A Weekly Serving - 2/5/2011

It's been an eventful week of both good and bad, but that's life right? I got quite a bit of time in the kitchen this week, thanks to a little snow but here's a recap of what I've posted this past week...

Here's what I cooked up in the kitchen this past week...

Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cookies combine the winning combination 
of chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and coconut

Satisfy your cravings for shrimp and pasta, 
brought together with a silky rich alfredo sauce, spinach and roasted red pepper…

I’ve never had any hot chocolate more luscious and creamier than this!

Here are the recipe collections I've posted this past week...

Whether you’re Chinese or not, have aChinese New Year celebration 
by preparing something Chinese inspired…

If you still need recipes for the big game, look no further!

My weekly musings on Family, Food and Fun...

Family -
  We are up in the suburbs this whole week, although not exactly planned. What turned out to be a short weekend visit ended up being over a week long visit. On Monday, we were in the city for some errands when my parents asked that we meet them downtown. They were on the way from the IL/WI border to go to an appointment downtown. The appointment was originally on Tuesday, but with the impending snow storm coming, they bumped up their date to Monday. Well on the way to meeting up downtown, they got in a bad car accident... really bad. So bad that we think the car is totalled. In short, my parents were stopped at a light that turned green. As they started moving forward, they were hit by another car that ran the red light. The point of impact was the front right quarter panel, bumper, and wheel well. The speed in which the other car complete caved in the wheel making it impossible to drive and the front passenger side door to close. Thank goodness the car didn't hit the passenger side door head on. If that were the case, surely everyone in the car would have been far more seriously injured, if not worse. As for the other car, it was going so fast that the front was crashed in, deploying the airbags and spun the car a full 180 degrees on the one way street it was driving on, now facing the direction of traffic.

So with my parents without a car for the night, we all cram in our car and head back to the burbs. Then Snomaggedon hits. The imfamous Blizzard of 2011 hit us pretty hard, leaving us snowed in for 3 days. We had 3+ feet high snow drifts all around the house, blocking the garage, front door, back door, and patio. Here are some pics of how much snow we got...

So since we've been snowed in (literally), we had quite a bit of time indoors just hanging out. I must say that Joel really has grown and developed a lot this past week! While in the city, our place is much smaller with hardwood floors... leaving little room for Joel to really roam about freely. But here in the burbs, he's got the whole house that's mainly carpeted, free of bulky and/or delicate furniture with potentially dangerous corners. As a result, Joel loved his new found freedom... although, his freedom has left me exhausted and nervous, mixed in with being very proud.

Food/Restaurant News - Due to the Snopocolypse this week, our Filipino Cuisine Tasting event scheduled at Whole Foods was cancelled. We didn't want folks to risk coming out in the severe weather and instead, we rescheduled the event in a couple of weeks. The same thing went for the [email protected] event that was scheduled the following day, which we also canceled. Blah. Hopefully things will continue to pick up now that it seems the worst of the weather has passed.

In the meantime, my partners and I are anxiously awaiting the reveal of our restaurant and grocery. A lot of things will be changed... so a huge, grand opening will be soon to come. I can't wait! The down side is that we're looking at sometime in early March for it to happen. It sucks that a lot of the time is eaten up by waiting on city permits, contractors and insurance. But slowly, yet surely, we will re-open! At least we've got some catering jobs and a few public appearances to do some demos and presentations.
Another food update - my Joely Cakes will be back on the store shelves this coming weekend. The snow storm made it difficult to bake and deliver... but next week I'll be featuring a few more flavors!

Fun - The Superbowl is tomorrow and I've got a few gameday eats planned. We're not particularly interested in the teams playing (sadly, our Chicago Bears didn't make it through) so we look forward to the commercials and half time show. I certainly had fun this past week despite my parents' car accident. Thank goodness everyone was able to come home and we could all bond together with this cute, adorable face.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend and have a great week ahead!


  1. I'm so glad to hear your parents are okay. Sending positive healing thoughts and prayers towards your family.

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