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Beef Bulgogi Reasonably Approximated

A while ago I lamented the fact that I couldn't make decent tasting bulgogi at home. I seem to have found a way.

2 lbs ribeye, sliced very thin
3 tbsp cup sugar
3 tbsp ground ginger
3 tbsp garlic powder
1/4 cup tamari
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 tsp of cayenne (optional)
3 mushrooms, sliced
1 small white onion, sliced very thin

Another Cast Iron Pan Use: Dry Roasting Nuts on a Stovetop

Nuts burn VERY easily and they taste nasty when burned. Usually I'd put a bit of oil in the pan or else use the oven but I wanted the pecans I bought today dry and didn't want to use the oven. Set the pan on a very low flame and make sure the nuts are evenly distributed. Stir them once in a while to redistribute. The fact that the pan is so massive and doesn't have a notable hotspot is perfect.

Overripe Plum Turns Into Impromptu Trap

I had some overripe fruit in my kitchen and ended up with some unwelcome visitors: drosophilia. They might well be welcome in the science lab but are definitely NOT welcome in the kitchen. After policing all the areas that had fruit and putting it all in the fridge, emptying the garbage, etc., I turned one of the offenders, an overripe plum, into an impromptu fly trap. The recipe: One piece of used notebook paper One jelly jar Half an overripe plum 2 oz leftover white wine Dish soap Piece of scotch tape Put the plum, wine and soap in the bottom of the jelly jar.

NOT Using Common Ingredients

OK, this isn't revolutionary at all but I made steak salad the other day for a special guest and felt that olive oil would be too strong and not go with the gorgonzola. So I switched to walnut oil instead, doing an otherwise fairly standard vinaigrette:

2/3 cup walnut oil
1/3 cup tarragon vinegar
juice of one lemon
1 small shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
sea salt
fresh black pepper
1 tbsp dried dill
1 tbsp dried tarragon
1 tbsp mustard powder

The Neighborhood Restaurants

Things are always shifting in the restaurant world but the diner behind my apartment seems to have gone out of business. Oh noes! I didn't eat there that often but it was nice to have the option of walking out my door and going around the corner. A new seemingly higher end place opened up across the street, which has really trashed the parking situation. I hope the food is good.

A Not Entirely Successful Chicken Soup Experiment

Naturally I had to come down with a head cold last night. Gotta start the school year off right! This means chicken soup. I did not have the usual fixings for chicken soup and have been on a stern "empty the fridge" kick of late, so here's what I hacked together:


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