Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kern ernd Cherkern Cherder (a.k.a. Corn and Chicken Chowder)

Speaking like that will really never get old. Never. Ever. I will be getting married and say "er der" instead of "I do". That is how much it means to me.
But now to the main point of the post, I have been pestering my mom to let me cook dinner so I can blog about it. And there is something with me and cooking soups that just makes me happy and my family not so much. I just like stirring things I guess. I found this recipe through foodgawker, and adapted it according to what I like and what we had (I'm terrible at making grocery lists because I always get too lazy to check if we have a certain ingredient and then assume we have cayenne pepper when we really haven't ever owned any...)

Corn and Chicken Chowder: Adapted from Buns In My Oven
Makes a ridiculous amount of soup that could feed a village

- 30 ounce can of corn
- 6 slices of bacon, chopped
- Half a medium bundle of green onions (separate whites from greens)
- 3 medium potatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2 cups (one can) chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp. all spice
- 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp. shichimi togarashi (red pepper mix), you can also use cayenne pepper
- 4 ounces green chiles
- 2 cups shredded chicken (I sauteed my own but you can also use rotisserie store bought chicken)
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic salt
- Grated cheddar cheese (garnish)

Let's get cookin' good lookin'...
1. In a large pot (you'll only be using one pot the whole time so make sure it's a large one) fry the bacon.
2. Remove the bacon from the pot once it's crisp and set it aside. LEAVE THE DRIPPINGS IN THE POT.
3. Peel and chop the potatoes into bite sized pieces.
4. Chop the green onions super thin, making sure to separate the greens from the whites.
5. Place the potatoes, chopped onion, and chopped green onions (the white ones... wow that sounds confusing) in the pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until onions are soft.
6. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
7. Pour in the milk, chicken stock, all spice, thyme, parsley, shichimi togarashi, salt, pepper, and garlic salt.
8. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
9. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
10. Add corn, chicken, and green chiles.
11. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
12. Garnish with any extra onions, bacon, or cheddar cheese.
13. Voila! Delicious soup.

Final ruling...
This has to be my second favorite soup I have ever made. My first favorite is chicken alphabet soup and that will be making an appearance on the blog sometime in the near future. It's hearty enough to be a meal, but I paired it with bacon sandwiches anyways. Because my dad loves bacon. There are enough leftovers to feed me for days and I have a feeling it will be one of those "even better as leftovers" meals. It's a lot of prep but it's totally worth it!

Until next time,

Dropping In

Hello friends, I'm just dropping in to see how y'all are doing. I am now on fall break which is awesome except my fall break will be spent doing homework and working which is not as great. At least I won't have to wake up at 5 every morning. Now I am just anxiously awaiting all of my final grades for quarter one and then I may be able to relax just a little. We'll see. And as for the blog, I hope to be posting some cooking stuff soon. Let's see if the parentals permit me to ruin the kitchen.

Until next time,

Monday, September 24, 2012

I Am A Tomato And I Love It

Yes, friends, I dyed my hair red.

Woopeeeeee!!! As you can see from my facial expression I am so happy~~~ I really am though. I love having my red hair back! Also, check out this awesome sweater. It was $4 from Goodwill. I love Goodwill.

Well friends, I have mountains of homework to complete and tests to study for. Fall break is next week! I can do this.

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

OOTD: Mosquito Militia

--- Outfit Details ---
Blouse: eBay (gift from my seeester)
Skirt: Forever21
Shoes: Amazon (100000 years ago...)

So, friends, I am currently sitting here writing this post as I scratch the skin off of my legs. Why? Because it rained today, friends. It rained and the standing water is a great nesting ground for mosquito larvae to fester. And fester, they did. They festered up my legs, my arms, my face, my SCALP. I was only out back for 10 minutes taking these photos and now I am covered in bites. This does not make for a happy Alissa, let me tell you.

Anyways, I love this shirt. My sister ordered it for me off of eBay because she is the best. It was only $15ish, shipping included! Sadly, it's pretty poorly made and I don't expect it to last very long but I will love it while I can. I love slouchy sheer tops. They are ridiculously comfortable and provide enough coverage to where I don't feel the need to wear a cardigan but are still very light and airy. I do not like to show my shoulder area, it's strange and I don't like it. BUT SHEER TOPS MAN, THEY SOLVE THIS PROBLEM.

But now, I am off to study and do homework and be a good student. It's what I do.

Until next time,

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sneak Preview

Dun dun dun...
Working on a couple different DIY masks for y'all.
Stay tuned!

Until next time,

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sea Cucumbers

Warning: These are not actual sea cucumbers. Do not be alarmed. They are soaked in "sea salt" though and me being witty and everything, I must call them sea cucumbers. Okay.

I love cucumbers, oh my word. My grandma Miyake has been feeding me these babies, prepared the exact same way, since I was a baby myself. They're ridiculously simple to make and so extremely healthy for you. This is barely even a recipe because it is just so darn easy to do, but you wouldn't believe how many people stare at me like I'm crazy when I tell them my favorite food is "cucumbers soaked in salt water" (i.e. Frances).

- Cucumbers
- Salt
- That's it
- That's all you need
- So easy

Let's get cookin' good lookin'...
1. Wash your cucumbers, you can use as many or as little as you like.
2. Peel them in long STRIPES. Do not peel off all the skin, that would make them mushy.
3. Slice them (see picture above for thickness) into little disks.
4. Place all the cucumber disks into a size-appropriate bowl and add enough water to completely cover them.
5. ADD TONS OF SAAALT. By tons, I mean completely cover the top of the water with a sheet of salt. Do not tread lightly, it gets watered down in the huge bowl and you need a lot to make a difference in seasoning. DON'T FRET, KIDNEYS.
6. Mix until the salt is evenly distributed throughout the water
7. Soak for an hour or more, depending on how soft/firm you want them. Just feel/taste as you go.
8. Voila! Delicious (healthy) cucumbers!

Julia Child will roll over in her grave when she realizes HOW EASY THIS IS. Next time you have leftover cucumbers from a salad you made, try this out. Do it. Please. I beg you.

Until next time,

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

OOTD: Meet My Dog, Booby

--- Outfit Details ---
Dress: Borrowed from my mother!
Belt: Forever21
Shoes: Ross

My dogs name is not literally Booby. His name is Buster. But we call him Booby as well as Bubby, Bobo, Bubby, Buddy, Tard, and occasionally Buster. Oh and my sister calls him Kitty. I don't know where that came from. I had to take him for a walk and I figured I would take some outfit pictures while I'm outside. MULTI-TASKING: I AM GOOD AT IT.

In other news, I would just like to say that I wear my moms clothes more than my mom wears her clothes. This dress is so perfect. I love the tones of blues and greens and how they're sort of grayish instead of primary and bright. I like the neckline because I don't have to constantly be pulling up the dress and adjusting it all the time. The length is so perfect and it just fits so nice. I would like to hunt for pattern of some sort that matches this dress exactly because I want it in millions of prints and colors.

Anyways, I hope you're all having a fantastic week. It's almost Friday!

Until next time,

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

OOTD: Frolicking in the Woods in a Dress and Pearls \m/

--- Outfit Details ---
Dress: Garage sale
Sweater: Borrowed from my mother!
Shoes: Forever21
Bracelets: Forever21

Hello friends! I've been traveling under the radar in the blogosphere lately but I just wanted to share today's outfit with y'all pretty quickly. This is my favorite dress ever. My friend Jackie had a garage sale a month or so ago and I dropped by to say hi. I'm so glad I did. I found this beauty on one of the racks and paid only $10 for a dress that was only worn once. I love garage sales.

In other news, these shoes are falling apart. I have completely worn down the heels to the point where metal is sticking out and some of the fake leather is falling off at certain parts. But I love these shoes and I will wear them until it's only the laces left. I swear it.

I hope you're all having a great week, WE'RE ALMOST HALF WAY DONE WITH IT YES BE POSITIVE. I will talk at you all soon.

Until next time,

Saturday, September 8, 2012

These Boots Were Made For Walking

Hey guys, just wanted to pop in and say hello. I found my camera so be expecting more posts with better photos that aren't from instagram or VSCO :3 My mom bought me these boots for my birthday and I absolutely love them, so naturally I wear them in the summer. Who cares about dressing seasonally? Not me.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time,