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Feast like the President!

I hope you checked out Katies post about Inaguration Day recipes and drinks for an awesome way to ring in our bright shinny new president. If youre still looking for more ways to celebrate the day, why not eat what Obama and 200 guests ate at the Inauguration Luncheon today? I dug up the menu and recipes for their fabulous feast and thought I would share them with you all!

The Inaugural Luncheon began in 1897 when the Senate Committee on Arrangements gave President McKinley and several guests a luncheon, although the current form of the Inaugural Luncheon did not begin until 1953. The food typically reflects the home states of the new President and Vice President.

The first course was a Seafood Stew filled with Maine Lobster and scallops. It was paired with a Buckhorn Vineyards 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.

The second course was A Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck) served with Sour Cherry Chutney and Molasses Sweet Potatoes. It was paired with a Goldeneye 2005 Pinot Noir.

The third and final course was a classic Apple Cinnamon Sponge Cake with Sweet Cream Clace and it was paired with Korbel Natural’s “Special Inaugural Cuvee” (a California Champagne).

The recipes for all the courses are available as a download from senate.gov, click this link to download the pdf.

Happy Obama Feast!

inauguration day recipes

it’s finally here!  inauguration is tomorrow, and loving themed meals, i couldn’t think of anything better than searching for Obama recipes.

due to the fact that Obama is from Illinois, Chicago style hot dogs are a must!  broil, boil, or steam some all beef hot dogs.  make sure to keep all of the toppings accessible so your guests can add whatever their hearts desire.  add some waffle fries and you’ve got a perfect lunch!

not a big hot dog fan?  you can substitue the all beef hot dog for a tofurky dog or turkey dog!

another great idea is Obama’s Family Chili!

OBAMA’S FAMILY CHILI:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey/beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Grated Cheddar cheese, chopped onions and sour cream, for garnish
  • On medium heat, using a large soup pot, saute onion, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef; brown.In a small bowl, combine spices together into a mixture, and then add to ground turkey or beef mixture. Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer until tomatoes cook down. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated Cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

i found this delicious dessert, titled ‘Michelle Obama’s Apple Cobbler.‘  i am pretty sure that Michelle Obama had nothing to do with this recipe, but it’s definitely a Midwestern treat!  what i love about this recipe is that it goes great with some vanilla ice cream, it’s moist, and perfectly sweet!

MICHELLE OBAMA’S APPLE COBBLER:

Filling:

  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced [or a bag of frozen peeled apples]
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white flour

Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so the spice goes all the way through the apples.

Crust:

  • 3 sheets refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 stick of butter

Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. Roll out three pie crusts real thin — as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the pie crusts and prick a few holes in it. Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 3/4 of a stick of butter around the apples. Use the final 1-1/2 pie crusts to cover the apple mixture entirely (let the pie crust overlap the pan).

Pinch the edges of the dough around the sides of the pan so the mixture is completely covered.

Melt final 1/4 stick of butter and brush all over top of crust.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours — that’s what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. Put the cobbler in the oven and go for a walk, go to the store, or do whatever you have to do around the house. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn’t burn.

need something to wash all of this delicious food down with?  here are some great themed drink ideas:

OBAMA MAMA: Vodka, Kahlua, Coconut Liquer,and Milk over ice.

OBAMA EXPRESS-O: Expresso, Vodka and Baileys.

WASHINGTON APPLE: Apple Pucker, Cranberry Juice, Sprite, and Crown Royal.

TEAM OF RIVALS: Kahlua, Cocoanut rum, Baileys, layered in shot glass.

OBAMA MAMA II: Vodka, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Blue Curreco, Cherry Garnish.

HOPE FLOAT: Baileys, Butterschotch Schnapps, float Creme de Cocoa on top.

of course, with all of my themed ideas, there is a drinking game included!  sip on some of the above mentioned drinks while playing this game:

The Inauguration Day 2009 Drinking Game

Drink Every Time Someone Says:

  • “Historic”
  • “Monumental”
  • “Kennedy”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Change” (as a noun)
  • “Most anticipated inauguration in history”
  • The name of a celebrity who thinks their opinion matters.

Drink Every Time:

  • Joe Biden’s hairplugs are awkwardly noticeable.
  • You see Oprah crying.
  • W glances at his watch.
  • You see a mediocre looking chick with political aspirations in the crowd.
  • Chris Matthews appears to get a boner.
  • You see Obama’s face on a t-shirt.
  • A white guy pretends to know the words to a Black Eyed Peas song.
  • Keith Olbermann comes off as a smug, pretentious asshole.
  • Someone in the crowd passes out.
  • You see a bearded hippie.
  • Jesse Jackson takes credit for Obama’s campaign.
  • A Fox News correspondent speaks in hushed tones with an air of faux patriotism.

hope you enjoy the inaugaration as much as i will!

<3 katie

The solution to stinky garlic hands

The other day I got some products from Rochelle Rose in the mail. Im always a fan of anything handmade that uses natural ingredients, especially body products because they seem to dry my skin out less than the chemical packed popular brands so I was excited to try out this product. What I was most excited about was their Kitchen Cafe Soap which boasted the ability to remove tough cooking odors like garlic, fish and onion from your hands.

Well I love cooking, especially with ingredients like garlic and onion that quite often leave me smelling like garlic bread for hours. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of garlic…other people don’t seem to like it so much and the smell especially does not play nicely with my other perfumes and lotions (garlic and orchid do not smell good together). Ive tried all the tricks to get rid of tough smells like garlic, but none really seem to work that well.

So last night I decided to put Rochelle Rose’s Cafe Kitchen Soap to the test, and not just any test, but the most hardcore test of scent elimination imaginable….Thai Green Seafood Curry. I love making curries but between the onion, garlic, seafood and curry powder, they are the ultimate in stinking up your hands. The curry was delicious, one of the best I’ve ever made but as usual, I had curry hands. So I gave them a quick rinse with the Cafe Kitchen Soap and I was shocked, not a hint of garlic or curry remained! Now granted I don’t have the greatest sense of smell so I used Cesar as a gauge and even he couldn’t detect a hint of garlic. I even crushed some garlic and rubbed it on my hands just to see how good the soap was and it still removed any trace of garlic.

Needless to say Im hooked. The Cafe Kitchen Soap has a happy home in my kitchen window right above the sink. What’s especially nice about the soap is that even though it has a strong spiced coffee smell when you sniff it, it doesn’t leave your hands smelling overly pungent. In fact, the smell is quite subtle and dissipates fairly soon after leaving you with fresh aroma free hands.

Like all of Rochelle Rose’s products, the Cafe Kitchen Soap is made with all natural ingredients including fresh brewed coffee (there’s even some actual coffee beans in the soap! How awesome is that?!). It retails at $6.00 a bar and can be purchased online or in a few select stores. In my opinion this is definitely a must buy for anyone who frequently cooks with smelly ingredients.

The other products I sampled were the Citron Soap and the Mandarin Yuzu Lotion. Both were lovely with mild scents, plus the rustic look of the Citron Soap looks great in my bathroom soap dish.

To learn more about all of Rochelle Rose’s products and order your own bar of soap check out their webpage!

<3 seanalyn

Battlestar Galactica premiere party on Friday…

it’s almost here!  that’s right nerds, Battlestar Galactica (BSG) premieres on Friday!  both seanalyn and i are preparing ourselves for this epic event!  i am hosting a BSG party at my apartment and inviting lots of hungry guests.  seanalyn and i will be brainstorming ideas and recipes for our themed party.

i searched around, found some great ideas online, and added seanalyn & mine:

a frakin’ Battlestar Galactica cake

    Marisa from slashfood.com posted this amazing edible artwork by local baker/artist Zoë Lukas, who is in the process of opening up her own bakery in Philly.  The chocolate devil’s food cake is ‘filled with raspberry jam and ganache, iced with chocolate buttercream and ganache, decorated with chocolate ships and explosions, silver dragees and silver and gold space dust.’

    the Cylon Jack-O-Lantern

    Allison from seriouseats.com posted this incredible masterpiece with a working cylon laser eye.  although not edible, this would make for a great centerpiece at our party!  too bad i’m not that handy at carving pumpkins!

    seanalyn’s idea

    i love it!  she plans on taking the infamous Eye of Jupiter that Starbuck consistently obesses over and making a glorious fruit tart out of it.  (she is so clever!)

    ***pictures of her appetizer will follow after our party

    my idea

    i am thinking of taking those Pillsbury Crossiants, stuffing them with crab & cream cheese, and creating foldovers in the shape of cylon raiders.  i’ll give the illusion of their notable ‘laser eye’ with a slice of red pepper.

    um, we’ll see how this one turns out!

    lastly, the Battlestar Drinking game…

    on this nerdtastic spacecast community forum, i found an awesome thread with some very creative BSG themed drinks, here’s a few i loved:

    1. THE RED DRESS – (AN ODE TO NUMBER SIX)

    · 2 parts Gin

    · 1 part Pomegranate Juice

    · 1 part Cranberry Juice

    · a dash of Grenadine

    Stir and Serve with a touch of ice in a slender Collins glass.

    2. TWISTED MESSIAH – (THE BALTAR COMPLEX)

    · 1 part white Tequila

    · 1 part Ouzo

    · 1 part tomato juice

    · a dash of Worcestershire sauce

    Shake and serve in an old fashioned glass.

    3. SKINJOB – (CYLON LOVER)

    · 1 part Bailey’s Irish cream

    · 1 part Tequila Rose

    · a dash of Amaretto

    Shake and serve in a Shot Glass

    what i loved even more is that there is actually a Battlestar Galactica drinking game with rules and everything!

    please let us know if you have any creative ideas, thoughts, comments, suggestions, etc.  we absolutely love hearing from you!

    <3 katie

Thankgiving recipes…with a twist

As I posted last week, we are planning an epic endeavor…Bacon Wrapped Turducken. Now man and woman cannot live on bacon bird alone…we need side dishes. Now we cannot do with instant mashed potatoes, no we are going for recipes with a twist on the traditional. Whether they are a unique family recipe or a new creation. Here are a few of the sides I am planning on making.

Mashed Cauliflower

I want to make this partly to try and attempt to balance out the Turducken (ok honestly nothing will balance out that besides some diet pills and exlax) but also just to have a bit different flavor than plain potatoes. Personally I’ve always loved mashed cauliflower just because its got a better taste than boring plain potatoes. My recipe is adapted from Dani Spires L’s Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream ( prefer light sour cream)
  • 1 cup chives or green onions finely diced
  • ¼ cup of Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika

Boil the cauliflower until it is soft…be sure not to overcook! About 8 minutes should be enough.  Allow the cauliflower to cool a bit then dump it in a blender with the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the paprika and chives.  Blend until everything is smooth then transfer back into a pot.  Stir until everything is warm then stir in the chives/green onion.  Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with paprika.

You could easily do some variations on this recipe…try roasting the garlic beforehand, adding curry for a spicy curry mash, more cheese for a cheesy cauliflower mash, or really anything else you would do to mashed potatoes!

Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds

I want to do something different than nasty green bean cassarole…honestly I dont know how this frozen canned soup monstrosity became a Thanksgiving staple.  Its the one dish I see getting passed over at every Thanksgiving dinner (except the grandparents…grandparents loooove green bean cassarole). So why not just do a delicious and light green bean side?  I mean with all the other rich heavy dishes we have going on, I want to save some room for Cesar’s homemade pumpkin pie.

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of green beans (about a pound)
  • olive oil
  • 4-6  medium sized shallots
  • lemon juice
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (you could easily substitute walnuts)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the green beans until they are bright green, about 3 minutes.  In a skillet heat some olive oil and saute the shallots until they are carmelized.  Toss in the green beans, a bit of lemon juice (just enough to coat the beans), the almonds and salt and pepper.

Voila! Easy huh?

So now that I have the green beams and cauliflower mash all figured out, i just need to figure out something to do with the sweet potatoes.  Im not a fan of the super sugary mini marshmallow sweet potatoes…so I want to do something different and more special. Im thinking either a cranberry and sweet potato dish…or ginger and honey sweet potatoes….something else that is a little more special.  When I figure it out, I’ll be sure to post it up ;)

OR you can help me out…anyone have any delicious and different sweet potato or yam recipes?

Turbaconducken….all that is good in this world

Just moments ago my friend Rob sent me proof that there is a God and he is made of pure bacon and love.
Behold…..

Turbaconducken

It is the perfect harmony of turkey, duck and chicken all harmoniously wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection. Corey James of Bacon Today describes every juice detail for creating this culinary masterpiece.

I am currently trying to convince all my friends that this is really the only option for thanksgiving dinner.

Only we want to step it up a notch and deep fry it! My arteries and heart are swelling just thinking about it.

Things I didnt know I could deep fry: Pumpkin

First off sorry Ive been absent the last two days, its been busy busy at work and at home (Im preparing to leave for Japan in about a week!). Speaking of Japan, I did have time to whip up something delicious and different last night….fried Japanese pumpkin!

I was at the farmers market the other day and spotted a kabocha squash which is a Japanese pumpkin with a green rind and orange flesh.

Its taste is quite similar to sweet potatoes and if youve had tempura veggies most likely youve had kabocha!

See that crescent moon shaped item in the bottom right corner? Thats tempura kabocha!

Anywho, so while at the farmers market I spotted a tasty looking little kabocha and began immediately fantasizing about battering it or throwing it in a curry. I just had to buy one and try it out! While it looked cute on my kitchen counter, I recided that last night was the night I would chop my precious little pumpkin up and eat it. Since Ive been making just a bit too much curry lately for my boyfriend, I decided to tempura it…I quickly realized I didnt have the ingredients to tempura batter it so I decided “Hey Im from Bakersfield and our motto is if all else fails, deep fry the sucker!”

Deep Friend Kambocha Pumpkin

Ingredients

  • 1 Kambocha Pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour (I used spelt, but any just about any flour will do)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To prepare it I cut the top off and scooped out the seeds. I cut the pumpkin into quarters and I then boiled the pumpkin in water for about 10 minutes until the flesh was soft but not totally cooked. One it was cooled I removed the skin with a knife. its okay if a little bit of the green skin remains, just remove the hard part. cut the pumpkin into about inch sized cubes perfect for snacking on. next I beat an egg in a bowl and combined the flour with the salt and pepper…I actually chose to use lemon pepper to give it some pep. dip the pumpkin in the egg and dredge in the flour mixture. heat vegetable oil in a pan until it boils and drop the pumpkin pieces in. cook them until they are a golden brown then transfer them to a paper towel to drain. allow them to cool for a few minutes and serve!

    I decided to serve them with sweet chili sauce and it was divine.

    So who knew you could deep fry pumpkin? I guess it just never dawned on me to do so, but trust me its incredibly delicious especially if you are a fan of sweet and savory profile combos as I am. So with the fall squash harvest coming up I plan on deep frying every gourd I can get my hands on!


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