9.13.2011

foodie fave - {closet cooking}.

recipes from closet cooking seem to always end up in my foodie board on pinterest...so it seemed like the perfect pick for my September foodie fave. please take note of all the tasty sandwiches and dips! perfect for those fall football parties...

What is your favorite meal of the day? 
This one is a difficult call as I do not really like sweet breakfasts so my breakfasts tend to be a lot like my lunches or dinners. Lunches are probably out as I normally bring leftovers for lunch at work, though I always enjoy getting to make lunch on the weekend. I am going to have to say dinner then, as I normally have more time to make it and that means that I can do pretty much anything that I want with it. 

Favorite Dish you have featured on your blog?
The questions go from hard to impossible! I will have to just go with a recent one that I have been completely addicted to, the Avocado BLT with Fried Egg And Chipotle Mayo

Favorite ingredient to bake or cook with: 
For a while I was totally obsessed with using homemade kimchi in everything that I could think of. I guess that my favourite ingredient would have to be spicy heat in any form whether from fresh chili peppers to powdered chili peppers to chili sauces, etc. 

New dish you want to try: 
There are so many on my list. I have bookmarked several thousand recipes that I want to try on the web! Recently I have been wanting to get into Indian cuisine a bit more and to conquer those long lists of spices that are so often present in the recipes. 

Are there any dishes that have surprised you with their popularity on your blog? 
The okonomiyaki --sometimes called the as you Japanese "as you like" savoury pancake or pizza. This is one of my favourites and I was a bit surprised at how popular it turned out to be. 

What is the most challenging thing about cooking in a small space? 
Making large multipart meals. If you are making a one dish meal then everything is good, and I like it that way, but if you need to make a big meal with a main, several sides and a dessert then the small kitchen starts to get challenging. Because it is a small place I do not have all that many dishes, pots, pans, etc as there is no place to store them and I quickly run out of surface area to work with while trying to make several things at the same time. 

What do you like most about cooking? 
I simply enjoy cooking. Time just seems to fly by when I am cooking, well as long as I am not standing there stirring a risotto for a half an hour, and it is just plain old fun! :)


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xo, 
jillian


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41 comments:

  1. Ok, now I am super hungry and inspired to actually make something. I seem to have been on some kind of toast and grilled chicken diet...This is inspiring me to get out of my rut. xoxo

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  2. I love Kevin's recipes! Great pick!

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  3. Thanks for sharing about him Jillian! That buffalo grilled cheese looks yummy.

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  4. Both of those grilled cheeses look amazing! I LOVE me some spinach... like LOVE!

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  5. Seriously...that's like the most delicious food I've seen in a while- not surprised...the boy is from the Tdot;) The sammies, dips and use of hot stuff all makes me want to try every single thing there- delish!!!

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  6. I always see his stuff on pinterest too!

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  7. So glad that you posted the link to his site - I'm already hooked.

    Love all of the jalapeno inspired dishes!

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  8. Wow! Love the interview and everything here looks so good. A BLT with a fried egg sounds amazing!

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  9. Love this post! I'm sure I'm going to be browsing through his recipes all day. And that BLT is calling my name. Thanks for sharing your find!

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  10. oh man!! the food looks soo delicious!!!

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  11. Wow, these all look amazing!

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  12. Sooo I think I legitimately have a crush on that buffalo chicken griled cheese sandwich. I can't even speak when I look at it.

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  13. Ohh always fun to find new foodie bloggers! I'll have to check him out!

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  14. WOW. He's being added to my daily reads. Everything looks so delicious and like it would immediately add 10 pounds to my hips. But, still. Trying to decide which one to make this week after my raw fruit/veggie day is over.

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  15. This is so funny. Kirby was just telling me about Closet Cooking and how Ian made the Buffalo Chicken grilled cheese the other night. I was drooling...still am!
    xo

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  16. Oh my goodness..I am so hungry just looking at those delicious dishes. Totally need to try the buffalo chicken sandwich. Yum! happy Tuesday, sunshine.

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  17. Oh my goodness! All these dishes are making me hungry!

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  18. These recipes look delicious! I'd love to try the spinach pesto grilled cheese!

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  19. I want to be eating all of these grilled cheese sandwiches IMMEDIATELY.

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  20. I can't WAIT to check out his blog! It looks delicious :)

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  21. Of course I am reading this before lunch! Starving! Haha

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  22. oh my gosh! i want to eat everything!

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  23. I'm overwhelmed with delicious new recipes!!!

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  24. oh good heavens. i need to go on a pinning spree!! all those sammies look to die for.

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  25. All of the twists on the grilled cheese sandwiches sound extremely mouth watering!!! All would be great with a hot cup of tomato bisque in the upcoming colder days!

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  26. my mouth is officially watering. yum.

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  27. Loved this interview! Bravo to you both!

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  28. SUCH a fun interview! so neat to get a guys perspective, too!

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  29. He has SO many recipes on his site! They all look so good!

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  30. my bf would love everything on this site

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  31. Oh dear. I came across this post right before dinner and now I'm feeling a bit faint. The food in these photos looks ridiculously delicious. And the interview only made me hungrier! Lol. I love homemade kimchi...

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  32. I am so glad that I could be a part of your foodie favs! Love those photo mashups!

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  33. oh my word!!! that jalapeno popper grilled cheese, spinach pesto grilled cheese and blue cheese guac all sound right up my alley!!! now i want to make grilled cheese for dinner :) xoxoxo brynn

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  34. OMG! I'm getting hungry with all these pizzas!
    They all looked so delicious!

    http://www.momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  35. i cant decide what i want first here...buff chix grilled cheese, jalepeno popper quiche or that guac.... great interview!

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  36. I've seen that jalapeno grilled cheese on Pinterest, and I keep reminding myself that I need to try it! It looks so yummy :)

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  37. the grilled cheese looks/sounds AMAZING! yum :)

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  38. That spinach and artichoke dip looks soooo good! Oh, why didn't I find myself a guy who likes to cook?!!! Sorry I didn't make it Saturday... I was absolutely beat. How was Boston? Did you love it? xo

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  39. mm i love how everything has cheese involved! haha.
    p.s. i just saw photos of the rendez-vous! it looked so fun! you guys are awesome. :)
    xoxo

    marissa @ the boot

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  40. I've googled for recipes and ended up on Closet Cooking more than once. He has great recipes!

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  41. Closet cooking is one of my favourite food blogs! Great interview, thanks for sharing!

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mucho thanks for the blog love! xo