Category: Guest Posts
Back to work after my two days off and guess who I get to meet when I go in?! Yep, Chef Morimoto! I am pretty nervous, I have heard he is really intense. Hopefully I won’t mess anything up too bad! It is crazy meeting someone you have seen on TV so many times, exciting. In the spirit of Food Network stars, our guest blogger, Kita, has a spicy Valentine’s Day treat for you all from Aaron Sanchez. Kita is the mind behind Pass the Sushi, which has been one of my favorite blogs since I first got into the food blogger community. She has great photography and recipes, plus has been a helpful foodie friend and I am so excited for her to be guest posting today!
Aaron Sanchez’s Mexican Brownies
I have had a serious sweet tooth lately, I don’t know what it is! I have always been the salt lover, the potato chip snacker, the second appetizer eater but dessert skipper… but now something strange has been happpening. I have been craving sweets all the time! I have recently become addicted to fudge popsicles and have found myself eating up to three in a night. Along with my new sweet addiction I have none other than the Choc Chip Uru from Go Bake Yourself, here with a sinfully sweet coffee, brown butter, dark chocolate chip cookie cake.
Coffee, Brown Butter, Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Another exciting update on my job at Morimoto. Last night I worked grill for the first time, it was awesome! I am so excited to be moving up in the kitchen. Things went really smoothly luckily, but I do think that it wouldn’t have been as smooth if I didn’t have another grill cook, Kalani, there to help out. But, you got to start somewhere and I think that I will catch on quick. I didn’t even have anybody send back a steak for being cooked to the wrong temp, score! On the home cooking front, I am happy to announce that I am guest blogging today over at my own mom’s blog, Cooking With Michele. The menu? A flavorful, healthy Chicken Miso Soup. I know you are probably saying, “Miso soup doesn’t have chicken!” but you have to try it, it goes so well with it!
It is Friday, the weekend right?! For me, that doesn’t mean relaxing, far from. It means two crazy nights at work. I have been working mostly nights at Morimoto Waikiki, with the exception of a couple morning shift this week. It amazes me the difference in the type of shift I have when I work a lunch versus a night. Lunch shifts at Morimoto are mostly about setting up and prepping out food. Night shift are about putting out food, and lots of it. I am excited to be working nights after working lunches all fall at SALT, but it is a pretty crazy experience. Morimoto is a high-volume fine dining restaurant, which means go time all the time at night. The good thing is, I am LOVING it! The kitchen at Morimoto runs much more smoothly than my last job, which makes busy nights feel less chaotic. I love the excitement of the kitchen at night, not to mention the fact that time flies by when you are busy. What are your weekend plans? If you have some free time I have just the recipe for you. Rujuta over at Oblique Rays is our featured blogger for today with a delicious recipe for you to make on your days off! I know you are going to love this one. Have a great weekend!
Do you ever stop and think about how it is kind of absurd how much your life revolves around food? For me, every single thing I do pretty much has to do with food. I work in a kitchen, I cook at home, I eat ALL the time, I am going to culinary school, I write a food blog, I constantly read food blogs, I look at food porn, I am constantly thinking about food. But even the people who are not as immersed in the food world as me have a special spot for food. What is it about food that is so enticing?
Yeah it tastes food, that is a given… well I guess most of the time (I would hope). What I think it is is the memories and atmosphere that can be created by food. Food can take to back to your home growing up or into a completely different place you have never visited. That is one thing I think that I love most about food (not to mention eating it). Our guest blogger today really hits home for me with this subject because I grew up eating oatmeal, but always ate the exact same kind as a kid- maple and brown sugar instant packets. Now as an adult (ha) I love trying “fancier” versions of my childhood favorites, which is why I love this recipe. Though I have to say kids would love this too! With that I give you Anjali from The Picky Eater:
Chocolate Brownie Oatmeal
Just a quick Hawaii update before I introduce our awesome guest blogger for today. I have finally moved in and (I think) got everything I need- i.e. bedding, my sweet air mattress, a bike, a surfboard, staples- after spending almost all the money I had to get me on my feet. Keep your fingers crossed for my stage at Morimoto Waikiki tomorrow night! It is so great here, everyone seems super nice and the weather WAY beats Colorado’s freezing winter! Although I will admit I’ve got quite the sunburn at the moment, that’s OK though. As for our guest blogger today, I would like to introduce you to Quynh from QlinArt whose blog is perfect for today, because much of the food here in Hawaii also has a lot of Asian influence. She has quite a cool background and not-to-mention awesome photography, so check her out:
Spicy, Creamy Green Lentil Casserole
This week has been a nice break from the Holidays, but tomorrow it all starts again. I was able to head up to the mountains and spend my last two days snowboarding until next season. I wish Colorado had some better snow for me before I leave, but that’s alright, I’ll take it. I showed up to my friend’s house with all sorts of leftovers for the boys; they were stoked. With New Years Eve tomorrow, I am sure many of you will be baking up a storm. Lucky you, I have Katie from Oh Shine On here today with a delicious cheesecake recipe for all of you! Katie’s story of how she got her shine back is one that you MUST read, really inspirational! With that I give you Katie:
Gingersnap Cookies & Cream Cheesecake
Can you believe that it is almost Christmas?! What are your plans for the holidays? I will be spending Christmas in Denver with parents, brothers and a few other relatives. I am really excited about this Christmas because I hardly get to see my brothers any more, plus I will be moving far, far away in exactly two weeks from today. I hope that the holidays haven’t stressed you out, but if you are panicking about what you are going to cook for dinner with your family this guest post is perfect for you. I would like to welcome Denise from Dinner With Denise this friday. She is sharing one of her delicious side dishes for the holidays. This is a great alternative to the typical sweet potatoes and marshmallows if you feel like you always serve that dish during the holidays. With that, I give you Denise:
Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole w/ Pecan Crunch Topping