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Yesterday, while waiting for The Cat to finish work, saw this in the Japanese grocery store near her office.

Info

Info

Had to try try.

Loaf, Slices, Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam, Ham and Honey Mustard

Loaf, Slices, Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam, Ham and Honey Mustard

The pb&j was breakfast today, the ham sandwich, lunch.

Texture is drier and denser than my favorite from JJ2 Bakery. The peanut butter and bread did not play well with each other (two dense and dry ingredients). The ham fared better.

I think the bread would be good as a hamburger bun with melted cheese, dense and dry enough to stand up to the juiciness of the burger (if done correctly).

The whole wheat bread from JJ2 Bakery is currently still my #1 pick. Good to try something different though.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Seems like kitchen is going through a bit of change (just a little bit).

Our toaster oven, who’s been with us for over a decade has “retired” (mechanical failure). It reheated roast pork, made toast, heated pastries, a loyal help in the kitchen.

The Old Guard

The Old Guard

Loved it, it was simple, two-tiered, dependable.

Picked up its replacement.

The Newbie

The Newbie

A little more complicated than the old one. Still getting used to it.

We kept the old guard, dunno what to do with it yet. Maybe turn it into a spice holder or somethin’

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

New “Toy”

For years, been wanting a cast iron pot. First it was a Le Creuset, the a Staub. As much as I wanted one, couldn’t justify the cash outlay.

And Santa never delivered one, I’m guessing it was too heavy for the reindeer.

A couple of years ago, the cuzs (P&B) bought a Martha Stewart cast iron pot and recommended I think about it as a viable alternative. The pots offered at the local department store were too big for just The Mouse and The Cat. Anything we cooked in those pots would probably last for days (eww).

Then, a co-worker got one for Christmas, and loved it. Encouraged me to pick one up too. I think she got a six or eight quart one. Still too big. Plus, they’re heavy. The two seasons I worked at W-S, lifting those pots almost gave me a hernia.

Recently, I noticed the department store carrying two-quart varieties of the Martha Stewart cast iron pots. Hmm. getting interesting.

Finally, I came across this: http://www.thekitchn.com/my-uncool-kitchen-tool-a-notlecreuset-dutch-oven-185598.

That kinda sealed the deal.

Last week, the department store was offering additional discount (the pot was already on sale) if a donation was made to help wounded veterans.

Done.

My new “toy”.

Box

Box

The Toy

The Toy

Heavy, but manageable. I like the metal handle on the cover instead of the plastic (bakelite?) handle on the Le Creuset pots. Nice size, just right for small-ish portions.

Of course the first thing made in the pot?

Shoyu Pork with Dried Bamboo Shoot and Green Onion

Shoyu Pork with Dried Bamboo Shoot and Green Onion

:)

Yes, I still want a Staub, maybe when I’m retired. The Martha is a very nice substitute. And at 1/6 the price (on sale). Sold!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

No Feet Soup

No feet this week. Try something different.

Country Style Pork Ribs and Lotus Root

Country Style Pork Ribs and Lotus Root

Simmer for a couple of hours.

Done

Simple. Soup (more like a broth) will not stiffen up with collagen, much lighter.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

Today is Auntie M’s b-day, but today she went to play mah-jong. So, it was dinner last night.

Gyotaku

Gyotaku Menu, Chandelier, Crab Cakes, Lemon Wedges

I think this is one of Aunty’s “go-to” places. Aunty orders the senior portion of miso butterfish (sorry, no picture, he chopstick speed is like “Kung Fu Panda’s Shifu).:)

Miso Soup, Side Salad

Miso Soup, Side Salad

The Cat ordered the “daily special”.

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

The Mouse ordered a combo.

Zaru Soba, Inari, Norimaki, Tempura

Zaru Soba, Inari, Norimaki, Tempura

Details

Details

Can we say “carb” overload? Hee hee.

Kinako Blondie "Sundae", Key Lime Pie, B-Day Ice Cream

Kinako Blondie “Sundae”, Key Lime Pie, Vanilla Ice Cream

Notice the candle? Happy B-Day Auntie M!

Hope you won today!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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