Archive | July, 2012

The Asada Treatment

29 Jul

So it must be pretty obvious by now that The Husband and I like a few things, namely spicy food, grilling and drinking. We like entertaining and having friends over, and the grill (and the Southern California weather) are pretty perfect foils for that.

Recently I found a carne asada recipe that I decided to tweak and use for marinating a whole chicken. “Carne” means meat, right, not necessarily beef, so I thought it would work. And boy, did it. I butterflied that chicken and let it sit for a day before throwing it on the grill, and everyone was happy! Continue reading

Pork Burgers and Green Bean Fries

28 Jul

We are usually addicted to bison burgers on a Friday night—they’re just so good we can’t seem to deviate. Until that Friday when there was no bison to be had at the Whole Foods. PANIC! I called The Husband to see if he wanted a turkey burger, which he initially poo-pooed until he realized he had no choice.

Then I spotted the ground pork—hey, I could mix the ground turkey with the pork to give it more flavor! No, said The Husband. I want an all-pork burger. And so he shall, I decided, but of course I need to make it spicy like my bison burgers. So off to the chili section for some serranos, and the store actually managed to have some jalapeño-cheddar burger buns. Result! Grab some arugula and we’re good to go. Continue reading

Vegan Lemon Curd Cupcakes

22 Jul

I’m posting this because Lucy requested it, and I hope she makes them for her delightful-sounding little ones. They’ve got so many food allergies, and Lucy seems to be a supermom keeping up with it all! Although they can’t have dairy or eggs, luckily they can eat wheat, so these cupcakes should be a perfect treat for them. Continue reading

A Little Taste of Summer: Lemon Curd Cupcakes

21 Jul

Do you like the look of my lemons?

It’s been a while since I baked, and The Husband’s office was having a potluck, which is always a great excuse for me to get the Kitchen Aid out. The Husband requested my pudding-filled lemon cupcakes, and I decided to tweak it a little for the barbeque. Mainly because the ones he likes are the vegan ones, and for once I needed to make a huge batch, so off to Martha Stewart‘s cupcake cookbook I went. She doesn’t have a recipe that makes less than two dozen. I guess her usual market is not a married couple without children, and there’s only so many cupcakes that The Husband can eat! Continue reading

Today is My Blog-aversary!

18 Jul

I can’t believe it’s been a year already since The Husband’s needling me about starting my own blog finally sunk in, and Tiny Kitchen Stories was born. And thanks to all of you who have nicknamed it “TKS” and read, like and comment often. It is truly, deeply appreciated.

So instead of a round-up of the year, I thought I’d round up my little jaunt up to Santa Barbara and Los Angeles for my birthday, which was full of fun, lots of eating and friends old and new. I was eating for gold that week, as I knew when I returned I was going to do a seven-day raw food cleanse and then change my diet. Right now I’m off gluten, corn, grains, potatoes, eggs, soy, dairy….yes, some of you may ask—What the hell is left? What will happen to TKS? Continue reading

Happy Independence Day!

4 Jul

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Scary thing is, one of these guys fell over right after the shot. We aren’t sure if he had a heart attack or what! Poor guy. That’s patriotism for you!

Thanks to all our Americans in service. We appreciate all you do!

Our Fave Restaurant: Julienne

1 Jul

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Justin West is a genius, pure and simple. His food is incredible, and he runs the restaurant with his wife, Emma. There is soon to be a little West, keeping the lovely cooking skills in the family. Continue reading