Posts Tagged ‘food’

First visit to “Four Sisters”

What I love about my girlfriends.. they love not only to eat.. but they like to try new places and foods! This time we chose the highly talked about Four Sisters at the new shopping center in Merrifield Virginia known as the Mosaic District.
We started off with a few orders of Goi Cuon (Fresg garden shrimp & pork rolls) and Cha Gio (Crispy Pork Spring Rolls). Being pregnant.. I was really loving the fried rolls this time around. Might I add.. there was not one roll left– they went like hot cakes.
Thank goodness we had our friend Vi with us. She’s Vietnamese and knows all the dishes and helped us order. I stuck with my traditional favorite.. the Beef Pho. Some of my girlfriends ventured out and tried the Caramelized Fish Claypot. Lettuce Wraps were popular too. Some of my girlfriends brought their kids.. and chicken fried rice was a good choice for them.
Check out my 6 second Pho… courtesy Vine!

The space was perfect, parking was easy and free! Really enjoyed the staff who were friendly and attentive.. especially for a big party like ours. As for pricing.. not bad: Dishes ranged from $8- $15. Apps started at $4.25.

Jackie, Catherine with Juliette, Angie, Sumita, Alex, Vi, Kelly, April and Kere with Leighton

 

Easy Breakfast Casserole

I cooked again.. thanks to my gal pal Charlitta Rodrigues at work. She sometimes brings in this real tasty breakfast casserole that I can’t resist! She shared the recipe so that I could try to make it for Christmas morning. It was so easy.. especially for someone like myself..who doesn’t know how to cook! See for yourself and don’t forget the sour cream in the end.. it really does make it extra good!
INGREDIENTS
1 role of Jimmy Dean SPICY sausage (get the spicy – b/c that’s what adds the seasoning kick!)
1 large potato (or half bag of frozen potatoes – NOT w/the red/green peppers)
6-7 eggs
3/4 bag of mild cheddar cheese
1 can of cream of mushroom
Optional: half of white onion – chopped

DIRECTIONS
– brown sausage
– on medium heat… brown potatoes for about 20 mins in about 2 tsps of vegetable oil until soft. (optional: season w/salt & pepper) Don’t
be tempted to add more vegetable oil. If the potatoes stick – turn the heat down and cover with lid for about 3 mins. If that doesn’t work –
only then add oil. Too much oil will make them greasy.
– scramble eggs
-(optional) saute onions
-combine cooked sausage, potatoes and eggs (and onions) in a bowl
-add cream of mushroom
-add cheese (half of bag)
– mix well
-spread the casserole in a baking dish
-Cover casserole with 1/4 of bag of cheese
-bake for about 20 mins on 350 degrees… or until cheese is melted
-don’t spray baking dish. There’s enough oil from the sausage and cream of mushroom to be ok)
– Let cool.. and serve with a dollop of sour cream… and don’t forget the orange juice!

Coming Soon: Super Saturday

Don’t they say Super Bowl food is as important as football when it comes to party planning? Well we hope you’ll tune in this Saturday morning at 9AM when we have Wildfire’s Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq on to show us some easy appetizers on game day. Feel free to send me your best game day recipes.. we want things that are easy and big hits at the party. By the way, NBC4 will have full Super Bowl coverage with Vance and Hellie reporting LIVE February 5th. Check out their hilarious promo below:

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

Making Korean Spicy Tofu

Yes.. it’s me again in the kitchen!

This time I shared a recipe for a childhood favorite- spicy Korean tofu. Before you gag thinking about tofu – hear me out. It is delicious if prepared with the right seasoning and spices. I had a great time cooking this great Korean dish with the help of photographer Jeff Piper. You can watch the cooking segment on NBC Washington’s NonStop Channel. My mom Chin even makes an appearance. You can find it on Comcast 208,VZ FIOS 460 or COX 803. I’ve included the recipe below. Enjoy!

Spiced Korean Tofu
You need a half package of firm tofu (about 10 oz: 280 grams), light soy sauce, splenda, green onion, sesame oil, roasted sesame seeds, hot pepper flakes, vegetable or canola oil.

  • Slice the tofu into bite size pieces (¼ inch thick rectangles). You should get 10 pieces. Towel off each piece with a paper towel.
  • Heat a pan with 1 to 2 tbs of vegetable or canola oil. Add the tofu and lower the heat. Cook over low heat about 5-7 minutes.
  • When the bottom of the tofu looks golden brown, turn it over and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the cooked tofu to a serving plate.
  • Make your sauce in a small bowl by mixing these ingredients: 1 chopped green onion, 1 ts hot pepper flakes, 1 ts splenda, 2 tbs low sodium soy sauce, and 2 ts sesame oil, you can ad a clove of garlic for extra flavor too

Generously spoon the sauce evenly over the tofu decorating the top with scallions. Then sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds just before serving. Serve with rice with any traditional Korean side dish

My first pot roast

It’s no secret I don’t spend much time in my kitchen. I wish I could lie and tell you I’ve gotten great use out of all the appliances and utensils I got for my wedding back in 2008.  The truth is.. I’m no cook.  If you’re friends with me on Facebook you saw my latest attempt to make my poor daughter a grilled cheese.

But they say when you fail (or fry), get up again right? So with the encouragement of a co-worker (Luanne) and a recipe she kindly shared with me I decided that I would make Christmas Eve dinner as a gift to my family.

I admit I didn’t try to overachieve. The key here was to keep it simple, so I took on my first pot roast.I waited last minute to buy the ingredients so the day before Christmas Eve I was in Whole Foods cursing the place out loud angry that “this place has NO processed food!” I couldn’t find the beef bouillon cubes, vegetable oil yada yada. Note: Whole Foods is not the best place for a Paula Deen recipe!

In the end everything turned out edible.. which for me was a win. The biggest mistake I made was actually not preparing it til 2pm. With 8 hours of slow cooking ahead.. it made for a late night dinner. I tried to expedite the process by turning the low level to high. Took it out by 8PM and some pieces were fall-apart tender.. .others.. well.. as my husband says it.. “I like my meat chewy.” (Recipe is below)

Ingredients
•    1 (3-pound) boneless chuck roast
•    1 1/2 teaspoons House seasoning, recipe follows
•    1/4 cup vegetable oil
•    1 onion, thinly sliced
•    3 bay leaves
•    3 or 4 beef bouillon cubes, crushed
•    2 garlic cloves, crushed
•    1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
•    1/2 cup Chardonnay

Directions
Sprinkle roast on all sides with house seasoning. Using a skillet over high heat, sear roast until brown in oil. Place roast in a slow cooker, and layer onions, bay leaves, crushed bouillon cubes, garlic, and cream of mushroom soup. Add the Chardonnay and cover with enough water to cover all of the ingredients. Cook on the low setting for 8 hours.
House Seasoning:
•    1 cup salt
•    1/4 cup black pepper
•    1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months

 

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Sundays can be fun days. Check out our breakfast potluck at NBC4 this morning. There’s nothing better to get you going early on a weekend morning then some egg sausage casserole and cinnamon rolls. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody!

Elaine Reyes and John Schriffen show how they roll

Charlitta’s winning casserole

Getting gub with John and producer Andy

Fashion’s Night Out

Pounding Rain, 2 and half hours sitting in traffic.. nothing could keep me away from Fashion’s Night Out. I joined good girlfriends to toast FNO Georgetown at the VIP reception held at L2. From their we made our rounds to Dean & Deluca, Nectar Skin Bar, Intermix  and more. We enjoyed Citronelle’s fashion show and great wining and dining at Peacock Cafe’ after hours.  Check out more pictures from DC’s most fashionable night!

Oh and of course you know who had to partake in FNO! Check out her new boots.

Gumbo Cook-Off

Do you love Gumbo?

Well, The 18th Amendment has just the fix for you. Next Wednesday the popular tavern and home to LSU and Saints fans will host a Gumbo Cookoff.
Anyone can enter the cookout, but only 5 contestants will be asked to cook for the judges. The winner will receive $200 airline voucher and
bragging right for making the “Best Gumbo in Town”

Wait…need more?

The 18th will also host their first ever Crawfish Boil on September 3rd. Fresh crawfish will be shipped overnight to the tavern and served from 4pm-6pm.
Tickets are $25 so act now before they’re gone!

BRB: Neighbor with a big bite

Okay if you’re gonna break your diet.. and you’re doing it with burgers you must go big or don’t go at all.

Yes that’s my table at the new BRB burger joint in Reston Town Center. BRB which stands for Be Right Burger opened up right next to the ice skating rank.

FREE BURGER: Check in w/ Foursquare

DEALS: Join BRB on Facebook

It’s really a cool concept. There are touch screens for you to place your order and pay for it while you’re waiting in line. The signature items run the hunger gamut.. from the Samurai Turkey Burger, to the Shroomin Burger, the Lobster Roll and the monster Hangover (see below). What I love is that the meat is all-natural, hormone and antibiotic free Angus beef from a local Maryland farm.

Adora who has just started to eat solids took a liking to the kid french fries- cut out like smiley faces! Sauces were amazing too– my fave was the wasabi mayo which is what I dipped my fries in. Oh the best part. Thursday through Friday BRB is open until 3AM! BRB is located at 1820 Discovery Street at the Reston Town Center.

Where the beef… meets broadcast

Shawn, Me and Elaine with Chef Philippe Reininger

The weather was perfect for an afternoon lunch with the news gals here in DC. This time we gathered at the new J&G Steakhouse on 15th and Pennsylvania. As we enjoyed appetizing fried calamari and rice cracker crusted tuna we laughed about being moms and the new “Go the ___ to Sleep” book that’s all the rave these days amongst parents. When it was entree’ time we were impressed to find out that the steakhouse is vegan friendly! A couple of the gals had no problem ordering. Halibut in a scallion-spicy chili sauce was a popular pick this day. I was also happy to see they have Sips & Bites from 5-7pm on weekdays where you can get smaller portions of their dishes paired with wine at the wine bar.

MORE: Women of Good Taste Fashion Series

It was also great to chit chat with cityshopgirl turned radio host Kelly Collis who recently helped launch the new morning show on 94.7 FRESH FM. Shout out to Eun Yang for arranging the get together… really enjoyed catching up with all the girls at the table.. Anita Brikman, Lesli Foster, Elaine Reyes and Shawn Yancy!

Beautiful fruit dessert in sangria

Great patio for outside dining

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