ICANCOOK Swedish Dumplings & Taste the World

Some people want to be pampered on their birthdays, to have all their favorite things lined up in a row so that they don’t have to go anywhere or want for anything.  Some people want big gifts.  Some people want a quiet dinner out.  Some people wish to forget the day all together.  I, however, only want one thing, always: adventure, and more power to you if it’s a surprise.  This does not mean I expect an Indiana Jones escapade every year (although on second thought, yes it does), but it does mean that creativity has to be involved.  If we’re going to be pampered, make me climb a rocky cliff to get there.  Give me a big gift, but hide it in a garden maze. We can do a quiet dinner, but let’s go somewhere that we have never even heard of before.  I have a lot of stuff; what I want are memories that I can share with someone.

No gives a better gift than my mom because she understands this.  Earlier this month, she got me one of those neato new-fad box services called Taste the World.  It’s a service like Loot Crate or Trunk Club where every month I get a new box with varied items related to a theme, in this case, international cuisine.

This week’s ICANCOOK is based off of a recipe I learned from the first box which was from Sweden.  A Swedish smorgasbord can have some unique flavors in it (you ain’t had black licorice until you have had Swedish black licorice, and I fucking hate black licorice and this shit was delicious), but everything was still delightful because how can you go wrong with things that are filled with bacon and onions?  AND I HAVE FIVE MORE BOXES COMING, all  from different countries and all being shared here and on CookEatLive.

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CookEatLive Recipe – Mushrooms

I have already posted this video before (a few times, I think) but this is the official CookEatLive version. It also contains a link to the CookEatLive How-To videos which highlight how to do one step of the recipes in great detail.  But don’t worry – the recipes after this will be all new ones.

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ICANCOOK Sangria!

Damn, this show takes a lot of work.  It takes so much work, I need to create more work specifically to handle that work, and that work’s work begets its own work’s work, and I no longer know what reality is.  I don’t even drink that much anymore; everything’s bananas!

No, wait! By the gods, here is a bunch of sangria I made and which I mostly drank myself. This is the start of the ICANCOOK videos for CookEatLive – a series that focuses less on the deeper meaning of why we cook in a certain way and more about the incredible things you can do with food.  No instructions, just the pure thrill of seeing good food come together.

And I want to see what other people cook, too, so I slapped it up on Instagram and stuck a hashtag on it: #icancookanything.  So tell me –

– what can you cook?

Cook Well. Eat Well. Live Well.

Oh, and we’re also on Facebook.

Oh! And though you want to let sangria sit for at least a couple of hours, it’ll be much better if you wait one or two more hours after that.

Enjoy!

CookEatLive – Lesson 1: CLEAN EVERYTHING!!!

If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self, I would tell him to put down that party-sized bottle of cheap Moscato wine, to suck it up and buy a new pair of shoes (I usually end up taping them to my feet), and to clean my goddamn kitchen more often.  A clean kitchen is not just about sanitation, but also speaks to the foundations of cooking good food for other people.

No, I’m not going to tell you what it is; that’s why I made the video. So watch that. And remember:

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CookEatLive Premiere – 1 WEEK LEFT

In reality, there is really only a day and a half left, but I have to wait for Food Tuesdays to come around to post and blah blah blah.

STILL!  Make sure to check out the other promos, subscribe to the channel on YouTube, like our Facebook page, and follow it on Instagram.  I’m branching into more social media, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me, dammit.  And definitely tune back in this Thursday, May 5th @ noon to catch the premiere of CookEatLive!

 

CookEatLive Show Premiere – 2 WEEKS LEFT

Only two more weeks until the premiere of CookEatLive, the show that teaches you about all the things that many other cooking shows never go into but that all chefs/cooks have learned to do.  Check it out on YouTube or Facebook on May 5th and start making your meals extraordinary!