(clap clap) Makeup Please!

Wow wow wow….let me tell you about my day before I let it allllll get to my head…

ahhhh crap.

too late! (hee hee!)

Let me start off by confessing.  I was so crazy rushed this morning that I (gulp) let my kids choose their breakfast of choice from the “breakfast cabinet” without watching.  While I was in the bathroom doing my hair and beautifying myself with a mud mask, they ditched the breakfast cabinet, (normally filled with cereal, oatmeal and breakfast bars) and took advantage of the fact that I had a mud mask on.

In case you’ve never tried putting on a mud mask, let me tell you that after 5 minutes, that mud hardens to the consistency of concrete mixed with superglue.  I can’t move my facial muscles because a) I can’t   b) if I tried too hard, the mud cracks and creates permanent creases that harden on my face, thereby doing the EXACT OPPOSITE of what I need.

Well, my kids are smart.

They know that when Mom puts on a mud mask and looks like Jabba the Hut She can’t move her cheeks, can’t talk, scold, yell or say “NO!” especially when you sneak in the CANDY DRAWER for breakfast instead of the breakfast cabinet. I think they got through 3 mini Snickers bars + 1 bag of Shrek gummies + 4 Hershey’s kisses EACH.

Yeah. I know. I felt sorry for their teachers at daycare too.

After dropping the kids off at school, my day as the Supa’star began (or as my son says, “Stupid-star”).  First my husband and I had an interview with the Tampa Bay Business Journal for our company,  Digital Doctors, The hour-long interview was phenomenal. We talked about business strategy, our very fast growth and thank goodness that we didn’t name our company something stupid like “VCR Doctors”

Next stop for me was The Tampa Tribune where Food Editor Jeff Houck interviewed me about this here baby blog, food photography, teaching cooking classes and where might this little food adventure might take me.  Jeff was so incredibly fun to chat with – he casually mentions, “a couple of weeks ago I interviewed Paula Deen in person” (me: gaaagaaagaagaa) and then even more casually…as casual as you would describe what you ate for lunch, “oh and after interviewing you, I’m interviewing Iron Chef Cat Cora.” (me: dropping to my knees and wishing that I could just hide in his shirt pocket just for a week….pllleeeeeaaaazzz?!?! But feeling very fortunate that I’m a Paula Deen-Cat Cora SANDWICH).

Driving home in the heavy rain, my phone rang and it was a reporter from Wall Street Journal, Chicago Bureau.  Foie Gras has recently been banned, and they wanted to interview me for the Shitake & Cognac “Faux” Gras which is a great poor banned man’s substitute……while not the real thing, still really really really good and it sure beats having an arrest record that says, “Foie Gras Felony.”  Photo and recipe being emailed to reporter tonight.

I came home and made Zuni Cafe’s Roast Chicken via  the lovely Veronica. While the chicken was (@*$&(*!&%! good, my photographs of the roast chicken were not…..so (sigh) the dish is not bloggable.

Really. Trust me.  You DON’T want to see this borderline pornagraphic photo of a split roasted chicken in full frame.  Note to self: chicken with legs spread wide open just is not photogenic. I think it was Confucious that said, “Chicken should be more lady-like and keep legs closed.”

Whew. What a day.  In conclusion, my dear friends, I need your help. The food writer from The Tampa Tribune and a staff photographer are coming over to my home this Friday to see me in action – cooking, plating and photography-ing my food.  They’ll stay for supper too.

What shall I cook? Place your votes in the comments!  I’m looking for a Modern Asian (fast, fresh simple) dish + mind-blowingly delicious + drool-worthy photogenic dish (i.e. the split roasted chicken-ho wouldn’t cut it)

(A) Korean BBQ:
This is always, always the crowd favorite because its fun to eat with the tabletop grill.

(B) Firecracker Shrimp 
+ nice little dim sum dinner (dim sum is my speciality and I make my Mom’s Famous Egg Rolls)

(C) Baby Back Ribs with Asian Orange-Ginger Glaze
(which is my personal favorite flavor-wise…its finger-licking, fall-off-the-bone crazy yummy)

(D) A little “Chino Latino” going on: Asian Spiced Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Melon Salsa (which I haven’t blogged about yet…yes, one of my 47 drafts)

Or should I just play spin the blog and make whatever my mouse lands on?

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Comments 49

  1. Melinda

    Well Jaden, congratulations! What a day! your head must still be spinning. All very well deserved and couldn’t happen to a better fo blo. I hope something really big comes of it all. Perhaps I will be watching you on Martha Stewart!
    I vote for Korean BBQ and Firecracker Prawns, uhhhh let’s see… the drink you featured with the orchid and the white chocolate matcha ice cream. Bootiful, just bootiful.
    What ever you decide to do will, undoubtedly, turn out gorgeous. Cheers to you!

  2. Lee Ping Chong

    Dear Jaden,

    I will choose a dish that will not make me sweat and ruin my makeup.

    BBQ or or deep frying or grill will be a little to hot for me. How about?

    (C) Baby Back Ribs with Asian Orange-Ginger Glaze and Mango-Melon Salsa from (D)

    You can chit chat with Jeff while you perform magic on your mango.

  3. HP

    Dear Jaden

    I would agree with Melinda and vote for either Korean BBQ or Firecracker Shrimp.

    All the best!

  4. Kitt

    Ooh, what fun! You’re a star!

    I’d go with the tacos. They look cool and refreshing and something a lot of readers would probably like to try making themselves after seeing the article. (It’s so hot here, the thought of ribs making ribs just doesn’t appeal to me right now, and the firecracker shrimp look fun but not like a whole meal.)

  5. NY Girl Eats World

    CONGRATS, Jaden! How exciting! I (and, I suspect, all your fans) knew it was only a matter of time before the steamy buzz grew louder. Let us know when the article(s) come out!

  6. Suji

    I have been lurking at your blog for some time, but never posted a comment because most of the time, I am too busy drooling over your food and the photographs.

    But just wanted to share my choice:). I would vote for D only because it’s something different. I would want to know more if you say Asian Spiced Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Melon Salsa . If you say firecracker shrimp or baby back rbs, I won’t be as intereste din finding out more 🙂

    And laos, the pictures for D look “awesomer” than the other 3 awesome pictures 😉

  7. Kat

    OMG! what a great day. I think you should cook…all of the above…they all look delish! (sorry I’m no help!)

  8. Coffee

    HEY!! What a lovely day that was! Worth bookmarking! 😉

    I would say go for either first or second. I am a vegetarian so not really judging them by their recipes or taste, but merely by the look of it….. 🙂

    I must say… you have a way with words my dear! 🙂

  9. wokandspoon

    Hey congrats! sounds like you had a big day!

    As for what you should make – go with what you feel like making!

    As for what I would like to eat…I mean, what you could make: hmmm…the firecracker shrimp for starters with perhaps the tacos and the mango-melson salsa (you know me and fruit salsa!), oh, and the ribs for mains.

    So, what’s for dessert??

  10. Lydia

    I’d go with the Korean BBQ. That is, after you get over all of the excitement of this wonderful day! Congrats on all of the good media coverage.

  11. joey

    Congratulations on everything! How exciting! 🙂 And also well deserved 🙂

    I vote for firecracker shrimp or Asian Spiced Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Melon Salsa 🙂

  12. veron

    Oh this is so exciting! I think the korean barbecue looks the yummiest to me. Congratulations! Love your description of the split-roasted chickent…chicken-ho ….ha ha

  13. argus lou

    Congrats, SteamyMommy! You deserve your own cookery TV show with flirty asides to your hunky guests.

    Your JabbaTheHutt reference and Zen-Roast-Chicken-Doing-Yoga made me smile.

    Oh, anything you make is going to bowl ’em over. Your creativity and presentation are already tops. ^_^

  14. Marvin

    Congrats Jaden! You’re on your way to the top. Perhaps one day someone else will be feeling fortunate that they are in a Steamy Kitchen/Rachael Ray sandwich. Oh my! And I say spin the blog, all of your recipes look beautiful.

  15. Mae

    Congratulations, superstar!!! Please don’t forget your friends *wink* when you’re super famous! What a great day.

    I think you should cook all of the above. Well, at least that’s what i’ll ask you to cook for me when i come over! 🙂

    Everything in this blog is mind blowing so i think whatever you decide to cook will will be as delicious.

    Good luck on Friday! Not that you need it. x

  16. Jeff

    I wasn’t name dropping, I swear.

    You don’t want to be the meat part of a Paula Deen/Cat Cora sandwich. Way too much butter and tsatziki sauce.

  17. Krizia

    Jaden you’re my idol! 😀

    I vote for either the Chino Latino or the Babyback ribs! Unless it’s possible to do that point & shoot thing (does your kitchen really have what it takes to do that?!)


  18. wmw

    B is my choice….these you can do before hand, just steam the dim sum just before arrival of guest (hence, staying true to your blog name “Steamy Kitchen”Hahaha…With this choice, you can still have time to put on another mud mask and be all dolled up in time to greet your guest! Easy small portions of food, easy handling…..more varieties and enable more small talk in between.

  19. fen tiger

    Korean BBQ!

    No…wait…the firecracker shrimp look incredible, as do the ribs.

    If it were me, I’d go with whichever choice was easiest to prep and cook. They all look scrumptious – I can’t imagine how good they’d taste.

    Good luck & Congrats!


  20. tigerfish

    Firecracker + dimsum (XLB, peking duck/chicken etc)
    Firecracker is banned in some countries too, so Firecracker Shrimp is a substitute. Heh heh!

  21. Dani

    Woo Hoo!! Sounds like a fantastic day! Congratulations!!!
    As far as which meal to make, I honestly don’t think you can wrong with any of them!! I know that may not be much help, but what can I say…it’s the truth!

  22. Weylin

    Absolutely….we ate roll-out tons at Les Amis but you should have seen our greedy little eyes! Looking at your pictures though J, I would say that if we had the chance to sample your creations, we’d definitely have eaten roll-out tons too!

  23. honest ape

    C is my vote, without a doubt.

    And call me a pervert if you want, but I’d also like to be in the middle of a Paula Deen / Cat Cora sandwich.

    On a non-perverted note, I would also like to eat a sandwich made by Paula Deen and Cat Cora. Grilled Cheese, preferrably.

  24. evinrude

    Everything everything!! Because everything just looks scrumptious!

    Alright, that was my stomach speaking. I think you should cook something that you feel best represent you. =) But I say firecracker shrimp.

  25. Sue Ann

    I am on a seafood kick and would vote for the Firecracker Shrimp! YUM What ever your little spinny thing lands on is gonna be great! Kudos to you and the press you are getting, you deserve every bit of it.

  26. Rose

    I would say korean BBQ Jaden but then everything you do is so darn good. I am not worried about you. They will love your cuisine as much as they will love you after the meal. All the best to you my dear and keep us posted.

  27. Lynn

    What a day! How exciting for you to be in a celebrity sandwich! I vote for the firecracker shrimp, but any of the fabulous dishes you make would wow them. I know they wow me.

  28. Big Boys Oven

    Jaden, I am sure you still look gorgeous with your mud mask on!!! I prefer shrimp… looks yummy but I will go with what our kids are having heheheheh……

  29. Meena

    Wow wow wow!! You lucky girl, you! I would definitely go for the Firecracker Shrimp, mostly ‘coz I love Shrimp, and anything deep fried! 🙂

  30. Elaine

    WOW, this is just awesome, congrats! I hope i get to see you on the Food Network soon! hehehe

    Btw, I really like that Chino Latino idea. Actually I think making BOTH the Chino Latino and the baby back ribs would be sooooo good!

    I think you’ll do just fine with whatever you cook anyway, Jaden. They’ll love it! G’luck! 😀

    *sorry about the exclamations marks, I’m just excited hehehe!


    I want to see Firecracker Shrimp! Next to steak its my favorite. Holly and I love the blog!

    Good Luck to you!

  32. birdseyechili

    My vote is for dim sum:

    cooking, plating, photos, eating, repeat.

    Of course, interspersed with steamy, ah, ahem, charming conversation.

    Lots of opportunity for them to see you in action! Good luck!

  33. Carol

    Hey Jaden, Congratulations on the interview – how wonderful!
    And for the write up and photograph session, I say definitely showcase your firecracker prawns as an entree and go with the Orange ginger glaze ribs for the mains and to wrap up the evening, your stunning matcha ice cream. This is your chance to knock their socks off! All the best for friday!

  34. Passionate Eater

    What an honor! You totally deserve it though! I would vote for the Korean ribs and the firecracker shrimp–they are so photogenic. And woman, you would look fantastic even without a smudge of makeup! Let your hubby tell them!

  35. Meilin

    If you’re still taking votes, I choose A – the Bulgogi. You can pretend it’s semi-good for you (unlike the firecracker shrimp). 🙂

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  37. The Unknown Coder

    I’ve got to say the blue cheese hamburger thing rocked. i put some bacon in mine – don’t remember if you called for that or not.

    next i’d say the ribs – if you need to speed up the cooking process you can boil them first but the bbq treatment just can’t be beat.

  38. Connie

    go for the korean bbq, if the event hasnt happened yet — and im not only saying this because im biased and this is my absolute favorite dish 😀

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