Archive for May, 2009

Julix Bakes Brownies

May 28, 2009

I am headed to the beach next week, so this guest post from Julia Doctoroff is super timely

Since my blog is on hiatus, I decided to contribute to the lovely housebunny’s blog.

Many of you know that I’ve traded Joya greasy noodles for the goodness of Weight Watchers. Since I love to bake, I decided to try out a strange-sounding recipe I found on the WW website:

Low-fat Brownies

1/2 cup lentils
2 cup(s) water
1 cup(s) fat-free egg substitute
1 3/4 cup(s) sugar
1 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup(s) whole-grain wheat flour, or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp table salt
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips


Rinse lentils and combine with water in a pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, 40 minutes. Remove from heat and drain any excess liquid.

In a bowl, beat together egg substitute and sugar. Add applesauce, vanilla, flour, both cocoas and salt to egg substitute mixture. Stir in cooked lentils and chocolate chips.

Press mixture into a 9 X 13-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes. Cool and cut into 24 pieces.

It turns out kind of like a lentily fudge. You can’t really taste the lentils and it is VERY chocolatey. I give it high marks, especially if you are trying to get into beach body shape.


Chicago: Kuma’s Corner, Swine Flu

May 25, 2009

Over the long weekend, I went to Chicago, land of Wayne Campbell, to visit my friend Yasi. She took me to a metal bar called Kuma’s Corner, where they have amazing burgers, each with a heavy metal inspired name. There were many tempting options, but on the assumption that I would visit again and get another crack at the menu, I opted for the special:

Who could resist?

Who could resist?

So, we did have to wait an hour for a table, then another ninety minutes for our burgers to come, but we had drinks in hand, and the weather was nice, so we enjoyed the outdoor seating

We submit for the approval of the Midnight Society...

We submit for the approval of the Midnight Society...

90 minutes later…



Extreme Closeup! Aaaahhhhhhhhh!

Extreme Closeup! Aaaahhhhhhhhh!

We’re not worthy…

From Guangdong to Gowanus

May 19, 2009

In the last post I alluded to a Korean feast, which took place last Saturday, but I just had a few people over for dinner, and I have to blog about it ASAP.

I made a dish that I’d been intending to serve at the Korean feast, but didn’t. It was from the Mind Body and Seoul feature in the March ’09 issue of Gourmet: Warm Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce.


Tofu that tempts the staunchest of carnivores.

Tofu that tempts the staunchest of carnivores.

You can get the recipe from the link (above) to, but I will give you the shorthand here. This dish is super-easy to preapre. I made the sauce in advance, but if you’re doing it all at once, you start with simmering the tofu. You just put the tofu in a pot, cover it with water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling you turn the heat down very low, and it can just sit there until you’re ready to serve. Perfect for company—talk about low maintenance! Meanwhile, you make a sauce of some usual suspects: sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, sesame seeds, scallions… The recipe calls for special “Korean” red pepper flakes, but I just used some plain old crushed red pepper, and it was delightful. I never thought I’d see my guests work up so much enthusiasm for tofu! It was so tender. Even though the tofu is just covered in sauce and doesn’t marinade, it is very flavorful.

The other main dish was Guangdong-style steamed fish. On a recent trip to China, my friends and I had steamed fish almost everywhere we went. It’s something I’d never made for myself, but it is a lovely preparation for fish. I don’t have a bamboo steamer at home, and I thought this was something I’d need to get, but then I saw this AMAZING video on hulu. 




May 14, 2009

The most loyal readers of Houseboy’s blog have noticed that there hasn’t been a new post in over a week. That is due in large part to the fact that his parents were visiting from California.

We  ate out a lot, so I wasn’t doing much in the kitchen, but I did get to go to restaurants that are usually out of my price range. For instance,  The Green Table in Chelsea Market. I had their burger, which comes with a pile of kimchi on it. Mind blowing. It was so good.
My parents have returned to the Coast, so I will be back in the kitchen, and that burger has inspired me. I’m cooking up a Korean feast with Jen this weekend. Blog post to come!

Sauce on My Chops

May 5, 2009


I’ve had this idea lately that I want to make my own BBQ sauce. Tonight was the night. I made a Lexington-style BBQ sacue from I don’t know why I’d always assumed BBQ sauce would be hard to make. It was just vinegar, white pepper, black pepper, red pepper flakes, sugar, salt and ketchup. So easy.

The budget is tight, but I wanted meat. Pork chops. 

I broiled the pork chops for about 4 minutes on each side, then let them rest for a few minutes. While the chops were resting, I microwaved some broccoli. Once the broccoli was done, I pulled apart the pork with two forks, then doused it in sauce. SO GOOD. I washed it all down with a Pilsner from Lagunitas Brewing Company of my native California. 

I could have stopped there and had a wonderful evening, but there was one last essential ingredient. This is very important. Beaches, starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. I think I just made BBQ gay. Kudos me.

Bean Burrito Bliss

May 3, 2009

Fold it up. Take a bite.

In preparation for the week ahead, I decided to cook something I could bring to work for lunch. I went to an old standby: the burrito. For the filling, I went to this recipe for a Bean Burrito Casserole that I’ve made for dinner parties. Since I knew I’d be bringing it to work, I just made the filling of beans, onion, garlic, jalapeño, and cumin. I’ll bring a tortilla, avocado and cheese to work and assemble it there.

Once I made the filling I couldn’t help myself, so I fixed a delightful afternoon snack (above). I decided to augment the recipe by squeezing a lime over the filling and avocado before folding it up. Delicious.