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Homemade Sushi Dinner with the Family

25 May

Now I have promised my family for a while that I would make them some sushi so when they showed up with all the ingredients I knew it was on. We enjoyed steamed edamame with sea salt, sake chicken, tempura shrimp, and some from scratch tempura shrimp and chicken rolls with scallions and my special sesame sauce. Here is our delicious dinner ­čÖé —-CMY


Tempura shrimp and sake chicken


Yanakis Family Thanksgiving Meal

25 Nov

For a multicultural family we go pretty traditional for our Thanksgiving meal. We have our turkey, stuffing, candied yams, biscuits, brussels┬ásprouts, and of course┬ápie. We also go all out by making almost everything from scratch but sometimes you just want to kick back and let Pillsbury and Marie Callender do some of the work for you ­čśŤ Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.—-Christina


Birthday Dinner Photo!

25 Aug

Birthday Dinner Photo!

For my mom’s birthday dinner we went out to eat at the Texas Roadhouse and let me tell you for a chain it has excellent food. They cook a delicious steak and when you order a bone in ribeye rare you get it. On the drive back we stopped at a farmers stand and got some huge tomatos and delicious homemade ice cream. When we got home I decided I needed a cute picture of my parents so I took it. Aren’t they adorable?!—-CMY


Happy Birthday to my Mom!!!

23 Aug

Happy Birthday to my Mom!!!

Today is my mom Debra’s 54th birthday…I know, she looks great for her age and she is a pretty remarkable woman. She was born and raised in the Bronx and is 100% Puerto Rican (Making me and my sisters 1/2 PR and 1/2 Greek) and is a little spit fire. Strong emphasis on the little she is only 4′ 11″ ( I’m 5′ 3″ thanks mom, haha). She came from a life of poverty and physical abuse thanks to a horrible stepfather and she was able to overcome it all. She was one of the few of her six siblings to attend and graduate college and become a business manager. She managed a very successful bakery in Brooklyn where I pretty much grew up. I have very fond memories of those years in the bakery. My mother is currently a first degree black belt in the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. She now is also an instructor at the martial arts school she earned her belts in. This year she even attended the World Tournament of the Tang Soo Do Association in North Carolina and walked away with a bronze medal in weapons. She is truly an inspiration to me and keeps me looking forward to all that I can accomplish in the coming years. I LOVE YOU MOM AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!


Creature of the Deep and It’s for Dinner!

19 Apr

Creature of the Deep and It's for Dinner!

Hey everybody I haven’t written in a while because I have been super busy and then my super busy got me sick so I had to take some time off to regroup. Summer is on its way and one thing is on my mind being a Greek. Grilled Octopus…yum!!! I love octopus in all of its tentacle filled glory. It can be hard to prepare though if it is your first time. You can wind up chewing on something as tough as a car tire. So this is how I prepare my octopus for a night of yummy eating.
Step 1: If your octopus (2lb-4lb) has not been cleaned, which I doubt your fishmonger hasn’t cleaned it. But just in case cut out the beak yes the beak on the bottom of the animal in the center of all of those tentacles. Then cut a vertical slit in the head and remove the organs. Most likely though your octopus would already be well cleaned.
Step 2: Fill a large pot with water and some sea salt. Bring it to a rolling boil. A rolling boil is a boil that does not stop when you stir it with a spoon. Add your cephalopod whole and bring the water back to a boil if it has weakened. Boil the octopus for 10 minutes. Strain the octopus out and rinse under cold water removing the gelatinous skin that will be in between the tentacles. Cut the legs away for the head and body. Set them aside and then cut the head into rings and the thick body into strips.
Step 3: Get a heavy jar or a mallet and some plastic wrap. Here comes the therapy portion of this recipe, haha. Place a piece of your octopus on a cutting borad and cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and hammer away. This is how you will tenterize those tough as leather pieces. It can get messy so cover the piece well. Tenderize the piece till it is almost flat. It will puff up during cooking.
Step 4: Now you can season your octopus anyway you want and either grill or fry it. Since it has already been partially cooked it will take only minutes to cook through. For frying I create a marinade out of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried oregano. Toss your octopus in this marinade and then lightly bred in flour. Fry the peices on medium heat until golden brown. Serve hot with extra lemon juice and some Retsina. Cheers!