Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Japanese Beef Rolls

Tonight I tried to make Japanese Beef Rolls.  They turned out good.  Oven wasn't working right tho.  And I couldn't figure out a sauce to go with them.  I tried several things but nothing was quite right.  Maybe a spicy mayo or something.  Any suggestions??  Served with noodles fried in Trader Joe's  Soyaki sauce.  Yum.

Japanese Beef Rolls


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 12 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 24 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 8 thin-cut top round steaks
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 bunch green onions, green parts only


  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, cover and allow them to sweat over low heat until soft. Do not let them brown. Meanwhile, bring a large pot or skillet of water to a boil. Dunk the asparagus into the boiling water, then place into ice water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven broiler. Grease a broiling pan.
  3. To construct the rolls, lay the steaks out flat. If your steaks are thick, pound them to about 1/4 inch thickness. Brush soy sauce onto the surface, then place a few mushrooms, a couple of green onions and 3 asparagus spears at one end of each steak. Roll up towards the other end to enclose, and secure each bundle with a toothpick. Place the rolls seam side down on the broiling pan.
  4. Roast under the preheated broiler until browned on top, about 3 minutes. Turn the rolls over and brown on the other side, 2 to 3 more minutes. Be careful not to over cook, this could burn the steaks or make them tough to eat.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chef's Jackets

I figured that every chef or cook needs a jacket or apron.  I made an apron a few months ago and that works great, but I needed one for my son Cole.  So....  I decided to make Chef's Jackets for the both of us.  Take a look.  I didn't have a pattern so I used one of his shirts and drew one.  And if he had one, I needed one.  They both took me about 3.5 hours to make the pattern and sew the jacket.  What fun.  Now we just need to get them dirty!  :)

Matching dad and son Chef's Jackets

All of us wearing our cooking outfits.  Mom is wearing the apron I made awhile back.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The reason it's Dad's Kitchen.

Here I go again.  I have a 21 month old son.  And as all boys do, we have to eat.  And we get bored with the same old foods all the time.  So we need to come up with interesting and new food dishes to eat.  ( Mom enjoys the variety too)

Start of another blog. lol

Well, here is another blog about cooking.  This time its about a guy in a kitchen.  Okay, it's not uncommon for guys to cook.  I just thought it would be fun to share some things I cook.  My sister and sister-in-law both have blogs about cooking and sewing and stuff.  I know I'm not going to be as constant as they are, but I want to just share some foods I enjoy.