Wednesday, April 20, 2011
You know how you have friends that you just can't live without? How they're always there for you with advice, hugs and whiskey. Well Anna and Jared are those people to me. They have been a part of my life for quite a while and Jared was even in my wedding.
He's a good ol' boy from Tennessee who hooked up with this island (Bainbridge Island in case you were wondering) chick, got married and now have a beautiful daughter that looks like them both. It's been great watching her grow up and become a little person.
So when they asked me to take pics of them I was flattered and excited. They did such an amazing job and Lili (the daughter) was in full effect cuteness.
The locale was great even though there were tons of people and the weather was awesome. I broke my old record again of pics edited which is now 156.
So take a look at the pics if you get a chance and let me know what you think. Thanks again Anna and Jared for letting me take pics of your wonder family. Next time we are going to have to incorporate the dogs.
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Posted by Christian and Kishelle Linenko at 9:22 AM
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Here's a new recipe to me and I have no idea why I have never tried this before. I'm not saying I've never made this dish which I haven't, I have never had a Tamale Pie. What was I thinking? I have lived on this planet for 28.4 years and I have never had this delicious Tex-Mex dish. So I figured I should make this. I had the general idea of how it works. Make some taco meat, mix in some veggies then cover it in cornbread and bake it in the oven. Piece of cake right? It was trust me. So here's the recipe I made up I hope you all like it. Any questions or suggestions let me know.
* If you don't have a cast iron skillet, put the meat in the bottom of a casserole dish then the cornbread mix over the top.
* You can use ground beef or chicken or whatever kind of protein you like.
* While you are browning the meat make the cornbread.
* Makes 6 servings.
- 1 pack of ground turkey (it's about 1.33 pounds)
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon mexican oregano
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 cup beef stock
- 2 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 cup corn kernals
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup yellow corn meal
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup veggie/canola
- 1/4 cup chopped jalapenos
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, combine the ground turkey, onion, garlic and crushed red peppers in the pan. Using a spatula break up the meat as small as you can while it cooks and all the meat turns greyish.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add the cumin, oregano, chili powder, stock and tomato paste and cook until about half of the liquid has evaporated about 5 minutes. Stir in the beans and corn and cook until the corn is heated through. Season with the 2 teaspoons of salt and the pepper. Then stir in 2 tablespoons of the flour and stir to combine it should get pretty thick.
3. Combine the 1 cup of flour in a bowl with the corn meal, baking powder and salt and using a whisk, combine. Then in a seperate bowl combine the egg, mild and the oil and whisk well. Stir the wet into the dry and whisk again then fold in the jalapenos.
4. Level your meat mixture as best as you can in the cast iron skillet. Then place the cheese over the top of it and give it a couple of minutes to melt. Then pour the cornbread over the top of that making sure it's as flat as possible. Place in the oven and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or untilt the cornbread is cooked through.
5. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes until slicing into pie sliced pieces.
Posted by Christian and Kishelle Linenko at 1:35 PM
Hey check it out, I have my first return customer! Kim and her daughter were one of my first shoots a few months ago and they were super cool about me using them as guinea pigs. I do feel like I have grown quit a bit as a photographer since then so I was stoked an anxious for the oppurtinuty to reshoot them. It's pretty awesome too because they are super cool and Madison is the cutest little kid ever.
So we met at Point Defiance in Tacoma and went about shooting. The weather was great and sunny and warm. It was Maddy's first time at the beach and she did was we've all wanted to do and that's push our mom in the water. The sun was a challenge to me because I've only every shot when it's been overcast but I overcame.
I filled up a memory card (about 700 pics) and ended up with 144 good, edited pics that I gave to her which shattered my old record of 108. I am proud of how they turned out and think I did a pretty good job. Let me know what you think and if you are looking for some pics let me know.
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Posted by Christian and Kishelle Linenko at 9:45 AM
Thursday, April 14, 2011
This is a dish I have never had nor made before but I have seen made on the good ol' Food Network. I don't know why I never made it or even tried it because it sounds so appealing. So last week when we bought a 3 foot pork loin from Costco and I was cutting it up for meals and such I decided to cut a few extra thick for some stuffed chops. I decided that I would stuff them with a form of bread stuffing that I make for Thanksgiving but I would add nuts to it to give it some crunch. Let me tell you I was spot on with this one if I say so myself (which I'm pretty sure I just did). If you are a fan of pork and things that taste like the holidays then this is the dish for you. Questions? Feel free to email me.
* I used pork chops but this will work with chicken as well.
* For bread think French bread or those awesome Labrea type breads they have at Costco.
* If you're not using a cast iron skillet, you can use a regular fry pan then transfer them to a sheet pan for the oven.
* Makes 4 servings
- 1/2 an onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled then roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 12 or so fresh sage leaves (10 left whole, the rest minced)
- 1 tablespoon chicken base
- 1 teaspoon bacon grease (trust me)
- 1/2 loaf of fresh bread, left out over night, then crust removed and cubed small
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup cream or half and half
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- salt and pepper
- 4, 1 inch thick pork chops cut so there's a small hole and a large pocket inside the meat
- garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups chicken stock
1. Combine the onion, celery, carrots, garlic and 10 of the sage leaves with a little bit of water in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. If it's not pulsing smoothly, add a little more water (don't worry we're going to cook it out).
2. In a saute pan, add the puree mixture with the chicken base and bacon grease and cool until the liquid has cooked off about 10 minutes.
3. Pour mixture in a bowl with the bread crumbs and mix well. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to allow to cool. Then stir in the egg, cream and pecans then season with salt and pepper.
4. Stuff each pork chop as full as they'll get. Then season with salt and pepper and the garlic powder. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
5. Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil if hot, add the pork chops and cook for 8 minutes per side (or until they are well browned) rotating half way through. Then both sides are browned place skillet and chops in the oven for 6 minutes to finish cooking.
6. Remove pan and place chops on a plate then cover with foil. Return pan to medium high heat and add the butter. When the butter melts whisk in the flour to make a roux and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Add the stock and the minced sage and bring to a boil stirring occasionally making sure the roux is mixed in. When simmering, turn heat to medium low and cook for 3 minutes. Season gravy with salt and pepper.
7. To serve, place a chop on the plate and cover that and whatever else you have on their with the gravy.
Posted by Christian and Kishelle Linenko at 2:09 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Who doesn't love a good taco? Have you ever wanted to make something really authentic full of flavor and lots of depth? Well this is the dish for you. Not to mention it's pretty easy to make. You just marinade the meat, grill it off with some pineapple, chop it up then put it in a tortilla with some chili sauce (recipe included) and that's dinner. I based this recipe off of one found here from epicurious so I can't take all the credit. So let me know what you think and if you need any pointers you know what to do.
* When you marinade the meat, make the salsa. It really is better when you let it sit for a few days.
* If you don't have Mexican oregano then regular will work just fine.
* Makes 4 - 5 good sized servings.
- 1 large onion, divided
- 1 pineapple, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch thick rounds
- 2 oranges juiced
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 chipotles in adobe
- 2 pork tenderloins filleted into 2 pieces length wise
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Flour tortillas
- Chili Salsa (recipe below)
1. Combine half the onion, 2 rounds of the pineapple, vinegar, chili powder, garlic, salt, oregano, cumin and chipotles in a blender and puree until it's smooth. Then place in a plastic bag with the pork and let marinade for 48 hours. Now would be a good time to make the salsa.
2. When the pork is done marinating, pregeat your grill to high. When the grill is hot place the tenderloin pieces on the heat (don't worry about scraping off the marinade it will char nicely) as well as the remaining pineapple rounds. Grill the tenderloins until they are charred on both sides about 8 minutes per side. The same for the pineapple about 6 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
3. Chop the remaining onion half into small pieces and mix with the cilantro. Chop the pork and pineapple and mix together in a large bowl.
4. To serve, place a some meat/pineapple mixture on a tortilla then sprinkle some of the onions on to then a little bit of the salsa.
** Chili Salsa **
- 8 dried ancho chilies, stems and seed removed
- 2 cups hot water
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1 chipotle in adobo
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
1. In a bowl combine the chilies and the hot water and let the chilies steep for about an hour making sure to submerge them from time time.
2. Add the onion and garlic to a saute pan and cook for about 8 minutes with a little bit of oil.
3. Add the soaked chilies, 1 cup of the steeping liquid, the onion and garlic, chipotle, cilantro and lime juice to a blender and puree until smooth. Place in a resealable containter until ready for use.
Posted by Christian and Kishelle Linenko at 8:23 PM
It's true I've been slacking off and I partially blame this on Assassin's Creed Brotherhood for my XBox and my really busy life. I've also been working on getting my photography deal kicked into high gear. I was asked by the photographers who did my wedding, Natasha Reed Photography to be a third photographer in a wedding in September. This means a lot to me because I really look up to these guys and the fact that they are willing to let me work with them means the world to me. It's flattering to say the least but overall it is an amazing opportunity for me to learn. I can't thank them enough for letting me be apart of their business and seasoned photographer's minds. I am definitely looking forward to that.
I have also decided a name for my business if that's what you want to call it and that's Christian Linenko Photography. I know creative right? I think it get's the point across. So I have been booking shoots like crazy so if you're interested please click the Recruit Me link above. I also have a facebook fan page now so "like" me if you haven't already. It can be found here. Thanks for checking in and I have 3 new recipes coming really soon. Hope you all are doing well!
Posted by Christian and Kishelle Linenko at 7:51 PM