Butter is Magic.

Hello! This summer is finally winding down. I just had the busiest two weeks of my entire life. I subbed at a preschool for a week and grew so attached to this little ones! Then I spent the next week volunteering for Vacation Bible School at my church and wrangled a bunch of new kids to get attached to. I got to use my dad’s camera this week at camp and ran around all day snapping pictures of every single cute face in attendance. I think I’m gonna slowly start weaning my dad off his camera and eventually steal it. 

BUUUUT, Corynn is officially back, which means more Corn and not just Quiche! I am so excited because that means we will be living together so so soon. Blog posts will be more regular again and the world will be more balanced and at peace. 

Lately I have been very into mushrooms, but not the cremini mushrooms or the bland white mushrooms. I love the more uncommon breeds of mushrooms like king trumpet mushrooms or beech mushrooms. They’re a pretty good source of protein and have such a clean, earthy taste. 

Here’s how I prepare my mushroom rice bowl.

Sauté mushrooms in a generous amount of butter.

(TANGENT: I really love butter and would love to cook everything in butter if it was a reasonable option. Turns out a lot of butter every day isn’t all that healthy for you… Butter is such a complex ingredient and the different types and brands can make a huge difference in your dish. My favorite brand is Kerrygold * AHEM sponsor us* and sometimes, I will slice a really thin sliver off the block and let it melt in my mouth.)

Anyways yes, sauté the mushrooms. If you are using larger mushrooms, it’s a good idea to slice them so they cook faster and have a larger surface area hitting the heat of the pan. 

ALSO DO NOT OVERCROWD THE PAN!!!!!! 

Mushrooms have a lot of moisture so if you overcrowd, the mushrooms will steam instead of getting golden brown and crispy(ish).

As far as seasoning, wait until towards the end of your mushroom cooking process because salt draws out moisture and again, we want crispy mushrooms, not steamed mushrooms. Lawry’s garlic salt is my favorite to sprinkle on these little babies because for some reason, butter and Lawry’s is a match made in heaven… Probably because garlic and butter is a the most beautiful combination to ever exist. 

You can also use salt and pepper, or any other spice combination you can think of. Test something out and leave a comment if it turns out well!

In my mushroom rice bowl, I start with a bowl of rice then top with my sautéed mushrooms and add a fried egg or two on top! I even fry my eggs in the same pan as the mushrooms with give an interesting umami flavor to the eggs… also because I’m lazy and don’t want to pull out another pan and then wash it after I’m finished. Lazy or practical??? My vote goes to practical. 

Thanks for reading!

Nothin’ Whack.

Hey friends! It’s Jennifer. I apologize for the lack of blog content, but this summer has been more busy than I anticipated. I’ve been subbing at a preschool on and off, as well as working on my online summer course (ughhhh 1 week left), and doing my internship with the youth at my church. At this point, I don’t know which is more exhausting: working with youth or working with small children.

On a brighter note, it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year! Happy National Ice Cream Day! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for ice cream. I will eat it any time of the day and will always say yes to accompany you to grab a scoop or two or three… actually, might as well make that a pint. I’d love to share my favorite ice cream joints and flavors in another post, if you’re into that. 

Anyways, for this week’s post, I wanted to share my love for beach picnics! In the wise words of Queer Eye’s Tan France, I love a good beach picnic! Okay, he didn’t actually say that and I wasn’t going to admit that, but I didn’t want Tan’s lawyers to come for me. 

This week, my friends and I planned a beach picnic at Ocean Park. It’s definitely our go-to spot because it is much quieter than Santa Monica. I mean the lifeguards are definitely way cuter at Ocean Park than Santa Monica… not that we were looking… All jokes aside, I have to say, we were a little bummed that the weather was gloomy because we wanted to tan a little, but it was absolutely perfect weather for a picnic! I mean, if it was unbearably sunny, we’d be eating food that had been zapped by the heat of the sun and that’s no good, especially if you knew what was on the menu. 

We planned a potluck style picnic and everyone brought a thing or two to share. I was so excited to see what my friends would bring. I spent that whole morning trying to replicate a salad that I had at a camping trip a couple weeks prior. It was made by a woman at my church. She always makes such amazing dishes to share and she has some of the cutest kiddos around!  The salad was made with arugula, pesto, easter egg radishes, orzo, lemon juice, salt and pepper. She used beans in her salad but for some reason, I couldn’t find the beans she used… or maybe I just didn’t look hard enough. 

Ever since I ate the salad, I had been thinking about it non stop and I regretted not asking for the recipe. Thanks Dad for blessing me with the genes and ability to replicate things I taste without knowing the recipe.

Here’s the recipe for the Orzo-Pesto Salad!

  • 1 bag of wild arugula from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 container of TJ’s pesto
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 bag of TJ’s Orzo (cooked according to package instructions)
  • 6 radishes sliced thin (preferably using a mandoline slicer or a knife if you’re brave and/or skilled)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix all that together and if you think it needs more or less of something, go for it! Be bold and make your own decisions. Trust your instincts. I added a little extra olive oil to the salad because I felt like it was a bit dry without it.

Along with that beautiful salad, which I made too much of, I brought salami and crackers. I love this brand called, Applegate (not sponsored, but hey! we’re open to it) because they use simple ingredients and nothing whack. My friends brought chips and salsa, and another salad, so we ate pretty healthy! Except at the end of our picnic, we decided to watch the Bachelorette together (Hey Connor S. I’m single) and made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home for pancake bread and ice cream! See? It all comes full circle. 

This is me promising to post more often. Please hold me to it @jenniferifer on Instagram. Thanks for reading! I appreciate it!

Nostalgic Eggs and Jackson Pollock?

HELLOOOOOOO! It is Jennifer, here with a new blog post! We just want to apologize for being M.I.A. for a month… and I’m gonna be completely honest I can’t remember what M.I.A. stands for, but I know I’m using it correctly. Okay. I just looked it up and it stands for missing in action… which I definitely knew, I just have a little bit of summer break brain. Yikes, I start my online summer classes tomorrow, so my summer brain better get itself in check. 

Anyways, so yes, we’ve been M.I.A. for the past month because Corynn has been in Kosovo and I’ve been getting some stuff done, like starting to figure oUT MY FUTURE. Being an almost adult is so hard. 

Highlights from the first month of this summer:

  • applied for a credit card
  • Celebrated my brother committing to the University of Hawaii, his 18th birthday, and his high school graduation (a little too much celebrating him if you ask me… mom, I’m just kidding it has all been fun)
  • helped my mom out with her overcomplicated, extravagant end of the year tasks (again mom, kidding, it has been a great time)
  • Got a job at a cute dessert bar, but quit a week later due to unforeseen complications… it’s a long story, but now I’m sad because they have the coolest little store and I can’t go in there because I’ll have to face the people who hired me… 
  • I got a different job!!! Back to interning at churches!!
  • Picked my online classes… really not looking forward to that…
  • And I spent a lot of time with family! It was so refreshing to reconnect with people I hadn’t seen in a while.

Also another HUGE update: Corynn actually started working at a camp for the summer which means I’m solo-ing the blog this summer, but I’ve got a few posts queued up (in my head). The thing is, when she gets back, we’ll be living it up in the same apartment at APU and we couldn’t be more stoked about it. 

So for this week’s blog post, let me just say it took me soooooo long to figure out what in the world to write about. I was so stuck, but as I spent more time thinking about what to make and scrolling through instagram for some inspiration, I remembered just how much I love eggs. 

This school year alone, I went through dozens and dozens of eggs. It’s easy, cheap protein. It’s pretty funny though, I hated eggs growing up. I refused to eat them and only would consider it if they were drizzled in a little bit of ponzu, which is a citrus-based Japanese sauce made of rice vinegar, bonito flakes, and seaweed. It sounds kind of weird, but trust me the umami really gets you and soon enough, you’ll be carrying a bottle in your pocket 24/7. 

I had been reading about curing egg yolks in salt mixtures or in soy sauce, so I thought it’d be cool to try to drop a couple of hard boiled eggs into a bowl of ponzu for a little pool party. I looked through the pantry to see what I could add, even though they would’ve been fine just with ponzu, and found a tiny little container in our freezer filled with bright red pepper flakes. Not just any pepper flakes, Korean pepper flakes. You know, the flakes that are used to make the up and coming, ever so popular Korean side dish, kimchi! 

I put about a cup of ponzu in the bowl with about a tablespoon of flakes. I let that sit for a while as the eggs boiled. I timed it out so I could get some jammy eggs and as soon as I cooled the eggs down in an ice bath, I peeled them and dropped those suckers off at the pool. The sauce didn’t fully cover the eggs, so i just rotated them every so often. Also it is important to note that anything that is not a jammy egg is incorrect. But at the same time, I’m not a big jerk and you should do whatever makes you happy.

Along with the eggs, I made a Korean style rice porridge dish, which is pretty much just overcooked rice but it’s mushy and glorious. My mom used to make it for my brother and me when we weren’t feeling good. I also sautéed some asparagus and broccoli with salt and pepper and a couple spoonfuls of the chili flake ponzu mixture the eggs were sitting in. This entire meal was pretty nostalgic with the ponzu and rice porridge. Lastly, I garnished with sesame seeds, a drizzle of sesame oil, pepper flakes, ponzu, diced radish, and green onions. 

When I turn the kitchen into a test kitchen, there are a few things that always go down without fail. I always spend too much time styling the dish and perfecting the presentation so I can photograph it, which then exhausts me like no other. That dish always goes to my mom, so she can see the pretty side of things. Of course I make my brother and my dad look at my work of art just so they can imagine what their dish should look like and then whip out a couple of Jackson Pollock-esque dishes for the two of them. I usually eat out of the pans and scarf down whatever is left, but this time, I shared the photographed dish with my mom. It definitely was a magical experience, a regular sized spoon and dish, not the spatula and pan like I’m used to. 

Anyways, I have some exciting things headed your way on our blog, so stay tuned my friends! Thanks for reading and thanks for waiting! 

Pantry Pizza

Hello! We almost didn’t post today (yikes) but we thought we’d put out some content especially for our 4 faithful readers! Hi mom! It’s me, your daughter! Anyways… Corynn and I have been kicking booty at writing papers and are thrilled to be LIVING TOGETHER next year along with each of our current roommates! Obviously that means producing content will be easier (might need to bite my tongue, we’ll see how this goes haha)!

This week was probably the most draining week I’ve ever had in my entire educational career. I pulled two all-nighters trying to write papers and get them submitted in time… two too many if you ask me. Four papers, two presentations, and one artistic interpretation down, one paper, one presentation and two exams to go. 

While I learned a lot about a bunch of different subjects, I definitely would’ve appreciated a few extra hours of sleep here and there. I had so much caffeine pumping wildly through my body, it’s ridiculous. Ask me about anxiety disorders in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, or Psalm 63, or even the inherent value that This is Us has on our culture and I’ll drop some knowledge. Actually please don’t, this entire week is a blur and all I remember is frustration and hopelessness.

Yikes that was as deep as corn and quiche will probably ever go. 

Anyways… When I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s for this week’s groceries—which I nearly inhaled completely by day 3 but that’s not the point— I saw a bag of pizza dough. I thought to myself, “why the heck not?!” I bought that thing AND my favorite mini San Marzano tomatoes (which I wrote about in the pasta sauce article!) along with a bunch of other pizza fixings. Except when I think about it, I only bought mozzarella and garlic… 

Okay, look I know I didn’t buy sauce because I had every intention to make it myself, but it would’ve added another 25 minutes to my already busy pizza to-do list. I had to pull out the dough from the fridge and let it rest for 30 minutes, prep all the toppings, stretch the dough, and assemble. On top of that, I was getting a little cranky because I hadn’t eaten much that day. 

Over a period of 30 minutes, not including the 30 minutes the dough needed to rest, I spent time stretching the dough to fit a big ol’ sheet pan bc I didn’t want a big clean up… not lazy, just practical. Turns out the tomatoes spewed out a bunch of juices, so clean-up was still a bit time-consuming, which in hindsight makes a lot of sense… duh.

You might’ve noticed that I didn’t buy any sauce. I had every intention in the world of making the sauce I posted about a month or so ago. BUT, as I stated earlier, I was so so hungry and cranky I needed to consume some sort of edible material STAT. With that being said, I didn’t put any sauce on my pizza, so can it really be called a pizza? Let me know at cornandquiche@gmail.com.

This flatbread is super easy to make. I find that the Trader Joe’s pizza dough doesn’t cook quite all the way if you leave it pretty thick and you don’t blind bake before you add the toppings. So, before I added the toppings, I oiled it up with a little olive oil and baked for 10 minutes. 

After 10 minutes, I pulled it out and topped it with slices of garlic, salt, pepper, fresh mozza, red pepper flakes, and mini San Marzano tomato halves. I stuck it back in the oven for about 25 minutes or until everything was a beautiful toasty brown color and the cheese was bubbling. Of course you can get creative with it, but that’s all I had in my pantry, readily available. As a poor college student, I just gathered up whatever was in my pantry and threw it on the dough. Not the chocolate chips and sprinkles though… Enjoy!

Sourdough-ga?

Hello, this is Jennifer! This week, we finally bring to you our special post we’ve been hinting about! Once again, many apologies for not posting for a little bit. These last few weeks of school have been and will be kicking me in the butt and I’m sure Corynn’s butt is being kicked as well. I’m definitely glad to be in the swing of things again, so look out for new posts every week again. 

In honor of National Sourdough Bread day a few weeks ago, we thought we would finally release the post everyone has been waiting so patiently for. Corynn and I have a friend here at APU named Tim. If any of you know him, you know that he is a master sourdough baker.

Tim reached out to us and told us he’d teach us how to make sourdough bread. Corynn and I were so excited. And I mean SO excited. Now, because sourdough is a pretty complex project, this post is not a recipe, but a recollection of our experience that day.

Corynn cutting into that bad boy!

It was a pretty rainy day, so when I went over to his apartment I immediately felt warm and cozy. I thought his heater was on but it turns out it was actually his oven turned up to 500 degrees. (*Note: I said ‘I’ because Corynn is always late but we still love her) He had everything set up for us on his dining table and so Tim got me started on my very own loaf! He had me measure water and flour into a bowl for the autolyse stage. 

Then we waited. As it turns out, making bread is just a whole lot of waiting, still very exciting of course. In the mean time, Corynn finally got her butt across campus and into Tim’s makeshift bakery… also known as his kitchen. Corynn got started on her loaf and while we waited, we just hung out and chatted. The next stage was adding the starter and salt.

Starter is a mixture of water and wheat flour which then becomes a natural yeast. Let me just say, making your own starter is one heck of a process. After the whole experience with Tim, I was inspired to get on the homemade sourdough train, so I researched and began making my own jar of starter. It requires a lot of love and care… like almost as much love and care as you would give a child probably… I mean I’m no parent, but I think it is safe to assume. When you’re first starting out, you have to feed your starter about twice a day. That whole process requires you to dump out a great portion of the flour and water goop and add more water and flour.

my starter!

Back to bread. Now after adding the starter and salt, the next step is a series of stretches and folds. I guess you could say it’s yoga for the dough… Dough-ga…? Ah never mind. So throughout a period of a few hours, you have to grab your dough and stretch it out and fold it over itself. This happens every 30-45 minutes or so (If I’m being honest, I can’t remember how long in between).

But, in the mean time is a lot of waiting. In that time, Tim showed us his cookbooks about bread and another on fermentation by René Redzepi, who just so happens to be my all time favorite chef. I just want to say I was so excited when he pulled out that book because I recognized it immediately. We also watched Youtube videos of cute elderly Japanese women being interviewed about traditional dishes they make. 

Tim also had prepared a few loaves for us to bake and eat while we were at his apartment. Corynn and I learned about how to finish off the loaf and the baking process. It was one heck of a wholesome experience and it makes me happy to think about the beautiful loaf I made and handed off to my family to inhale. I went back home and stole the second Le Creuset dutch oven in the Kishi household.

This weekend, I just tried to bake a loaf myself for the very first time. Unfortunately, it was dense and the crumb made me sad to look at. Maybe I didn’t stretch and fold enough, or my starter wasn’t quite ready for me. BUT, the outside was beautiful and it tasted good! I’ll be trying again soon. Thanks for reading! 

my dense loaf … yikes.

Summery Green Spring Rolls

Well hello fine friends!! 

Welcome back!! Sorry for the long posting hiatus…Jennifer and I have been crazy busy these last couple weeks as classwork is piling up! And on top of that we’ve managed to just get busier with all other responsibilities!

We are excited to be back though and today I’ve got a fun and light recipe perfect for the warmer months ahead!! It was in the 80’s last weekend and I was in HEAVEN. I think I can officially declare myself a summer weather gal. My LA weather-spoiled soul was craving some sunshine after some dreary rainy months. So without further ado…here is the recipe for summery kale avocado spring rolls with some delish coconut amino dipping sauce!! 

Spring Rolls:

rice paper wraps

1 avocado

1/2 red or white onion

2 cups finely sliced and massaged kale (sprinkle sea salt and massage with fingers)

sesame seeds

Sauce:

4 Tbsp Coconut Aminos

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp lime juice 

a couple drops of sesame oil 

Steps:

  1. Boil water on stove and pour into a wide baking dish
  2. Prepare all spring roll fillings (thinly slice avocado, onion, and kale)
  3. Once the water has cooled a tad, place your first rice paper wrap in the dish and let soften (about twenty seconds)
  4. Place the wrap on a plate and sprinkle some sesame seeds
  5. Top with fillings and tightly wrap like a burrito
  6. Repeat until you have as many spring rolls as you’d like!
  7. Whisk all sauce ingredients together
  8. Dip those rolls and enjoy! 


San Marzano, the Best Tomato

These babies are SOLID GOLD!

Hello and happy belated Galentine’s Day and National Random Act of Kindness Day! My friends and I celebrated by going to a Korean spa (we got naked and sweaty) and eating a hefty Korean soft tofu soup. Our wallets are screaming, “help” but our bellies are happy as can be. I’m not even joking, I walked out of that restaurant looking like a pregnant woman who was about 5 months along.

My weeks are getting busier and busier but break is only two weeks away! I can’t wait to get back to West LA/Santa Monica for all the good eats and the WEDNESDAY SANTA MONICA FARMER’S MARKET. Ugh, I’ve missed that market. 

This week, I’ll be sharing a tomato-based pasta sauce with you! It’s buttery, glossy and so darn good! If you don’t already know this by now, I really love pasta. My favorite pasta sauces require white wine, but I’m not quite 21 yet (7 months away!!!!). I can’t make any of my good pasta dishes when I’m at school, but you bet when I go home, I get my parents in on it. They’re 21+ (yes, hard to believe I know) and have become my official dealers. Ah don’t you worry, they know I only use white wine to cook!

My sauce, as mentioned above, is tomato-based. My favorite tomatoes in the entire world are the mini San Marzano plum tomatoes in the red bag with the handle at (you guessed it!) Trader Joe’s. They are beautifully sweet and make for a great tasting sauce with a lot of depth. Sweet, salty, a little acidic. Trader Joe’s, I know you don’t sponsor, but send us some goods because we love you and we are poor college students.

Anyways, here is my recipe for San Marzano Tomato Sauce:

The sauce is coming together, and yes I did take the pot off the stove to take this photo.
  • 1 bag of San Marzano Plum tomatoes from TJ’s
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine *optional
  • 1 medium shallots or 1/2 a medium onion
  • 5+ cloves of garlic (I say ‘+’ because let’s be real. Garlic is delicious and there’s no such thing as too much garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*SALT DISCLAIMER: if you’re using this sauce for pasta, your heavily salted pasta water will do the trick. Save about 1/2 a cup of that starchy, salty goodness (because your pasta liquid should be saltier than you might think) and add that to the sauce at the end to help it cling to the noodles!

Prep: Roughly chop aromatics (garlic, shallots, onion) and halve tomatoes (this will prevent the tomatoes from actually exploding because the heat makes the tomatoes want to expand and eventually the little tomato skins can’t take it anymore).

Sweat the garlic and shallots or onion in a tablespoon of olive oil until soft but not browned! Add wine and tomatoes until softened. Once tomatoes are a bit softer, add butter, salt and pepper. Let the sauce come together. The tomatoes will break apart and the butter, wine and tomatoes will come together like one big happy family. Towards the end of cooking, add the starchy pasta water and mix with noodles!

Putting the sauce to good use! Also PARM! Ugh, yum.

Now, I didn’t include this in the actual recipe because I just wanted to give you a base, but I love to add things into the sauce. Spinach and mushrooms are good additions and you can always include some sort of protein. I have not tried this yet, but use it as a pizza sauce! I hope you use my recipe and my instagram direct messages are always open for questions, comments and whatever the heck else you need! If you make this, please let me know!