Tuesday, January 16, 2007

italian sausage pasta

Pantry ingredients to the rescue.

italian sausage pasta
This is a pretty simple pasta made with canned tomatoes, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and garlic. I had defrosted the sausages and needed to eat them up. I also happened to have some fresh basil left in the fridge, so it all came together quite nicely.
[spaghetti, Italian sausages, canned tomatoes, mushrooms, red wine, garlic, thyme, basil, salt, red pepper, Parmesan cheese]

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Radishes & La Chicken

This is sort of a mishmash of foods found in the house.

radish soup
YS once made me a radish soup and it was so tasty I thought I'd try to recreate it. I'm baffled because mine turned out pink, and hers was pure white, so I suspect we were using different types of radishes. Anyway, I figured it was onions, garlic, broth and radishes, but at that stage, it was pretty watery and unflavorful. So I decided to add some heavy cream and yogurt. And the yogurt is what made this a winner. And then there's the bizarre pink color. I think it's kind of a dramatic dish to serve, and it seems to work both as a hot and a cold soup.
[chicken broth, radishes, yogurt, onion, heavy cream, garlic, salt, white pepper]

la chicken
Last night, after the gym, we ran to Mitsuwa for groceries and on the way, we passed by La Chicken. Just out of curiosity and convenience, we decided to pop in and take a look. It looked totally fast-foody, and it was. But it was also a great meal for $6. For the two of us. You can't really pass that up. It's rotisserie chicken, but it tastes like fried chicken. And they serve it with this amazing tangy, spicy sauce. We got the side of cole slaw and fries, and since they give you tortillas, we made ourselves little taco with the coleslaw and chicken and sauce. Yummy! We'll definitely go back there. I don't know the exact address, but it's on 1st St, in Little Tokyo, half a block east of the New Otani Hotel.
[La Chicken takeout]

Thursday, January 11, 2007

out-of-cereal breakfast

I usually don't do this on weekdays, but since "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and we were out of cereal, I made a quick omelette from stuff in the fridge.

sausage omelette
I almost had a disaster turning this onto the plate, but I guess it was structurally sound enough to slip back into shape after it tumbled out. I used a nice aged cheddar that H. brought to our New Year's day brunch.
[eggs, mushroom-asiago sausage, onions, cheddar, tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper]

Thursday, January 04, 2007

casual dinner

We had an old family friend over to discuss his upcoming art show and the his website, so I thought I'd make an easy, casual meal.

simple salad
A very basic green salad. I had some blue cheese on the side, so people to add as much or as little as they liked.
[mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, oranges, orange-port dressing]

farfalle with sausage and mushrooms
I like to use the bowties with this particular mix because everything is about the same size and can be stabbed together on your fork.
[farfalle pasta, sausage (Mushroom Asiago from Trader Joes, in this case), mushrooms, onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes, peas, heavy cream, pasta cooking water, salt, pepper]

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


An epic battle between good and evil...

roast beef hash with green salad
We had one last piece of rib roast left, and I decided to use it in a hash. This came out so nice and crispy, and paired with a salad, you don't feel quite so guilty about eating it.
[roast beef hash: leftover rib roast, potato, onion, salt, pepper, oil, poached egg; salad: greens, oranges, walnuts, orange-port dressing, salt, pepper; croutons: garlic butter, french bread, salt]

Monday, January 01, 2007

new years day brunch

We have a new rule here: Don't host two parties back-to-back. It may seem like a good idea when you're planning it, but the reality is that you're really, really tired. It was still a lot of fun, and great to see people we don't normally see.

salmon strata
As requested, a strata made an appearance. We had some smoked salmon from a gift basket, so I decided to use that. I had picked up some dill at the farmers market, and paired with green onions and a mild mozzarella, I think it was rather a success.
[bread, milk, eggs, mozzarella, butter, smoked salmon, green onions, dill, salt, pepper]

These waffles were tender and not so crispy, but I think the batter has promise. We were running low on butter, so I substituted with vegetable oil (which was acceptable according to the recipe), so I think that affected the crispiness.
[yogurt, eggs, flour, milk, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt]