Monday, June 28, 2010

Hell Yes!

I'm pretty accustomed to rejection with respect to Food Gawker, but imagine my surprise to see that one of my images was accepted! My era of defeat has come to an end...26 images later.  Needless to say, I'm doing a little happy dance.


I guess persistence pays off, and hopefully this is the start of a positive trend  :)

Forget the Henny, Pass me a Blenny

Yeah, that's right a Blenny, that's what ardent drinkers and connoisseurs of Blenheim's ginger ale call the bubbly, spicy beverage.  I discovered Blenheim's at a stand selling nostalgic glass bottle sodas and paper wrapped candy during a trip to the Farmer's Market a few weeks ago and grabbed a couple of bottles to give it a try. 


Given the sellers reaction and desire to tell me all about the ginger ale: where its produced, how he buys it, how he drank it as a child, I had to do a little research to find out about the drink and its history.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Food Trip!

First off many apologies for not posting.  My three little, well teenage, sisters are here so I've been trying to entertain them leaving limited time for goodies, tips, tricks, and all things yummy.  Anyhow, I've finally scored a bit of quiet time (aka, I wore them out at the beach yesterday) and I want to tell you all about one of my recent food trips.

You know how in school we went on field trips to connect the classroom to the real world? Well I decided to go on a food trip to connect my kitchen and desire to learn about authentic prepartations of ethnic foods with local, ethnic markets in my area.  After hearing so much about  Grand Asia Market in Cary on Yelp and various food blogs, I figured this was a good first food trip.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Around The World, Around My Kitchen

I love ethnic food, yes, all of it. There's something about exotic flavors and trying different foods that make me feel more cultured, aware, and well-traveled.  However, given the economy and the fact that I just graduated, I can't go out to eat very much (let alone travel!) so I've started recreating my favorite foreign flavors at home. Thai cuisine is one of my most adored due its diversity that is the result of varying regional cooking techniques.  Plus, I enjoy the heavy use of citrus, fresh herbs and vegetables, and chilies so I decided to recreate a classic: chicken satay with peanut sauce.


This was incredibly quick and easy to make so its good to prepare after a long day, tapas if you're having people over, or simply if you enjoy Thai food and chicken satay.  I served this with a spinach salad, but obviously steamed white rice would be a great accompaniment.  So give this a try and koh hai cha-roen ar-harn!  that means, hope you enjoy in Thai.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Father's Day Feast

Happy (now belated) Father's Day to all the Dad's out there.  Yesterday, I decided to make my Dad grilled lamb chops, roasted asparagus and tomatoes, and garlic roasted mashed potatoes to celebrate the occasion. Yum!

 

My non-foodie family enjoyed the meal a lot despite apprehension about lamb (they'd never eaten it before) and uncertainty over roasted tomatoes.

I hope that you will try my recipes for lamb marinade and garlic mashed potatoes so that you can recreate this meal for you and yours. No need to wait for Father's Day, this meal looks elegant with minimal effort making it ideal for dinner parties and special occasions.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Restaurant Review: Gervais and Vine

My friend Sloan is home for a visit, the first in three years, since he now lives in Germany so my best friend and I decided the three of us should get together for dinner to catch up.  After an international flight, jetlag,  and adjusting to humid, southern weather, his one request was nothing "heavy."  Given the guidelines and his questionable stomach, we decided upon Gervais and Vine, a Mediterranean tapas bar nestled at the end of the Vista in Columbia SC..


Friday, June 18, 2010

Eatocracy is Ripe!

CNN's new food blog, Eatocracy, officially launched today! But if you've been stalking the site like I have, you probably noticed the site was, for the most part, up last night.  I decided to get in the spirit of things and do a quick iReport explaining my obsession with food for the launch of the freshest source for all things food.

I'm Not One to Brag, But....

So, I woke up this morning to some pretty awesome news: I made the Foodbuzz Top 9!   The Foodbuzz Top 9 is a photo-driven collection of top-buzzed posts within the Foodbuzz community and the editors deemed my scratch-made pound cake photogenic enough for the honor.  Needless to say, I'm really proud of this.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's Still Good to Eat!

dropped cake Pictures, Images and Photos

I'm well aware (and very sorry) that my site looks a hot mess! I'm in the process of rearranging some things and rewriting code so that I can bring you the best recipes, reviews, and other food news.  So still, please, poke around...just pardon my mess.

xoxo,

Kashia

We Share Everything in the South, Including Fried Chicken


So, I'm not sure if you've checked out the June issue of Bon Appetit, but there is an article that lists restaurants serving the best fried chicken in America.  To my surprise, dismay, and shame none of the places hail from the south.  Pardon me? Fried chicken is quintessentially southern.  Fueled by this article and inexplicable burst of southern pride, I set out on a mission to disprove Bon Appetit and make some awesome fried chicken.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My first cake...from scratch!

So, I'm at my parents' house for a visit and they have tons of food demands given my blog.  I decided to wow them and make a pound cake with a summer fruit compote.  Pound cake because its something familiar to them, the summer compote because the strawberries, blueberries, and mangoes look great this time of year!


Before I go any farther, let me explain: I run from baking from scratch, it frightens me...in fact, I've never baked from scratch.  I've always viewed it as time consuming, delicate, finicky, and daunting so I'd much rather pull out my saute pan over a cake pan. 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Grown Folks Lemonade

As a little girl in the south, I often heard that some things are for "grown folks" aka adults  and this logic even extended to food and drink.  This means that tiny Kashia and her tiny fro were banned from eating such "grown folks" food such as oysters and mountain fries and I would not even dare to ask for a sip of mint juleps or homemade beer as they were "grown folks" drinks.  But often, my grandmother would sneak them all to me under the condition that I wouldn't tell, perhaps she's the one that made me a foodie?


Anyhow, in honor of my grandmother and her ability to undermine my parents, comfort me with her southern drawl, and teach me the joy of sweet tea and lemonade on hot summer days, I decided to make a pitcher of "grown folks" lemonade for this Carolina heat.  This is the perfect drink for a summer picnic and its incredibly easy to make. 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Breakfast in a Cup


No, I'm not talking about a smoothie.  I'm sure you've all seen these adorable little bacon and egg cups around on food blogs.  The concept is simple: take a slice of bacon, line the sides of a muffin tin with it, fill with an egg, bake, and ta-da! breakfast!  It's what I like to call a real muffin, and the minute I saw them I thought: I have to try these! Although easy and cute, I wasn't satisfied with the recipe and had to up the antty during my trial.  I made two brunch cups, one more aligned with the original concept and one made up by me.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Pomme Frites, Papas Fritas, Fried Potato Awesomeness...


No matter what you call them, french fries rock.  And guess what, they're even better when you make them yourself.  Its super easy, and I'm going to show you how to make the perfect potato at home.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Just Another Pretty Plate

 Sadly, my dinner from a few nights ago was nothing but a pretty plate.*  The ingredients make your mouth water and the plate makes you want to dig in, but once your fork hits your  mouth you are filled with emptiness, disappointment, and an unsatisfied hunger for more flavor. 


This all began when I noticed a recipe in an issue of Martha Stewart Living written by Barilla (you know, the pasta people) for bowtie (farfalle) pasta, and I wanted to give it a shot because it has a pretty short, basic ingredient list and boasts a simple preparation.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Make Mall Cookies, At Home

Every time I go to the mall I end up buying an overpriced, delicious cookie from the Toll House* or Mrs. Fields kiosk.  But why? Why do I pay a bit over two dollars for a cookie I'll tell you why:  First, I have a super sweet tooth, its out of control, I put small children to shame.  Secondly, and most importantly, cookies from these establishments are perfectly cooked, not too chewy and not to crisp, plus they are an even round shape.  Well guys, its a recession so I'm going to give you a few tips to recreate mall cookies at home.  These are tips that you can use whether you are baking with premade cookie dough (I'm not judging) or homemade batter.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Winner, Winner, Brand New Blender!

Check out this video to see if you won the Hamilton Personal Blender! I used random.org to select the winner.


Hamilton Blender Giveaway from kashiad on Vimeo.

Want to know when I'll have another giveaway? Subscribe to Fro and a Fork and follow me on twitter (@Froandfork) for the latest news.  Got an idea? Let me know via twitter or at froandafork [at] gmail [dot] com.  Thanks for reading, and keep on eating!

This is also my first vlog entry, so be kind to the choppy editing and awkward moments. xoxo

Salsa for Salsa!

The Whole foods Market in Cary, NC is hosting a wonderful Salsa, for ¡Salsa! Contest.  Here's how it works, people submit their salsa recipes via twitter and the winner will win two tickets to see a North Carolina Symphony Orchestra performance featuring Grammy nominated, Cuban Jazz Ensemble Tiempo Libre.  Given my poverty, desire to go to this concert, and abundance of food and creativity, I decided to give this a go.

I brainstormed all weekend and created two salsas, one savory and one sweet.  I figure even if I don't win I'm going to the beach this weekend and they will make a nice fresh snack.

Here are my creations, a mango-jicama salsa and a salsa con queso, you can find the recipes at the end of this post.


Monday, June 7, 2010

My first meal from a cookbook!

About a year ago, I purchased my first cookbook: Kitchen: The Best of the Best by Michele Cranston.  I fell in love with this book because it covers all things food, A-Z.  I also like this book because it divides foods and recipes into seasons, as well as meals so you can find that perfect stew for the winter and refreshing gazpacho in the summer in a matter of seconds without even using the index.  Another thing that I like about this book is that it makes "scary" culinary things such as baking and highly technical cooking less intimidating.  I encourage all home cooks to purchase this book!

Although I fawned over this book in the store and purchased it, it has collected dust for almost a year. I blame part of this on my disdain for following recipes, I blame the other part on a full-time graduate load. Given my new found blog and excess free time, I've decided to pull it out and start cooking from it!  Last night, I decided to try out the Spiced Pork recipe.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Win a Chance to Be Cool, All Summer Long!

It's hot outside, what better way to cool down and maintain the figure than whipping up a nice smoothie?  For those who have not jumped on board, I'm giving away a Hamilton personal blender.


This blender is awesome because it solves the "Oh Crap, I made way too much smoothie" problem.  All you have to do to enter is respond in the comment field of the original post with your favorite smoothie recipe.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rubbed the Wrong Way

A few weeks ago I strolled into Williams Sonoma and they were demo-ing a Chili-Lime rub.  In the store, the rub was placed on a chicken breast, cooked in a grill pan, and served on a panini.  It tasted fresh, herb-y, zesty, and had a touch of heat and I had a vision of using this on shrimp or salmon, because I love seafood.  I grabbed a can of the mixture and put it away, waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it this summer.

Hungover on a Cupcake

I love cupcakes.  In fact, my boyfriend calls me the Cupcakeasauraus.  It really is an obsession, I seek out cupcake shops the way that addicts find their next hit, and I've spent ungodly amounts of money on this adorable little treats.

Image Credit: Flickr User, Carianoff

With that said, I was excited to find out about The Cupcake Bar. Well, its not actually a bar, its a bakery owned by two sisters.  Katie and Anna bake up these creative cupcakes and deliver them directly to you or Coffee and Crepes, the only location where you can buy the treats because these ladies don't have an actual shop for you to buy them. 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Three Ingredient Chicken with Latin Flair

Yes, just three ingredients.  I simply call it adobo chicken and I make this at least once a week.  Why? Because, A) I love chicken; B) This goes into the oven, freeing me up to do something else rather than attend to the bird; C) Its quick, simple, and delish.  This Latin inspired recipe requires a wee three components: olive oil, adobo, and sazon


Oh, and of course you need chicken!  When I make this, I like to use chicken thighs--bone in, skin on--to maximize flavor and juiciness.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Whipping up Something New!

Hey all, for the next few days I will be jazzing up my blog to make it more visually appealing and easier to navigate.  Plus, I'm adding cool new features such as a store so that you can buy what you need to have fun and play with your food.  With that said, please pardon the mess!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

You Can't Always Grill on Memorial Day

So for Memorial Day we planned to grill some burgers poolside, but due to weather I ended up pulling out my trusty grill pan.  I decided to have a little fun and try to make fancy indoor bacon cheese burgers by switching out plain old hamburger buns for the slightly sweet and nutty Hawaiian Bread.  Everything else in my burger regimen stayed the same. To make my awesome, juicy, and hearty burgers you need:

Eating the Island, Part 8: Cremaldi Ice Cream Shop

This is the final entry of the Eating the Island series.  I had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico with my boyfriend and his family, plus I got to hit the beach and eat a lot of delicious food that the island has to offer.

On the same day that I hit the pork trail, I also attempted to grab ice cream at the famous heladaria (ice cream shop) in Lares.  Unfortunately due to traffic, by the time we got their the shop was closed for the day.  The trip from Lares to San Juan was long (over an hour) and I couldn't help but feel defeated that I missed out on this ice cream mecca.  For the rest of the trip, I had this ice cream lust and started searching for any ice cream shop that was not a U.S.-based chain for a cool, sweet treat because despite being lactose intolerant, I love ice cream.

Eating the Island, Part 7: Don Q Rum Museum

After a long day in the sun, I told my boyfriend we should stop into the Don Q Rum Museum in Old San Juan for a drink and a little history.  I'm going to admit, I didn't learn much about their rum making process and I just took some random photos.  In terms of information, this in no way is comparable to the Bacardi factory tour that I took last year.  The Don Q museum in Old San Juan is in need of a kiosk, pamphlets, or something! But, to be fair Don Q's distillery is located in Ponce so I'm sure they have a more complete tour and museum there.

Eating the Island, Part 6: La Ruta de Lechon

Puerto Ricans love to dine on the swine, so I of course wanted to sample some delicious pernil (roasted pork) at a lechonera (place that roasts piggies) while visiting.  My boyfriend's mom (they're Puerto Rican) makes pernil for parties and special occasions and it is juicy, well seasoned, and so tender that it falls of the bone.  With that said, my pernil bar is set pretty high.  We embarked on La Ruta de Lechon (the pork trail) in the pursuit of Puerto Rico's finest lechoneras and I was ready to eat pork parts and nab a bag of crispy pork rinds for the ride home.


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