Friday, December 17, 2010

Masterchef Audition Dishes

So, I posted these on the Facebook when I did my audition, but I forgot to post them here.
These were my final dishes for my Masterchef audition. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork, slow cooked in orange peel, cinnamon, and spices, with my signature corn salad.

Final audition dish: Chorizo and Roasted Poblano Stuffed Pork Loin atop Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette with my signature Corn Salad.

Photos: By Me

Alien Veggies

Sorry I have been slacking on posting my own creations lately. Here's some interesting looking fruits and veggies in the meantime. The first one reminds me of "Jerry" from Enemy Mine. Oh shit, did I just date myself??

Salak- Fruit native to Indonesia

Durian- Fruit native to Southeast Asia. Smells like rotten onions, but is supposed to be yummy. Still a little scared to try it myself.

Morel Mushrooms- Who doesn't like mushrooms? They are supposed to be poisonous raw and should only be eaten cooked.

Lychee- Fruit native to China. Makes amazing martinis.

Romanesco Broccoli- This geometrically beautiful veggie is native to Italy. Love it!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Every weekend Oxygen channel shows marathons of ANTM (America's Next Top Model). I love to see the shoots. Today They are showing a cycle that has my favorite girls. I love the girl that won this cycle, Mckey. Here's my favorite shoot from that cycle with the top 4 girls.




Winner: Mckey

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dinner Tonight: Hot and Spicy Chicken.....Cup of Soup

It's spicy, noodl-ey, and has enough sodium to mummify me.

Ramen Noodles in a Spicy Broth.....cuz even chefs get lazy

Halloumi: The Grilling Cheese

Halloumi. It's a cheese you can fry in a pan or grill. It becomes crispy on the outside and stays gooey in the inside. Mike described the taste of it like "eating a grilled cheese sandwich with out the bread." Yummm.

Halloumi Cheese being fried up in the pan.

This is a play on a Caprese Salad. It's a crostini on the bottom, topped with a fresh basil leaf, then tomato, finally the grilled halloumi with a balsamic reduction and olive oil drizzle. Heaven.

I recently came across a post on this fashion blog called Refinery29. It's one I frequent often. This post is their guide to "Become a Star Style Blogger." Let's see how I measure up...

1) Join Blogspot....check

2) Dress- Something Alexander Wang....well I designed an A. Wang style bag(that counts)....check

3) Mastered? Sure...but let's "take some tequila shots and try again" anyway....check

4) Is you're site showing growth? Well, I have followers that are not my Dad or immediate family....check

5) Take pics of food....check

6) You know you have made it when.....darn....back to the drawing board

Haha! =) Thanks everyone for following even though I have been slacking lately. Hopefully I will post more often soon.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Masterchef 2

On to round 2! Interview with producers on Tuesday!!!! One step closer.

I'm coming for you Gordon Ramsay!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Killer Shoes

Nothing like shoes inspired by H.R. Giger

Shoes by A. McQueen

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Chimichurri Steak with Roasted Potatoes and Grilled Onions

Not Your Grandmother's Tuna Fish Sandwich

I like tuna sandwiches, but thy tend to get old after a while.
The other weekend I made a roasted red pepper, feta and garlic dip for a baby shower. I had some extra, so I mixed that with tuna, and a homemade Chimichurri and it was amazing! Forget the mayo and mustard mix with tuna. Even Michael ate a sandwich, and he wouldn't normally touch a tuna sandwich with a ten foot pole.

Sev Puri

So, a couple weeks ago my good friend Kevin who moved away to Texas was visiting for the week. We decided to have an Indian night. I made the appetizer Sev Puai. It is a semolina puff topped with boiled potato, tomato, plain yogurt, sev, tamarind chutney and cilantro. I would call it an "Indian Nachos". Mike devoured most. Move over Aarti!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dominic Jones: Killing it Again

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Asian Apps

So, this meal was inspired by my Trader Joe's spring rolls that were stolen from my work's refrigerator. Who steals someone's lunch? Anyway, instead of buying another expensive 2 pack of rolls, I hit up Ranch 99 for my own ingredients. While there I picked up some gyoza wrappers for some pork dumplings. Enjoy!

Spring roll ingredients (green onion is missing)

Finished rolls

Rolls and the Home made pork dumplings

And to sip, of course, a Red Geisha

Photos by: Me

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Jewelry at Not Just A Label dot com

Mike's Hats

Hand painted hats by Michael Sebastian Venezia aka. Psez

Flank Steak on Wheat Crostini with Chimichurri Sauce and Grilled Onions

So yesterday Michael and I drank some margaritas and grilled up some great food.

The flank steak was very flavorful and juicy and the paring of the grilled onions ad the cool, but spicy Chimichurri sauce was a great combo.

I Got a New Ta-a-ttoooo!