Archive for August, 2008

Venison Stuffed Peppers

So I decided to get a little creative today with my dinner and created a new recipe. My recipes always tend to be pretty simple because A) I’m lazy, B) I’m not that creative, and C) I’m lazy. I’ve only invented one other recipe which I’ll post up next time I make it (venison curry/chili). Since this turned out well I wanted to write it somewhere so I can make it again and I figured I’d share it for any other single guys that are lazy but want to make something that tastes AND looks good.

The only difficult to find ingredient that I used is a Korean BBQ sauce. The name is in Korean and I don’t speak Korean. I put the picture on the right so you can print it out and hunt for it at your local Asian super market.

Ingredient List:

* 1 lb ground venison (I’m sure beef works too)
* 1 onion, chopped
* 3 Bell Peppers. I prefer yellow and orange peppers but green would work if you like them.
* Korean BBQ Sauce
* 6 slices of American cheese.
* Some sesame oil

Put some sesame oil into the pan on high. Then throw the meat and onions into the pan along with the BBQ sauce. You just need enough to get the sauce on all the meat. Don’t drown them. Stir occasionally until the meat is browned. With venison you want to get rid of any pink at all. While this is cooking, cut the peppers in halves and clean out the seeds and scrape out any white areas on the inside (throw those away). Once the meat is done, let it cool a little (so you don’t burn yourself stuffing) and set your oven to warm to 400 degrees. Line a pan with some tinfoil. Put the pepper halves on the foil and stuff them full of the cooked meat and onions. Try to avoid getting any of the oil/grease. The venison is juicy enough without it. You just want the meat/onions. Once the peppers are stuffed, cover each with a slice of cheese and throw it in the oven. Change the oven from bake to broil, and let it broil for 8 mins, which should be just enough to melt the cheese, and just barely start browning the peppers/cheese. If you see browning, take it out, it’s done. Let it cool a little, and eat 🙂

Makes 6 peppers halves. I ate all 4 that I made but a normal person would only eat one if you cooked some sides. I tend to only cook a main dish and nothing else 😛 The picture is a bad angle so you can’t see the different color peppers on the plate. Look at the ones in the background on the stove top.


Goodbye Bachelor Days

The Best-Man at my upcoming wedding took care of his bachelor party duties this weekend. Knowing my desire to actually stay engaged he wisely opted for a much more tame gathering of friends to cheer the loss of my freedom. The day started with an enjoyable round of 18 holes at Little Bennett golf course. It was the third course I’ve been to, and was by far the nicest so far. We had two groups of three, and played “best ball” against each other. The front nine my team of Benny, Brian, and myself won by 2 strokes. At the back nine we switched up the teams a little due to perceived imbalances that began to form due to ethanol interference. This backfired though as the beer ran out and people began to sober up causing the new Brian, Brian, and Nick team to defeat the Benny, Justice, Alex team by six strokes.

After the golfing we went for dinner at my favorite Yuraku where we consumed large quantities of “naked” fish. And I was pleasantly surprised by Ciprian, Carey, and Chris showing up to join us for dinner. Now having 1 “A”, 3 “B”s, and 3 “C”s the alphabet was shaping up nicely. Our waitress seemed a little confused and asked us “Aren’t you supposed to be out looking at strippers?” when she found out this was my bachelor party but got the umbrella for the picture on the right to the delight of my companions. I ordered the table the infamous stuffed peppers that Sunny (the chef) makes and enjoyed watching the delight or torment on everyone’s faces depending on how spicy the piece they grabbed was. Ciprian and I also had some wasabi tobiko which everyone else declined to try after having gone through the pepper treatment.

After dinner a few folks left for home but the rest of us finished the evening at my house trying the different types of moonshine I have from my family in Tennesee as well as the delicious Emporer’s Brand Imperial Vodka which I’m happy to see that Alex felt was also good quality. If a Russian with as picky tastes as Alex says it’s good, then it’s good. The evening finished with drinks and conversation as people dwindled home and finished with just Alex and I left discussing the state of the world late into the night like so many times in the past.

Not the normal type of Bachelor Party that people expect, but one I quite enjoyed and prefer. Benny did a great job organizing everything and I hope everyone had a good time 🙂


Scribing Sorrows

I believe I complained before about the Mobile Sumo’s panel lines. I spent the evening doing some basic seam line sanding, and either rescribing sanded away lines, or purposely sanding them away to rescribe them because the originals DON’T MATCH. You’ll see it go up to a line of flash, and be a millimeter or two to the side before it continues on the other side. No wonder modeling was so big back in the day. You really had to put a lot of work into these kits to make them look good. I can’t complain too much I guess, it gives me something to do until I get an airbrush. I’m not done with them yet, but figured I’d make a post to complain about them 🙂


Yuraku Just Keeps Amazing Me

So I’m a pretty big sushi guy. My first sushi was in Japan on a student exchange and I was hooked on it. There’s a lot of crappy sushi places in the US. My favorite for a long time was Miyagi’s in Mclean, VA. Then I was introduced to a secret of Germantown, MD that I hadn’t known. I’m blessed to live 5 mins away from my new favorite. Yuraku. I should talk to them about working out a deal for free sushi if I redo their website.

Yuraku has huge pieces of fish for the “average” sushi price. And they always are throwing in some new surprising appetizer for free to try every few visits. Well, yesterday I took my fiance with me since she had not been there before. She orders two rolls, and I tell the waitress I’ll take any two Yuraku special rolls. “Which two?” she asks. “Any. Just let the chef choose what to bring out.” I like to be surprised and they usually make good choices that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. Apparently she thought this meant I wanted the Chef Special. I found out later that the Chef Special is only for two (or more) people and is $100. But since I go all the time, they gave it to me for 1 person ($50) but still made many of the dishes as if it was for two. I was then treated to an ELEVEN COURSE sushi meal (If you could the miso soup as a course). Absolutely delicious. Even the weird stuff like monk fish liver. They just kept bringing more plates out as soon as I finished the last one. My fiance was trying each one as they came out (even the stuffed jalapeno peppers, poor girl) and ended up not even eating half of her own rolls. The table next to us was having a party and got a HUGE boat that looked amazing. But they kept looking over at my table and taking pictures of my food as it came out! Was very entertaining. I was absolutely stuffed when I left. I haven’t eaten that much at one sitting in a long time. Anyway, if you want sushi and you’re near Germantown, you know now where I recommend.


M-Day Nervousness

So I’m getting married in 28 days. I have a beautiful fiance who is incredibly caring, smart (if you ignore that she agreed to marry me), and patient. Everyone keeps asking me if I’m nervous, and over all, not really. Honestly I wish we were already married. A small part of this is incredibly selfish in that we’ve been dating for 3 years now and we decided to do this the right way and wait till marriage for sex. It’s been hard (pun!) but I’m quite certain this was a good and right decision. For the most part, I just want her here so I can see her every day. But deep inside, I do know I’m nervous. Trouble sleeping is always a sign for me that my subconscious is churning away at something and I haven’t been sleeping well of late. I’m not sure if it’s the finality of the commitment, or knowing my life is irrevocably changing. The thought of kids is nice, but terrifying in what it will do to my hobbies and free time. More selfish thoughts I know, but I’m realistic in my feelings. Then there’s my own nagging concerns about my abilities to be a good husband. Ka Mun is wonderfully supportive and willing to bend over backwards to help on stuff. I have seen too many men that take advantage of these traits in their own wives and end up bad husbands. A lot of people get really upset about the roles of a Godly marriage in the bible. They read the whole submissive wife thing and go nuts. Ka Mun I think is happy with this role and wants to the wife God intended. But for the system to work, I need to focus on the male part of that passage that people tend to skip over. As a husband I have to love my wife like Jesus loved the church. People seem to forget Christ was crucified for the church. Biblical husbands are supposed to give everything in their power up to and including their lives for the sake of their wife and family. It is a man like that the wife is to submit to, and a man like that God wants every husband to be. That’s quite a pair of sandals to fill. The fact that I’m concerned about it is good but that doesn’t mean I’ll succeed.

I’m sure I can be an okay husband. In my past I’ve always been thrown into a job or task where I had to sink or swim without knowing how to swim beforehand. My current job has new challenges for me every day which is part of why I like it. The water gets stormy and I adapt and learn to keep myself and those around me all afloat. But I’ve never been an Olympic swimmer. I get good enough to survive at anything I want, but I never master anything. That’s not what I want to do with Ka Mun. I want to be the best husband, but I know I won’t. And I think that’s what I’m nervous about.

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