Vote! Which Blogger Dish to Cook on TV?

But first….a little laugh…

As I mentioned in my last post, our house is usually stocked with good, wholesome breakfast foods. Because running around the playground and singing, “Itsy Bitsy Spider” requires quite a bit of energy. A good breakfast is essential to becoming the superstar student, outrunning the bullies and beating up the rugrats.

We always have mini whole wheat bagels by Pepperidge Farms at the house. Usually, the kids love a bit of cream cheese and some fruit to top.

This particular morning a few months ago, Andrew asked for the the bagel, plain.Β He just wanted to eat it as-is, whole. As I handed him a warmed mini-bagel, this little 4-year old wiggle-master examined the bagel.

Looked at it from the front.
Looked at it from the back.
Curiously peeked throught the hole.

and then proudly proclaimed to me,
“LOOK MA MA!!!Β  I’m gonna eat a BUTT-HOLE!!!”


So deviant, yet right-on.

But…concerning to me…how does he know what a butt-hole looks like?!? It’s not like we randomly run into butt-holes in his nursery rhyme books, Disney channel or at the park.

Oh. But wait. He must have remembered the time we walked by a construction zone and 2 workers snickered lewd things to me in Spanish. That’s when covered Andrew’s ears and I shot back with, “!@#! off and go shove your hammer up your asscrack.” And I think he did.

BTW, don’t judge my parenting skills based on his uncoordinated pajama set. He dressed himself.


What Shall I Cook on TV in 2 Weeks?

Ok, on to the fun part of this post. As you know, I showed my face to the world on television last month, cooking live on our local ABC station. My next performance is October 9th. I’d love to promote the world of food blogging, so I’ve decided to cook a dish from one of you!! Will you help me choose?

Voting on the next page!

I only have 5 minutes of air-time to showcase a dish. Here’s how it works

1) I pre-cook, prep about 30 minutes before the segment (or the evening before)
2) at 6:35am-ish, I get about 3 minutes of live air-time to cook a part of the dish, talk about the dish & food blogging and smile at the camera
3) then I have about 20 minutes to quietly finish the dish (the newscasters are doing their new broadcast about 20 yards from me, and during commercial breaks I can be loud)
4) final presentation at very end of newscast

So, you see, it’s gotta be an easy dish.Β My criteria for choosing these dishes below:

1) Asian dish
2) Fast to cook
3) Uses only stovetop (there is no oven in the studio kitchen)
4) Simple enough for a home cook (a.k.a simple enough for me to cook)

Here are this month’s finalists. Please vote!Β  I’ll cook the winning dish!

Tiger Prawn Springrolls from Mae of Rice & Noodles. I’ve made these many, many times and they are absolutely the first thing to disappear. They are incredibly easy to make and I think of them as my go-to dish when company comes and I need to whip up a quick, impressive appetizer!

Malaysian Coconut Butter Prawns from Rasa Malaysia. These babies are so full of incredible flavors. Little bits of toasted coconut makes it a little sweet, a little salty. I’ll have to leave out the curry leaves and substitute with scallions.

Yakitori (Grilled Chicken Skewers) from Tigers & Strawberries (I can use stovetop griddle). Everyone LOVES japanese skewers. I’ll tell you that where I live, not many know how to make yakitori. It’s prime grilling season in Florida – as it is finally cool enough to enjoy grilling and entertaining outdoors. The Japanese restaurants in town do not serve yakitor. (gasp! I know you’re thinking – where the hell do I live?!?) and this would be a great way to introduce this dish.

Bulgogi Burgers from The Delicious Life. Can you even imagine a tastier burger? I normally don’t like the term “east-west cooking” but this certainly shows the perfect blend of Korean flavors in an American burger. I LOVE this idea – I haven’t tried making a Bulgogi burger, but damn….this looks so delicious. If Sarah can make this burger look so tasty, I know the audience will love it.

(yes, I know these are non-vegetarian dishes….I promise next month we’ll do a veg dish!)

***VOTE HERE!***

I think this voting thingy is working….will you let me know if it is not?

Voting ends October 4th at 10:30pm


Of course I’ll post on YouTube after it airs. We can even have a virtual viewing party! Let’s all get drunk and watch it together!

If this works out well, I’ll do this every month and choose new blogger recipes every month. I love the idea of highlighting our little corner of the world on television regularly. What do you think?

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Comments 82

  1. Kate

    Oh my god I almost died laughing at the photo of the Prawn spring rolls!! It looks like feet sticking out of them!!!! That is TOO funny!!!

  2. Dan

    I vote for them all.

    And, don’t pay any attention to the whimpering and the subtle scratching sound you hear at the studio door.

  3. Sig

    hehe looks like Andrew inherited his mom’s wicked sense of humour… πŸ™‚ and of course the looks too… he is soo cute.. can’t wait to see your next video… all the dishes look amazing, but since I had to pick one, I voted for the butter prawns πŸ™‚

  4. Rasa Malaysia

    Hey gf, thanks for thinking of me and my dish…by the way, it doesn’t matter what you cook eventually, can I just show up at the TV station and be your sous chef? I can help you peel the shrimp and remove their veins? Huh huh? Okay?

  5. Suji

    I see a “Steamy Kitchen – Junior Junior” blog pretty soon. Oh yeah, your kids are soooo gonna make that blog πŸ˜‰

    I voted for rasa Malaysia’s dish. That looks more interesting to me.

    if she says, “Coming up, Jaden cooks Coconut Butter prawns”, I won’t touch that remote πŸ™‚

  6. Rasa Malaysia

    Oooh, I forgot to ask you one thing: do they have makeup artists like doing your makeup and hair? Your makeup looked immaculate on the last one…will they do hair and makeup for sous chef, too? πŸ˜›

  7. LunaPierCook

    I voted for Rasa’s dish. Malaysian Coconut Butter Prawns?? Damn, those look good. Sometimes it’s nice having a wife who sometimes doesn’t like seafood! πŸ™‚

  8. Melinda

    The Rasa Prawns. (the fat has all the flavour) Oh goodie, we get to see you cook in heels!

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  10. PeachyMango

    Its AWESOME that you’re getting all this TV time. I think people have always had a big liking for eggrolls so the tiger prawn rolls would be a good one to showcase.

  11. stickygooeycreamychewy

    This is a tough choice. All of the dishes look so wonderful. I think that the spring rolls and the yakitori would be the easiest/neatest for tasting purposes. (I’d hate to see burger grease dripping down Silke’s chin!). The Malaysian prawns definitely have the “wow” factor. I think that they would look the prettiest on TV. I’m sure whichever you choose will be great. Looking forward to watching.

  12. veron

    They all look so yummy. How about doing one of those prawn dishes. I would love to see those! Can’t wait to see you work your magic on tv again. Remember, watch those sleeves!

  13. Kelly Mahoney

    That’s so cute! Well, I don’t know if it’s cute, but it’s definitely funny. I’d cook something with lots of colorful veggies, maybe a stir-fry or a veggie-based pasta sauce.

  14. yoko

    I think any of these choices would be fantastic. I went for the yakitori because I have a bias towards Japanese food (of course), and I think it would be inspiring for the viewers to try their hand at it, since it’s “prime grilling season,” as you say. Have fun in the spotlight again!

  15. Chris Luebbe

    I voted for the Tiger Prawn Spring Rolls, but may I suggest some really fancy pot stickers (maybe with shrimp or crab) for next month? Sounds like it would fit in the parameters given.

    Prep them, sizzle them up and add the water during your time on camera, then let them steam away while the anchors do their “news.”

  16. sarah

    awww…jaden! thanks for considering the Bulgogi Burger!

    i’d be tempted to vote for them prawns, too, except that I’M ALLERGIC TO SHRIMP!

    guess i have to vote for myself πŸ˜‰

    but really, ’tis an honor to even be mentioned among these esteemed recipes…

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  18. Kitt

    I picked yakitori skewers, partly because I think it would appeal to the most viewers (a lot of people are afraid to cook seafood, or can’t/won’t eat it, and others won’t eat red meat, or already have a preferred burger recipe). The skewers look yummy and easy but different enough to be appealing.

    Plus I always order the yakitori bowl at Tokyo Joe’s (winners of the Most Annoying Website Ever award) and would like to try a version that is not fast food.

  19. Marvin

    My vote went to Rasa Malaysia.

    This is such a great idea Jaden, and I’m all for getting drunk and watching youtube! That’s a normal weeknight for me. I’m looking forward to your next TV appearance, and I won’t make fun of anyone’s name next time;)

  20. blondee47

    remember to work out the day prior to the show and nothing salty for 24 hours in case you retain water….it’s true that tv adds ??? pounds

  21. Neece

    Ooh.. they all look DELICIOUS! I voted for the burger though, because that just looked so awesome and it was the one I wanted to eat first. πŸ˜› Your son is soooo CUTE! Eating a butt-hole.. where do they get this stuff? Priceless! πŸ™‚

  22. Lisa

    I can’t wait to watch! Is the first one on youtube already?

    I just posted the garlic-brown sugar chicken that you made a comment on.. and I mentioned you at the bottom.. and THEN I came here to read what was new.. just so’s yanno. I wasn’t like asking you to cook my chicken on NATIONAL TELEVISION and make me famous or anything. It’s a crockpot recipe so you’d never have the time even if you want to – which I’m sure you will.. but just forget about it, okay?

    Mmm hmmm.. I can’t wait to watch! Is the first one on youtube already? heee


  23. Sean

    Seriously as if the bagels in San Francisco weren’t gross enough, they are now forever tainted for me. In the more appetizing category, I just had to vote for Sarah’s bulgogi burgers – not just because I heart her, but because they’re a great Asian twist on an American classic that I think could really be a breakout success. Who wouldn’t want them? Oh yeah, vegetarians. Meh.

  24. Krizia

    “This be Jaden, Reppin’ the B-L-O-G cribs, ya heard?!” Haha, Jaden you’re a star! I voted for the burger b/c your own secret bias which you don’t know of yet, made it sound REALLY good. I would’ve voted for the coconut butter prawns, but I’m not down w/ you having to substitute the curry leaves w/ scallions πŸ™ nope, nope, nope!

  25. Little Corner of Mine

    Your son is just too darn cute! Butt-hole, LOL but like you said he was right on! Little smart ass! LOL!

    Anything you decided to cook would be great! I picked the yakitori too since I thought it would appear to more audience.

  26. kitchenhag

    I’m enjoying your blog so much . I voted for the yakatori since there’s no one making it in the area. The other dishes look like something I’d love to make and eat. Where can I find the recipies?

  27. Lilie

    Spring rolls!! Now I’m hungry. Can you come over and cook for me? LOL! You should so be on Food Network. Are you going to try for the “Next Food Network Star”?

  28. Spurls

    I found your blog by accident several months ago and have been an avid subscriber ever since. I was delighted to discover that you live in Sarasota… I lived there for the last 7 years before I moved up here to Trampa… anywayz… are you going to be cooking on the SRQ ABC station, or the one here in tampa? I’m only asking cause I wanna feed it into my DVR.

    Also, do you ever do classes up here in the city? or across the pond in The Burg? Please let me know, I’m dying to learn some new tricks from a genuine kitchen goddess!!

    You Rock!!

  29. Lisa

    I voted for the yakitori, just because that’s what I’D be most inclined to make. Nothing like a little self-interest, eh?

    And your son’s sense of humor sounds just like my son’s. He’s 20 and it hasn’t changed much at all from when he was 4. Then again… neither has mine.

  30. Drexl

    Cook the burgers! I’m not a fan of the “east-west” term but I think it will show how simple cooking fusion food can be. Plus, I like burgers and the more recipes the better.

    Go get’um!

  31. W. Shedd

    I voted yakitori … but I see my choice is in last place, so not likely going to happen.

    I can’t understand people wanting to see you make a burger. Don’t we have more than enough burgers in this country? It’s meat in a bun … Americans might have mastered that concept by now.

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