I went out to dinner with my friend for the first time since she got back from her vacation last spring to Hawaii (which was entirely my fault for being MIA all summer).  So she came bearing gifts from her trip.

Spam-Flavored Macadamia Nuts?!!  This is truly amazing.  I’m telling you, spam will take over the world some day.

Ono Thanksgiving Dinner

My fabulous hubby made me Thanksgiving dinner Asian style.  It was so good!!!  I keep telling him to try out for Hell’s Kitchen but he doesn’t want to be yelled at by Gordan Ramsey.  Here’s what was on the menu…

String Bean and Enoki Mushroom Tempura with Shiitake Mushroom Aioli

String Bean and Enoki Mushroom Tempura with Shiitake Mushroom Aioli

Turkey Shabu Shabu with Onion-infused Dashi Cooking Sauce

Turkey Shabu Shabu with Onion-infused Dashi Cooking Sauce

Braised Winter Squash with Furikake Rice

Braised Winter Squash with Furikake Rice

Almond and Honey coated Goat Cheese with Fig Cake and Satsuma Tangerine Supreme.

Almond and Honey coated Goat Cheese with Fig Cake and Satsuma Tangerine Supreme.

Yam Springrolls with Cranberry Syrup

Yam Springrolls with Cranberry Syrup

Don’t worry… we didn’t leave Spam out of the Thanksgiving festivities. We bought him a cute kitten bowl and wet food for the occasion (he’s usually on a dry food diet only).

Don’t worry… we didn’t leave Spam out of the Thanksgiving festivities.  We bought him a cute kitten bowl and wet food for the occasion (he’s usually on a dry food diet only).

Caramel Banana Cupcakes!

I repeat, Caramel Banana Cupcakes – yummy! I attempted to make cupcakes last night… I don’t know why but I cannot bake to save my life – it seems simple enough, follow the instructions… Not simple!!!!  So I took a picture of my finished master piece (which didn’t taste too bad), but since it looked like a firm turd with diarrhea on top, I am saving everyone the pains of nausea and including Rachel Ray’s professional pic instead.