I love fried rice but have never made it before. After pursuing Pinterest for recipies it seemed like it was pretty easy to put together. I didn’t have some of the items that were traditional for fried rice so I made my own version, I really liked it but Mike was a little on the fence. I had added freshly minced ginger and it was a bit much for him so I think next time I won’t add as much or not at all (I really like ginger though so I thought it was yummy).
A couple of weeks ago my daughters school had a “luau night” complete with hula dancers, a ukulele show and Hawaiian dinner. I haven’t had kalua pork in a long time and had completely forgotten about it but I will not be making that mistake again! It was SO good! I also had the macaroni salad (mac salad) which I didn’t care for but that’s not unusual for me as I don’t usually like potato or pasta salads unless they are homemade.
When I was pregnant with my middle child (who’s now 3) I got on a coconut kick, I would spend tons of time online finding recipes for baked goods with coconut and this was one I found and have used over and over.
There is this little fruit stand that always pops up in the summer on the corner of 52nd and SE Woodstock, I always stop and get strawberries or whatever other freshly picked fruit they have. This year they have moved, just kiddy corner to where they used to be (still on 52nd and Woodstock but now on the NW corner).
I have several go-to chicken recipes, it depends on the cut of chicken that I have and what I’m feeling like making but this particular recipe is one of my favorites. The Big Book of Casseroles by Maryana Vollstedt. For this recipe I follow it almost exactly (will note the couple of things I add/change).
I bought a butternut squash several weeks ago and still had not done anything with it. It kept on sitting on the shelf looking at me and I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Finally I got inspired to make some butternut squash muffins, actually wanted to do sweet curry butternut squash cupcakes but we all are getting over colds so felt like doing something more healthy. Soup it was.
The rain has set in here in Portland and yesterday seemed to be especially blustery, there was even a tornado about an hour away in Longview, WA! I love the fall where I get to start wearing boots and scarfs, get cozy with a hot cup of tea and read a good book (if I didn’t have 3 little ones running around all over this might actually happen more often).
I was watching some cook off show on Netflix with the hubby earlier this week and one of the things they had to make was meatloaf, one of my favorite comfort foods! I use this great recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, Third Edition, which we purchased at Costco a couple of years ago. I follow the recipe pretty close but sometimes I improvise where needed.
Last night we had some friends over in the late afternoon which led to the evening and time to make dinner. We had some chicken that we were going to make for dinner but there wasn’t really enough for additional people, but luckily I had picked up mushrooms for Hungarian mushroom soup. I started making this soup several years ago, I found a recipe online and have changed it for what we prefer. You can make this completely vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and sometimes I find that I don’t have cream cheese or fresh parsley so just use an alternative, it still turns out delicious!