Tagged: Goodies at Home

Nov 27

Udon from Kijoan in Japan

My good friend was visiting Japan and brought me back some AMAZING udon that she ordered from Kijoan!  The box set came with a variety of packages of udon with flavored bases, one being a soy sauce base for hot broth and the other being the cold dipping sauce. The udon was sweet and chewy and we enjoyed the noodles slowly, especially when we were eating the last packages, they do have an expiration date so we couldn’t save them even if we wanted to! I’m not sure if they ship internationally, but if you are lucky enough to have good friends in Japan who may be willing to get this for you, I highly recommend getting this!

* Note: If you visit Kijoan’s website, it is best to google search and translate page.


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May 19

Sweet Sweet Kara’s Cupcakes

My hubby came home and surprised me with something in a cute pink box! No, not the Tiffany blue box, a pink box with a Kara’s Cupcakes sticker! Oh how he knows the way to my heart…food…my eyes popped out and I had a big smile on my face! There they were, a plush Sweet S’mores cupcake which is a chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust on the bottom and toasted marshmallow frosting, a Vanilla and Chocolate cupcake with a coconut cream cheese frosting!

Of course we shared them! He’s not much of a dessert fan himself, but to his surprise, he REALLY liked them! They were all sugary delights but I LOVED the Sweet S’mores, I personally love marshmallow and the frosting was not too sweet, it blended perfectly with the rich chocolate, while the graham cracker was so good and such sweet surprise!

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May 12

Did Someone Say Bourbon? Yes, Bourbon Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies That Is

I first tried Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies last year and I loved it! You can read more about the other heavenly flavors from my previous blog! I finally found an excuse to buy some recently, and my friend who is the Dough Maker there included a package of their NEW flavor, the Bourbon Brown Butter Sea Salt cookies, made with dark brown sugar and a top shelf bourbon. Once I opened the little package, I could smell nothing but pure sweetness…and then I took a bite…soft, fresh, buttery, with a hint of bourbon and sea salt melting in my mouth…WOW! The next time I order, I have to add this to the mix!

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May 10

Spicy Original Vickles Pickles!

Last year when I saw Vic, he was talking about how he knew how to make pickles. I seriously thought he was kidding. The next thing I knew, I saw Vickles Pickles on Facebook, and now, you can also follow Vickles Pickles on Twitter! From my understanding, he’s been selling his specialty at food events featuring other creative food items by everyday people like you and me!

A friend of mine picked up a jar of Vickles Pickles and the Vickles Pickles Kimchi for me in March, I got it last weekend, it was sitting in their fridge for a bit. I actually shared them with friends during an event at home. We didn’t enjoy the kimchi too much, I think it’s because we’re used to the Korean kimchi at restaurants and the Korean markets. Unfortunately, that was not a big hit.

However, we all enjoyed the flavors of the Spicy Original Pickles cured with jalapenos, shallots, garlic, some other spices and vinegar. They were more crunchy outside than inside, but none the less, they were crunchy with great flavors-a little tart, a hint of spice and quite addicting! I put a plate out and it was all gone!  As a matter of fact,  I am enjoying them as I am blogging! Definitely try Vickles Pickles if you like pickles!

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Apr 22

Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Yesterday we decided to have Roasted Brussels Sprouts for dinner, so it was time to take our Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon out of the freezer! I got the Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe on Food Network, it sounded simple and had a good rating. I changed the recipe just a bit by mixing in some Mushroom and Black Truffle Sauce my sister bought me while she was on her Europe trip, this was from her Italy visit. Truffle always smell sooo damn good!  The Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon was extremely tender, we really enjoyed it! The Roasted Brussels Sprouts were perfectly crisped on the outside and cooked evenly inside, the Mushroom and Black Truffle Sauce definitely enhanced the flavors! I also sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top.

We still have more Filet Mignon, will save that for another dinner! The next time I make Brussels Sprouts, I will use the same recipe but cut them in halves, I love crispy food!

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Apr 17

Frozen White Castle, Yes, I’ll Eat That

My sister gave us some frozen White Castle, we haven’t had White Castle since our trip to New York, so it’s been a few years! My hubby is from New York and going to White Castle was always a treat for him. So how good were the frozen ones? These little sliders were actually pretty damn good! Popped them into the microwave for a minute and ta-da…we found White Castle at home, right in our freezer!

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Apr 15

Molinari Delicatessen’s Fresh Ravioli

This week my boss came into my office at the end of the day to give me something. Just when it hit 4:45pm and all I kept thinking about was what to have for dinner, he came in and gave me a box of fresh ravioli from Molinari Delicatessen! YES, my dinner was set! It’s been a while since I’ve visited this deli for their scrumptious sandwiches! I couldn’t wait to try their fresh ravioli! Luckily I always have cans of tomatoes, fresh onions and fresh garlic at home! When I opened the box, I didn’t know what to expect, but they were soft doughy ravioli, all connected like a puzzle. I made the sauce, boiled the ravioli and dinner was served! When my hubby looked at the ravioli, he was wondering how it was going to fill him up, but after eating it, he realized how satisfying it was!  We never really buy ravioli, but after trying these from Molinari Delicatessen, we definitely want to stop by for more! They were small, fresh and I loved the meat and hint of cheesy taste! Good Stuff!

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Mar 21

Delivery from Omaha Steaks

Recently our bank sent us mail regarding a free gift worth $150.00, so we decided to check out the gift selections. There were luggage sets, watches, digital cameras and a lot of other things we don’t need or have room for. So, after much consideration, we decided to go with the Omaha Steaks food set! Yes, no surprise here, we decided to go with the food.

A few weeks ago, Kent got a huge box at work! The package included four Stuffed Sole with Scallops and Crabmeat, four Gourmet Burgers, four Gourmet Franks, four Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, four Top Sirloins, four Filet Mignons and ten Potato au Gratin!  So far we’ve had the  Top Sirloins, which I thought were only okay since I like fatty marbled meat.   We also tried the Stuffed Sole with Scallops and Crabmeat and the Potato au Gratin. The Potato au Gratin actually reminds me of a humongous tater tot, it’s good but not what I expected, there was no cheese. However, we really enjoyed the Stuffed Sole with Scallops and Crabmeat, it’s moist, creamy and flavorful!  We still have to try the rest, I’m hoping that the Filet Mignon will be next and hopefully it doesn’t disappoint! I have no complaints, after all, it was free!

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Feb 27

A New Concept for Pretzels, Pretzel Crisps

The other day, a nice lady stopped by our office and dropped off some Pretzel Crisps! She was marketing their line of Pretzel Crisps to our company to sell to our clientele and we were more than happy to test them out!

I got to try 9 flavors from their Deli Style and Modern Classics.  Imagine regular pretzel chips flattened with flavors.  They are considered healthy chips, with less calories, baked and does not contain trans or saturated fats!  While I was enjoying them, I realized that some of the flavors were much stronger than others so I put them from the least amount of flavor to the most so that our palates weren’t getting ruined.  Out of the 9 flavors, I enjoyed the ‘Everything’ which reminded me of an Everything bagel; the ‘Garlic Parmesan’ offering a light taste of flavors; the ‘Buffalo Wing’ offering a very light spicy flavor and the ‘Tuscan Three Cheese’ offering a very light cheesy flavor. I thought these crispy Pretzels were good, but I can’t say I got completely addicted.  But, for those who do enjoy pretzels, I think you will enjoy this healthy new concept!

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Feb 09

Homemade Korean Food by My Favorite Korean Mom

Last week, on Chinese New Year’s, my BFF was back in town for one day and we hung out with her mom in the morning for some Junior’s Cheesecake and coffee. While we were devouring the cheesecake, she let me know that she had some Korean Pancakes for me to take home! I was so giddy and started to talk about how I loved her Kimchi and yes…she decided to give me a tupperware of Homemade Kimchi too! It was truly my lucky day!

So for dinner last night, I decided to fry up the Korean Pancakes made with love in mung bean! I also made a Korean Soondubu Kimchi Jjigae, Spicy Soft Tofu & Kimchi Soup, which I have a simple recipe for. I already had a jar of Kimchi from the market so I used that for the soup, I didn’t want to waste the Homemade Kimchi for my soup of course!  Last but not least,  I made some rice to go with the Homemade Kimchi and spicy soup! My hubby and I were extremely happy with our simple Korean dinner, my favorite Korean mom put smiles on our faces! Food this good is never served at a restaurant, only mom’s know how to preserve the traditional and best recipes!

If you ever want to make Soondubu Kimchi Jjigae at home, here’s my simple recipe:

* Pot of Water, bring to a boil (I usually just make a small pot)

* Add one cube of Chicken Bouillon

* Add one container of Soft Tofu, chopped into cubes

* Add Kimchi, I usually add as much as I want

* Add about 1.5-2 Tablespoons of Hot Pepper Paste (can be purchased at any Korean market, I have a container from the Kukje Market which I just keep in the fridge), I usually taste as I add since it can be quite spicy

* If you like, you can add 0.5-1 teaspoon of Sesame Oil

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