back in the saddle again

Sassy lady, gettin crazy
Sassy lady, gettin crazy
In preparation for my enrollment at Johnson and Wales University, I have been lucky enough to get a job in a kitchen! I am finally cooking again and it honestly feels great. I feel like I had this big complicated if not glorified idea of cooking, and when it comes down to it, it’s about great ingredients, preparation and being well thought out that creates a unique and delicious experience. Although I have only worked three days so far I am picking up my old skills again. Back on the line, and loving it.

More to come

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Cool down you old fruit

Summer produce season is my guilty pleasure. I am always purchasing a ridiculous amount of produce and not necessarily eating it. Instead of letting it go bad, you can always freeze n’store for fall. Usually fall is a good time to have some frozen summer fruit around because just as those nasty old leaves stop being cute, so do apples.

When freezing fruit it’s best to use whole berries and freeze them individually on a tray lined with parchment paper. When finished place in a plastic bag and remove as much of the air as possible.

It’s a great way to store yummy berries from the summer and an awesome keep cool icey snack in the fridge.

I’m going to take your mother to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again

Friday Dinner
Brian and I discovered on Thursday that our extreme fatigue was caused by our recent love affair with the Burger King. After actually eating a dinner that wasn’t ordered from my car we both felt like we had come back to life. This leap of energy inspired me to cook a lovely meal for three using my favorite things: seafood, pasta, lemon butter sauce and portobello mushrooms. It was awesome and everyone inhaled it, we paired it with some fruit salad and corn on the cob.

Here’s how I worked my magic-
1. Get a bag of seafood whatever kind you like, I found a nice inexpensive blend of Calamari, Bay Scallops and Shrimp for about 6.99
2. Get yourself some butter, white wine, garlic, parsley and lemon oh yeah and red onion
Add olive oil to your sautee pan when hot add garlic and chopped onion let oil absorb the flavor
Add the butter and portobellos and the seafood, dump it all in
Add some white wine to taste and lemon grind some peppa n’ salt add fresh parsley last
Let it simmer for about 15 Minutes and cook the pasta
Toss it all together and throw on some parm and eat!

Who needs flowers at home with such a lovely table cloth?
Who needs flowers at home with such a lovely table cloth?

Tanahairku Indonesian Market

Tanahairku Indonesian Market
http://www.tokotanahairku.com/index.html
3333 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202

f_tanahairku_sWhat does Indonesia Taste like? Well, if it’s anything like it’s delicacies i’d have to say fantastic. I had stumbled in to this little grocery store while shopping one afternoon in Clintonville and learned more about Indonesian food then I would have ever known. The owner of the store was more then informative and helpful, answering all my questions and teaching me more about products and process of Indonesian cuisine. A Ph. D. Graduate of Telecommunications at Ohio University, Rami decided the academic world was not her specific path and moved to Columbus to open her store and pursue her love of food and cooking. Her enthusiasm for Indonesian food is infectious and myself being more acquainted with Indian and some Southeast Asian cooking I was eager to learn.

This cracker has plenty of options for um, crackers.
This cracker has plenty of options for um, crackers.
While I have yet to try more savory entree dishes which are served at another nearby Indonesian restaurant, Tanahairku offers homemade delicacies on Saturday afternoons.

The two delicacies I tried today were both incredible and unbelieveably not in anyway foreign to my palate or tastes. Using palm sugar (an unrefined brown sugar made of the sap from the palm trees) and rice flower, kue cucor was mild and sweet in flavor having about the same consistency and taste of a funnel cake. I ate them in the car while driving home and I promised to only eat one, I ate two. The other delicacy I had tried was a pancake like cake with a coconut based sauce. These were called Serabi Kuah I brought it home and it was delicious. If we had pancakes like that in the US I would actually eat them. indonesian market 2
They carry lots of other products including Palm Sugar, Crackers, Teas, Preserved fruit (including snake fruit, I ate, I liked it), Noodles, Cookbooks, Tempeh and many others.

Definitely stop in and check it out, I always say, as a cook your ingredients are paints to your canvas. Adding colors, textures and flavors not only adds depth, complexity and creativity to your food, it also adds beauty.

Tuula’s European Style Cafe

Tuula’s European Style Cafe
3856 Hard Rd
Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 923-3083
Located in the new Kroger Market Place Plaza off of Sawmill Road in Dublin, near Average Joe’s Pub and Hoggy’s

A slice of America! (European Style)
A slice of America! (European Style)

A lovely afternoon of being the nasty little pigs my sister and I are, we snarfed some Hoggy’s and then had dessert at Tuula’s Cafe. The inside is very nice and neat with white walls and a clean contemporary setting. The small cafe offers comfortable seating and a wide selection of delicious treats and coffee and bistro style lunch offerings (salads, sandwiches, quiche), and a selection of coffee yums. OH! and I failed to mention (save the best for last) gelato (jah-lat-uhoh). They have phenomenal gelato. It’s a nice place to stop and have a little snick snack or a giant piece of cake with your sister. It’s a very unique offering to the area, the food is top quality and it’s comfortable, casual seating offers a luxury that busy Panera or Starbucks lacks. Oh and not to mention SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS!

Restaurant Week Columbus!!!

614 Magazine will be hosting a Columbus Restaurant Week July 13-17th. There will be several 3 course specially prepared menu from the various participating restaurants ranging in price from $15-35 dollars.
614 Magazine will be donating $5000 to benefit Mid Ohio Food Bank,foodbank a wonderful and most worthy charity.
Restaurants included:
The Lost Shepherd (whoo! go Powell, we are becoming so kewl)
Vittoria Ristorante
Level
Haiku
Sage American Bistro
The Melting Pot
Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Rosendales
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Moretti’s of Arlington
Mitchell’s Steakhouse
Mezzo Italian Kitchen and Wine
Matt The Millers Tavern
Lindeys
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
Columbus Fish Market
Columbus Brewing Company
Bel Lago Waterfront Bistro
Hope to see everyone there!!!!

6:30 Breakfast

This morning I woke up and while checking my facebook I had seen that my sister had written sn90217114918_8185omething rude about one of us girls. Being vague and not pointing blame at a particular one I commented on her status. A poor choice. In a matter of minutes I hear elephant stomps running down the stairs “ALISSA YOU’RE AWAKE!”. Apparently my sister Kristen hadn’t slept at all. She tried to lay in my bed and I pushed her out, then said “girl let’s get breakfast”.

The infamous Krystal, stomp stomp stomp
The infamous Krystal, stomp stomp stomp

The little sleepy town of powell barely wakes up early. Bob Evans wasn’t open, Scrambler’s looked dead. But there is a Delaware county staple that can not be forgotten and often is, the Mean Bean. There are at least three locations that i’m aware of, one in Downtown Delaware, and two in Powell. They have a little drive thru at our location on Liberty Rd, as the building used to occupy a bank. It was foggy this morning so our heads weren’t exactly clear either, we walked inside.

I have never been inside this location, I have used the drive thru on several occasions. The lady who works there in the morning put up with my sister and I’s nonsense very well as we carefully selected our breakfast: a turkey and swiss and chicken salad sandwiches, two cookies, two cherry 7-ups and a Mocha Latte.

Blurry.Whack.Crackberry Pic
Blurry.Whack.Crackberry Pic
We sat down on a little yellow couch and talked about our lives and where are futures were going.

It is so important to support and enjoy the local fare of your area. Not only is the business our neighbor, the people who own it and work there are our neighbors too. It takes a village. The interior is comfortable and cozy. The coffee is wonderful, the service is personal. Most of their outside product is local. And may I remind you that local is not a dirty word like organic, you don’t have to squeeze your wallet to support. Often times local is cheaper. Next time you cross the Franklin/Delaware county line and want to bee-line to Starbucks, think of the locals. Because I don’t think any of the Starbucks CEO’s are our neighbors.