We once dubbed Jen of ZestyBeanDog our unofficial “Yuzu Ambassador” but we’ve decided without a doubt it’s official … maybe we should make a badge … Jen is always coming up with innovative ways to use yuzu juice, but it doesn’t stop there – she’s got a multitude of mouthwatering recipes on her blog. Check out her 10-course surprise birthday menu below!
I’m one of those ambitious home chefs/food bloggers. Never having any professional culinary training or schooling I have learned mainly from experimentation. I love all aspects of cooking especially the competitive side. I’m always looking for a good challenge whether it’s competitive or at home. Here’s a peek into my kitchen, I hope you enjoy.
I decided to make my husband Evan a VERY special birthday surprise by creating my own restaurant at home (called The Fawn House, hence all the new fawn roaming in our yard) and cooking a 10 course meal! It was so wonderful, I’ve never cooked so many awesome things all at once in my life. I invited 3 of our closest friends and got to work on planning the menu a little over a week in advance. I was so incredibly excited I barely could keep it a secret! The few days before I mapped out my course of action and started collecting my goods to make it all come to a reality. I based the menu off “The odd parts/bits” of animals and used as much local and farm fresh ingredients as possible. I love Marx Foods because they always carry my go to ingredients I can’t find and they ship fast! For this menu I used their Yuzu Juice ( I have been jokingly titled the unofficial Yuzu Ambassador by them), Truffle Salt, and Squid Ink. Here’s how it went down! Each course was paired with a special libation. The food was wonderful and it definitely was a night to remember. I can’t believe I pulled it off.
It’s my dream to one day own my own small restaurant, like a farm house style place, where everything is seasonal, there’s a set menu, and it feels like a home. Although, I would be completely fine moving to Italy and finding some Lagotto Romagnolo dogs that would like to help me hunt truffles on the hillsides all day. A girl can dream right? Thanks for taking a peek into the ZestyBeanDog Kitchen.
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