RECIPE: Miso Salmon Teriyaki

salmon filet

Ingredients
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons miso(soybean paste)
4(6ounce) salmon fillets(about 1 inch thick)
cooking spray

Preheat broiler.

whisk the 4 ingredients

Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring with a whisk.
Arrange fish in a shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Spoon miso mixture evenly over fish.

covering the salmon with the sauce

Broil 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting twice with miso mixture.

broiled salmon

my yummy dinner!

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RECIPE: Paula Deen’s Spinach Gruyere Puff Pastry

Ingredients

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
1 (17 1/2-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

slicing up mushrooms

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drain spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.

draining the spinach

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, for 5 minutes. Stir together spinach, mushrooms and cheese; set aside. Roll 1 pastry sheet into a 13 by 11-inch rectangle.

mix everything

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush 1/2 melted butter over pastry. Spread 1/2 spinach mixture over butter. Roll-up, jellyroll fashion, starting with the long side. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry sheet, butter, and spinach mixture. (Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days, if desired.) Cut rolls into 1/4-inch thick slices.

fresh from the oven

Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

so yummy!

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The Irish House in New Orleans

The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA

the restaurant

We came here because we had a groupon. I’ve driven by this place countless times and it always looked packed. So from the outside this place looked chill so I walked over (yes that’s right. i live close enough to walk) in my t-shirt, jeans, and Rainbows, only to discover shortly after taking this photo that this is actually a nicer bar than I had imagined. I had enough time to rush home, change into nice clothes and drive over and still get there to meet my friend on time. sweet.

soda bread

I believe this place opened in about August or so. The ambiance was nice, dark wooden tables and huge plasma screens all over the place. So i guess this would be a good place to watch Saints games (as if New Orleans watches anything else………maybe LSU games. but even then, someone told me that Tulane is jealous of LSU’s football team and so by default cheers whatever team is opposing LSU).

Guiness

They had a decent beer list so we went with a Guinness. Joe really enjoyed it.

cheesy fries

since I read online that the fries are good, we started off with the cheesy fries. I wouldn’t say these were amazing but they were good. Very hot (cheese was still melting on them as they came out)

fish and chips

Joe had the fish and chips. He didn’t like how the batter came off so easily from the fish. I tried a bite and thought it was good but Joe wasn’t a fan.

chicken wings

my friend ordered the chicken wings. she had had someone else’s wings at this venue a few nights ago and all she could think about were these wings. I tried one and thought they were pretty good. lots of sauce. make sure you have plenty of napkins nearby so you don’t look like a cavewoman like I did.

Bangers and mash

I had the bangers and mash and thought these were really good. The potatoes were creamy and the sausage was good. I always wondered where the term bangers and mash came from and so I looked it up and saw that in WWII, the British were rationing everything and the sausages were prepared in such a way (back then, not today) that if the sausages were left on high heat for too long, they exploded (BANG!).

chocolate tower

we ended our night with this chocolate trifle which was delish! Overall, I would say the experience was pretty solid (altho most of our food was English, not Irish) and kinda expensive for pubfare but we had a groupon.

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RECIPE: Clam Bake

Ingredients:

Corona Beer
Fresh Clams

Directions:
1. Boil corona beer in a large steamer
2. Add clams to the steamer

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Garden House in Lawrence, MA

Garden House
108 Winthrop Avenue  Lawrence, MA 01843

(978) 691-5448Being one of two restaurants in the area to get Korean food, my family has been coming here for years. there’s another Korean restaurant in Lawrence not too far from this one but it’s constantly changing owners/managers/chefs and my parents ate here recently and were terribly dissatisfied with the quality of the korean buffet. (my mom said a lot of the food was days old).

tangsooyuk

We usually get the same few dishes, the sweet and sour beef (tangsooyuk). The beef is covered in a light batter and then deep fried while a thick, sweet and sour sauce is made separately and then poured onto the meat. we usually order to go because the area isn’t the safest at night (there’s actually a sign asking customers not to park in their own parking lot any more  because of recent frequent thefts). so it’s nice that they pack the sauces separate to keep things from getting soggy. I prefer the smaller pieces cuz they’re crunchier and easier to chew.

jajangmyun

so actually a friend of the family used to own this restaurant and he went to Korea to learn how to make really good jajangmyun and then came back and gave the recipe to this restaurant so whenever we go we almost always order the Double Jajangmyun (for a few bucks more, you can get double the amount). This dish is great for sharing. I love the black bean based sauce with lots of savory veggies.

jajangmyun

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