Finally got our Etsy shop up and running. Expect a lot more coming… I haven’t quite got the formatting of the shop in the blog yet…
Our 2014 is shaping up to be incredibly busy and unfortunately we have decided to not make quite so many journeys into the woods this year to forage for the beautiful morel mushroom. However when Earth Day was 70 degrees and sunny, well we couldn’t resist making one trip back to our secret morel spot. We were fortunate enough to get a couple of pounds, more than enough for the two of us to enjoy. We have been working on perfecting the whole eggs benedict thing for a while so I thought this was an easy way to feature the morel without overwhelming it with too many other flavors. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t just the typical wake up and whip this together quickly and eat bunch kind of ordeal, but with such a special ingredient it was worth taking the time to create such a lovely, though super rich, brunch. I started the morel cream reduction for the Hollandaise first thing while coffee was brewing and I got into my Sunday morning cooking groove with the assistance of Endless Boundaries April Holiday Podcast.
Triple Morel Eggs Benedict
Morel Hollandaise Sauce (recipe follows)
Roasted Morels (recipe follows)
Fried Morels (basic outline follows)
4 Poached Eggs
Wolferman’s English Muffin, Fork Split and Toasted
Place two halves of muffin cut side up on each plate. Evenly distribute the roasted morels atop the muffin and top with poached eggs. Drizzle with hollandaise sauce and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve with fried morels.
Morel Cream Reduction:
2 Cups Homemade Turkey/Chicken/Tasty Stock
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Cream
1 Cup Chopped Morel Bits
¼ Cup Finely Minced Shallot
1 Tablespoon Clarified Butter
In a medium saucepan heat stock and reduce by half. Add milk and cream, reduce by half again. In a separate skillet heat butter and sautee until soft, but not browned. Add cream reduction and remove from heat.
So with St. Patty’s Day right around the corner I thought I better get my booty working on a new wreath so that all of our neighbors and guests knew which holiday is approaching next. We thought through all of the “traditional” wreath making supplies i.e., ribbon, fabric, St. Patty’s themed merchandise to smatter it with, but they all seemed so boring. Continue reading
Today is our third favorite February holiday, behind Groundhog’s Day and our anniversary but still beating out Valentine’s Day, yes of course I’m talking about P Day!! Also known as President’s Day. And George Washington’s Birfday. Whateva you call it, we love it, being patriotic Americans and whatnot. So of course the extended Mullinax Clan gets together in St. Joe to celebrate the holiday and we decided the best way to celebrate was to create a bust of George Washington made of sugar! But could such a project really be completed in a limited amount of time without spending a billion dollars? The celebration was to be on Saturday and on Friday morning the Fondant George wasn’t even an idea yet…
While trimming the tree this season I was inspired to create an eggnoggy tasty treat. After a couple of tries this is what I finally came up with. The recipe is based upon homemade eggnog because I abhor grocery store eggnog. Though I cannot attest to the results, it seems feasible that purchased eggnog could be used to save a little time. If you do decide to make your own eggnog it’s best to prepare it along with the eggnog pastry cream a day ahead to allow for proper cooling.
We used to have a wonderful restaurant in Overland Park called One Bite that introduced us to the Okonomi-Yaki, a Japanese savory pancake/omelet dish that we love. One Bite has a few variations, including the Cheese Bomb Yaki that was super tasty! Unfortunately, One Bite is closing it’s doors! They promised to return in 2012 in the form of a new restaurant in Kansas City’s Westport area (One Bite Sama Zama?!?), but in the mean time I decided had to try to recreate a yaki of my very own. This dish was based off of JustHungry‘s Okonomiyaki, Osaka style. When I began, I was planning on following the recipe, but by the time I was done gathering ingredients, I had Americanized it, or rather Mullieized it. I decided that it probably isn’t a traditional Okonomiyaki, so this is my Yoko-Ono-Yaki, because Yoko Ono is sorta Asian like this dish.
- 1 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
- 1/2 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
- 1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Tequilla
- 1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Agave Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Salt (or more to desired taste)
- 2 Red Onions, sliced and blanched 15 seconds
Directions: Combine and refrigerate for a at least a few hours up to a couple of weeks. The longer they sit, the more margarita-y they will be.
We tore down the big shed and built a smaller guy under part of our deck. This was one of our Summer 2011 projects!
Today is a monumental day for the American justice system! The West Memphis Three are free on an Alford Plea in which they must plead guilty, but may maintain their innocence. It’s a complicated way to save ass on the prosecutor’s part, while making it blatantly obvious they do not believe the men are guilty. If the prosecutor’s office believe they were guilty then two men with life sentences and another man that was on death row hours ago would not be walking free as I speak. Congratulations and good luck Damien, Jesse, and Jason! We here at Recycled Kitty are over joyed with today’s events and are proud supporters! It’s not over yet, their names and records must be cleared, but today is a great victory for three young men confined for 18 long, undeserved years!
Last week I saw an ad for the 80/35 music festival in Des Moines. The lineup seemed pretty sweet, especially considering the price was only $60 for both days. If I would have bought tickets a few months ago, I could have gotten a ticket for $35 (!), which is a mind blowing deal when you look at comparable festivals. So I went ahead and checked for hotel availability in the area and found a Marriott that was like 3 blocks away from the festival. Cat’s brother agreed to come over and dog-sit, so we bought tickets and were set for our impromptu vacation. Continue reading