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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Spring Challenge Line-Up

This Saturday's the Idyllwild Spring Challenge, Emi and I will be racing and David'll run the shirt booth. It's an interesting role-reversal. So he'll hang out and drink some beers while we ride, possibly in the rain. I've been really busy and so we're using some of our old designs.
Bikeman. Womens in Heather Cinnamon, Mens in Military Green. I think this shirt will always be one in the mix.
Shoulder bag with the Pennyfarther design.

A new one, "Bike Nerd" this one's for the guys, baby blue ink on dk. chocolate shirt.

For the blue on navy blue shirt.

And the Penny's are back again. This time Heather Grey for the women, and Charcoal for the guys.
In addition, we'll bring along shirts from the past booths. This one's a somewhat small race, I think the one in June at Big Bear will be the one we'll have a little more variety, maybe even pins and magnets?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Daring Bakers-April 2009- Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.
I was pretty happy with making cheesecake this month. Usually it's a cake someone in the family chooses as their birthday cake, but it had been a while since I've made it. It's one of those cakes that is fairly simple to make, yet heavenly delicious. Cheesecake is like ice cream to me, simple is best so I decided to leave it plain. If it's good, leave it alone.
Usually these baking challenges are enjoyed only by the family. This time there was company so I was able to share them with friends. This cheesecake tastes very similar to my go-to NY Cheesecake recipe, expect this one is baked in a waterbath so I couldn't use my springform pan. Oh, and this one had four times more heavy cream in it, so it was VERY CREEEEEAMY! Oh yeah, it was good! And it didn't last too long. ^_^
Check out the recipe here.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Unexpected Turn of Events

Funny how there are these unexpected turns in life that brings you to a place you'd never expect you'd be. For me, it has been mtn. biking. About 12 years ago, I was in a mtn. bike accident, going downhill my bike slipped and I hit my head on a rock which cracked my helmet and left me unconscious. For nearly a decade after that, I didn't ride a bike except to ride to the bathroom and back at David's bike races. I was just terrified to ride a bike. And now, I'm in training to race my first bike race, the Idyllwild Spring Challenge. Racing is the last thing I thought I'd be doing. Being a newbie, I'll stick to a short course, 9.5 miles, but I'll be racing alongside Emi, who's raced the 7-mile course last year. We pre-rode the shorter course today, and we had a lot of fun. We just cruised and didn't worry about going fast. And to David's pleasure, I'll be rockin' a singlespeed. Now, how this did happen?

Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

Our families enjoys pasta. But it 99% of the times it's the same ol' spaghetti with marinara sauce. Don't get me wrong, we still enjoy it very much but I just wanted to try something different. Creamy sauces like alfredo are usually too rich and heavy. But this one came out pretty good. Found the recipe from, made a couple changes like adding more garlic and pesto, and throwing in some zucchini, but for the most part stuck to the recipe. It was flavorful and not heavy at all. A keeper recipe.

Dynamite (BANG!)

My dad used to be a sushi chef so he taught me how to make Dynamite, those rich mayonaise sauce topped seafood. I used some sliced octopus, salmon, kanikama (imitation crab) and mushrooms but anything you enjoy will work fine. Instead of making individual portions, I just made a big one in an 8x8 brownie pan.
The mayo sauce is quite simple, mainly minced or crushed garlic and mayonaise. Often times they put in masago (smelt roe) and since that isn't something most people have in their fridge, this one is optional. I just happen to have some in the freezer that needed to be used. Spread it over the top...

And bake. I used my toaster oven. This dish is very rich, almost too rich for me, so I don't cook this too often. This same sauce tastes great on green mussels, sliced boiled potatoes, or in mushroom caps. Adding cilantro to the mayo sauce gives it that "fresh" taste, and my dad even adds miso sometimes. This is a good base that has endless possibilities.