Though a little belated (but not as much as Food Journal 2011), this is a photojournal of the food that Curtis and I made in 2012. Click any photo for more information and/or to enter slideshow/carousel mode. Enjoy! (Reviewing and commenting on these photos made my stomach growl, so consider yourself warned.)
Jan 1, 2012. Embutido by my mom. Filipino version (but more complicated!) of meatloaf. That’s stuffed with kielbasa, egg, red pepper, and probably more.
January 1, 2012. Leche Flan, my aunt’s recipe. Homogenized and evaporated milk, sugar, caramelized sugar, steamed in a wok.
January 7, 2012. Shrimp Creole in honor of New Orleans’ playoff game. Too tomatoey and thick for my taste.
January 8, 2012. Spices, I think for chili. I love the look of this pile of spices.
Jan 9, 2012. Spaghetti with cheese and butter. Lazy comfort food nuked in the microwave.
Jan 9, 2012. Spinach Salad, probably by Curt.
Jan 14, 2012. Cioppino in honor of San Francisco v. New Orleans in NFL playoffs. San Fran won.
Jan 14, 2012. Sourdough bread in honor of San Fran vs. New Orleans in NFL playoffs.
Jan 14, 2012. Cioppino & Sourdough Bread.
Jan 15, 2012. Bread for Hot cheese Dip, in honor of Green Bay Packers NFL Playoff game.
Jan 15, 2012. Hot cheese Dip, in honor of Green Bay Packers NFL Playoff game.
Jan 21, 2012. Fettucine Carbonara, one of my favorites.
Jan 22, 2012. Oven Barbecue (really slow-baked) Ribs, Baked Beans, Mashed Potatoes.
Jan 24, 2102. Curt’s Cheeseburger & Fries.
Jan 25, 2012. Bibimbap! So fun to say, so fun to eat.
Jan 27, 2012. Spaghetti Carbonara. Be prepared to see this dish pop up in many forms throughout the year.
Jan 29, 2012. Lamb Stew. A good use of root vegetables on a winter’s day.
Jan 30, 2012. Curt’s French Toast. He may have used leftover sourdough bread here.
Jan 30, 2012. Chickpea and Carrot Salad, as written by Thomas Keller in Bouchon.
Jan 30, 2012. Cajun Meatloaf, from Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen.
Jan 31, 2012. Carrot Ginger Soup.
Jan 31, 2012. Curried Chicken.
Feb 1, 2012. Dinner Rolls from Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen.
Feb 1, 2012. Fettucine con le cozze (with mussels). From The Mondadori Regional Italian Cookbook.
Feb 1, 2012. Leftovers! Meatloaf, Coleslaw, Chickpea & Carrot Salad.
Feb 1, 2012. Paul Prudhomme’s Dinner Rolls from Louisiana Kitchen.
Feb 2, 2012. Asian Chicken Soup: ginger, chicken, sambal, pho noodles, cilantro, carrot.
Feb 7, 2012. Broccoli and carrots, probably steamed.
Feb 7, 2012. Sometimes you just want a massive plate of spaghetti bolognese, no?
Feb 11, 2012. Iceberg salad with homemade blue cheese buttermilk dressing.
Feb 11, 2012. The best fried chicken in the world. Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc, Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
Feb 11, 2012. Another view of the best fried chicken ever: brined with lemon overnight, dipped in buttermilk before dredging.
Feb 14, 2012. Beet and Greens Salad.
Feb 14, 2012. Steak with Gremolata, Potato Cake, Sauteed Broccoli Rabe.
March 2, 2012. Pastrami Bread Pudding that got a little too toasty.
March 3, 2012. Lechon (I think pork belly) and achara (Filipino pickled vegetables).
March 5, 2012. Caramelized apples.
March 5, 2012. Smoked Pork chop, achara, rice.
March 7, 2012. Fish Sinigang.
March 11, 2012. Rib-eye steak. Gorgonzola mac and cheese, caramelized cippolini onions.
March 12, 2012. Leftover magic! Curt’s Spinach Fettucine with blue cheese and steak.
March 15, 2012. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage. Not the prettiest thing, and with sage, a little too sweet.
March 15, 2012. Steamed Green Beans.
March 15, 2012. Moroccan Chicken. LOVE this dish. Preserved lemon, spices, long cooking – very soulful.
March 24, 2012. Shrimp Gumbo.
March 24, 2012. Fried Chicken! (It’s another favorite, can you tell?)
March 24, 2012. Baked Mac and Cheese.
March 24, 2012. Spinach and Apple Salad.
March 26, 2012. Curt’s Liver and Onions, and a Manhattan in honor of the Mad Men season premiere.
March 26, 2012. Curt’s Liver and Onions, bacon, broccoli rabe.
March 27, 2012. Pork Sinigang.
March 30, 2012. Meatloaf, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Glazed Carrots, Mashed Potatoes.
March 31, 2012. Pochero, one of my mom’s childhood favorites. Similar to Spanish Cocido.
April 8, 2012. Easter Dinner: Roast lamb, potato kugel, creamed spinach. Yeah, the lamb was a little underdone, but great for leftovers.
April 12, 2012. Pork and lamb ragu over rigatoni.
April 14, 2012. Baked Potato.
April 14, 2012. Chicken and Dumpling Soup. Dumplings from Doughboy recipe in Extending the Table.
April 19, 2012. Cauliflower with Anchovies, from Mondadori Regional Italian Cookbook.
April 19, 2012. Roast potatoes.
April 19, 2012. Shells and Cheese.
April 19, 2012. Fried chicken.
April 21, 2012. Amanda’s odd version of sausage and peppers: kielbasa and green pepper on spaghetti (no tomato).
April 22, 2012. Gnocchi pesto, a little overcooked. Spinach Salad.
April 24, 2012. One of the best Cuban sandwiches ever! I made the pan de cubano, roast pork, and Curt constructed the sandwich with additional ham, pickle, Swiss cheese, and pressed it in our grill pan with a pan lid. A place in our neighborhood claimed to have the “best Cuban sandwiches” – but since they’ve gone out of business, we have to make our own.
April 25, 2012. Omelet with Pan de Cubano.
April 28, 2012. Cuban Breakfast Sandwich.
May 2, 2012. Spinach pie. The spinach was good, crust too crumbly. I think I overworked it.
May 3, 2012. Fettucine Marinara. Too dry, I try to stretch the sauce too much sometimes.
May 3, 2012. Sauteed broccoli rabe.
May 11, 2012. Mixed pasta carbonara.
May 12, 2012. Potato Salad with caper, onions.
May 12, 2012. Sauteed broccoli rabe.
May 12, 2012. Curt’s Mixed Grill Sausages, courtesy of Schaller & Weber.
May 13, 2012. Curt’s Steak and Pepper kebabs.
May 16, 2012. Chickpea and Carrot Salad, a la Thomas Keller’s Bouchon.
May 16, 2012. Knockwurst in Marinara Sauce with Ziti.
May 16, 2012. Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Red Peppers.
May 18, 2012. Curt’s Juicy Lucy’s. You can’t see it in the pic, but he put cheese on one burger patty, and covered with another patty. Then you grill, melting the cheese inside.
May 20, 2012. Linguine Carbonara with Broccoli Rabe.
May 21, 2012. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Again, the crust was bad, maybe I didn’t roll out thin enough.
May 21, 2012. Curt’s Spinach and Kim Chee Beet Salad.
May 21, 2012. Filipino Pork BBQ, broiled instead of barbecued. What really matters here is the marinade, which gives it the distinctive sweet and tangy taste.
May 24, 2012. Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and tomatoes.
May 25, 2012. Bibimbap with fiddlehead ferns.
May 27, 2012. Chilled Asparagus Salad from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon.
May 27, 2012. Grilled Rib-Eye and Rice.
May 29, 2012. Sauteed Greens with Capelin and egg. My brain turned off when I put this together: egg and greens? too much capelin. It was inedible.
May 31, 2012. Curt’s Smoked Trout Bagels. Smoked Trout courtesy of Max Creek Hatchery.
May 31, 2012. Curt’s Taco Salad. One of our favorite ways to eat our vegetables for dinner!
June 16, 2012. I think this is Curt’s – he’s much more adept at presentation than I am. Blue snapper, grilled zucchini, and pesto spaghetti.
June 21, 2012. Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, and Rice. A typical Southern/Filipino meal in our house.
June 30, 2012. Curt’s Fried Green Tomatoes. Dip ’em in a bit of a vinegar while eating.
July 2, 2012. An utter summer favorite: Insalata Caprese.
July 2, 2012. Poached Chicken with leeks and lemon spaghetti.
July 3, 2012. Pizza Margherita.
July 3, 2012. Soupe au Pistou: like Minestrone with summer vegetables, kidney beans, orzo, a dollop of pistou (like pesto) on top.
July 6, 2012. Caprese Salad. You’ll see more of these, tomato season doesn’t end until late August.
July 10, 2012. Bibimbap. One of our favorite “thrown together” dishes.
July 12, 2012. (Huge) Fried Catfish Nuggets over Green Salad..
July 13, 2012. Duck, Oyster, and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya.
July 14, 2012. Marinara Lasagna.
September 4, 2012. Spaghetti Bolognese.
September 4, 2012. Gazpacho. Love this cold soup with the acidity of sherry vinegar.
September 4, 2012. Spanish potato tortilla. Recipe from Ferran Adria’s Family Meal.
September 7, 2012. Pizza Margherita.
September 8, 2012. Filipino marinated pork (a la Pork BBQ), and summer vegetable stir fry.
September 10, 2012. Stir fried bok choy with oyster sauce.
September 10, 2012. Chicken adobo.
September 12, 2012. Poached shrimp with lemon spaghetti.
September 13, 2012. Zucchini and tomato sauteed with basil. A new, delicious favorite of ours in the summer and dog days.
September 3, 2012. Boiled corn on the cob.
September 13, 2012. My first attempt at Hushpuppies! I didn’t know what they were supposed to be like. Curt said, “like that” and pointed to these draining on the paper towel.
September 13, 2012. Fried Catfish. Love this in the summer.
September 15, 2012. Pork Sinigang. Love this all of the time.
September 16, 2012. Boiled and buttered corn on the cob.
September 16, 2012. 4-Hour oven baked pork ribs.
September 16, 2012. Mashed potatoes.
October 19, 2012. My burned first attempt at tostones.
Oct 19, 2012. Chicken adobo, green beans, rice.
October 21, 2012. Can’t get enough corn on the cob!
October 21, 2012. Or oven baked ribs…
October 21, 2012. Baked mac and cheese shells.
October 23, 2012. What my mom used to call “refrigerator soup” – chicken, macaroni and other veg you have lying around.
October 24, 2012. Roasted Brussel Sprouts.
October 24, 2012. Rigatoni Bolognese.
October 28, 2012. Mixed Southern Greens.
October 28, 2012. Chicken and Kielbasa Gumbo.
November 7, 2012. Baked mac and cheese.
November 7, 2012. Coleslaw.
November 7, 2012. Knockwurst and (burned) root vegetable hash.
November 8, 2012. Sauteed kale.
November 8, 2012. Perciatelli Ragu. I love the feel of sucking up these long, hollow noodles – they remind me (not in a bad way) of Chef Boyardee Beefaroni. Everyone has to have a childhood guilty pleasure, right?
November 9, 2012. Sourdough Pumpernickel Rye Bread.
November 10, 2012. Pumpernickel and sauerkraut.
November 10, 2012. Sausage and bean soup with unappetizing experiments of fat.
November 21, 2012. My challenge from Curt after he bought the produce.
November 21, 2012. Thanksgiving bounty.
November 22, 2012. Purple kale!
November 22, 2012. Ham before baking.
November 22, 2012. Ham after glazing (it tasted better than it looked, I swear!).
November 22, 2012. Roasted Brussel Sprouts.
November 22, 2012. Sauteed purple kale.
November 22, 2012. Glazed carrots.
November 22, 2012. Mashed potatoes.
November 22, 2012. Glazed ham.
December 5, 2012. Mixed Southern Greens.
December 5, 2012. Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo.
December 6, 2012. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.
December 6, 2012. Cajun Smothered Potatoes.
December 6, 2012. Cajun meatloaf, Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen.
December 8, 2012. Lemon Butter Angel Hair Pasta. I still can’t cook or properly sauce Angel Hair…
December 10, 2012. Fettucine Ragu with Sauteed Kale.
December 12, 2012. Linguine Ragu with Sauteed Kale.
December 12, 2012. Roast chicken on a bed of Root Vegetables (see Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc).
December 14, 2012. Buttermilk Pancakes, Bacon, Caramelized Asian Pear.
December 18, 2012. Chicken Noodle Soup.
Dec 24, 2012. Feast of Seven Fishes: Bagna Cauda. Fish = anchovies.
Dec 24, 2012. Feast of Seven Fishes. Crudite for dipping into Bagna Cauda.
Dec 24, 2012. Feast of seven Fishes. Pan-fried flounder with rosemary and lemon.
Dec 24, 2012. Feast of Seven Fishes. Spaghetti con le cozze (with mussels).
Dec 25, 2012. Christmas Dinner: Prime Rib.
Dec 25, 2012. Christmas Dinner: Prime Rib.
Dec 25, 2012. Christmas dinner: Glazed Carrots a la Jacques Pepin.
Dec 25, 2012. Christmas Dinner: Gratin Dauphinois.
Dec 25, 2012. Christmas Dinner: Yorkshire Pudding.
Dec 25, 2012. Cut Prime RIb, Durgin Park/Keen’s-style (i.e. HUGE portions).
Dec 26, 2012. Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.
Dec 28, 2012. Leftovers! Spaghetti con le cozze and flounder.
Dec 30, 2012. Whole wheat Breakfast Burrito with fried potatoes.
Dec 30, 2012. Michelada.
Dec 31, 2012. Grilled Steak and Broccoli with cheese sauce.
Dec 31, 2012. Loaded Baked Potato.