MAKE YOUR OWN SUSHI ROLLER MAT

I came up this this DIY diddy in a pinch when I was having a Make Your Own Sushi Party and the store had only two mats that would be shared among 12 people, not good.  Despite regular grocery stores now carrying all the ingredients needed to make sushi, they often don’t stock the tool to accompany the tastes.  I was making the basic items and was having everyone bring a sushi stuffing ingredient of their choice, so there was no chance for a last minute switcheroo. Plans were set.  As I didn’t want a watch and wait type of soiree, I grabbed some bamboo skewers and some extra sake(incase this idea didn’t work) and headed home.  With a little hustle and some creative license I made sushi mats. The additional sake was still consumed despite the crises aversion or to celebrate the success depending on your disposition.  Enough chatter, here is the full instructional: Continue reading

Frito Pies: A Childhood Throwback

It was my birthday last week and to celebrate we invited some friends over for a celebratory feast.  I wanted to make something that was a fun throwback to my childhood, a little treat/present to myself that could be shared with friends. With adding another item to the birthday food smorgasbord, it had to be simple enough to be done ahead of time and not take too much effort to serve up to the guest upon arrival.  Simple, childhood, fun…Frito Pies!  Growing up in New Mexico, the Frito Pie is a well-known staple of high school sports concession stands everywhere.  Some will say that the Frito Pie is of Texan origin, made by the mother of the chips inventor, but I among others believe it was the creation of Teresa Hernandez at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Am I being biased? Yes. Yes I am. So I ventured to my local snack chip store, the bodega, and bought every last bag of single serving Frito’s.  On a side note, the look on a cashier’s face when you drop 27 bags of Frito’s on the counter is priceless.  I only thing I said was, “they’re not all for me”, and left it at that.  Onto the cooking! Continue reading