Lanie and Chris's Wedding Blog

Sunday Supper Club: Mung Bean Noodles with Shiitakes ‘n’ Stuff
December 27, 2009, 11:42 am
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1 package saifun noodles.  They’re in the Asian section and look like whitish thread.  May also be called bean thread noodles or mung bean noodles.

2 cups green beans, chopped into bite-size pieces

1 T olive oil

2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 inch piece of ginger, peeled & minced

1/3 cup-ish soy sauce (maybe more, I forgot to measure, as usual)

2-3 T sesame oil

crushed red pepper to taste

sesame seeds and chopped green onion and cilantro for garnish


Bring a pot of water to boil.  Break noodles apart and add to water.  Boil for 2 minutes then add the green beans.  Boil for another 2 min.  Beans will be al dente.  Drain the whole mess and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a pan over med/high heat.  Add shiitakes and sautee 3 min.  Add ginger and sautee 1-2 min.  Add soy sauce and allow it all to simmer for 2 minutes, stirring often to prevent ginger from burnng to the bottom.  Throw in beans, noodles and red pepper and mix it all together until noodles are coated.  Add more soy sauce if it’s too dry.  Top with green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds.

Super awesome fun time!


Sunday Supper Club: Veggie Pot Pie
December 13, 2009, 4:00 pm
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I think I’ve found the best way to eat your vegetables:  In pie form.


2 prepared pie crusts, thawed

2 russet potatoes, 1/2″ dice, skin on

1/2 stick butter, give or take

1/2 red onion, diced

1 c mushrooms, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 carrots, diced

1/2 c peas, fresh or frozen & thawed

1 T dried thyme

1 T fresh rosemary, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 c asparagus

1/2 c zucchini

1 c broccoli

1/2 c -ish half and half

Preheat oven to 400ºF

Boil potatoes for about 6 minutes or until slightly firmer than you’d want if you were to eat them right away.

Heat 2 T butter in a large skillet.  Saute onions 3 min.  Add carrots, mushrooms, garlic, celery, peas and saute until carrots are tender.  Add thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.  Turn off heat.

Boil broccoli, asparagus and zucchini for EXACTLY 90 seconds.  Add broccoli mixture to the carrot mixture.

Add half and half and remaining butter.  Stir until butter is melted.  Adjust seasoning.

Place one pie shell in a pie pan and puncture with a fork a few times.  Pour in filling.

Add the top pie shell and cut slits (or an adorable message) into the top to allow steam to escape.  Wash the top with a beaten egg.  Bake approx 35-40 minutes until top is golden.

Netflix Watch Instanlty for PS3 + Rainy Day = AWESOMENESS
December 11, 2009, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Stuff I really, truly need, This and That

We recently ordered the special disc that allows you to stream zillions of movies instantly from NetFlix to your PS3, and consequently to your big ol’ TV.  It’s awesome.  They have a whole category devoted to British Romantic Dramas.  I AM NOT KIDDING.  It’s amazing how NetFlix seems to know me so well.  Now I don’t have to finish reading Jane Eyre. The fact that that category even exists in the first place makes me think that somewhere out there the owner of Netflix and the owner of Play Station are sitting around over beers trying to figure out how they’re going to get their girlfriends to let them keep their PS3s around so they can play Call of Duty…

December 9, 2009, 5:23 pm
Filed under: This and That

I’ll take: Inappropriate Punchlines Posing as Jeopardy Topics for $1,000, Alex.

Sunday Supper Club: Most Basic-est Lentil Soup
December 8, 2009, 12:57 am
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While we were out at The Ranch we stopped by a farmers’ market.  We had a full kitchen in our room and really wanted lentil soup.  I had packed olive oil, but nothing else pertaining to lentil soup (or any soup for that matter).  We bought the most basic stuff from the market and had absolutely no seasonings other than salt and pepper – the soup turned out really beautifully and was a nice reminder that sometimes less is more.

1 onion, diced

Olive oil

2 carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup dry lentils

4 ish  cups broth

1/4 c olive oil

salt, pepper and whatever other spices you like

Brown the onions, then add the carrots and celery.  Sautee 3-4 min.  Add the remaining ingredients and simmer covered until lentils are soft (about 40 min).  Finish with about 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Soup at the Hatch House

December 6, 2009, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Ceremony, Photos, Reception, Travel, Wedding Planning

It’s official!  After months of pounding the virtual pavement, we’ve finally found our wedding venue.  We’re getting married September 18th at Rimrock Ranch in Pioneertown, CA!  The big day is Saturday the 18th, but we’ll be having lots of fun activities the day before – so come early and don’t forget your cowboy boots!

I’ve never loved a place more.  The ranch is unbelievably beautiful.  Jim (the owner) is so much fun! – Remind me to send him a thank you note for the hangover.

Here’s a few pics of the property:

Here comes the freezing Bride

That's Jim's cool old truck with the name of his Western Swing Band, "Golden Hill Ramblers" on the side.

There's tons of antique keys hanging from this tree - it's very sweet.

Key Tree 2

A Joshua Tree

Les, if you look really hard, I think you can see the nearest's right next to that rock. No, not that rock - the other one....

The Famous Hatch House

Wall of Doors 1

Wall of doors 2

Hatch House 2 - This is where the band will play!