.  I couldn't get over how good this was. And I think, when you try it, you'll have to agree!

I hope you guys try these, b/c while they were slightly time-consuming, 
they were also really fun to make, and uber-delectable.

The video is longer than usual as it contains Go-Pro, drone shots, and a little slow-mo.
Also, lots of rad music I hope you enjoy!
(Hi-res, full screen, and subscribe - you can subscribe by email on the right.)

See how much fun we were having?
Stick around for awesome pix:
ie: Drone shots and Brigly ;)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cooking With Us - e42 - Club Sandwich & Tamagoyaki

Last week we attempted remaking a club sandwich
similar to a fantastic one we had at Komptoir in Paris.

Ours weren't nearly the same,
but after tasting Theron's - I can say that his *was* fantastic!
I can also admit I have no idea how to make sandwiches!
(Which... you know... has actually been evidenced in prior blogs;)

Here is a delicious club sandwich with Tamagoyaki..
Also, here is an awesome recipe for tamagoyaki! ;D

Please watch this guy full screen, high res, and as usual: Subscribe!

On the bottom left is what the one in Paris looked like ;D

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cooking With Us - e41 - Baked Peaches

Hi gang!
I know we didn't have a 4th of July update this year, 
but what's more American than baked peaches?
(Oh, Apple Pie? Well...)

Anyways ;) 
The other day, we made some pretty great baked peaches with our friend Leigh.
Grab a few, some marscapone, heavy cream, almonds, and honey - and get to baking!

(As usual, watch this high-res, full screen, and subscribe by going to the bottom of my blog's home page, or via my youtube channel)

I'm getting way ahead of myself with this photo, but it's one of my faves from the day!

Read on for the photo recipe, plain ol' recipe, and transcript!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cooking With Us - e40 - Bánh Mì Spring Rolls


Another Monday - Another recipe that is sure to lift your spirits!

This time we jumped right in and made what I like to think of as Bánh mì Spring Rolls (or summer/fresh rolls if you prefer, as we didn't fry them).

We added lots of fresh veggies and fried strips of beef to make this delicious, light, and mostly-healthy dish!
Eat this as your dinner, or serve them as appetizers.
Either way, you won't be disappointed!

Watch hi-res, full screen, and subscribe!

As always, the photo-post, recipe, and transcript follow ^^
As well as cute pix of Brigly!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cooking With Us - e39 - Ghetto Pasta Puttanesca

Ciao! Benvenuto!

This time on 'Cooking with Us' I had a request from my hubby, Theron, to make
pasta!  He was already on his way home from work when I started,
so I just worked with ingredients I found around the house.

What I wound up with was a rather good, simple puttanesca sauce,
moist chicken, and, well, pasta from a box!

Please watch full res and full screen.

Like the font I chose for this one? ;)
Orelay, vatos!

This is really good, as you can probably tell from the inserted image above!
Now, on with the photo-recipe post!

This will be your finished product!
(And was what Theron's looked like before he covered it with cheddar cheese. Oh the humanity!)

Honestly, adding cheese didn't ruin it, it just made it creamier.
That's fine, but I prefer to let the ingredients speak for themselves.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cooking With Us - e38 - Nee's Fried Eggs

Fried eggs, spinach, and jalapenos

Hey guys!

Happy Monday!

To try and make your Monday a little more bright,
I am putting up a quick and simple recipe that
our friend Saowanee made a couple weeks ago as a side dish to her husband's Chicken and Pork Adobo, which I featured in our last update.

This is a really simple treat to prepare, and works just as well as a side dish as it would for 
a breakfast omelet (or dinner omelet, if that's your thing!).

As always, please watch hi-res, full screen, and share!

As you can see, this is a gorgeous and simple dish!

Photo-essay, recipe, and transcript follow!
Also: I'm going to try to keep updates coming every Monday and Thursday - so, here's to that!
Cheers :D

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cooking With Us - e37 - Jim's Chicken and Pork Adobo

Hello, kumusta?
(how are you?)

Today on the blog - Jimbo finally got to make his Chicken and Pork Adobo!  
He learned this recipe from his ex-girlfriend in the Philippines, and has been bragging about it
for over a year and a half!

It is pretty simple to prepare (if you don't mind chopping garlic)! And super tasty!

Please watch the video, as always, in Hi-res & full screen - and share, share alike!

Isn't that image just the cutest?
I definitely wanted to learn this recipe I'd heard so much about!

After the jump is a photo-recipe, a brief history lesson, and of course, the recipe and transcript!

Masiyahan kayo sa inyong pagkain ;)
(Enjoy your meal!)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cooking With Us - e36 - Hamburgers


Theron's Burgers
And no, I haven't been watching too much Magnum P.I. (*coughs*).
OK, OK... My little cousin is in Hawaii right now and just took a flight on a replica chopper from the show, so maybe I have been binge watching that 1980's classic! ;)

Either way, that has nothing to do with these super-fantastic burgers we cooked up last week!
One of my 2 burgers!

These hamburgers were made the way my mom always made them when my sis and I were growing up (by putting stuff in the beef before cooking, of course!) Theron and I, however, have rather different takes on toppings.

That really doesn't matter when you're starting with such a great base, though - excellently flavored ground beef!

And since I decided not to slack today, a photo post will follow the video.

As always: Hi-res, full screen, and - please subscribe and tell your buddies!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cooking With Us - e35 - Cornbread

Hello gang!,

I know it's been a while since we've posted one of these!  Sorry about that. We meant to do some in Europe and never got around to it. (Dining out was too much fun^^)

At any rate, we've eaten cabbage & potatoes with sausage twice since we've been back, and Tuesday Theron made cornbread from my mom's recipe/non-recipe ;)

Here is the video - in 4k taken with my Samsung Galaxy S6 - so definitely watch it full screen and Hi-Res :D

I am not going to do a photo post with this one like I traditionally do, because I edited it in Premiere and don't feel like dealing with it ;D

Yes, I know - I'm lazy!

Here is a photo of everything all together (cornbread slices on the left):

The recipe itself is pretty simple:

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.