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LOST themed menu!

i loved this post from thekitchn.com:

Mangoes and Smoke: A LOST Series Finale Menu

2010-05-21-LostMenu.jpgOh, LOST! You’ve pulled us along through six seasons of mysterious whispers in the jungle, sudden tropical rain showers followed by startling revelations and…mangoes. It’s a good thing for our intrepid survivors that mangoes are always in season on this magical island. Mangoes will definitely be on the menu at our season finale party!

But there have been more than just mangoes, of course. Jin was able to catch plenty of fish and the occasional haul of oysters. Wild boar was on the menu a few times. Oh, and don’t forget those handy Dharma food drops!

Appetizers

Cheeseburger Sliders and Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – In honor of those first meals Juliet brought to a captive Jack.
• Veggies in Ranch Dressing – Really, Hurley? The whole Dharma food closet and you hoard ranch dressing?
Smoke Monster Popcorn – Of course!

Main Course and Side Dishes

Fish Steamed in Banana Leaves – Bless Jin and his expert fisherman skillz.
Braised Summer Pork Shank – Or wild boar if you can get your hands on one.
Tomatoes Sprinkled with Balsamic – Sun’s one perfect tomato…
Dinner Rolls – We had to dig deep into LOST lore for some carbs. See: Juliet’s dinner date with Ben.

Dessert

Halfway Cookies – Half good…half evil.
Earl Grey Tea Cookies – We’re throwing these in for Charles Widmore and Eloise.
Killer Blondies – Keep an eye on Claire this Sunday.

Beverages

• Jacob’s Red Wine – Although drinking this might have unintended side-effects.
Cheap Beer – Dharma Lite brand, preferably.
Mango Lassi – Mango up!
• Water – Lots of water. In handy plastic Dharma bottles.

What foods will you be serving for the finale?

<3 kt

lego ceramics

i wish i could own a set of these dinnerware:

these aren’t for sale yet.  but i hope that this designer, Vinicius Zarpelon, gets picked up by some big producer and they start manufacturing these.  i want them!

<3 kt

an easy steak (or salmon) dinner

i am a busy lady.  between working a full time job, going to school two nights a week, working out, occasionally picking up shifts at Whole Foods Market, and sustaining a normal social life, i sometimes have a hard time cramming amazing dinners into my schedule.  however, with a little creativity and determination, one can accomplish anything.

i thought i would share my latest creation: garlic thyme steak (or salmon, which i made myself since i don’t eat beef or pork).  this is such an easy marinade that you can prepare the night before or in the morning of.  i also paired this with a couple baked potatoes & some steamed lemon butter broccoli, which take little effort.  here are the recipes:

garlic thyme steak

garlic thyme steak

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garlic thyme salmon

Garlic Thyme Steak/Salmon

ingredients:

  • 2 6-8 ounce round steaks or salmon
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons of fresh thyme

using a baking dish, combine the garlic, olive oil, and thyme.  throw your steak or salmon into the mixture and marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours).  make sure to flip the steak/salmon a few times to ensure thorough marinating on both sides.

to cook, place steak/salmon in a skillet or on the grill.  cook each side for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.

REMEMBER: baked potatoes take a long time to cook in the oven.  scrub and prick your potatoes with a fork several times, then wrap them in foil.  preheating your oven to 425 degrees, bake your potatoes for 45-50 minutes.  during the last 15minutes of baking your potatoes, throw your washed and cut broccoli into a pan with a steam until your potatoes are done.  during the last 10 minutes of baking your potatoes, begin cooking your marinate steak/salmon.

unsure of how to steam vegetables? check out this video!

***SHORT ON TIME?  microwave your potatoes!  after scrubbing & pricking your potatoes with a fork several times, place on a microwavable plate and cook for 5 minutes in your microwave.  turn over, then cook for another 5  minutes.  when the potatoes is soft, remove from the microwave, slice open, and add your favorite ingredients (butter, sour cream, cheese, chopped bacon, green onions, etc!)

when your baked potatoes are done, remove from oven.  place your steamed broccoli in a large bowl and add a tablespoon of butter, a squeezed lemon, and a little salt & pepper to taste.  prepare your baked potatoes as desired, add some steamed lemon broccoli, and place your cooked steak or salmon (top off with the remaining marinade from your baking dish) on your plate.  ENJOY!!!

<3 kt

On food and family

Im sure some of you noticed that its been quiet around these parts the past week or so. Well I wanted to update on whats going on. This a bit difficult to write, but Ive always felt that talking through what Im feeling is amazing therapy but right now I cant really bring myself to say a lot of these words out loud….so this is something I just need to write about for now. Almost a year ago my father was diagnosed with a malignant schwannoma that had spread to his brain. He had surgery last spring and it was a success and radiation seemed to have eradicated all traces of cancer. However during the holiday season we discovered that the cancer came back and had spread to his spine. The cancer spread very rapidly and the doctors decided that there was nothing that could be done. My father’s cancer was terminal and he would die very soon.

Since Christmas Ive been driving to visit him and the rest of my family in Bakersfield every weekend. Its been hard emotionally to see my father who was such a strong man slowly deteriorate…but I needed to be there for him and my family. Sunday February 8th was to be my Dad’s 57th birthday and even though he wasnt eating solid foods and wasnt speaking, I had planned on making my grandmother’s Italian crepes for him. It was his mothers recipe and after she died almost 7 years ago from Alzheimers, he has not smelled or tasted his mothers crepes since no one in my family had been able to master the recipe.

Unfortunately Saturday night just 1 hour before his 57th birthday my father passed away quietly and surrounded by loved ones. I cant even begin to explain the heartache Im going through, its a loss unlike any loss I have experienced before. I always knew that one day I would loose my father, I just had no idea it would come so soon.

Part of me is devastated and almost angry for all the things I will miss out on. I wont have the opportunity to have my father walk me down the isle, come to my house for Christmas dinner or hold my future child. Im heartbroken that my mother…his wife of over 30 years, will have to retire alone. But at the same time I know that I am fortunate to have had such an amazing father for 24 years…many people I know never knew their fathers or had horrible dads, so Im thankful for my dad even if the time was short. Im also thankful for the lives he touched. As a teacher for 30 years lower income children and adults he had an amazing impact on their lives, Ive been reading the online guest books for him and am overwhelmed with the sheer number of people writing about how much they loved my dad. His memorial service had over 300 people! We were all lucky to have my dad even though our time with him was cut short.

The day after my dad passed away I decided to go ahead and make his mothers crepes as I had originally planned. Even though my grandmother’s recipe is very vague (uses words like scoop and pinch and was more of an ingredient list than anything) I was able to make 2 batches of crepes and some sweet and spicy sausages. When we sat down to dinner my family toasted my Dad and wished him a happy birthday with tears in our eyes. To my surprise and delight the crepes tasted exactly like my grandma’s! I overstuffed them a bit because I didnt take into account the filling expanding when I cooked, but otherwise they were perfect. My mom said that Dad would be proud.

I would share the recipe with you all, but its my grandma’s secret recipe so I cant go about putting it up online for the world to see ;) However I am devising some of my own crepe recipes and I’ll share them with you later. I promise I’ll catch up on all the blogs Ive been meaning to write, Ive got about a dozen floating around in my head right now and I just need the time to write them all out.

I love you Dad and I miss you so much, you always encouraged me to write and read my blogs…I like to think that somewhere out there your spirit is still reading them. This is for you Dad, I love you so much.

Robert Anthony Mickols February 8th 1952- February 7th 2009

<3 seanalyn

Make your own vegetable pasta!

As many know, I am on a wheat free diet for medical reasons so often I find myself having to come up with substitutes for my dishes. Im Italian so I love pasta dishes, but Ive never really liked the taste and texture of pasta…its too bland and gummy. Enter veggie pasta. Veggie pastas are when you use a vegetable to simulate the pasta in your dish. Its far more healthy than the carb rich noodles and I find it much more tasty. The easiest to prepare and most popular is spaghetti squash. The large gourd is cheap and all you have to do is cut it in half, boil it and then scoop out the meat with a fork and it will fall out like noodles.

Cool huh? I use this all the time when I need spaghetti noodles and frankly I like it more than regular spaghetti. Its got a more firm texture and a flavorful nutty taste. Im a big fan of just tossing the noodles with some olive oil and garlic then sprinkling with some fresh Parmesan cheese.

One of my recent discoveries has been the use of zucchini as noodles. All you have to do is take a zucchini and cut the ends off and peel the skin. Then using a potato peeler slice long even strips of the zucchini. About 2 average sized zucchinis makes enough for one serving.

Heres my 12seconds video of how to make the noodles

Cooking Lesson 1: How to make zucchini noodles in 12 seconds! on 12seconds.tv

Once you have a big pile of zucchini noodles you can either quickly boil them our lightly saute them in oil. Be careful not to cook them too long or they will become soft and mushy. All you need to do is get them nice and hot, any longer than that and they will loose their noodle-like texture. I really like using them in a chili and soy stir fry but you can use them in any recipe that calls for flat noodles. So enjoy the healthy and delicious taste of veggie noodles!

<3 seanalyn

Ultimate Super Bowl Snack Stadium

This weekend is the Super Bowl so of course there will be a plethora of sporting snacks to be had at every Super Bowl party. But if you really want to steal the thunder then I suggest creating this monstrosity of snacking.

The Greatest Snack Stadium Ever Built

Made by the guys over at Holy Taco this creation includes the following:
The Field:

  • 1 Pound of Guacamole
  • 15 Oz. Queso Dip For The Steelers End Zone
  • 15 Oz. Salsa For The Cardinals End Zone
  • 2 Oz. Sour Cream for the Field Lines

The Players:

  • 15 Vienna Sausages
  • Helmets – 3 Oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese

The Goal Posts:

  • 1 Slim Jim for Each Goal Post
  • 1 Oz. Monterey Jack Cheddar To Anchor (each)

The Stands:

  • 58 Twinkies
  • 1 Pound of Bacon
  • 1 Bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 1 Bag of Cheetos
  • 1 Bag of Corn Tortilla Chips
  • 1 Bag of Chex Mix


And I suppose youre wondering what this ammount of junk food will do your arteries…well the Holy Taco boys broke it down.

TOTAL CALORIES: 24,375
TOTAL GRAMS OF FAT: 1,285
TOTAL COST: $86.47
TOTAL DELICIOUSNESS: 1 Billion trillion dude.  One billion trillion.
I guess you cant put a price on awesome.  Although they probably shouldve figured in the medical bill for the triple bypass you’ll need after eating this whole stadium to yourself.

For all the juicy details to make your own Super Bowl Snack Stadium click here.

<3 seanalyn

Tetris kitchen

Ive written about Tetris home geekery before (here and here) but I think Ive finally found the ultimate in Tetris domestic goodness. Behold….

Tetris Kitchen

Maybe this has been posted around the net before so pardon me if this is a late pass..but its new to me! Besides, something this awesome needs reposting. Inspired by the classic shapes of Tetris and the need for efficient clean space, designer June He created this geometric masterpiece. The kitchen is basically transformed into a jewelry box in which all the pieces pull out into place and hide away so it looks like a sleek tile wall when not in use.

The tiles could also be changed color wise to reflect whatever scheme you would like. I for one and such a fan of this because living in an urban area like San Francisco, space becomes a luxury…yet at the same time I am unwilling to give up a large kitchen in order to obtain more living room space. This design allows for both kitchen space and open room all with an effortlessly cool and minimalist appeal. Unfortunately this design is still in prototype, but when I hit the lottery and built my dream flat, you can bet my kitchen will look like this.

<3 seanalyn


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