I ventured 2 hours away from Cache Valley yesterday down to Utah County to visit a town called, Lehi (Lee-hi). Lehi is best known as the film location for the 1984 Kevin Bacon movie “Footloose“. Remember this mill? It’s become rather well-visited over the years.
Why Lehi, you ask? I went to see my friend, Rachel, in a production of “The Sound of Music” playing at the local high school (Yup. Also in the film.)
Since I had to be in the area anyway, I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and extend my visit. For while Utah County is the home of Brigham Young University, Novell, Stephan Covey, The Osmond Family and the arrest site of Gary Coleman, it is more importantly the home of my brother, Rhett. My brother is awesome. Y’all might know him from my comments forum as “The Brother”. Cause he is. Well, mine at least.
The reason for the visit to his house in particular? To cook.
My brother and I love to cook. All of the children in my family do, which is is surprising considering that my culinary-adept siblings and I were genetically spawned from the loins of parents responsible for bringing the world such recipes as “Tuna okra salmon casserole”, “Peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches, and “Potato ball Seville” (Mounds of leftovers doused in Worcestershire sauce and covered in paprika-sprinkled mashed potatoes). Yet were were. It continues to mystify me.
My brother and I love to have “Food Day”. This is a time where we get together and cook things that we’ve always wanted to try and make up a themed menu. We have had “Thai Day”, “Moroccan Day”, “Indian Day”, “Italian Day”, which was one of my favorites. We made our own pasta and our butternut squash ravioli with sage butter sauce was DIVINE.
For “Spanish Day”, my gorgeous BFF, Michelle got into the spirit by buying a paella pan and the paella we made was awesome. Yesterday we had “Japanese Day”. My friend, Rachel, shopped and cooked with us. Jonathan and the kiddies came too, but they usually just participate in the eating segment of the festivities.
On the menu was Tempura fried veggies, Yoki soba noodles, teriyaki beef, and for the first time, I finally got to try making sushi rolls! I contributed by introducing my bro to one of my favorite things ever-sweet inari pockets stuffed with rice and carrots. I could eat a whole plate of them by myself.
I’m saving the best for last, though. I have been wanting to try a recipe for the last 6 years or so and last night I finally got to!. Tempura coated and fried SNICKERS BARS!!! I know, I recently mocked “Deep fried Oreo’s” but these are the yummiest, most decedent dessert EVER!
Mix tempura batter (Flour, corn starch, baking soda and ice water) Skewer the Snickers (I used the bite sized kind and it was a perfect mouthful) Thickly cover with tempura batter Fry in 340-degree oil until golden brown.Eat, eat, EAT!
SO delicious. Yum. I am trying not to think about how many calories I consumed yesterday because honestly? Totally worth it. Besides, I am still without glasses, so I can remain in denial about the copious amounts of dimpling on my gluteous maximus until the end of the week!
I decided on which glasses to get. I’ll tell you which pair won when they arrive!!!!