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25 Days of Ramen, Already Lost Track: Bulalo Beef Bone Marrow

On the 23rd day of ramen, I tried the Lucky Me! brand Bulalo Beef and Bone Marrow flavor noodles.

Lucky Me! is a Philipino brand of instant noodles established in 1989 (according to Wikipedia).

Bulalo is a Philipino beef shank soup.

The real version of the soup looks delicious – if you look at the big beef shank cuts in the soup, you can see how it gets a beef marrow flavor. Here’s a recipe from Filipino Chow that caught my eye.

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Trader Joe’s Kimbap: Is it Worth The Hype?

The other day when I was shopping at Trader Joe’s, I noticed a cooler filled with frozen Kimbaps with a sign that said “Limit 2 per customer.”

“That’s funny,” I thought.

Was it a marketing ploy or hyped-up Tik Tok product? If it was simply a marketing ploy, it almost worked. Suddenly I felt compelled to put two in my basket.

I just downloaded Tik Tok in this 2023 year of our Lord. 

I have yet to make a videos and I think I have one friend . . .or whatever they call them on Tik Tok. The only reason why I finally downloaded it was to see RushTok after seeing Bama Rush. And to laugh at the Burning Man people getting stuck in the mud.

If there is a food or make-up product going viral on Tik Tok, I’m blissfully unaware.

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An East Side Eggroll Post

My current obsession is eggrolls.

I won’t turn down an eggroll, even the dollar eggrolls you can get at Quick Trip, but my favorite eggrolls are Hmong eggrolls.

The first Hmong eggroll I ever tried blew my mind. In high school we had festival where students could share aspects of their culture. One person sold Hmong eggrolls and I couldn’t get enough.

They’re the perfect morning food to enjoy with a bubble tea or cup of coffee. I wish it was more common place around here. I prefer savory breakfasts and while bagels or breakfast sandwiches are delicous, there should be more eggrolls! Continue reading

The Gordon Ramsay Frozen Meal Review

I went into this review wanting Gordon Ramsay to succeed.

I really did.

The reason is that I actually like Gordon Ramsay.

I’ve been a fan since I saw the British version of Kitchen Nightmares. It’s much different than its American counterpart – and I’ve seen that whole thing too.

Chef Ramsay’s producers must have told him to act extra angry and dramatic on the American version – the British version gives him a lot longer to work with the restaurants and he acts more like a mentor.

(Hell’s Kitchen just isn’t my thing.)

This new line of frozen meals called By Chef Ramsay just dropped in Walmarts, along with Guy Fieri, Kardea Brown, and Andrew Zimmern. They’re supposedly eight of Ramsey’s favorite meals.I bought the four available at my nearest Walmart – each cost $5.90.

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How To Make Dandelion Cordial

I actually wrote this post many many moons ago when I was an herbalist’s apprentice! Didn’t mean to republish it with today’s date, but I was looking for the recipe and noticed it was in draft-status. 

A tiny, Asian female walks into a liquor store at 9:30 a.m. and buys two large bottles of vodka, one of which is 100 proof, in addition to a large bottle of brandy.

When purchasing copious amounts of hard alcohol for my herbalism endeavors, I often elicit strange reactions. Being in a hurry probably doesn’t help.  

Last Saturday morning, I purchased alcohol to make my spring dandelion cordial, tinctures and flower essences.

The cashier avoided all eye contact with me during our transaction and hesitantly muttered “I hope you have a good weekend” from the corner of her mouth while stealing a concerned peripheral glance.

Two years ago, on the way to my first herbalism class, I rushed into a Minneapolis liquor store and madly scoured the shelves for 100 proof vodka. I located a staff member and urgently asked for the location of his highest proof vodka. After receiving a concerned look from the supervisor, a male customer shuffled over to me and purred, “Yeaaaa, you gonna hit it” multiple times, while shrugging his shoulders and flashing his best, predatory smile.

This is not a weed

Dandelion flowers can be made into an olive oil salve that can help relax muscles. The leaves are a delicious bitter green, and the roots can be made into a medicinal tonic in the fall. The flowers can also be made into a beautifully yellow cordial. It is hard to explain the flavor of this cordial other than to say it is unusual, refreshing, and universally enjoyed by all who have tried my version.

My summer adult beverage of choice is made from tonic water, a splash of dandelion cordial, and a slice of lemon. The recipe I use comes from A City Herbal by Maida Silverman.

The recipe

  • Collect 2-3 cups of dandelion flowers from chemically untreated land.
  • Do your best to remove the bottom, green part of the flower with a knife.  This can be tedious, so just try to cut away as much green as possible.
  • Add the trimmed, yellow flower parts to a glass jar or bottle.
  • To the flowers, add the rind of half a lemon, 2/3 cups of sugar, and vodka. I am a fan of the locally-made Prairie Farm version.
  • Shake occasionally and store in a dark location for about 6 weeks.
  • Strain through cheesecloth and a funnel, back into your original vodka bottle or other receptacle.
Pretty like sunshine

I feel it might be proper to add an “enjoy responsibly” disclaimer.

 *Please enjoy responsibly! 
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