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Friday, August 28, 2015

Improv Curry

My first experience with Indian Curry was years ago in London, England, when I was very young (like 20).  I vividly remember the chunks of tender chicken covered in a thick yellow/red sauce, that had so much wonderful flavor!  It was served with Naan, which is just like Pita Bread.  It was love at first bite!  Now, in my old age (32) ha!...(I know I'm not old, but I feel old thinking back on that time...although at church recently in my daughter's class, when they asked for prayer requests, she said "pray for Granny, she's really really old, she's 32"...yes she said that!), I have discovered that curries can be a delicious weeknight meal.  They are also not time-consuming to make when you do them in the crockpot.

I've done several great recipes from Pinterest.  My family enjoys these and I cook them frequently.  I'll share the links below.  However, none that I've tried have turned out quite like I remembered the one in London tasting.
So I made up my own (that's why I called it Improv, because it's improvised)...
These are the ingredients I used, plus chicken and salt and pepper.

Crockpot Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry 
2 lbs Chicken fillets
2-3 small sweet potatoes 
1/2 Red Onion
1 Shallot
2 cloves fresh Garlic
Zest and Juice of 1 Lime
1 can of Coconut Milk
1 cup Golden Raisins
1 heaping tablespoon Curry Powder
1 tablespoon Turmeric Powder
1 heaping tablespoon Tikka Masala Concentrated Curry Paste
1 teaspoon-ish Corn Starch (to thicken the liquid a bit)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Handful of fresh Cilantro
1. Grab the crockpot and plug it in (very important step)!  
2.  Wash and throw in the chicken.
3.  Peel and cut the potatoes into smallish pieces and throw them in too.
4. Finely chop the onion, shallot and garlic and add to the pot.
5.  Add the coconut milk and the next five ingredients.
6. Put the top on the pot and place the setting on Low.  Cook for 6-8 hours.
7. Add the corn starch about an hour before serving.
8.  Stir in the Cilantro just before serving.  
9. Serve over rice or with warm Pita Bread or Naan.

A very old picture of my husband and myself in London town.  Ah, youth...sigh.

London remains one of my absolute favorite places to travel.  There's just something about the vibe there that I can't quite get out of my heart.  Indian food is very popular in Britain.  No wonder I had my first taste of it there.
I've read parts of this book...

...and there's a whole chapter devoted to the history of Chicken Tikka Masala.  I could devote a whole chapter to Indian food as well, or at least a whole blog post! :)

The spicier curries are great topped with Tzatziki Sauce.  This cucumber sauce is not just for Greek food.  I've seen it called Raita when served with curry, but it's the same idea.  I've mentioned that I make it different every time, but here is a blog post that has a semi-recipe for it: Gyro Bar for Friends

So when you have a long busy week day ahead of you, and you know you won't have time or energy to cook a multi-step dinner for the family...try my improv curry.  And think of places far away for a moment as you take each savory, beautiful bite.  Happy weeknights, friends!

Other great Curry recipes I like to cook: (let me know if you have some for me to try!)

Crockpot Butter Chicken

Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala

Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bookie Cookies

The kids and I had a fun and unexpected cooking moment together this morning.  We read the book "A Cow, a Bee, a Cookie and Me" by Meredith Hooper.  We always have a huge stack of books checked out from the Birmingham Public Library System.  This was just one I happened to pick up at some point.  It's about a boy named Ben who is baking with his grandma.  They talk about where each of the ingredients for Honey Cookies come from as they are making them...honey from bees, butter from cows, etc.  At the end, the recipe is included.  So when we reached the end of the book, I thought "why not?"

 Time for a kid-friendly cooking adventure!  Get ready for a mess!
I think their favorite part of cooking was tasting everything!

I've mentioned before that I'm not an excellent baker.  Especially with cookies.  Mine just never turn out looking right.  However, this recipe was baking-impaired-friendly.  It turned out great!  The cookies turned out looking like cookies!!

My husband would say, "That bowl is in a precarious position!" ha!

Some advice I have for you when you make these is to make sure that your butter is at least room temperature.  Foolishly, I put mine straight from the fridge into the mixing bowl.  As I mixed it with the electric mixer, I got pelted with little butter/sugar bullets and made a mess in my kitchen. Ha!  Like I said, not the best baker!  I'm the one who messed the kitchen up, not the kids!
Cold butter mixed with sugar would make a great weapon!  Yikes!

Honey Bookie Cookies

After mixing the batter, form it into small balls and roll in a sugar/cinnamon mixture.  That was my daughter's favorite step

          Before baking...                                                                        ...after.

And here's the recipe straight from the book:

A direct quote from my 3-year-old son, "These are the best cookies I ever put in my mouth!  These are the best cookies ever!"  He is a very expressive child.  He inherited that from me.  We get really really excited and enthusiastic about the little things! :)
Kids hard at work in the kitchen!  My dream come true!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Gyro Bar for Friends!

My friend Hannah, and I prepared a Gyro bar for our husbands' work friends! Fun night!

My history with Gyros started a long time ago....Circa 1990-something. Ha!  In a movie that was popular when I was a child, Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith are walking down the street eating them.  They are talking about a business deal or something and he gets Tzatziki sauce on his face, and she tells him to wipe it off.  Gyros can be messy!  That scene still sticks out in my mind...
I think that was the first time I ever noticed the existence of the gyro.  
I remember my dad getting them from some restaurant.  I thought they were gross back then. Ha!  I didn't really like food as a kid.  Oh how things can change!  After that, I didn't think about them much for the rest of my childhood and so on.  My husband and I moved to Jackson, MS right after we got married.  There, we both became Gyro-lovers because of a little restaurant called Keifer's.  If you don't know, it's a Jackson staple!  Situated in the Belhaven District, it serves up Mediterranean style dishes...the most popular one being the Gyro!
An old old picture, taken by my friend, Natalie.  I was so young. Sigh.

These days, there are not many foods I enjoy more than a lovely gyro!  Also, I have found that when you're having several guests over, a Gyro Bar is easy and fun!

Our Gyro Bar consisted of:
Red Onion
Tzatziki Sauce
Warmed Pita Bread
Kalamata Olives
Sauteed Fennel
Artichoke Pesto
Aussie Salsa Verde

Preparation (much more fun with a friend) included simply chopping all the veggies, mixing the sauce and dips, preparing the meats and sautéing the Fennel in a pan.  
Gyro meat is usually lamb and sometimes chicken, cooked very slowly on a rotisserie.  I don't own a rotisserie cooker.  I do try to stick with the theme of slow cooking though, because Gyro meat should be tender.  I usually do chicken tenders in a crock pot with seasonings (lemon juice, garlic, oregano, shallots) for several hours.  Fish takes almost no time at all and is tender just after cooking.  So I just throw it in the oven on 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, with a few seasonings.
I also put the pita bread in the oven wrapped in foil and brushed with olive oil.  Do that part right before eating time.

Tzatziki Sauce
I always throw this together in the food processor and I probably make it a little differently every time.  So I do not have an exact recipe.
About a cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 a peeled Cucumber
1 to 2 cloves Fresh Garlic
handful Fresh Mint Leaves
handful Fresh Dill
Salt and Pepper
Sometimes I even add Feta Cheese (because Feta is awesome!)
-Blend in the food processor until smooth.

Artichoke Pesto
This is a recipe I made up and is in a previous blog.  
Click here for the recipe:  The post with the Artichoke Pesto Recipe
This time, I added in a couple tablespoons of the Tzatziki Sauce.  Yum!

Aussie Salsa Verde
My next door neighbor is from Australia.  I've referred to him before, as the Awesome Aussie. :)  At some point, I will do a full blog post about Australian recipes.  His wife let me borrow some Donna Hay magazines.  She is the Aussie version of Martha Stewart.  This recipe sounded crazy as I was doing it, but the result turned out fabulous!  It works great as a dip or a sauce.
I just took a picture of the magazine page. Ha!  Thanks, Donna Hay!

So the next time you are entertaining multiple guests, I fully recommend this idea.  There is so much you can do with it.  You don't have to do it just like we did.  I serve up different ingredients every time!  If you have any great ideas, please comment below and let me know!  I'm always looking for more inspiration!  Thanks for reading and Happy Gyro Night!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Make Weeknight Suppers Splendid!

We shoot Webs at boring weeknight meals!

I get really excited about cooking really exciting recipes! Whole Fish Cooked in Sea Salt (1cookingchick MediterrItalian Night) and other crazy things like that.  But what about regular old Tuesday nights when I just need to feed my family?  Today I want to share a few ideas with you that make me moderately excited about cooking.  Here they are, straight from a Monday, Tuesday or etc night...

Thai Chicken Pizza
This might sound hard to make, but it's really not.  Our local Publix has ready-made pizza crust dough in the bakery section.  I just grabbed a couple of those, rolled them out and piled the ingredients on top.  I remembered having this pizza at a couple restaurants at  some point in my I searched the recipe on Pinterest.  
Here is the one I use:  Thai Chicken Pizza
*Note: It always helps to bake the pizza crust for about ten minutes before you add the toppings.  This just helps the middle get done.  Also, be sure to slice the Zucchini super thin.

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes and Red Onion
I discovered this recipe on a couple years ago.  It is SO simple!  It is great for a busy weeknight!  I use Course Grain Dijon Mustard, because it just adds something to it.  The flavors of the marinade are delicious together!  I add a little fresh lemon juice as well.

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy and Parmesan Zucchini Mash
My husband and kids LOVE this recipe!  My kids eat their serving and then ask for "more cow".  Haha!  What can I say, my family members are Cow-Eating Fools!  Yum!  
Here is the recipe for the Salisbury Steak: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

The recipe calls for you to serve over mashed potatoes.  I've mentioned several times on this blog that I have issues with beige foods.  I'm always looking for ways to add in color to my food.  So I made up a recipe for semi-green mashed potatoes.  Here it is:
Parmesan Zucchini Mash
5 small potatoes (peeled)
1 medium Zucchini (ends cut off)
1 whole clove Garlic 
1/4 cup Milk
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons Butter
Salt and Pepper
Fill a large pot about halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat.  Add the potatoes and boiled for about 15 minutes.  Add the Zucchini and the whole clove of garlic.  Boil until the potatoes are tender and cutable (is that a word? able to cut through easily).  Transfer the potatoes, garlic and zucchini into a large food processor.  Blend with the milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and salt and pepper until smooth.  Serve immediately.  (If it loses warmth, transfer to microwavable bowl and heat until steaming)

I stole an idea from my friend Madison, when I was at her house.  She and her husband worked together to write out a list of weeknight meal ideas they enjoy, and magnetized it to their fridge.  My husband and I have our own running list.  It's not full because we are adding to it all the time.
The Elvis magnet is from my Granny's house (she was a big Elvis fan and this magnet reminds me of her).  Friends are always asking why I have an Elvis magnet on my, I'm not an Elvis fanatic. :)  Our weeknight food list is underneath my daughter's artwork.  Hopefully some artistic inspiration will happen there. Ha!

Inspiration, that's what I'm always reaching for...for me and for you.  So let's try to make our week nights special, shall we?  Love to you, friends...and your weeknight dinner times!

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Challenge of Kid Lunches

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, PB & J, Carrots and Ranch...these seem to be the lunches we eat most often.  There's not a thing wrong with that.  I just get tired of preparing the same thing every day.

So I wanted to try some other ideas, and I've been feeling a little bit inspired this week.  Here's what happened in our kitchen at lunch time:

An Assortment of Dippables with Honey Dijon Garlic Sauce
There is no right or wrong way to do this.  Serve the foods you like to prepare, or that your kids will eat.  On my plate: Pan-grilled Chicken Tenders, Roasted Zucchini slices, Baked Brussels Sprouts (Muscle Sprouts my son calls them) and Sweet Potato Fries (the last two are from the frozen section at the grocery store-i just threw them in the oven with the Zucchini and baked on 425 degrees).
Honey Dijon Garlic Sauce
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 heaping tablespoon course grain Dijon Mustard
1 teaspoon Honey
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
*Mix all the ingredients until well-blended and serve.  Just about anything is delicious dipped in this sauce!

Movie and Popcorn Lunch

My kids and I love going to the library.  There are several great ones in the Birmingham area.  Emmet O'Neal in the Mountain Brook area and Avondale Public Library in our community are our favorites. We usually go right before lunchtime and they often pick out a movie or two.  Today, my daughter asked if they could go ahead and watch the movie (Ice Age) as soon as we got home.  My natural response was going to be "No, we have to eat lunch and go down for a nap", as if we were on some sort of military style schedule.  But then I thought, "why am I being so uptight?  they're kids, what would it hurt to watch the movie now?"  So I decided to make their lunch movie-friendly.

Popcorn Platter
This was so simple!  I just popped some popcorn, and threw some other easy-to-eat foods on the plate along with it: Pineapple, Carrots, rolled up Turkey deli meat, and Grapes.  
The idea worked well because, to them, it's a treat to eat popcorn on the couch and I tricked them into eating a few more substantial foods as well.  

 Curry Fish

I don't have a perfect little picture of this dish to include.  I actually just remembered it as I was writing this post.  It works for a quick lunch or a quick dinner.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.
Drizzle a little olive oil on the foil before you add the thawed fish (however many you want to make).
Top those fishies with the following seasonings (however much you want): Ginger, Curry Powder, Chilli Powder, Turmeric, Lime Juice, Salt and Pepper.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until fish falls apart.
I just use store-bought frozen fish.

As I've mentioned before, these are all my favorite
seasonings.  This photo is from a previous
blog post...something having to do with
Sebastian the Crab.  You'll have to look
it up to find out!

So there you have it, my attack on the Kid Lunch Challenge.  These are only a few ideas.  If you have more, I'd like to hear them.  Let's help each other out!  It is always my intention to help and inspire other food lovers! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Friends in Fiji

Did you think that "1 Cooking Chick" sounded a little lonely?  This blog started out as "2 Cooking Chicks" with my dear friend Erica Cross, when she and I lived in the same town.  We both moved to new towns and now live hours from each other.  That is why I've continued sad!  That is also the reason I try to involve as many of my friends and family in this blog as possible.  This weekend though, I had the great pleasure of having her and her husband (also a great friend of mine since forever) as houseguests.  So you know we got busy in the kitchen!  The result of our efforts...Fiji Night.

Why Fijian recipes, you ask?  Erica's husband, Britt and his sister Caitlin are long-time hometown friends of mine.  Caitlin and her husband Robb are currently working for the Peace Corps in Fiji.  Erica and Britt recently went to visit them.  They had interesting and delicious food while they were there.  We decided to imitate those recipes. 

Erica and Britt dining in Fiji.  Yes, that's a pig head! Ha!

First of all, let me say how amazing it was to have my girl (or chick), Erica 
back in the kitchen with me!

I love this person!  We were really excited about some Curry!

The makings of our Fantastic Fijian Food Frenzy!! (again with the alliteration...I can't stop!)

And now for the recipes...You thought I would never get around to the info, right?  Too much love to talk about first!

Fijian Green Bean Curry with Roti

2 handfuls Fresh Green Beans
1 Eggplant (diced)
1 Zucchini (diced)
3 small White Potatoes (peeled and diced)
1 White Onion (diced)
2 cloves minced Garlic
1/2 can Coconut Milk
Chilli Powder
Zest and Juice of 1/2 Lime
Salt and Pepper

 Instructions:  1.  In a large pan or pot, cook down the potatoes for 10 minutes and then add the egg plant.  You want both of these to soften before adding the other veggies.  2.  Add in the Green Beans, Zucchini, Onion, Garlic, Coconut Milk and Spices.  3.  Stir well and cover.  Let it cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  About halfway through, add the Lime Juice and Zest.  4.  Transfer to a serving dish and serve.

How it looks in the pan...yum!!

Depending on how many people you are serving, start with about a cup of Flour and enough water to make it into a thick dough (mix water in slowly).  Flour a clean surface (keeping extra flour nearby) and roll out dough until it is flat.  Form into a small ball and roll out to the size of a tortilla (about 1/2 inch thick).  Put some vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat.  Once heated, add the dough.  Cook until browned on both sides.  Do one Roti at a time and transfer to a plate. 

Our little Fijian dinner party
Photo by Ava McElwain (my 4-year-old daughter).  She cut Mr. Britt out of the picture.  Sorry Britt.  And as far as my son shirt no service, right?  Well, it is summer.  Varying levels of nakedness are okay as long as you're under a certain age.

I have to say the results turned out delicious!  I want more recipes and tips from Caitlin and Robb while they are in Fiji.  Here is my plate:
In Fiji, you eat the Curry wrapped in the Roti.  Our Roti turned out a little crunchy (which I liked), so it was more of a flat bread type thing.
One other tidbit on Fijian food...There are two types: Fijian and IndoFijian.  The original Fijian foods are lots of root crops, greens, fish, beef and chicken.  Curries fall under IndoFijian food.  This type came from the British colonialization (is that a word? I'm thinking not...but you know what i'm trying to say...colonizing) of the area in the 1800s.  They brought in Indians as indentured servants to work the sugar plantations.  As a result, we have IndoFijian food.

More on Caitlin and Robb
Here they are with the Prime Minister of Fiji.
Caitlin is working for the Peace Corps as a Public Health Volunteer (maternal and child health) and Robb is an Economic Empowerment Volunteer.  The time frame for their work is 27 months.  They have a very interesting blog about their experiences at  Check it out! 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chinese Takeout Homemade (of the Golden Variety)

Mrs. Grace Tseng

I grew up in a small town in North Mississippi, called Ripley...yes, like "Ripley's believe it or not?".  Anyone who is worth their Ripley, MS salt, knows about Mrs. Grace Tseng and her amazing restaurant, Golden China.  I've tried a lot of Chinese takeout restaurants in different towns/cities.  Golden China has always remained my absolute favorite!  You can just taste the love that Mrs. Grace stirs into her authentic dishes!  Sadly, she has retired.  But she did train the new owners to cook somewhat like her.  The restaurant is still great...but it's not quite Grace-worthy!

Among many delicious menu offerings, there are a few favorites.  The main one I hear my Ripley friends talk about (and that I personally love) is Spicy Chicken and Potatoes.  I recently visited my parents in my hometown.  While I was there, I decided to create my own version this, as well as other Golden China dishes.  I had so much fun cooking them, that I lost track of the amounts of ingredients I put in things.  I kind of just threw flavors together that I thought would work and be somewhat similar to the real deals.  Writing out these recipes after the fact, was difficult.  I hope I captured them and I hope they translate well to your kitchen if you decide to try them.  Anyway, here goes nothing!

Spicy Chicken and Potatoes

6-8 New Potatoes (cut into small wedges)
2 large Chicken Breasts
1/2 Green Bell Pepper (chopped)
1 fresh Jalapeño (chopped finely)
2 minced cloves Garlic
Juice and Zest of 1 Lime
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon freshly cracked Pepper
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
(or a little less if you can't take the heat!)
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
Big handful chopped Green Onions
Big handful Chopped fresh Cilantro
Instructions:  1.  In a large bowl, whisk together a marinade of the chopped Jalapeño, Garlic and the next 7 ingredients.  2.  Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and put them in a Ziploc bag.  Pour half the marinade into the bag.  Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes.  3.  When you're ready to cook, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  While it is preheating, chop the potatoes and put them into the bowl with the remaining marinade mixture.  Stir to coat well.  4.  Spread the potatoes on a roasting pan and cook until softened...about 20-25 minutes.  *This is the only way i know to get the potatoes tender enough.  If you know a way to get them tender just by stir-frying, go ahead.  5.  When the potatoes are almost done roasting, you're ready to start the stir-fry.  Heat a large pan or wok over medium heat.  Pour some of the marinade from the chicken bag into the pan and let it heat a bit.  Add the chicken pieces.  6.  After cooking the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, add the Potatoes and the Green Onions into the pan. Cook stirring often, until there is no pinkness left in those chicken bits.  No Salmonella please!  It's also nice for the chicken and potatoes to get a lovely brownedness, so look for that too.  7.  When it's all done, transfer to a serving dish and add the fresh Cilantro.

Lo Mein with Veggies

Linguine Noodles
2 Zucchinis (chopped)
1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
1/4 head of Cabbage (chopped)
A small box of Mushrooms (sliced)
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1teaspoon Ground Ginger
Zest and Juice of 1/2 a Lime
Handful of chopped Cilantro
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
Freshly cracked black Pepper to taste
Instructions:  1.  Cook the noodles by the package instructions.  (I used half the package because I don't like ending up with way more noodle than veggies)  2.  Heat the Oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Add the veggies, Ginger and 1/4 cup of Soy Sauce.  3.  Stir-fry the veggies until the cabbage is wilted and the zucchini starts to get tender. * I'm not a fan of overcooked mushy zucchini.  You kind of need to leave a little bit of firmness.  4.  When the noodles are al dente, drain them, of course.  Then add to the pan along with the veggies.  5.  Continue to stir-fry the whole mixture, adding in the rest of the Soy Sauce, Lime juice and zest, Garlic Salt, Pepper and Cilantro.  
6.  Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with more Cilantro.

Baked Veggie Egg Rolls

1 bag Cole Slaw Mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
handful chopped Green Onions
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 clove minced Garlic
handful chopped fresh Cilantro
1 package Egg Roll Wrappers
1 Egg (beaten well-for an egg wash)
The Egg Roll Wrappers I used came in this package:
Instructions:  Heat the Vegetable Oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add all ingredients, except for the Egg Roll Wrappers and beaten Egg, into the pan.  Stir-fry until flavors are mixed well and cabbage mixture is tender.  Transfer to a bowl and let it cool slightly.  To create the Egg Rolls, place a wrapper on a flat, clean surface with a corner closest to you (so it looks like a diamond shape).  Spoon about 1/4 cup or a tiny bit more of the Cabbage mixture onto the middle of the wrapper.  Fold the two corner sides in.  Fold the top corner side down on top, wet your finger with water and rub the remaining corner to moisten.  Fold that remaining corner over to form a pouch.  *I really hope this makes sense!  I should have taken pictures of the process.  However, I'm pretty sure there are instructions, maybe including pictures, on the back of the Egg Roll Wrapper package.  
Do this one at a time until you have used up the cabbage mixture.  Place onto a greased cookie sheet, brush with the egg wash and bake for about 20 minutes on 375 degrees.  Flip about halfway through baking time.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

3/4 cup White Sugar
1/3 cup White Vinegar
2/3 cup Water
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Ketchup
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1/4 cup Pineapple Chunks
Instructions: Put all ingredients into a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Stir constantly until mixture is thickened.  This process will not take long.  Transfer to a sauce bowl.

Basic Fried Rice

2 cups rice (cooked by package instructions)
3 large Carrots (chopped to the size of the peas)
1 cup Frozen Peas
1/2 White Onion (diced)
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs

Instructions:  Heat 1 tablespoon Oil over medium high heat in a large pan or wok.  Add Carrots and Onions.  Cook, stirring constantly for about 4 minutes.  Add a splash of Soy Sauce.  Add the Frozen Peas.  Stir the mixture for another 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies start to get a little browned.  Remove the veggie mixture and put to the side.  Add remaining Veggie Oil to the pan.  Crack the eggs into the pan and let them fry.  Once they are done, chop them up and add the rice.  Add more Soy Sauce and stir constantly for about 5 minutes.  Add the Carrot and Pea mixture back into the pan.  Stir for a few minutes more until combined and cooked through.  Transfer to a serving bowl.

The finished a couple princess napkins.

My taste-tester for the night.
Meet my friend, Natalie.  She is one of my oldest and dearest hometown friends.  Something interesting about her is, she is very recently engaged and just completed filming an episode of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress in NYC.  Over dinner, she told us about her experiences during filming.  Very interesting!  I can't wait to watch the episode!
I'm assuming this is one of those reality show confessionals, where she just talks about the dresses she likes and such.
That super cool guy with the white hair, is also a good hometown friend of mine.  He lives in the NYC area now.
The site of "Say Yes to the Dress", Kleinfeld's.

Just so my Ripley friends know, all my ingredients came from this lovely store!
I realized that I used similar flavorings and ingredients in all my dishes.  I just have my garlic, lime zest and juice, cilantro, etc.  That's always a good thing though, because it means I'm really using the groceries I bought and will have minimal waste hopefully.  I could cry tears, when I'm cleaning out the fridge and find forgotten cilantro or something like it, that is beyond use.  We really enjoyed our Homemade Chinese Takeout night.  I hope I have inspired you to be a Mrs. Grace copycat like me!  Until next time, Happy Stir-frying!